7 Legitimate Ways To Earn An Extra $500/Month From Home

When it comes to earning money from home, I spend over two years trying out different methods.

I can tell you now that there is no need to worry. If you’re tight on money and are looking to make some extra money from home, there are plenty of options out there, and I’ve written down some great ones down below.

Even more awesome, if you decide to become a stay at home parent, some of these ways will allow you to grow your income even further and make more money, while other methods will only allow you to go so far.

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There are hundreds of legitimate websites out there that offer real, work at home jobs. We’ll have a look at some of those.

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Then you also have blogging and creating your own online business. I know people who make thousands of dollars a month blogging.

There’s even someone out there who makes more then $100k per month blogging. Yes, you read that correctly. Don’t believe me? Check out Pat Flynn’s website www.smartpassiveincome.com.

If blogging sounds like something you’re interested in, you can now create your own blog very easily through Bluehost using WordPress. I’ve included a special discount link that will give you a hosting discount and a FREE domain, and I’ve created a step-by-step guide which will help you set up your blog. 

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First of all I think it’s important to set some realistic goals first. Is $500 hard to make? I don’t think so. I personally know that you can even make more money by using these methods.

If $500 sounds like a lot to you and it requires you to do things you simply do not have time for, then that’s okay. Maybe set a smaller goals and try to make your first $100.

I’ve tried out quite a lot of different methods during the past 2 years and the main thing that keeps coming back is that there are a lot of ways that make good money, but most of those ways are just super boring and not rewarding.

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After a while I realized that whenever you decide to add a side income stream or are trying to make a few hundred dollars extra, you need to make sure it involves a combination of the following three things.

1. It needs to be rewarding;

2. You need to have some passion for it;

3. You need to see actual results;

Otherwise it’s just not worth your time in my opinion and I guarantee you’ll give up on it in a matter of weeks. That doesn’t mean you can’t grow some passion for it, and that certainly doesn’t mean that you don’t have to put in a lot of time and effort before you start seeing rewarding results.

I think that with making money online becoming more popular, there are a ton of great options out there. You just have to keep on looking until you find what you like and have a combination of those 3 requirements.

I’ve chosen the 7 most interesting and most rewarding methods I’ve come across while searching for ways to earn an extra $500 a month. Let’s have a look.

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 The List

1. Usertesting.com

Usertesting.com is a website that will pay you to review websites. Now, it’s not just a stupid review job/platform where you maybe get paid a $1 per review and each review takes a long time. It actually works in a pretty cool way. You have to video and audio record yourself, while browsing a site and testing it’s user experience. According to usertesting.com, this is an extremely effective way for businesses to hear comments and remarks that could help them improve their site. UserTesting has a video on their website which will show you how the system works.

Average Time/Review : 20 min.

Pay Per Review : $10

2. Drive For Uber
Now, this one doesn’t allow you to make money from home, but I thought it was worth mentioning, because I was absolutely blown away by drivers’ earnings after witnessing a few recent success stories.

I have a friend who makes up to $5k on a regular basis while driving for Uber. He is definitely not treating it as a small side job, but figured out he could make more money by driving his car, then waiting tables or being a bar tender.

I also know for a fact that he only drives a little bit at noon and mostly at night, every single day. I think the fact he drives in Los Angeles instead of a smaller town is part of higher Uber earnings. Not always, but each time he was consistent in his driving, he’d be able to pull in roughly $5k per month.

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Although I’ve heard and read mixed reviews on Uber, it still is one of the easiest and greatest ways I’ve seen people make some extra money. You may not be interested in driving your car full time, but while a handful of my friends are regular Uber drivers, I’ve established it’s pretty doable to easily earn an extra $500 per month on top of your regular income.

3. Start A Blog 
There are people out there making between $10k and $120k per month while blogging. Obviously, there are also people who make way less to even no money. But just to show you the potential of what a blogging business could do to your bank account, Pat Flynn owns the website Smart Passive Income and makes up to an an average of $120k per month.

