5 top ways to earn money at home

1-Sell your photographs or art work online through Society6

Are you creative? Society6 was launched back in 2009 and sees itself as a platform for emerging and established artists from every creative discipline to showcase their talents. It’s a great way to make money online by selling your artwork, images or photographs on selected products such as iPhone cases, pillows, t-shirts, laptop skins and much more.

All of the artwork that you see on Society6 has been created by thousands of artists from around the globe. Society6 allows artists to showcase their work and then produces the products on behalf of the artist for sale.

Selling your artwork or images as a product with Society6 is as simple as creating a blog post. The difference being, you will make money from it.

Getting started is easy, all you have to do is post your artwork or image and make it immediately available for sale as a variety of products. When you sell a product, society6 will produce it, package it and ship it to your customer.

All of your earnings and sales are easily tracked through your account and payment is made monthly via Paypal.

Find out more about selling on society6

Need some ideas before you get started? If you are a Freelance or budding photographer, then check out the Freelance photographers market handbook (2013) and pick up some tips for taking and marketing your photographs for books, greetings cards, postcards, calendars, posters and more.

2-Earn money at home hosting students

Hosting foreign students is an interesting way to earn some extra money especially in the summer months. Foreign students on language programmes are accommodated at ‘host houses’

The visiting students stays generally coincide with the summer holidays and as well as lessons, the schools offer recreational and cultural visits which means the students will be out and about all day.

Good host families within proximity of the language schools are always much sought after. Host families will provide the host students with bed and breakfast and an evening meal. Some organisations will require a packed lunch to be provided for their students.

Students may stay from a few days to several months depending upon your agreement. Hosting students if you have a spare room can earn you in excess of £5,000 a year.

If you are interested in earning an extra income from home and want to host students then check for your local language schools. There are also organisations which recruit host families and place students from different language schools. Here are two links to student exchange programmes which will help you get started;

Study abroad UK and Host International

3-Earn money-making candles at home

Another way to earn some money working from home is to make and sell candles. This is a popular craft and sales of candles increase quite dramatically over the Christmas and Easter periods. Candles, in particular aromatherapy candles make popular gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and of course house warming’s.

Before you get started, I suggest that you pick up a couple of books about candle making. Why not start off with a candle making kit and see how you get on before buying supplies for your candle making business.

Buying your supplies will mean selecting different types of waxes, for example beeswax, paraffin wax, soy wax. You will also need to buy a selection of wicks and dye as well as fragrances, moulds/jars and a candle thermometer.

While candles can certainly be made at low-cost from home, if you want to avoid messy process, then pick up some ready-made plain candles and simply decorate them with glitter, pressed dried flowers, ribbons etc.

Candles and tea lights can successfully be sold at craft fairs, gift and specialty shops as well as furniture stores. If you prefer to sell you candles online, then selling your handmade candles through your own online shop with Etsy is easy. This website will allow you to create your very own Etsy shop through which you can sell your handmade goods and supplies.

4-Become an affiliate

Earn money at home by becoming an affiliate. Most of the main websites have affiliate programmes and best of all, it’s free for you to sign up. Amazon run probably the best known affiliate programme and they offer excellent support and tips on how to improve your performance.

Signing up to become an affiliate has an added bonus because there are no set up fees and you don’t even need to have your own products to sell!
Learn step by step through this 5 star rated book how to make money online with your own branded affiliate website. A Complete Step-By-Step Guide To Affiliate Marketing

Basically being an affiliate means that visitors will come to your site and from your website or blog, these visitors will click on the affiliates link and hopefully they will make a purchase because it is from this purchase that you will earn your commission.

Purchases are tracked by referral links from your website to the originators site which means that you can track your commissions online 24/7. Many affiliate programmes are run through Commission Junction.

To find the affiliate programme most suited to you, check online for affiliate directories. Alternatively you may want to become an affiliate for a website that you already use. Amazon and Booking.com for example are 2 highly successful and renowned sites that both offer affiliate programmes.

Once you have decided which website(s) you want to affiliate with, all you need to do is to sign up by clicking on the affiliate button and complete a short application form.

When you have been accepted as an affiliate then you can start to earn commission straightaway. Amazon have a very straightforward procedure and you can start earning as soon as you have signed up. Unlike some affiliate programmes which need to see your business plan first and others who will not accept you if the number of monthly visitors to your website is below a set amount.

Do bear in mind, that the amount that you earn will depend on how much marketing you make and how much effort you put into getting your website seen and known. Your earnings will be as successful you are in your marketing techniques!

Being an affiliate is cost-free, it’s fun and ultimately it can be very rewarding.

Check out the Booking.com affiliate programme Or here for the Amazon affiliate programme

5-Get paid to write about your travel experiences

This is perfect for all you budding travel writers out there because here is your chance to get paid to write about your travel experiences. Here are two companies that are always on the lookout for travel writers:

Firstly, there is the independent media company, Matador which rocked the boat in 2006 by launching its innovative interactive travel magazine website. Attracting a huge active community, the site successfully connects travellers, writers, photographers and intrepid travellers from all around the globe. With over 2 million unique visitors a year, this is the place to go if you want your travel related articles to get noticed and commented on.

The website Matador offers all budding writers the opportunity to write and get paid for travel related topics such as food, culture, the arts, travel planning, sports, festivals and so much more. Payment is generally $20 – $25, depending on the type of article that you write. The average article should be between 400-2,000 words and original articles are always in demand.
Before you submit an article, check out the website to get some idea of the type of articles that are likely to be accepted.

Secondly, there is always the opportunity to join the database of writers for Viator.
Viator is a wholesaler selling sightseeing tours, helicopter rides, theatre tickets and much more. Viator sell activities from destinations all over the globe, so if you have any travel background, or even if you live or have lived in one or more of the cities that they sell activities for, you will be eligible to join their database. Good news is that they are always on the lookout for freelance destination writers with a good knowledge of destinations.

As well as their database, Viator also accept articles for their travel blog. Articles can be written about any aspect of travel, and not restricted to a destination that are featured Articles should be both inspiring and informative.

”Submissions for our Travel Blog should be original (your own work and not appearing elsewhere online) and can range in length from 750 to 2000 words with at least 2-3 original photos. Standard payment is $100-$150.”

Alternatively, sign up to join the writer database of Viator

As well as looking for new and original pitches for their travel blog, Viator also welcome freelance writers to sign up for their database for future assignments.




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