Taking a side gig is a great way to help you reach your financial goals faster, whether you want to pay off debt, build an emergency fund, or grow your retirement nest egg. And there are plenty of lucrative side gigs you can take on without even having to leave home.
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GOBankingRates spoke to career and secondary hustle experts to get their picks for the best side gigs you can do from home.
If you have a photographic eye, you can turn that skill into money by taking pictures of scenes around your house.
“Companies like Shutterstock need stock photos of almost everything,” said Mitchell Stern, owner of the SideHustle.Tips blog. “You could take pictures of yourself cooking a meal, lounging in the [home] or your children playing with toys, then sell those images for money.”
Rent your computer’s processing power
The rise of crypto has led to this relatively new hustle you can do from home.
“Cryptocurrency miners will simply pay you to leave your computer running overnight,” Stern said. “Basically, you’re renting your processor for the period when you’re not using it yourself. It’s also totally secure.”
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Rent your personal property
Turn unused items in your home into extra money by renting them out.
“You probably have over $5,000 in assets around your house right now,” Stern said. “These include power tools, baby gear, camera gear, lawnmowers and camping gear. There are peer-to-peer lending platforms online that facilitate these transactions.”
Create and sell information products
If you have expertise in an in-demand field, there are likely people out there willing to pay for that knowledge.
“Consider creating a product that teaches someone how to do something valuable,” Stern said.
It can range from an e-book to a full online course.
Rent your house
“You can rent out parts of your own house for various purposes without having to find a new place to live,” Stern said. “Photographers and film crews will pay to rent your home by the hour and be gone at the end of the day. You can also rent unused storage spaces, parking spaces and common areas for dinner parties and the like. gatherings.”
Give cooking lessons online
If you have cooking skills, consider teaching an online course for extra cash.
“There are sites that host various online dining experiences from around the world,” Stern said. “These include online cooking classes, online mixology classes, virtual wine tastings, virtual whiskey tastings and online coffee classes.”
Create and sell design templates
It can be a lucrative side gig for those who are artistically gifted.
“Create templates for documents, websites, and graphics, then sell those templates to companies like Canva and Wix,” Stern said. “They are constantly on the lookout for new designs and all you need is a computer.”
Become a virtual assistant
“If you’re organized and have a good understanding of Microsoft Office, you can do freelance office work from home and get paid quickly,” Stern said. “COVID has dramatically increased the demand for virtual assistant services.”
teach english online
If you have teaching experience – or even if you don’t – you should consider an online English teaching parallel program.
“There are hundreds of thousands of families overseas who are looking for English speakers to virtually mentor their children,” Stern said. “There are websites that can help you find work, but most require at least some teaching experience. However, there are a few that will take almost anyone who wants the job.”
Become a search engine evaluator
“One of the best side jobs you can do at home is search engine ratings,” said Suzanne Howell, founder of The Remote Mom. “It’s a great side gig because it doesn’t require any special experience and it’s very flexible.”
Search engine evaluators assess the accuracy of search engine results by following a set of guidelines that explain how to determine the user’s search intent.
“One of the best things about this flexible side job is that you can log in and work whenever it’s convenient for you, as long as you finish your hours at the end of each work week,” Howell said. “All of your work is done online. This makes it a great job for stay-at-home parents and those looking to supplement their 9-to-5 job.”
Become a proofreader
Many companies hire freelance proofreaders to make sure their copy is clean and fit for publication.
“You can do this hustle anytime,” said Kerry Francis, owner of the Virtual Boss Mindset blog, which shares information about legitimate online jobs for stay-at-home moms. “All you need is a PC, a stable internet connection and excellent grammar skills to spot mistakes.”
Do transcription gigs
“This side hustle requires no experience,” said Francis, who has personally taken on transcription jobs on sites including Rev, TranscribeMe and GoTranscript. “All you need are excellent listening and typing skills. There are tools like oTranscribe that will help you transcribe, or you can even use the Google Docs voice interface.”
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