Earning from home – Tips and tricks to earning from home

Looking to earn some extra cash? Or just even gain an income from home? There are several ways to do so and today I’m going to explain some of the most popular ways to easily earn from home!

To start with, here is a list of some of the basic options. I will then explain in more detail.

Surveys

Let us start off with Surveys. There’s a lot of different types of surveys and lots of different types of rewards for them.

There are a large variety of different types of sites that give you rewards for surveys, one of the top ones being Swagbucks (www.swagbucks.com) I’ll mention a few other further on!

Swagbucks is very popular due to the fact it has lots of options and not just surveys.

The surveys on Swagbucks vary and each one gives you an approximate time frame for how long it will most likely take to complete. The surveys are quite simple as they tend to mostly be about things to do with how effective different advertisements are, the appeal of different products and popularity, different working environments, brand recognition or maybe just about services like, how often do you travel on a bus or a plane. You may even find surveys about some games or shops.

Another popular alternative is InboxDollars or InboxPounds – depending on your currency (www.inboxpounds.co.uk) (www.inboxdollars.com) This site is a lot more basic than Swagbucks as you mostly just answer surveys. There are a couple of options to maybe watch some short videos or use a search engine provided by them but their main idea is to just use surveys.

A few other popular survey sites are:

– Survey Spotter (https://surveyspotter.com)

– Survey Junkie (https://www.surveyjunkie.com)

– One Poll (https://www.onepoll.com)

– Life Points (https://www.lifepointspanel.com)

Rewards

Different survey sites tend to offer the same sort of rewards, but bigger and more popular sites will have more options than you won’t find elsewhere. Like on Swagbucks, for example, You can get a gift card for different shops and cafes. The more common rewards are Amazon gift cards, Master-card gift cards or PayPal ones.

You can also choose to donate to a charity as a reward on some of the more popular sites.

Apps and Games

Next, we’ll look at some fun and easy ways to earn money from different kinds of apps.

There are a lot of options when it comes to apps and earning money, you can complete surveys and polls through apps such as Ipoll (https://www.ipoll.com/en). Swagbucks also has an app you can use. You can earn points and rewards for shopping with certain apps. For example, Shopkick (https://www.shopkick.com)

A popular option is to upload your own photos and videos for rewards. Foap is a popular option for this (https://www.foap.com)

Some apps allow you to play games in order to earn points for gift cards. For this one you download the app, download a game it suggests to you through the app and you earn points for the time you play the game. It can be a slow process but I find it more enjoyable! A popular app for this could be AppStation.

Scratch cards are similar to the games, its a long and slow process to earn enough points for rewards, but there is also the option to download free scratch card apps such as Lucky Day or Lucky Money and try out your luck with them!

I’m going to add one more Idea here which is Investing. There are a lot of apps where you can invest in something to earn more from. A popular option being Acorns (https://www.acorns.com)

Aside from Apps, there are some other ways to earn money from playing games. You could take the gambling approach but I never really advise on that one as you often spend more money then you make. But a fun and interesting way can be through MMO’s. For example, You could sell game items or currency through eBay or other sites. This is a popular activity for people who play games such as World of Warcraft. Earn money in-game and then sell it out of the game.

Product Testing

You don’t tend to see a lot of Product testing in my opinion, but it can be very beneficial for those who choose to pursue it. A lot of companies offer a product or money in return for your testing and reviewing of their products. The products to choose from is never-ending, you have options such as skin care products and makeup, games on different consoles, phones, software or even be a volunteer for a science project!

There is a lot of sites you can go through to try and become a product tester. For example;

– Toluna (https://uk.toluna.com)

– UserTesting (https://www.usertesting.com)

– Alba Science (https://www.albavolunteers.com)

– CrowdVille (https://www.crowdville.net)

Blogging and Freelance Work

 

Lastly, I’m going to talk a little bit about blogging and freelance work. Now I do already have another article dedicated to freelance work so I won’t go too much into that one but if you’re interested in Freelance work you can read up on some of my tips and advice here! (https://www.merodi.co.uk/post/earning-from-home-freelance-work)

When it comes to freelance work, you have a lot of options. One of which could be to become a blogger.

Starting a blog can be quite simple if you choose the right place. WordPress (https://wordpress.com), Squarespace (https://www.squarespace.com) or any other website building sites are the best for starting a blog. You simply design your site from their templates and then you can start writing your posts!

