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5 Surprising Side Jobs to Make Extra Income

5 Surprising Side Jobs to Make Extra Income

Until fairly recently, options for side jobs to bring in extra income were fairly limited. Bartending, waiting tables, working retail jobs, and babysitting were the standard choices, each requiring a set schedule, extra commute time, and the abandonment of your nights and weekends. The good news is that, if you’re already working a full-time job, your options for working a second job have greatly expanded in recent years. There are a growing number of part-time options that offer flexible schedules and the ability to work from home.

Here are five surprising side jobs to help supplement your full-time paycheck with extra income.

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Search Engine Evaluator

Spend a lot of time browsing the interwebs? In this role, you’ll actually be paid to perform Internet searches, and then evaluate the results presented to you. Your work will be based on assigned topics like culture, media, sports, news, and business, and if you’re fluent in multiple languages, you may evaluate search engine results in any of them. Also known as web search evaluating, these part-time jobs are usually virtual and flexible, meaning you’ll work from home and set your own schedule.

Virtual Tutor

As the name suggests, this part-time job allows you to tutor students over the Internet in a variety of subjects. You’ll typically need a college degree in the field(s) you want to tutor in, and subjects include languages, writing, math, science, reading, history, economics, computer science, and standardized tests like the ACT and SAT. Because students using virtual tutor services are located around the world, you can work odd hours (early mornings, late evenings, sometimes overnight) and set your own schedule for when you’re available.

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Community Manager

With online and mobile communities available for every interest and hobby, community managers are needed to monitor, moderate, and assist with interactions between community members. In this part-time, work-from-home job, common tasks include processing flagged comments, moderating virtual worlds and forums, and answering questions posted by community members. You must have experience participating in online communities, and communication skills are, of course, hugely important in these roles.

Freelance Photographer

While being a part-time photographer is nothing new, there has been an increase in recent years in the demand for freelance photographers to help with all kinds of assignments. You might work with a real estate company photographing apartment complexes and communities for their website. Or work with a travel website to visit and tour hotels, taking photographs and writing your assessment of each location. These roles are definitely for people with photography experience and an interest in freelance assignments. As the demand for real-time, online photographs grow, so will the need for part-time photographers.

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User Tester

Similar to a web search evaluator, a user tester works with a client website for usability and quality assurance. Rather than searching the entire Internet, however, you’re assigned to one website, or a portion of a website. Testers are needed for both desktop and mobile website testing. User testers use an online screen recorder to capture video of mouse movements, clicks, keystrokes, and spoken comments so website managers can see where their sites are confusing or broken. This part-time job is paid per website tested, so there’s no time commitment and you can set your own hours.

If you need to find extra sources for income but don’t want to schlep to a second job after you’re done with your first, consider jobs like these. The bonus is that these are professional-level part-time jobs, meaning you might be able to use them on your resume as more than just space fillers. Working from home and flexible scheduling are easier benefits to find today, so you don’t need to limit yourself to traditional part-time jobs.

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Featured photo credit: Matthew Pearce – iPad Skype via flickr.com

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Last Updated on August 20, 2018

30 Fun Things To Do With Your Friends Without Spending Much

30 Fun Things To Do With Your Friends Without Spending Much

Spending time with friends is, in and of itself, a great way to pass the time without spending a lot of money. But if you and your friends are used to going out to clubs, pubs or eateries together as your way of hanging out, then you can change it up a bit and save some money too.

No matter where you live, there are plenty of places to go and do fun things that don’t cost a lot.

If you are having trouble convincing your friends to do things on the cheap, then be upfront with them. Tell them straight out that you can’t spend that kind of money right now — and don’t let them pay for you either. But here are some great alternatives you can offer.

30 Fun Things To Do With Friends Without Spending Much

1. A potluck dinner party. Host a dinner party and ask everyone to bring a dish to share. If you are not comfortable with cooking, maybe try and learn how to cook a new dish together with your friends.

2. Host a spa day. Give each other manicures. Try out new hairstyles. Make some facial masks or exfoliates using natural, at-home ingredients. Then drink mimosas.

