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13 Websites to Make Extra Cash In Your Spare Time

13 Websites to Make Extra Cash In Your Spare Time
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20 years ago, the Internet barely existed. 10 years ago, the idea of making money sounded ridiculous to most people.

Today however, there are millions of people making money online full-time, and even those who are making over 7-figures a year.

Whether you want to make money online full-time, or make some extra cash in your spare time, there are hundreds of websites online that give you that opportunity. The best part is, you can leverage talents you already have from graphic design, writing, cleaning, driving, language teaching, and hundreds of others to make more money.

I’ve distilled down the 13 best websites you can use to make more money in this new online economy.

1. Fiverr

Fiverr is an online marketplace well known for providing professional services starting at $5. You can sell services such as video & animation, writing, programming, and many more. It’s mostly used for smaller gigs, so you won’t need to spend days working on projects before getting paid. Click here to sign up on Fiverr to start selling your services.

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    2. Upwork

    Upwork is the product upon the merger of Elance and oDesk, the two biggest freelance marketplaces online. Like Fiverr, you can sign up to start working on almost anything there from personal assistance, programming, lead generation, and much more. Upwork is often used for longer-term projects, and you can expect to be building a longer relationship with clients through the platform.

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      3. PeoplePerHour

      Another great platform for finding great work. PeoplePerHour is not as sophisticated as Upwork, nor as large of a marketplace, but it’s a great addition to apply for short to long-term projects. Never hurts to have more options!

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        4. Angel.co

        Angel.co is the largest marketplace for investors to invest in startups around the world. Although it’s well known for connecting startups and investors, those of you looking for work opportunity can creatively leverage Angel to connect with startups. You can find anything from full-time, part-time, and contract work, sometimes remotely. I have personally used to win consulting offers from startups, and many others have as well.

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          5. Weworkremotely

          Weworkremotely is a job board created by 37Signals, now known as Basecamp. It’s a place where companies post remote working opportunities, where you can work anywhere around the world. It’s mainly focused on full-time work, but you can often find part-time work as well.

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            6. Rype

            Rype is the new, most personalized way to learn a language through coaching. They customize your language lessons based on your needs, preferences, and goals, while having personalized packages to choose from, including The Starter Package for beginners, The Traveller Package for travellers, and Rype Club for busy or on-going learners. If you have experience teaching a language, and enjoy meeting fellow language lovers around the world, Rype is a great platform to teach. You can apply to become a Rype Coach here.

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              7. Handy

              Handy is the uber for professional home services. They provide on-demand services from cleaning, home repairs, delivery, and many more.
              Given their recent International expansion, they’re located in Canada, USA, UK, and set to expand further in the near future.Apply to become a Handy Professional here.

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                8. Uber

                Uber, as many of you may already know, provides on-demand transporation service. If you have a car, and can follow the training guidelines of Uber, you can start making money as a driver. Apply to become an Uber driver here.

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                  9. Clarity

                  If you have an expertise in a particular topic, you can provide advice to entrepreneurs, while getting paid by the minute.
                  Clarity has topics from raising money, marketing, product, design, and almost every aspect that a normal entrepreneur deals with.
                  If you think you have the chops, then apply here to become a Clarity expert.

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                    10. Skillshare

                    Skillshare is an online learning platform where you can learn anything from anyone. They have classes that teach you everything from how to use Photoshop to how to start your own fashion brand from scratch. Since Skillshare is a monthly membership platform, teachers will be distributed their payment depending on the engagement and number of students enrolled in your classes. Teach a class on Skillshare by clicking here.

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                      11. TopTal

                      TopTal is specifically for developers, but if you’re a premium talent then this website can be one of the best sites to be financially rewarded for that talent. As a premium marketplace for top companies, you can work with some of the top companies around the world, and you can also work anywhere around the world.

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                        12. Freelance Writing Gigs

                        If you’re a talented writer and looking for extra gigs online, Freelance Writing Gigs is the place to go. Everyday, the website updates the website with new gigs that are available for grabs. All you have to do is prove your writing chops, and you could be well on your way to make a few extra hundred dollars per week.

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                          13. 99Designs

                          99Designs is a designer marketplace for logo design, t-shirt design, mobile app design, and more. Dozens to hundreds of designers compete for projects online and the best work is chosen by the buyer. Although it’s a great benefit add for the buyer side due to optionality and abundance of choice, it may not always work to your favor as a designer due to the high competition level.

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                            Over to you

                            Are there any websites that you’ve used before to make extra cash?
                            I’d love to hear it below!

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                            Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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                            Published on July 27, 2021

                            15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

                            15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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                            During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

                            But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

                            Put the Pro in Professional

                            After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

                            1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

                            The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

                            Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

                            2. Dress the Part

                            While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

                            Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

                            For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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                            Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

                            3. Stage Your Workspace

                            Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

                            Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

                            4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

                            Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

                            Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

                            Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

                            Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

                            5. Arrive on Time

                            In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

                            Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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                            6. Turn on Your Video

                            Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

                            If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

                            Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

                            7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

                            Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

                            Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

                            Attend to the Pesky Details

                            8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

                            With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

                            Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

                            9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

                            Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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                            Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

                            10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

                            As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

                            Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

                            Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

                            Talking Has a Time and a Place

                            11. Chat Appropriately

                            Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

                            At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

                            12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

                            The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

                            Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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                            13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

                            In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

                            Manage Yourself

                            14. Minimize Distractions

                            While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

                            Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

                            15. Save Snacking for Later

                            Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

                            However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

                            Final Thoughts

                            Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

                            Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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