If you have something you’re incredibly passionate or knowledgeable about then blogging could be great for you. If you don’t and you still want to become a blogger then don’t worry! There are so many opportunities and ideas. You could devote yourself to researching new up and coming games and review and write them, or your favourite TV shows. You can blog about anything you like really, I find that there’s always someone interested in the same things you are.

Blogging obviously takes a lot more work than other ‘Earning from Home’ suggestions but it can, if successful – earn you a lot more.

To make a blog successful, one of the biggest requirements is consistency. post often, or on a specific time table: Every other Tuesday for example. Try and be engaging with your audience, try not to ramble too much and try to keep it interesting!

I’ll be making a more detailed post on Blogging in the future, so if this is something that interests you then keep an eye out for that! ^^

I hope this has been helpful to you and I wish you all the best of luck!

Thanks for stopping by! ^^

Earning from home – Freelance Work

My biggest objective of this post is to help people who are also starting from very little with little knowledge. I am no professional, I’m simply learning from my own mistakes as I go along and sharing my experiences in hopes to help others who have similar aspirations:)


So you want to earn money from home, maybe because you have conditions that make it difficult to work elsewhere, maybe you’ve had a bad experience in a job and want to work independently? Or maybe you simply just want to try the whole ‘being your own boss’ thing.

Personally I’ve always wanted to work for myself, I’ve always wanted to prove that I’m perfectly capable of making a living and doing well from myself – whilst starting from the bottom: having nothing but my own skills and knowledge. As I finished my college course a couple of years ago, everyone I knew headed off to University whereas I chose to stay. I was determined to do it all myself and show that you don’t need all the fancy qualifications to get where you want – not for everything (obviously doctors and other similar careers) But what I’m talking about is creative careers. Music, art, photography, acting, voice acting, web development, writing, journalism – there are just so many choices

I’d like to think I’m a very creative and artistic person, as a child I wrote a lot of short stories, I also did a lot of art and later on got into music. It’s been hard for me to chose which of these I prefer and wanted to focus on, I still struggle with that decision now so creating this blog actually helps me explore them all (including my new profound love for photography!)

I’m actually going to be exploring and explaining some of what I think are the best ways to earn from home – I’ll be including Ideas for different skill types as well as just some easy cash tips!


Step 1: Make a list

Where do I begin? I asked myself this question several times every day for months ( I wish I was exaggerating) Eventually I started with small steps. I created a plan or a list, a list of what I want to accomplish, what I wanted to do and ideas of how to do it.

Here’s an example of one of my first lists:

See this list, it’s basically a sum-up of some of the things I want to do. The first thing you need to do is making a list.

Step 2: Choose one to start with

After I made my list, I choose one to focus one. I actually started with freelance work – I made accounts on sites such as Upwork and Fiverr. I actually only really use Fiverr now since I started gaining more recognition on there and found it easier to use. Out of some of the skills I already have, I made some gigs on Fiverr – I started with a simple audio editing for podcasts or audiobooks gig, I later added a voice acting gig and I’m soon going to be adding a music production for games gig.

It’s all about starting with something you’re confident with, focusing on it and developing the skills and developing a relationship with your customers. You need to prove your worth and reliability. Don’t start with too much otherwise, you’ll get yourself caught out and lost. Focus on one thing at a time.

if you were to chose something around writing as your first focus, I’d suggest finishing what you started first. So if your first task was to write a short story or even a song, make a small game – then finish it. Even if you end up hating what you’re doing, one of the most important things is to make sure you finish tasks and then later on improve. don’t make a habit out of unfinished work (I make that mistake myself a lot)

Step 3: Perfect it and move on to the next

So you’ve spent some time on your first focus? Keep at it, keep adding to it. When I started my first gig on Fiverr, I spent a lot of time on just that gig before creating a new one. Once you’re happy with where you’re at and that you can continue to work on it on the side, bring on your next focus! My next one was the blog (See my post on ‘Starting a blog’ here -(coming soon)) You now basically work on each individual focus all a little at a time. Now would be the right time to start a schedule! If you’re serious about doing what you’re doing as a full-time job then you better be ready to organise and devote your time

Step 4: Dividing your time

I tend to try and put an equal amount of time into each thing I do unless a job I’m doing requires more time. I check my website analytics daily, I’m now working to post twice a week on my blog. I practice instruments daily. I don’t actually really give myself much time off – I do go for walks every few hours (even just short ones) To get away from computer screens and to try to keep somewhat active. Sitting all day and staying focused can be a challenge itself. I also apply to jobs on Fiverr every day unless I have jobs ongoing. Be consistent. That’s probably one of the most important things, to keep at it. Doing a little of something every day at least, make good habits out of it

Finally: Don’t give up

Just keep at it, it’s a slow process. It’s harder than you think to efficiently earn from home, I’m still now making a lot myself just yet but it’s one of those things you need to stick to. Your determination is what will bring you out on top.

