When you’re unemployed, every penny counts. So, for all of you money-hungry penny wishers out there, here are some of my favorite boredom-curing money-making activities. These aren’t “schemes” or “scams”. These are simple things that I started doing from home when I found myself unemployed in November of 2011.
All of these activities are so easy to do, that I continue to do them today. The combination of all of these easy jobs can generate enough to pay monthly bills, have extra spending money, or put aside a little Christmas cash. They work for me, so I hope they work for you!
Become an Independent Contractor. If you have technical writing, article writing, blog writing, editing, advertising, marketing, customer service, web research, website building, telemarketing, email marketing, or email-response skills (and you are computer-savvy), then you can land a job helping small companies online.
My favorite: oDesk.com. oDesk will even let you “fire your boss” if you find one that is demanding, rude, or unresponsive to questions.
You can choose the number of hours you want to work, the time of day you want to work, and the number of days you want to work.
Do Surveys. There are seriously thousands of survey sites out there that will pay for your opinion. I’ve tried them all. My favorite: Careers.org.
Careers.org is the #1 guide to career resources, jobs and occupations, online education and degree programs from online schools and universities in the US. Their job-finding services are free, and they pay an average of $2.00-$5.00 per completed survey to those opting-in to receive them. You may not qualify for every survey they send you, but they compensate you well for the ones you do complete.
Read Emails. There are plenty of advertisers begging for people to click on their website. If you like to browse the web, then why not get paid to look at advertisements? My favorite: Inbox Dollars.
Inbox Dollars pays .02 cents per email add that you click to open. They also pay you for playing games, searching the web, watching videos, using coupons, and much more! The extra funds add up to around $100 per year, which is really nice to cash in around Christmas, and the coupons are nice for saving extra pennies!
Get Paid to Blog! This vfwlady.com blog is not the only blog I publish. There are tons of advertisers out there that pay an average of $10.00 per blog post if you own a decent blog that gets decent traffic. I’ve seen some crazy blogs out there that get a lot of traffic. So, if you like to blog (or already own a blog) check out my favorite handler: BlogsVertise.com.
Blogsvertise lets you choose what blogs you want to post, so if there is a product that you do not like, or do not support, then you can simply pass on the post. They also give you a generous 30 days to post the ones you choose.
Good luck in your job hunt, veterans :) In the meantime…get to work!