There’s hope for disillusioned office drones seeking professional stimulation and extra cash. You can do all six of these side jobs from the comfort of your home in your spare time. If you’re really looking for a change, all six translate easily to full-time work.
- Write Marketing Copy
Do you have a way with words? Consider working as a freelance or part-time copywriter for marketing firms or in-house marketing departments at organizations looking to bolster their market visibility. It’s easy to get started — just create a profile on a freelance work platform like UpWork, set your price, and start reaching out to prospective clients.
- Help Local Charities and Institutions Raise Money
Want to make a difference in your community? When you work as an at-home fundraising distributor, you help nonprofits, schools, and other organizations raise funds to put on events and programs that benefit their clientele. You earn commission whenever a client uses your fundraising products.
According to the experts at ABC Fundraising, at-home fundraising distributors can earn up to $5,000 per month, depending on their clients’ fundraising totals, their effort, and other factors. With limited overhead and no travel required, this is a great opportunity for stay-at-home parents.
- Help Consumers With Product-Related Problems
If you’re a talkative type, consider working as an at-home customer service representative. Many blue-chip companies, including Apple, have huge remote customer service staffs. You’ll need to get a headset, procure appropriate customer contact software, and complete a potentially rigorous training program, but the payoff is worthwhile: a well-paying part- or full-time job that makes a real difference in folks’ lives.
- Lend a Helping Hand
Are you helpful by nature? Consider working as a virtual assistant — a hired hand who keeps busy professionals on top of tasks for which they lack the time or talent. Virtual assistant jobs vary widely, but they almost always have flexible hours and no travel or in-person work requirements. Typical duties include calendar maintenance, email and social media management, fielding calls, and making appointments and reservations.
- Write for Blogs That Actually Pay
Not every blog is a charity case. Seek out low-key digital publications and personal blogs that pay outside contributors for their work. You’ll gain valuable exposure through your byline and earn real money in the process.
- Sell Your Designs
Have an eye for design? There’s a bigger market for your creations than you might think. Online design marketplaces like 99Designs make it easy — virtually frictionless, in fact — to sell your designs to the highest bidder. If you think your work is worth even more, seek out private clients through freelance platforms or find a talent agency to broker temporary work arrangements with high-paying marketing firms.
Prefer to Dress Up?
The 15-foot commute isn’t for everyone. If you’re looking for a reliable source of side income, but prefer to earn your money outside your house, you’ll find an even wider universe of second jobs and freelance opportunities at your disposal. Or you can do one of these six side jobs from a coffee shop or coworking space. The choice is yours, and that’s a beautiful thing.