16 Ideas to Make Money From Home in Your Free Time

We are living a real Sharing Economy, an economy where the sharing of values ​​and skills is at the base of everything.

I decided to create this post, perhaps the longest ever, to share over 17 Ideas for Making Money from Home in your spare time that you can start right away.

Many of these require no initial investment and allow you to earn from home right away, both online and offline.

Others require small initial capital and / or time investments but allow you to generate potentially very large revenues in a short time and directly from your home.

All you need is a PC and lots of imagination and creativity.

We will analyze each of these methods in detail, seeing the real earning potential and studying the various pros and cons.

It is not necessary for you to quit your job to earn extra money and in this article we will see how to make the most of the free time you have available.

They are not placed in order of importance but based on when and how much they come to mind as it will take me about three weeks to complete this article 🙂

Last thing to say but no less important.

All the methods contained in this site can help you to increase your monthly income even a lot, greatly shortening the time needed to live on an annuity.

Keep in mind that I personally use many of these strategies to increase my revenue by around 1000 euros per month.

And trust that 1000 euros are equivalent to an average salary, they are not very few!


Amazon is the world’s largest online sales portal with millions of purchases every day.

It was born at the beginning as an online store of paper books and has evolved allowing the widespread diffusion of ebooks in the world.

To understand the potential of this business, just think that the sale of digital books has exceeded the sale of paper books.

Obviously writing a book is not for everyone but it presents itself as one of the best possibilities nowadays to make money online.

  • Capital Required: NO – Anyone can publish a book with Amazon KDP
  • Time Needed: High creation times
  • Average earnings: If you create a bestseller, the earnings are potentially very high
  • Risk: Zero, if you go, you won’t even sell a copy

-> You can find the detailed guide with my strategy in the manual for living on the annuity that I created.


A simple and creative way to earn is to get refunds for the purchases you make online.

So every time you book a hotel on Booking or buy in over 2500 online stores you can get a cashback, or a refund of money.

The site I use that allows you to get all these refunds is called Mr. Rebates. (by registering on this link you will get $ 5 free when you receive your first cashback)

In addition, Mr. Rebates offers you the opportunity to invite your friends to use this system and generate a 20% gain on the amount that the people you have invited save, generating a real automatic flow of money.

You thus have 3 benefits:

  • You save
  • They save your friends
  • Earn 20% of your friends’ savings

Typical win-win business.

  • Capital Required: NO
  • Time Required: 3 minutes to register here
  • Average earnings: On average 3% on your online purchases and 20% on the savings obtained by your friends
  • Risk: Zero


A really interesting and very profitable strategy is the one that allows you to earn in the non-hotel sector thanks to AirBnb.

AirBnb is nothing more than a site (very similar to booking) that allows you to book rooms or rooms practically all over the world, often at lower prices than in traditional hotels.

In addition, this fantastic site gives you the opportunity to enter the portal and rent rooms in your home or even the whole house, thus generating a zero risk gain.

Personally I think it is a truly ingenious solution for renting spaces in your home that would otherwise be empty, and allows you to earn money without working.

Obviously you must be willing to have strangers in the house in case you decide to rent one or more rooms.

More importantly, you need to have a home in order to take advantage of this possibility 🙂

  • Capital Required: NO
  • Time Needed: 5 minutes to register your rooms and then the time needed to change the sheets and do the necessary cleaning
  • Average earnings: Definitely an excellent profit, up to 300 euros per month per room and much more for complete apartments
  • Risk: Zero


Most likely it is one of the biggest trends of the last millennium, which could completely change the world.

Obviously it is a real investment and the level of risk is very high but it could be THE OPPORTUNITY of life which, in my opinion, is not the case to lose.

To invest in cryptocurrencies you need to open a digital wallet, called a wallet, which allows you to keep in stock, but also to buy and sell these securities at any time.

I wrote a very detailed article with the strategy that I personally use to invest in this world that you can find here: How to Make Money with CryptoCurrencies.

  • Capital Required: YES – invest only what you are willing to lose
  • Time Needed: 10 minutes to open your digital wallet and buy the first cryptocurrencies
  • Average profit: potentially huge. You can transform the small invested capital of at least 200 euros, into assets of hundreds of thousands of euros.
  • Risk: The risk of losing the capital invested is very high, invest only what you are willing to lose


A truly ingenious and affordable method that allows you to earn by investing in real estate with little money is available thanks to the Housers platform.

It is, in a nutshell, a real estate crowfunding where investor money is collected and used to make transactions in properties located mainly in Spain, Portugal and Italy.

The nice thing about this method is that it allows you to invest even small amounts starting from 100 euros.

I have personally tried this platform and I must say that it is structured very well and above all that the earnings are real and demonstrable.

You can register on the platform directly from this link obtaining a 50 euro bonus for your first investment.

If you want to deepen the topic I wrote an article that I think may interest you: How to Invest in Houses with Little Money.

