You already have a job you love but what you’ve learned is having that job alone isn’t enough to pay all your bills or maybe the problem is that you have an excessive shopping habit. It can also be caused by your need to pay off your multiple debts. Regardless of the problem what you’ve learned – the hard way – is that your daytime job just isn’t generating the amount of money you were hoping for and that you need to find some side work to bring in extra cash.
According to an article published on Forbes.com, as the cost of living goes up, people cannot live on one income alone – especially if it is the starting salary. The good news is that there is a multitude of side jobs that can generate a surprising amount of cash so long as you commit to them. And here are 11 of these good paying side jobs.
Are you great at bookkeeping? Then you are in luck because there are dozens of companies that need your help. As a part-time accountant you would go to an office and reconcile discrepancies between money in and money out. This is incredibly necessary work and you could expect to earn roughly $19 an hour doing it.
You may have already noticed that good writing is a very important skill that’s slowly dying. As a result, there are companies that will pay around $17 an hour if you can flawlessly edit the grammar, spelling, and punctuation of different types of copy from editorial content to social media posts.
By this we don’t mean taking pictures with a smart phone. Being a genuine photographer means that you need to know lighting, composition and editing to create great images of places, people, and things. Professional photographers are people who take pictures as their main career and charge as much as $100 per hour. Instead of enjoying photography as a hobby, you can probably use it to earn extra. If you were to be a part-time photographer you could start charging $20 per hour and then work your way up. The one downside to this is that you would have to first make a serious investment in equipment.
If you have the knowledge you have the power – to make money. Tutoring grade school students or even adults at the college level can be very profitable. However, the amount you could charge will depend on your availability and experience. There are tutors that charge more than $30 per hour but most take home about $20 an hour.
While English has become the language of choice almost worldwide there are still many professions that require interaction with non-English speakers, which means they need help with translation. As an example of this legal assistants that have a foreign language can earn as much as $21 an hour reviewing legal documents and speaking with clients.
Thanks to Uber and Lyft just about anyone can earn extra cash driving their own cars. Of course, this is available only in big cities. Uber says that its drivers take home an average of $90,000 a year although there is reason to believe that this is a bit on the high side. Beyond this, you would need to subtract the cost of your gas, insurance and maintenance. A more realistic number is that you could probably earn $20 an hour driving for either of these companies.
Social media manager
Today’s businesses rely very strongly on social media campaigns. This means it can be very lucrative if you can manage social accounts. Social media experts earn as much as $25 an hour overseeing companies’ social media, websites and drafting reports on efficacy.
If you have the appropriate knowledge and skill then trading on the stock market can mean big bucks. Of course, this is inarguably a very risky proposition. Whatever you make trading on the stock market will be totally dependent on how much money you put in and how many trades you can make. However, this said there’s no question but that the stock market can be a genuine treasure trove as a side job.
We live in a world where online apps can generate billions of dollars. However, if you work as a part-time software developer you will most likely be paid on a project basis. If you are an experienced developer you could expect to earn around $30 an hour. Of course, this is a job that requires great skills as you would need to know how to create apps and new websites, update old sites, and create templates and more.
If you love to travel then being a travel blogger can be an excellent way to both have fun and earn extra money. Real estate and tourism companies hire writers to create content about certain destinations, which would include information on things to do, population size, climate and more – to entice people to visit them. This is generally done on a per project basis and pays anywhere from $50-$100.
Nanny or au pair
Can you remember making money babysitting your neighbor’s kids? You can still make money doing this as an adult by becoming a nanny or au pair. As a part-time nanny you could expect to earn about $20 an hour while live-in au pairs get a weekly salary of $100 or more.
The Internet is basically based on content. According to the statistis compiled in Curata.com, 8 out of 10 B2B marketers use content marketing strategy to improve their business. This means there is a demand for content writers. Regardless of which websites you visit if you read something that’s content and someone had to write it. There is a never-ending need for content, which means there is a never-ending need for people to write it. You may have to start small – getting as little as five dollars an article – but as you build a portfolio and a reputation you could charge as much as $20 or $25 an article. This means if you’re a fast writer there is no reason why you couldn’t earn upwards from $100 a day.
As an affiliate marketer you would promote other companies’ products and earn a commission for doing so. These commissions vary from 4% to 50% so the key here is to promote products that come with the highest commissions. There are a number of affiliate networks that offer the opportunity to sell the products of many different companies. Naturally, the amount of money you would earn will depend on how skillful you are at promoting products but top-of-the-line affiliate marketers earn literally thousands of dollars a week.
If you’d like to know more about affiliate marketing here’s a video, courtesy of National Debt Relief, that explains it.