Ten Side Jobs for Making Extra Money
We’re not suggesting that you strap on a tank or dig into a can of Alpo, but the following list may help fatten your wallet, in addition to whatever you’re doing now. Best of all, these opportunities pay decently and don’t require direct experience or a college education.
Take a look:
1. House Sitter
Travel can be stressful for homeowners. Yes, it’s wonderful to get away, but there are always things that need to be seen to, from bringing in the mail, watering the plants, accepting deliveries, to being there for repairmen and taking care of the family pets. Lots of homeowners pay reliable sitters hundreds of dollars to stay at or visit their homes for a few days. Expect to produce credentials in the form of personal and/or professional references, as people generally don’t hire strangers to take care of their personal affairs. Ask within your own circles for leads.
2. Dog Walker
While vacationers need to figure out how to take care of their pets while they’re away, dog owners who work outside of their homes have an extra challenge: getting their pups out for a break during the long workday. If you are organized, timely, responsible, and enjoy the outdoors, exercise, and dogs, this could be a great gig for you. Walkers can make between $15 and $30 for a 20-to-30-minute stroll.
3. Uber Driver
There are costs that go into being an Uber driver (tolls w/o passengers, car maintenance, gas, insurance), but there’s also money to be made driving people around. Interested in earning $25.00 (on average) per hour? To learn more and apply, go to www.uber.com. And while you’re researching, check out two Uber competitors as well: www.lyft.com and www.sidecar.com to see which works best for you.
4. Personal Assistant
Personal Assistants are not just for the rich and famous. Lots of regular folks need a hand, too, and are willing to pay decent money for a consistent and reliable assistant. Tasks can include running errands, doing laundry/dishes, prep for meals, making reservations, taking care of pets, or babysitting. Pay is based on experience, geography, types of tasks, and hours needed, but the average rate is about $13-15.00 per hour.
Most people love an organized kitchen, closet, garage, or desk, but not everyone has the time, ability, or desire to develop a system that works. While there are professional organizers for hire, regular people with great organizational skills and a passion for this kind of work can take on home projects much more affordable. If this sounds like something that’s right for you, you can earn an average of $25.00 per hour.
6. Focus Group Participant
A bit of play money can be made by taking online surveys, but a good deal more is out there for paid Focus Group attendees. Expect to be interviewed by a moderator in a group setting about a product, process, packaging look, or marketing angle. Participants can earn between $50 and $250 per gig. To learn more, search google for ‘paid for focus groups in (YOUR AREA).’
7. Mystery Shopper
Love shopping or dream about going undercover? Working as a Mystery Shopper could be for you. You’ll pose as a regular shopper, but gather information about store performance in a report back to corporate. Areas like store/merchandise cleanliness, customer service, inventory, and efficiency will comprise your review, and you’ll receive payment and/or reimbursement for purchases. Full-time Mystery Shoppers can earn $400-$500 per month. Note: To safeguard yourself from scams, make sure the company is a member of the MSPA. Some great places to explore include Best Mark, Market Force, and Intell-shop.
8. Movie or Television Extra
If you’ve always dreamed of being in the movies or on TV, then you can get paid to be a background actor in crowd, audience, or street scenes, and observe lots of real-set action. To learn more about the opportunities and what to expect, visit auditionsfree.com, backstage.com, entertainmentcareers.net. Beware of scams, however. If you have doubts about the credibility of a company, try Googling them for more information.
9. TV Tagger
Ever jokingly said, ‘I wish someone would pay me to sit around and watch TV?’ Netflix offers money for people willing to watch content before it’s released to the general public and then tag it (describe it briefly) so future watchers will know what to expect. Though this is a sedentary job, it does require good analytical abilities, word skills, and a strong work ethic. Check the Netflix job board for details.
10. Furniture Assembler
If you’re one of those people who can easily figure out how to put things together, walk tall. You have a talent other people do not possess. Market that ability by becoming a freelance furniture assembly-person. All you need are some tools, instructions, general strength, and transportation to get to and from your clients’ homes. You’ll save people hours of frustration, money, and become an instant hero. Best of all, you can earn more than $25 per hour.
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