Selling Crafts Online: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started

If you’ve started a crafting hobby and wondering whether you can make extra cash from it or maybe even turn it into a full-time business, look no further. Today, I’ll detail all you need to know about selling crafts online.

I’ll answer commonly asked questions, discuss what you need to get started, the best places to sell your crafts online, and other tips and advice to increase your chances of success.

Selling Crafts: Most Common Questions

First, let me cover the most common questions that crafters ask when starting out.

What craft should I sell?

If you already have a craft that you enjoy doing and are good at, then great!

But if you’re doing a few crafts and you’re not sure which one to start with, check out what’s popular on Amazon Handmade right now for some ideas to start.

I also recommend reading our breakdown of the Etsy best sellers. You’ll get a good idea of what some of the more popular craft items are and how much they sell for.

After all, you want to be sure you have an audience first.

Where is the best place to sell crafts online?

Etsy is arguably still the biggest and best platform online.

This e-commerce site has been running their ship for years and have the means to help new sellers easily get set up and selling their crafts.

The other bonus is that it’s one of the most well-known places to buy crafts so there’s a steady stream of customers flocking to the site.

I have a detailed guide on how to get started with Etsy if you’re interested.

Etsy isn’t the start and end of selling crafts online, however. There are other ways and stores available online that will help you sell your handmade items. I list the various ways and sites for you later in this article.

Do I need a business license to sell crafts online?

This depends heavily on where you’re located. In general, you do need a business license whether you sell online or from a brick-and-mortar business. So it’s best, in this case, to consult your local laws and/or an accountant.

Some regions won’t require a business license if you sell to customers that are located outside of the country. But many countries or states (if you’re in the US) require that you collect sales tax from the items you sell, which means you will have to register your business.

Some sellers on stores like Etsy change their business names on the platform to be more unique. Nothing wrong with that, but you may need to register a Doing Business As (DBA) even if you’re not required to get a business license.

How do I start an online craft business?

Starting an online craft business can be as simple or complicated as you want to make it. The easiest way is to set up your own store on an already popular e-commerce website. But you can also take the easier (though sometimes more rewarding) route of setting up your own e-commerce website.

Another way to start an online craft business is to simply use social media.

You can start building a community around your crafts business through your chosen channel and sell your products directly to them.

How to Sell Your Crafts Online

1. Find Your Niche.

When you know which craft you’re going to focus on, you’ll want to figure out what your niche is; that is, what exactly you’re going to make.

For instance, if you knit or crochet, would you want to focus on making baby clothes, such as bonnets and mittens? Or would you want to focus on sweaters and shawls for women?

Focusing on a niche makes it easier for you to hone your skills, define your target audience, create a marketing plan, and build your reputation as the go-to crafter for that particular product.

2. Know How To Price Your Products.

An important aspect of selling your crafts online is knowing how to ask for a fair price for your products.

It’s also the aspect that first-time sellers often get wrong.

You don’t want to price your products too low. Customers are suspicious of too-low prices and may think that your products are low-quality or you used subpar materials.

Plus, it’s difficult to offer discounts if your prices are too low to begin with.

More importantly, pricing your crafts too low undervalues the time, materials, knowledge, and skill that you put into your craft.

Obviously, you don’t want to price your crafts too high either; when presented with the same product, comparable quality, but different prices, customers will go lower. It’s that simple.

You need to hit that sweet spot where your products get sold and you earn a profit from it.

Always factor in everything, as in everything that goes into making your product: the cost of raw materials, packaging, shipping, seller’s fees, maintaining your online presence; the complexity of the design and expertise involved; the time it takes to make the product.

Once you have a baseline for your costs, add around 50% to 75% to it. Do your research on Etsy and other similar websites as well so you can find out the usual price range for your product and tweak your own pricing accordingly.

3. Establish Your Branding.

Building a strong brand identity from the start will help you connect to your target audience and will help you effectively sell your crafts online.

Having a strong brand involves a catchy brand name and an eye-catching logo, but it’s so much more than that.

