This is a contributed post from Michele on Side Hustles.
Searching for ways to earn some extra income but don’t have time for a second job? Want to create additional revenue streams to supplement your salary? Need a side hustle to pay off debt or help save for an upcoming trip?
If this sounds familiar and you’ve been pondering similar questions, then you’ve come to the right place. Here are seven proven ways to cash in your free time from the comfort of home:
1. Channel Your Inner Writer
Writing — and more specifically, blogging — is a great way to earn some extra cash. You can blog for local businesses, marketing firms, or other organizations that want to add intriguing content to their websites.
Say you want to work for yourself, though. Then why not start your own blog by buying a domain name and crafting a WordPress site? After gaining some traction and growing your audience, you can monetize your page by taking advantage of Google AdSense or similar programs.
2. Become a Beta Tester
Web and mobile app developers are always looking for people to beta-test their products. In fact, you can find many beta testing opportunities on popular freelance websites like Fiverr, Upwork, and others.
Typically, these businesses want you to test their app for a predetermined period of time, ranging from around a week to 30 days. After you complete the test, all you have to do is provide some feedback before getting paid.
3. Participate in Paid Surveys
Businesses across just about every industry are constantly searching for ways to better understand the attitudes and mindsets of consumers. One way they accomplish this goal is by conducting surveys.
4. Get Crafty
Have a knack for creating aesthetically pleasing home goods? If so, make it a point to sell your crafts on a peer sales platform like Etsy. This platform can be used to sell holiday-specific items, jewelry, kitchen and dining goods, and much more. See our DIY Category for ideas.
Although blogging was already mentioned, that’s just one example of the various freelance work available through sites like Fiverr. You can also use this platform to connect with professionals seeking other types of freelance services.
Common examples include editing, proofreading, web design, customer support, and much more. Indeed, if you’re interested in short-term work, freelancing is worth exploring.
6. Rent Your Ride
You’ve likely heard of top ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. Although these business models can provide a solid opportunity to generate additional revenue, doing so requires you to hit the streets and spend hours in your car. Fortunately, there are other ride-sharing tactics available if you’re looking to earn income passively.
One prime example is Turo, which allows you to rent out your car to tourists, vacationers, and anyone else who would prefer not to deal with a national rental car company. While anyone can use Turo, individuals who live near tourist hot spots or airports will likely generate the most income.
7. Become YouTube Influencer
If you enjoy recording and editing video content in your free time, why not turn your passion into a money-making strategy? By creating your own YouTube channel and acquiring a respectable number of subscribers, you can monetize your channel. Who knows — you might even have what it takes to become the next viral video sensation.
Cash In On One of These Proven Strategies
That rounds out our list of seven tips for earning money from home. When you next have some downtime, forgo binge-watching your favorite TV shows and cash in on one of these proven strategies.
Greg is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with 22+ years experience in Financial Services. He has held numerous FINRA Securities licenses (series 7, 63, 65, and 66), and is an expert on Investment Products and Financial Planning. Greg has 22+ years experience as a real estate investor and degrees in Psychology and Philosophy.
Greg has been quoted/interviewed in Yahoo Money, Yahoo Finance, USA Today, Authority Magazine, Realtor.com, Business Insider, and others.
Greg is an avid runner, and the father to identical twin girls and their awesome brother. His love of budgeting and his kids led him to join The Great Resignation in 2021.
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