In today’s hyperconnected era, we have transferred almost every segment of our lives to the digital ecosystem. We shop on ecommerce sites, pay our bills online, move our sensitive data to the cloud, and communicate via social networks.
The same goes for finding jobs. Statistics tell us that 54% of the U.S. adults go online to search for a job. This phenomenon is particularly important to stay-at-home parents. If you’re not looking for some long-term career opportunities, but want to make some extra cash fast, there are numerous online jobs waiting for you.
There are numerous reasons why online jobs have become so popular among stay-at-home moms. First, they don’t require you to have any previous working experience. Second, the application for these jobs is pretty simple. Most importantly, they are very flexible, allowing you to balance your tasks and private life effortlessly.
1. A Website Tester
If you know what works on the internet, maybe you would like to become a usability tester. Even if you’re not familiar with web design and digital marketing, that’s fine. Many developers focus on collecting feedback from beginners.
Usability testers perform tests based on their demographic profiles (education, age, social media, location, etc.) They’re given specific tasks to perform, including registering on a website and then providing feedback online. These reviews usually take less than 20 minutes and you’ll be paid about $10 for each. The money is sent to you when the client contracting the usability testing approves your feedback.
2. Do Micro Jobs
A micro job, or a short task, is a small online task for which you receive an equally small fee. These tasks are usually very simple- sometimes, you’ll just need to click the link. Now, there are different types of micro jobs.
For example, to collect invaluable feedback from their target audience, many companies offer paid surveys. Knowing that they will get paid for providing feedback, testers are motivated to answer the questions honestly. Unsurprisingly, there are different types of paid surveys, including product reviews, opinion polls, and questions about one’s shopping habits.
Now, since the fees are pretty small and the tasks are simple, your aim is to do as many of them as possible. When choosing the right sites, make sure you read the fine print because many of these companies offer a minimum payout. Simply put, you may end up doing 20 micro jobs for less than $9.
3. Search Evaluator
A search evaluator goes by numerous names, including an internet assessor, an ads quality rater, or even an internet judge. They analyze search results and are supposed to tell whether they’re accurate, relevant, and spam-free. To do so, you need to have good communication skills and understand how search engines work. Sometimes, a college degree is required, but the direct experience in testing search results is not necessary. Also, even though there are some English-only positions, this job is often given to bilingual individuals.
4. Become a Virtual Financial Planner
We all know how important it is to spend our money wisely, but most of us don’t know how to do so properly. This is where financial planners shine. Namely, as a financial planner, you provide your clients with data-oriented, specialist financial advice. Your roles vary, from helping people achieve short-term financial goals to helping them choose the right insurance or create a pension plan.
Of course, managing other people’s budgets is a huge responsibility. Precisely because of this, having a bachelor’s degree in economics or statistics is always a plus. If you’re passionate about financial planning and yet you don’t have the right degree, you should consider improving your skills by taking an accounting or financial planning course.
5. Do Online Tutoring
If you have a degree, but you cannot find a job, you should consider teaching in the virtual classroom. All you need to do is find a reliable online tutoring company that looks for tutors with your academic specialty, and register with it. Most importantly, to do this, you don’t need to have any previous teaching experience.
You need to be available at least 5 hours a week, but most of these companies are pretty flexible when it comes to working hours. Their goal is to provide tutors with the best working conditions possible and let them manage their activities on their own. Online tutors are usually paid an hourly rate and the prices range from $24 to $45 an hour.
With the rise of the internet, the way we look for jobs has significantly changed. Today, you don’t necessarily need to have a college degree or years of experience to get the job you like. Most importantly, numerous work collaboration platforms and messaging apps allow you to work from the comfort of your home.
So, think of a job you may be good at, do your research, set clear goals, and you’re golden.