12 Really Strange (but Effective) Ways to Make Money in Texas
The state of Texas is big -- and so are the ambitions of its residents. One ambition that tops many of our Texas readers’ lists?
The ability to work from home.
So we thought we’d help out by rounding up 12 work-from-home jobs just for Texas residents.
On the list are both full-time jobs and part-time gigs -- none of which require a college degree.
Keep reading to learn about our favorite work-from-home opportunities in Texas in 2016.
1. Watch Cooking Shows
I might be a tiny bit addicted to cooking shows, which is ironic since the take-out local Chinese restaurant knows me by name. I don’t actually use any of the cooking tricks I see on TV, but there’s something relaxing about watching someone else do the cooking, even if it includes Gordon Ramsay yelling in the background.
You're not going to get rich doing this, but you can earn an extra $50/month or so.
2. Live Out Your Interior Designer Dreams
If you spend your days watching HGTV and dreaming of being an interior designer, listen up. Artistic Window Designs needs an assistant to help with marketing and other administrative tasks.
You must live in the San Antonio area and be able to drive to meetings with clients. Though you can work from home, your schedule will vary each week.
Read more about it here: Administrative Assistant / Marketing Coordinator
3. This Company Will Pay You For Your Thoughts On Hillary Clinton
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 Valued Opinions, 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.
4. 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
5. Tune Up Your Customer Service
Jam out at home by working with Queen City Music Studio, which needs someone to man its phone lines and customer base.
You’ll set your own schedule and work a minimum of 10 hours per week. To be eligible, you need some office and customer service experience, as well as a strong attention to detail.
Read more about it here: Customer Specialist
6. Set Your Own Schedule as a Transcriptionist
If you want a work-at-home job that doesn’t need 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. Become an Advisor at AppleCare
Want to join one of the most innovative companies in the world? Apple is looking for work-at-home employees.
You’ll provide technical support and customer service to Apple owners via chat. No particular educational background is needed, as long as you have experience with technical troubleshooting. This could be particularly fun if you’re into Apple products!
Read more about it here: At Home Advisor - AppleCare Chat Team
8. Make a Difference in a Child’s Life
If you want a job that makes a difference, check out this position with Aim, LLC. You’ll act as a mentor to parents of elementary schoolers, helping them be the best parents they can be.
You need mentoring experience, strong communications skills and a passion for education. Preferred qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and Spanish language ability.
Read more about it here: Parent Mentor
9. Journey into a Hospitality Career
One of the biggest perks of working for the Marriott call center? Discounted hotel stays.
In this full-time position, you’ll also receive a comprehensive benefits package.
While on the job, you’ll help customers book and change their reservations over email and phone. You need a high level of professionalism and excellent communications skills.
Read more about it here: Reservation Sales Specialist
10. Put Your Gaming Addiction to Good Use
Are you an experienced gamer? Then we’ve got the job for you.
CloudSource is hiring customer support representatives for one of the world’s largest gaming platforms. You need to be a technically-savvy gamer who can provide great customer service.
Read more about it: Gaming Support & Service Representative
11. Sell Your Junk Mail
Who out there gets a ton of junk mail -- both physical and electronic? [Raises hand.]
Well, rather than throw it away, a market research company called SBK Center wants you to send it to them. In return, they’ll give you prepaid Visa cards, which work just like debit cards. Pretty sweet, huh?
Read more about it here: This Company Wants to Pay You for Your Junk Mail
12. Sew Adorable Backpacks
Animal Packers makes custom quilted backpacks and is looking for sewers to join in the fun.
All that’s required is several years of sewing experience and a motivated, detail-oriented attitude.
Read more about it here: Sewing Machine Operator
Your Turn: Which opportunity on this list looks most appealing to you? What other work-from-home jobs in Texas 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. :)