20 More Ways To Make Money On The Side
Because I am a new entrepreneur, I am always looking for extra ways to make income from the comfort of my home.
The work I look for has to be interesting, provide some income and not take too much time, but be worth the time I spend.
Earlier this year, I began a hunting for p/t gigs and found the searching process a fun exercise, so I decided to turn the search into a blog series to help others searching for income.
Many of the finds are online positions or things you can do right on your phone. Some of the gigs I have found are not online gigs but are in-person for-hire positions. Some require travel and some of those, honestly, sounded totally fake, but I had to research them anyways because they were unusual.
I sound like an infomercial, but it’s true. I was surprised to find so many different ways to make money through the internet – either using the internet to find a job or for online work, as viable ways of working to earn income.
There is no guarantee of income in this post but there are a lot of creative ways to generate income.
This is “part 2” of my search. As I continued on my journey to scout out possible income streams, I found this research alone was 20+ hours more of hunting and trying gigs out.
I love pouring through lists, seeing people’s businesses, what they write about, how they make money, and what they recommend.
Top Sites to Search for Work-At-Home opportunities:
Here’s another shout out to these companies that have researched job leads in extensive detail, offer tons of lists and regular job postings! Your work is amazing!
I’ve added 2 more to my top list making it 6:
Similar to the previous post, for a gig to make this list, it had to be something that was unique, sounded like fun and either makes you money or helps you earn money in some way (like residual income or earning rewards). Although some require a job skill or expertise, some simply offer ways to be able to make money (like taking surveys). To make this list, they had to be things I had never heard of or were less commonly known.
Note: 2 were repeats from the previous post (tutoring and online games) because I added more information about them.
Here’s the list. Some of these are too simple to believe like this first one:
- Selling used books:
I had a “duh” moment with this one. I tend to donate books, but if you are a collector of books, this might be a great way to help pay for your addiction. This idea is like selling stuff around the house you never use anymore on E-bay:
- Flip Websites!
Similar to the flipping houses strategy, some people search for sites that have a targeted audience, generate advertising revenue and have a list of subscribers. Then they buy the site, add a few more bells and whistles and sell it for more than they bought it.
Click here for more information.
- Watching sports!
Yep this is for real. The system they use for tracking usage is commonly used in the product review industry. They send you a “streaming” device to track your viewing habits and usage and then pay you based on their own rate of pay, which is not disclosed on the site. It might be in the fine print when you sign-up. I think they do have to post it somewhere.
If you are: a college student with some free time, a stay-at-home mom or work-from-home solopreneur, or maybe stuck at home recovering from the flu or surgery, this might add a few dollars into your wallet:
They do have quite a few affiliate links which is a viable way some companies make money:
- Tutoring kids online from your home:
The ability to tutor kids from the comfort of your own home is a brilliant idea. The company listed here is perfect for a student teacher or someone starting their own tutoring business. I was seeing this company advertised on so many sites, I had to try it out. See my personal experience with this company listed farther down on this post.
- Reviews pictures for Shutterstock:
Well someone has reviews pictures for Shutterstock and it could be you. They prefer someone with video production experience and high-speed internet:
Note: there are quite a few websites listed on the internet that also pay for photographs. If you are a photographer by trade or hobbyist, check out my 5 search sites listed at the top of this post and search their sites for the listings.
- Get Paid to Answer Questions from Home
Do you remember the “Ask Jeeves” website? This is like Nielsen ratings meets AskJeeves.com modern-day version of data collection. A customer can go to the website and ask a question about anything and someone will have an answer. If you are the person providing the answer, then you can get paid.
For Mylot.com, you start a discussion, or add to a discussion and then they monitor how many responses you get which determines how much money you will make.
To see a listing of other companies with similar programs, click here:
- Write gaming content
As great a gamer you might be, this is a freelance writing gig. In other words, you need writing experience. And they appear to be looking for contributors:
- Get Paid to go skiing or snowboarding!
Boy I wish there had been a company like this when I was in college! Similar to working on a Cruise line, this sounds like so much fun for someone one who is into outdoor activities, single and free to travel abroad. Take a look a look at some of the instructor positions available:
- Be a Spa Mystery Shopper
This sounds too good to be true but it’s the real deal. This company offers mystery shopping services for a variety of businesses including valets and spas. Don’t be fooled, you may get a massage, but you are going to work and will probably have to review other items related to the business you visit and visit other sites. In other words, you can relax but you still have to pay attention.
