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5 side hustles you never knew existed

Posted by Garick Giroir on August 07, 2020

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Whether you're in desperate need of cash, or just looking to make some extra money on the side, there are so many ways to bring in cash nowadays without ever leaving the house. All you need is internet access and a little free time to boost your budget in a big way.

Here are five legitimate ways to earn money from home during the pandemic.

1. User testing 

Companies want to know if their websites are user-friendly. So much so that they’re willing to shell out good money to have real people scroll through their site and give them feedback about their experience.

User testing is a great way to earn extra money online. However, the work can be inconsistent, as you won’t be eligible for every opportunity. Because of this, it pays to sign up for multiple testing sites. All you need is a computer with a camera and internet access. Most tests take between five to 25 minutes and pay anywhere from $10 to $40 per test.

While user testing is an easy way to make money in your free time, make sure you thoroughly research each user testing website before you sign up. There are tons of online scam artists who prey on people looking to make quick and easy money.

Here are the top (legitimate) user testing websites:

UserTesting.com
Userlytics 
Respondent
TryMyUI

2. Skill sharing 

With so many people using quarantine as a time to better themselves, it's no surprise that online classes for adults are trending hard at the moment. Right now, skill sharing is one of the hottest ways to earn additional income. 

With only a computer, internet connectivity, and a special skill, you can make money remotely teaching people how to do the things you're most passionate about. Sites like Skillshare and Fiverr enable everyday people make a profit from their unique expertise. Whether you're adept in crafting, cooking, music, technology or fitness, skill sharing is a great opportunity to extend your skill set and achieve financial flexibility in the process.

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3. Business consultation 

Do your coworkers constantly seek you out for guidance and advice? If so, it's time to let your talents pay off. Online consulting is the perfect side hustle for natural teachers and counselors. There's nothing better than doing what you’re good at, creating your own hours and setting your own pay scale.

You can start by advertising your services on social media, creating a business page on Google or setting up a free profile on business growth sites, like Clarity.fm. Once word spreads and your name is out there, you can raise your rates and earn more in less time.

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4. Online surveys 

Make the time you spend online count by taking surveys for cash. Most of these sites are easy to use and will pay you as soon as you complete a survey. It’s a quick, easy way to pad your wallet with extra cash.

Here are the top (legitimate) consumer survey websites:

Inbox Dollars
American Consumer Opinion 
Vindale Research
Ipsos
Survey Junkie

5. Audio transcription 

With some basic training, you can make real money turning audio into text. It's called home-based transcription and there are a handful of websites looking to hire capable keyboarders to transcribe audio files for businesses in the medical field, legal industry, and more. If you're fluent in a second language, you can make up to 3x the money as a freelance translator. 

Much like any job, transcription takes time and practice if you want to be good at it. Once you get the hang of things, transcribing is a flexible side gig that pays well. If you're wondering how you'd fair as a transcriber, you can actually test your transcription skills for free online.

Here are the top (legitimate) transcription websites:

Rev
TranscribeMe! 
Daily Transcription
SpeakWrite (experience required)

If you put in the work, you can create your own opportunities from the comfort of your home. Choose a side hustle that works best for you and start earning money today!

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