3. Movie marathon. Log into Netflix and watch every episode of “Stranger Things” Or do an ’80s movie marathon, watching “Pretty in Pink,” “The Breakfast Club” and all of our old favorites. Don’t have a Netflix membership? Get the free trial just for the marathon!

4. Pinterest party! You know all of those cool Pinterest crafts you say you’re going to do? Do them. At home one night with friends. Then make up some of those bacon-wrapped whatevers you’ve been dying to try!

5. Go to the park. Pack a picnic. Hang out. Watch people. Play on the swings.

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    6. Have an organization party. Set up a day of each weekend where you go to each of your friends’ houses and help them clean out a closet, a room, a garage, whatever. Serve drinks and food and trade stuff among yourselves.

    7. Hold a yard sale. After all of that cleaning, why not hang out together and make some extra cash too?

    8. Concerts in the park. All summer long, many parks host free concerts. Go with your friends. Hang out, bring a picnic dinner. This is a very relaxing way to chill out on a hot summer night after work.

    9. Volunteer together. Offer to do the yard work for the local senior center or hang out with the kids at the YMCA. After a few hours of volunteering together, you will have new respect for each other and something new to chat about.

    10. Play board games. Drag out the Scrabble or the Yahtzee. You can hang out and play all sorts of games with large groups or small ones. Hold a tournament and compete against each other. Here’re some board games ideas.

    11. Video game tournament. Not into board games? OK. Well, how about a video game tournament? Whether it’s the latest dancing game or “Call of Duty,” play against each other and award prizes (or food) to the winners.

    12. Grab a ball and a bat and go play baseball at the local park. Grab a basketball or a tennis racket. Most parks have courts and fields you can use for free as long as there isn’t an organized event going on.

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    13. Go to the school play. This might cost a little for admission, but it’s a great way to support your community and have a fun time.

    14. Iron Chef night. Bring your friends over and have an Iron Chef night where you cook dinner out of only the items in your pantry. No buying anything!

    15. Go dumpster diving. Yup. I said it. Check out the dumpsters in your area and see what you can find. You might even find dinner! Here are some tips for respectful diving.

      16. Go to yard sales. Take all that money you made at your yard sale and cruise around your town together looking for cool stuff. Maybe you could even fix something up and resell it.

      17. Go fishing.

      18. Go camping.

      19. Find some cool trails around your town and go hiking. Here’re some of the best hiking trails you should try.

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      20. Get out the bikes and bike everywhere for a weekend.

        21. Dig out the old croquet set — or borrow your Mom’s — and play croquet. Do it! Totally fun.

        22. Swap movies and music. Have everyone bring over a box of old movies and CDs they don’t want anymore — or don’t watch anymore. Then swap with abandon.

        23. Go on a walking tour of your town. Most towns or cities have a historic district. Find out if there is a walking tour available. If not, make one up!

        24. Scavenger hunt. Put your friends to the test — yes, this is for grown-ups — to find different things in your city…like a certain bike rack, a vintage sign, that sort of thing. The winner gets a dinner cooked by the losers.

        25. Find out when the free days are at your local museum or zoo. Most have them and they can be great fun to visit with friends.

        26. Hold a quilting bee. No, you don’t have to be fancy — or old — for this. Grab some old T-shirts that you love, old jeans, whatever. Cut them into squares and sew them together. Who knows? Maybe it will become a regular thing?

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        27. Go to Open Mic night. Your town is likely harboring some great talent at an open mic night that has no cover and cheap drinks!

        28. Go to a religious service. Even if you’re not religious, going to a service in an unfamiliar religion can be enlightening and a great way to meet new people.

        29. Find a swimming hole. Head to the old town swimming hole — or find a new one. What a great way to spend a lazy afternoon with friends.

          30. Start a book club, card club (canasta anyone?), sewing club or scrapbooking club. Something you and your friends like. My parents used to belong to a cooking club where once a month all of their friends gathered at one house and the host family cooked a meal from a different country. I learned a lot about food that year.

          You don’t really need to spend much to have lots of fun with your friends! Pick a few of these ideas and start trying them out this weekend with your friends!

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