One thing is sure: Technology has opened up a lot of job opportunities. Specialized apps and websites make second jobs more accessible and more flexible than ever — and some people are making serious bank.
Here are 10 jobs in regular demand, thanks to advances in consumer technology.
If you have the time, typing skills, and a pair of earphones, you can transcribe for money. The best part about transcribing is that you can often do it from home on your schedule. Look for work on sites like Daily Transcription(www.dailytranscription.com)
2. Freelance Writing
Are you a skilled writer? You can quickly start making money as a freelance content creator. You can check sites likeJournalismJobs.com, Indeed, WriterAccess and others such as Freelancer.com. You can also visit Upwork to view listings for freelance writing jobs, along with other options.
Similarly, you could start a blog and, once you have a following of a few hundred or thousand people, you can make money with advertising. You can quickly create a blog on Google’s Blogger, for instance.
4. Search engine evaluation
One way companies find out how well their websites are working is by hiring evaluators to give them feedback. A good place to start looking for evaluator jobs is Appen, formerly known as Leapforce.
5. Virtual assistant
You can make up to $30 an hour as a virtual assistant, which is essentially a secretary who works from home. You can find employers looking for full-time or part-time assistants on sites like Zirtual.com, FlexJobs and Upwork.
6. Answering service
For the verbally adept, there are doctors, dentists and many other companies that will hire you to answer their phone. You can often do that from home. Search for “remote answering service positions” on job sites.
7. Online reseller
Perhaps you’ve sold items on sites like Facebook Marketplace and eBay. Many people make a full-time living (or side-hustle) photographing items, writing descriptions, and even discussing products in person with potential buyers.
8. Secret shopper
Mystery shopping dates to before the internet, and many “secret agents” still make some money by posing as regular customers. Secret shoppers help stores assess stocked shelves, correct markings and customer service. It won’t make you a millionaire, but you can quickly sign up through Field Agent (fieldagent.net).
9. Complete everyday tasks
If you’re considered “handy” and want to get out of the house, check out TaskRabbit. There, you can find jobs for furniture assembly, helping with moving and packing, cleaning, heavy lifting or as a general handyman.
10. Call center rep
Believe it or not, an army of customer reps are now answering calls from the comfort of their homes — and not in soulless calling centers. Get started at sites like WorkingSolutions.com or run a search for “work at home call center” at job sites.