12 Work From Home Ideas

Work From Home Ideas for a Young Man With a Computer

Work From Home Ideas – Get a Job or Build a Business


1 – Get a traditional job you can do at home

With the rise of unemployment rates and the growing difficulty of getting and keeping a job these days, more and more people are looking for ways to make extra money online.  And many employers are willing to pay home-based workers because it saves them money.   Legit work from home jobs, some full-time and some part-time, are available in the following areas.  If you want a traditional job that you can do from home, click on the links below to see real companies that are hiring.   If you want more independence and flexibility, keep reading to get more work from home ideas.

Accounting & Bookkeeping  |  Clerical  |  Customer Service  |  Health Care

Telemarketing  |  Transcription  |  Translation  |  Tutoring & Teaching Writing


2 – Take surveys

You can earn money working from home by taking online surveys.

To avoid fraudulent online offers, look for an online survey site that is associated with a real market research company.  If a survey website asks you for money, keep looking.  Real market research companies won’t charge you to participate.

Don’t fall for claims that you’ll make a lot of money taking surveys.  Realistically, you won’t make a full-time income taking surveys.  However, it is a legitimate way to earn extra money from home.  Some companies pay in cash and some pay with rewards.

You may not qualify for every company or for every survey.  So, sign up with several websites to increase your chances of qualifying.  When you do get an invitation for a survey, accept it as soon as possible.

Here is a list of real market research companies offering online surveys for pay.

Global Test Market  |  My Survey  |  Valued Opinions   |  NCP Panel  Survey Spot  |  Toluna


3 – Browse the internet

Research firms study the habits of people online and will reward people for contributing to their statistics.  Swagbucks will pay you to browse, shop, or even play games, all without affecting your privacy.  You won’t be able to quit your “day job,” but you can earn extra money from home.


4 – Find a microjob

Microjobs are usually small tasks that can be completely quickly.  You might be asked to comment on an article, answer a question, “like” something on Facebook, write a review, or do some other job.  Just follow the instructions carefully.

Click here to see a list of microjob websites.


5 – Sell stock photos

You don’t have to be an artist to sell photos.  Individuals and businesses need stock photos for all sorts of things and are willing to pay for them.  You will need to be quite comfortable with photography and become familiar with what makes a good stock photo.  The following websites will provide more information about what is required

Fotolia  |  iStock photo  |  Shutter Stock  |  Dreamstime


6 – Sell your art

If you are an artist, there are legitimate jobs that allow you to work from home.  You can earn extra money from home as a cartoonist, illustrator, or photographer.

Click here to see a list of companies accepting artwork from home-based artists.


7 – Become a Web Searcher

Organizations are willing to pay to get good, up-to-date information about the internet.  A web searcher locates and collates relevant material from the Web.  If you love searching the web for information, then being a web searcher may be a great way for you to make extra money online from home.  Check out ClickNWork for more information.


8 – Share Your Expertise

Do you know a little about everything or a lot about one thing?  You might be able to answer questions or help others solve problems.  Check out these companies if you have some knowledge to share:

Ether     Expert Village  |  Ingenio  |  Just Answer  |  Kasamba


9 – Test Websites

Companies will pay to watch you use their websites.  User Testing  uses an online screen recorder to watch how you use websites.  Userlytics lets you give feedback with a webcam and microphone.  The information they gather will then be used to help the website developers learn ways to make their sites more user-friendly and effective.


10 – Become a mystery shopper

Mystery shopping is a way for researchers to judge how well stores are serving customers. A mystery shopper is someone who visits an establishment, such as a retail store, restaurant, bank, or hospital. The shopper may make purchases or simply evaluate customer service. For example, if a checkout line is too long, a mystery shopper will evaluate the situation and give his or her suggestions, usually online, on how a company can improve it.

Here are some tips to make sure you’re working with a legit mystery shopping business:

  • You shouldn’t have to pay money to become a mystery shopper.
  • When you register with a company, make a note of their real email address.  Beware of scammers who send out emails pretending to be the real company.
  • If you get an email asking you to cash a check or do a “Western Union Mystery Shop,” delete it immediately.
  • Don’t provide financial information to anyone requesting it through email.

Click here to see which mystery shopper companies you might consider.


