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So, you’re looking for jobs online that pay well? This post has got your covered!
Even though I earn a reasonable salary working my day job in the legal industry, I still had that urge to use some of my free time to make a little extra on the side.
I find working for myself a lot more rewarding than working for someone else!
I guess it’s knowing that every penny I make is through work done solely by me. There’s something uniquely gratifying about that in my eyes!
I write and maintain this blog mostly in the week when I get home from work at 6pm, usually when my girlfriend is working the evening shift as a psychiatric nurse at the local hospital.
Yes, it can be tiring but I find it a lot more productive than simply putting my feet up watching mind numbing TV that doesn’t really enhance my life in any measurable way!
So, if you’ve got spare time in the evening, or perhaps if you just happen to be a night owl, then some of these job ideas will hopefully get you burning the midnight oil, whilst earning some extra cash on the side!
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This is what I do, so it seems like a sensible place to start!
As I have mentioned, I write this blog mainly in the week between the hours of 7pm – 11pm when I get home from work.
Yes, blogging isn’t particularly easy and you’ll need to work hard before you see a steady income, but the rewards can be huge and better still, you don’t need to have Shakespearean writing skills to succeed.
This blog started to make money after the first 3 months but only now does it make over $1000 each month, which happened after around 6 months of hard work.
Whilst $1000 isn’t an insignificant amount, there are bloggers making a lot more than that and it is not actually that difficult to make a full time income if you stick at it.
It’s important to remember that not every blogging niche makes money. You won’t make much cash blogging about rock formations or fossils.
Blogging is a fairly cheap business to run. I would recommend using WordPress as your blogging platform as it is free. The only thing you need to purchase is somewhere for your blog to live (hosting).
I would recommend BlueHost as a good place for first time bloggers as you can get hosting for as little as a few dollars a month.
If you want a more detailed guide on how to set up a blog then I would recommend my 5000 word guide.
You do not need any English qualifications to be a freelance writer. Whilst you do need to have fairly proficient written English skills, even moderately good writers can get gigs.
Freelance writing opportunities are plentiful thanks to the internet. The reason being that people who own websites and blogs often hire freelancers to write their articles.
Writing for someone else like that is called ghostwriting!
You could be writing for blogs, independent magazines, for digital marketing purposes and any other form of written content – the options are endless.
Freelance writers earn an average of around $60,000 per year, which is way above the US national average.
For freelance work check out:-
Test Out Websites
This is probably not going to replace your day job or keep you afloat financially, but it’s certainly something you can do in your spare time to earn a few hundred bucks a month extra.
You’ll generally need some basic equipment like a desktop PC/mac, a microphone and a solid internet connection to be able to do this!
You can then begin testing, which usually involves visiting a web page, checking it for errors and providing feedback over your mic!
Some of my favourite website testing opportunities can be found through these companies:-
Amazon Mechanical Turk
Mechanical Turk is an outsourcing company that allows companies to outsource micro tasks to people like you.
These jobs, often called gig economy jobs, are usually doing tasks like transcription, data entry, content moderation and writing jobs.
You will not earn a fortune with them but they can be done remotely so they are ideal for those looking to earn a little extra in the evening.
These websites put you in touch with people looking for freelancers to do all manner of tasks such as:-
- Design and Art
- Legal Services
- Administrative and Secretarial Services
- Business and Finance Services
You are sure to find something on there that suits your skill set.
If you have previous teaching experience and knowledge in a particular subject then there are plenty of remote opportunities out there to teach from your own home.
You will usually need to have a college degree and some form of teaching qualifications but if you do, you are set.
Check out the following:-
Become a Paid Blogger
This is different to number 1 on this list as instead of writing your own blog, you will write for someone else’s blog.
If you have blogging experience or are a fairly proficient writer but don’t want the stress of running your own blog, then there are opportunities out there for you.
These jobs can be done remotely so they are perfect for late night workers.
Check out opportunties at:-
Proofreaders review written documents checking for spelling, punctuation, grammar and other written errors.
The job is ideal if you have a keen eye for detail and reasonable English skills.
If you’re interest in proofreading then I would full recommend Caitlin Pyle’s course Proofread Anywhere.
Her courses take you through all you need to know to become a pro proofreader. She earned $43,000 in her first year and now earns 5 figures.
You can check out my in depth review of this opportunity here.
If you have good graphic design skills then you can get gigs fairly easy online.
There’s a huge market out there from people looking for logo design, flyer design, brochure design and designs for clothing.
Social Media Consultant
If you know your way around the main social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest then this could be the ideal job for you.
Social media platforms are now huge marketing tools that almost all companies use for their marketing campaigns.
A social media consultant will help manage a company’s or individual’s social media account which might mean managing ad campaigns, posting content or building up a follower base.
It’s perhaps slightly far fetched to call surveys “jobs”, but you can definitely make a few extra dollars a month doing them if you target the right ones.
You aren’t going to become a millionaire by doing surveys but I think it’s realistic to make a couple of hundred bucks a month if you stick with them.
Surveys are all done remotely from your smart phone or laptop/desktop so they are perfect to do late at night.
I would recommend he following companies:-
- Survey Junkie – 5 ⭐ rating on TrustPilot – Expect to earn around $10 per hour
- SwagBucks – Surveys amongst other tasks. $5 sign up bonus. Expect up to $10 per our – their gold surveys are the ones to do
- My Points – Expect to earn up to $10 per hour
Focus groups are when companies get people together to do market research, usually on new products before they go to market.
