Need some quick cash? Or how about just something a little different to bring in some residual income? These ideas below are ones I have personal experience with a know they work! You can use these to build a full-time income around with a little work, or use to just supplement your current income with minimal effort. Many of these I stumbled on a long my way, some which I still use myself today. If you have one that isn’t listed and you would like featured, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org to have it featured!
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This one is great, but takes some patience. It took me 6 months to get my Merch account approved (just drop in an application and then wait…and wait…and wait lol). With their initial account, you are able to submit shirt design ideas (everything from tank tops to t-shirts and sweatshirts).
DRAWBACK: You can only submit 1 design per day, for a total of up to 10 on your merch account.
BENEFIT: You have your designs sold on amazon and get a pretty nice commission, there is no inventory that you have to hold as your designs are On Demand and shipped directly to the customer. You just collect the residual income!
Turn your art into unique products and get featured on the site without having to worry about managing an online storefront.
DRAWBACK: Kinda crappy in terms of the commission percentage, which is small.
BENEFIT: No products to keep on hand and little to no marketing on your side.
I worked for tutor.com for 4 years while completing my B.A. and M.A. degrees. This was a consistant, good job that paid on time and allowed me to work as little as 5 hours per week up to 35 hours per week. I was also able to get valuable teaching experience that helped me to get my first college level teaching gig online as well. You must have or be in the process of obtaining a B.A. and pass their tests in the subject you wish to tutor.com
DRAWBACK: You must have at least a Bachelors degree, or in the process of obtaining one. You are also subject to quality review after nearly every tutoring session, which can be pretty strict. It is difficult to also get promoted. I made it to Tutor 2 status and regularly made $13 an hour during my B.A. and M.A. programs, which was a nice side hustle late at night when peak hours hit and my kids were asleep, making it a great way to earn from home.
BENEFIT: Work from home, you are a paid employee (not 1099, which can be a benefit or drawback depending on your needs), and the schedule is about as flexible as it gets.
This is a really cool side hustle because you don’t need to be a certified transcriber to work for them. You do, however, need to be able to pass their tests (both a multiple-choice test and listening/transcribing tests). You can earn anywhere from $13 – $25 per hour.
DRAWBACK: You only get two chances to pass their tests. If you fail, you must wait a few days before you can retest again.
BENEFIT: Great way to get experience as a transcriber, and very flexible in terms of hours. You can work as little or as much as you wish.
Likely, you have heard of this one before, but its worth mentioning. Udemy is a great place to get really good at creating courses. They have a built in, STRONG marketplace and many entrepreneurs use it as free marketing for their programs and courses. This can be tricky though… You are only allowed to use the LAST slide of your course to promote your business, so be careful!
DRAWBACK: Like anything else, it takes time to build a name for yourself here and many of the top earners (40k a year+ ) have 5 – 50 courses ranging in prices from free to a few hundred bucks. You are subject to their specials as well (i.e. if you price a course at $50 or even $200, when a special sale on courses that is side wide goes live, such as 10.99 for all courses, you get about $3 in commission per course. BUT – you will get many more buyers and build your marketing list in the process)
BENEFIT: You don’t have to market your courses… the marketplace does a great job of getting relevant courses in front of the right buyers.
Cratejoy makes creating a subscription box service fun and easy! You can host a website here, create any kind of subscription box service you wish, and not worry about your marketing if you don’t want to. The platform is very intuitive and super easy! The biggest factor is coming up with an idea that is UNIQUE and truly a nitch market.
DRAWBACK: Its a bit of a highcost to host your website through them, so I do not recommend it. Instead, create your own site and link to your cratejoy space.
BENEFIT: Great residual income and you can price your stuff however your wish.