11 – Be an online juror

Attorneys will pay you to let them practice a jury trial if you meet certain requirements.  The feedback you give will help attorneys learn the strengths and weaknesses of their cases.  This information allows legal professionals to make better decisions about how to proceed with a case.  With some organizations you can actually do the work at home.  In others you will need to meet together with other “jurors.”  Cases are not guaranteed, though, so you may want to sign up with several organizations.   These are some legitimate ways to make money as a “juror.”

eJury  |  Online Verdict  |  Trial Juries  |  Trial Practices


12 – Become an internet marketer

The other methods I’ve mentioned will provide opportunities for you to make extra money online.  But just like having a traditional away-from-home job, you have to keep doing it to get paid.  Here are some of the advantages of becoming an internet marketer:

  • You can be your own boss.  You don’t have to follow someone else’s agenda, schedule, or ideas.  Implement your own.  You can do everything yourself to ensure it meets your standards, or involve others to help whenever it suits you.
  • You’re not tied to one location.  You can run your business from anywhere in the world.
  • You have an unlimited target market.  Customers can come to your website from anywhere in the world.
  • You can sell any number of products.   It’s easy to keep up with what’s popular right now and focus on that.  Once you have the right tools in place, it doesn’t cost much to set up a new website.
  • Internet marketing is one of the cheapest ways to start a business.  The more time and money you invest in getting started, the quicker you’ll see results.  But if you’re not in a hurry, you could start with almost nothing.
  • You have the potential to reap long-term rewards for your efforts. Unlike the other options, internet marketing allows you to set up income streams which can pay you even when you stop working at it.  Once you set up a website or blog, for instance, it can work on auto-pilot and provide you with passive income.

So what does it take to succeed as an internet marketer?  With this method of working online from home, you’ll need to…

  • Be ready to own your own business.
  • Prepare to work hard in the beginning to get your business up and running.
  • Be comfortable using the internet, and have regular access to a high-speed internet connection.
  • Be able to communicate effectively.
  • Be willing to learn a some unfamiliar strategies.
  • Apply what you’re learning.
  • Be able to organize your workspace and manage your time.
  • Be patient with the start-up process.
  • Have a goal and a vision that keeps you motivated, because no one will tell you what to do next, though there are some great guides and experts who will help.

If you think you’re ready to build a business of your own rather than work for someone else…  Click here to check out my list of favorite internet marketing programs to help you get started.

For more information about legit work from home jobs:

Telework Recruiting  |  Work at Home Forum  |  Worldwide Work At Home Forum

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June 15, 2012

Matt Jennings @ 8:20 pm #

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July 7, 2012

Neil Richardson @ 12:28 pm #

Work from home and earn $100.00 with very little effort. How? Print bridal invitations and wedding correspondence. Most brides pay $100.00 and more for invitation addressing and do showers, RSVPs and Thank-you card addressing by hand. With LabelEase you can do it all.

Hello. My name is Neil Richardson and I have created LabelEase, an addressing program that makes putting addresses on media a snap. You can print on any size envelope, in any font, in any color in any country. Print addresses up side down, right side up … any where you want.

Why would anyone want to print an address upside down? The return address on the back flap of a wedding invitation RSVP envelope is upside down. No other program makes it as easy as LabelEase.

Advertise in your area and attract brides. Use your Windows computer and any printer costing around $100. LabelEase is $29.95. That’s it! You are ready to go.

It took me 15 years to make LabelEase. It is jewel waiting to be discovered. Are you going to be that person?

To good to be true. Nope. It’s all true.

This is the real deal.
Neil Richardson

July 16, 2012

Sharon @ 1:44 pm #

I would like more information about LabelEase


July 17, 2012

veronica @ 7:36 pm #

Telephone actresses are actually in demand these days. you can be paid quite well for having a way with words on the phone.
Happy job hunting

July 19, 2012

Bianca @ 10:20 am #

I would like some info about telephone actress. @veronica:

July 27, 2012

Work Home Mom @ 2:54 pm #

This is a great survey of some legitimate ways to make money from home. Thanks!

I’ve been a work home mom since 1996, and yes, it is possible to work from home and gain the scheduling freedom to spend time with your family. It’s even more fun when you start your own in-home business based on your passion, which can be done on a shoestring now that we have really great resources available on the internet.

