Do you dream of a job that allows you to work from home, is flexible and you can be your own boss? For many people, this is a pipe dream they consider unattainable. Whereas, in actual fact working from home is a possibility for anyone. There are a number of different jobs you can do from home. Running an online retail store is the most obvious, but there are a number of others considered to be a little more obscure. If you don’t want to run an online store, but the thought of working from home still attracts you, here are some ideas for you to consider.

Rent Out Your Spare Room

Do you have a spare room in your house that’s not doing anything? Do you have a vacation planned that will leave your home empty for a couple of weeks? An online site called Airbnb can be used to list your property or room for free. The company takes 3% of any reservation fees you’re paid, but the rest goes into your pocket. It’s completely up to you how much you charge for the listing and how long it’s available. Roomorama is another company offering a similar service, but the fee charged is 8% – 12% of the total price. Both are great ways to make some extra money and meet new people at the same time.

Affiliate Marketing

You’ll need a website to take advantage of affiliate marketing because it involves partnering with other brands and businesses within your website’s content. To participate, you need to sign up for a particular affiliate program and link to a particular product or service in your content. A unique code will be given to you, and you use this in your link. Every time somebody buys a product via your link, you’ll make money.

It’s advisable to choose an affiliate program that is related to the concept of your blog. For example, if your blog is finance related, you need to look for financial products such as credit cards, investment accounts, and savings accounts. As well as signing up for individual programs you can also check out an affiliate ad network.

If you haven’t got a website, it’s still possible to make money if you have a huge social media following. If you’ve got a big Instagram following, for example, companies will be willing to offer all kinds of sponsorships. As well as getting paid in cash, you can also receive a range of different free gifts. Only choose companies you believe in or use.

Online Courses

Do you have a skill others would be interested in learning? It’s possible to start up an online course on virtually any subject. From cooking to marketing and anything in between, you’re bound to find an online course to help you. If you can’t think of a particular skill worth sharing, consider teaching English online. There is currently a worldwide shortage of English teachers and an increasing demand for learning the language online.

There are a few simple steps you need to follow if you want to start an online course. First is to have a good idea and consider what your audience will be looking for. Once you’ve done this, you can create a course on almost anything. Platforms such as SkillShare, Udemy, and have made it really easy to start an online course.

Playing Video Games

For many people, being paid to play video games would be a dream job. Getting paid for something you love doing certainly sounds idyllic. Playing video games online and being paid for it is a possibility but it will be hard work. You may also find that it takes all the enjoyment out of online gaming and you start to hate what you once loved with a passion. It’s also quite a risky path to take. There are hundreds of people who have tried and failed. Although there are some success stories. This particular career path is for those who are young and single. Several years of commitment is required along with a certain amount of investment. To be comfortable, you’ll need to ditch the dining room table and chair and look for something more ergonomic. You’ll need some good computer equipment, a comfortable gaming chair, and table. Look into no credit check financing if you need to borrow a small amount of money.

One way of making money playing video games is to stream your gameplay live. The aim is to build an audience and fund your gameplay with ads. Alternatively, you build a loyal audience that is willing to make donations or pay a subscription. You will need thousands of regular viewers to make a living, and the market is heavily saturated.

Writing gaming guides is another way to make money. The guides can be published on your own website, uploaded to YouTube or published as an eBook. Podcasts or videos are also ways to make money linked with gaming. You can monetize your podcasts with ads or via subscriptions.

Freelance Writing

This is the kind of job you can start when you’re still working full-time if you want to earn some extra money. The key to making a success of this type of career is to find a niche and network with people who might want to hire you. Delivering good content that is grammatically perfect and error-free is also important. There are several different writing job boards, or you can find writing jobs yourself by signing up with websites such as and Many successful online writers started out with a simple blog. From there, they moved into writing content for other websites and then onto teaching others to do just the same.

This is a really small selection of the ways you can make money online. Take a look online if you need some inspiration, as there are thousands of people who have made a great success with their online business. You’ll need to have time and passion for your chosen area along with a certain amount of creative skill. As long as you’ve got these, then the sky is your limit.