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How to Make Money While Sitting at Home: Freelancing Ideas

I work from home to make extra money to spend on my children. I enjoy writing blogs, articles, and reviews.

Discover four websites that provide opportunities for freelancers working from home.

Discover four websites that provide opportunities for freelancers working from home.

Can You Really Work From Home?

There are several ways that you can earn money while sitting at home. You can use a number of different websites that are valuable assets to have when trying to supplement an income. I can tell you firsthand about the number of scams I almost fell for. However, this could take all day long.

Instead, I am going to show you a number of websites I found that were able to make me some money. Some of them are set up once and left alone and continue to make me money. Here is a list you can use to help supplement your income:

  1. Textbroker
  2. Fiverr
  3. GURU
  4. Upwork

1. Textbroker

If you are great at writing articles and know a thing or two about SEO, then Textbroker is the choice for you. You can work from home writing articles for others online and get paid weekly via PayPal. The articles will consist of a variety of topics ranging from arts and crafts up to travel reviews and everything in between.

Textbroker is renowned and has been quite popular amongst a wide variety of authors. This company will require that you submit a practice article on a subject of your choice. When you have completed this article and have submitted it, you will get an email stating what they believe your article ranks on a scale from 1 to 5. The better that you write, the higher your score and the more money that you make per word. The articles can range from a simple sentence to a full 1,000-word article. You can also be hired to work directly on projects, which can result in more money in your pocket as well.

2. Fiverr

This website started out years ago as a simple project that made it big, so they expanded on what you are capable of making money with. Here you can sell a number of items online. You can sell drawings, renditions, images, crafts, articles, and so much more.

When you sign up for Fiverr, you will be able to direct a PayPal account where you wish to have your money sent. You will be able to set a price on how much you want to sell your items for and have them deduct their fee from the price that you sell your item at.


This site is aimed at freelancers who are looking to make money. There are a number of jobs listed for work-at-home people. There is no set amount of hours you have to work, and you can choose to work as little or as much as you want. You will be given a test to take to prove that you are capable and able to handle the job that you are applying for.

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For instance, I love to sit back and write articles. I have been writing for quite some time and enjoy being able to sit home with my kids while still working. I had to take a test that allowed them to see my skills pertaining to proper English and proper usage of wording. I took the test and other tests that I might have needed in order to apply for the jobs I was selecting. Some of the people will not ask for you to have passed a test; however, most others will.

You are then given a set number of connects that will allow you to bid on jobs that you are interested in. When you are satisfied with the application process, you will then wait to be contacted by individuals who are hiring. Once they contact you and you both agree to the terms, you will then be hired and will start making money.

The golden rule of thumb for people just starting out at article writing is to apply for articles with a pay rate of a penny a word. Once you get hired and get used to the job, you can then charge more per word.

4. Upwork

Upwork was formerly known as Elance-oDesk. This website is great for people who have quite a bit of experience. If you want to apply for a job, you can still apply, but you may once again have to pass a test in order to qualify for the application process.

Once you have been approved, you will then be given a set number of connects to start bidding on jobs. The higher the bid is on a job and the more experience you have will be a deciding factor on how many connects you will need per job.

After you have bid on a job and received an email asking for you to send more information or to approve the job, you will then start working. Once you start working, you will be asked to send in milestones, which will then allow you to keep in touch with the company to make sure that you are being paid properly. Some of the jobs are going to be a paid job each day while others will pay once per week.

If you are bidding on an hourly job, you are going to have to download a tracker program that allows snapshots and information to be sent in to verify that you have been working when you say that you are. You can only bill the person you are working for if you can verify and provide proof that you were working during the time that you said you were working.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.


Sourav Rana on April 28, 2016:

All these websites are a legitimate way of making money online. Although, they require extensive knowledge, hard work, marketing skills(to present yourself) and time. If you can count for heavily in all these qualities, you can make a decent amount of money; otherwise all your efforts and time will go in wane.

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