Get paid to answer Questions

Ever had a specific question you needed an answer for and didn’t know exactly where to turn?  There are several websites specifically built for this reason, beyond the obvious “ask Alexa”.

You can become the person to get paid to answer questions if you have a license, credentials, or have an affinity and knowledge towards a particular subject.

Resources:

Sites like JustAnswer.com , where you can  ask a question to verified doctors, lawyers, vets, mechanics, and more online.  Best of all, you can ask questions and get answers within minutes, 24/7, without wasting time on hold or in a waiting room.

JustAnswer will match your question with the most qualified Expert available. You get unlimited back and forth until your question is answered for a fraction of an in-person appointment.

There are no scheduled shifts. 

You can make your own hours and work only when you want.  JustAnswer pays Experts every month via Paypal. 

Adept at Electronics?

FixYa.com  is a community based troubleshooting resource that provides consumer generated, practical product tips to help others get answers on over 19 million products. Fixya is a place where you can share real experiences and provide practical advice. 

From fixing cars, to cameras, to mobile devices, Fixya empowers over 30 million monthly visitors to repair and improve upon products they already own.

Education:

StudyPool.com is a great option for education related questions and tutoring. 

Students post detailed questions.  Tutors are recommended based on the subject question. Messages made through Studypool’s chat feature, and they pay at the conclusion of the chat.

Tutors are on a bidding system, and the hours are completely flexible. Studypool makes getting paid easy for tutors. Payment transactions are made via Paypal or Transferwise.

Business Consulting

Join maven.co to profit from your knowledge and connections, network with other smart professionals. Profit from what you know. A “microconsulting” platform puts real value on your knowledge and gives you the power to manage your own private and secure professional network. You decide with whom to connect and consult and what types of opportunities are appropriate for you.

In just a few flexible hours a month, you can make some pocket money by utilizing the knowledge already in your head!

Monetizing your Blog

Have you always wondered how blogs actually make money?  No, it’s not just from sitting and writing.  There is a strategy to monetizing the work that comes from the writing. Let’s look at how to go about monetizing your blog:

Once you have built a blog that has a good number of followers, consider involving other companies and brands to make it mutually profitable by monetizing your blog.

Typewriter Monetize your blog

Google Adsense

Google will provide you a code to copy and paste onto your website. You get paid any time someone clicks on your ads and/or makes a purchase.

Text Links

A text link is a highlighted word you can click on in a web article to take you to another web page. There are many companies who are willing to pay for you to link from your website to theirs.

Sponsored Posts

With a sponsored post, a company pays you to talk about their product or service on their website. I recommend only promote companies you believe in and feel good about. Otherwise, you most likely won’t build trust with your readers.

Affiliate Marketing

By adding affiliate links to your website, companies or services will pay you to promote them by using pre-made ads and clickable banners provided by them. You will be paid for each completed transaction originating from your unique link.

Display Ads

With display ads, you actually get paid based on the number of times your ads are viewed. For that reason, these ads will work best for websites with a huge viewership.

Elevator Speeches

Do you have your elevator speech prepped and perfected?

An elevator speech is a “commercial” all about who you are, what you do, and how you can benefit a company or organization.

Elevator buttons arrow pointing up

It should be a quick synopsis of your background and experience, your expertise and credentials quickly and effectively to people who don’t know you.

An elevator pitch can be used for networking mixers, job fairs, round tables, and social media bios. Your pitch can be used during job interviews when you’re asked about yourself.

Have your pitch ready to share. It should be about 30 seconds – the time it takes to ride from the top to the bottom of a building in an elevator.

It’s a good idea to have multiple pitches. Tailor your pitch depending on your audience. You have a short time to convey a lot of information, so make sure to practice to avoid rambling or an unfocused message. Keep your energy and enthusiasm high.

If you have a business card, offer it at the end of the conversation as a way to continue the dialog.

Working from home

Working from home?  You need a place in your home that will give you maximum focus to manage your company.  Your workspace needs a simple desk and comfortable chair with a designated a place for paperwork and other business materials.

As your own boss, you are fully responsible for completing the tasks that keep you in business.

Because it’s easy to get distracted when you work from home, create a plan of action with deadlines and goals and stick with it. Prioritize your responsibilities, and finish the most urgent ones first.

Use a calendar to alert you to important dates and meetings.