Very limited information is provided on the site, which is the industry standard. You can sign-up to speak to a representative to become an “Evaluator” by clicking the link here:
- Create a Niche Website:
There is a little more to this than meets the eye. And it looks like the process starts by doing research. This website offers a listing of businesses for sale, to either get niche ideas from or buy a business from:
- Become a Food Taster
For this type of work, you basically go to work for a market research company. They tell you what jobs are available, call when they need you and provide the address and details required. If it’s online, like evaluating an online food delivery service, they tell you exactly what they are looking to evaluate. You should be able to identify the food you are eating, have the ability to describe it (in written form or verbally by video or voice) and analyze the food itself (to some extent). There is often no mention of how much they pay until you are hired.
- Become a Restaurant Mystery Shopper
This is pretty self-explanatory and another version of a mystery shopper. It is market research, but this is to help the restaurants evaluate all of the services they offer.
Here’s a link to one company that offers these services to sign-up with:
For more information about this process click here:
- Test Websites
This has become a much bigger industry than it used to be, with a lot of companies to choose from. Here is a popular one:
- Get Paid to Walk
The title of this should actually be “Get rewarded to walk” because you actually redeem points for walking based on the number of steps completed. See my personal review below.
- Get credit for shopping online
I have never used Ebates.com, but I know some moms who do and save money:
- Become a Product Tester:
This company looks like the traditional product testing company. If you have a decent internet connection, you are asked to perform and record tests for online products such as websites, mobile services, video usability, and other products or features of products. Confidentiality is required. They advertise earning up to $60 per test.
Click here for more information.
- Turn Your Car into an Advertising Machine
Kudos to this company for the best play-on-words in their branding and name: “Carvertise”. Perfect! At first glance, it looks like they have some popular brand name companies (like Blue Cross/Blue Shield) that pay to have their brand on cars. Then they find people to drive those cars.
- Get paid to play games on your phone:
This is also listed on my previous post because I have found there are lots of different ways to earn cash or rewards by playing games on your phone. I would research this carefully before downloading an app and starting the process.
Click here to learn more.
Here are 2 other ones that I researched for fun:
Get your suitcase out . . .
Bonus Find #1:
19. “Get paid $10K to stay in luxury resorts”
That is literally the quote that caught my eye. Of course, I had to immediately check this out! Sadly, they were not hiring but that’s ok, geography dictates that they are heading into the rainy season there anyways!
Was this a legitimate gig?
This group did offer a valid FB group and the ad looked like a legitimate posting on an active website with the position marked as “closed” (Sniffle Sniffle).
They do have listings for other resort/travel/service positions in the Nashville, TN area.
I give them kudos for creating such a fabulous job offer and marketing it simply: a call-to-action on their homepage and a FB ad. Smart and resourceful!
To learn more about this company, click here.
20. “Get Paid to Stay in Luxury Beach Resorts”
Again, this is an ad you just have to click on when you see it. The ad I found included a salary of $120K per year, which is eye catching. This possibility was so enticing, even my home-body kids were ready to pack-up and go!
The question is, would you really be willing to take a year off to make $120K and live out of a suitcase visiting resorts and writing reviews? Believe it or not, the job description actually sounded like a lot of work because you are evaluating all aspects of each resort.
Unfortunately, the main message on their website announced that the position has been filled (again more sniffles) They reported they received over 14,000 applicants from 120 different countries (someone else liked this idea too?). Great advertising (14,000 applicants!).
Apparently, a few other people besides me were interested in this gig!
Was this a legitimate gig?
Initial impressions say “yes”. The website page is a simple landing page, so there was no information available about the company. I had to search for “Vindata Resorts” to find their actual website, which had no hiring or job lead section. It looks like it was a 1x post a position type thing. Sometimes companies keep their main site as a “static” site and post on separate landing pages.
If you need to vacation, they look like they have lovely resorts!
To Vindata for advertising a $120K travel position for a beach resorts evaluator!
Click here for this company’s website.
I kept them on this list because they may be offering something similar in the future, and now you have the link, so you might want to keep your suitcase out . . .
Here are the 3 I tried:
#4. Work at home as a Tutor for children:
I applied for an interview with: VIPKidTeachers.com. This is a company based in China that looks for North American English- (ESL) speaking tutors to teach Chinese Children English online.
This company really wants you to come work for them. The process is simple, easy and you feel very welcome.
Here an example:
They offer videos I found on their website and recommend you watch them to get familiar with the interview process to get hired! Who does that?
