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In the midst of less than admirable unemployment rates and even the rise of job uncertainty for those who are employed, learning to master a second skill is an option to ensure income flow in case a pink slip is waiting in your future. Finding an alternate source of income in addition to your 9-5 is highly recommended if you can find the time. Some call it a side job; others, like me, consider it a side hustle to keep you one step ahead in case of unexpected emergencies or layoffs.

Side hustles don’t necessarily include you going door to door selling baked goods or manufactured candy bars. In fact, many jobs can be done from the comfort of your own home. Are you unsure of the variety of opportunities that can bring in some extra cash without leaving your house? We’ve got you covered.

Check out these 7 jobs that you can do from home to generate extra income.

Travel Agent

If you love assisting people with their vacation plans, starting a home-based travel agency could be an ideal side job for you.  According to Yahoo Finance, home-based travel agencies have experienced tremendous growth over the last century. A growing (although small) number of people earn $100,000 or more a year. Although this can be a thriving side hustle for you, it’s also important to investigate the agency you sign up for because of the excessive amount of travel agency schemes that exist.


Desert Baker and Decorator

If baking is your thing, why not make money from your treats? Events happen all the time; and most people celebrate with cakes or cupcakes. Word of mouth can do wonders for the cake decorating business. Find a couple of events to cater and if your goods are good, someone will surely recommend you.



From high school kids who need more than an afterschool tutoring program to college freshmen who would prefer an outside source rather than bothering a friend for tutoring, you can easily gain clientele from either. If you’re good in Math or Science especially, there is definitely a high demand for your tutoring services.


There are tons of nonprofit organizations, charities, or other events that are looking to acquire more funding. Becoming a fundraiser allows you to build an extensive network and make extra money while also working for a worthy cause. According to AOL Jobs, the annual salary for at-home fundraisers range from $35,349 to $51,291.


Party Planner

So nowadays there are more than enough people who declare themselves party planners. Still there aren’t a lot of people who are using their resources to make sizable side incomes. When an acquaintance is having a birthday, ask her if you can plan her birthday party for a small fee. You can do the same for your church, your parent’s friends, baby showers’, etc. You know we love to celebrate! So you may as well attempt to make money for planning the celebration.

Niche Blogging

Everyone has an opinion and nowadays almost everyone has a blog. Still, a lot of people don’t fully understand that a blog can generate money via advertising. If you’re a new mom, blog about it and solicit advertising from the millions of companies geared towards moms. If you love cooking, start a cooking blog. Niche blogging provides specialized content that is attractive to both viewers and advertisers.

Virtual Assistant

With the increase of Skype, social networking, and the frequent use of emails, becoming a virtual assistant is now easier than ever. This is definitely an ideal hustle for someone who works at night or has a lot of free time but wants to work from home. A virtual assistant can do almost anything that an in-office assistant does, only virtually.


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