Although you might find it difficult to step away, working too much can cause exhaustion and burnout. Take breaks often throughout the day, and set time boundaries for yourself. Do the things you enjoy, like grabbing lunch with a friend, shopping or working out to recharge your batteries.  Often times those small breaks will boost your creativity and help your business in the long run.

Try not to let regular household tasks distract you.  Set aside time on your daily calendar to do small things, like throwing in a load of laundry or empty the dishwasher.  Use those as scheduled breaks.

Working at home is a huge privilege, and can have added benefits.  But it isn’t for everyone. If you are unable to stay focused and on task, you might want to reevaluate if it is the right thing for you and your company goals.

Side Hustles and the IRS

Nearly one third of Americans are now earning extra money on the side.  But when working as an independent, do you know that you are responsible for paying taxes?

If you don’t receive a W-2 from an employer, you must self-report any additional income to the IRS. 

Tax

Failure to report earned income from any source is tax fraud. If you don’t report income on your jobs, and you are audited, you could incur a penalty equal to 0.5 percent of your unpaid taxes PLUS the back taxes and interest. In addition, you could be assessed a penalty equal to 20% of the underpayment if it is determined that you purposely underreported your income and tax liability. 

Make sure to keep receipts for any expenses you might incur from your jobs. You may be able to minimize your tax bill by taking advantage of tax deductions.

Medical Transcription

Becoming a Medical transcriptionist can be a flexible job that offers the possibility of working in a structured office environment or from home.   A Medical Transcriptionist translates recorded dictation from physicians into written reports. 

There are no formal requirements for this job other than a high school diploma. However, certification training can make you a more competitive candidate.

The majority of your time is spent listening to doctors’ dictation and transcribing that information into written form. 45 words per minute allows you to transcribe quickly and accurately.  You can practice and test your typing speed on typing websites.

Earn a Certificate in medical transcription. Anything more than a high school diploma is not required to become a medical transcriptionist, however, further education in medical transcription will help you learn the medical terminology that is part of the job, and give you a competitive edge in the job market.

There are two certifications available to medical transcriptionists: Registered Healthcare Documentation Specialist (RHDS) and Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS). Both exams are offered online.

One of the benefits of becoming a medical transcriptionist is that many physicians and hospitals will allow you to work from home. This option will give you the most flexibility. You’ll need a good computer, internet, transcription software and a foot-pedal to start and stop the recordings you are transcribing without having to lift your hands off the keyboard.

“Make your side hustle sizzle with Bacon”

The Bacon Work on Demand app makes it easy to find a “side gig” anytime, anywhere. Bacon connects employers to pre-qualified, available candidates who will work on-demand for as little as one shift. People looking to pick up side jobs can pick and choose a shift for extra cash.

Employers can post shifts, pay and job requirements when they have a need, and then choose the person best suited for the job. Potential employees search for work in their area and apply via the app. After the shift is done, employers and employees rate each other.

Employers benefit by saving the time and expense of interviewing from an agency, or online ads. Bacon can easily conduct background checks needed for any job level and safety requirements.

Bacon is currently in several states and has plans to expand quickly across the U.S.  Many large companies are already utilizing this platform to find temporary workers.

Teach English

Teach English online with VIPKid

This is a website that connects teachers with Chinese students. The hours are flexible, and you can earn up to $22/hour – making it a great online side hustle job. Teach one-on-one with students in China using their platform and custom curriculum.  No making lesson plans!  VIPKid offers full English immersion for students, so there’s no need to know any Chinese either.

All you need is a bachelor’s degree in any field, and experience teaching children. You don’t need to be a certified teacher, you just need experience working with children, which can include:

Raising children

Teaching Bible study

Working at a daycare or YMCA

Tutoring

Babysitting

To start – you will apply, then go through an interview process and practice lesson. you will also need to meet a few technology requirements:

A computer with an HD Camera and a headset with a microphone

Internet connection with at least 20 mbps

You can sign on for a 6-month minimum commitment, but during that time, you can work as much or as little as you’d like.  You set your schedule.

You can also earn a $50 referral fee for teachers who are successfully hired. You get your own referral code to share.

Become a Web Hosting Affiliate

Do you have a website? Multiple sites for multiple businesses? Become an affiliate for one or more web hosting companies – selling their products or services can give you passive income streams. Simply place your affiliate banners on your sites to get clicks on your links.  Sales from your links can earn you cash if they result in a sale!

