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.
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.
If you’re looking to offer services to someone who owns a website who needs a little help with WordPress, or even Search Engine Optimization, the training here can really pay off in the future. Sure it costs money for a premium membership, but a little investment now can pay off huge in the future.
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.
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!