To me blogging is extremely rewarding. It took a few months before I started seeing results, but those results made up for all of the hard word prior to seeing those results. You can talk about anything you want in your blog, and there’s always an audience out there looking to read about what you have to say.

I didn’t know anything about blogging when I started a few months ago, but I’ve reached a point where I’m now making between $500 and $1000 per month easily.

If you’re interested in starting in start your own blog, feel free to check out my FREE step-by-step tutorial where I explain how to create your very own money making blog. Also, if you decide to sign up using my link, you’ll be able to get hosting at a discount through Bluehost for only$3.95 per month. On top of that, you’ll also be able to get a completely FREE domain.

If you decide that in the end blogging isn’t for you, you’ll be able to cancel your Bluehost membership easily as there is no contract involved.

4. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is an extremely popular way to earn some extra cash. Not only is it very popular in the blogging world, but also YouTubers and other social media users use it to earn money through their exposure.

One of the greatest ways I love making money is through Amazon’s Affiliate program and the blog hosting company Bluehost’s affiliate program.

For every sign up on via Bluehost’s affiliate program, you earn $65. That’s a great commission! If you’re interested in earnings commissions through programs such as Bluehost and Amazon, then go ahead and start your own blog here and feel free to use my step-by-step tutorial. After you’ve created your own blog, you can sign up on Bluehost’s affiliate program here.

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5. Start Micro Niche Websites

Micro niche sites are websites dedicated to 1 specific subject or keyword. Micro niche websites only work when there’s a low competition in the search engines and a big amount of searches each month, allowing a good amount of users to easily find your micro niche sites.

You can figure out the correct ratio using Google’s Keyword Planner. Because there is low competition in the search engines, it will be easy for your micro niche site to rank on Google’s first page. Then, through advertisement and affiliate marketing you can set up an automated money making website that requires low maintenance.

Micro niche websites are super easy to make. If you find the right niche, it won’t take long for your site to start earning money. The key to success here is setting up multiple micro niche websites, resulting in multiple streams of income.

Feel free to check out this video to learn more about finding good keywords and niches.

6. Fiverr

I absolutely love Fiverr. If you ever need to have anything done when it comes to your online business, check out their sellers. You can find absolutely anyone providing any kind of service. From design, to development, to marketing and advertising. They have a ton of stuff.

Each time I create a new gig on my fiver account, I receive a couple of orders right away, without any promotion. You can easily make an extra $500 using Fiverr.com.

7. Become A Virtual Assistant

There are a ton of bloggers, Youtubers and online business looking for virtual assistants to help them with their businesses. A virtual assistant can easily charge up to $50-$75/hour. Tasks can include organizing emails, managing social media, managing blog posts, etc.

If you’re interested in becoming a virtual assistant the feel free to join this Facebook group. This is a virtual assistant networking group, which could be a great start for your virtual assistant career.

There you go. 7 Legitimate ways I’ve all tested myself which can easily create a monthly steady side income source. It all depends on how much time you spend on it, but I believe you can easily earn $500 per month. I think you can easily earn more then that as well. It all depends on how you approach things and how far you’re willing to go with it.

What about you? Do you have any side income streams that allow you to work from home and make a few hundred dollars per month? I’d love to hear about it.

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  1. I am officially over-whelmed by this article of yours! Not so much by the other suggestions about making money with reviews or fiverr but that you’re earning a pretty decent income with a blog so young. Clearly, this should have been at the top of your list 🙂

    1. Thank you for the compliment Fehmeen. Personally I think blogging is at the top of my personal money making list, but I would’t recommend it as a top 1 for people to make a quick extra $500. It’s so rewarding, although it did take quite some time to see these results. As mentioned in the article, I always try to look for that balance between rewarding, seeing results and passion. I think I still mentioned “starting a blog” as a legitimate way to make money on the side, even though again I mentioned I want to see results quickly, because it’s just been so extremely rewarding. I think that all of the previous months prior to seeing any income were totally worth it since things are finally starting to pay off. Though methods like Fiverr or Uber may get you quicker results, I decided to put starting a blog lower in the ranking :-).

