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7 Ways to Increase Your Income in Your Pajamas

U.S. News & World Report U.S. News & World Report 19/10/2015 Deacon Hayes

Try these work-from-home jobs to earn extra cash. © erikreis/ iStock/ Getty Images Try these work-from-home jobs to earn extra cash. Opportunities to increase your income are everywhere, and more people are choosing to increase their income from the comfort of their own home. The benefits of working from home are many, including:

  • Avoiding commute time
  • Saving money on wardrobe costs
  • Saving money on lunches out 
  • The ability to design your own work schedule

Telecommuting increased 103 percent between 2005 and 2014, and now consists of a hefty 3.7 million workers, according to the research firm Global Workplace Analytics. While some choose to work from home to earn income outside their 9-to-5 careers, others are bucking the system and turning their work-at-home jobs into a full-fledged business.

If you’re looking to add extra money to your bottom line, here are seven ways you can increase your income from the comfort of your home.

1. Graphic Design

Some companies will pay a penny for your thoughts if you take their online surveys. © jabejon/ iStock/ Getty Images Some companies will pay a penny for your thoughts if you take their online surveys. Sites such as Fiverr and Elance are full of requests for graphic design experts who can complete tasks ranging from designing websites to designing company brochures. With the right equipment and know-how, graphic design experts can easily make extra income from the comfort of their home office.

2. Online Surveys

More and more companies are looking for opinions from everyday people like you and me, and they’ll pay good money to get our thoughts on a variety of subjects. As with any online income business, there are reputable and not-so-reputable survey companies, but the good ones will pay well and pay on time.

Although online survey completion likely won’t bring in enough money to replace your full-time income, you can earn some great pocket cash each month by signing on with reputable survey companies such as the ones listed in this article by The Penny Hoarder’s Kyle Taylor.

3. Voiceover Work

© Maica/ iStock/ Getty Images If you have a relatable voice and the right equipment, you might be able to make money by doing voiceover work from home. Companies look for voices in all different sounds and accents. From the silly to the professional, there’s a variety of needs in the business industry for those who have a voice – and that’s you!

4. Podcasts

Although it can take a while to build up a nice income producing podcasts, the money can be plentiful if you produce great content and are willing to stick with it for the long haul. Take the story of Entrepreneur On Fire’s John Lee Dumas. Dumas recorded podcasts every day for nearly a year from his home before making any money, but in May of 2013, things took off. His readership exploded, and he found himself being courted by sponsors to the tune of $12,000 a month. Dumas' listening audience has quadrupled since then, and last month, he made a net $195,000 in income.

His advice to aspiring entrepreneurs? Do what you love, work at it every day and stick with it until you find success.

5. Freelance Writing

There’s a world of stay-at-home work these days for the person who is gifted at writing. Blog owners, business owners and corporate marketing departments are eager to hire freelance writers to help them share information and sell business products. The pay isn’t so bad either: It’s not unusual to get paid $50 or more for a website article or informational piece.

6. DIY Crafts and Gifts

© amlanmathur/ iStock/ Getty Images Those with a talent for creating crafts and handmade gifts have the world at their fingertips in terms of consumers who will buy their creations. There’s a myriad of websites, like Etsy, dedicated to selling goods by people working from home who can make anything from dish towels and jewelry to customized room décor.

7. Website Help

If you’re proficient at setting up, managing or perfecting websites, there’s a good chance you could be making income from home. Website owners are constantly searching for people to help with coding, SEO optimization and general management of their websites. There’s no shortage of ways to make websites better, which means there’s plenty of work out there for those who know how to make a good website better.

If you’re interested in increasing your income and using your at-home free time to do it, consider one of the above ways to make money in your pajamas. You may just find yourself a new career in the process. 

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