Finding new and creative outlets to make extra money is a great way to contribute to your savings account. If you already work a full-time job, your options for making more money are limited. But if you want to dedicate yourself to that side hustle, here are ten creative ways to supplement your income from the comfort of your own home.
If you have decent writing, editing or proofreading skills you can find a variety of jobs on websites like Zerys, WriterAccess and Textbroker that pay for your time. Some of these websites pay you per word based on an initial star rating they give you when you apply. Other websites allow the client to set the price per word. If you have time management skills, you can earn enough to supplement your income, or even replace it completely.
Many stores hire people to test their staff through mystery shopper programs. You get paid to shop their stores and write reviews about your experience. If you are an avid shopper and want to make extra money, check out these places to get started:
Need to declutter your home? You can easily make some extra cash selling your unwanted items on websites like eBay and Craig's List. Memorabilia, collectibles, jewelry, and electronics will typically fetch higher prices, but you can also sell clothes, furniture, and other items you no longer have a use for. You should also check out apps called Letgo and Varage Sale.
If you love to drive, you can make some extra cash by signing up with Lyft or Uber and get paid by giving people rides. You are able to call your own hours, but first, you and your car will need to meet the requirements set out by each company.
Start an Etsy Shop
If you’re a creative person at heart, you may be able to open an Etsy or Handmade at Amazon shop and sell your artistic wares. If you can crochet, knit, quilt, design digital products, or make jewelry, there are possibilities to turn your store on either website into a full-time job.
Get Paid for Your Opinion
Are you an opinionated individual? Intrigued by the thought of getting paid for your opinions? Although there are many sites out there that try to scam people for surveys, there are a few legitimate websites that will pay you for your thoughts, including:
Signing up for these sites is easy and most have reminders or notifications to let you know when there are new surveys available.
Sell Your Photos
If you enjoy photography, there are a number of websites that allow you to sell your images for others to use as stock photos for marketing purposes or blog posts. Shutterstock and SmugMug are two popular sites that pay you for your images. You can also download the Foap app on your iPhone or Android and sell your smartphone pictures as stock photos.
Website developers will pay people to test out their user interface. User Testing is one of the most popular sites that connects developers with testers and provides the software necessary to test a site. You can earn up to $10 per website you test. The only disadvantage is that there isn’t always a lot of jobs available and when there is, they go fast.
Open a Stash or Acorns Account
If you just don’t have time to try the other items on this list, you can open a Stash or Acorns account and try your hand at micro-investing. The Acorns app requires you to submit identification and other personal information to verify your account which can take up to 10 days, but if you sign up with Stash, you can start investing right away.
Earn Money for Grocery Shopping
Download the Ibotta app on your smartphone and start earning cash back whenever you go grocery shopping or shop online. You can browse through the cash back offers for various stores like Target, Walgreens, and Walmart, take a picture of your receipt and earn cash. You can also earn cash for purchases online through companies like Amazon, Under Armour, Kohl’s, and Lane Bryant.
There are also other apps that allow you to earn cash back for shopping. Dosh allows you to earn cash back for things like staying at a Marriott hotel or making a purchase at Target or Burger King. They have hundreds of retailers to choose from, making earning cash easy-as-pie.
Making extra money has never been easier, and thanks to the internet, everyone can do it. But there are plenty of scams out there so do your research and make sure the opportunity is credible before getting started.
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