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.

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.

Are you really an Entrepreneur?

The buzzword for 2019 is Entrepreneur, and most people working for themselves categorize what they do in this light.  But – are you really?  Here is a breakdown of the subtle differences that defines your working style.  All of these are extremely important, and business in today’s environment can’t easily function without each and every one.

The term Solopreneur is often interchanged with the word Entrepreneur, but there are distinct differences. If you are a business with no intention of ever adding staff, or scaling into a larger company, you are most likely a Solopreneur.  The differences between Solopreneurs and Entrepreneurs can be subtle, especially since some Entrepreneurs do often work alone until they can build their businesses enough to add a team of employees.

An Entrepreneur works hard to build a business but isn’t necessarily attached to the company or concept. Most Entrepreneurs build their businesses with the hope that a larger company will offer a financial buyout once it grows and then move on to the next business idea.

Another difference between the two is that an Entrepreneur may run several businesses while a Solopreneur focuses on their single passion projects.

An Entrepreneur may function as the face of their company, networking and chasing clients – leaving their team to do the day to day work.

Solopreneurs can also be networkers, but divide their time between client meetings and performing the work themselves.

Have you heard of the Intrapreneur?  This can be described as an inside Entrepreneur, or an Entrepreneur within a larger firm, who uses entrepreneurial skills without incurring the risk. Intrapreneurs foster innovation within the company they work for. So although many people dream of starting their own businesses, not everyone is cut out for this – and being employed by someone else offers advantages, from health insurance and matching retirement contributions to a regular schedule.

Now – we come to the Side Hustler.  And we all know that the ultimate goal of most Side Hustlers is to build their side gig(s) to become their main gig, quit the day to day grind and become the true definition of Entrepreneur.  Most Side hustlers want to make a little extra money in the month.  Many do, but often the tasks necessary to building a thriving, long-term business conflict with the time limitations and immediate financial results that Side-hustlers are looking for.  Building a viable business that can be considered Entrepreneurial requires you to work on short-term, revenue-generating tasks, as well as long-term, momentum-building items. Their are definitely Side Hustlers that have turned their side gig into a full revenue generating company with employees over time.

So how would you categorize your working style?

Clean out your Closet!!

It’s all the BUZZ: POSHMARK and now – POSHMARK HOME!

A huge number of Women (and Men) in the U.S. have closets stuffed full of clothing and accessories that haven’t been worn in forever.  Is this you?  If so, why not hit a double header: clean out your closets AND make money.

Here are tips from POSHMARK to making money with them:

LIST ITEMS TO SELL:

The change in season is a great time to start assessing your closet to see where you can make room for new items, clear out old pieces to make some cash.

  • You choose the price. Price your items based on condition, brand and style. Pro-tip: compare the pricing of similar items that have sold on Poshmark to get an idea of where to start. 
  • Take clear, well-lit photos. Ensure you are taking quality photos of your items that have good lighting and clearly showcase the item. Don’t forget to take photos of any noteworthy details or flaws.
  • Titles and descriptions are key. This is your opportunity to tell the buyer everything about your item. Be clear on the condition of the item, sizing/fit and even detail how you would style the item. Pro tip: Put as much information as possible in your title, this is how buyers will discover your items! 
  • Use the app to create a listing. Each of your listings automatically comes with the option to “Buy Now” and a “Make An Offer.” Note that you won’t see these buttons on your own listings since you can’t buy your own items. Rest assured, everyone else can. Make sure your items are seen and share, share, share within the app and to your social networks

MADE A SALE? SHIPPING IS JUST A FEW EASY STEPS:

  • Print your shipping label. The app will generate a prepaid shipping label that you can print out at home.
  • Package up your item. You can use any box or mailing envelope to package up your sales. Simply tape your shipping label on the outside of the box and drop your packages off at the nearest post office.
  • Personalize. Write a thank you card and add some tissue paper to create an even more memorable customer experience. 

EARN MONEY:

Once the buyer receives your package and has accepted the item, your earnings will be automatically deposited into your Poshmark account. 

  • Buyers have up to three days to accept the item and after that, the funds are automatically released to you, the seller.
  • Note that Poshmark takes a commission for each sale, which is used to ensure credit card safety and provide support from Poshmark to help create a fun, safe and ever-improving platform for Poshers. 
  • For every sale over $15 that is made, you keep 80% of your sale. For any order under $15, there is a flat commision fee of $2.95. When you list an item, we make sure you know exactly what you’re making. Just check out the “My Earnings” section on the listing and you can see how much you will make for that sale price.
  • Here’s what you get in return: POshmark handles the financial transaction for you (including paying all those pesky credit card fees), provides you with a pre-paid pre-addressed shipping label, and will serve as your customer support team for your sale.

GET YOUR CASH:

You can withdraw your earnings from Poshmark anytime…for free! Deposit your money directly into your checking account, request a check, or use the cash to purchase directly on Poshmark. You choose.

It can take up to 48 hours for a direct deposit to be completed

Learn how to sell on the website at: https://poshmark.com/sell

Offer Concierge Services

If you are handy, like to fix, build, clean or organize – becoming a freelance Concierge might be a great way to turn your talents into extra cash.