So this post ended up mostly being aimed at freelance work Ideas.

To read more about other ways to earn from home then check out this post! – (https://www.merodi.blog/post/earning-from-home-tips-and-tricks-to-earning-from-home)

Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

~Mero โค

Finally making some progress!

So I’ve been out of work for a few weeks now (I say out of work – I guess being full-time freelance is more appropriate!) It actually feels like I’ve been doing more work now then I was before, the only huge difference being I actually really enjoy what I do now – even though I’m constantly exhausted.So, anyway~ I’ve been making some good progress on setting up this new site, although its a shame I can’t set up my own services for audio editing or voice acting as it does cost more money I don’t have yet. Instead, I’m going to be linking to other sites – Fiverr mainly, for people to follow up through there if they do wish to work with me! ^^


On another note now, I’ve also started setting up things for some new YouTube content that I’m really excited about! I’m planning to do a lot more finger-style covers, probably mostly Anime ones too if I’m honest. (I’m a complete weeb) Since I also used to do quite a bit of Cosplay – I’m also thinking of combining Cosplay and some Anime music covers! I think that just with these small things, it could really help me progress a little more.

I’m also going to be widening my services and promoting a new gig on Fiverr soon: I plan to make music for games or animations, which would also be super fun:)

What else have I been considering…?

Oh that’s right! I’m also starting work on a new song too! It is a little harder to do with a lack of equipment, but I’m still pretty convinced I can work something out.


I’m honestly really excited for my plans and I really hope I manage to pull through on most of them and keep up with them on a regular basis since that’s normally where I struggle – Sticking to plans. I’m hoping now that I’ve taken the risk of completely devoting myself and my time to all of this, that I’ll have the determination to stick to it! (as well as updating this blog weekly)

I know at this minute this blog has been all over the place, it doesn’t feel like it has any sense of topic other then what I’m doing whilst trying to make some success off of my freelance work and music and honestly, I feel like this is somewhat quite pointless. Will this ever be of any interest to anyone? Should I be picking a very specific topic and sticking to it? It’s difficult to figure out, but I guess the best way to figure it all out is to just keep trying it all and see where it gets me. I mean, there’s nothing stopping me changing what I do in the future, so I may as well just keep at what I’m doing now right?

I’m full-time freelance now, I guess?

So, I’ve kind of been questioning for awhile on how to actually write this post. It seems like it would be simple, but everything in my life has recently taken such a change that it’s also overwhelming.

It’s kind of hard to explain everything that’s changed without going into personal life details that I somewhat try to avoid doing (at least for now) But to sum it all up: I left my job, had to move out of my flat and my partner and I now live with my parents on a temporary basis. All of this alone, is quite a big change and difficult to re adjust to

I’m still currently in the process of organising through all my belongings and making my room a liveable space again (it’s currently just full of boxes and bags oops) So because of that, I haven’t made much headway on the freelance work. I have still been applying to the occasional job every couple of days in hopes of getting something whilst not being as active.

With this whole change and moving process, I’ve been somewhat taking some breaks and taking some time to myself to try and gain a little more inspiration and motivation again (something I’ve been having some trouble with recently) I’ve been trying to get myself back into activities and hobbies I used to enjoy a lot too, Photography and art being two of them.

This is actually a photo I took the other day on a walk ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve also started trying to design myself some sort of avatar/icon for my Youtube channel or just for social media for my freelance and music work, It’s my first time trying to do digital art (it’s definitely challenging!)

But anyway~ Putting aside all of the other random stuff I’ve been up to, I have still been trying to make some progress. I’ve come up with a lot of ideas and plans for my Youtube and music and I’m still applying for jobs on Fiverr. I’m actually about to create a new gig to create game music for people. Hopefully that will bring me more opportunities and jobs!

Maybe I’ll make a post about all of my ideas soon, or I’ll just leave them as a surprise! I guess I can decide that later.

Anyway, enough rambling over here. Well done if you made it this far through this post, if anyone has any cool ideas they’re willing to share, please feel free to leave a comment! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by! ^^

Something reminded me why I started what I did today.

