You have suffered an injury and find yourself at home unable to work. This will obviously negatively impact on your income. It could be affecting your family as a whole or perhaps you are single and now find yourself physically unable to leave your home for great distances or do much physical work.
At the least you will certainly be feeling the effects financially and will now need a way to supplement what income (if any) you are receiving. Your rent and your utilities need to be paid and you need to eat.
Luckily there are many ways you can still generate an income. Here are some options for you to consider then you can look at the three best in more detail.
Some ways you can make an income while being home and recovering.
You may have skills that allow you to work from home online.
Do you have computer skills or perhaps you make crafts?
There are options online for freelancing for graphic design, proofreading, selling crafts and data entry. How much you make will depend on many factors. Client budgets, demand and if you work for another company it will depend on their salary.
Are you able to drive?
Not technically working from home but you can work for yourself and hire yourself out as a driver.
You will need a computer and a good internet connection for video along with a headset. If you already have these then there is no further outlay and you don’t need a lot of experience or qualifications for many teaching websites. You would preferably be an native English speaker and then you can sign up to a site of your choice and start getting students.
How big is your home? Renting a spare room
Renting out a spare room to the right person is a surefire way to bring in a regular income. You will know exactly how much extra you will receive each week or month and on what date.
You could even rent out your driveway
Parking can be very expensive for commuters depending on the location. Perhaps you can rent out your driveway on a monthly basis to someone who needs to commute into the city.
Making cash from websites
There are websites out there that need freelance writers and bloggers. How much you make will depend on what they pay and the demand they have. But there are options to transcribe text, call answering services and testing websites. All from the comfort of your own home.
File a claim
If you were involved in an accident then you may want to file for damages. Settlements for injuries can run into tens of thousands of dollars according to a Tampa personal injury attorney.
You will not necessarily make a fortune this way but for starters you could go through your home and see what you can sell that you are not using. Maybe you have a collection of handbags that you just don’t need or some collectibles that you could auction off online. For longer term sales maybe look at the craft option. Maybe you have a screen printer available and could sell printed items.
So there are some options for you to consider. Which ones would best suit you and which are the 3 most surefire ways to make money?
1) Rent a Room
Obviously this only works if you have a spare bedroom or are able to convert a space such as an attic into a spare room. Assuming you do then this is a surefire way to bring in some extra income.
How much you are able to charge will depend on your location and demand. Would you like a long term lodger or prefer a more flexible option? You can list your home in many ways online and locally for bringing in a full time housemate. Alternatively you could use something like Airbnb if you want to have greater flexibility and control. You may find this route brings you a higher income, especially if you live in a desirable area or perhaps a tourist type of town.
2) Teaching Online
This is a proven and reliable way to generate extra income while you are at home. There are many respected mobile phone apps and websites available to choose from. Palfish and Cambly are popular. Simply type into Google ‘teaching english online’. There are options to teach other subjects if you happened to have experience already. Some of these sites do not even require a computer. You just use your mobile phone or tablet plus a headset. Make sure your connection is fast so you teach uninterrupted and with clear video.
Payment will depend on the company you work for, your qualifications and how many classes you teach. Do not be put off by lack of experience or qualifications. There are many companies that will look at your other qualities such as enthusiasm and teaching style. You may have to do an introductory video or interview so do a little research online first.
3) File a claim
While it can never be said you will 100% make money through this it is absolutely worth considering if you have had an injury caused in an accident that was not your fault. The thought of attending court may be daunting to many but consider the fact that most cases settle out of court before trial. In fact it is estimated that 95% of cases will settle early.
A personal injury lawyer will work on a contingency basis meaning that if you do not win a settlement then you will not have to pay anything. They will take 33.3% of any settlement they make outside of court typically. While not guaranteed a successful claim could net you anywhere between $1000 and $90,000 on average. Another benefit is after you file your claim you can continue to make money at home from one of the other streams we have mentioned.
Whichever way you choose to try to increase your income do some research first and you will definitely increase your chances of success.