When it comes to making money from home, there's a lot of opportunities you can take advantage of, especially if you're an Australian.
Now, there are quite a few things to consider — for starters, some opportunities will make you money faster than others. Some of them are part-time or even full-time job opportunities, while others are more of a one-time kind of deal.
No matter what these opportunities imply, there's money to be had in them, and in this post, we'll walk you through some of the best ways you could earn money remotely.
But first, an answer to a question you probably have right now.
How Can I Earn Money From Home?
Earning money from home might seem like something that's too good to be true, but thanks to the Internet becoming more and more mainstream as time goes on, remote jobs are far more common than ever before.
In the list below, we'll give you our top 15 ways you can make money remotely.
#1 Website Testing
One interesting way you could make money quickly is by using a platform like UserTesting to get paid for testing apps and websites.
You can earn around $10 for every 20-minute assignment, which is pretty good — however, the demand for testers is not constant, so you’re not guaranteed to find opportunities every time you log in to the platform. In some cases, a website may only be looking for feedback from a specific demographic as well, so you'd need to qualify in order to test that website first.
With some luck, though, it's a pretty generous contribution to your income, and it should help you in your path to earning money from home.
Running a blog can be pretty hit or miss as far as success is concerned, but considering how small the initial investment is, it's definitely worth a try.
Having a successful blog is one of the best ways of earning passive income (AKA money that you earn with minimal or zero active effort), and you can learn plenty of useful skills like SEO (search engine optimization) and how to market your blog — however, it can be pretty time consuming (especially in the beginning), so make sure you give plenty of thought to this idea before fully committing to it.
Now, if you're interested in learning ways to earn passive income, you can see our article on it here.
#3 Online Tutoring
You can also earn plenty of quick money if you specialize in a particular subject matter, as this allows you to become an online tutor.
There are plenty of subjects currently in demand, but some of the most sought-after are math, science (encompassing subjects like chemistry and physics), and English. Depending on the site you use to engage in online tutoring, you might also need to have more or fewer certifications in order to get started with tutoring students.
If you'd like to learn more about online tutoring, we also have an article on the topic that you can read here.
Another way that you could earn money from home is by using a spare bedroom (or your house, if you're up for it) and renting it out on Airbnb.
This depends on where you live, but the price for Airbnb rentals can range between $67 to $110 per night. And this is just for one room: you could get a lot more if you decided to rent your house for one night.
Of course, there's plenty of people who wouldn't feel comfortable with this idea, but if you're willing to do it, it's definitely one of the quickest ways of earning money on this list.
#5 Renting Out Your Car
Just like with Airbnb, you can rent out your car (preferably an extra vehicle you don't drive much) and make a considerable amount of money fairly quickly with it.
To do so, you can use Turo, a platform where you can list your car for rent to anyone looking for a car. It has around 14 million members and 450.000 vehicles listed to date, so there's a lot of potential to be had.
#6 Getting Into Data Entry
Data entry jobs can be pretty tiring, but they're an efficient way of making cash quickly.
As a data entry worker, you'll be tasked with introducing data (usually in a spreadsheet), updating databases and archives, and other data-related work.
You can expect to be paid around $17 per hour, so making money from home should be pretty easy once you've gotten into data entry.
#7 Freelance Writing
Becoming a freelance writer is a perfect way for people with a talent for words to earn a considerable amount of money.
There's a chance you won't be seeing immediate results if you're just getting started, though, and you might need to use an app like Upwork to find projects to work on and gather experience that way. But once you've become a skilled freelance writer, you could be easily be charging $250+ per article.
In fact, you could charge $500 or more for longer articles that need a lot of research and interviews to write.
#8 Using Facebook
Facebook is a pretty versatile place for selling products and services, believe it or not — considering it's such a widely used social media platform, it's not difficult at all to find people interested in what you have to offer, especially if you use Facebook Ads to your advantage.
The downside to Facebook is that you'll probably have a slow beginning when you first create your Facebook Business page — after all, your most efficient way to promote yourself without a moderate initial investment will be through word of mouth from friends and members of popular groups relevant to what you're selling.
Once you have a reasonable budget, though, you'll be able to promote your business through paid Facebook ads, which are very effective — you might want to get some training on them to make the most out of your money, though.
#9 Online Courses
This is a more advanced way of making money because you'd need to be an expert in a particular skill or subject matter, but in case you are, then you have the option of creating an online course.
Of course, the success to be had with an online course can fluctuate a lot, but if your course performs well, then it's a big source of passive income.
As an additional tip, it'd be useful to have an existing blog or a social media account that has potential buyers — it naturally increases the likelihood of your course's success.
#10 Selling Books
If you have a lot of books that you've already read, don't have the time to read or you're simply not interested in reading, then maybe this is the perfect opportunity to do something about them.
Whether it's a ton of academic books or an entire science fiction saga, there's plenty of ways you can sell books that you no longer have any use for — you could do it the traditional way by opening a stall, or you could take advantage of technology by selling them online (Facebook, in particular, is pretty useful for this).
It could take a while for your books to get sold depending on what books you have, but overall, this is another efficient way of making money from the comfort of your home.
#11 Becoming A Virtual Assistant
As a virtual assistant, you can help busy professionals with their to-do lists or assist small businesses with their social profiles.
Being a virtual assistant allows you to work for someone else, even if they’re a thousand miles (or more) away, without ever having to step foot out of your home office.
And, considering virtual assistants earn upwards of $30 an hour, it’s a pretty great way of earning income remotely while working part-time hours.
#12 Become a Social Media Manager
Much like a virtual assistant, a social media manager often works remotely and manages the social media profiles of clients.
If you’ve been wondering how to make money from home, Australian and overseas companies are always looking for reliable staff who know how to rock social media.
If you are obsessed with Instagram or know your way around the Facebook advertising dashboard, there is money to be made.
If you're pretty skilled at spotting other people's mistakes when writing, (whether we're talking about spelling, grammar, and/or syntax errors), then becoming a proofreader is the perfect job for you.
There's a lot of advantages to becoming a remote proofreader — you can work from anywhere, there's plenty of job opportunities as blogging becomes more popular, and making $2.000 as a proofreader is also pretty easy. The average pay you can expect as a proofreader is $26 per hour, after all.
If you'd like to know more about online proofreading jobs, you might want to take a look at our article here.
#14 Becoming A Deliveryman
You could also become a deliveryman to get some quick cash.
Delivery orders tend to be mostly food and/or groceries for people who are too busy to get them themselves, but you could also deliver items coming from Amazon.
One upside to this is that there's plenty of apps that you can use for food delivery (for example, there's DoorDash, UberEats, and Instacart just to name a few). By doing this, you could easily earn $14 per hour or more, which means that earning a considerable amount of money from the comfort of your home is completely feasible.
#15 Using Money-Making Apps
Money-making apps are a great way of making extra income with your smartphone during your spare time — it depends on what app you use, but some of them are as easy as creating a profile and doing a few simple tasks as you're watching TV.
Of course, using apps that pay higher (like Uber, Lyft, or TaskRabbit) would be the most straightforward way of earning money, but not all of these money-making apps are remote. Besides, the higher the pay, the more time you'll have to spend per task.
The income you can get from apps that have easier tasks can nevertheless still add up, but it will take a bit longer to do so: in short, you'll need to evaluate how quickly you want to make money before choosing an app.
If you'd like to learn more about money-making apps in general, you could take a look at our article on them here.
Making money remotely is becoming more and more common as time goes on, so finding ways to earn an income remotely is becoming easier as a result. Australia, in particular, has plenty of remote job opportunities you can take advantage of.