The economy is booming. You hear that on the news, you read it online and everyone around you seems to be saying it.
However, that's true for you only if you're making money. That can be a struggle if you can't find a job.
The good news these days is that you can make money if you have an internet connection! There's no secret trick to making money either, other than using your skills to do a good job and motivating yourself each day to put in the work to get the job done.
At Komando.com, we love to help you make money. Keep reading for 20 ways that you can make money right now - don't skip No. 5!
1. Search engine evaluation
Search engine is one way companies find out how well their websites are working. They hire evaluators to give them feedback.
A good place to start looking for evaluator jobs is Leapforce. Or type your ZIP code and "website evaluator jobs" into a search engine like Google.
You can make money typing for other people. For instance, a medical doctor or local hospital may not have the staff or time to type everything they write down.
You have the time and, with some equipment like earphones, you can start transcribing for money. The best part about transcribing, like other jobs listed here, is that you can do it from home on your schedule.
Tip: Look for work on sites like Daily Transcription.
Are you a good writer? Do you have a knack for good grammar or spinning complex content into easy-to-understand language that people love to read?
You can quickly start making money as a freelance writer. You can check sites like JournalismJobs.com, Indeed, WriterAccess and others.
4. Call center rep
You may have noticed that people who seem to be relaxing at home are answering your phone calls. You can, too, although your employer will most likely not want you to sound like you're just hanging out at home, but in their office.
Get started at sites like workingsolutions.com.
5. Virtual assistant
You can make up to $30 an hour as a virtual assistant, which is essentially a secretary who works from home. You can find employers looking for full-time or part-time assistants on sites like Zirtual.com.
6. Answering service
There are doctors, dentists and many other companies that will hire you to answer their phone. You can often do that from home - find jobs on Indeed.com and other job sites.
7. Online reseller
You've sold items on sites like Facebook Marketplace and eBay. It's easy if you have products around the house that people want to buy and you're the type of person to take the time to take photos of the item, write a description about it and, sometimes, talk about it in person with a potential buyer.
Not everyone is inclined to do that. So, they'll hire you to do the selling for them on sites like glassdoor.com.
8. Data entry worker
If you can type, you can make money. That includes inputting data into an online program, including from paper documents that companies haven't yet entered into their computer systems.
You can find jobs like these on sites like Indeed. Or try homewiththekids.com.
9. Document translator
The world is getting smaller and smaller. You talk to people around the world on sites like Facebook all the time.
Of course, companies are global, too. They could use your help if you speak and write more than one language and they're looking for you on sites such as translatorscafe.com.
Do you like to write? Are you good at catching people's attention online with nice photos and zippy phrases?
Start a blog and, once you have a following of a few hundred or thousand people, you can make money with advertising. You can quickly create a blog on Google's Blogger, for instance.
11. Social media consultant
Everyone uses social media, but only some people have the knack for attracting a big following. Is that you?
You can make a career out of this or extra money if you don't have the time for full-time work. Get started on sites such as Jobsinsocialmedia.com.
12. Tech support rep
Everyone could use help with technical support questions. If you have the expertise to help people with those tasks, get paid for it on convergys.com.
13. Beauty rep
People have been earning extra cash selling cosmetics for generations. You can do it part-time or if you're really passionate about it, make it a full-time career.
These days, people are selling cosmetics online at sites like Alconeathome.com. Is this the job for you?
14. Online teacher
If you need some extra cash, you can share your book smarts with kids who are still in school. You can help students of any age brush up on subjects in which you excel.
Did you know you can make a career of teaching online? If you have the education degrees required to teach in public schools, private schools or college, there is no shortage of online schools that could use your help.
You've built up a lot of knowledge over the years. We all have.
But if you have an area of expertise, perhaps something you've done professionally, you're an expert compared to everyone else. People want your knowledge, whether they're college kids working on a thesis, an investigative journalist working on an article or a TV news anchor who needs a crash course on a topic.
You can get paid for your smarts. Try sites like justanswer.com.
Are you good with tools? Are you the person in your family who everyone turns to when they need help fixing the garbage disposal or need a room painted?
You can find people paying for tasks like that on Nextdoor.com, TaskRabbit and others. Post your skills and the next thing you know you'll be pulling weeds, and tightening cupboard doors for money.
17. Errand runner
You've heard about personal assistants, right? It used to be that celebrities and CEOs with lots of money had personal assistants, who helped them make restaurant reservations, book airline tickets and similar things.
Now, everyone seems to have a personal assistant. If you'd like to make some extra cash fast, post your availability on Facebook, Nextdoor.com and similar sites.
18. Virtual bridesmaid
These days, everyone is busy. Could you imagine being a bridesmaid in addition to all the tasks you take care of every day?
Almost no one has time for all that. But if you do, you can virtually help out brides for a fee on bridesmaidforhire.com.
19. Ride-share driver
If you don't have ride-share apps like Uber and Lyft on your smartphone, you should. You never know when you'll be far from home or your hotel without a way to get home.
Just tap the app and a driver who knows the neighborhood will be there in minutes. Of course, you could be the driver who's making the money by visiting Uber.com or Lyft.com.
If your interests lean toward using a camera to capture perfect moments, there are people willing to pay a lot of money for those moments. Two great photography sites to take a look at are Imagekind or FineArtAmerica. They both make it easy to upload your work and start making money.
Or, if you take lots of high-quality images of everyday items and places, check out stock photo sites like iStockPhoto and Shutterstock. These sites sell your pictures to advertisers and businesses for you. The pay can vary, but you can expect to earn 15% to 45% of each sale.