  • Capital Required: YES – invest only what you are willing to lose
  • Time needed: 10 minutes to register on the platform and make your investment (from this link you have 25 euros free to start)
  • Average earnings: a percentage that varies between 5 and 10% per year
  • Risk: The risk of losing your capital exists, invest only what you are willing to lose


Surely you will not become a millionaire but an anti-consumerist way to raise some money in your free time is to sell all the items you don’t need or no longer use.

To do this, you can use a site like Subito that allows you to place free sales ads for practically anything, starting from technological objects and up to cars or clothes.

Personally I have eliminated many useless things that I had been at home for years and I made enough money to make myself a nice holiday.

Also if you want to see this business from an entrepreneurial point of view you could also sell the things that are no longer needed by other people by dividing the proceeds.

  • Capital Required: NO
  • Time needed: 10 minutes to place the ads immediately or in other ad platforms
  • Average earnings: Variable, it depends on how much and what you sell
  • Risk: Zero


If you are a creative and you have an unbridled passion for creating objects of any kind I must tell you that Etsy is the ideal platform for you.

It is a mega international portal where artists and craftsmen sell their creations online.

On Etsy you can find everything from handmade earrings to real limited edition works of art.

In my opinion it is a mandatory site for anyone who creates objects with their own hands, any type of object.

I advise you to take a look at the site to see the huge possibilities it gives and to get an idea of what you could sell.

  • Capital Required: NO – Etsy asks for a percentage on sales
  • Time needed: 30 minutes to register on the site and upload photos of your creations
  • Average earnings: Variable, it depends on how much and what you sell
  • Risk: Zero, if you don’t sell you don’t pay anything


A completely zero cost method to earn online is thanks to affiliations.

It is a world that at first glance may seem very complicated but I assure you that it is much simpler than you think.

Earning through affiliations means in a few words “earning by advising on goods or services”.

In practice you will only have to make an agreement with the sellers that allows you to earn a% on the products you recommend, obviously only on the people who decide to buy.

An example of all is the Amazon affiliation that allows you to earn 3 to 10% of the price of all the products on sale.

There are practically affiliate agreements on almost all sites that sell goods or services online, you just need to wade well within the site to find them.

A successful example is Pat Flynn who with his Smart Passive Income website earns over 100,000 euros per month thanks exclusively to affiliations.

It is an ideal method if implemented within a blog or facebook page / linkedin profile with many followers.

  • Capital Required: NO
  • Time Needed: It depends on how many goods / services you promote and with what continuity
  • Average Earnings: Variable, it depends on how much and what you sell and your number of followers
  • Risk: Zero


Youtube changes, here is the announcement relating to notifications for everyone …

Youtube is the platform with the most potential ever.

Not only does it allow you to create a community of loyal and passionate users, it also allows you to earn in many different ways.

There are many Americans who earn $ 10/20/30 thousand a month only thanks to the advertising commissions that appear at the beginning of the video.

Not to mention what you can offer / sell to your followers after you have created a good catchment area.

The nice thing is that you can also start with a simple phone and zero capital, but it is important to start on the right foot and if you do not know where to start I recommend you do this course which teaches you how to create and monetize a youtube channel.

  • Capital Required: NO
  • Time Needed: At your convenience.
  • Average Earnings: You can earn a mountain of money if you know how to do it, obviously give yourself time and don’t expect earnings in a few days
  • Risk: Zero


Creating a blog is now something for everyone.

It is possible to create a blog in a few minutes thanks to the use of Blogger or wordpress, which is the same tool that I used to create the site you are reading.

Once you have created your site you need to know that there are many ways to make money with a blog.

The main methods you have available to monetize are:

  • Advertising – needs a lot of traffic though
  • Sell ​​infoproducts such as ebooks or video courses
  • Through affiliations or by recommending other people’s products
  • There have been blogs on the net for a few years now that also earn millions of euros simply with the 3 methods listed above.

Obviously a lot of constancy is necessary and you must be willing to work for free for a few years before reaping the first fruits.

  • Capital Required: About 20 euros to buy the domain
  • Time Required: Time to write the articles and possibly create your own infoproducts
  • Average earnings: Variable, it depends on how successful your blog is and on the visits you can get
  • Risk: Practically zero since the starting cost is negligible (about 2 euros), at the most you will have wasted time

Personally, I earn very little through this blog, but I do not hide the desire to turn it into a good source of income that generates at least 3/400 dollars per month in a totally automatic way.

The nice thing is that it allows you to earn thanks to your passions.


Other than babysitting…. the business of the moment is that of Dog Sitter!

“Dog sitting” is a service that is offered through a certain fee for the care, assistance of a pet (in this case the dog) during the absence of its owner.

As is the case for “baby sitting”, a person, the “dogsitter”, offers to take care of the animal when the owner is temporarily unavailable.

This service that connects to petsitting is very widespread both in the United States and in Europe, so much so that organizations and associations have been created, also in Italy, to allow all pet owners to be able to choose, safely and independently, their own “Dogsitter” or “petsitter”.

