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Five Ways to Earn Cash on the Side
By Christine Durst & Michael Haaren
Sept. 20, 2012
One of the most
frequent questions we hear is, “How can I make some extra money
from home?” With the economy stagnant, retirement plans iffy and
wages unchanged since the birth of the steam engine, it makes sense.
And not only do home-based micro-projects help pay the bills, they can
often beef up your network, your references and your morale.
Bear in mind, however, that it’s still an employer’s
market, so you won’t get rich, and it may take some time to land
the work. But on the flip side, the web continues to enable companies
to hire unlimited numbers of people for projects or operations of any
size – aka crowdsourcing – and we expect this trend to
FIVE “EXTRA MONEY” GIGS
There are many options when it comes to micro-gigs and pay-per-task
assignments, and the list below is just a sampling. For more, see the
categories on the left of our home page at RatRaceRebellion.com. You
can also search with terms such as “pay per task” and
Micro-gigs are also often discussed on forums at sites such as WAHM.com and WorkPlaceLikeHome.com.
1. Be a “ticket-puller.” In the old days, if you were
strapped for time, you could pay someone to stand in line for you to
buy a ticket to a popular event. Now, it’s also done virtually.
“Ticket Pullers” get paid to log on and grab tickets to
concerts, sports games and other popular happenings.
To buy the tickets, Ticket Pullers use the account of the company; they
don’t spend their own cash. They can be paid up to $50 for a
successful “pull.” However, there’s no pay if they
don’t nab the ticket. For more, see TicketPuller.com.
2. Be a website tester. These days, everybody has a website, from the
one-person home-based company on up. But website owners also want to
know how their site looks and works when visitors come. Can you
navigate it easily? Is the message clear? Do the graphics look
Website testers answer those questions and others, recording video and
audio clips as they review the site. Pay averages around $10 per
review, and reviews take less than an hour. For more, see
UserTesting.com and Userlytics.com.
3. Get paid to go look at stuff. If you want to rent a house at a
distant location, how do you know if the reality is going to match the
online image? Suppose you want to buy a used car or boat or high-end
sofa, but you can’t check it out yourself? WeGoLook.com pays
people to do the looking. “Lookers” receive $25 and up per
4. Get paid to give your opinion. Focus groups – people who give
their opinion of a company’s proposed service or product –
have been around for a long time. Now, however, many assignments have
moved online and the work is often done from home.
Pay varies according to the duration of the assignment. For more, see Focusfwdonline.com and 2020Research.com.
5. Do anything for $5. If you have a talent for singing birthday songs,
or you can analyze dreams with your intuition, or you’re willing
to do the chicken dance and record it on video, you can probably earn
These are just some of the services recently offered at Fiverr.com,
where people earn extra cash for an astonishing variety of skills. Good
luck, and have fun!
Christine Durst and Michael Haaren are leaders in the work-at-home
movement and advocates of de-rat-raced living. Their latest book
is Work at Home Now,
a guide to finding home-based jobs. They offer additional guidance on
finding home-based work at www.RatRaceRebellion.com. To read features
by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators
Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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