Need to make some extra cash? If you know where to look, you'll find all kinds of easy side jobs that can help you earn more income in your free time.
For instance, mystery shoppers are hired to report on retailers, restaurants, gas stations and other establishments. The pay ranges from $12 to $25 per assignment, plus you get reimbursed for anything you purchase -- like gas, clothes and even movie tickets. One mystery shopper reviewed up to 100 shops each month, earning her nearly $14,000 in a year!
Next, if you already spend a lot of time on the computer, being a virtual assistant can be a great way to make some extra bucks. On sites like TaskRabbit, eLance and oDesk.com, you can take care of people's random chores and earn up to $45 to $50 per job. There are small jobs here for everyone, like data entry, handyman work and even grocery shopping.
Lastly, if you live in a popular city, being a tour guide can be a fun way to supplement your income. On Vayable.com, people with inside knowledge of local history, art and music can create a tour and earn up to $75 an hour showing people around their city.
So, if you're looking to pick up some cash on your down time, give these side jobs a try to make a few extra bucks.
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PA for a day gives users the opportunity to hire a temporary personal assistant to do office work, run errands, walk pets, or do dozens of other jobs. While the website is great for harried professionals, it may be even better for workers looking to bring home a paycheck on a flexible schedule. If you're looking for a good-paying, short-term job where you can set your own schedule, why not drop them a line?
Are you good at putting together IKEA furniture? Do you have time to pick up a Craigslist item? Are you willing to go grocery shopping for someone else? If you answered yes to any of these questions, maybe you should think about joining TaskRabbit, a website where you can submit bids to do odd jobs. Depending on the task -- and on the area where you live -- you can make more than $40 per job.
Can you do a good celebrity voice imitation? Are you willing to film yourself wearing a hot dog suit and singing "Happy Birthday"? Are you a good artist? On Fiverr.com, "the world's largest marketplace for small services," you can transform your cool skills into cool cash. Basically, you create a listing with the skill that you are willing to offer, set a price (usually $5 and up), and work on finding clients.
At this point, Etsy is hardly a moneymaking secret, but most people don't realize how easy it is to turn the do-it-yourself marketplace into a thriving business. As our earlier article on Fifty Shades of Grey demonstrated, the site makes it easy for an enterprising DIY-er to piggyback onto the latest pop culture trend.
If you've ever wanted the joy of hanging out with a dog, but didn't want to sign on for the long-term commitment, you might consider joining Dog Vacay. The website pairs dog owners with dog lovers who are willing to babysit them for a short term. Prices start at $15 per night, but "hosts" can set their own rates. You're also allowed to take care of up to three dogs at a time, which means that -- if you're looking for a way to make some money on the side and don't mind sharing your couch with a furry friend -- this might be a great way to get some extra bucks.