Most of us love the idea of earning extra income or quitting our full-time jobs altogether and working from home. But aren’t all the home-based opportunities just scams?
Not at all. There are plenty of authentic and reliable ways to make money by working from home. The secret is knowing how to separate the scams from the real jobs.
Here’s a hint: Legitimate jobs will typically never require you to pay a fee to get more information, and they don’t come in unsolicited junk e-mail messages.
Still, there’s plenty of earning potential in working from home. Companies are learning they can save a lot of money by hiring home-based working moms to do projects such as word processing, writing, computer programming, even tutoring.Most of the jobs listed below require an up-to-date computer, a high-speed Internet connection, a phone with a dedicated land line and a quiet place to work. Imagine reporting to work in your pajamas!
You could earn up to £500 a month by renting out a driveway, allocated parking space or unused garage, particularly if you live near a football stadium or train station where demand for parking is high. Commuters will typically pay around £75 a month to hire out a private space within walking distance of a train station, while a space within walking distance of Wembley Stadium can be rented out for £17 when an event is on.
Magazines and television companies are always scouting for places to feature as backdrops for photo shoots or filming. If your house happens to be gorgeous it could be ideal for a magazine or book shoot; regular family homes, meanwhile, are in demand from television production companies. It is by no means a guaranteed way of earning extra cash, but considering many agencies offer free registration (they will take a 20% cut if your home is chosen for a shoot), there is no harm in signing up. You can expect to earn about £1,000 a day if your home is used.
Split your bills and get a little extra help meeting your mortgage payments by taking in a lodger. Under the government’s rent-a-room scheme you could earn up to £4,250 a year tax-free if you get a lodger (as long as you provide him or her with a furnished room). Just make sure you set any ground rules and get a tenancy agreement in place