Given the unprecedented times we find ourselves in, now is the perfect time to think about new ways to make money from home.
To help you choose which income source might be best for you, we’ve put together a list of 5 unconventional ways retirees (or anybody stuck at home) can earn with skills they most likely already have.
These portable income-generators can provide funds from a laptop at a kitchen table…and can be easy, productive ways to create a side hustle that pays, starting fast.
1. Online Surveys
The internet is littered with companies that will pay you small sums of about $5 or $10 for completing lengthy online surveys. But if folks want to make some real money, Ciaran Madden, Managing Editor of The Savvy Retiree, recommends two sites to check out.
“Respondent pays between $100 and $700 for surveys, depending on your professional background,” says Madden. “In particular, the company looks for sales and support workers, software developers, and marketers, with the top fees going to business owners and executives. To participate in a survey, you create your profile. You can then apply for projects. You’ll likely need to provide more info, such as answering a questionnaire, before finding out if you’ve been included in the survey. Participants are paid via PayPal, with respondents collecting a 5% fulfilment fee.
“Another option is 20ǀ20 Panel, which offers participants $50 to $150. In addition to surveys, it also pays for participation in online discussions and webcam interviews. The company provides compensation in the form of gift cards with six-month expiration dates. Given the amounts on offer, competition to get into surveys from both companies is generally high, so don’t expect to qualify for a significant number. But if you do make it into one or two, you could potentially walk away with some pretty substantial payments.”
2. Become a Voice-Over Artist
Voice-over (VO) artists are people who lend their voice to commercials, audiobooks, animated series and films, radio ads, and all sorts of things. We regularly hear VO’s but may not give it much attention… however, it could be the key to some extra dollars.
After retiring from her job as a hospital manager, Mellissa Harlow turned her hand to voice-overs. She signed up to online platforms where she could find freelance VO assignments—like Fiverr, Upwork, Voices, and Voice123. She designed and created her own website dedicated to her voice over business by using the free version of WordPress.
“There are clear steps to take but the most important aspect of creating a thriving VO business is your ability to have thick skin and take rejection,” says Mellissa. “You also have to be willing to voice any …….