Starting a business based on what you love to do makes it so much easier to jump out of bed in the morning!

August 7, 2012

Kathrine @ 7:32 pm #

Great article, however, you missed one of the biggest and best! What I heard was … “Of the women who earn $100,000 or more per year in the USA, 82% do it through direct sales!” and when Bill Gates was asked if he could do it all over again what would he have done to make the big bucks? He said “Network Marketing”. So, as a Wife and Mom of two kiddos I needed the flexibility and the ability to really make big money without killing myself in the process! I also did not want to do in home parties etc… I work in netWORK marketing doing direct sales and I live in my PJ’s most days so I know it is really a “work form home” opportunity.

While I was just writing to comment about this article…I am open to chatting with anyone who wants to discuss with me what I am doing at 509-795-0378. Anyone can do it if they just took the time to really explore the new “cutting edge” ways of doing it. It is better than a JOB…Just Over Broke!

Thanks for the great article! Best wishes to all!

August 8, 2012

shireen @ 2:55 pm #

thank you so much for your efforts. All of above are great ideas.

August 15, 2012

Hilda @ 5:51 am #


Is this Herbalife or similar products?

August 25, 2012

Mark @ 2:22 pm #


I hope it’s not Zeekler LOL.

August 29, 2012

Brett G. @ 1:20 pm #

Great Post! Another great home based business can be found at http://organicokc.com The knowledge gained allowed me family to live easily making in excess of $100K a year. Watch the video in the link to find out how you to can enjoy this financial freedom.

September 12, 2012

daniel armanee @ 6:46 am #

Great Posts there… personally i decided to try network marketing or if you like direct marketing and its working out for me since jobs have become a mess.. i badly needed the financial freedom and am loving it since they are great home based busineses.. one of the sites that am enjoying working with is (http://www.10levelriches.com/index2.php?danniezk). if you wish you can check it out..

September 19, 2012

Neil @ 7:29 am #

Great ideas….Can I just add the UK only network marketing company I’m involved with – who provide guarenteed savings on utility services people use everyday – see http://www.PartTimeEarner.co.uk for more info.

September 20, 2012

Brittany @ 3:45 pm #

I am currently with Azara Jewelry and I really like it so far. The most i’ve made in one week has been $600 and I average around $200. Is not bad and the jewelry is great. I am open to other opportunities as well. There is nothing like the freedom of working from home.

September 24, 2012

PrettyChadra @ 8:49 am #

@Matt Jennings
thanx alot! your info was useful

October 5, 2012

Nyasha @ 3:22 am #

I am trying to find someone who can help me on how to join the Golden path biz if you have ever heard of it . I went on the net but just can not figure out how I can start.If there is anyone with the know how please help me.

October 12, 2012
November 2, 2012

Nico Crestmere @ 12:46 pm #

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I was hesitant at first, but after working with the company for just under 3 months now, I can tell you they’re legit.
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I know you’ve heard this all before, but do what I did and look em up online. Watch some of the videos on YouTube from real people cashing their big checks.
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December 1, 2012

rommel hardian @ 1:29 pm #

I checked out this url link from Daniel Armanee (http://www.10levelriches.com/index2.php?danniezk), and I found it to be nothing more than an updated and flashy Ponzi-style scheme, more commonly referred to in law enforcement circles as a multi-level marketing scam.

Here is the premise: This web sire doesn’t even pretend to hide the fact that you, being the potential first customer, are being asked to do the one thing all net-savy, web-based entrepeneurs are taught from day one…pay a fee to get started.

It works like this: from right off the bat, as soon as you “join”, this “web-business” asked you to pay a “one-time” only beginning investment fee of $20.00. Then you go and you find fifteen people, usually folks you know and you get them to each “invest” $20.00 to join this club.

You then reap a “reward” from the dollars each one of your fifteen contacts has paid to join. Then, each one of these fifteen people are asked to repeat the same cycle; that is, find fifteen people and get them to join this GREAT and MARVELOUS web-based marketing business opportunity by paying $20.00.

As the “pyramid” developes DOWNWARD, with you at the apex (the top), you receive a “cut” from each “level’s” $20.00 “entrance” fee; those directly under you on the first level receive a cut; those on the next level down receive their cut; ad infinitum.

