Like talking to people and helping walk them through problems? You can bring in extra income as a contract customer support superstar for companies all over the world. Due to the 24/7 nature of online businesses, companies are looking for people in different time zones to help deal with issues that their users are having. Better yet, if you have experience in service or retail you’ll be perfectly suited. Check out indeed or the other remote job boards I listed earlier to find opportunities.
This side hustle can easily become a full-time job. If you’ve got expertise in an area and think you can help small businesses near you, give this a shot. For instance, Ben and I know a lot about running Facebook advertising campaigns, so we approached the owner of our gym if he would let us design a few campaigns for him. And of course, he was thrilled to get the help. Here’s a useful 18 Step Checklist for Becoming a Small Business Consultant.
You can also earn money at home by offering your services as a focus group specialist. Sites like Harris Poll Online, 2020 Panel, Brand Institute, and Engage will pay you cash or gift cards for an hour or two of your time participating in a focus group. You'll study a product or a service, answer specific questions, and partner with focus group companies on market research campaigns. The pay depends on how much time and effort you put into focus group work, but some specialists earn between $50 and $250 per focus group session.
If you're a whiz at social media, having accumulated many followers on Twitter, Instagram, and similar sites, you may be able to make money by offering your savvy skills to small businesses -- and perhaps even large ones. Many companies want to develop and capitalize on social media followings, but they don't know how to go about it. You might get paid for managing their accounts and posting to them regularly.
If so, chances are good that you are not earning as much interest on your savings as you could (and should) be earning. At the time of this writing, the average annual percentage yield (APY) on a savings account in the United States is 0.09%. That means that $1,000 sitting in a savings account will only earn $9 in interest if it sits there for an entire year.
Most of us would love more money, but we often don't act on that desire, as we feel busy enough with our current job and other responsibilities. But you can make some significant extra money on the side in lots of ways, and some of them might actually appeal to you. And once you've got extra cash, consider investing your long-term dollars in stocks -- perhaps for retirement.
If you love spending time at a gym and you know what you're doing there, you may be able to make money as a personal trainer. You could work part-time at a gym or you could simply find some clients to work with on your own. Many personal trainers earn $50 or more per hour, but it's not the kind of work you just start doing. Look into it further, as you'll likely need some kind of training and certification. The effort may well be worth it, though. If you log eight one-hour sessions per week, in evenings and/or on weekends, that could be worth $400 -- adding up to more than $20,000 per year.
Some websites pay for performance based on page views for virtually anything you want to write about if you have the proven experience and background to cover your beat. Many companies are looking for part-time bloggers to help them create high-value blog posts for their websites—thus, the opportunity for those who have a knack for writing compelling content. Most clients pay per post or on a retainer contract with a set number of posts delivered per month.
Start by taking other courses you’re interested in: Not only is this important competitor and opportunity analysis, but it also gives you an idea of how a course could or should look and feel. What’s the pacing like? Is it via email, video, in-person chats? Once you understand how you want your course to look, it’s time to decide what it should include. Those same courses are a great starting place. How can you make your course better or more interesting? Do you have experience others don’t?
Amazon makes it fairly easy to list and sell old books, games and devices on its marketplace. You can make more than just a few bucks If you have pricey textbooks from college. Be sure the books are in good condition. You'll get negative reviews if you attempt to sell books that are falling apart or games that are scratched up. Remember, be upfront about any defects, no matter how small they might be and no matter how few people might readily notice it.