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My Favorite Side Hustles From Home – Extra Cash Never Hurts

I have been working from home for some time now. Up until recently, I was working for a company that kept a close eye on the time I spent working. Which was fine, because my job was always keeping me busy. There was the occasional clock out, usually for lunch. During that time I didn’t want to be on the phone, so how could I make a couple extra bucks without leaving my house or getting in the way of my regular job? Let’s dive right in to my favorite side hustles from home.

Freelance Services

I like writing, and when I get going, I can write about almost anything. So I found a couple sites that I really like to used to earn for my writing. I use Upwork and Textbroker. In my opinion, Upwork has a more aesthetically pleasing platform, and they treat their freelancers with more of an “employee” style.

I would even go as far as saying that they want the freelancers to present themselves as business owners. I like it, and it’s nice to make a little extra money that way. However, for someone like me, who did not attend a four-year university and I haven’t earned any professional writing accolades, I felt like I probably wasn’t able to “sell” myself like others could. BUT, I still managed to get work! Even when I felt like I was overcharging.

Textbroker is set up a little different. When you first sign up, you are asked to provide a writing sample. They ask you to write about something you enjoy. I chose to write about a local brewery that I really love. Then they rate your writing sample, and show you to the work you can choose from. The higher you are rating, the higher you get paid. Just keep in mind that the higher rating also comes with higher expectations, so be prepared for scrutiny. I like the platform because you are continuously being rated. So even if you started with a lower rating, there is always room for improvement.

If you are more of a creative type, you can also use Upwork. Offer services such as graphic design, illustration, web design, and more! You can also check out Fiverr to offer these services. That is probably one of the most popular platforms for creative freelancers right now. Personally, I’ve never sold on Fiverr, but I have used services on there for logo design (twice!), and I even paid someone to set up one of my Pinterest accounts.

Be sure to get a good idea at what you are worth. Look around at others who offer similar service, and check out their experience. Do not undersell. (Write that down and keep it where you can see it) Do everything you can to make yourself stand out, even if your don’t have as much experience as your peers. Honestly, 8 out of 10 times I will choose the person with the better looking profile and the more pleasant demeanor, over the person claiming that they have been in the industry for 10+ years with the condescending tone.

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Survey Says – Surveys Are Still Around!

When I was looking for extra ways to make a little case, I would have these ads pop-up for surveys. I felt annoyed. In the past (years ago!), when I would take surveys it took forever to work toward a $5 Amazon gift card. Half the time, I didn’t even qualify for the survey and it amounted to a lot of wasted time.

Boy how things have changed! The survey platforms around these days are not only intuitive and clean, but they allow for much higher earnings! The best part is, you can have the money sent straight to PayPal, instead of working hard for a gift card that you may not use. My favorite is Survey Junkie. It’s so easy to use, and the threshold of $10 is considerably low if you’re looking to cash out as often as possible.

My other favorite is UserTesting.com. This one is a little different from your usual “survey” site. On User Testing, you review websites and applications. Your microphone is required, as you are required to talk your way through and provide your opinion as you use the website or app. Also, your screen is recorded during the test. This one pays out pretty well in my opinion. If you’re consistent, you get more options. I once made $30 in just a few hours on this platform. Cha ching!

Transcription – Do You Have A Sharp Ear & Quick Fingers?

This one may actually be my least favorite of these suggestions. (The least favorite of my top four is still pretty good, just sayin) Here is why: it’s really not for everyone. You can make a decent buck through platforms like Rev and Allegis, but it requires a lot. If you are a slow typist, it can take a very long time to transcribe some audio. Even longer if that audio is hard to understand. There’s a constant pause and play if you just can’t keep up.

You need absolute silence. Some audio is so hard to understand, so any background noise can seriously throw you off. For some of us, silence is a luxury, and if you don’t have a home office it can be hard to track down.

The amount you make per hour fully depends on your skill. I have been able to get a little spending money from transcription, and I can’t complain about that. When you don’t need to dip into your average weekly budget to go see a movie, then I’d say that side hustle is worth it.