You can market yourself on Social Media or off your email list to friends and family easy enough, but if you want to increase your pool of likely users, consider apps like:

TaskRabbit 

You can use this site to offer your services in multiple cities across the U.S. 

You’ll need to apply to be approved, background checked, and attend on-boarding workshops in your area before you’ll become an active Tasker.  The  TaskRabbit app will notify you of potential jobs nearby as they are requested.  

  • You can bid for the jobs you are interested in – and the customer is able to read your ratings and compare you with other Taskers who also bid.
  • Select the ones you are interested in
  • Confirm details with your Client
  • Complete the work and submit your invoice

It’s that easy!

Since Taskers set their own rates, and are rated by customers on the app – great customer service and reasonable rates are what will win you jobs!

 Handy 

Another app for connecting individuals looking for household services to you for home cleaning to handyman services. Handy has multiple locations in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom

  • Must have paid experience in cleaning or handyman services
  • Must be authorized to work in the country you are applying in
  • Must have excellent customer service skills
  • Payments are direct deposited into your bank account soon after the job is complete

You choose when you want to work and how much. Build a full schedule of your customers or simply add a few jobs on the side.  Your pay rate will be per job, and listed on the job offer.

 Amazon Professional Services 

This option requires a little more legwork and professional business proof, as the jobs on this site are for business professionals. 

  • First, you’ll need to apply. Once approved, you will have to submit for background (personal and business) checks. Once those are completed – register and start contracting jobs!
  • You’ll need to provide proof of licensing to register for jobs doing electrical, plumbing, HVAC or General Contracting work as required by applicable laws or regulations.
  • You are also required to carry General Liability Insurance with a limit up to $1m per occurrence.

Cost to sell services on Amazon

  • $0 Signup Fees, $0 Subscription Fees and $0 Lead Fees. Only pay a revenue share for completed jobs based on the service type and final service price.

   PrePackaged Services

  • Services with defined scope which allow customers to purchase based on price estimates (for example: TV wall mounting, bed assembly, treadmill assembly, move-in or move-out house cleaning)
  • 20% for the portion up to $1,000
  • 15% for the portion greater than $1,000

   Recurring Services

  • 15%  For services purchased as a subscription plan for recurring appointments.

How do I get jobs?

  • Offer-Based Jobs: These jobs are purchased by Customers on Amazon by selecting a specific Pro and submitting three (3) appointment preferences. For these jobs, Pros set the price estimate upfront. Pros receive these jobs via email and work with the Customer to confirm a final appointment day and time.
  • Claim-based Jobs: These jobs are purchased by Customers on Amazon but Customers do no not select a specific Pro. Instead, Amazon surfaces a single price using localized price estimates based on the range of competitive prices that providers offer for each service and collects a single appointment preference from the Customer. These jobs are then sent to all the Pros offering that service within the Customers ZIP code. Pros receive these jobs via notifications through the Selling Services on Amazon app or the Seller Central home page.

Amazon deposits payments into your bank account at regular intervals (14-day cycle) and notifies you that your payment has been sent. You must have valid bank account information in your seller account before you can be paid.

Regardless of your skill level, there is something available for anyone looking to “help around the house”.  Check into the 3 options listed above and see which might work for you!

Become a Freelancer

If you’ve ever dreamed of finding success as a freelancer, Fiverr is the go-to marketplace for companies of all sizes who need freelance projects completed. Because Freelancers are more cost-effective than traditional employees, they are often used to scale a small business.

Not sure where to start? The options for finding your freelance niche are extensive:

  • Business plans Branding Marketing strategy
  • Blogging Guest posting Logo design
  • Business cards Local SEO
  • Business directory Facebook Ads Google Ads
  • Social media SEO Content Email marketing
  • Newsletters Email campaigns
  • Infographics Video marketing WordPress
  • Ecommerce Ebooks Virtual assistant
  • Landing pages Social media Content strategy
  • Product descriptions Google analytics Sales copy
  • Proofreading Voice over

Once you have decided on a topic or topics that are right for you, build your personal profile with your professional information,  headshot and links to your social accounts. Sell yourself and your services here.  Tell potential buyers exactly what specialized skills and special packages you offer that should make them want to hire you over other freelancers.  Create a short, friendly video to introduce yourself and share more about your experience and skills – sell yourself!

The services you sell on Fiverr are called GIGs. When listing a GIG, use a clever, descriptive title to grab the attention of people looking for what you are offering.  Include a gallery for each GIG, or service you offer.  Showcase your best work and show off your skills.  Video GIGs routinely get more hits than still picture GIGs.

When setting your pricing, make sure you have done your homework, and understand the marketplace for what you are offering.   Your experience, the complexity of the service you provide, and add-on services can establish the amount you charge.

Add FAQs to your GIG To set the expectations of what you will provide up front. Be very specific with your requirements of potential buyers. And ask buyers to be as clear as possible in their instructions to you. Direct, upfront communications help every project set off in a positive direction.  

In order to gain repeat clientele, building a good solid relationship by providing quality work at a fair price is key.

Be responsive to requests and questions, and give them more than they expect.

Becoming a Fiverr Freelancer is a great way to start your freelance career – giving you the opportunity to start small and scale your own side Hustle.