It’s understanding who you are, what your story is, what makes your crafts unique, and then applying those core values in everything you do: your shop name and logo, product photos, product description, social media posts, blog posts, even your packaging.

Being consistent helps your customers remember your brand and builds customer loyalty.

4. Choose An E-Commerce Platform

First-time crafts sellers love e-commerce stores because setup is easy, there are little to no start-up costs, and there are plenty of prospective buyers already browsing these sites.

Here are the top e-commerce stores where you can start selling your crafts online right now:

Etsy

Etsy is the number one choice from beginners to experienced crafts sellers, and for good reason.

They already have a solid reputation as the go-to website for everything handmade, custom-made, one-of-a-kind, and vintage items.

Getting started is easy and the customer base is built-in, but there’s also a wide seller base, which means plenty of competition. Plus, there are transaction fees, listing fees, and fees to upgrade to Etsy Plus to allow more personalization on your shop page.

Amazon Handmade

Amazon is one of the largest brands in the world and attracts millions of visitors each month.

They’ve set up a special category for selling handmade items and it’s free to list however many items you want. However, your application has to be approved first and Amazon takes 12% of every sale.

You’ll also have to pay $39.99 per month to retain your membership.

ArtFire

This site focuses on hand-made items and craft supplies.

They also offer buyers the option to post “wanted” items if they want to have something specific made. ArtFire has a few pricing plan options.

There’s generally a per-item listing fee with a limit to how many items you can list, a monthly subscription fee, and they take a percentage of the final cut.

Folksy

Unlike the other stores on this list, Folksy caters specifically to crafters from the UK.

It’s a great opportunity for British crafters to get their handmade items out there with a bit less competition from the rest of the world.

Folksy has a Basic subscription that charges a listing fee per item and takes 6% of sales. The Plus subscription that doesn’t charge per listing but charges £5 monthly and also takes the 6% cut.

Handmade Artists’ Shop

As the name implies, this is a home for artists who produce handmade items.

Items have to be handmade or altered significantly from existing products and family-friendly. They charge a flat monthly fee of $5 (or $50 annually); no listing fees or transaction fees.

Since this site doesn’t have as many sellers as Etsy, there’s less competition and thus less effort to show your goods to potential buyers.

However, the website design isn’t as polished as Etsy’s, which can possibly be a turn-off for some buyers.

Facebook Marketplace

Selling crafts locally has never been easier, thanks to Facebook Marketplace.

At first glance, the goods look random, but there is an Arts and Crafts category to place your products under.

Because you’re selling locally, you might be able to do away with shipping costs, or at least get it cheaper. In addition, because Facebook Marketplace is linked to your customer’s Facebook accounts, you get additional customer insights and target them for social media promotions.

However, if your aim is to go national or even global, you should be selling on more e-commerce sites than just Facebook Marketplace.

Zibbet

Zibbet is unique in that not only does it have its own marketplace but you can also integrate it with other ecommerce platforms, particularly Etsy and Facebook, and manage your listings, inventory, and orders for all three marketplaces in one place.

They charge a monthly fee of $5 per sales channel. No listing fees, no percentage. If you only sell on Zibbet Marketplace, then you only get charged $5. However, if you sell on Etsy, you still get charged the Etsy fees on top of the monthly fee of $5 to Zibbet.

5. Create Your Own Website and Open Your Own Online Craft Store

Working with popular e-commerce stores is an easy way to get started with selling your crafts online.

But having to abide by their rules and paying them a monthly fee can be chafing.

At some point, you will need to move off of the major platforms and transition into your own online store.

Creating your own web-based business isn’t as hard as you might think, though.

There are plenty of tools, advice, and tutorials out there that will help you set up your online crafts store even if you’re a complete rookie who hasn’t heard of the term HTML before. Shopify is one great option here, and there’s also IndieMade.

Google for Retail can be a great help in this regard too.

