It never hurts to find out ways to make money on the side without having to get a full-time job. Because full-time work is tough right now if you’re also trying to homeschool your kids during the pandemic, like most of us. That’s why I’ve made a list of some awesome ways to put extra cash in your wallet every month.
1. Use your typing skills to make money fast — $379 a week to be exact.
You: Can type 70 – 90 words per minute.
TranscribeMe: Offers clients crowd-sourced labor to complete transcripts. And once you hone your craft transcribing, you might even be able to move into QA (Quality Assurance as an editor or reviewer), into Lead QA, or into a Salaried Position (or Customer Service) if you want more hours working for this company.
The Payout: Earn $0.79 minimum per minute transcribing for other companies, which amounts to roughly $7,584 per month (for 40-hour weeks).
Available: Anywhere there’s the Internet.
2. Sell your photos through Foap and make $100 a month on the side.
You: Know photography is your spirit animal.
Foap: Turns your unaltered smartphone photos into cash. All you need to do is upload your photos through your phone or through photography apps like Instagram and Flickr and sell them through the Foap market (each image can be purchased for $10 — you get half).
The Payout: Sell 20 images and you’ve already earned $100. You can cash out at $5, deposited right to your PayPal account.
Available: To Android and iOS phone users in the U.S.
3. Make money channeling your inner reader for $50 a month.
You: Love the sound of your reading voice (and others do, too).
Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX): Is an Amazon platform marketplace for professionals to connect and create audiobooks. Choose the books you want to audition for and how you’d like to get paid for your narration work. Then you audition and read. With enough experience (at least 25 recorded audiobooks), you can become an Audible Approved Producer.
The Payout: Earn the minimum $50 and you get paid via a check, sent out usually within the next four – eight weeks.
Available: ACX website.
4. Join survey apps like Opinion Outpost and make $40 to $4000 a month from home.
You: Have some time while you’re watching Friends reruns.
Opinion Outpost: This is an earnings no-brainer. Answer a few questions, and you get a small amount of money every time you complete a survey. You won’t earn a ton, but if you’re chilling at home with your laptop, why not? Starts at an insanely low $5 gift cards, vouchers, and cash (no $50 payout thresholds like some sites). And you can easily earn that in a day.
InstaGC: Another survey app where you can earn points for surveys and reviews. $1 for every 100 points, plus opportunities to earn bonus points.
Swagbucks: Earn points for movies, surveys and checkins.
5. Want to make money online? Jump on the good Reddit gigs to earn $30 a month.
You: Are a Reddit fan looking to score a little dough.
Reddit: Is a place to find casual online work and earn a few dollars completing small tasks. You’ll find they add up pretty quickly, whether you’re putting music into someone’s Java program for $5 or want to transcribe a five-minute Chinese YouTube video for $20. My favorite: collect a bag of trash and send a pic for $0.50.
The Payout: Amazon gift cards and PayPal are the most widely-accepted payment methods, but Venmo and Cashapp can also be used.
Available: On Reddit for online users.
6. Become a Mystery Shopper with Mobee and make extra money every month.
You: Live a life of mystery and intrigue…
Mobee: Offers mystery shopping “missions” at shops and restaurants around the country. Download the app to your phone, get notifications to shop, take photos, and answer a few questions about your experience. Missions typically take 10 – 15 minutes to complete and pay from $1.50 to $12 per mission (expect to spend more time for higher reward missions).
The Payout: $5 minimum, with $1.50 – $12 payout per mission. Earn gift cards from Walmart, Target, Best Buy, eBay, Starbucks, and more.
Available: Mobee users have better luck in suburban and urban markets where the rewards (and businesses) are.
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