      1. It does take time for the money to come in but my old blog took about two to three years to get good money. So I was pretty impressed you got your results waaaaay sooner. Good for you. Do share your tips someday 🙂

  2. Thanks for the information. I’ve been looking into doing some VA work and I’ve looked into Fivrr. I’m still trying to determine what services I could offer for $5.00.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Shirria. That’s where I put in most of my efforts. Trying to determine what services were popular, yet had low competition and were worth my time for $5. You’ll figure it out :-). Let me know if you have any questions about Fiverr. Have about 3 gigs that do particular well. So if you need any advice I’d be happy to help you out :-).

  3. I have very much enjoyed reading your blog. Especially the posts on making extra money. I am currently researching opening my own VIrtual Assistant business, and was happy to see the link for the VA Facebook group. I have two quick questions. 1) What services (if any) could a VA provide via Fivver? 2) How can I signup for your blog?

    1. Hey Lill!

      Thank you so much for the nice comment. Glad you thought the VA Facebook Group was helpful!

      As far as your first question goes, there’s a wide range of managerial services you could provide. From Social Media management, to old post clean up, to posting actual posts, cleaning up actual blog posts, editing and so on. The list is endless. I suggest you talk to some of the VA’s in that Facebook group. They are all very friendly and helpful and I’m sure they can answer a lot of your questions.

      My main advice is that if you do start getting clients and start growing your VA business is to get some sort of insurance that will cover your services. Whenever you work on someone’s business, especially online it’s not unusual for someone to make a mistake. The worst thing that could happen is someone taking further actions for an unfortunate accident that happened to be irreversible and cost your client money and clients. One of the more important things we often don’t think about when working with clients on their business.

      As far as signing up for my blog goes, I’m glad you brought that up. Just before you wrote this comment I realized I only had pop up subscription windows. I just added a subscription bar to the top of every page which will allow you to submit your email address.

      Feel free to let me know if you have anymore questions!

      Enjoy your evening and happy to connect!

    1. Hey Jelica!

      Good question. I’m not sure with Fiverr, but there are a bunch of stuff people from countries besides the U.S. can sign up.

      I’m thinking elance.com, freelancer.com, … You’ll have to do some research when it comes to other ones.

      When it comes to blogging, most companies will let anyone sign up from any country. I think you can definitely sign up for Bluehost’s hosting and their affiliate program later. You will also be able to sign up for a lot of the ad networks and other affiliate programs.

      Me being from Europe, there was a time when I was not allowed to work in the U.S. and I had to be creative with how I addressed everything. At that point I realized most companies do work with people outside of the U.S.. If they don’t I’m sure another company in their niche will do.

      Let me know if you have anymore questions!

  4. I am with you on starting a blog and affiliate marketing. I encourage those looking for some extra income each month to blog about what interests them. Initially, it’s about building your readership, but you can make some money (almost) immediately via affiliate marketing. It takes a little longer with display ads (e.g. Adsense).

    Fiverr is a great resource if you have a niche skill. One that I think is popular is graphic designers. At first, you will likely only make the minimum, but eventually you can set your own price.

    Uber is another possibility, but I think would be better served if they allowed tips. Afterall, you have to account for future vehicle maintenance down the road that could offset your immediate earnings, which won’t be much in most markets unless you are really busy (or it’s a peak time).

    If I were someone looking for $500-1,000 per month in extra income. I would focus on affiliate marketing. You have so many merchants you can partner with and you don’t even need to own a blog. You can utilize social media via your current accounts. You can still work full-time, but make some side money, which I am sure we would all love!

    1. Hi Alyssa!

      It really depends. Every blog and blogger is different. For me it took about 6 months to reach $1,000/month. I’m actually in the process of finishing up my eBook where I literally explain every step I went through in order to reach 100,000 visitors and start earning some serious income through my blog. If you’re interested I can send you a download link once it’s ready.

      Good luck!

