Everyone loves an extra paycheck. Last year, when I had a couple weeks off between jobs, I wanted to keep the cash flowing. I came across a few surprising ideas for ways to make money in the interim. Whether you’re unemployed, underemployed, or saving up for something, here’s a few options you might not have thought of:
Teach English Over Skype
Whether you set it up on your own via a person-to-person service or through a more established English online school, you can make money just speaking English with another person. Bonus points if you know a foreign language, but most of the time, potential students already speak well enough to conduct a whole lesson in English. Expect about $20-30 for every 50-minute session. You may make a friend on the other side of the world, as well as an extra paycheck or two.
Do Contract Work Online
Use sites like Odesk.com or Guru.com to put your skills to use. You can do everything from web design and business analysis, to more basic tasks like data entry or scheduling. It only takes a few days to get started, and the websites often screen out scams or unreliable employers.
Ghostwrite or Freelance
Try your hand at writing freelance or ghostwriting. You’d be surprised how many people need website content, articles, or blogs. Even if you’re not journalistically-inclined, there’s plenty of content that exists outside the news world and needs to be written.