The house is quiet. The dishes are done, the kids are napping, and all the laundry is folded and put away. Now what? If a little extra money in your monthly budget sounds good, naptime is the PERFECT time to take on a side gig. Why not bring in some extra cash while Junior takes his afternoon snooze? With a little ambition, your options are seriously wide open. Here's 5 possible side income/extra money sources to put your naptime plans in motion:
I first discovered Flexjobs a few years ago. Since then, I've talked to folks who've used it to find flexible job opportunities with a lot of success. The folks at Flexjobs cull through all the job junk by hand and pick out the legit opportunities. And they also make sure the jobs are flexible too! Flexible job + stay at home parent = awesome. A subscription to Flexjobs will run you $14.95 a month, but you can cancel anytime. You could find the perfect gig in the first month!
Yes, you can definitely look for jobs online without paying for some kind of service to do it for you. When you do, you'll be bombarded with all kinds of options. Are these jobs legit? Are they scams? Are they work-at-home? Do they offer a flex-time position? Have you seen this job on 3 other job boards? It can be really hard to figure out the best ones to apply for.
Plus ask yourself what your time is worth? Naptime can be short some days, and I'm all for making the best use of your time. The fact that Flexjobs goes through all those job listings and picks out the best, most legitimate ones is totally worth the $14.95 they charge each month. Plus you can cancel anytime! Wouldn't you pay $14.95 for your dream flex job? I would! Check them out here.
There's a few sites out there that will actually pay you to read emails and take surveys. You have opinions. Why not get paid for them?
Survey Junkie is a company that allows you to cash in your rewards points for e-giftcards or paypal. Everyone has an opinion. Why not share your's and get paid?
Inbox Dollars is another company that offers its users the opportunity to earn money for reading emails and taking surveys online. It's easy and free to join, and right now they are offering a $5 sign up bonus! (Join now and earn a $5 signup bonus!)
My Points awards points for taking polls, answering surveys and more, which you can exchange for gift cards for your favorite brands.
Swagbucks.com. Swagbucks is a shopping portal that offers users the opportunity to earn swagbucks for taking surveys, searching online, playing games, watching online videos, and even shopping online. After accumulating their Swagbucks, users can trade them in for gift cards good at Target, Walmart, and Amazon...plus many more retailers!
How many hours do you spend cooking and cleaning in the kitchen? How much could you earn with a video playing while you work? Why not play that video while you are taking care of chores? And if you'll already be shopping online, sign up for Swagbucks.com so you can see if there are discounts offered for the retailer you're buying from! You may be able to get a discount AND earn Swagbucks too!
LinkedIn is such a great site for professional networking, and it can also be an awesome resource for finding a side gig. You can actually search for side gig opps in a couple of ways with LinkedIn.
First, you can check out your connections. Maybe you're connected with someone in a business that might need transcription. Or maybe you've got a contact in a company that could use a virtual assistant. Why not reach out to them, tell them your skill, and offer to help them out if they need it?
Second, you can also search through LinkedIn Jobs. You'll find a variety of full- and part-time jobs. Some are perfect for working at home on a flexible schedule. If you look you might come across a golden opp perfect for your side gig.
Reviewed October 2017
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Paige Estigarribia is a writer for The Dollar Stretcher who enjoys writing about food, frugal living, and money-saving tips. Visit Paige on Google+.
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