Statistically, by the second or third level, a multi-level marketing (Ponzi) scheme unravels, leaving all the “investors” holding their di*ks in their handsand shaking their heads, wondering :

1.) how was the wool drawn over their eyes?
2.) how did they miss seeing this coming, especially because they know better?
3.) at what point did the scam deviate from its promise and instead deliver the con by which they were just “rubed”?

rommel hardian @ 1:52 pm #


I would like to reply to your invitation to speak with you by phone. I looked up your area code and I see you are two states north of me. I live in Berkeley, CA.

For the past several months I have been slowly, but steadfastly and with great determination, researching and doing the homework learning about what it takes to start some type of home/web-based business which I can operate from my apartment.

I am a sixty year old man, still with boundless energy and motivation, who has been homebound since 1997. I also live on a rather diminutive government annuity (aren’t they all?)I, which no one can subsist on in this country anyway; thus, I need to develope an alternate revenue stream[s].

But, for me, it isn’t onlyabout making money. I need to have something that occupies my mind and my talents. Despite being disabled, I have a very sharp mind, a winning attitude, and a strong motivational desire to succeed. I need to prove to everyone who has, and continues to doubt, that I am capable on my own of achieving a more independent lifestyle and the degree of financial success which will liberate me enough to the point where I can take care of myself for the remainder of my life.

So yes, I would very much enjoy networking with you, making your acquaintance, listen to your suggestions and discuss your ideas. Please reply and tell me what is the best time for me to call you.

Thank you.
-rommel hardian (nom de guerre)

December 16, 2012

Cheri @ 11:01 pm #

@Kathrine: Hi Kathrine, I am also a wife and a mother of 3.. soon to be 4 children, and I have been looking for a chance for a way to work from home for quite some time. I have always been skeptical, and unsure of where to even start. I would love to be able to talk to a REAL person about this (you..lol) Hope to hear from you soon :)

December 31, 2012

Jenn S @ 8:28 pm #

Legit work at home jobs do exist! My direct deposit is already growing because I get LOTS of Traffic to my site using a simple method http://tinyurl.com/bew3xjk . Here’s some great info that I’ve used and it works http://tinyurl.com/a69troq

January 1, 2013

James @ 3:33 pm #

@Kathrine: Hi, you said “direct sales”, does that mean cold calling to potential customers to talk them in to a ” direct sell” ?,..thanks

April 23, 2013

Carly @ 6:34 pm #

I owned a brick and mortar store for a few years, then sold it and felt like I wasted a TON of money and time trying to find something legitimate set up for an online business.

I’d recommend making sure ANY company you work for or buy stuff from (like to set you up a website or marketing for it) make sure they offer a good guarantee. There are a bunch of companies- most seemingly out of Utah for some reason, selling “the dream”… along with a 3 day cancellation policy. In the online world, you have NO way of knowing what you’ll have after only 3 days.

A few months back I stumbled across another forum with pretty terrific feedback on a company easyonlinesuppliers.com. I worked with Katherine (the owner), a mom running a relatively small company, prices are great and phenomenal follow through. She is almost done building my second website now, I’m selling 2 very different types of products which get dropshipped directly to my customers when they buy- NO inventory, simplifies everything- it’s genius and I am finally ecstatic – Lord knows I’ve paid my dues to finally get here!

I’d love to post links to my sites but not sure if that is a no-no … Best of luck all! Educate yourself!! Have a guard up, there are so many bad guys out there.

May 4, 2013

Self employment does not have to be rocket science. You can do both self employment online and offline. Mixing the two makes for better multiple streams of income. Bein diverse is not a bad idea especially for beginners.

May 9, 2013

mirabela barcean @ 3:53 pm #

@Work Home Mom:

Hi there,

I am a new over here. Could I please get a little help :) ?

Tell me how was it at the begin >??

Many thanks,


May 15, 2013

Alissa @ 4:26 am #


I’m interested in what you are selling and if it is working out for you. Thanks,

July 14, 2013

Gary @ 8:52 pm #

What do you guys think is the best way to make money online overall? From what my friends have been telling me is affiliate marketing? But it seems to me that you need to much traffic in order to make a decent amount of money. So what do you guys think is the best besides that?
Has anyone tried Easy Payday Revolution? I just signed up and I was wanting to know if it is legit or not? It seems to be?

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