Although it’s not likely something you can make a full-time income with, this is a nice starting point to generate some extra cash.

The concept is simple. You participate in online surveys or questionnaires, which help brands gather consumer data. Some companies may also want you to watch videos, play games or try out mobile apps as well. Their end goal is to get objective user feedback in order to improve their products and the overall user experience.

How Do You Get Paid?

Many companies like Swagbucks have a point system where you earn points, which can later be converted into cash, gift cards or PayPal credit once you reach a certain threshold.

You’ll usually need to fill some information about yourself like your interests and demographic data so companies can offer you relevant opportunities. Earnings will vary, but you can generally expect to earn a few bucks for each survey you complete.

Like I said, it’s certainly not a goldmine, but it’s a great way to get your feet wet.

The great thing about paid market research is you don’t need to have any particular skills. You just need an opinion.

Avoiding Scammers

But here’s the deal. There are a ton of paid market research companies out there. Most are legit. But unfortunately, there are a lot of scammers out there who won’t actually pay. So you need to be sure you’re only working with legitimate companies with a proven track record and positive reviews.

Ideally, they’ll also have plenty of opportunities, meaning you can participate in a variety of surveys and questionnaires at any time. That’s critical for making sustained income.

Companies I Recommend

Swagbucks is one of the most popular platforms around, and for good reason.

They’ve been around for over a decade, have a ton of opportunities and pay out with no drama.

Here are some others:

    • Survey Junkie
    • Toluna
    • MyPoints
  • OneOpinion

2. Virtual Assistant

This is a wide umbrella that can consist of many different tasks. Virtual assistants (VAs) may:

    • Handle customer support
    • Process orders
    • Perform data entry
    • Work in project management
    • Perform content research
    • Proofread blog posts
  • Format WordPress content

The list goes on.

And there’s a huge demand for VAs. Many business owners have a ton of work but don’t have the time to handle it in-house. So they outsource to VAs for extra help to keep the workflow moving.

You’ll usually need to have some level of experience in the niche you choose. So I recommend starting with something you’re familiar with. For instance, you may be adept at using WordPress and could target gigs that involve content formatting and adding media to WordPress posts.

Once you get a few projects under your belt and start to build relationships, you can move on and expand.

How to Find VA Jobs

There are three sites I suggest checking out initially:

    • Upwork
    • Guru
  • CloudPeeps

You’ll need to sign up, create a profile and list your skills.

I also recommend using Indeed because there are often a lot of VA jobs on there. Just search for relevant terms like “virtual assistant” or “remote” under location.

3. Freelance Writer

Freelance writing has never been bigger.

Peruse most major job boards, and you’ll inevitably find businesses seeking writers to handle a wide variety of content needs. So there are plenty of opportunities available.

And many people are making freelance writing a permanent, long-term profession.

According to a 2017 survey by FreelanceWriting.com, “Over 83 percent of respondents reported they expect to continue to write for at least five years.”

As you might imagine, there’s a big disparity in terms of how much freelance writers earn, which involves several factors like experience, industry, content complexity and the number of hours worked per week.

But there’s certainly money to made. Build a nice portfolio of clients, and you can earn a nice living working completely remotely.

How Do You Become a Freelance Writer?

Ideally, you’ll have a degree in journalism, literature, creative writing, etc. However, it’s certainly not necessary. What’s important is that you’re able to write well and have a great command of language.

These days, it’s also crucial that you’re an expert (or at least highly knowledgeable) in a particular subject. For instance, you may love technology and gadgets. Those would be the areas you would want to focus on and build your portfolio around.

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