- The application process was simple and straightforward. You do not need to upload a resume or references (compared to other tutoring companies).
- The application process took less than 10 minutes.
- Pay was decent for simple tutoring job: $19-$22 US dollars to start.
- It offered an easy platform; the website and user interface were very usable.
- And they offered resources including videos and support services to help you with the process, including materials, technical support etc.
I would recommend this site!
Sign up and interviews are an easy flawless process with them. If you are new to teaching and looking for part-time online, this is a great place to start.
#14. Get Paid to Walk:
I tried the “Sweat Coin” app, found in the Apple or Google stores. It took 30 seconds to download. It has the option to track outside, inside or all steps. I chose out door so I could track steps when I go on long walks.
Here’s what I found: They have an app that is easy to download and has an easy user interface. It tracks everything for you including the steps you take and then logs it in a nice easy format to read. The charting is really cool.
This is perfect for those of us that forgot we had the app on our phone!
And it’s a great way to track steps. Instead of strapping a pedometer onto your arm, you can just keep your phone with you, much easier!
To redeem any steps on this program means you have to walk a lot. No, I mean A LOT to be able to earn enough steps to convert them into rewards. The rewards are mostly online redemption points for a variety of items, like coffee at Starbucks etc.
It has inspired me to walk more. I’m still collecting steps.
I would recommend this app!
#15. Rebates for shopping
I tried ibotta.com over a 2-week period.
Here is what I found:
- This could easily become a f/t job (without the pay) as you add the 200+ stores they recommend and then pour through all the possible products you might be buying, so I just focused on my weekly grocery and pharmacy stores to keep it simple.
- You have to remember: you signed up for this program, which stores participate, and you have to remember which items you selected for a discounted price.
- This is perfect for “coupon clippers”!
Here’s what I earned: nothing. Not because it didn’t work but because I wasn’t paying attention.
How this was advertised was not how it works. Remember that phrase “read the fine print”? Well this is a coupon program, so you sign-up, select the items you will purchase online or on the phone (BEFORE YOU SHOP), purchase those items and get the discounted price at the register.
Similar to Safeway’s and CVS’s coupon apps.
This is a great way to get savings, if only I could remember this before I head out to run errands . . .
And I tried to find the products while standing in line in check-out and I didn’t have enough time, so you really have to research the products before you shop.
I would recommend this app! It’s so user-friendly and offers such great discounts, I am going to keep trying until I can incorporate it into my buying habits. And then I’m going to add more of the stores they are linked to!
Check out who they partner with, it’s perfect for holiday savings, or Back-to-School shopping.
Here are the gigs that didn’t work:
Mystery Restaurant Shopper. The link in the post I found didn’t work, so I searched “restaurant mystery shopper” and this website popped up first (the website in the list above I did not try) Here is the link I tried.
They are an international company and only have services in 3 Eastern and South-East regions in the US. Because we are in the NW region, I was unable to pursue it.
I did a second general search and found Restaurant-Cops.com, which offers national mystery shopping. Unfortunately, due to errors on their website I was unable to complete the application.
Note: out of about 30 sites I’ve been on more than 5 had problems with either registering or buying products. That’s a lot of lost revenue. If you have a shop, make sure your system works and people can actually sign-up for your mailing list, attend your webinar, and put products into the shopping cart and make a purchase.
There are probably other companies that offer viable positions as a restaurant mystery shopper, but I did not pursue this.
Swagbucks. This is a popular site and recommended by several money saving websites. They offer reimbursement or payment of some sort, but nothing panned out for me.
Get paid with affiliate marketing. I think you have to really narrow down your niche and find relatable business sites that are available and willing to partner with you.
What they don’t tell you is that you are really representing someone else’s products and services. And only if someone clicks on the links you offer, you do you get the commission/referral.
I would recommend this for businesses that have a solid income generating business with staff that can afford to use their resources for this. I also recommend taking a training in this because there is a learning curve.
Here’s a great post about how affiliate marketing works.
Get paid running ads on your site. This, like affiliate marketing is also made to sound like an easy task to run ads on your existing website to gain “passive income”. And it might be for some.
I’ve had one site for 3 years and my second site for 1 year and neither of my sites met “the criteria” to qualify for ad postings by Google. And no, they don’t tell what the criteria is! My guess is that it’s a numbers game and Google likes big numbers, which means they only offer this for sites that generate hundreds or thousands of visits per day.
If you have a lot of visitors to your site, this might work for you.
This site is new to my research and has great leads, including sites that offer free things!