Not a week goes by that someone does not call my national radio show asking about legitimate work-at-home online jobs. There are truly great opportunities but just like landing a real job, you first must have the desire to make things happen. And since these are online opportunities, you also need a decent internet connection along with a smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop.
Getting started is always the hardest part. To help you, here are ways you can put extra cash in your pocket.
1. Do small jobs in your hometown
If you don't mind getting out and about, there are people ready to hire you right now.
Field Agent: Field Agent focuses on giving businesses information. They need you to help them gather this information. For example, you might be hired to go to a specific store and take photos or a video of a product’s display. You can also earn money answering consumer surveys. You apply to be an agent, find jobs and get paid using the Field Agent app. Expect to earn $2 to $12 per job.
TaskRabbit: Ever need a hand getting something done? TaskRabbit puts you in touch with people who need immediate help in your area. To become a "Tasker," you complete an application, have an in-person interview and pass a background check. You also take a short quiz to prove you read the official Tasker handbook. Tasks span the gamut from assembling furniture, shopping, helping with a move, and planning a party to doing small repairs.
Thumbtack: If you have a particular skill, Thumbtack helps you create your own source of income. It's an online marketplace geared specifically for local professionals to gain new customers. You’ll find personal trainers, makeup artists, painters, florists, roofers, pet sitters and many others using the site. Prospective customers answer a few questions detailing exactly what they need. You see their requirements and bid on jobs that you’d like to do through the site.