Good online side hustles have historically served the purpose of “extra money-making”, but 2020 proved to us that online side hustles might just move from ‘side hustles’ to ‘full-time jobs’. In fact, an Upwork study proved that although some were forced to put their freelance work on a temporary halt, 12% of the US workforce started freelancing for the first time.
Now, if you’re a complete beginner, don’t let the word ‘freelance’ frighten you from moving forward in this article. Whether you’re an experienced freelancer or a complete beginner to the online world, these good online side hustles are great ways to make money, all you need is a laptop and an internet connection.
And don’t worry, this isn’t one of those ‘do a survey for $0.50,’ or ‘ watch these ads for $0.15.’ These are real ways to make some decent money from the comfort of your home, in your pajamas.
Get Paid to Listen & Type
The first method of making money is simply by being a good listener and knowing how to type. For this section, I’ve provided two separate options, both are excellent options but they pay a little differently.
Our first contender is Rev.com. This is an online job market place that focuses on translation and transcribing. But what really stands out about this program is its captioning service.
This service gives you the option to earn up to $1,500 on a monthly basis.
If you are unfamiliar with these types of services, think about when you watched a youtube video or a Netflix movie and you turned on the subtitles. Those subtitles were completed by a captioner, which is essentially the role that you would be taking on if you decided to take this job on Rev.
They also offer bonuses for their translating services if you know another language. This can be a lucrative option for many.
Rev has guidelines that you must follow in order for you to work with them. It’s important for you to go through them and know what rules you have to follow when working with them so that you don’t end up unable to take on their jobs.
Our second contender is GoTranscript. Similarly to Rev, they pay you to transcribe audio files into comprehensible text. They regularly offer job postings for your to try and you can go in and pick up a job listing. Job listings are available 24/7.
They pay on a weekly basis every single Friday for the work of that same week.
The disadvantage (if you would like to call it that) is that the payment isn’t as high as it is on Rev. GoTranscript offers you a total maximum of $1,215/ month.
When comparing GoTranscript to Rev, you should evaluate which system is friendlier for you to use and if you mind the lesser pay. Consider the interface you’re being faced with as a transcriber.
Keep in mind that just like Rev, GoTranscript does have guidelines that you must follow in order to work with them. Make sure to go through these so that you can maximize your potential earnings with GoTrancript, and you don’t run any negative risks on your account.
Take a look at the video below directly from GoTranscript to see exactly how things work!
Get Paid to Have Conversations
If you’re a social person who loves to chat and learn about different cultures, then Cambly might be a great option for you.
The only requirement you must meet in order to work on Cambly is knowing and speaking English. This is because Cambly is an English learning website where people all over the world — adults and children — get on to simply speak with English-speakers.
You don’t need to have a teaching license or a degree to qualify as a tutor on this website, all you need to know is how to properly speak English. It’s really as easy as it sounds, you get paid to chat… about anything you want!
Cambly pays its tutors according to who they tutor. They pay $0.17/minute ($10.20/hour) on the regular Cambly program, and $0.20/minute ($12.00/hour) on Cambly Kids.
Even though it’s 2021, if you’re in the situation where you have to quarantine because of COVID-19 then Cambly is an excellent option to get you out of your own circle, and get you talking with people around the world!
A great advantage about Cambly is that there are always people available to talk with you because it is a worldwide website, and time zones are different. So if you can’t go to sleep in the middle of the night, you can hop on Cambly to chat with someone from across the world and get paid.
Get Paid to Give Exclusive Reviews
TryMyUi.com is a great option for those who don’t mind having their voice recorded while they surf around a website. This is a program where you get paid to review websites and explain your user experience.
You don’t need to know coding or be a web developer to give reviews here. The point of these reviews is to explain how the user experience is from the point of view of someone who has never used a specific site.
On here, you will be presented with different websites and applications. You will be given a set of easy tasks to evaluate how easily you can navigate through the site. While you complete your tasks and navigate through it, your screen activity and voice will be recorded so that you can explain your likings and/or frustrations about the site.
TryMyUi pays you $10 per review, each review takes a maximum of 20 minutes. You will be offered different websites and applications to review depending on your demographic. If your demographic services are in high demand, then you could end up earning roughly $60 per hour!
With all of these platforms, expect PayPal to be your primary payment method. If you don’t have a PayPal account, go and sign up for one to eliminates those barriers to getting that sweet, sweet cash.
With all this being said, it is worth noting that all of these platforms have rules that you must comply with in order to work with their services. Alway make sure to read and learn what they are before starting. It isn’t hard to follow the rules on any of these platforms but sometimes you may do something that may piss off the platform owners.
You probably don’t want that to happen since they’re paying you real money.
Also, don’t forget that this money is not tax-exempt. All the money you make from these platforms is regular income and it is taxed as such. Make sure to be prepared for tax season!
I hope this has been helpful for each of you. Feel free to leave some feedback in the comment section below. I’m always happy to read and reply to each of you!