13 Strange Ways to Make Extra Money in New York
Working at home has a lot of perks: not getting stuck in rush-hour traffic, avoiding the obligatory small talk with coworkers, and saving money by preparing lunch in your own kitchen instead of buying a deli sandwich.
And in the winter, making money at home also means you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to scrape the ice off your car or dig your wheels out from a snowbank. That’s always a win in our book!
We know working from home is a goal for a lot of our readers, so we’ve rounded up 13 awesome work-from-home jobs just for New Yorkers.
The best part? More than half of them don’t require a college degree.
Keep reading to learn about our favorite work-from-home opportunities in New York 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? Think Hillary Clinton lied about Benghazi?
If you’re a political nerd -- and even if you’re not -- you can make extra money by registering for Ipsos Panel, one of the country’s biggest polling companies.
The polls are pretty fun and I can usually earn about $50/month with them.
2. Become a Bombfell Stylist
Are you a fashionista? Then this part-time gig is perfect for you.
You’ll use Bombfell’s online platform to help clients update their personal style.
To be eligible, you need a four-year degree and a year or two of experience working in fashion retail.
Read more about it here: part-time stylist position
3. Write About the Entertainment Industry
Do you love the entertainment industry? Is "Extra" your favorite show?
Channel your passion into words and apply to be an entertainment fellow for the International Business Times. In this role, you'll write breaking and trending entertainment news in a fast-paced environment. Plus, you'll interview celebrities and make $480 for every 40-hour week you work during the four-month fellowship.
Ideal candidates have solid news judgment, polished writing and high standards of editorial integrity. Click here to check out the listing and apply with a resume, cover letter and five published clips.
4. Get Paid to Download Apps
There are a number of companies, including Google, that will pay you to install apps on your cell phone. And these companies pay you for every month you keep the apps installed.
The apps collect data from your cell phone and help companies better understand web and mobile usage better — 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 my favorites (install all of them and earn $400/year or more):
– SavvyConnect – You can earn $5 per device (phone, tablet, computer) for each month SavvyConnect is installed. That's a total of up to $180 per year to help rank the most popular sites and apps. Make sure you keep it installed at least a month to get your first $5 per device.
– MobileExpressions for Android – After you’ve installed this app for one week, you get to play an instant rewards game for a prize (everyone wins something). I won a $25 Amazon gift card, but other prizes include iPads & Samsung TVs.
– Smart Panel – This panel is open to everyone and once you’ve downloaded the app, it 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!
– Nielsen Mobile Panel for Ages 45+ – If you have a smartphone and are 45 years of age or older, this Nielsen panel will pay you $50 per year to keep this app on your cell phone.
– Nielsen Mobile for iPhone Users – If you have an iPhone, this Nielsen panel will pay you $50 per year to keep this app on your cell phone.
5. Work as an American Express Travel Counselor
If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a travel agent, then this work-at-home job is probably right up your alley.
You’ll help American Express clients book both domestic and international luxury travel -- all from the comfort of your own home!
Read more about it here: Virtual Travel Counselor
6. Hang Out on Social Media
Spend all day on social media? You might as well get paid for it.
Bumpn is a “location based social network that lets you create and share personalized beautiful moments with photo and video.”
The company is currently looking for social media and marketing interns to help create content for its social media channels, mainly Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Snapchat, Google+, Pinterest.
The best part? It pays $10-$16 per hour -- and you get to work from home.
Read more about it here: Social Media/Marketing Intern
7. Set Your Own Schedule as a Transcriptionist
If you want a work-from-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. Help People Decorate for Christmas
Rent-A-Christmas is looking for a social media “elf” to help drive engagement to the company’s social media channels. The company specializes in providing New Yorkers with a way to celebrate Christmas in their home or businesses, without the hassle of setting up, taking down and storing decorations.
You’ll maintain the company’s Instagram, Pinterest, FB & Twitter accounts for 1-2 hours per day from the comfort of your own home.
Read more about it here: Social Media Elf
9. Do Math Problems
Tutors Listen is an online platform connecting tutors with students, and it needs tutors in New York. You’ll get to “choose your own pricing, set your own hours, decide what type of tutoring requests you receive, and decide whom you want to tutor,” according to the listing.
Plus, it’s accepting tutors from over 7,000 New York colleges and you can make over $20 per hour.
Read more about it here: Online Math Tutor
10. Take Camping Reservations at Active Network
If you don’t have a college degree -- but are organized and motivated -- check out this part-time opportunity.
You’ll help customers make camping reservations using both the phone and internet. The position runs until September 2016, with potential to then turn into a permanent position.
Read more about it here: Camping Reservation Agent
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 Virtual Executive Assistant
Museum Hack is a NYC-based company putting a fun spin on museum tours, and its CEO needs a virtual assistant.
You’ll earn $13-$16 per hour sending emails, managing calendars, writing copy, answering calls and working on special projects.
Read more about it here: Personal Assistant to the CEO
13. Provide Tech Support at CloudSource
If you enjoy solving problems, check out this position: You’ll answer customer calls regarding both technical and billing issues.
To be eligible, you need 60 college credits, a technical school certificate or two years of military service.
Read more about it here: Cable/Internet Technical Support
Your Turn: Which opportunity on this list looks most appealing to you? What other work-from-home jobs should we add to this list?
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