They provide you with the tools that are necessary to help get your business off the ground and keep track of how it grows. Many people who want to sell their crafts online look to Google tools like Adsense, Google Analytics, Google Shopping, and Google Checkout to help them with running the more technical aspects of an online business.

One essential cog in the machine of a successful e-commerce store is a great blog.

Blogging has many benefits, but two of the main ones are helping your customers (which helps you and your reputation) and getting your page ranked higher in search results pages.

6. Run a Successful Facebook Page

It’s entirely possible to run a crafts business entirely from a Facebook page.

A website will add legitimacy to your business, but it isn’t necessary if you build up trust with your page followers. This method is especially forgiving for those who sell as a local business, as people are more likely to trust that they’ll get what they order from you.

Like Google, Facebook has a lot of tools that business owners can use to reach their audience and analyze their growth through their Facebook for Business Program.

Opening up a business page on Facebook also grants you access to the various features they provide, like live-chat, reviews, the ad center, publishing tools, and ways for customers to get to know you.

One of the best things about creating a crafts business page on Facebook is that it’s completely free to set up and you have a platform that billions of people already use.

Plus their advertising system lets you reach people in their whole audience network, including Instagram and various Google Play apps.

7. Utilize the Power of YouTube

This might not seem like a legitimate way to start selling crafts online but YouTube has many faces and crafts is definitely one of them.

All types of crafters have uploaded thousands of hours of videos around crafting and their crafting businesses. The key here is to make entertaining videos, strategically reference your craft business, and tell your viewers all the ways they can buy your products.

You’ll still need an online storefront where they’ll be able to order the crafts you create.

But the advantage here is that you don’t necessarily have to rely as much on getting traffic to your website from other means. Freeing you up to focus on creating the best and most unique videos and crafts you can.

Of course, utilizing both YouTube and Facebook in addition to an optimized web page is a surefire way to set yourself up for success. The more avenues you can use to reach potential customers and get your amazing crafts out there, the better.

Tips to Successfully Selling Crafts Online

Let’s face it: it’s pretty intimidating to start selling your crafts. But you’re not the first one to do it, and we have the benefit of wisdom from those who have come before you.

Here are some tips and advice we can learn from more experienced crafts sellers.

Don’t overlook the small details.

You may be too in deep with your online crafts business that you forget to restock your raw materials, order more custom packaging, or get shipping supplies.

Monitor your supplies and schedule your supply runs regularly. I know this sounds more work on top of making the crafts and maintaining your online shops, but trust me, you’ll wish you’d have done it when you’re frantically rummaging in drawers for packing tape or looking where to buy yarn at 3 in the morning.

Learn how to do product photography.

Product photos are the first and only impression potential buyers would have of your products. They can’t touch, feel, or smell the products, so they’ll rely on the photos to see all the details and estimate their sizes.

You can actually put together a mini-studio for cheap; you can even create a photo lightbox out of nothing more than bond paper and tape.

It’s the actual training and practice that you’ll have to invest in, especially learning a particular style and aesthetic that fits your brand identity.

You want a consistent look and feel for all your product photos, even if you’re showcasing different products.

Trust in yourself and your work, but be open to feedback and change.

It takes a lot of time, dedication, and patience to sell crafts, and if you second-guess your talent and skills, as well as how great your product is, you’ll probably just give up.

Put your passion into making crafts that you love and know that other people will love, too.

On the other hand, if you’ve been at it for months and even years and you’re still not going anywhere, you may have to change something.

Listen to your buyers when they tell you what they liked and what they didn’t like and use that to improve your products or maybe even focus on other products instead.

Start Selling Your Crafts Online Today!

There’s a lot of information here, which might seem overwhelming. But the great thing is that you aren’t limited to just one choice.

If you decide to sell on Etsy and other stores in addition to running your own e-commerce website then you’re fully free to do so. In the end, making the most out of each platform that is available to you is what will spell success for your crafts business.

The other great part about this is that you aren’t reinventing the wheel. Plenty of other sellers have had success with their own sites and online stores like Etsy, and you can learn from them.

