Money makes the world go round; it’s a shame to say on occasion, but we all need a little bit to get by. We also need just a little bit more than we already have, whether it’s to pay that deferred utility bill, or it is to buy a loved one an extra Christmas present to show them how much you really care. But to get that little bit of extra money sometimes means getting another job, or going without certain essentials. It can look like the financially successful people get all the breaks, especially when you're staring at a late payment letter. But there are more methods than ever before to earn an extra wage. It would be 20 or 30 years ago that you would need to apply for a job, go through the interview process, and get turned down at the last hurdle, and that was for a job cleaning hallways at night! We’re lucky now in the way that we can apply for jobs with the press of a button on our smartphones or email a few applications off in the evening. But, if you are looking for extra ways to earn money but don’t have that magical T-word = Time, then sitting at your computer can bring you up some results that you never even thought of. And, as an added benefit, you wouldn’t even have to leave the house! Look at some of these options, and see which one really works for you. Some are varied in their skillset, but some can be done without any prior experience.
This is one which can pay a surprisingly high amount of money, but it can be a lot of work depending on the audio file and the quality of the recording. A lot of businesses, from market research companies to translation services, need people to transcribe their recordings. From one to one interviews on products, to medical malpractice hearings, to court proceedings, to focus groups. The varied scope of the work means that you will never get bored doing this! The rates vary, but companies normally charge a fixed rate per minute of audio, which means that if you get a poorly recorded file, you will be working really hard for that money! The deadlines can be tight, sometimes within a 24-hour period, but the work is something you can pick up and put down depending on your lifestyle. The prerequisite is that you need to be able to type at a relatively fast pace, around 80 to 100 words per minute.
Various Freelance Work
Sites like People Per Hour and Freelancer are full of people offering their unique skills. Likewise, there are people who are looking for small tasks to be completed quickly and without fuss. Maybe someone is setting up a business, and they need a landing page for their website created, or they need some numbers crunched by next week. If you need to pick and choose projects, or you only have a certain amount of time available this week, you can find a project to fit your timescale. The downside to this is that there are many people in the same boat as you so you could find yourself in competition with many others for a small piece of work. You also may need to “pitch” yourself to the prospective employer, much like when you would apply for a job. In this respect, it could be a lot of work, especially if you are offering skills that are a dime a dozen in the eyes of the employer. But if you have a unique skillset, it is worth pursuing.
Completing Online Surveys
Online surveys are proving very popular as a way to earn money from home. It does what it says on the tin, you complete surveys in exchange for cash. With the amount of sites there are, you need to pick and choose carefully because some sites will charge you subscription fees, and the amount of work you put into answering the surveys might not equate to a great amount of money. Look at this handy guide for more information on picking the right sites for you. As a way to get some extra cash in your spare time, it is worth exploring, especially as you can complete surveys in your own time.
Do An Actual Job From Home
While there are many companies that offer remote working options for their employees, you can apply on websites like Appen to do work on a long-term temporary basis. Much like a real job, you are expected to put in the hours, but depending on the role, you could do it to fit around your other priorities. If you register for updates, you can be notified when there is a project starting, and these projects are likely to be administrative in nature. Filling in online spreadsheets or transcribing voice commands are two of the very common tasks that crop up, so if you are in dire need of a full-time wage but you need to work at home, this is a very good option for you.
Sell Your Photographs
If you have a majorly creative streak and need an outlet, there are so many options for you if you know where to look. If you are a keen photographer, you can sell your images to stock websites, where you get a piece of the commission every time your image is purchased from the site, so you need to have some amazing images stockpiled. If you have a digital camera full of pictures of your Aunt Christine, it’s unlikely to be an image people want to use. A lot of websites demand that the images be really high quality, but there are other ones that will accept images taken from your smartphone.
Got A Spare Room? Rent It Out!
Sites like Airbnb gives you the opportunity to put that spare room to good use. You can rent out a room to travelers for a rate that you set. The site then takes a 3% fee when the reservation is confirmed, which is a decent rate. Before you set up your page and go to the trouble of taking pictures of your room, make sure to check out the local competition because someone nearby might be offering a lot more than a room for half the price!
Register Your Home As A Filming Location
A very exotic option! Regardless of the size of your home, whether you have a large mansion or a minuscule apartment, you can register your property online to be a prospective filming location. The main plus point is, apart from the giddy thrill of seeing your home on TV, you will be paid handsomely for offering your home up. On the other hand, you will have your house overrun with strangers (and miles and miles of cables) for 12 to 15 hours of your day, which can be stressful. But the process of registering to filming means you have plenty of time to think it through.
This can be a long-winded way to earn money, but depending on your skill with words, you could make a good living doing this. On the freelancer websites mentioned above, there are people who are specifically looking for people to write online fiction in any capacity. Sometimes the rate of pay can be extremely varied, but the types of stories you are writing can be varied too. From fan fiction to… spicier material or just plain old instruction guides, there are many different things to turn your hand to. Just be sure to check that the sources are reputable before you start working for them because you will have wasted a lot of time for no reason.
Write A Blog
Writing material can be the most time-consuming way to earn money, but if you stick at it, it can be a very lucrative way to earn money simply by posting articles about your passions. A lot of people treat their blog as an online diary. Instead, if you think of it as an online publication where you are keeping readers updated on the latest in fashion, business, music, film, etc., and embed a contact form onto your site so editors, advertisers, and marketers can contact you when there are paid opportunities. Bear in mind, it can take a long time to build a blog that generates a decent fan base and a minimal profit, at least 6 months, but as a way to earn money online and to make the most of your creative streak, it can be the way forward for you.