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.

Start an Online Store

You’ve heard the word…but what does it mean…exactly?

Drop-shipping is an e-commerce business model that allows you to sell a product directly to the consumer through your own online “Company store” without having to buy any inventory, or rent a storage / shipping facility. No financial  investment in inventory or storage = less financial risk.

No shipping to the customer = easier for you.  Your job is Marketing, Sales and Customer Service.

The beauty of drop-shipping is that you can carry a variety of items in your store because you don’t have to warehouse any of it. You can choose to carry as many or as few products as you want to manage. Once you decide what you want to sell, you can usually find a drop-ship supplier to supply it.

Here’s how it works:

  • The customer places and pays for an order through your online store
  • You forward the order and shipping details directly to your drop-ship supplier 
  • Your supplier packages and ships the order directly to the customer 
  • You pay the wholesale price to the supplier and the difference is your gross profit.  You can expect between 10-30% based on your chosen retail pricing strategy.

A drop-ship directory is a database of suppliers that are organized by niche where you can find products to sell. Companies like Worldwide Brands vet every company in their directory for legitimacy.

Because your business hinges on the quality of your drop-shipper, keep in mind that a successful partnership between you and your distributor is essential.

Before you choose any vendor, you should always place a test order to see…

  • Shipping time within 1-2 business days
  • Did the product arrive safely and undamaged?
  • The quality of their Customer Service

It’s also very important to ask if the vendor offers a real time inventory feed so you don’t sell sold out or backordered items.

Customer service and your online reputation can make or break your business, and you are staking the reputation of your online store by linking yourself to your drop-ship distributor.   If they are unreliable, it will reflect negatively on your Company. In the age of social media, news spreads lightning fast, so it is crucial that you do whatever you can to maintain a positive image for your online store.  Unfortunately, you will have very little control of product fulfillment – you can’t control when a customer will receive their product.

Want to start your own drop-shipping business? You can literally start for under $5 with a free open source shopping cart.

All you need is a website, free credit card processing – and you can start taking orders immediately.

For example:

  • Sign up for webhosting – $3.95/month
  • Install an open source shopping cart – Free
  • Install an SSL certificate – Most hosts will give you an SSL certificate for free to secure your website
  • Free credit card processing service – $0/month, 2-3% fee per transaction
  • Website template – $20-$50

Total = $3.95 to $53.95 (if you purchase a template)

An easier, but more expensive method is to utilize a site like Shopify with Oberlo extensions and a processor such as PayPal or Stripe which make automating your shop and inventory a breeze.  This option gives you more creative freedom if you are not a technical wizard. But, they will cost you approximately $50/mo. plus processing fees.

As with any business venture, there are always downsides.  Any expectation of a get rich quick option needs to be realistic…making money with a drop-ship store still requires time and attention to produce an income.  The most important thing is to research your options before opening your Store.

Have you heard of MTurk??

Are you Tech Savvy looking for some simple side projects utilizing your talents for money?  

Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing marketplace that allows Individuals and Businesses to outsource jobs to people who can perform tasks virtually. The only requirement to complete tasks and collect payment from Requesters is a computer connected to the Internet and to be at least 18-years-old.

Tasks could include: 

  • simple data validation 
  • research 
  • survey participation
  • content moderation

MTurk harnesses the intelligence, skills, and insights from a global workforce to streamline business. This helps solve specific internal data processing problems that require human judgment and intelligence, such as moderating content or research. 

Traditionally, companies had to hire a large expensive workforce to complete these tasks.  Mturk is a way to break down a manual, time-consuming project into micro-tasks called HITs (Human Intelligence Tasks) to be completed by workers over the Internet.

How it works:

  • search for HITs on the website
  • accept HITs that meet your knowledge criteria and schedule
  • complete HIT within specified time period
  • get paid once the completed HIT is approved by the Requester

Requesters have several options for ensuring their HITs are completed in a high-quality manner prior to payment:

  • auto-approving them when they receive two answers to the same HIT that match
  • manually approving completed HITs
  • Vet workers with qualification tests to validate skill levels. Workers on the Amazon Mechanical Turk web site will build statistics based on accuracy, timeliness and number of approved HITs to give Requesters further data when hiring.

When a Requester approves a task, MTurk transfers funds to the account of the Worker who completed the task. In the U.S., workers can transfer earnings to their Amazon Payments account or to their Amazon.com gift card balance. Outside of the U.S. funds can be transferred to Amazon.com gift cards, and in some cases, transfer earnings to bank accounts.

For technical types who want to earn money in their spare time, the MTurk web site solves the problem of finding work you can do wherever and whenever you want using the skills you already possess.  To make money by completing tasks with MTurk, visit worker.mturk.com.

