Ayvaunnn Penn, Techyville
It is no new story that times are hard, but I can tell you how to fill your pockets with new-found funds. With data courtesy of Fox News, I present to you the top 5 ways to make money online.
1. Sell art, crafts, or collectibles online
If you have a creative streak that prompts you to create trinkets or media that all of your friends covet, why not give them — and hopefully lots of strangers — what they want? Start selling your creations online. Here are a few websites to get you started based on whatever your expertise may be:
- Etsy: The largest, most popular virtual market for handmade and vintage items. ArtFire and Zibbet are also good places to look into selling similar merchandise.
- Redbubble: For things like originally designed technology cases (iPad, iPhone, iPod, ect.) or children’s clothing
- Artbreak: A rapidly expanding commission-free online gallery for the work of traditional artists
- CreateSpace: An Amazon-owned market where independent authors, musicians, and filmmakers can sell their work. UploadNSell is a good alternative if you feel CreateSpace does not suit you.
2. Cash in on your photos
For those of you who love taking photographs in your spare time, perhaps some of those pictures are clip-art quality. A company might be interested in purchasing your work, but you never know until you try. Check into selling your work to some of the following sites: iStockphoto, Shutterstock and Dreamstime. For fine-art photographers, you may find it beneficial to sell your work through print-on-demand websites like Fine Art America or Imagekind.
3. Take on microjobs and quick tasks
Although businesses have their main staff that perform the usual day-to-day tasks, they sometimes have other errands and odd jobs that they are willing to outsource. This is where you come in and take advantage of making a little extra dough. One of the best ways to find out about these jobs is through a free iPhone app called Gigwalk.
There are also options for folks who do not own iPhones. Believe it or not, there is actually a website where homeowners can seek the help of individuals in setting up their Ikea furniture, and it is called TaskRabbit. This website is also used by business who need delivery drivers or event staff. If you are good with your hands or maybe have nothing to do on the weekends, perhaps this is an option for you when it comes to making a little extra money. Passing a video interview and a thorough background check are required, however.
Lastly, if you are a fashion guru among your family and friends, you may want to look into becoming an affiliate for Beso — a shopping website. The system functions similarly to a blog. However, you are not required to post a certain number of posts per day. Instead, you make a little pocket change whenever friends or followers click on links where you share fashion tips.
4. Tutor and teach
Are you an expert on anything? Share your knowledge, and you might get paid. Having a fast broadband connection and a means to video chat are the only requirements. People well versed in math, science, and finance are always in demand. For people skilled in these areas, Smarthinking and Tutor are good online centers to consider working with. Multilingual people are in demand as well and may consider working with Verbalplanet.
This one is for all the writers and graphic designers and is pretty self explanatory. People looking to earn extra money for their skills in these areas might find the following niche job websites helpful in securing freelance jobs: Elance, Guru and FreelanceSwitch.
If you type pretty quickly, and listen very well, maybe transcription work is for you. To find jobs for writing closed captioning for films, TV shows, and academic presentations, try the website Tigerfish.
There is something for virtually everybody within these 5 tips. Seize 2013! With all of these options, there is no reason to not make at least a little extra money this year.
The founder of The Penn Speaks and Your Black Poets, Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer pursuing her graduate degrees in dramatic writing and acting. To follow her on Facebook, click here. To have Ayvaunn Penn feature your original poetry on Your Black Poets, click here.