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10 Easiest Ways to Make Money on The Side

By Ann Sullivan

With today’s technology, there are many ways to make extra money on the side. If you have a home computer, a smartphone, or simply have spare time to spend in your local area, you can earn extra cash. In most cases, you can create your own schedule. So, if you work full time or have other obligations, it’s still possible to earn extra money by putting your skills to good use. Whether you’re a people person who likes to be out and about interacting with the public, or someone who has some extra time at a home computer, here are nine ideas for the easiest ways to make money on the side.

1) Upwork

If you have talent in web design, programming or writing, here’s a freelance site you can profit from on your own schedule. It’s as simple as creating a profile and taking a quiz to rate your skills and knowledge. In your profile, you can state your hourly or project wage and credentials. From there you can bid on jobs posted by potential clients. You can work for one or several clients with the possibility for ongoing work. Your profile will also be matched to prospective clients when they post a job, so you will also be recommended if your skills and experience match the job listing. Upwork will display your work history, including the total amount earned and the types of projects you have successfully completed. This has the potential to become more than a side job if you build up a steady clientele.

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2) User Testing

Here’s another simple side job you can do from the comfort of sitting at your computer. User Testing pays $10 for every 20-minute video you complete. They also pay you to visit websites, use apps, or complete tasks and give your comments on them. This information is vital to companies when they are testing their web sites and apps with the general internet public. They need feedback to determine what’s working and what needs improvement. How it works is you visit a web site the company is testing. They track your mouse and record your screen to determine your experience. They also record your voice, but not your face, in order to receive real time comments and feedback while you complete the required steps. You can earn $10 for as little as 10-20 minutes’ worth of work.

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3) Redbox

With the days of video store giants like Blockbuster and Hollywood Video long gone, Redbox seems to be the only way you can pick up a DVD rental to take home and watch. Well, someone has to stock those DVD’s in the kiosk boxes you see at your local supermarket and other retail stores. Redbox rents DVD’s for $1.50 and it’s still a relevant business despite all the DVR and download options. Using your own vehicle, you’ll be given an assigned route in your local area. You’ll travel to the kiosks and collect and replace movies in the machines. Redbox will reimburse for gas mileage. You will be responsible for ensuring the Redbox is locked securely and keep track of merchandise inventory, whether it be in the machine, in your residence, or at the local warehouse location.

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