Who couldn't use a few extra dollars? If you're retired, you know living on a fixed budget can sometimes get tough. If you're a student, it's best to keep focused on your grades and earning your degree, but you could certainly use some extra cash for a fun weekend, to shop for gifts, or to buy a ticket home.
Whatever your reason, making extra money has never been as easy as it is today. There are so many jobs that you can do remotely, or on your own time. You just need an Internet connection, a smartphone, tablet or laptop, and the desire to make money.
With that in mind, we thought we'd tell you about some sites where you can find opportunities to make extra money, starting right now. Keep reading for new money-making sites and a few we've told you about before.
Thumbtack describes itself as an online marketplace for local professionals, like painters, roofers, pet sitters, writers and many other jobs. The way it works is similar to other sites where you can earn money.
People post tasks that they need done. Those can range from DJing a party, to remodeling their home, to editing a manuscript. To make money, you bid on jobs through the site. If you get the job, the person who hires you pays you through Thumbtack.
Thumbtack takes its cut using a pay-per-quote system. Each job that you bid on requires two to nine Thumbtack credits. Each credit costs $1.67. For instance, if you want to submit a bid for bathroom tiling, that will cost you three credits, or $5.01.
Thumbtack estimates its cut on your jobs will be about five percent to 10 percent. You buy credits each time you bid, or in advance; Thumbtack starts you off with 10 credits. After that, packages include $17.99 for 12 credits, $34.99 for 24 credits, and $84.99 for 60 credits.
Thumbtack has about 200,000 active professionals bidding on jobs, up from 70,000 last year. It's valued at $1.25 billion, according to Forbes. Among its backers is Google, whose investment arm has funneled about $100 million into the company.
If you've got a talent, you can put it to good use. If you do voice-over work, edit websites, write music, or you're an expert in search engine optimization (SEO), Fiverr may be the place for you. (That "Five" in Fiverr refers to your initial price for your work; $5 may be for your first task, then more after that.)
The site and the Fiverr app are geared toward skilled professionals; if that's you, you can be your own boss. You post your credentials, and a photo or video of your work. Then, you include what you'll do for that first $5, such as "I'll draw a birthday card for you" or "I'll write you a jingle."
People looking for someone with your skills go to the site and shop like they would on Amazon. They select the services they want, shop around for prices, then pay for your services at checkout.
With Fiverr, and some other sites, there's a rating system. If someone is happy with your work, they give you up to a five-star rating. That leads to more lucrative jobs in the future.
When was the last time you were placed on hold by a customer service agent and thought, "That was great"? Right, never. But what if you were getting paid?
Perssist (like "personal assistant") lets you turn the tables on customer service agents and get paid to call them, and listen to their hold music. When you sign up to work, you'll start getting paid for tasks that your clients would rather pay you to do for them than do themselves.
The fun of it is that you never know exactly what you'll be doing each day. One morning, you may have a client ask you to spend up to 20 minutes getting prices for places for a kid's birthday party.
The next hour, you might receive a request to do some research for a clients' upcoming presentation, or to call customer service to find out if a cracked smartphone is covered by their warranty. A client might ask you to make restaurant reservations, call around to find an inexpensive moving company, or type up a document on Microsoft Word.
With Perssist, you sign up on its Jobs page, typically to be a virtual personal assistant. Even if that's not for you, you may find other jobs like computer programming, too.
If you sign up, Perssist will pay you a flat hourly rate. Your pay rate will depend on the task you're working on, and your experience. (Perssist's clients pay a monthly fee to hire virtual assistants. Prices for them start at $26 for two hours of assistance per month, and up to $140 of 15 hours for personal assistance for up to five people.)
Bonus: TaskRabbit and Gigwalk
If you need some cash, there are sites you need to know about that do a great job of helping you turn your extra time into money. Just sign up for a task, or micro job like putting furniture together, grocery shopping, cleaning, helping someone move, serving drinks at a catered event, taking photos, or many other jobs.
You might soon find yourself making a few extra bucks. And, everything is done online, so you don't have to sweat details such as getting paid. What are you waiting for? Start making money today.