Interesting ways to make money from home in 2022
The pandemic has led to an increase in remote working. Even now, as people return to the office, there are plenty of ways to make extra money.
The holiday season is over and you probably have some new tech toys to play with. But what to do with your older devices? Check your drawers and cabinets and make a list, because your old gadgets can earn you Amazon credit or discount on future purchases. Tap or click here for Kim’s tips for monetizing your old technology.
There are countless ways to make money from home. The following list will get you started.
A mystery shopper is paid to shop and gather information. As a second source of income, a person can earn an additional $5,000 to $10,000 per year by working as a part-time secret shopper. There is usually a flat fee and refund for your purchases.
BestMark is one of the largest mystery shopping companies, with 600,000 shoppers. Go to bestmark.com For more information.
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Pet sitting at your home
Pet sitters can earn an average of $25 to $30 per day. Rover.com offers pet sitting, boarding, dog walking, and more options. You can set your pet sitting schedule and prices with Rover.
A recent story in The Hustle highlighted Ryan Stewart, a NYC dog walker who makes $100,000 a year. According to Indeed, the average income for dog walkers in the US is: $16.48 per hour.
wag your tail! offers sitting, boarding and more walking services in addition to sitting. Set your schedule and easily connect with customers via the app. Look for more on wagwalking.com.
Online jury member
You can try to dodge jury duty, but you can earn $20 to $60 per case as an online juror. Each reviewed lawsuit typically lasts 20-60 minutes, and you’ll get paid more depending on how complex and lengthy the case is.
Online Verdict is a site you can check out. Fill in some basic demographic information and wait for an email about a qualifying case. There are no right or wrong answers. More information on onlineverdict.com.
Perform simple tasks
Amazon Mechanical Turk (or MTurk) is a freelance gig service owned and operated by Amazon. Here you can get paid to do simple tasks that a robot can’t do, such as filling out surveys or labeling data. You can set your hours and choose the jobs you want.
Warning: The pay can be as low as $1 per hour, but you can be in the $15 per hour range if you do it right. Read more on mturk.com.
Tap or click here to see how one of Kim’s guests made $10,000 in a year from his MTurk side gig.
Hourly rates for audio transcription vary depending on the hours you work and how much you transcribe per hour. The median income is $10 to $36 per hour. One site that seems to pay better rates is Rev, at $18 to $66 per hour.
Rev.com requires higher quality submissions and you can try again if you don’t get approved.
UserTesting allows you to earn money by testing products and sites. You can earn $10 for each 20 minute video and up to $120 for an interview. You must pass every available test and interview to be screened based on your profile and demographics. If your answers meet the requirements, you become a tester.
Read more on usertesting.com.
Wrap your car
Companies are willing to pay drivers to advertise their services on their vehicles. Think of it like transforming your car into a rolling billboard. You can expect to earn about $100 to $450 per month, depending on how much you drive and how large an ad is on your vehicle.
Sell your friendship
You can make money by being an excellent partner for singles looking for potential dates, families, businesses, travelers, the elderly, the disabled and more.
RentAFriend claims that some friends make more than $2,000 a week working full-time, even though they presumably live in a major city to sell that much friendship.
The company says others make $300 to $500 by working only on weekends. A sample rate chart on rentafriend.com/beafriend shows what you could earn by charging between $20 and $50 per hour.
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Rent out your swimming pool
You can rent out your pool when you are not using it and earn some extra money. This works best in areas with longer warm weather seasons.
With Swimply you can offer your pool for rental. Provide a few photos and a short description and determine your price. For example, if you rent out your pool in Phoenix, you can earn $15 to $100 per hour. More information on swimply.com.
Sell your hair
It may sound strange, but human hair is a hot item for beautiful wigs. If you have thick, healthy, virgin hair (not dyed or permed) 10 inches or longer, you can make good money. Red hair is usually worth more because of its rarity.
Beauty Mag has a calculator that can give you an idea of how much you can get for your hair. Watch it on beautymag.com/hair-price-calculator.
Not worth it: send your receipts
You can scan your receipts and earn points, which you can spend or redeem for cash. Your scanned receipts should contain the following four pieces of information:
Store name. List of items purchased, along with their individual prices. Transaction total. Transaction date.
Let’s use Receipt Hog’s coin system as an example. Let’s say you spend $200 a week and only earn coin receipts. You would earn 40 coins per week assuming you spend $100 twice in any given week. This means that you need 25 weeks (half a year) to reach the minimum of 1,000 coins, which will set you back a whopping $5.
Not worth it: online surveys
Swagbucks is one of the most popular sites to earn money by completing online surveys. The company says it pays users between 5 cents and $2.50 per survey and sometimes as much as $25 to $35, although those are rare opportunities.
Of Inbox Dollars, most surveys range from 50 cents to $5 and take up to 25 minutes to complete. Some online surveys pay $10, $20, or more if you match the demographic profile they’re looking for.
Are you an aspiring photographer? Tap or click here to learn more about how to make money selling photos.