I’ve realized that flexibility is one of the most attractive advantages of working from home. That, and the kind of peace and quiet that being in an office with nosey co-workers can’t offer you. Being a WAHM means juggling different sources of income while making sure the house and everything in it still look decent. The husband and kids (and cats) need to be fed on time, and there are tons of chores to do on a daily basis - wash, rinse, and repeat.
But there are still those blessed hours of silence and solitude when I find myself actually sitting down and wondering “now what?”. These hours are usually when the kids are still in school and my husband is still at work. I’m not one to be idle and waste time on activities that don’t benefit me and my family (I do relax during the weekends, so don’t be so quick to call me a workaholic...yet!). So in the process, I have learned to do several income-generating activities during those hours that I’m all alone! Here are some of my favorite ones.
Doing data entry and simple online tasks
This is perhaps one of the easiest part time jobs to get into because employers usually don’t require a high educational attainment or even an extensive past work history. The most this job requires is being a fast but accurate typist, and also someone who is familiar with spreadsheets and repetitive, rote tasks.
Amazon Mechanical Turk or MTurk promises you can “make money in your spare time” and aside from data processing and verification, you can also choose to do image or video processing, and even gather information for website content! Clickworker is also looking for Internet habitues like you and me who can search and categorize data for their clients, as well as create text and copy editing!
I’ve already written about earning extra income as a ghostwriter, which goes to show how many ways you can become a freelance writer with your own schedule and area of specialization. Also, depending on your experience, you can actually earn a lot from freelance writing! The secret is in knowing which sites and platforms pay well, so I did you all a favor by rounding up some of the better-paying and fairer content sites currently in existence (you’re welcome!).
- BlogMutt - if you’re a US-based freelance writer, with impeccable grammar and strong research skills, BlogMutt may have a job for you every single day! You simply select a topic, write a post, and if a customer purchases your post, you get paid!
- Buy Keyword Articles - touting a “people-based content writing” platform, this site pays by the hour and writers can earn up to $18 hourly via PayPal!
- Crowd Content - Crowd Content is constantly looking for writers and editors for their different customers. This platform is open to writers in the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK. Depending on the client and the kind of content, writers can earn an average of 8 cents per word.
- Hire Writers - whether you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, Hire Writers is looking for you! Signing up is free and is open to residents of the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Successful writers can earn up to $20 per article (with payment sent via PayPal).
- Love To Know - this site emphasizes their flexible schedules and how members are free to choose their working hours in a remote set-up.
- Online Writing Jobs - open to all talented freelance writers with strong writing skills (and a strong motivation), this platform currently needs SEO content writers, copywriters, bloggers and community influencers, and subject matter experts to create content for the brands and companies that are their clients.
- SkyWord - SkyWord needs writers and content creators for their blogs, social media posts, and feature articles for their media and Fortune 500 clients. The pay is very impressive - some have reported getting a hundred dollars for an assignment!
- SmartBrief - based in Washington, DC, SmartBrief is open only to US residents. They pay by the hour, and writers can earn up to $14 hourly!
- The Content Authority - The Content Authority has prerequisites to becoming a writer with them, including good English reading and writing comprehension, at least high-school level proper grammar, the ability to do proper research, meeting deadlines, accepting feedback from clients, and knowing how to follow instructions.
- Words of Worth - I read a post on this forum about this site being legit, so I’m adding Words of Worth to this list. There’s a short questionnaire to determine eligibility to be a writer for them.
Hi, everyone! Here’s a shout-out to you, haha! We’re all here for various reasons - to earn a little side income, to share feedback and experience with different GPT and paid survey sites, and I guess - to make friends and make daily life more exciting? At any rate, this forum has become one of my go-to sites to spend some time on while waiting for the kids to get home, so I’m thankful I’ve stumbled upon it
Tutoring other kids
I recently wrote an article about working from home, and some of the jobs you can try out at first. There is an entry there for tutorial and online teaching, as well as language and coaching lessons, along with links to resources. There are a lot of things you can teach online in the span of a couple of hours, so it’s a good way to spend some of your free time and get paid for it to boot!
These are just some of the tasks I’ve done while waiting for the kids to come home, laden with their own homework and looking for snacks to fill their hungry tummies. They are very doable activities, with just a steady Internet connection and enough time to accomplish tasks, and before you know it, you’ve already augmented your income while the kids are in school! Sort of like waiting for glue to dry, but with financial perks.
Aside from participating in this forum and your preferred GPT and survey sites, what other profitable activities do you do in your free time? Please share them below and let’s talk at length about them!