When I look online for ways to make money from home, its startling how many involve computer work. Almost all of them! Sometimes, I long for the quieter days of childhood, before technology hit mainstream society and my home.
Not everyone is cut out for computer work. In fact, its been proven that sitting in front of a computer all day isn’t healthy (for any part of you).
What if you don’t want to work online and need some extra cash? What options do you have? Here’s a few for both urban and rural dwellers!
1). Offer Childcare
If you live in a community, there’s almost always a need for babysitting. Parents who work unexpected hours, have date nights or work overtime for extra cash may need help from time to time! Regardless of whether or not you have children, put the word out and help bring in extra pennies.
2). Bake and Cook
Perhaps you thrive on baking or cooking and have busy neighbors who wouldn’t mind homemade bread, pie or cookies from time to time. Better yet, if you are accustomed to eating wholesome, natural food, allow health conscious friends and neighbors to place orders for a meal they can’t purchase anywhere else!
3). Sewing and Hemming
If you are a talented seamstress, consider putting your ability to work for the people of your community. From hemming jeans to sewing on buttons, taking in the length or size of a dress, once established, you might be amazed at the amount of small work you can bring in!
4). Private Lessons
Do you have the talent or ability to teach well? Offer private lessons from your home. The options are endless! Sewing, music, drawing or painting, baking, cooking and food preservation, horseback riding, mechanics, welding, building, etc.
5). House Cleaning
House cleaning is a service that many working individuals are willing to pay for, particularly around the spring or fall season. With rising awareness of the toxicity within our cleaning goods, try making your own natural home cleaners and see if you don’t find a special cleaning niche! Need ideas? See Vinegar and Soapnut Cleaner.
6). Backyard Work
Do you enjoy gardening, mowing, raking leaves or even snow removal? Depending on your climate, yard work can offer year-round extra income! Let the neighbors know you are ready and willing.
7). Sell Fresh Produce
If you have a small hobby farm with meat, eggs or fresh produce, let the neighbors know you’d be willing to sell your goods to them! If necessary, type up a flyer with prices per item and go door-to-door. It doesn’t have to be a big operation, but having a few steady customers can bring in a bit of cash.
8). Animal Care
If you live in an urban setting, offering pet care can bring in the pennies. Whether the owners work long hours or are on vacation, most folks rest easier knowing their animals are being well looked after.
When it comes to rural living, boarding others’ animals (horses or cows) can help generate some income. Helping on the neighbor’s farm is an option as well. Perhaps they need someone to care for animals while they go on holidays. Or perhaps they could use help during lambing or calving season.
9). Raise Pets or Livestock
Our culture is enamored with animals! If you have an acreage or if you live rural, consider breeding and selling small pets. This could be dogs, rabbits, pot-bellied pigs or miniature ponies.
Also consider breeding, raising and selling the offspring of your livestock (calves, piglet, lambs, bunnies, poultry, etc). As always, pure breeds are most valued and will bring the highest income.
10). Cut Firewood
This is a wonderful option if you already have a truck and trailer! Know your wood, advertise accordingly and take an extra 15-30 minutes after work to chop and stack firewood in a dry place. In fact, stacking firewood can easily be turned into a family-fun event! If you have the ability and means to deliver wood to the buyer, you’ll do even better.
11). Offer Mechanical Services
Depending on the time and skill sets had, offering mechanical work to neighbors can bring in a quick penny. Let it be known you change oil, tires, spark plugs, even clean vehicles inside and out. See if you get any business!
12). Build and Construct
If you enjoy working with wood, consider making and selling dog houses, chicken tractors or moveable pens, picnic tables or patio furniture.
With any of these methods, make certain there is a niche for you in the given area before investing into these money-making tactics. Find a need and offer a solution!