With the job market still struggling with a 5% unemployment rate, it can be hard to find a steady full-time job.
You might have to consider alternate ways to work and earn money, here are 6 of them:
1. Using Apps
Some Apps will pay you for using them. What you can earn varies but it may be useful to do in combination with other alternate earning methods.
Such Apps as: GigWalk, Field Agent, Easy Shift, or Moonlighting may bring in some extra money that you may need in between other jobs.
2. Sell Your Services on Fiverr
Selling services such as website design, logo creation, writing resumes, creating pictures or videos, paint or draw pictures, and a million other things you'd do for $5. Five dollars might not seem like much but offer a variety of different services and "extras" will add up. Check out Fiverr for other ideas.
3. Sell Your Crafts on Etsy
Are you good at making crafts? Consider setting up your own shop on Etsy. Anything from greeting cards, paintings, jewelry, sewing and needlecrafts and the like. You can set up your own prices and time frames.
4. Become a Lyft Driver
If you have a reliable car and live in a good size city, becoming a Lyft driver might be a good idea. Earnings vary from city to city, but the average earning is about $19/hour. Again you can set your own hours here and work in between your own errands.
5. Become a Freelance Employee
If you have skills such as design, development, coding, editing, administrative work, and pretty much anything else, you can find work on such websites asUpwork, Freelancer, or Guru.
Sometimes the competition is strong on these sites, but if you're talented it may not be a problem. You may have to start small and gain a reputation first, or you can consider joining a "team" on these sites.
6. Become a Freelance Writer
If you have a good command of English and have a way with words, you may consider becoming a freelance writer.
You may need to start out working for a content marketing site such as BlogMutt to gain experience. (Don't forget to enter my name in the Referral box when you sign up).
Earnings from freelance writing can vary from $5 up to $100 or more per article. A good way to get started is reading this list of websites that will pay you to write.
Being a remote, or home, worker has a lot of benefits: create your own hours; save money and time without the office attire and commute; work from anywhere; and considerably less stress.
On the downside it can mean an inconsistent schedule; working odd hours; unsteady income; and burnout. Here's a great article by TopTal on watching out for & what to do about burnout.
Having an alternate job may work for some people and with some lifestyles but may not be for everyone. These options may also suit people wanting a little extra work on the side while they work full-time too.
Alternate employment working from home or abroad is a valid option when regular employment is hard to come by, or isn't feasible for your situation.