With the job market still looking bare and employers reluctant to hand out wage increases, many people are looking at other ways to bring in some extra cash. If you are one of those people, fear not, we’ve got you covered. Thanks to the internet, you won’t even have to go outside of your home to find a nice side earner.
There are lots of jobs you can do from home for extra cash and depending on your level of commitment, time available, and ambition you can even eventually replace your current job. Sounds pretty appealing right? Not so fast, though. Just like the real world, the digital realm is rife with scammers and con artists ready to prey on the vulnerable.
Don’t fall for over-exaggerated claims and get-rich-quick promises. If someone promises you a fistful of cash for doing next to nothing, there’s probably a catch. If you’re asked to pay money for access to a job, it’s probably a scam. In the end, a little common sense goes a long way.
The saying “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” has never been more applicable than in online interactions. With that in mind, here are eight legitimate jobs you can find online to start earning a few extra bucks.
Sell Your Knowledge
All over the world, there are students looking to improve their knowledge in regards to all manner of subjects. If you have specialist knowledge in any field, you can probably find a group of people that can benefit from and, more importantly, pay you for this knowledge.
People who are searching for this form of tutoring use sites like Craglist.org. You can utilize this platform to gauge online tutor rates in your area and find clients.
There are also several online tutoring companies such as Tutor.com and e-Tutor.com that where you can sign up and offer your tutoring services. Some of these companies stipulate that you need to be available for a minimum number of hours per week, but for the most part, you can set working hours around your other commitments.
A huge benefit of working with an online tutoring company is that you don’t have to worry about finding clients and getting paid on time, all of that is taken care of for you.
Sell Your Creativity
If you enjoy making things, you can probably start making money from your hobby. There is growing demand for vintage and homemade products, and this demand shows no signs of stopping. Furthermore, there are numerous marketplaces available online for you to ply your wares, so you don’t have to worry about setting up a website.
One of the top marketplaces around is Etsy. They have been around for several years now and is considered one of the fastest growing marketplaces for creative. You can list your hand-crafted items in any one of the 40 categories available. Your item will get displayed in front of millions of potential buyers in a matter of minutes.
There are numerous opportunities to sell yourself online. By that, I mean your personal services. You could become a virtual assistant, online call center agent, or voice over artist. The list could go on. Businesses are always on the hunt for people with unique skills.
Sites like Fiverr and Upwork are ideal for offering our services and finding plenty of suitable clients. The amount you can earn depends on how much time and effort you can commit and the service you offer, but it is possible to earn eventually a full-time income if you wanted to.
Writers are in high demand online. Business owners need website copy, blog posts, sales letters, and all manner of other types of written content. If you have a talent for writing, you can most likely make some extra cash online.
The best thing about this type of work is that it is completely flexible. Freelance writers write in the mornings before they go to work, in the evenings after work, or on the weekends when they have some free time.
Beginners can look at sites like Textbroker.com to get up and running as a freelance writer quickly. Companies like Textbroker allow you to sign up and simply select assignments from a list of available work on a dashboard. It’s low paying work for the most part, but it will allow you to get a few paid writing clips together which in turn can be used to apply for higher paying jobs elsewhere.
A good place to start looking for those higher paying writing gigs is FreelanceWriting.com. This site provides a regular curation of job listings from various sources.
Become an Evaluator
If you’ve been surfing the web for any length of time, you probably have a feel for which websites look good and which don’t. Put your new-found skills to good use and start earning a minimum $10 for around 20 minutes of your time. Yes, you can get paid to evaluate websites. The work is not as regular as some of the others mentioned here today, but it can help to boost your current income.
Sign up at UserTesting.com and fill out your profile. They will contact you whenever your profile matches a website’s target audience, and you can log in and commence evaluation. You will need to record your screen and your voice as you give verbal usability feedback on the website.
Give Your Opinions
Similar to evaluating websites, making money with surveys is not all that dependable. In many cases, you have to wait around for your profile to match a demographic and even then you might not qualify for the actual survey. Despite those facts, survey taking is still a good tool to have in your money making arsenal.
There are countless places online that offer paid surveys – SurveyClub, Harris Poll, Global Test Market, Swagbucks, to name just a few. Signing up with as many as you can mean more opportunities for surveys. Plus, there is no skill and very little time required to complete a survey.
Become an Online Juror
If you live in a large metropolitan area, you might be in luck here. Most cases are tried in these areas, and attorneys are frequently on the lookout for mock jurors. A panel of mock jurors is used to give the attorneys feedback on a case before it goes to trial.
Sign up with sites like OnlineVerdict.com and EJury.com to get notified when panels of online jurors are being put together. You can get anything $10 to $60 for 20 to 60 minutes of your time.
Become a Consultant
Finally, if you have proven skills in a particular area why not give people advice and charge a fee. Yep, become a consultant. As a consultant, you can help businesses develop sales plans or can help individuals with financial advice. The potential for earning as a consultant is lucrative, but setting up is not as straightforward as others on this list.
This article “7 Ways to Land Great Consulting Work While in Between Jobs” is an oldie, but goodie. You will need to spend a few weeks in preparation; that effort, however, will be rewarded with a healthier looking bank account.