Turn Your Skills into Part-Time Income and Work From Home

part-time incomeWith today's economic uncertainty, many families across the country are struggling to make ends meet and find they are barely getting by. Living paycheck by paycheck may be the norm for many, but that stressful life shouldn’t be the only option. There is a light at the end of tunnel for financial woes, it may involve a little extra work and creativity, but living comfortably without the stress of bills piling up is worth it. The best part about these little tricks is that you can do them all right from the comfort of your own home!


Baking and Cooking– If you enjoy cooking and/or baking and you aren’t too bad at it, why not make an extra income from something you enjoy doing? Perhaps the easiest way to get started is to partner with a local Mom and Pop restaurant and sell your baked goods on consignment.  Consignment is less profitable for sure, however it is a very attractive option for a business owner as there is little down-side risk and has great potential to generate profits.  Once you have a following you can expand to other restaurants and outlets.  Be sure to contact your county health department for the necessary permits.


Tutoring– There are thousands of grade school, elementary, high school, college aged people looking for a tutor in a wide number of subjects. If you have exceptional skills in a subject, it won’t hurt to place flyers up around local schools and libraries to see how many inquirers you get. You can even give lessons for a sport or musical instrument. There are tutors wanted for just about everything!


Sell! Sell! Sell! – One of the easiest and quickest ways to raise cash is to sell unwanted items around the house. You can sell your jewelry, clothes, electronics, and much more! If you have any unwanted items, there could be a substantial amount of money available. In fact, there is practically a buyer for everything! You can have a yard sale, place ads on Craigslist or eBay; the possibilities are endless. Yard sales typically bring the least amount of return on your dollar so I would start with eBay or Craigslist.  Do your research and be sure to price your items reasonably so they will move quickly.


Personal Services – From babysitting, pet and/or house-sitting, dog walking, styling, personal assistant, etc. there are numerous personal services that will allow you to use your time to really bring in the extra income, without too much of a commitment so many of these services will allow you to keep your primary job. Although some of these services may require you to leave the house every now and then, they can really bring in those extra dollars!  Also, personal services such as babysitting, house-sitting or dog walking are excellent opportunities for your teen to earn money which in-turn can help free up some money in the family budget.

Readers: Do you make money by working from home? What are some ways that you have earned some money by working part-time?

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24 Responses to Turn Your Skills into Part-Time Income and Work From Home

  1. Kim @ SideHustleHQ 11/10/2013 at 3:42 am #

    Great ideas for making money without leaving the house ! Tutoring is definitely a promising option – especially since requirements are increasing with the implementation of the Common Core standards across the country.

    • Paul 11/10/2013 at 10:48 am #

      Tutoring would be a natural fit for me since I teach Science at the Middle School level, maybe in a few years!

  2. The College Investor 10/31/2013 at 8:02 am #

    It’s really great to have a part time work from home income to augment your income especially one that you enjoy like baking or tutoring, since there are lots of students whose parents are looking for good tutors to help their kids with their kids.

    • Paul 11/10/2013 at 10:54 am #

      I did some painting in college and that helped to raise some money during the summer months. If you have the will you can find a way to turn a skill into money!

  3. SuburbanFinance 10/21/2013 at 8:46 pm #

    I love making extra money, so I try to do so wherever and whenever I can.

  4. The Pension Bureau 10/17/2013 at 3:09 am #

    Just by connecting with people on social media you can soon get interest. Tutoring is an excellent idea – Think about qualification’s you have but don’t use in your current job. Book keeping is another one.

  5. Brian 10/15/2013 at 6:22 am #

    With the Holidays fast approaching, I think you can tap into the personal services market with people traveling, house & petting sitting opportunities may be available. Think about shopping for people with a prepared list for gifts or grocery for the holidays. Wrapping gifts, hanging decorations etc.

  6. Daisy @ Prairie Eco Thrifter 10/14/2013 at 7:58 pm #

    I used to babysit, but when I did, I had to do it from their home. I still had the commute and transportation costs that went with it, but I saved money on food because I’d eat at their house. THere were a lot of benefits to it!

    • Paul 10/14/2013 at 8:54 pm #

      Babysitting is great for teens but tends to be a little difficult to find jobs outside of family and friends.

  7. pramod 10/14/2013 at 11:19 am #

    Tutoring and Personal Services can make awesome income and also it will also improve our personal skills with time.

    • Paul 10/14/2013 at 8:52 pm #

      Tutoring is something that I may look at down the road for extra income, I am a Science Teacher so I think it would be relatively easy for me to find work.

  8. midlifefinance 10/14/2013 at 9:34 am #

    I have a bunch of kid stuff on Craigslist right now. They are not selling though. I guess I will have to keep reposting and perhaps lower the price a bit.

    • Paul 10/14/2013 at 8:51 pm #

      I had pretty good luck selling some kids winter clothing and some furniture on Craigslist. It depends what you are selling and how many listings there are. Good luck!

  9. dojo 10/14/2013 at 8:29 am #

    I did some tutoring when I was younger and was able to earn some money off it. I now run a home based business (web design) and it’s working great.

    • Paul 10/14/2013 at 8:49 pm #

      Tutoring is a great way to earn money if you are skilled in a particular subject. Congrats on the successful home-based business! You may want to check out a site I own where you can advertise your services for free. Its called Bloggers Classifieds – http://bloggersclassifieds.com Feel free to place a free listing and I’ll tweet a link to your listing to our 11k followers!

  10. Betsy @ ConsumerFu.com 10/14/2013 at 6:12 am #

    Cooking is great, but there are laws that regulate where and what you can cook for sale. In our area your kitchen must be inspected like a commercial kitchen. If a pet lives in the home that’s it, you’re cooking dreams are over. The great things is about an hour away is a commercial kitchen run by a county extension service that you can rent. It is a fully stocked and inspected/graded kitchen.

  11. cj 10/13/2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Guitar lessons have been paying the bills for nearly a decade, so this stuff works if you are good enough at what you do, personable, reliable and professional. Great list, Paul!!!

    • Paul 10/14/2013 at 8:44 pm #

      During college I painted the interior of a home of a family friend. They had seen my work and decided to let me paint a single room, sort of a job interview. They were impressed and had me and my brother paint just about the entire inside of a 3 story remodeled home. The only way I got the job was because they knew I did quality work, they were willing to pay a little extra for that.

  12. Barbara Friedberg 10/13/2013 at 12:12 pm #

    I have so much stuff I could sell…. My problem is that I have less time and it’s usually not worth the effort for the potential return. But if you have the extra time, this is a great idea!

    • Paul 10/14/2013 at 8:19 pm #

      I’m with you there Barb! I find the community garage sales are a good motivator to clean out the garage and declutter!

  13. Tammy R 10/12/2013 at 7:00 am #

    Hello Paul! I am living proof that tutoring can pay the bills. It is the only way I pay the bills! While we don’t do it from home because of regulations with our townhome association, we would if we could. It would save us from paying to rent an office space.

    I agree that tutors are needed for just about everything. With the Internet, we are better able to find and sell services. I think tutoring can be a great side gig or, as it is with me, a mortgage payer!

    Have a super one!


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