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There are hidden treasures on the internet!
I guess I didn’t really believe you can make money online until I started investigating online companies that offer p/t or f/t work-from-home jobs. I know people create online businesses, but we all know how easy it is to get scammed on the internet . . .
One thing I found was that there a TON of make a six-figure income “just click here” videos. And while I was sitting there watching yet another guy float around in an expensive pool (do they all use the same pool?) talking about he doesn’t work anymore, I realized he had been talking non-stop for 15 minutes and had actually said nothing. I mean, really, nothing (it’s almost inspirational isn’t it?) You and I both know that someone was (most likely) filming the video, then someone had to edit it and then market it. Editing video and marketing ads like this can be very time and money intensive, so clearly that’s not an honest advertisement.
It was probably the next door neighbor’s pool!
So that inspired me to investigate if there were any real p/t or f/t online jobs.
What I discovered is there are lots of ways to make money online.
And there are lots of legitimate online businesses.
What I learned is that people are picking up part-time or full-time work through various types of online businesses as contractors all the time. And people are starting their own businesses as p/t or f/t as side hustles.
I tried out a few to make sure they were real and I won’t bore you with all the details but I’ll tell you the highlights – good and not so good.
This post does not guarantee income, a job or success in a career change, but rather is designed to give you some ideas about ways to make some money part-time online, what they also call now a “side hustle”.
It also offers some ways to save money.
Disclaimer: I am not connected with any of the businesses listed.
Which were my favorite sites?
I started with a general Google search on the internet. My journey repeatedly took me back to 3 sites that really stood out to me when looking for p/t online income opportunities.
They stood out because:
- They published a lot of content. In this case a lot of resources, links etc.
- They also had a live body you could write to and get a response from, which validated for me it was a real person behind the screen.
- I signed up for their newsletters and found their newsletters consistently offered beneficial and relevant content.
Top 3 sites I recommend to research on-line gigs:
PennyHoarder.com also came in at #4. That is another great site to utilize. And fun to read!
I found designating time to research this task very helpful and set aside a couple hours at a time just to snoop around and gather information.
Then I made a list of the top things that sounded interesting to me (for example, tutoring or market research). I looked at those sites a little more closely to see what they were asking for:
- Skills required: calling people, data entry, taking pictures of products, providing feedback etc.
- Compensation – was there pay? Cash or rewards? And how much? How did they pay out? (note, many use PayPal). And when?
- Then I looked at industry sites to make sure others in their industry were doing the same thing.
When searching for income online: not all sites offer jobs, not all sites offer compensation.
Tip #1: This is the time to get to know the company you are looking at and thinking about getting paid from. Literally “read the fine print”. Your time is money, and this is a business relationship, even if it is virtual and part-time or seasonal work.
Tip #2: In the “agreement of terms and services”, yes that button that leads us to that section of print, where many of us click “agree” but never actually read, I found many companies outline exactly what they were not offering. And what was written there in small print at the bottom of the page didn’t always match what they were advertising in big print on the ad I clicked on. It was very different.
Read the fine print!
What else did I find?
I noticed some links on sites aren’t valid. They say one thing but lead you to another site. Yes, I think that’s the “Clickbait” advertising. It’s sensational and often misleading. I found that most frequently on Pinterest posts! That surprised me. And, I still recommend using Pinterest for this type of search. Search “online income opportunities” and you will get options. Lots of boards to look at.
My thought? Pinterest is still a great resource simply because of the volume of pins!
I also found that some advertise positions but then ask you to invest in their training program. This I found sketchy. General rule of thumb: if they are looking for workers, they do not need your money, they should be paying you! Not the other way around . . . In one case, they advertised to pay you for watching YouTube.com videos and then asked you to sign a form so they could charge you for referrals . . . huh?
Tip #3: Be careful about giving out your phone number or email address. Also make sure you know what you are signing before you add your checking account routing number or PayPal account information.
Tip #4: Many businesses can be found on sites like the Better Business Bureau or Glass Door. Gather information about them before you sign anything!
Some sites offer occasional or seasonal work. Some offer work and then stop the offerings with no explanation.
Tip #5: read the comment sections on the links you are searching, people write about their success stories and they write their concerns and failures.
- Some offer jobs but have very specific requirements or skill sets. They might be industry positions that require a skill set like medical coding and transcription positions.
- Others offer very low pay, like $5 per hour. And only 5 hours or less per work.
- Some require the candidate to live in the same geographical area. In some cases, they have the new hire complete trainings in a physical location and then work remotely.
- Several had little to no requirements but are very vague and inconsistent. Those are the ones you never hear back from them.
- Some advertise income opportunity but actually offer rewards instead of cash compensation. I found this to be fairly common. Rewards are not cash. These types of companies offer a credit for you to use to buy things – usually on their website. It’s kind of like working to earn a coupon.
What I was not able to make money at?
I didn’t try everything (but that might be a fun exercise!)
The 2 that I tried that didn’t work were:
- The Amazon Mechanical Turk program. This isn’t to say it doesn’t work, it just never panned out for me. They never seemed to have work available.
- Online surveys. I tried 10 online survey sites that each offer hundreds of possible surveys to take. I spent 20+ hours one week, filled out a bunch of surveys and made $10.00. Note: most of my time was spent searching the listings of surveys being offered, many of which I did not qualify for. For the 100+ surveys I did qualify for, my time was spent answering questions and watching videos. And that became very tedious and boring.
I did receive an online gift card. At .50 cents per hour, this didn’t get me very excited or motivated to continue.
And that is why surveys are not on this list!