Web hosting affiliate

Many hosting companies pay starting from $50 to thousands in commissions for sales based on the hosting plans customers choose. This can be a money-making opportunity for bloggers and web marketers to make a passive income from their daily activities.

Web Hosting Affiliate Programs

Promoting affiliate programs through blog posts, creative banners, and recommendations. Programs pay affiliates based on performance, and rates may increase with an increase in sales. Some hosting companies pay a recurring commission rather than a one-time payment.

Here’s a list of companies that offer Affiliate Programs:

Kinsta (www.kinsta.com)

Premium WordPress hosting site.

$50 to $500 per sale as an affiliate commission based on the hosting plan purchased. 10% of the monthly plan charges for lifetime of the plan.

Liquid Web (www.liquidweb.com)

They have various pricing plans in dedicated servers, cloud, cloud VPS, managed WordPress, and WooCommerce hosting types.  Affiliates can earn from $150 to $7000 per sale by referring new clients to Liquid Web if they make a purchase within 90 days

Dreamhost (www.dreamhost.com)

Affiliates can make from $50 to $200 per sale.

InMotion (www.inmotionhosting.com)

Shared, managed WordPress, VPS, and dedicated server hosting plans. $50 to $120 per sale.

Flywheel (www.getflywheel.com)

A popular WordPress hosting service for designers.

Flywheel web hosting affiliate program lets you earn from $45 to $500 per sale in unlimited payouts. They provide creative banners, social images, and custom creatives to promote products and boost your sales.

WP Engine (www.wpengine.com)

One of the most popular in WordPress hosting. You can make a minimum of $200 for each sale, plus 35% of StudioPress theme sales.

iPage (www.ipage.com)

iPage hosting plans are low-price, starting as low as $2.99 per month. 

As an affiliate, you can earn from $65 to $150 in commissions. Promotional banners and unique tracking tools are available to embed on your pages and attract new customers.

A2 Hosting (www.a2hosting.com)

Serve shared, managed WordPress, VPS, reseller, and dedicated hosting plans.

Affiliates can earn a minimum $85 / sale commission which can increase up to $140 or more based on traffic and performance.

Cloudways (www.cloudways.com)

A powerful cloud hosting service for premium customers. Multiple cloud infrastructure providers plus 60 global data centers.

Cloudways has 2 types of payment structures for affiliates- Slab is for marketers who want to receive a fixed, one-time commission for a sale. Minimum $50 / maximum $200. Hybrid is $30 per sale + 7% contract lifetime commission.

HostGator (www.hostgator.com)

A low-cost hosting provider starting as low as $2.75 per month in shared hosting. WordPress, VPS, and dedicated hosting is also available.

Make from $50 – $125 per sign up. They also provide creative banners and custom links to the HostGator page and offer commissions on other products.

Self Education

It’s cool to have a G.E.D.  A High School diploma is grand,  and it’s really awesome of you have a college education.  But regardless of those things, it’s what you do with them that counts!  Some of the most successful and wealthy people have no formal education.

Here are some quotes from some of the world’s most successful business leaders, and as you can see – every single quote centers on YOU going out and making it happen:

Shoe Dog – Phil Knight

“The cowards never started and the weak died along the way. That leaves us, ladies and gentlemen. Us.”

Think and Grow Rich – Napolean Hill

“Tell me how you use your spare time, and how you spend your money, and I will tell you where and what you will be in ten years from now.”

The Millionaire Next Door – Thomas J Stanley

“Wealth is more often the result of a lifestyle of hard work, perseverance, planning, and, most of all, self-discipline.”

Rich Dad, Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki

“Complaining about your current position in life is worthless. Have a spine and do something about it instead.” 

Expert Secrets – Russell Brunson

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

The E-Myth – Michael E. Gerber

“I believe it’s true that the difference between great people and everyone else is that great people create their lives actively, while everyone else is created by their lives, passively waiting to see where life takes them next.”

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing – Al Ries and Jack Trout

“You’ll get no further with a mediocre idea and million dollars than with a great idea alone.”

How to Win Friends & Influence People – Dale Carnegie

“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz

“Note to self: It’s a good idea to ask, “What am I not doing?” 

Blue Ocean Strategy – W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

”Key to winning over your detractors or devils is knowing all their likely angles of attack and building up counterarguments backed by irrefutable facts and reason.”