Are you currently into arts and crafts? Are you considering selling your creations? Share your plans with us in the comments!

7 Incredibly Smart Ways to Make Money Online with Google

You can now leverage the power of one of the world’s biggest brands and actually make money online with Google.

Whenever someone wants information, to talk to someone, to buy something, or to find entertainment, they ask Google. But few people know that there are plenty of ways to legitimately make money online with Google as well – you just need to know how to look for them.

People are often looking for new ways to make extra money or a supplemental income, yet they hardly ever think to use what’s right under their noses, namely Google itself.

It isn’t difficult to make money with Google, but it does require effort and patience. The methods listed below aren’t get-rich-quick schemes but will reward you if you’re willing to put in the work.

7 Ways to Make Money Online with Google

When you use Google products, Google is actually making money off of you.

Here are the 7 best ways to turn the tables and leverage the world’s biggest search engine to pull in some of that cash for yourself.

1. Start a Website

This is going to require quite a bit of effort and a small investment on your part before you can start making money from it.

But if you approach it strategically then it’s a great way to make a steady income upwards of $2000 a month by simply utilizing the tools that Google has already provided.

Namely, website crawlers and search engine ranking.

There are two possible options when it comes to owning a website:

Using it to sell your products/ideas or building up the website under an exact match domain name and selling or renting it out.

Owning a Website

If you have something to sell or any other unique idea for setting up a website then don’t wave the idea away. There are plenty of people who have built up a nice monthly income (including me!) by setting up and running their own websites.

Whether it’s a blog or an e-commerce store, you’ll have to buy a domain name and start designing the website on a web hosting site. There are plenty of tutorials available online that can help you through this process.

Here are three useful Google tools that you should really be using if you’re running your own website:

Google Pay: People trust Google and will likely be more willing to buy from you if you use Google’s own payment handling system.

Google Keyword Planner: This tool helps you figure out what people are searching for on Google. It’s very effective for a long-term blogging strategy.

Google Shopping: Google shopping is linked to Adwords, but puts your actual products in people’s search results instead of a text ad.

Selling/Renting Out a Website Domain Name

If you’re not keen on waiting months to start generating an income from your website, then this may be a better option.

Essentially, you’re going to build a high-ranking website in a specific niche and then either sell it or rent it out to a business owner in that niche.

You’ll have to buy an exact match domain for a specific and ranking keyword via a domain service like GoDaddy or Namecheap. Then get a web hosting service like WordPress, Wix, or Squarespace and start creating the website.

The key here is to employ the best SEO tactics to make sure that your website ranks high for the keyword you want to rank for.

It’s also important to make sure that there are businesses with a need for this type of website.

The easiest way to do so is to find local businesses in a directory and see whether they have a website and if that website is ranking for any search terms.

2. Become an SEO Consultant

Speaking of learning about best SEO practices, a lot of business owners (and thus website owners) know almost nothing about SEO and don’t have the time to learn. But they do know that it’s important if they want to get more customers for their business from online traffic.

They need SEO consultants to analyze their websites and make recommendations on SEO best practices.

By becoming an SEO consultant, you can make money online with Google by studying how their search engine algorithm interacts with websites and how to use that knowledge to increase a website’s ranking in search engine results.

There’s a big demand for this type of work, with plenty of opportunities to gain new and recurring clients.

3. Use Google AdSense

If you already own a website or are looking to start one, then you’ll also want to make friends with Google AdSense.

This nifty platform is actually Google’s bread and butter and is the reason they are a multi-billion dollar company today.

You will partner up and make money online with Google by incorporating their ads on your website. You get paid depending on how many times your ads are clicked, or even just viewed.

It can be quite lucrative with enough traffic and many people make a living from AdSense alone.

4. Affiliate Marketing

There are various ways to get into affiliate marketing and since this is such a broad topic, I’m going to section this part off into a couple of ways you can get started as an affiliate partner.

YouTube

YouTube is owned by Google and so definitely belongs on this list. There’s more than one way to make money off YouTube, but affiliate marketing is one of the most popular methods.

