The world is full of odd jobs, but here is one of the most unusual: scooter retriever.
At a recent show, I got a call from Tiffany in Los Angeles. His secondary activity consists of recovering electric scooters, recharging them and putting them back on the street. Companies like Bird and Lime have become very popular in some cities, and the services hire ordinary people to help with their stock.
Tiffany claims to earn between $6,500 and $7,500 per month. If you want to hear the full call as she describes how to load scooters, place them, and get paid, you can listen to past shows in my Komando Community. Tap or click here to check now.
One thing is certain: technology has opened up many job opportunities. Specialized apps and websites are making second jobs more accessible and flexible than ever – and some people are saving some serious money.
Some opportunities come in waves. Tap or click here to be part of Amazon hiring 30,000 new workers for the holiday season.
Here are 20 jobs that are regularly in demand, thanks to advances in consumer technology.
If you have the time, typing skills, and a pair of headphones, you can transcribe for money. The best part about transcription is that you can often do it from home on your schedule. Look for work on sites like Daily Transcript. On construction sites, look specifically for medical transcriptionist positions or launch a more generic search, like this one.
2. Independent Writing
Are you a skilled writer? You can quickly start making money as a freelance content creator. You can check sites like JournalismJobs.com, In effectWriterAccess and others such as Independent. You can also visit Upwork to view listings of freelance writing jobs, along with other options.
Similarly, you can start a blog, and once you’ve followed a few hundred or thousands of people, you can make money from advertising. You can quickly create a blog on Google Blogger, for example.
How do you start? Check out my eBook, “How to start a blog and make money”, where I cover the blogging process for beginners.
4. Search Engine Rating
One way for businesses to find out how well their websites are performing is by hiring reviewers to provide feedback. A good place to start looking appraiser jobs are appen, formerly known as Leapforce. Another option is iSoftStone, which you can check out typing or clicking here.
5. Virtual Assistant
You can earn up to $30 per hour as a virtual assistant, which is basically a secretary who works from home. You can find employers looking for full-time or part-time assistants on sites like Zirtual.com, FlexJobsand Upwork.
6. Answering Service
For the oral enthusiasts, there are doctors, dentists, and many other companies that will hire you to answer their phones. You can often do this from home. Look for “remote answering service positions” on job boards.
7. Online retailer
Perhaps you have sold items on sites like Facebook Marketplace and eBay. Many people make a full-time living (or side-hustle) by photographing items, writing descriptions, and even discussing products in person with potential buyers.
8. Secret buyer
Mystery shopping predates the Internet, and many “secret agents” still make money pretending to be regular customers. Secret Shoppers help stores assess full shelves, correct markings and customer service. It won’t make you a millionaire, but you can quickly register via the field agent.
9. Complete Daily Tasks
If you are considered a “do-it-yourselfer” and want to get out of the house, consult TaskRabbit. There you can find jobs assembling furniture, helping with moving and packing, cleaning, heavy lifting, or as a general handyman.
10. Call Center Representative
Believe it or not, an army of customer representatives are now answering calls from the comfort of their own homes – not soulless call centers. Get started on sites like WorkingSolutions.com or search job boards for “work from home call center”.
11. Race Driver
If you don’t have ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft on your smartphone, you should. You never know when you will be away from home or your hotel with no way to get home. Meanwhile, you could be the driver making money visiting Uber.com or Lyft.com. Apply to be a Lyft driver hereand for Uber, click or tap here.
12. Social Media Advisor
Everyone uses social media, but only some people know about SEO and targeted posting.
You can make a career out of it or earn extra money if you don’t have time to work full time. Get started on sites like Jobsinsocialmedia.com.
13. Dog walker and pet sitter
Love animals? Help other pets. You can become a dog walker to help residents in your area by researching announcements at Wag! You can search for dog walking and pet sitting jobs on other sites such as rover.com.
14. Technical Support Representative
Technical expertise is worth a lot of money if you also have excellent communication skills. If you feel equipped to help people with their tasks, get paid for it. Look for “work from home tech support positions” on job boards.
15. Online Teacher
Online education has exploded in recent years. Whether you’re looking for a full-time teaching position at a large institution or considering opening your own independent online class, you can share your knowledge with an unlimited number of students. For registrations at established institutions, you will find registrations on several sites, including Teach.
Documented expertise can go a long way online. Advanced degrees and high certification can open doors to consulting positions, job interviews, and other unexpected opportunities.
To tap into your inner mind, try sites like JustAnswer.com.
17. Representative of Beauty
People have been making extra money selling cosmetics for generations. Although product parties remain popular, you can also sell cosmetics online on sites like Alconeathome.com.
18. Virtual bridesmaid
Typically, a bridesmaid is a beloved sister or friend. But given the intensity of wedding planning, brides often hire some sort of wedding assistant; you can (virtually) help a bride have her best day at BridesmadeForHire.com.
The cyclone of high-end digital cameras has not diminished the need for skilled photographers. Two great photography sites to check out are Image type Where FineArtAmerica. They both make it easy to upload your work and start earning.
You can also sell high-quality images on sites like iStockPhoto and Shutterstock. These sites sell your photos to advertisers and businesses for you. Salary can vary, but you can expect to earn 15% to 45% from each sale.
20. Over 50?
There are several popular jobs among people over 50. If you want to know which ones, check out our report on the best jobs for people over 50.
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