I’ve been having a bit of a rough few weeks…Months even. So my ‘real world’ job as I’ll call it for now – Is horrendous. I’ve had difficulties with my mental health since I was very young, most of which I’ve had a decent amount of control over for the past couple of years. Until the last few months. So this job – I’ve almost been there a year, started out stress full, settled down for awhile in the middle, and as of the recent months – has been horrendous

So I have a little problem with victimisation within my workplace. I’ll leave it at that for now. Because of it, my mental health has deteriorated towards the depth it used to be at (really not very fun at all) I’ve been having some very emotional days basically every day.

So around to the point of why I started what I do. I want to make a living enjoying what I do, I want to be okay, I want to be happy and enjoy my life. I have difficulties with stress – unless its something I’m extremely passionate about, then I don’t feel the stress. I feel the progress towards something I put my whole heart and soul into and it makes every second of work feel worth it. Something I have always hated the idea of, is living my life hating what I do. being miserable, staying in a dead-end job where every day is a never-ending ritual and I only just realised I’ve been doing exactly that.

I’m making a change

A risk

Things are going to be difficult for awhile again, I’m leaving my job and moving back home to pursue what I love. To put real effort into what I aspire to do.
I’d use the word ‘dream’ but it makes it sound fictional, like something that wont come true – and my ideas, plans, my wishes will come true – because I’m putting so much effort into it that I won’t let it not be real.

I refuse to live my life being disposable.

Time flies.. when you have only a little more to do.

So, I realise It’s been more than a few weeks since I last posted. I have actually been rather busy (sadly not with hoards of freelance work)

I’ve actually come to learn that it’s oddly difficult to fit freelance work in with my life and my current job, it’s still something I’m working on trying to organise all together – as I would really love to be able to earn enough to leave my job one day.
I have still been applying to jobs on Fiverr daily and actually been getting some responses! I’ve actually had (and completed) 2 jobs in the past couple of weeks and so far this month, earned double what I did last month. (which really wasn’t hard if I’m honest) Last month – in May, I earned a whopping ยฃ6.65! ($8) and this month, I’ve earned ยฃ19. Yes I know, it’s really nothing fancy, I’m really not earning the big bucks just yet, but I think If I can keep earning a little more each month then I’ll really start to make some progress!


Aside from the Freelance work, I’m also trying to get back into writing and publishing my own music again. Which for me right now – requires a lot more effort sadly. First of all, I need a new flat. I’m in the midst of trying to move right now to a place with enough space to have a small recording set up (my current flat is basically a shoe box – really not designed for any sort of work) So the whole process of trying to move is certainly taking up a lot of my time. as well as my hours in work over the summer period.


Sooo.. Back to the freelance work for a moment.
I’ve really been getting some strange job offers (one of which I really did have to reject) It’s interesting what some people are willing to pay for to get done. Recently I wrote lyrics about Sonic the Hedgehog – that was certainly an interesting one. But hey – I got paid for it, so no complaints here!
I did have the quite typical job of recording a voice over of a script too, which was actually quite pleasant to read – I actually really enjoyed that one!

I feel as though I should stop this rambling mess of a blog post now, but I did really need to do some sort of update – especially if I want to keep all this up!

Thanks again for stopping by though ^^

One job down, and again: Nothing to continue

So, as you all know. I managed to get my first job not too long ago.
How did it go you ask? – It went okay. Just okay.

It was my first try so a bit of failure and struggle is to be expected. The person I was working for was very understanding and patient so I have no complaints there. I do doubt that they will come to me again for more work though, which is obviously slightly frustrating. But then again, It was still a job! I got a review, and made myself a mediocre 8 bucks: So in all, I’d still say its a job well done and still worth it.

Since I’ve been trying voice acting work, I have been having some mixed feelings on it. I prefer my music, I can’t really see myself pursuing a career with voice acting (Unless it was to dub anime!) But yeah, I’m more of a musician

On that note, I’m now again looking into more music options for myself (as well as keeping my options well open for freelance work on Fiverr.)
I’ll be writing more about my plans for the music side of my freelance work in my next post! ^^ So do make sure that you come and check that one out too!

So yes, my conclusion of the past two weeks, the work is frustrating, getting the work is still as difficult as ever, I know it’s going to take a lot longer and a lot more to get where I want to and earn enough to pay my bills of this freelance work.