Building A Website – Not Just For Tech Majors

Now for my favorite on the list. If you have a hobby, you can build a website, and write about what you love! WordPress is the leader in web design. You don’t need to be a tech genius, or know any complicated coding. With thousands of themes to choose from, and done-for-you plugins, your website is just a few clicks away.

You can even do this for free! If you go through my #1 recommended platform, your free account comes with two websites on a free domain. If you think you can’t make money with a free domain, you are wrong! Your free account would also come with up to 30 searches on a keyword research tool. These 30 searches are more than enough to get you some traffic to your website and start making money. Again that is a free way to make money writing about something you love!

                                                         Now, there are so many people making good side hustle money through a website. But did you know that there are hundreds of people who have built a business with their website, making a full time income? That’s a whole other story. With the right training, hosting, and up building community, you can build so much more than just “side hustle” income. You can build a future! I encourage you to read this blog post from a successful online mentor, he’s been in the online business world for over 13 years. This dude knows what he’s talking about.

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Are You Ready To Do the Side Hustle?

Weezer has recently said that you Can’t Knock the Hustle, and these words ring more true today than they did in 1996 when Jay-Z said the same thing. The truth is, EVERYONE is looking for a little extra to play with these days. There are also plenty of ways to make money if you’re willing to leave your house. There’s Uber, Lyft, Wag! (if you’re an active dog lover), Instacart, Task Rabbit, and much more that I can’t even think of right now! But it’s just not as easy to fit these in to your life if you need to make your money from home. What are your favorite side hustles? Feel free to share in the comments!

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19 Comments

  • Paul

    Hey,

    Nice read about some options that i haven’t come across before  and would probably never considered. As I read about all of your side hustles I could’t help but think the first three were right up my alley. The fourth is probably not an option due to my ever increasing speed typing. I have a long way to go research on these products and will look go.

    I want to do some further  research on these products and will look  come back here for reference and no doubt some other variations to consider

    Great Work!

    Paul

    • admin

      Good Idea! I will definitely continue to see what I can find out there, and I would love to put some more informative posts on each of these subjects. Thanks for stopping by!

  • j52powell

    I am retired now, with no pension, healthcare or income.  I need to make some money, so your post is of interest.

    I have been a teacher of many topics over the years, including English literature, so freelance writing could be of use.  What kind of pay does this involve?  What is the range of how much per word or hour or however it is measured?

    Surveys.  I have tried them before and it was a waste of time.  Mostly they gave away products in American stores.  That didn’t work for me as I don’t live in America.  I see you suggest Survey Junkie.  Again, what money is there to be made?  I have read perhaps the pay is $1-$3 per survey, if you qualify.  I wonder how much time that takes?

    Your third method, building a website, looks like it has more potential.  I’ve looked at the Wealthy Affiliate materials and they look like they provide a lot of training and hope for a good result.

    Thanks for your post.

    • admin

      Freelance Writing is usually a pay by word deal. The rate depends on your rating, which you can improve at any time. And the time spent relies fully on how comfortable you are as a writer. The more comfortable you are, the quicker you can create good content. 

      Surveys vary in time. I have done a survey where I made a dollar in a matter of 10 minutes. It’s not much but you can use it from your phone which creates an advantage as far as convenience is concerned. 

      I hope you find some luck with creating a website! In your situation, building an online business can be very advantageous!

  • Nic

    Great notes!

    I have been searching for a freelance side hustle for quite some time. I keep coming across textbroker. Uptrend has been mentioned and I have seen some mixed reviews on that, what would you suggest for a full time blogger?

    Also I didn’t know ther survey thing was still a round. That is a great idea and seems pretty easy. In your opinion which one is the most lucrative?

    Nic

    • admin

      Full time bloggers need to check out Wealthy Affiliate. It is by far my number one way training to monetize your site. As far as surveys go, you will make more money with UsertTesfing!

