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75 Legitimate Ways to Work From Home You Can Apply For Today

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Looking for work at home opportunities? Need to make some extra money? Tired of sifting through scams? Here are 75 legitimate ways you can work from home.

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Working from home is becoming more and more common all the time as technology makes it easier than ever for people to use their skills in the marketplace. At the same time, there are definitely some scams out there that take advantage of people new to the idea and make it overwhelming to figure out how to get started.

There really are legitimate ways you can work from home. But they do vary drastically in skills needed, interests, and even the employment arrangement. You can work from home as an employee for a company, or as a self-employed freelancer offering your skills to many different clients. You can even work from home by starting your own business!

Here are 75 legitimate work at home opportunities for you to look into {some of the links are affiliate links}.

75 Legitimate Ways to Work From Home

1. Be a freelance writer.

If you have writing skills, there are many ways to offer your services as a freelancer. Companies are constantly in need of sales copy, blog posts, and other written content.

2. Sell your crafts or artwork.

If you are the creative type, start marketing your crafts or artwork to bring in an income.

3. Teach a sewing class.

4. Sell essential oils.

5. Start an Etsy shop.

Anything you can make by hand can be sold in an Etsy shop. It’s a great way to work from home.

6. Train dogs.

If you love animals, look into starting classes or offering 1 on 1 training for pets and their owners.

7. Sell baked goods.

Do look at guidelines and requirements from your county.

8. Offer design services.

Basic logo design and other simple projects are pretty simple to land and larger projects are available for those with more experience. Try getting started on freelance sites like Elance.com

9. Start a doggy daycare.

Watch pets while pet owners travel or go to work.

10. Become a career coach.

If you have worked in a certain field before, offer coaching services to those who would like to break into that industry.

11. Test websites.

UserTesting.com and similar sites pay people to visit websites and share their opinion.

12. Tutor students online or in your home.

You can offer your services locally or through websites like Tutor.com. Also, check with your local homeschooling co-ops.

13. Sell jams, jellies, and other canned goods.

Bring in an income with your garden or with wildcrafted foods by canning them and selling them for a profit. Again, please check with your local county to see the guidelines.

14. Earn money to search.

Swagbucks.com is one of many search engines that pays you to search. It’s a small amount, but chances are you are already searching the internet many times per day anyway! I always get gift cards for Amazon to help with the cost of everyday items we use.

15. Sell clothes online.

Hunt for amazing deals on used clothing and sell it for a profit online. You can do this using sites like eBay or thredUP. These are a great way to work from home and can be a good side hustle.

16. Sell books online.

Books can also bring in plenty of revenue if you learn to spot trends and what types of books sell well.

17. Offer social media services.

If you know your way around the social media world, you can offer your services to local businesses and others.

18. Become a sports coach.

If you are talented at a particular sport, you may be able to find clients who want to learn from you.

19. Teach an online course.

Teach a skill you have mastered online by offering a course. It takes time, energy, and focus to set it all up but many people are making a very good living by teaching online courses.

20. Start a photography business.

If you are a talented photographer, you can earn great money by taking on clients for family or newborn photos. You can also make money by taking basic stock images and selling them on stock photo sites, such as 123rf.

21. Offer event planning services.

Help brides plan their weddings, parents coordinate birthday parties or plan other types of events from your home through a home-based event planning business.

22. Start a blog.

There are many ways to earn income through blogging, such as advertising, selling products, and many other ways.

23. Offer web development services.

If you know how to code (or can learn!) there are a number of ways to offer your services as a web developer from home.

24. Groom animals.

25. Start a home hair salon.

26. Start a fix-it shop.

27. Hold workshops at your home.

28. Raise animals.

If you have the land, raise animals that you can later sell, like goats, pigs, or horses.

29. Wash laundry for other families.

You have no idea how often I wish someone I knew did this!

30. Write a book.

Both eBooks and traditionally published books can bring in a long-term income for you.