I do apologise for the sloppiness of this post but sadly my shifts at my current job are all over the place and finding time to do this, is indeed incredibly difficult

On that note, I must leave for work again now (Wish me luck ^^”)

Thanks again for stopping by โค

GOT ME A JOB (kinda)

OKAY so quick update for anyone who’s following this and is interested.

The guy who responded to me, that I mentioned in the previous entry picked me!!!!, I’m actually super excited. He said he liked how my voice sounded! I don’t know when I’ll be starting this work, but the fact I actually managed to get one job is a big celebration ^^ it means I’m actually starting to get somewhere, which has actually been taking up so much damn effort.

This job is in fact going to be a new experience for me, I’ll be reading educational scripts. If I do well on the first one, I’ll possibly be doing up to 18 of them which is pretty cool to be honest.
(Guess I’m gonna have to set up a proper vocal booth soon!!)

So another thing – Thanks to actually getting this first job, it’s giving me slightly more motivation to try and do more things with music again. I started playing Piano again this week! ^^ I’m currently working on a song that I’ll be posting on my Youtube in the future (Don’t worry, I’ll be posting about that whenever it’s done) I’ve also been trying to make an effort to get back into finishing a song I started writing a few months back, so hopefully I’ll make some more progress on that too!

I wanted to leave this one relatively shorter, but I’m gonna end this with another quick note:

Freelance work is hard to get. You’ll get some in time if you just keep applying, just don’t give up too easily!! ^^

2 weeks, 30 applications and 1 response.

So. As you know, finding freelance work is the worst thing ever.
I’ve been applying for jobs daily, on both up-work and Fiverr and it really is funny how unlikely it is to get hired when starting. Like, seriously – it’s amusing.

Something that I’ve discovered from applying for several different jobs, is that you really have to be willing to go a little outside your comfort zone. Going for different jobs you might be a little more unfamiliar with. I’ve started applying for editing for podcasts, or even recording for audiobooks or scripts. There seems to be a lot more of those sort of jobs then what I’d usually go for, so I decided to give them a go.
after about 2 weeks, I actually got one response. Honestly – I was more excited then I thought I’d be just from having a response. After all the time and work put into trying to find a job, it’s extremely fulfilling to actually be noticed.

Now the funny thing about freelance, is that you’re using your own supplied equipment. which in some ways, can definitely go very wrong. I lost my Macbook charger on the day I said I would send this guy a sample for the job I applied for. It was probably the MOST frustrating thing ever – Like seriously. I have never been so frustrated. I looked everywhere in my flat and just couldn’t find it. and I really wanted to send this sample as soon as I could in case this guy found someone else.
So yeah, I’ve now learnt I’ve really got to be careful with any equipment I need for the jobs I’m applying for. And to not lose my Macbook charger. Ever.


After some time and some giving up, I bought a new charger which was delivered the next day and finally recorded the sample. He had me read a sentence from an educational text as an example of what sort of work I’d be doing for him.

It was really weird. It was my first time recording myself just talking, it was most definitely a new experience.

Anyway, I’m going to stop rambling through this entry as I have some more work to go and do. Plus it’s 2am and I’m tired – oops.
I don’t know if I’ll get this job, but wish me luck everyone! ^^

Thanks for stopping by~~

Right so, it’s really really hard

Okay sooo – hey there everyone! I’m a musician and a music producer. I’ve been on and off working on music stuff whenever I have the time away from work. (which isn’t as much time as I’d like)
Recently, I’ve been trying to make more of an effort to make a money from what I do.

  • I can produce music
  • Mix a track or any audio
  • General Audio editing (like for Podcasts maybe
  • I can make sound effects but I’m not as skilled on that one
  • I can write lyrics and melody’s

Just a lot of different producer stuff really. So whilst I can make money from selling my own tracks right now, since I don’t have all the equipment I need to record my music to a standard I’m happy with, I thought ‘What else can I do with my skills?’
Freelance work!


I’ve signed up on a couple different sites, they’re all actually strangely different. I’m not sure which is my favourite yet, or which I consider the easiest to use. I’ll write about that one in the future; once I’ve spent more time using them all.
So far I’ve been applying to several different jobs every day.

It’s been a week – Nothing.

The tedious thing about these freelance websites is that, it is harder to start off in. you get levels, reputation, ratings and of course once you’re just starting – you’re at 0 on everything,

No one wants to hire from the bottom right?
So figuring out how to promote yourself seems to be the biggest thing in order to get any work. You really need to figure out how to appeal to people more than someone with a 5 star reputation… Yeah, it’s really hard.