With the holidays and tax season approaching, it’s a good time to consider ways to make extra money. If you already work full-time and aren’t currently in the position to ask for a raise or switch jobs, you may think that the only option is to take a part-time job on the side that will keep all your weekends and/or evenings booked up. But many aren’t aware that some of the most lucrative side jobs require less commitment to time, set hours, or even reporting to a specific location on a regular basis. Many of these side jobs allow you to work as much or as little as you’d like, work whenever it’s convenient for you, and often you don’t even have to leave your house to perform them. Below is a list of the best side gigs of 2017:
1) Customer service representative
If you are patient and enjoy working with people, a side job as a customer service representative may be right up your alley. This is one of the most lucrative side jobs because you can expect to make between $12-$15 an hour on average, and if you have a day job you can schedule your shifts on evenings or weekends. Also, many of these jobs allow you the convenience of working from home. You can work directly for a company like Amazon or Disney, or you can work as an independent contractor for a company that outsources call center services, such as Convergys or Alpine Access.
2) Make the most of your car
If you have a dependable vehicle, you can use it for some of the best side gigs of 2017. You can choose to drive for ride share services like Uber or Lyft or deliver packages for Amazon with your own vehicle. If you are taking a drive somewhere you can make extra cash delivering items that other people need transported to the area you are driving to with the website Roadie.com. Lastly, if you feel comfortable doing so you can choose to rent out your car using websites like Turo.com or Getaround.com, which do offer insurance coverage in case something happens to your vehicle.
3) Cash in on your old electronics
If you are tech savvy and own some electronic devices such as Android and Apple phones, tablets, video games that you no longer use but are still in decent shape, selling them online is among the most lucrative side jobs. Some of the best websites to use to sell electronics are Craiglist, eBay, Swapp.com, Nextworth.com and Amazon’s electronics trade-in program.
4) Test websites or apps
If you have a computer and Internet connection, one of the best side gigs of 2017 is being a website or app tester. It’s a pretty simple job, simply testing out the functionality of a website or app from a user’s perspective and giving your thoughts about the site’s functionality. You usually get paid about $20 for each website, so if you test multiple websites that can add up to a pretty penny. To find legitimate website testing jobs, here is a list of companies to check out online from TheWorkatHomeWoman.com.
5) Be a freelancer
If you have a specific talent such as writing, art or a subject you can tutor in, one of the most lucrative side jobs for you could be offering your services online on freelance websites like Upwork.com, or Tutor.com, as well as job boards like Jobdiagnosis.com and Employmentalert.com. On a smaller scale, you can sign up on Fiverr.com, which allows people to advertise small services they want done for $5 or $10. This is a great way to get started freelancing, and if you take multiple jobs that don’t take much time you can still make good money.
Author: Jessica Cody
Jessica Cody, a native of Fairfield County, Connecticut, has a background in online marketing and public relations. Currently, she works at VHMNetwork LLC in the role of Marketing Analyst. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she studied Journalism and Political Science. She is also an avid runner with a passion for the outdoors.