Sometimes even for the most qualified of individuals, traditional employment opportunities can be hard to come by. With the costs of living going up and income levels staying flat or sometimes even going down, it is becoming more and more common for people to find other ways to support themselves and their families.
If your day job isn’t earning you enough cash or you’re having a hard time finding a job at all, there are a number of simple side jobs out there that can help pad your pockets until times get better.
Rent your Room
You might have some extra space in your home or apartment that others are willing to pay for. Airbnb allows people to rent out this space effortlessly.
Going away for a weekend? Instead of spending all your money, make some. Rent out your apartment to tourists while you’re away. Have an extra room? Host a visitor for a fee! Why not? After all, you aren’t using the space anyway and Airbnb will give you a nice chunk of change to ensure it doesn’t go to waste.
Still a bit skeptical about sharing your place? We understand. It’s only natural. But how about this: Airbnb’s host guarantee ensures your home is protected from loss or damage up to $50,000! That’s sure to offer a little peace of mind.
Renting out assets like your home is easy with Airbnb! They even provide the platform for you to market your service free of charge. This is a creative and manageable way to make money without spending a dime.
Join a Jury
It’s not very often that you hear someone excited about being a part of a jury. But we’re not talking your regular, courthouse, oh-great-I-have-to-take-time-off-work kind of jury. Online juries are much, much different. In an online jury, you attend from home, over the Internet, and you get to show up when you want. It also helps that you get paid for it.
Speak your Mind
Can you believe you can get paid just for sharing your opinion? Well, fortunately, it’s true. Companies like Toluna and Cash Crate are proof. Both of these companies provide valuable market research to large companies that want to know your opinion about new products or services they are developing. Some companies even offer their products to testers for free as part of the research and development process. What’s cooler than getting free stuff? How about getting paid to evaluate free stuff! All you have to do is log on, browse the available surveys and complete those you qualify for.
You’ll receive a small sum for each survey you fill out, but they won’t take very long to complete and you can probably finish off quite a few in a short period of time. So, have your say when it comes to important consumer issues. When you give your opinion online, there’s certainly opportunity to make lots of moula.
These are just a few of the many creative opportunities that provide alternative sources of income in a tough economy.
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