Facing a termination or layoff is never easy. Your job and income stream may have ended, but your bills, needs and obligations continue. While you may have severance and unemployment benefits to fall back on, the ability to generate an income while you are unemployed can help sustain your family when these benefits cease.
Online Revenue for Any Skill
Sites like GetaFreelancer.com and Elance.com match up homeworkers with businesses that need some freelance work done. You can use the skills you’ve acquired in the workforce to create Excel databases, do transcriptions work, write computer programs and more. The companies who hire on these sites need a wide variety of skills, from basic to advanced. GetaFreelancer.com and Elance.com are bidding sites and you will have to competitively price your bid in order to get chosen. Employers give bidders a range of prices that can be quoted. The low end of the range can be as low as $25, and the high end can be in the thousands. You will need to create a profile on the site, and will need a resume and some information to help sell yourself.
For immediate cash and no bidding, Amazon Mechanical Turk is the place to go. Amazon Mechanical Turk is a site hosted by Amazon.com that, again, matches employers and website owners with workers. The work offered through Amazon Mechanical Turk is oriented around data-entry and classification work. The jobs offered through Amazon Mechanical Turk are called , “Hits.” When you log in, you are shown all Hits available. The price for a Hit can be anywhere from $0.01 to $10.00. The Hits consist of many different duties including transcription, labeling pictures, rewriting sentences, writing blog posts and creating trivia Q&As. There is no bidding or resumes needed on Amazon Mechanical Turk. Simply log in with your Amazon.com username and password, accept a Hit, complete and submit it. The employer that requested the Hit will need to approve your work, and then you get paid. Your proceeds can be immediately transferred to your bank account.
This post is part of the series: Creative Ways of Generating Income
Whether you’ve suffered a job loss, a pay cut or just need extra income to make ends meet - there are a multitude of creative ways to generate income. Our series covers online opportunities as well as other ideas to make money.