The secret to making it big, or pulling off the perfect heist as we say around here, is to pay attention to all opportunities to increase your revenue. Warren Buffet, who obviously needs no introduction, said that you need at least 7 revenue streams to get rich. You can start to make extra cash anywhere you are, even if that means at the last $25 in your checking account, the most important thing is that YOU START.
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I know you were on the point of saying “I want to make extra cash, BUT I already have a full-time job” or “I want to take advantage of these opportunities BUT I have to be at home for my child”. Here’s the beauty of the opportunities you’ll find below – they’re great as flexible side gigs, can be done remote, or they allow you to care for your child while performing them.
Now, let’s just start and you’ll see what I mean.
Opportunities to Earn Extra Cash by Using Your Skills
Let’s say you don’t have a lot of work experience but your grammar is spot on. That’s actually enough to land you a few side gigs to help you earn up to a few hundred dollars per week.
#1 Closed Captioning
You can start working as a closed captioning specialist in your free time, captioning pre-recorded and live videos from various media production companies. There are various companies that hire freelancers for this type of projects, but my recommendation would be to reach out to those who advertise their positions on FlexJobs or mention on their websites that they offer remote positions. In 99% of the cases, those positions are remote and offer you all the flexibility you’d wish from a side gig.
If you speak an international language, you should totally check out Netflix’s HERMES test for subtitle translations. If you pass the test, you can be involved in their localization efforts and help Netflix users from all around the world enjoy the shows they love in their native language.
#2 Be a Transcriptionist
If you’re a quick typist, you should also check out the transcriptionist positions companies offer. For example, CaptionLabs offers work from home jobs for English and Spanish transcriptionists. Rev is a company used by many entrepreneurs. They pay their freelancers weekly, but not all people working for them are 100% happy with the way they do business. If there’s a lesson here, it is that you should always check what people say about the companies you’re interested in.
#3 Become a Proofreader
Wherever there is new content created, there are some proofreaders making money. No company wants to release into the world blog posts, lead magnets, marketing brochures or sales letters filled with inaccurate data, spelling and grammar mistakes.
If you’re a great organiser and love planning activities for your family and yourself, you should try to land a side hustle as a:
#4 Virtual Assistant
You can create your own website and try to land your own clients, or you can become a freelance virtual assistant working with companies like Time etc or Task Bullet (international or USA). You can make you own schedule and get paid depending on your experience and skills.
If you love photography and know your way around a camera, you should also check out this way to make extra cash:
#5 Remote Image/Vector/Illustration Reviewer
People contribute to Shutterstock thousands of photographs, videos, and vector files every single day, so they’re relying on freelance remote reviewers to make sure what ends up on the website is OK and that the items are correctly described and tagged. They hire people to work 25 to 30 hours per week, from the US to Eastern Europe.
#6 Sell Your Skills on Fiverr
You can make money on Fiverr even if the only thing you have are a hundred Facebook friends. For real! Marketers and growth hackers use Fiverr for all sorts of things and some of them are as simple as inviting some of your FB friends to like a page or join a group. If you have some skills to offer, that’s even better. Fiverr isn’t the marketplace of the $5 gigs for some time. Now you can ask for way more money even for basic tasks.
#7 Create and Sell a Digital Product
Oh, yes! You read that right. All you need is a bit of curiosity and you can make this work. Just find out more about how to plan and create your info product, decide on a way to deliver it, research the subject you want to approach, do your homework, write down your ideas and what you found out, and start selling.
#8 Learn a Calligraphy Font and Start Selling Your Writing
In the era of “authenticity”, publicists, marketers, even accountants picked up the habit of sending hand-written notes to their customers or to the influencers they want to charm. The issue? Well, not everyone has a beautiful handwriting and hot shot managers don’t always have the time to write the notes themselves. That’s why people have started buying calligraphy services. So, this is the right time to start finding out more about this skill, learn a beautiful font, and start making money.
#9 Become an UpWork Freelancer
Each minute, new projects are added to UpWork. The freelancing platform attracts all sorts of entrepreneurs looking for talent and some of their needs are highly compatible with what you should know and do to kick butt in your own online business. So, this is a great opportunity to make some money and also discover a thing or two about the strategies and tactics others use to generate huge profits.
#10 Make Money by Answering Your Emails
Wouldn’t it be great to get paid for every email you receive? That’s what the founders of 21 List Inc. thought of when they launched their service. It allows people to cash in on the emails others want to send them, be it for a simple survey or for asking a question only someone like them could answer.
#11 Sell Your Creative Genius through Teespring
If you come up with the best puns, think of the funniest one-liners, draw or photograph amazing things, start selling your creations directly on T-Shirts, mugs or Tote bags. Just bring your ideas to Teespring and the company will handle the rest – producing the T-Shirts, Hoodies and other things. You should test out their customization app and see what sorts of profits they’re talking about. You’ll be impressed.
