How to Make Extra Income While Working Full-time?
A 2019 Bankrate survey of 2,550 adults found that as many as 45% of working Americans have a job outside of their main job. The average time they spend on their side jobs is 12 hours a week, and 73% of them make up to $500 a month.
Lots of people are looking for new, flexible ways to make money because they want to spend money. If you want to make extra money but only want to do something you’d enjoy doing outside of your full-time job, you have a lot of options.
Let “your unique mix of skills, resources, and interests” guide you, says Kathy Kristof, who started the website SideHusl to help people find jobs. “It will make you happier, help you do it better, and satisfy that longing.”
7 Flexible Ways to Make Extra Money While Working Full-Time
Here are seven flexible and, in some cases, high-paying things you can do on the side to make more money and add to your regular income.
1. Tutor English Online
Sites like VIPKid match up Chinese students with English-speaking teachers for 25-minute online lessons. Both companies offer lesson plans and time slots that teachers can choose from. The VIPKid website says that teachers make an average of $22 per hour.
Today, there are many ways to start writing online to make money. Grant writing and copywriting for advertising or branding companies, which are usually done without a byline, are two ways to make money.
Another option is ghostwriting or working with someone who has a story to tell but doesn’t have the skills or time to put together a manuscript on their own. You might not get the credit, but you can make a lot of money.
Consider making a profile on a freelancing site like Fiverr or Upwork, where experienced writers can charge up to $150 per 500-word blog post or $150 per hour, respectively.
If you like to write essays or articles, you could pitch an idea to a publication that covers a subject you are interested in or know a lot about. Blogs about parenting, like A Fine Parent, pay $75 per post.
Look around for blogs and magazines that talk about things you already know a lot about. Writing assignments usually have due dates, but they can be done at any time of the day.
3. Be an Online Mock Juror
Lawyers can use online “mock juries” to see how jurors might vote on their cases. They are like focus groups for trials that are about to happen. Depending on the website, an attorney might submit a written case with facts and questions, or they might record a summary of the case for “jurors” to vote on.
Sites like eJury say each case takes about 35 minutes and pays between $5 and $10, while Online Verdict says each case takes 20 to 60 minutes and pays $20 to $60.
A lot of these cases can be done at any time. Join Online Verdict, Virtual Jury, or eJury to be a virtual juror. Jurors usually have to be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old.
Can you speak another language well? Your services could be used by companies all over the world to translate anything from medical leaflets to website content to legal documents.
According to Indeed, the average translator in New York earns $21 per hour, and you can take on projects in your spare time. Sign up on sites like Translate or Bunny Studio to translate documents, or look for translator jobs on Indeed or other job boards.
5. Be an Influencer
Got a big following on Instagram? You might be able to start getting money from it. Apps like Heartbeat for Ambassadors connect people with brands that pay them to post pictures with and about their products.
SideHusl says that users can expect to be paid anywhere from $3 to $50 per post. A lot depends on how many followers you have.
SideHusl says, “The fewer people who follow you, the less likely you are to be chosen for a campaign.” In the past, campaigns have sold everything from gluten-free waffle mix to tough phone cases.
6. Make Deliveries
If you have a car and free time at different times of the day or even at night, delivering food, pets, or furniture could be a good way to make extra money.
Companies like Roadie help drivers find delivery jobs in their area. According to its website, “drivers can earn up to $15 per trip for local jobs and up to $650 for long haul jobs.”
According to Indeed, drivers for food delivery sites like GrubHub make an average of $19 per hour. For deliveries, Taskers on Task Rabbit can charge up to $80 per hour.
Pay close attention to the side job you choose: Claire Wasserman, who started the career coaching site Ladies Get Paid, says, “This is your chance to give yourself a chance that you may not be getting at work.”
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