The legend behind “Mechanical Turk”

In 1769, Hungarian nobleman Wolfgang von Kempelen astonished Europe by building a mechanical chess-playing automaton that defeated nearly every opponent it faced. A life-sized wooden mannequin, adorned with a fur-trimmed robe and a turban, Kempelen’s “Turk” was seated behind a cabinet and toured Europe, confounding such brilliant challengers as Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon Bonaparte. To persuade skeptical audiences, Kempelen would slide open the cabinet’s doors to reveal the intricate set of gears, cogs and springs that powered his invention. He convinced them that he had built a machine that made decisions using artificial intelligence. What they did not know was the secret behind the Mechanical Turk: a chess master cleverly concealed inside. (Source: Amazon Mechanical Turk website)

Ready to start selling on eBay?

By now you probably know more than one person who swears they make a ton of money selling on eBay.  Have you considered looking into it, but feel overwhelmed? Surely there must be more to it than just listing something and watching the dollars roll in.  How, exactly, do I start? If this is brand new to you, be sure to start slowly, and most importantly – learn the rules before jumping in the deep end to make sure you stay within the law (state, federal AND eBay).  eBay doesn’t subscribe to the  “I didn’t know better” philosophy as an excuse when their rules are violated.

What are you planning to sell?  

Junk around your house will only take you so far, but is a great way to start and see which items sell better than others. (Also a great way to de-clutter your house!)

Start going through your home room-by-room and looking up items on existing eBay listings. You might be very surprised at the items that sell.  Some examples of items that have value on eBay but don’t seem like they would sell for much include:

  • kitchen items, dishwear, pots and pans, lids, etc.
  • empty glass bottles 
  • craft supplies 
  • jewelry and watches (even broken – people buy them for parts)
  • Anything new in a package, including toiletries, socks, etc.
  • Empty printer cartridges
  • School supplies
  • Clothing items

As a new buyer or seller, start with low ticket, smaller items.  You’re less likely to be scammed, and the learning curve for shipping is less expensive.  Avoid buying or selling high ticket items that could be easy to counterfeit – designer clothing, bags, autographed memorabilia and electronics.  Selling any counterfeit item can get you banned immediately. 

Take clear photos of each item prior to listing, using a plain white background. Make sure NOT to use other peoples photos or stock photos without written permission from the owners.  You may be banned if you violate copyright infringement laws.

Pricing for profit

Research before pricing.  eBay has its own obscure rules, and  things sell for what people are willing to pay vs. pricing something what you “think” it’s worth based on what you paid for it.  Research what eBay buyers have already paid for items similar to yours, then price items to sell, keeping in mind your time and shipping costs (and how badly you want to get rid of it!)

Start with a fixed price while you get the hang of things. Once you have established yourself in the marketplace, you might want to consider trying the Auction method.  It is riskier, but might be a quicker turn – this is why really knowing your market is so very important.

Decide up front if shipping is included: free shipping is a sales hook for some and not for others. Regardless, the cost of shipping is either included in the price or in addition to the sales price. Weigh each item and calculate those costs prior to listing.

Make your return policy fair and easy – because no doubt it will be tested. eBay wants buyers to feel confident purchasing on the site, so they guarantee that if an item isn’t as described or doesn’t arrive, the buyer will get a refund.  If you don’t subscribe to this theory, people won’t return to your site. Require that items be returned unused in the same packaging, and you can resell it!

Understand your Limits

eBay places selling limits on all new sellers, until you can establish a positive selling history, and limit your fraud exposure.  You can request higher selling limits once you have proven yourself.

Feedback Scores are a real thing

Your trading experience both as a buyer and seller determines your “score”. The higher your score, the more trusted and authentic you appear. It’s critical as you establish a positive history so that your feedback score is as high as possible in order to increase your sales.  A good way to do this in the beginning is by making multiple small purchase transactions – then rate your seller and ask for their feedback as well.

Making money on eBay  is a long term commitment, not a get rich quick scheme.  Building a name and reputation within the eBay community takes time.  But the most important aspect is learning the rules, and following them.  Ethics is priority #1.

There is SO MUCH MORE to the process, this is just a quick overview.  But history and a quick glance at the site tells us that eBay is alive and well – just figure out what works best for you!

Let your commute pay for itself

You hear daily now about how to make money online, right? Well what if you don’t think you are tech savvy enough to work online, or would prefer being out and about and meeting people while making extra bucks with your side gig?

Here are a few ideas for you “on the move” types:

Ride Share

If you have a reliable vehicle and know your way around town, there are openings for drivers in all the cities where ride sharing is permitted. Try Lyft or Uber (or both).

Package delivery

You could consider delivering packages for companies like AmazonFlex.  Make $18-$25/hour – Be your own boss, set your own schedule.

