Making money from Home

There seems to a limited number of things to do with public places and institutions closed, there would also be a limited number of things to do but don't that doesn't mean you can't make money from home while staying safe. 

There are ways to turn your time into money literally. 

"Small business start from the comfort of your own home, it's about turning lemons into lemonade" - Beyond the Lemonade Stand

They say one man's trash is another man's treasure and we are about to turn everything you see around you into a gold mine of possibilities. 

Arts and Craft

There are plenty of arts and craft skills you can use to turn simple everyday objects like 2-liter bottles, tissues rolls, wire and even bottle caps into beautiful pieces to sell in your community. 


Homemade Juices and Jams (If you have an fruits growing in your yard or have a neighbor who does, you can make homemade jam or juice or atchaar to sell to your community they can bring their own containers or bottles and you can charge per spoon and per milliliter

Online Tutoring and Teaching, you can use WhatsApp as a teaching tool to help students with studying and tutorials through videos and voice notes 

Online selling 

If you have any extra items or have people around your neighborhood who have items that are still in good condition and can be reused, you can possibly get those items to resell online social media platforms and online advertising platforms to post and sell.

Survey junkie 

This is a site that will help you get paid for your opinion. Brands want to get your feedback and they are willing to pay for it. You are required to go to stores and take pictures and answer a questionnaire on the product that you are required to survey, you later submit that on the website and get paid for that.


Are there young kids in your neighborhood or extended family members who need child care? If so, you can offer babysitting services and earn some cash that way. You can offer your babysitting services on nights and weekends during the school year or during the school holidays and watch over them at home.

Sell snacks and cool times

There are a number of places you can sell drinks and snacks to local residents. Simply outside your gate, a busy street corner and public places like parks These types of businesses are especially successful in the holiday time. A great idea which is Drink'o'pop which is a dehydrated concentrate especially in South Africa which costs as little as R2 and you can dilute it with 2 liter of water and freeze it in small clear plastic bags. This is a great way to sell something cool and refreshing in hot weather

Hold a class at your home 

If you have a talent such as drawing, painting, or dancing, you could hold classes for neighborhood kids in your yard or home. The classes can be one-time deals or can be held for several days in a row. If you’re going to teach a class to neighborhood kids, you’ll need to create an itinerary. The itinerary should teach them what they want to learn and ensure that it’s a simple and straight forward and keep them busy for the entire class time. B sure to charge a class fee that makes it worth your time and is affordable for parents. 

Turn your Hobbies into Cash 

Make a list of the talents you have and offer to hire out for them. If you are gifted in drawing people, creating logos for businesses and companies or writing stories and poems. List your skills on a website called fiver and people can hire your skill/talents out. 

Top Tips 

  • There are many ways you as a teen can put money in your pocket. With a little creativity and some hard work, you can be earning serious cash in no time.

  • Always put safeguards in place as you work. It might mean keeping cleaning chemicals out of the reach of small children or pets while you’re doing a cleaning job, or having a parent escort you to meet a new client or work for someone you don’t know very well

  • Learn to work quickly and efficiently to improve your hourly rate.

  • The key to success in this type of business boils down to cost. Be sure to charge enough to cover the cost of the items you’re selling. Add in an extra cost to make yourself a profit for your hours of work as well.

  • When selling products and goods make sure you price your goods at a reasonable price and that you make profit from it. For example, if you buy an apple for R1.50 you can resell it at R2.50 so you make a profit of R1.00 

  • Safety is key, so make sure you let an adult or someone close to you where you are going and where you are at all times and what time you are expected to come back. 

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