  5. Hi there Peter,your article is very informing and I will sure check out some of the ways you mentioned,I’m real looking for extra cash,it’s not easy because,not a lot of South Africans you will find in this type of stuff,but yeah,I can learn on my own,I actually want to be an actor,but we all start somewhere,especially when you don’t have proof for most thing,so thanks for your suggestions big guy.

    1. You’re welcome Thabiso! Blogging is still one of the best ways to earn extra money! Even though it’s not entirely passive income, it ca become passive over time. Also, there’s no limit to how much you can earn. There are people out there earning over $100,000 per month.

      Good luck!

      1. Hi, I am Yvonne,
        I want to start blogging but I want to know the steps and what do I need to get started. Can you please help me? How do you get paid for your blogs?

  6. I am a middle aged woman who is in need of income sources…urgently and rather quickly. A year ago I was forced to resign from bus driving, which I did for 22 years, because of some “yet to be diagnosed” illness that causes extreme (and unpredictible) daytime sleepiness. Even worse, I am divorced as of a few days ago. The entire divorce took less than a week. Crazy!

    I have 7 years of college but my education doesn’t add up to anything relavant in today’s job market. My job experience (mostly as a school bus driver) doesn’t “sell me” on paper…except for driving jobs, which I cannot do because of the sleepiness issue. That being said, online work seems the best fit for me right now because I could work whenever I’m wide awake and not worry about my sporadic need for naps.

    I am making a very modest profit on eBay but it’s not nearly enough to meet my needs. I know my way around a computer fine but I don’t have skills in graphic design, Website development or any of the other high demand computer-related “industries.” There are a bazillion survey options that may or may not pay…but there are not enough hours in a day to even make a dent there. This brings me to blogging and/or affiliate marketing.

    These options seem to be highly competitive and I can’t see that someone like me has much chance among all of the other bloggers and affiliate marketers out there. I am not an expert at anything…except driving a large vehicle with 70+ children behind me, and I can’t imagine having much to say that would attract a whole lot of readers. I know something about a lot of things…but is that enough to be a successful blogger?

    I would like some honest input and advice from readers before I invest a ton of energy and effort into exploring the blogging option. Does anyone have some input for me? Maybe some resources for absolute newbies? Blog topics that have a chance vs. those that are doomed to flop? Are there lower risk online options I should be looking at? I would appreciate anything you have to offer. TEACH ME! lol

    1. Hi Dawn,

      Just take a leap of faith here.
      Starting a blog requires very little investment, and if you do it right you can earn a good amount of money.
      Don’t worry about other bloggers and competition. That will always be there.
      Use Pinterest well and write daily, and you should be able to rack in $1,000 extra in less than 6 months if you go about it the right way :-).


  7. Good afternoon,
    Please could you let me know if this would apply to someone living is South Africa.
    I would really like to know if this is possible, and how would I go about trying to get myself signed up for this.
    Please could somebody get back to me on my personal email, which is the one I have used below
    Thanking you in advance

  8. Hi, Peter C

    I thank you for sharing your awaresome knowlege with users. i love it. Are you sure that someone like Pat Flynn, etc who makes $100k per month? i doubt it. i think it seeems impossibelle. i think i want do the same someone who made $10k, $50k or even $150k per month blogging.

    how do they do it? why do top bloggers do not do with adsense?
    i see you that you dont use Adsense to make money on your blog.

    what do you think if you use Adsense on your site to make money?



  9. The article says that the Blogging Blueprint is $8. When I click on the image to buy, it says $17. The money isn’t the issue, but that just makes it feel like a total bait and switch. People are skeptical about buying off a website anyway, and things like this (although a minor mistake), can really affect their decision. Hopefully there is a supplemental chapter on paying attention to detail…. 😉

    1. Hi Steve!

      Sorry about that. I’ve been a little absent in the past few months when it comes to my online stuff, but there was indeed a price change that happened for a while. I forgot to change the price on my articles here, but have reset the price to $8.

      All the best!

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