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13 Really Strange (but Effective) Ways to Make Money in Utah

Updated May 26, 2016
by Susan Shain
Contributor

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 scraping ice off your car at the crack of dawn, getting stuck in rush-hour traffic and making small talk with your coworkers.

And doesn’t wearing sweatpants all day sound cozy?

Since working from home is a goal for a lot of our readers, we’ve rounded up 13 awesome work-at-home jobs just for Utah residents.

We’ve included a variety of full-time jobs as well as side gigs on this list. Even better? Only two of them require a college degree.

Keep reading to learn about our favorite work-at-home opportunities in Utah 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. Sew Some Magic as a Seamstress

Talk about the perfect side gig for sewers!

We found two work-at-home seamstress jobs located in Utah — both of them involve creating simple items for small designers.

Read more about them here: LipStain and Legos Seamstress Job / Paisley Palooza Seamstress

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.

Read more about these opportunities here: How to Earn $495 By Downloading These 6 Apps

6. 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

7. Use Your Marketing Skills at Aetna

Want to use your marketing mojo to create healthier communities? Aetna is looking for you!

The company requires you have a bachelor’s degree, plus three to five years of experience in the healthcare or technology fields.

Read more about it here: Marketing Communications Specialist

8. Rock the Phone Lines as a Temp-to-Hire

Though this position starts out as an in-person role in Draper, Utah, you’ll be able to work at home once hired as a full-time employee.

You’ll take inbound calls from contractors and residents and locate addresses on a grid map; the only requirement is six months of previous customer service experience.

Read more about it here: Customer Service Representative

9. Sell Frozen Treats for The Jolly Llama

This job requires you to be in the office some of the time, but the company (and ok, its name) sound so cool that we had to include it.

As a sales administrator for The Jolly Llama, you’ll provide sales support to a national dairy-free frozen dessert brand. Its office is in Park City, and you’d be able to work from home two or three days per week. A bachelor’s degree is required.

Read more about it: Sales Administrator

10. Start a Work-at-Home Career With Full Creative

Work-at-home positions abound with Full Creative.

We read a few reviews that said compensation wasn’t great — but if you’re looking to break into a work-at-home career, it could be a good place to start. Just be sure to negotiate your salary before accepting anything!

Read more about it: Customer Billing Specialist

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. Provide Great Service for Response Marketing Group

In this position, you’ll act as a sales rep for people interested in the Response Marketing Group’s real estate seminars.

Before being able to telecommute, you must attend a two-day training at their headquarters in Lindon. A high-school degree or GED is also required.

Read more about it: At-Home Registration Consultant

13. Help People With Their Finances at efolks

Want to chat with people about how to repair their credit? efolks is hiring phone representatives to discuss personalized credit solution packages with its clients.

You must live within 45 miles of its Provo or West Valley offices, but no other education or particular experience is required.

Read more about it: Financial Solutions Advisor

Your Turn: Which opportunity on this list looks most appealing to you? What other work-from-home jobs in Utah 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 Susan Shain
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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