  • Holly Knudson

    I’m glad I know about these ways to make a little extra money. I’ve heard of Upwork but not Textbroker. I’ll have to check them out. I’ve used Fiverr multiple times for various services, but haven’t been on the other end. 

    I have completed a few surveys, and I can see how that would be good for some people. It didn’t resonate with me though. I could see myself liking transcription because I like to type. Of course, my favorite too, is building websites and posting content on them. Thanks for the great ideas!

  • iantrader

    It would be great to make a few extra bucks during downtime. I tried surveys back in the day. As you say, they were pretty shoddy. I haven’t tried the ones you suggest but I was so put off by my past experiences I probably won’t 🙂 Unless someone convinces me it’s worthwhile 🙂

    The best side hutle I dabbled with was on Fiverr although again, back in the day when everyone was putting up a website but not many knew about keyword researh or SEO. I’d offer a list of keywords on any topic (niche) and include an affiliate link to a complimentaary product on Clickbank and traffic generation systema, etc. Might still work 🙂

    Ian

  • Lady Esther

    Hi,

    I want to thank you for the article. I have try the survey but it was a few years ago. I think I am going to try it again. At the moment I need extra income. Your suggestions are good ones so I am going to try them and hopefully one can become my extra income for the moment. The items mentioned are good suggestions appreciate.

    I not to sure about writing, English is a second language for me and I still struggle with writing my articles for my new website, maybe in the future when I see how my website indexes. 

    Again thank you for the article and the suggestions, I will certainly take them into account since at the moment extra income is desirable.

    Very best,

    Lady Esther 

  • joseph webster

    Really enjoyed this blog post. I can definetly relate to the online surveys. Used to waste a lot of time on them for nothing. I think I might try survey junkies out. Also totally agree with not underselling yourself been able to stand out really helps. I really like your website and found it fairly easy to navigate

  • Heather

    Hi, you really gave me some new idea about how I could make some extra money.

    I wanted to give Upwork a try a while ago – because I had heard lots of good things about it. But I live in Europe and I had some trouble uploading my tax data. From what I know, back then they wouldn’t allow people from Europe – or from most countries.

    I also have some experience with surveys. But to me, they are kind of a scam. You have to work for hours for some little money. And once you get close to the minimum amount to withdraw, they stop sending you new surveys. That’s what happened to me and I heard similar stories. So it was really frustrating.

    That’s why I think creating your kwn site and business is the best choice. You have full control over what’s happening.

    • admin

      in the past with surveys that may have been the case, but I recently just cashed out $20 from survey junkie and had no issue getting additional surveys. Not a scam at all, just have to be patient. This is for side money also, not a full time income, so you can’t go into surveys expecting $1,000 a week. $20 here and there can go a long way 🙂

  • AV 2001

    Hey there! How are you doing? I’ve enjoyed reading this blog post as it’s informative and interesting. I’m actually a freelance content writer and I write contents for websites. In my opinion, the best place to find work is visiting a couple of freelance websites like freelancer or upwork. Can you recommend any survey sites that pay you money for completing surveys?

  • Kris M.

    Hi there,

    I, too, received training through the Wealthy Affiliate platform and have tried various methods of earning money from home.  You give an accurate representation of some of the options out there.  There are still a lot of survey sites out there, it’s just very time consuming and hard to qualify for many so it takes a long time to make $5.  I did some freelance writing for a little while, the pay was definitely better on that than it was for surveys.  I made a few hundred bucks writing articles for someone.  I have not tried transcribing, I think that would be difficult to me as my hearing isn’t the best.  I have also built websites through Wealthy Affiliate’s services which was the top performer as far as return on investment goes.  It is time consuming when you get started but, in my experience, the money started coming in pretty quickly and that was when I stopped doing surveys and freelance writing because they were no longer worth my time.  Would you recommend having multiple websites out there for multiple streams of income?

    • admin

      some of these are not for everyone 🙂 you need to be very disciplined to make the most of them. You can definitely  have multiple websites if you are able to schedule your time effectively. Otherwise, you will continue to get impatient and frustrated. Many people can do very well with just one website.

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