If you just need some extra money coming in on the side and don't want to settle for something that pays very little, here are some side hustle ideas that pay as much as $40/hour.
1. Test Websites
One thing you can do to make $20/hour online via PayPal is testing websites and apps.
With UserTesting, you get paid $4 for every 5 min. test, $10 per 20 min. test and between $30 and $120 per live interview test.
You'll need to be 18 years old, but you can perform these tests and get paid from just about anywhere worldwide.
2. Answer Questions
Answering questions is pretty straight-forward right?
You can get paid pretty good money just to help the right people with the right problems, while never having to leave your home.
JustAnswer is one of the most highly-trafficked websites for paying people to answer questions.
Here, you get paid 50% of what customers are willing to pay for your answer as your commission.
You may be able to make between $20-$50 per question you successfully answer, depending on your area of expertise and the demand.
In fact, some people have quit their jobs in favor of answering people's questions on JustAnswer.
Check out his article about an RV repairman who was making $100k+ in a year with JustAnswer.
Also, if you want to be paid via PayPal, that is an option.
3. Guest Writing
Another great way to make $20/hour or more via PayPal is with guest writing.
As a guest writer, you can write blog posts or tutorials from time-to-time for different websites and get paid hundreds of dollars in many cases.
If you know how to code, one place you can get paid to write guest posts is at Code Tuts+.
Here they pay you for in-depth web development tutorials.
They are looking for people who can write about both front-end and back-end web development.
For a “quick tip” (a shorter tutorial), you’ll be paid $100.
If you contribute an in-depth tutorial, however, you’ll be paid $250.
And you'll be paid via PayPal.
If you like helping people of all ages and are good at a particular school subject, you can get paid good money to be an online tutor.
One great tutoring site to check out is Studypool, where you can earn up to $7500/month via PayPal.
You can even get started without experience.
You'll enjoy flexible hours and get paid for answering specific academic questions from students related to school work.
Also, you can sign up as a tutor from just about anywhere in the world. It's not just limited to the U.S. like many sites.
As far as the pay structure, they will take 20% of your earnings as their commission and leave you the other 80% to keep.
Also, keep in mind that as part of the application process, tutors are asked to complete a Knowledge Quiz with this and their work on the platform itself leading to special badges to recognize their specialties and skills.
5. Mystery Shopping
If you don't mind making a few phone calls, you can try mystery shopping from home.
With Call Center QA, you can get paid $30-$60 per hour or $5 per 5-10 minute phone call to businesses.
You will basically gather data about the company that you're calling and then be compensated for it.
At Call Center QA, you'll also be paid via PayPal weekly and there is no experience necessary.
You will, however, need to be at least 18 years old and reside in the United States.
If you have an editing/proofreading background, you can get paid $20-$30 per hour in some cases online.
One of the better proofreading/editing sites to do online work for is Cambridge.
Here, you can earn $20-$25 per hour via PayPal for your proofreading and editing skills.
You'll also be able to have a flexible schedule, get paid twice monthly and be able to apply worldwide.
You will need to have a bachelor's degree to apply though.
If you're a fast typist, you can get paid to do subtitling and captioning work for videos.
This basically just involves you listening to the audio in a video, transcribing it into text, and then syncing it with when it is spoken in the video.
In some cases, you may even need to translate the text into another language.
At Rev, you can get paid $18-$180 per audio/video hour or $0.30-$3.00 per audio/video minute to do subtitling and captioning work.
What's also interesting about Rev is you can get started as early as 13 years old with permission from a parent or legal guardian.
You'll also get paid weekly via PayPal and there is no experience required to apply.
8. Sponsored Posts
If you like the idea of being a social media influencer, you might consider trying sponsored posts as a way to make money on the side.
And, with certain apps and websites, you don't need to be famous to start getting paid.
MNFST is an example of an app that makes it easier to find sponsored post opportunities for you social media accounts.
When you sign up, you connect your social media accounts and are then given an overall social influence score.
As your social influence score starts to go up, you can potentially start getting more and more sponsorship deals.
And when you get deals, you get paid via PayPal within 24 hours.
9. Referral Marketing
Another great way to make good money on the side is through referral marketing.
If course, this will require that you have some sort of audience or following on a blog, YouTube channel, podcast, social media profile, etc.
And if you do, you can get paid just by getting your followers to try out different products, accounts, websites, apps, etc.
It can be easier than affiliate marketing, because you refer people to try things for FREE and then YOU get paid.
Whereas with affiliate marketing, people have to buy something for you to earn anything.
One site where you can earn money from referring people is Respondent.
Respondent is a company that has lots of surveys and focus group studies for market research.
If you refer people to take part in these studies, you can earn $20-$50 via PayPal for each referral.
Which is A LOT!
Another company that has a good referral program is FeaturePoints.
This is an app and website that helps people make money by doing things like:
- Downloading and trying apps
- Doing free trials
- Shopping online
- Taking surveys
- Watching videos
- Referring others
So, not only do you get to sign up for FeaturePoints for free, but if you use a referral code like E7KRRE, you get 50 free points.
Otherwise, you start with 0, and it takes longer to collect your first payout.
So, there's an incentive for people to use a referral code.
And as the referrer, you get 50% of whatever your referrals earn FOR LIFE.
In other words, if you refer and few people that use FeaturePoints all the time, you can earn passive income off of that as long as they use it.
It's pretty great!
As you can see, there are quite a few ways to earn $20 an hour or more online while getting paid conveniently via PayPal.