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Hey guys! It's Lindsey here with this weeks Friday Faves! I'm here with a topic I think a lot of us think about, and often want a little extra guidance on. Whether we're a stay at home mom looking for some ways to boost the family income, or single and want more fun money, or we just want to pay off that bill! A little side income can go a long way!
So I asked around on Facebook a few weeks ago for ways people use to make some extra cash, and I'm listing their best answers here! Are you ready?
Side hustle number one is babysitting! I'm sure we all have a friend or family member in need of someone to watch their little one, or little ones while they are at work, or at some other engagement where babies or kids would not be appropriate. I am blessed that I don't have to put my little angel in day care. My mom watches her while I am at work. Not everyone has that luxury, but if you can offer your home as a safe environment for someone's kid to spend the day while they're at work then why not make a little extra cash off of it? Babysitting is great because you can decide how many hours a week you are willing to do it, so it is totally flexible with your schedule. Bonus points if the kids are the same age as yours! It's like a play date every day!
My mom has talked about this one before. She did a lot of substitute teaching while she was raising us kids. Check the requirements for your state, but most require at least a bachelor's degree and a background check (you'll have to get fingerprinted.) My mom even got to the point where she would only take jobs from one school. She was able to build relationships with the teachers, staff, and students there. Then it wasn't a gamble what she was going to get every time she walked into a class. However you decide to do it, you can determine how many days a week you want to sub and make a pretty decent income off of it!
This is another popular one, but it might take more time to build up some decent cash. Online surveys have been around for a while now. If you search in your Google Play Store or Apple Store you can even find apps to download that will bring you different surveys to do. Some of the options shared were Google Opinion Surveys, Mechanical Turk (Which is an Aamzon site for data entry and opinion surveys), AmeriSpeaks surveys, and go branded surveys. Surveys are great because, unlike babysitting or substitute teaching, you can do it for just a few minutes at a time throughout your day. Baby is napping? Take 15 minutes and do a few surveys before you hit that pile of laundry! Waiting at the dentist? Get a survey done before you get your teeth cleaned!
Transcription is something that has been around for quite a while. There is medical and legal transcription. There are some places that require you to undergo some training and others that don't. This is another great work from home option that you can do during naptime, or for a few hours once the kids are in bed or early in the morning before they get up!
Online Content Creation
This one has a world of possibilities. You can create your own blog where you market your own product or service. You can sell things on Etsy or any other online store. You can also be a content creator for other websites. You can do the dirty work of searching websites like Indeed.com for job postings for content creators, or you can sign up with a company like writers.work and let them do all of that work for you. So if you like to write and create this is a great option for you. Additional bonus, with blogging you can also be partnered with affiliate who will give you a bump every time one of your readers purchases a product or service from them! That is getting income while you sleep!
Teaching a Skill
This is one I have used many times throughout my life. I have played the piano since I was a young girl and I have taken on piano students at different times throughout my life to earn some extra money! Another person on Facebook talked about the sewing classes she teaches (she has a great classroom now where her students can come learn on individual machines!) Whatever your skill is, you can share it with others and make a little extra money for yourself! Like babysitting and substitute teaching you can set your own schedule. You can also set your own price. Bonus, you can do it at your house, so you don't have to rush to make it to work on time!
Teaching English Online
This is becoming an ever popular field, and it is the one I am the most excited about sharing with you! There are a lot of programs out there that let you teach ESL, but I happen to work with one of them, which was listed as Forbes #1 work from home job company, VIPKID!! I have officially been teaching with VIPKID for 41 days, and I am about to receive my first paycheck from it! It has been a huge blessing for me and my family. I made this video to tell you all about it!
I hope that video, 1) answered all of your questions and 2) got you excited about teaching with VIPKID! Here is our referral link to sign up: https://pr.vipkid.com.cn
Please email us if you have any questions! I want to help you get signed up!
So that is our list. This is going to be a working list and we'll add more to it as we hear about more useful tips! So, what are you waiting for? Get that hustle going!!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!