31. Teach music lessons.

32. Refurbish old furniture to sell for profit.

33. Sell cars.

You can often find local deals on cars that need very minor repairs, then turn around and sell them for a profit.

34. Offer landscaping/yard care services.

35. Sell starter plants.

I have a friend who started doing this on Etsy. If you already have plants, this is a great way to start a work from home side hustle.

36. Transcribe audio.

There is a need for people to work from home transcribing podcasts, videos, and other types of content. Look for these opportunities on sites like Elance.com.

37. Become a business consultant.

38. Rent out a room in your home.

39. Proofread or edit online content.

40. Start a daycare.

You will need to look into the laws in your area, but it is often quite simple to start offering childcare services in your home.

41. Raise chickens and sell eggs.

42. Make and sell quilts or give quilting lessons.

43. Sell homemade personal care products.

44. Give language lessons.

45. Create a clothing line.

46. Have a garage sale.

It may not be an ongoing opportunity, but you can make some pretty good cash by selling unused items from around your home.

47. Offer meal planning for busy moms.

48. Fix and tailor clothes.

49. Offer bookkeeping services.

Manage the books as a freelancer for small businesses.

50. Cater for parties and events.

51. Shovel or plow snow.

52. Fix up your house.

If you plan to sell your home in the future, you can start working toward getting more for it by improving different areas of your home. Do some research to find out what improvements could add the most value to your house and start there. You won’t get paid for this job until later, but the time invested now can add up to a significant amount of money by then!

53. Do research.

Writers and other professionals often need help with fact-checking or more in-depth research.

54. Work as a telephone representative.

You will need to have a dedicated, quiet area of your home and a landline phone to get these jobs, usually, but these work from home jobs can be very consistent and easy to start up.

55. Repair electronics.

Advertise on Craigslist and in local papers.

56. Offer travel planning services.

57. Earn money with affiliate marketing.

Sites like Amazon.com pay those who refer sales and there is a number of ways to do this, whether it is on social media, a blog, an email newsletter, or by starting a YouTube channel.

58. Provide video editing services.

59. Become a virtual assistant.

Virtual assistants perform a variety of tasks, from appointment setting to email management. There is a huge market for VAs.

60. Teach couponing classes.

61. Become a makeup artist.

Partner with a local photographer for weddings, headshots, or other collaborations.

62. Offer massage therapy from your home.

63. Become an online community manager.

Forums, groups, and larger websites often need help moderating comments and are willing to pay for this service.

64. Prepare taxes for others.

Handle tax preparation for families and individuals.

65. Create and sell handmade invitations.

66. Love books?

Sell used books on Amazon.

67. Set up an online retail store.

68. Offer translation services.

69. Perform microtasks on sites like Fiverr.com.

70. Become a medical transcriptionist.

You will need to become certified to do this, but you can make pretty decent money by transcribing medical notes.

71. Become a personal stylist.

I desperately need one of these.

72. Become a health coach.

If you are passionate and knowledgeable about health, help others get healthy by coaching them.

73. Make and sell cloth diapers.

74. Sell handmade wedding decorations.

75. Start a direct sales business.

There are a number of companies you can sign up to do this for, such as 31 Gifts, Rodan & Fields, and more.

Of course, this list isn’t exhaustive. Maybe it sparked an idea for you. What are some legitimate ways to work from home that you have found?

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Wednesday 22nd of July 2015

Great list! I work from home doing #1!


Tuesday 14th of July 2015

Thank you! I am doing some of the things on your list! I sell nail wraps for a company and I am starting a blog!!

Kristal Smith

Monday 13th of July 2015

What a great list! Thanks for putting it together. I am sharing it because so many women are always asking me for ideas like this! Thanks!


Thursday 9th of July 2015

Hi Whitney! Thanks for this list! Being a stay at home mom, my ideal quest is to make a little money from home.I finally made the plunge and started a blog after years of thinking and dreaming about it. In the long run, we are hoping to monetize it, but we are starting small. I found your blog via Pinterest. It looks like you have done a great job with it! I'll be pinning this list for a resource to come back to! -Kelli

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