Focus groups can be done over the phone, over Skype and sometimes in person.
Some pay as high as $350 for a few hours work so they are worth looking in to if you want to earn some fast cash.
Virtual assistants do virtual tasks for people or companies who contract their services.
You’ll be doing things like:-
- Managing social media accounts
- Managing someone’s diary
- Creating digital content
- Proofreading and editing
- Dealing with customer queries
As the name suggests, the job is completely remote making it ideal for night owls.
If this tickles your taste buds then have a look at Gina Horkey’s Course where she teaches how she earns in excess of $4000 a month doing this.
Moderators oversee online communities on places such as online forums, Facebook groups and blogs.
Your job will be to ensure that the users are abiding by the group’s/forum’s/company’s terms of service and rules.
For example you may moderate for bad language, bullying, explicit, dangerous or irrelevant content etc..
This can be done remotely so again it’s a good job to do at night.
Check out the following companies:-
There’s a market out there for courses on pretty much every subject.
If you have skills, qualifications or a proficiency in something then you can sell it and make a fairly tidy profit.
You could make courses on the following:-
- Guitar Playing
- Web Design
- Music Production
The list really is endless.
Websites like the following are great places to sell your courses:-
Arbitrage selling is where you find something cheap and sell it on for a profit.
It’s a really fun side hustle that I have done myself in the past. It’s actually very rewarding.
Rob and Melissa over at Flea Market Flipper are experts at this and make over $100,000 a year doing it.
Here’s some of the crazy things they’ve bought and sold on for, sometimes, crazy profits:-
- Door handle: Bought for $8, sold for $200
- Double stroller: Bought for $90, sold for $380
- Patio set: Bought for $50, Sold for $2,100
- Carousel Horse: Bought for $175, Sold for $1,299
- Old radio: Bought for $15, Sold for $200
You can join their course here
Amazon FBA or fulfilled by Amazon is a type of drop shipping business that you do through Amazon.
You essentially order products in from China and they are stored in Amazon’s warehouses and listed on Amazon’s website.
When you get a sale, Amazon will ship the product for you and deal with returns in exchange for a fee.
Check out Sam Priestley’s guide here which is extremely helpful and informative.
Matched betting is an awesome side hustle and I have personally made over $5000 doing it in my spare time.
The important thing to know is that it is not gambling.
Essentially it works by using the free bets that bookies give out to new and existing customers.
It effectively turns those free bets into cash you can withdraw from the book maker when usually you have to spend it on a bet.
I have done an extensive guide here explaining how it works.
I used to think it was mainly a UK side hustle as I learned to do it using an English company called Profit Accumulator.
However, I now know it can be done in the USA too. Check out The Sure Bettor for more information.
Sell Arts and Crafts
This market is huge and was valued at over $40b in the USA last year.
If you are a dab hand at all things crafty then the online market place is a great place to sell your handy work.
You can sell anything from jewellery, greetings cards, wedding/birthday decorations to garden decorations.
Etsy is a great place to sell these things. They charge a 9% fee on sales but their market place is huge.
Some other worthy mentions are:-
Write Online Reviews
If you love giving your opinion on things then this is likely to be an attractive night job for you.
You can review all manner of things such as websites, music, written articles and video games.
You will get paid on the quality of the feedback that you give so it’s worth putting in some effort to make the most out of it.
Slice the Pie is a good place to start.
I would also check out the following:-
As a blogger you soon come to realise that a lot of the bigger bloggers don’t always write their own content.
This is especially so for food bloggers who often pay others to make recipes for their blogs.
So, if you enjoy cooking and can put together tasty food, then this is a side hustle that can definitely work for you.
You’ll need a well stocked kitchen and a good camera
Bloggers will pay up to $150 for a single article so it’s a very lucrative side earner if you can build a good client list.
I would approach food bloggers directly in the first instance. All it takes is a Google or Pinterest search to find thousands of potential customers.
Transcriptionists type audio recordings in to text.
You will need a good ear, fast and accurate typing skills and an eye for details.
Transcriptionists can make up to around $45,000 per year so it’s a worthy online career.
You do not need any formal qualifications which makes it very accessible.
I would recommend Janet Shaughnessy’s course “Transcribe Anywhere” which will show you how to transcribe like a pro and build a successful business.
This role involves editing Court transcripts which are basically written records of what was said in court.
You’ll need decent typing skills. However, again, you don’t need any formal qualifications to do this work.
You can earn up to $55,000PA.
I would recommend this course by Linda Evanson if you want to delve deeper into this opportunity.
Book keepers can earn anything up to $60 per hour working remotely.
You’ll be in charge of managing the accounts of a portfolio of small businesses.
It’s better if you have some accounting qualifications but this is not essential as Ben Robinson’s learn how to be a book keeper course that you can find here will teach you all you need to know.
This is the perfect night job if you love minding or walking dogs.
With apps such as Rover you can sign up and be in touch with thousands of dog owners in no time.
They will pay you to walk their dogs, mind their dog whilst they’re on vacation or even mind their dogs at your home for them.
Anyone can do it too!
You can make about $15-$20 per hour and it’s obviously a fun job if you’re an animal lover.