If you’re a writer, there are many opportunities for you to get paid for doing what you love. Here are just two ideas:
#12 Write Content Marketing Articles through Scripted
#13 Write Blog Posts, eBooks, Press Releases on iWriter
Write as much or as less content as you like, only on the topics you actually care about, and as you get more positive reviews you’ll earn more money. Check out iWriter here.
Opportunities to Make Money Using the Things You Already Own
#14 Make Money Off Your Junk with Decluttr
If you’re living in the US or in the UK and you’ve hanged on to books, CDs, DVDs, games, and even gadgets for way more than they were useful to you, it’s time to check out Declutter. This platform buys the stuff gathering dust in your home and pays you the next day after they receive the items, which you can ship for free.
#15 Start Making Deliveries for Postmates
Postmates represents a cool on-demand delivery service that’s available in many American cities. As a Postmate, you can sign into the app whenever you have some free time and you can pick up orders – things to buy for people near you, and deliver to their home/office. You can earn up to $25/hour and you can drive your car, walk, or ride your bike for the delivery. If you’re in a hurry to cash in, you’ll be pleased to know that it only takes four to seven days for the payouts for your deliveries to be processed.
If Postmates isn’t available where you are (check here!), think about what similar apps are connecting shoppers and deliveries in your city.
#16 Become an Instacart Shopper and/or Driver
Instacart is helping millions of people to get groceries delivered to their door. To achieve this, Instacart is working with Shoppers and Drivers, contractors who enjoy a flexible schedule and get paid weekly. If you don’t have a car you can still become a Shopper, but if you have a car you can be a Driver or a Driver+Shopper, making even more money.
Check out here if Instacart is available in your area, and if it’s not, look for the apps that are replicating their service where you live. They’re almost all around the world already.
#17 Start Driving People Around for Uber or Lyft
If you want to make some cash from time to time, you should totally find out more about becoming an Uber or Lyft driver. As a driver, you schedule is flexible and you can work as little or as much as you’d like. It’s also a great way to meet new people who might have some insights you could use in your side hustle or business.
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#18 Start Doing Voice Overs
You’re wrong, not all people are looking for the crisp British accent. While it might sound great for a case study or an explainer video, there are so many other types of projects that need voice overs, like eLearning programs, commercials, podcasts, etc. You have nothing to lose by looking for voice casting announcements and submitting some samples.
The best way to go about this is to look for the top companies offering voice over services in your city and find out how to get on their list of voice actors.
#19 Complete Simple Tasks on Amazon Mechanical Turk
When you’re trying to set aside enough money for something important to you, every penny counts. That’s why it pays off to check out the tiny tasks available on Amazon MTurk and invest at least a few minutes every day in completing the tasks you find interesting. The best tasks will reward you with around $0.30/minute but don’t ignore those paying less, they’re still a good deal for the amount of flexibility and ease they’re offering.
#20 Become a Leapforce Internet Analyst
This is another way to earn a part-time income from the comfort of your own home. Leapforce hires people who are tech savvy and love researching various topics on the internet. For some of the positions, you might have to prove that you’re fluent in a language other than English, so keep that in mind when applying.
#21 Become a LiveOps Independent Agent
When you’re working for LiveOps, you’re basically your own boss. Your schedule is flexible, you can take time off whenever you want, and work as many hours per day as you want. Here are some great resources on what’s it like to be a LiveOps agent.
Turn Your Habits and Preferences into Extra Money
There are companies who are willing to pay to find out what you think, what you do, and even how you speak. They use the info either for improving their technologies and products, or for fine tuning marketing campaigns and political messages.
Here are a few things you could do to earn some extra money out of their interest for how you see things:
#22 Rate Ads and Search Results for Money with Appen
You don’t need a lot of experience, but rather some free time. Appen is constantly hiring new staff for their many projects. If you love social media and the web and you’d like to make some money without stressing about the tasks involved, these remote, flexible schedule positions might be just what the doctor ordered.
#23 Become a Website Tester with WhatUsersDo
As a WhatUsersDo website tester, you’ll get to navigate on and test new websites for big companies. They want to make sure their new websites and web apps are simple to use and they rely heavily on people like you and me to test them out and provide feedback.
#24 Get Cool Rewards through Needle for Helping People Shop Online
Help people shopping online on the websites you love and earn free products. Needle is always looking for new Advocates – people who act as brand supporters helping online shoppers make the right decisions. It’s a cool way to earn valuable products while telling others about the way you shop and the brands you love.
#25 Get Paid for Taking Surveys on ClickWorker
ClickWorker is like UpWork, but also a bit different. It’s a marketplace for freelance talent, but it also helps out entrepreneurs who need many answers for their surveys. That is why you can register as a ClickWorker and just take a survey from time to time if you don’t have the time to dive deeper into freelancing.
These are just some of the things people do to save enough money for that trip they always wanted to take or to launch that killer business idea. No matter what drives you, many of the ideas above are great side hustles. They won’t make you rich, that’s what your online business should be doing, but they can help you polish your skills and earn an extra buck every single time you have a moment to spare.