While a side hustle may not make you rich, heck it quite likely won’t even replace a full-time income in many circumstances (depending on where you live of course), but a side hustle can be a way for you to make some extra money so that you can pay off a few bills, or take a short vacation, or save up for Christmas.
While many of us are familiar with money making options such as oDesk, Elance, Etsy, eBay, etc. I wanted to highlight some organizations that you may not be aware of. There are so many online opportunities that offer work that someone could do as a side hustle. The ones in this post are ones that I have personally checked out.
As you consider doing work with any of these organizations two of the main things that you want to look at is how much money do you need to make before they will pay you and what their payment methods are, ie: direct deposit, PayPal, cheque, etc.
Side Hustle Ideas
ClixSense is somewhat similar to Swagbucks in that you get paid to browse websites, play games and view ads. The difference between ClixSense and Swagbucks is that ClixSense pays cash while Swagbucks pays with points that you convert to gift cards. I personally prefer cash instead of gift cards.
Taskrabbit.com While TaskRabbit is currently only available in certain states in the US, it certainly sounds like an excellent way to do some side hustle work.
You can sign up and offer your services to individuals who either don’t have the time or the experience that you have with a particular task.
The services that people offer on TaskRabbit include spring cleaning, delivery services, household chores, office work, grocery and personal shopping, handyman, moving assistance, event planning, photography, catering, plumbing, electrician, IKEA assembly and a lot more. The list is quite huge.
Each TaskRabbit goes through a background check and a video interview to ensure they are qualified before they are listed on the website and able to offer their services.
Blogmutt If you like to write short quick blog posts and get paid for it, head over to Blogmutt. You are paid $8 for each post you sell as soon as it’s taken by the customer. There aren’t any hard and fast rules about word count aside from the fact that it should be around 350 words.
Postloop If you love to help people online, and chat with them in general, this option may be a great side hustle for you. Basically you are paid to participate in a variety of different forums. You answer questions as well as start new threads to generate new traffic for the forum owners. You accumulate points and then trade in your points for cash. You can also make money by commenting on the blogs in their directory.
Papercheck Clients submit their documents to Papercheck and then PaperCheck hires people to edit and proofread the documents. Simple and straightforward.
SheBudgets is very similar to an online magazine and has quickly become quite popular. They hire writers to write short blog posts about a large variety of topics. The posts are a minimum of 300 words, and they can be based on topics that you are personally interested in, so they are very easy to write.
Each post will probably only take you about 10 to 15 minutes to write. While the pay is minimal, it can add up quickly if you are able to focus on writing one post after another without interruption. Once your post is published you also receive a pay-per-click bonus. You can increase your bonus by promoting your articles online through Twitter and Facebook.
TaskArmy While work from TaskArmy could be viewed as a side hustle, this work could easily turn into a full-time job, depending on the service that you offer. What I like about TaskArmy is that you setup an ad (profile) based on the type of freelance work that you are skilled at and you set reasonable rates for the services that you offer, unlike oDesk and eLance.
Once your profile is setup clients come to you instead of you bidding on projects.
Some examples of services that you could offer on TaskArmy are SEO work, virtual assistant work, bookkeeping, logo design, web design, social media management, marketing, commenting, article writing, etc. As you complete each project the client is asked to rate your work. This helps you build up your profile with good references.
Are you or have you ever made extra money from a side hustle or side gig? What kind of work did you do?