Being a Loan Signing Agent is a great side hustle because you can make $75 to $200 per hour-long appointment working for yourself on your own schedule. Retired people, working professionals, and students can be signing agents and earn extra cash when they want. The best part is you need nothing more than a notary commission (which can often be attained by simply filling out an application)!
I used to do this stuff about 10-15 years back and back then there were fewer opportunities (no way in hell were you getting 30-40h of surveys) but they paid on par with or above minimum wage. Back then they were a pretty good supplemental and pretty fun too. Sadly, the rewards gradually declined along with the fun (being told that I don't qualify after 15 minutes of entering information is not fun).
A well known survey panel, Valued Opinions is owned by leading market research company ResearchNow and is open to people in more than 20 countries around the world, including the USA, UK and Australia. The site uses a range of different languages and has around three million members busily filling in surveys and questionnaires. Most surveys taken will reward you between $1 and $5 and take up to around 20 minutes to complete, asking you about marketing, brands and products and even news events. There is a steady rate of invites to surveys, but you won’t always be qualified for them, which can become tiresome.
Amazon will have you work on micro-projects that require some sort of human interaction. Tasks can include translating a paragraph into English (or another language), rating the search results for certain keywords, or reworking an article. The tasks are simple, and you will be paid a small amount to complete each. But if you do enough tasks quickly, you can make a respectable amount of money.
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Entire blog posts are written about this topic, so I’ll keep it short. Changes in the way items are displayed on page 1 of Google have a big impact on whether or not you get noticed. For example, Google has traditionally been a middleman, a broker so to speak between the content providers and the readers. However, a new feature you’ve almost certainly experienced is the Google “answer box” which gives you what you’re looking for right on the results page.
Amazon gift cards and PayPal are obviously popular choices, so naturally like most sites MySurvey had those. These guys did not stop there though. At the time of writing (I double checked) they also offer various sweepstakes, gift cards to restaurants, you can donate to charities like UNICEF through them, they have iTune gift cards, their very own merchandising products and also Starbucks, Walmart and Tango gift cards among many more options!
Hey Devin, I wish I had blog from 2004 as well 🙂 The challenges are different today for sure, but we have a lot more resources that we used to have as well. There is still a lot more opportunity out there than people realize I think. There are new products and niches to capitalize on, more people are getting online, the tools are cheaper, better and easier to use… and more often than not, someone is going succeed where someone else was convinced no opportunity existed.
Take it seriously. Yes, you’re applying for an online job. Yes, you can do the work in your underwear, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a “real job”. You must treat it as such or they aren’t going to treat you as a serious candidate. You aren’t the only one who wants to work in their underwear. In fact, the competition online is likely higher than it is in your local area.
I tried Mechanical Turk fairly extensively back in the day, I'd say 3-4ish years ago (very rough guess), and gave up once I realized it was impossible to make more than, maybe, $2/hr on pointless, tedious activities, stuff like inputting receipts for 15 cents. Is there more dynamic work available now? What sorts of activities do you find yourself doing there? Do the employers pay more now?
While some people have been very negative about this, I think there are people who live in areas with limited employment options (e.g., rural areas) for whom this may be handy to know about. Not everyone has access to part-time work and not everyone wants to work part-time (or can, like semi-disabled people who may not have the energy for another job outside the home).
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One of the most popular sites, and rightfully so, Swagbucks offers traditional surveys as well as a range of additional ways to make cash. Filling out surveys for money will reward you with points called Swagbucks which can be cashed out through PayPal, or redeemed as gift cards for shops including Amazon.com. As a sweetener, they’ll even give you $5 just for signing up.
Holly told me she started writing content in 2011. At the time, she still worked a full-time job but created content online part-time to supplement her income. Over time, she was able to double and triple her rates until she could quit her full-time job to write. These days, she makes bank as a freelance writer and teaches others to do the same via her online course, Earn More Writing.
If you’ve got some free time and don’t live in the middle of nowhere, becoming a Lyft driver can be a very lucrative side hustle that allows you make money fast. And right now, they’ve got a promotion going on where any new driver will instantly get a $300 bonus after completing their 100th ride. If you start now and hustle hard on the weekends, you can probably unlock that bonus within a few weeks of driving (and that’s in addition to your normal earnings).
Do you search the Internet? Want to get paid for it? Swagbucks is a site that rewards you for doing various online tasks like taking surveys, watching videos, and using their search engine. When using their search engine, you get reward points after several searches, usually in the amount of 10-15 points. You can start cashing out rewards at the 500 points mark.