How I Make $5,500 a Month From Home

I love a good side hustle.

I also really love it when multiple side hustles can bring in enough money so that you don’t have to work a traditional 9-5.

Today’s post is guest written from my friend Kristen and it’s about her 5 different streams of income that have allowed her to work from home. 

In the past year, Kristen has left her job as a full-time music teacher in pursuit of having a more flexible lifestyle. 

While her income varies from month to month, she usually brings in somewhere between $5,000-$6,000.

I got some pretty cool ideas from her (and a ton of inspiration) so I am glad she is willing to share what she does to earn $5,500 a month.

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How I Side Hustled My Way to $5,500 Last Month

Hey everyone! My name is Kristen and I’m a self-proclaimed side hustle queen.

Today, I’m going to share with you the 5 different income streams I have, what they are (in case you’re unfamiliar) and exactly how much money I earned last month. 

If you try any of these, comment below on how it works out for you!

Everyone starts somewhere, so before you know it, you might be quitting your full-time job in pursuit of something more flexible (like me!)


For those of you who don’t know, VIPkid is an ESL (English as a second language) company that connects English speaking teachers to students in Bejing, China.

I first discovered teaching ESL online about 6 months ago.

I love it.

You don’t need a teaching degree or years and years of experience working with children.

You just need to be a native English speaker, some experience with children (babysitting, tutoring, pretty much anything) a computer and an internet connection.

Some companies do require you to have a Bachelors (in any subject) and others don’t.

There’s plenty of good companies out there besides VIPkid but they’ve been my main choice since April. 

It’s been my largest sole source of income this year. Not only do I really enjoy it, but it also lets me feel like I’m giving these kids an advantage in life by teaching them English. 

The materials for each lesson are provided to me so I don’t have to worry about lesson planning.

My check varies monthly because I make my own schedule from week to week.

I may work just during the weekdays one week and some weekdays/weekends the next depending on if I’m traveling or have other projects coming up.

If you’re interested in more information, definitely search VIPkid on YouTube!

To give VIPkid a shot, click here!

In a typical month with VIPkid, I make somewhere between $1,400 – $2,200. Last month was a really good one! 

Private Music Teacher –  $1,660

I love this income stream because it gets me away from the computer but still allows me to work from home. I teach voice lessons, piano lessons, audition, and acting prep. 

 My bachelor and master’s degrees are actually in music so this has allowed me to work on cruise ships, do musicals, and coach and teach lessons.

These lessons are really fulfilling for me because I get to see the students work hard at a passion, excel, and improve. 

I’ve built up a nice little clientele of about 10-15 regular students each week.

In a typical month, I make somewhere between $1,200 to $1,700 teaching private lessons. $757.28

Randomly enough, I stumbled upon a Reddit thread back in May about a transcription website called Rev.

I didn’t really understand what “transcribing/captioning” entailed, but it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like.

You essentially are paid to write subtitles for various shows, documentaries, films, and even YouTube videos.

Pretty cool, right?

This is another income stream that I’m glad I discovered because honestly, it’s super easy.

The best part is that it is extra income that doesn’t involve phone calls.

I hate talking on the phone! 

For this one, you just need to have good grammar and punctuation skills, and good attention to detail.

While I wouldn’t rely on this option as my sole stream of income, it’s definitely been a nice little boost!

I usually spend about 2.5 hours a day (5 days a week) captioning. 

I average somewhere between $650 – $850 a month. 

Selling on LetGo and Facebook – $243

This one was pretty fun for me actually. I’ll explain why.  So I’ve sold some things online here and there in the past but I was recently inspired this month to purge the excess junk I have lying around.

A good friend of mine was the driving factor behind this decision because she’s been doing the “7 Experiment.”

If you’re unfamiliar with it, basically this book challenges you to one experiment each month (for seven months).

These experiments help convince you that less is more and shift your thinking away from a materialistic mindset. 

For example, one month requires you to wear only 7 different pieces of clothing.

So for my friend, she rotated between a pair of pants and a couple of blouses.

We had a good laugh about it because she said no one at her work even noticed that she wore the same stuff every week.

Towards the end of the experiment, she realized she had a closet full of clothes she didn’t need, and she sold a lot of her stuff online. 

I was inspired by this and took it upon myself to purge my house from anything I no longer needed, wanted, or could find the use for.

I sold some clothes, a dresser, various phone cases, and a pair of headlights for my car that I didn’t need (random, I know).

Also, last Christmas my sweet grandma bought me an airfryer that has been sitting in my pantry for the past 10 months. I finally decided I either need to use it or sell it.

So yep, you guessed it. I sold it.

Virtual Assisting – $740

So several years ago, I worked as an administrative assistant in a midsize office.

From that job, I learned some pretty good customer service, data entry, and administrative skills.

Thankfully, these skills are pretty universal (seeing as how most companies need some sort of admin assistant).

I didn’t know that being a Virtual Assistant (VA) was a thing until I read a blog post about how one woman makes her full-time income by doing it (she makes $30/hour!)

So I thought, hey, why not give it a shot?

I read a couple of books on becoming a Virtual Assistant including one that was SUPER helpful – Become A Successful Virtual Assistant: Learn the Business Side & Ditch 9 to 5 . 

Then I created an UpWork profile to start doing it part-time.

I work mostly for small business owners who just need someone to help them with tracking appointments, schedules, and emails.

I usually am needed for about 10 hours a week and I average between $500-$1,000 a month.

I look forward to picking up more VA jobs in the future as I build up my clientele.

I’ve gotten good reviews from my clients on UpWork and it allows other potential clients to know that I’m reliable and trustworthy – so they book me!

Click here to grab a copy of the Virtual Assistant Training book that I personally recommend.

You can definitely make a full-time living as a VA from home and this book is a great way to take you step by step through the process!

Grand Total – $5,512.28

Final thoughts: so as you can see, I get a lot of variety from my work. My day is super flexible which allows me to have time to do things I really enjoy.

I wouldn’t trade it for a 9-5 ever again.

I like having the diversity in income and the variety keeps it interesting!

Big thanks to Kristen for guest posting on today’s blog!

I’m the only one in my circle of friends that has a blog so it’s pretty cool to get work-from-home options from someone else that don’t involve blogging!

I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did. Comment below if you have any good ideas for generating more income!

11 thoughts on “How I Make $5,500 a Month From Home”

  1. This was so interesting and I loved the variety of options she provided! Thanks for sharing 😀

    • Thanks so much for reading! I was definitely impressed by the variety!

  2. I love all the suggestions and will try it out soon. For VIP kid, are the hours flexible?

    • Pretty flexible, yes! Since the kids are in China, it’s usually at night or early morning that are the peak times. But you get to pick your schedule and decide how much (or little) you want to work each week. Thanks Daisy. 🙂

  3. Thank you for including the amount of time you put into each one and the approximate amount you make. I have seen many articles where those items were not disclosed so for someone who just wants to know the results of their efforts in black and white, this was very helpful information.

    ~Christian Kindig (Christy)

  4. WOW Thank you so much for for sharing..Wonderful amount of information

    • Of course Joy! You’re welcome.

  5. WOW Thank you so much for sharing..Wonderful amount of information I can’t wait to check some out

  6. Can you tell me more about the VA? I work 8-5 Mon-Fri and would love to stay at home with my kids

  7. This was an eye opener. Thanks alot

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