WRITING FOR OTHERS
Speaking of writing skills, you can start writing for money. There are a lot of websites like freelancer.com, fiver, and Upwork that connect good writers to the people who need something written. This range from students seeking help on writing for their studies to others seeking creative writers for blogs/websites and authors looking for ghostwriters. In short, if you can write anything, you can make money doing it. The earnings purely depend on your skills and experience like any other job. Once you start writing, you build your portfolio on these websites and the customers feel more comfortable paying more for your services based on the previous work that you have done. If you are very new to this, you can expect your earnings to be $10 to $15 per hour. However, experienced writers can easily make upwards of $50 per hour.
EARN MONEY THROUGH GAME STREAMING
GAMES THAT PAY YOU TO PLAY
Platforms like twitch take a lot of time, effort and dedication to build a steady income. However, if you want to make a quick buck playing games, there is another way. I was surprised to find out a few months ago that a lot of game companies actually pay you to play their games. Shocking as it may seem, when I went ahead and tried out some of these games, they actually do pay real money! To start, you can visit Swagbucks to check out their collection of games. These do have some gambling apps but I would stay away from those. Another game that I found interesting is the second life. It is a virtual world simulator that has its own virtual currency like any other game. However, unlike other games, this can be converted to real money and withdrawn. I shall soon be writing a comprehensive article on making money through games in which I shall also list the best games that pay you to play. All these mentioned tasks are easy and simple to earn 100 dollars a day. Be sure to check that out.
If you have average to good writing skills, you can put them to work. One of the most successful side hustles of the last decade has been blogs. Many of my friends have started writing blogs about what they love and later started earning easily $2000+ monthly by working 5 to 10 hours weekly. That is a whopping $50 to $100 an hour. With Bluehost, you can start a blog with as little as $2.75 a month. Plus, they also throw in a free domain for a year. However, a successful blog is not written overnight. Your first article may take you well over a week, or even more, but with the time you will develop speed, skills, and most importantly a reader base. Moreover, you will also need to develop knowledge about how to effectively monetize your blog. If you are interested, stay tuned for my upcoming guide on how to start a successful blog.
Yet another way connecting earnings you your language literacy is to offer your services for proofreading. This is a great way to brush up on your skills if you are thinking about starting your career as a writer. According to the US Bureau of Labor, proofreaders are in demand and the demand is growing by the day. On top of that, the pay rates are very good. If you are a full-time proofreader, you can expect an annual salary of around $50,000. I remember found my first job as a proofreader on craigslist, however, they’re much better platform now where, just like your writer profile, you can build your profile as a proofreader. If you want to learn more about how to start, and earn $25 to $50 an hour, check out my handy guide which will save you a lot of mistakes I made at the start.
TEACHING A SKILL
There is an old saying that goes: a man with a skill can never die of hunger. It is as true today as it was the day someone first said it. If you have developed a skill, you already know that it takes time, effort, and money to properly learn something. Well, the good news is that you can cash out on that expertise of yours and make good money on it. May it be a hobby of yours or something you learned at a college or university, there is a huge online marketplace for people wanting to learn all sorts of things from drawing, painting, playing an instrument to more formal subjects as languages and mathematics. Hell, there is a market for learning how to beatbox. You can go online and join websites such as Tutorgunt, Skillshare, and Udemy where you can get connected to people from all around the world willing to pay you to learn something.
As mentioned above, online platforms are great for making a little extra on top. Websites like Upwork, Fiverr and freelancer.com connect people with skills to their potential customers. And freelancer easily can earn 100 dollars a day. If you have any skills such as sketching, composing, music editing, web development, 3D modeling etc., you can sell your skill online on these platforms. People can find all sorts of temporary and permanent work including voice-over acting for children’s cartoons. If you are looking to make a few hundred extra every month, browse around these websites and you can surely find something of your interest and/or with your skillset that is in demand. However, if you want to make serious money, you will have to specialize in something and build your portfolio over time. This will allow you to win more contracts and at a higher rate than that of a beginner. If you choose something that you have a formal degree or diploma for, this will also help you gain your customers’ confidence.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to earn 100 dollars a day from home is from surveys. There are a lot of marketing and research companies that would pay you to fill out surveys. Beware that as I mentioned, it is the easiest way to earn money but is not the highest paying on this list – you can expect an average income ranging anywhere from $2-$10 (usually closer to the lower end). However, the plus side is that you can complete most of the surveys binge-watching Netflix on your TV. One thing to keep in mind is that you may not qualify for all the surveys and the only way to check eligibility is to answer the first few questions which can be a bit frustrating at the start.