The good news:
Out of the research I did for quick online pay gigs, there were two I found that were legitimate. They had low pay, but they stuck to what they said, they did pay out in a reasonable period of time.
PartTimeClicks.com is a viable website with simple tasks that pay.
SliceThePie.com an opinion research website. Fun and time intensive. You complete a task and earn cents.
I’m still thinking about trying some other p/t gigs:
When I finished my journey, I discovered there is a wide variety of options out there for finding online work.
The best ones? The ones that offer a training program, job leads and access to an exclusive Facebook group. Some of these sites are gold! These are the ones to look at if you are thinking about starting your own business or changing careers. These businesses can be really beneficial in helping you get started and can give you a leg up if you are starting from scratch.
And they will all tell you it takes time to build a legitimate online business, even as a contractor.
How did I narrow this list down to the following 25 sites?
There was additional criteria I looked for:
- Multiple sites recommending the same company (reflects either affiliate relationships or valid referrals by others).
- Repeat recommendations for trying out a certain type of work (for example PinteresstVA.com is getting a lot of consistent and supportive reviews, meaning people are becoming virtual online assistants and utilizing the program successfully).
- Offerings for niche specific training (for example ProofReadAnwhere.com offers a training program that includes learning a skill set and starting your own online business.
- Personal stories of how someone actually made money in that industry. Caitlyn Pyle who is the founder of Proofread Anywhere, has herself on video telling her story. She is on her website, in her mailings and in the videos in her programs so you know she is real deal. And she is one of the few that emailed me back!
Out of all the gigs I read about, here are the 25 most interesting and common ones I found and recommend to research:
1. Work for Disney online:
I didn’t know such a thing existed, but it makes sense considering a company like Disney is international and offers a wide variety of products and services.
Here is a direct Disney link (with how many work-from-home job listings?)
Here’s a list of some opportunities that may be available there from TelecommutingMommies.com.
2. Become a Resume Writer:
A great niche for the online job search industry. They say making your website “mobile friendly” is a way to increase income opportunities.
Here’s an example of some job leads in this niche from ZipRecrutier.com.
Writerbay.com has more information about resume writing jobs here.
3. Get paid to play video games
There is usually a product tech specification for the particular website or product they want to test (for example only Android phones etc.)
For the kid in you check out this article on RealWaystoEarnMoney.com.
Here’s more information on WorkFromHomeWatchdog.com.
4.Become an Online Moderator:
How are your referee skills? Get paid to moderate forums online.
For more information, click here.
5. Watch Movies for Free!
Now what’s not to like about this? (this is on my follow-up list for later). Click here for some information.
6. Become a Virtual Assistant:
This is a rapidly growing industry. Kristen Larsen and Gina Horkey are the pro’s in this area! I love their products and their websites. Check out their website and trainings for more information.
I also saw this website, FancyHands.com listed in a lot of places.
7. Start your own Transcription service business:
Check out Proofreadanywhere.com for more information.
8. Customer Service jobs from home:
Note: this might be the type of work that requires a resume and some job experience. You can post your resume on websites like Monster.com or job boards for contract work.
Here an example of one company, AspireLifestyles.com, that hires remote workers.
9.Collect online data for research:
Here’s some information from UpWork.com.
10. Try a temporary seasonal work position:
11. Become a Mystery Shopper:
There are many companies that offer this service. I recommend first researching these companies and then contracting with one in the area where you live to maximize your hourly rate and make it as convenient as possible for you. In other words, keep it local!
This link can help get you started.
One of the most well-known companies in this industry is Sinclair Customer Metrics.
12. Be a Bar Mystery Shopper:
They call it “Bar Integrity Mystery Shopping”. Click here for more information.
Amazon is a fulfillment company and one way they do that is by offering virtual jobs. They seem to offer jobs in 3 areas: university recruiting, fulfillment center positions and remote career opportunities. Take a look here.
Here is a listing of some other virtual positions through Amazon.
14. Review Customer Service calls:
Here is a website that popped up a lot.
15. Be a Product Tester:
Here is one site that offers this.
16. Take food orders from home:
This website has different call types including taking food orders.
17. Be an Online Tutor:
This is pretty hot right now. I’ve notice twice as many websites popping up with tutoring jobs.
Here is a post with lots of tips.
18. Try a Data Entry gig:
Clickworker.com has jobs like this. You can also look for jobs like this on websites like Indeed.com.
19. Create customized children’s books:
20. Be part of a “Fake Jury”:
I have heard of trial attorneys conducting “mock trials” and hiring people to participate. Either way, I suggest you research this thoroughly. If it is true, the writer in this article states you can get free lunch!
21. Try freelancing as a Research Assistant:
SingleMomsIncome.com has an article on how to make money as a freelance researcher.
22. Field Associate Positions to do movie theater checks:
There is a whole range of assignments here on CertifiedFieldAssociate.com’s website
23. Become a travel blogger:
This is a great idea, especially if you like to travel! I read a story about a young American woman who kept traveling back to New Zealand and eventually started a blog which turned into a private tour business. She now makes a living taking small tour groups to her favorite towns on the South Island in New Zealand!
Here are some general tips from HostelWorld.com.
24. Try joining a focus group:
Here is a great post with links.
25. Be a Website Tester:
Remember, this is list is not complete, there are so many more! These are only the top 25 that I found interesting, and viable. There are more out there. Be creative, be open-minded and surf the net a bit to find additional work or interests.
There is a list of blog posts and books below for more information and leads.
And, if you have tried any of these, or have questions or comments, please shoot me an email about your experience at: Kmatkinson101@gmail.com.
Articles and Websites
How 4 Freelance Resume Writers Earn Money (One Made $320K Last Year!)