Dog sitting is a type of job that is spreading more and more in Italy and abroad.

Many people, although they love their dog, are unable to take care of all their needs, such as taking them for a walk and taking care of them.

They therefore entrust their four-legged friend to one person: the dog sitter.

It is a type of high-paying job as it is possible to keep multiple dogs at the same time.

In addition, requests for dog sitting have been growing exponentially for many months now and it seems they no longer want to stop.

It is the right time to create a “career” and a source of income within this animal world.

There is little to say, if you like animals and dogs in particular, you cannot ignore this “chore”.

  • Capital Required: NO
  • Time Needed: The time it takes to take care of the dogs
  • Average earnings: Variable, it depends on how good you are and how well you can do with animals (and especially the owners)
  • Risk: Zero


A freelance is nothing more than a freelancer who works mainly online and who collaborates with different companies.

Freelance work is growing rapidly in Italy and is usually characterized by total autonomy in the management of time and place of work.

Do you want to work at night? You can do it.

Do you want to work from the beach? You can do it.

Obviously it is not an easy world and there is a lot of competition but it is still a world where you can get excellent earnings.

Earning by freelancing is possible above all within the following categories:

  • Graphics
  • Programming
  • Writing
  • Design

The most famous portal to which I recommend you to register if you want to take this path is Upwork or freelancer.

  • Capital Required: NO
  • Time Needed: The time needed to complete the various tasks
  • Average earnings: Variable, it depends on how good you are and how well you can do it
  • Risk: Zero


If you love photography more than anything else, or even if you are simply a fan, I have good news for you.

It is possible to earn online by selling the copyrights of your photographs.

The nice thing is that once published your photos are sold on their own thanks to the use of some sites specialized in this, creating a real source of automatic entry.

Obviously this is not easy money because the competition is a lot but if you are good and you like taking pictures you will not have problems in this activity.

The site that I recommend you see and use is called I Stock Photo.

  • Capital Required: NO
  • Time Needed: The time it takes to take and upload photos to the site
  • Average earnings: Variable, it depends on how good you are and how well you can do it and obviously how many photos you sell
  • Risk: Zero


Trading is the dream of many people.

Often you imagine yourself in some tropical beach with your PC in hand while squeezing the markets and making hundreds or, why not, thousands of euros with a single click of the mouse.

Unfortunately, reality is something else entirely.

Making money by trading is possible but it is not as easy as they want you to believe.

A professional trader does not even earn 20% per month on the invested capital … imagine 200% per month as many advertisements want you to believe.

To live trading, we speak of very high sums, at least higher than 100 thousand euros on which you can expect variable returns from year to year but which rarely exceed 60% per year.

  • Capital Required: YES
  • Time Needed: Time is needed above all to learn this very difficult job
  • Average Earnings: Variable, it depends on how good you are and varies from year to year based on market movements
  • Risk: Very high, 99% of people who trade lose money for this reason, I invite you NOT to do it


Earning with surveys is possible and at zero risk as long as you find reliable and above all paying sites.

Obviously it is not possible to earn billions but to live on this, however, it is possible to earn a sum that varies from 10 to 50 euros per month which is better than nothing, however, do not you find?

This is the platform that I recommend you to use (Marketagent + bonus) which is reliable and very serious and allows you to receive payments also on paypal.

  • Capital Required: NO
  • Time Needed: The average time for each survey varies from 2 to 10 minutes
  • Average earnings: Variable from month to month based on available surveys but on average from 10 to 50 euros per month.
  • Risk: Zero, you can’t lose a cent

Make money with peer2peer

Peer to peer is an alternative investment method that allows you to “lend” money to other people around the world in exchange for an interest.

Obviously there are protection platforms that sometimes allow you to “invest” this money with guaranteed capital and a respectable return.

The platform that I recommend you use and above all that I use is called Mintos, which is nothing more than a “market” of loans that operates practically all over Europe.

Another very interesting platform of this type is Grupeer (always P2P lending).

An interesting thing is that it is possible to set up operations with the capital guaranteed by the site itself.

  • Capital Required: YES
  • Time needed: 10 minutes in the setting phase
  • Average earnings: On average more than 10% per year, sometimes even exceeding 12%
  • Risk: The risk of losing the capital invested is very high, invest only what you are willing to lose


As you have seen, these are 16 practical and immediate ideas that you can start right away. (and they are continuously updated and improved)

Maybe they are not all suitable for you but surely within the list, you will find some tools that could be useful.

Instead of wasting time playing video games or watching television, it is better to devote it to doing some much more productive activity.

I want to reassure you by saying that many of the solutions I use personally every day to increase my monthly income.

So you won’t find the usual tricks that make you lose money or any online scams of various kinds.

Last thing and then I swear I’ll let you go …

Always remember that all these methods are not only absolutely easy money and that you will have to spend time constantly to get the first real results.

If you have reached the end of this very long article of almost 4000 words, I want to thank you for the attention and the trust you have given me.

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