How to Earn Money from Home in South Africa

Working from Home

Thanks to modern technology enabling a great many homes all over the world to be equipped with some form of online computer system, working from home is becoming increasingly popular. Many stay at home mothers, students, retired people or workers looking for an extra income are increasingly turning to online work from home.

Options Available in South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

The unemployment situation in South Africa is dire at present and not looking likely to improve in the near future. Thanks to the internet, anything from data entry to online article writing and surveys is now available to those residing in this part of the world. There is now a varied choice of work from home, money making options; however patience and the willingness to put in the time and effort are essential when setting out to earn money this way. The reality is that a great deal of this work does take a lot of time and doesn't always pay well, but some sites are better than others so it is worth hunting around for the best options. Go to online independent review sites to see what others have said about the site you would like to access. Unfortunately, there are numerous scams all over the world when it comes to online working; however by taking a little time to research and weed out the good from the bad, you will be saving a lot of time and frustration in the long run.

Any site that promises a ridiculously high pay-out that seems too good to be true, will in all likelihood be too good to be true. Be wary of sites that ask you for an amount of money upfront. Before you hand over money for any online work, please make sure you have thoroughly researched this company or you risk losing your cash. Most genuine sites will never ask for money upfront.

Data Entry Jobs

There are many data entry jobs available in South Africa for stay at home workers. A good site to begin with is It has a good choice of options with reasonable rates and full or part time work is currently available. Some of this work is specific to certain areas but it is worth having a look. Experience isn't necessary for most of these jobs, just an available PC, good organisational skills and the will to earn some extra money. Another helpful site is, which are similar to but will have some different options available.

Survey Options

Paid online surveys are a great way to make extra cash online. This is simple work but there is not enough earning potential to justify it as a full time career choice. Most people who take part in online surveys are simply looking for extra pocket money and earnings are naturally dependent on how long you want to spend taking surveys. Any survey site, or indeed any other type of site that asks you for money upfront is best avoided, and quite likely to be a scam.

Check out a site called, which should be able to supply you with some options available in South Africa. Also see, a site which will allow you to sign up with several different market research firms. The more you sign up with, the more surveys you will be sent so it is worth taking a little time to sign up for them all. All South African residents are eligible to take part in these surveys. Also worth a visit is It has some interesting information on online surveys, giving good advice and pointing you in the right direction.

There doesn't seem to be much scope for home product testing in South Africa, which is something a lot of US and European survey sites offer. However, it is worth checking regularly, as new opportunities appear online on a daily basis.

Other Online Opportunities

An interesting site specific to those living in South Africa, has a variety of work available. This site offers legitimate work from home opportunities where you could earn between R350 - R3000 per project. You are in complete control of choosing the jobs that are best suited to your skills. Projects range from basic admin tasks to more technical jobs such as web development. A little ambition could turn this opportunity into a legitimate home business over time.

There are sites available where you can register as a freelance writer, writing articles that will appear on blogs and websites for various businesses. The good news is, you don't need any specific qualifications to register with most of these sites, just a good grasp of language and an enjoyment of writing. It is possible to research anything online and come up with enough information to write an interesting article.

South African residents should check out a site called Elance, a recognised freelance platform open to anyone who completes and passes a simple writing test. This test is available on the website. You are able to choose a job category that suits you best. However, it would seem that this site currently restricts you to 10 jobs per month.

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