BECOME A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
Just like bookkeepers, the modern-day entrepreneurs and small businesses need people who can work from their homes and fulfill the specific needs of the businesses: the virtual assistants. Although the role of a traditional assistant usually revolves around managing appointments and organizing itineraries, as a virtual assistant one can offer additional services more suited to the specific skill set of the employee that can go much beyond the traditional role of a secretary. These can range from clerical tasks such as data entry, email management and proofreading to more creative work such as video editing, content research social media management. To start as a virtual assistant, it is recommended to first do your research on what skills are more in demand and build your profile around that. You can either search for VA work on freelancing sites such as Upwork and freelancer.com, join an organization of virtual assistants such as AdminSlayers, or start offering your services by building your own website and starting an independent VA business. Although the third option is not recommended if you are a beginner, in the long run, it is the most profitable of the three. Based on individual skill sets, a full-time virtual assistant can make anywhere from $21,000 to more than $60,000 a year. However, if you are working only part-time as a VA and have built a good clientele, you should be able to improve your hourly rate over time.
SOCIAL MEDIA / AD CAMPAIGN MANAGER
Social media has taken the world by storm. Your online presence and appearance have become equally if not more important than your normal appearance. However, many of the small businesses struggle in marketing themselves and maintaining an online presence. This is where you can come in… Many small organizations know little or nothing about their online presence and engaging their customers through Facebook, twitter and snapchat. This means that if you are even a little tech savvy, you can offer your services as their online ad campaign manager or social media manager. I know, you must be thinking that social media and ads management are completely different things but trust me, once you get into the practical side of this, they are very closely related. You can start offering your services as a social media manager to small organizations for as little as $100 per week. For this you will have to spend an average of 30 minutes daily to make new posts and/or answer the customers’ queries. Given that you can manage more than one organization, it is not difficult to make that $100 daily, or even more. As a compliment, I would advise to start learning about google AdSense and how to run an effective ad campaign through google and other platforms. This will benefit you greatly because the customers that need you to manage their social media presence, will also eventually become your customers for running an online marketing campaign, which means extra money with minimal effort.
ANSWER QUESTIONS ON FORUMS
This entry in the article is more relevant to you if you are either an expert in any subject, or have reasonably good research skills. The idea here is very simple. You provide people’s questions and get paid for it. Sometimes it is a lack of time while sometimes it is lack of research skills, but some people may not find the answers that they are looking for. Other times they may only need a verification. Whatever the reason, there are websites dedicated to this purpose that connect experts to those who need answers. Websites like JustAnswer can pay you $20 to $50 per question while others like Experts123 pay a little lower at $10 to $20. However, there is an application that determines your eligibility to answer the questions of your claimed field of expertise. Some websites will have a more rigorous testing than others but you will first need to prove your competence in the subject that you claim to be an expert of. Good alternatives to these websites are the ones designed to help students with their studies. A very good example is study.com where you can take a test to register and answer from the pool of questions to help the students develop a better understanding of the subject.
START A HOME BAKERY/FOOD SERVICE
If you like cooking or baking, instead of starting a recipe blog, or a YouTube channel like everyone else, why not start selling the food that everyone loves you for. The idea here is to start your own online restaurant/bakery and offer food takeaway/delivery. One of my friends started baking at home to cope with her depression. After some time, we
realized that she makes really great cakes. Over time, she started making cakes and cupcakes for all our family birthdays. One thing led to another and people started asked us for her contact number for placing cake orders. Now she has a full-blown baking business, has small team of 3 employees and earns consistently over $20,000 a month all in less than 5 years. This is one of the many success stories you will find around you as well of people starting a
food business from their own homes later to expand their businesses even to colossal levels. With services like GrubHub and UberEats, it is now even easier and simpler to start a homebased kitchen or bakery. You can simply perfect a few dishes, make an attractive menu and register your home-based food delivery business on these apps. All you now need is a little initiative.