UPS hires part time and seasonal drivers. In addition, a whole slew of personal delivery companies have popped up that hire you to make deliveries with your own car:

  • Citizen Shipper
  • Juno/Roadie
  • LaserShip

Pick your own route – maybe even on your way to and from your day job!  You could potentially earn anywhere from $8-$50 for local drops and around $650 for long distance deliveries (maybe on that vacation road trip).

Deliver Food

The money making side of companies like Door Dash, Uber Eats, Postmates and EatStreet can give you some good beer and gas money during your down time.  Flexible and worth $10-$20/ hour is not a bad way to spend a couple of hours each day on your way home from the 9-5.

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Rent Your Car

Now, let’s say you don’t want to deliver food, or people, or packages.  But, you have a car that is in good condition.  Why not make some cash while you are at work by renting it out. Companies like Turo and GetAround.com to make your vehicle work for you.

If you can fly a drone (you’ll need to be licensed) check out pilot opportunities at DroneBase.

Anyone who says there are no opportunities to work around your day job schedule is missing the boat!  Make that afternoon commute pay for itself!

Need some extra cash? Here’s some ideas…

Bulletin board extra cash

No matter where you are in life; a teenager, newlywed, new parent or set in a career, sometimes you just need some extra cash.  There are many ways to make a few bucks on the side, most of which you can do from home or on your own schedule, that take no specialized training.

Before we get too deep into what legitimate jobs you can try, know this: when searching the internet for your side gig, watch out for scams.  Anything that requires you to pay money up front should be suspect.

The past few years have absolutely exploded with people working in home based, remote, and time flexible side jobs.  Bloggers, Social Media Managers and Web Designers are 3 of the most popular.  But there are other ways that get much less press that we want to share here.

Virtual Assistants:

This year’s hot job is a Virtual Assistant.  This job is a great way to put your administrative and organizational skills to work for bloggers, Entrepreneurs, and other businesses in a virtual atmosphere.  All it takes is a computer, an internet connection and a drive to succeed. Duties could include follow up phone calls, emails, bookkeeping, customer service, websites, and social media. 

A VA can often find work at  job boards like Upwork or Fiverr.

Proofreader:

If you have a computer, an internet connection, a good command of the English language, and an eye for detail, you can work as a Proofreader. Proofreaders are hired to search through documents, books, and blog posts for errors. 

Proofreaders that can  specialize in certain areas – such as proofreading transcripts for court reporters. 

Transcriptionist:

Businesses and bloggers using podcasts and video to reach their audiences often need a transcriptionist to turn their work into written content for marketing or training materials.

Medical, Legal and Governmental transcriptionists are more qualified, requiring additional specialized training.

Transcribe Anywhere is a great course for aspiring transcription professionals.

These jobs can be done freelance with a computer and internet connection.

Online Tutor:

With the right set of skills, becoming an online tutor can be a great way to make some extra cash. Online tutors are needed for many different subjects. Make sure to do your research for reputable companies when applying for online tutoring jobs.  For general tutoring jobs, try sites like Tutor.com and Varsity Tutors . Online tutoring jobs may require a degree or professional certificate. However, some jobs only require some sort of prior tutoring or coaching experience.

Selling Online:

Selling items on eBay,  Shopify or other online storefronts is a great way to make some cash quickly, if you are willing to spend some time scavenging for treasure.

Buy designer clothes, coins, collectibles and other unique items at thrift stores and yard sales, and resell them online

Sell Your Photos:

A free app called Foap is a platform to turn your photos into cash just by downloading the app and creating an account.

Then, upload your photos to the app’s marketplace.

Users that like your photo may buy the license to it for $10. You make $5 For each sale.

Taking Online Surveys:

Surveys can be a decent way to make small amount of extra pocket change without much effort.

Companies like Survey Junkie, Vindale Research and EarningStation pay in cash or gift cards.

Watching Movies:

InboxDollars will pay you to watch movie previews, celebrity videos and the latest news. Playlists may run from just a few minutes to an hour, and you must watch the entire list to get paid. The availability is subject to change, but it’s possible to earn up to a couple hundred dollars a month.

Food Delivery Driver:

Try delivering groceries, takeout and even retail purchases with Postmates. You’ll take home 100% of your earnings when you make a delivery –  no service, booking, or transaction fees like other apps.

Doordash.
As a “Dasher,” you can work as much or little as you want, earning a $6 fee for each delivery, plus 100% of your tips. All you need is an insured vehicle, bicycle and a smartphone.

As you can see, there are many great ways to make side cash, from just a few bucks to potentially creating a Side Hustle that replaces you primary income.  Use your imagination, there are many more ways not listed here.  Share with us your awesome ideas!