Want to make some extra money on the side while keeping lots of flexibility?
Here are some side hustles that good money and let you work when you want:
1. Focus Groups
Focus groups can be pretty great.
They allow you to make money by just participating in a study.
And these days, you don't even have to go anywhere to participate in a lot of them.
You can do them from home and earn hundreds of dollars per hour in many cases!
One place where you can find these gigs is at WatchLAB.
Here you can make $60-$150/hour (avg. $100/hour).
Usually these studies are city-specific, but many can still be done at home.
Updates for these gigs can be found on their Facebook page here.
Another focus group organization is Focuscope.
Here, you can earn $75-$250/hour ($100 avg. payout).
These focus groups are also usually city-specific, but most studies are remote.
Like WatchLAB, you can find updates for gigs on their Facebook page.
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2. Handy Work
If you're pretty good at cleaning, landscaping, mounting things on the wall, assembling furniture, etc., you can get paid pretty well with a few apps.
TaskRabbit allows you to get paid for things like handy skills, moving, cleaning, delivery, shopping, assembly, mounting, or pretty much anything else you might do around the house.
Here you can earn $15-$51 per hour to help people in your local area with these tasks and everything including payment and communication with the job poster is taken care of in the TaskRabbit app.
With Handy, you can do a lot of the same work as with TaskRabbit.
You can make up to $22/hour/job as a cleaner, $45/hour/job as a handyman, or $62/hour/job as a lawn care pro.
Top professionals make more than $1,000 a week here.
3. Mystery Shopping
A mystery shopper is basically a paid consumer who is hired to shop in stores and collect data by observing, interacting, and reporting on other customers and store employees.
Some of these gigs can pay pretty well if you use the right company.
With Call Center QA, you can earn $30-$60 per hour or $5 per 5-10 minute phone call.
You'll also be paid conveniently via PayPal.
And because you're just doing phone calls, you can do the work completely from home, as long as you're located in the U.S.
On top of that, no experience is necessary to apply!
Gigwalk is an app that also pays you to do mystery shopping, except it'll be more in-person.
You'll do things like take pictures of storefronts or answer questions about your experience in a store.
Pay is $3 to $50+ per gig via PayPal. And, most gigs only take around 30 min. to do.
You can sign up for Gigwalk if you're located in the U.S., Canada, or U.K.
At WeGoLook, you can earn $15-$200 per job (most are $15-$30).
You'll also be paid via direct deposit or PayPal.
What you will do is inspect, assess, document, or deliver something.
For example, you might look at items for sale online, look at a car that's for sale outside potential buyer's area, check the condition of a home someone might want to rent, etc.
Most jobs only take 15-20 minutes to complete and the service is worldwide.
All you'll need is a smartphone and to pass a background check.
5. Guest Writing
Another type of side hustle that tends to pay very well is guest writing.
All you have to do is find sites that pay for guest posts and get articles published for them.
For instance, Better Humans will pay you $500 per article you get published.
And they also pay you via PayPal!
Better Humans is a Medium publication that is a collection of articles on human potential and self improvement.
They are specific about writers having personal experience with the advice they are giving, so keep that in mind when trying to get a guest post published here.
Also, they don’t want listicles, thought-pieces, summaries of other people’s advice, or inspirational essays.
Instead, Better Humans wants evidence-based advice addressed at the real challenges their readers are facing and that ideally mixes personal experience and research.
As far as guest post length, they expect articles to be at least 2,750 words.
Make A Living Writing is a blog that pays you $75-$150 per article.
It happens to be one of the most popular blogs for freelance writers and people of all kinds looking to get paid to write articles.
Make a Living Writing is focused on helping writers find better-paying writing gigs as well as how to move up and earn more.
You can write about copywriting, blogging, productivity, ghostwriting, how writers can break in, marketing resources/tools/best sites for writers, etc.
Preference is given to submissions from current and former members of Carol Tice’s (the blog founder) Freelance Writers Den community, so you might want to join that first.
You can also make good money just helping people move using apps like Dolly and Bellhop.
At Dolly, you can earn $15/hour for hands or $30/hour for a helper + tips.
Hands can lift more than 75 pounds and own their own cars but do not own trucks.
Helpers are people who own pickup trucks, box trucks, or cargo vans that are willing to use them for the job and can lift more than 75 pounds.
At Bellhop, you can earn up to $21/hour as a mover or $40/hour as a driver.
As a mover, you need to be 18 years old, smartphone, an account, transportation and to pass a background check.
Drivers need a 16-26 ft. box truck registered with the Department of Transportation, moving equipment, $1mil in liability insurance, $25k cargo insurance, smartphone, and to pass a background check.
7. Wellness/Fitness Coach
If you have some experience as a personal trainer, yoga instructor, psychologist, etc., you can try being a coach on the side.
You can do this without having to build your own website and brand from scratch by becoming a coach at TaskHuman.
With TaskHuman, you can make money from 1-to-1 online coaching.
You basically have video chats with clients and help them reach their health, mindfulness, or other goals.
You can earn $26.53/hour on average and up to $50 per hour.
Tutoring is another great side hustle that pays really well. Skooli and Varsity Tutors are two great options for this kind of work.
At Skooli, you can earn $25 per hour tutoring students in a subject you're qualified in.
And like many of the other side hustles on this list, you get to set your own schedule.
As far as qualifications, you may need a Bachelor's degree or higher, government issued teaching license, and/or specialized instructor qualification.
At Varsity Tutors, you can earn around $20 per hour on average.
To tutor here, you must be 18 years of age or older and have previous tutoring experience.
Some perks that come with working here include: flexible hours, flexible location, and getting paid twice per week.
9. Deliver Packages
If you don't mind driving around, you can get paid pretty well to deliver packages for Amazon in your spare time.
With Amazon Flex, you can earn $18-$25 per hour delivering packages from fulfillment centers to people's doorsteps.
To apply, you must be 21 years of age or older, have a smartphone, and pass a background check.
You may also need a 4-door, midsize sedan or larger vehicle (like an SUV, van or truck with a covered bed).
If you have more of a writing background, you can earn good money on the side as a proofreader or editor.
At Scribbr, you can make $25-$27 per hour.
You can work here from different countries throughout the world and get paid twice a month.
You'll need a bachelor's degree, to work at least 10 hours/week, and have an editing speed of around 1,700 words per hour.
At Scribendi, you can get paid around $25 per hour for your proofreading and editing skills.
A bachelor's degree is required as well as an average editing/proofreading speed of 1,000-1,500 words per hour.
11. Be a friend or +1
Do you like people?
Would you say you're an extrovert?
If so, you can actually get paid to hang out with new people in your spare time with Rent-A-Friend.
At Rent-A-Friend, you can earn $10-$50 per hour to go to events or just meet people.
These might include weddings, business parties, concerts, or many other social settings.
You get to set your own rates, hours, and pay no fees.
Also, only paid members who are actually serious can contact you.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to get paid good money in your spare time while still having lots of flexibility.
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