With Heith being on short-term disability this summer, we’ve had to come up with creative ways to bring in extra income. Our emergency fund, and budget have helped us out greatly during the past six weeks, but having a little extra income in the mean time has made things feel easier. If your family, like mine, is dealing with a loss of income this summer try one (or all) of these simple side hustles I’ve put together. In fact, my family is doing several of them ourselves.
Ten Simple Side Hustles To Do This Summer
Micro-Tasks. There are several companies out there that offer micro-tasks to anyone willing to do the job. These tasks include, easy data entry, filling out quick surveys, simple transcription, participating in college studies, pick an image out of a photo and other simple tasks. My favorite micro-task company to work for is Amazon Mechanical Turk, as I trust Amazon and have been a member of MTurk for almost 10 years. While the pay for each ask is typically low there are several higher paying tasks as well. If you are persistent, do the job, and they often only take seconds, you can easily make a decent hourly wage.
User-Testing. There are several sites out there who are looking for people to test websites and apps and rate their usability. One of the most reputable is UserTesting.com this company will pay you up to $10.oo for every twenty-minute task you complete. The better you are at completing the job and rating the website the more work you will receive.
Sell Stock Photos. If you love taking photos you can easily turn them into cash. Websites like iStockPhoto.com will pay you a royalty each and every time one of your photos is purchased. You could easily turn this into a lucrative side business.
Do Online Tasks. You can find several companies who will pay you to do various things like surfing the web, taking surveys, watching videos, etc. My favorite happens to be Swagbucks and I have made a few hundred dollars over the past couple of years by using their website. In fact, I’ve just purchased cribs for the twins using money I strictly earned from Swagbucks. You can read my review of the program or go directly there to sign up to get started. If you do, please use my referral link as I make a small commission, which will help my growing family financially.
Freelancing. There are so many ways to you can be an online freelancer. If you have a specific skill set there is someone out there looking to pay you to help them out! Just a few examples include: writing, graphic design, creating printables, virtual assisting, helping people set up websites, etc. The list could literally go on forever. There is a multitude of job boards, forums, and Facebook groups to freelancing and helping you find a gig.
Sell A Service. Websites like Fiver.com are a platform for those looking to sell a service and those who are looking to buy one. These micro-tasks are often small and include: writing, graphic design, and many other small random tasks people need done.
Sell A Craft. You’ve probably heard of Etsy.com before, you may have even purchased something from them. However, have you ever thought of putting your talent to work and setting up a shop? If you can create a product, physical or digital that people are willing to pay for then you can sell it on Etsy. There are people who are making a small side income and other’s who make a full-time living selling goods online.
Virtual Assisting. The term “virtual assistant” might be a little intimidating conjuring up images of a highly skilled computer experts who do difficult tasks that other’s can’t do themselves. However, many VA’s do only basic tasks like, responding/composing emails, posting on Facebook or Twitter, creating basic Word documents etc. Just like freelancing there are many ways to get a VA job, one of the best places to start is Upwork.com.
Online Consulting. Do you have a special skill that other’s may be wanting to learn? Do you have online business skills, social media skills, are you a wiz at network marketing or design? What ever your skill set is, there is someone out there looking to learn what you already know. You can start your own online consulting business and charge a fee to teach other’s to do what you do.
Blogging. To be fair, blogging isn’t something that is going to earn you an income right away. It’s more of a long-term plan. Most people don’t begin to see any kind of income from their blogs for the first 18-24 months. So, if this is something that interests you in the beginning it will be more of a labor of love. However, a blog can lead to many different forms of income and does have the potential to earn you a part-time or even a full-time income. If you want to learn more about starting a blog on a budget then I have some great information for you.
What are some of your favorite side hustles? Has one brought in more extra income for you than another? Please share in the comments below so we all can have the opportunity to build up our income.
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