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12 Really Strange (but Effective) Ways to Make Money in Florida

Updated May 26, 2016
by Kyle Taylor

Working at home is the jam.

Not only do work-from-home jobs sometimes let you set your own schedule, but you get to skip tedious tasks like sweating through your suit as soon as you walk out the door, getting stuck in rush-hour traffic and making small talk with your coworkers.

And doesn’t working in your PJs sound luxurious?

Since working from home is a goal for a lot of our readers, we’ve rounded up 12 awesome work-from-home jobs just for Florida residents.

We’ve included a variety of full-time jobs as well as side gigs on this list. Even better? None of them require a college degree.

Keep reading to learn about our favorite work-from-home opportunities in Florida in 2016.  

1. This Company Will Pay You For Your Thoughts On Donald Trump

What do you think of Donald Trump? Are you going to vote in the 2016 election? Do you think Hillary Clinton lied about Benghazi? 

If you’re a political nerd — or even if you’re not — you can make extra money by registering for Ipsos Panel, which is one of the country’s biggest polling companies.

The polls are pretty fun and I can usually earn about $50/month with them.

2. Make Waves for Carnival Cruise Lines

How would you like to take two free cruises a year? That’s one of the perks of working for Carnival Cruise Lines, in addition to many other health and retirement benefits.

In this position, you’ll answer incoming calls from guests, travel partners and internal team members.

You’ll need excellent customer service skills, a dedicated phone line and a computer with an internet connection.

Read more about it here: Call Center Virtual Solution Specialist

3. Surf the Internet

I love this one, because you just set it and forget it.

Did you know that Bing will pay you every time you make a search on your computer or phone? You just have to sign up for Bing Rewards which is free and takes 30 seconds.

It’s not a lot of money, but I usually earn about $100-$200/ year in passive income doing this. Easy work though — can’t complain.

4. Watch YouTube-Like Videos

The folks over at InboxDollars will actually pay you to watch videos! Now, most of them aren’t as entertaining as the Grumpy Cat series, but you’re getting paid – so who cares?

This works because the videos are sponsored by brands who need to get it in front of as many eyeballs as possible. Every time you watch one of their ads, they’ll credit your account with cash.

Here’s a link to signupThey give you $5 just for signing up.

5. Get Paid to Download Apps

Lots of companies, including Google, will pay you to install their apps on your cell phone. And there’s more: They’ll also pay you for every month you keep those apps installed.

Why? Because the apps collect data from your cell phone, which companies use to better understand web and mobile usage — gathering information such as what times of day people browse, how long they stay on websites and use apps, and what types of sites and apps are popular (or not).

Here are a few of our favorite companies that will pay you to download their apps:

– Smart Panel – Once you’ve qualified and downloaded the app, they will give you $5. If you keep it installed for at least two weeks, you’ll earn another $10. And then for every month that you keep the Smart App installed, you’ll get another $5. All total, you can earn up to $75 for the 1st year!

– Media Insiders Panel – If you’re male or 44 years of age or older, this company will pay you $5 a month to keep their app on your phone. Plus, you can install it on up to 3 devices, making your total possible earnings up to $200 a year.

– Nielsen Mobile for iPhone Users – if you have an iPhone, this Nielsen panel will pay you $50/year to keep this app on your cell phone.

– Nielsen Mobile Panel for Ages 45+ – if you have a smartphone and your 45 years of age or older, this Nielsen panel will pay you $50/year to keep this app on your cell phone.

6. Take Camping Reservations at Active Network

All you need for this position is a phone, a computer with internet and a love of the outdoors.

You’ll work from your own home helping customers make camping reservations. The job runs until September 2016, with potential to then turn into a permanent position.

Read more about it here: Camping Reservation Agent

7. Set Your Own Schedule as a Transcriptionist

If you want a work-at-home job that doesn’t require sales experience or a college degree, transcription might be a good fit. This gig requires listening to audio files and typing out what you hear; you can work as little or as much as you want.

Though the work can be repetitive (think: listening to the same audio files over and over), it pays well and offers a ton of flexibility.

Read more about it here: Earn $25/Hour as a Transcriptionist

8. Monitor Calls for Holiday Inn Club Vacations

In this position, you’ll be responsible for monitoring phone calls to ensure they’re up to the standard expected by Holiday Inn Club Vacations.

Though the position is entirely remote, you must live near Winter Garden, Florida, so you can attend occasional trainings and quarterly meetings.

Read more about it here: Quality Assurance Agent

9. Video Chat With Customers for Hertz

Are you a people person? In this virtual position with Hertz, you’ll use a state-of-the-art video conferencing system to look customers in the eye as you help them with their car rentals.

You need a high school degree and one year of customer service or sales experience, and you must live within an hour’s drive of Hertz’s Bonita Springs, Florida location.

Read more about it here: Home Based Sales Specialist

10. Chat With Fellow Shopaholics at Home Shopping Network

Do you love to shop? Then this part-time position might be perfect for you.

The famed Home Shopping Network is looking for friendly sales representatives who live in the Pinellas, Hillsborough or Pasco counties of Florida. You must have a high school degree or GED, a computer with internet and a dedicated phone line.

Read more about it: Work at Home Sales Rep

11. Make Furry Friends as a Pet Masseuse

You’ve probably never thought about pet massages before, but animals develop sore muscles just like we do. And a growing number of pet masseuses are here to help them feel better.

To work as a pet masseuse, no specific license is required, though a few schools do offer certification programs. You can run this business out of your home, or visit local pet businesses to ply your services.

Read more about it here: How to Earn Money as a Pet Massage Therapist

12. Be a Tech Rock Star for Asurion

If your friends are always calling you for tech advice, this position might be a good fit for you.

You’ll answer calls and help Asurion’s customers troubleshoot technical issues. To be eligible, you need a high school diploma or GED and one year of customer service experience.

Read more about it here: Technical Customer Service Representative

Your Turn: Which opportunity on this list looks most appealing to you? What other work-from-home jobs in Florida should we include?

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We would have shared them with you anyway, but a true “penny hoarder” would be a fool not to take the company’s money. :)

by Kyle Taylor
Kyle is the founder of

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