The type of affiliate partnership you get will depend greatly on the type of videos you want to make. If you run a beauty vlog then you might get retail make-up companies sending you their products and paying you for a review, for instance.

Blogger

Setting up a whole blog of your own can seem daunting and like a huge time investment.

Luckily, Google thinks of everything and has you covered here too through their Blogger platform.

Like most Google products, it’s super easy and fast to set up and get going with Blogger.

Once you’ve built up a reputable blog in a specific niche, it’s a short step towards getting companies to pay you to either review or promote their products.

Just make sure they can easily contact you!

Promoting Products Online

One of the easiest ways to find upcoming product launches is through MunchEye. This website lists various current and upcoming product launches whose sellers are looking for affiliate marketers. They work with the JVZoo Affiliate Network so you’ll have to sign up for that and start applying to sellers if you want to work with them.

You can create a simple webpage or single blog page about the product, or take it a step further and create a fan page around that product on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites.

5. Try Google Opinion Rewards

These days, everyone on the internet has an opinion on almost everything and yet few people truly care about listening to other people’s opinions.

They’re more interested in getting what they have to say out there.

With Google Opinion Rewards, however, your opinion actually does matter to someone and you can get paid for it. Well, in Google Play Credit at least.

The app can be found on the Google Play Store so you can download it to your phone and quickly fill out some surveys whenever you get a chance.

Google Opinion Rewards sends notifications when new surveys are available and pays around $1 in credit per survey.

You won’t be able to actually make a stable income off of this, but it can be a fun way to get “free” content on the Google Play Store.

6. Sell an App on the Google Play Store

Even developers can easily learn how to make money on Google. The Play Store is constantly looking to add new apps to its already huge list of apps.

If you’re into programming or have been doing it on the side as a hobby then this is the perfect way to start making cash on the side through Google.

You can monetize your apps first via in-app purchases; that is, offer basic functionality for free and then charge customers for more advanced features. You can also allow advertisers to place ads in your app, but do your best so that the user experience isn’t negatively affected.

7. Write and Sell Books on Google Play

Apps aren’t the only things to sell on Google Play; you can also write and sell ebooks on Google Play Books.

Write your book, sign up as a publisher or author on the Google Books Partner Program, upload your book file, and put it up for sale.

When you read on self-publishing, you’ll almost always read about Amazon Self-Publishing, but if you’re interested in expanding your reader base to non-Kindle readers, Google Play Books is your best bet.

Start Making Money Online with Google Today!

So in a nutshell, here’s how to make money on Google:

Take advantage of the fact that the search engine gives you access to lots of people and free tools that can help you set yourself up for success.

Making money online with Google isn’t impossible. It just takes some dedication and strategic thinking to make the most out of all the opportunities the platform provides.

If all else fails, you could always go and work for Google or work from home.

Which of these methods I listed are you most interested in? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

12 Online Jobs from Home Without Investment You Can Start Today

Many times, especially if you’re still starting to work from home, finding online jobs from home without investment may seem impossible.

You’re probably looking to start making money as soon as possible, not have to spend money to get a job.

And more often than not, you’ll find that a lot of online jobs require start-up costs, some sort of fee, inventory costs or even training programs you have to take.

So what happens when you don’t have the money to start an online job?

After all, you’ll probably need to make money first to later invest it in your career.

Don’t fret though – you don’t need to have money to make money. Especially online. There are plenty of online jobs that require any significant types of investment and very little previous experience as well.

The good news is:

I’ve compiled a whole list of online jobs that don’t require an investment that you can start today.

And with very little effort!

12 Online Jobs from Home Without Investment

1. Online Writing Jobs

Online writing jobs

I am going to start with the most obvious option on this list.

As long as you’ve got good writing skills, moderate research skills and the ability to abide by deadlines, then you’re set to start writing online.

This is one of the best online jobs from home without investment, as it requires no monetary or time investment from your side.

You’ll need a computer and a topic to write about and you’re good to go.

You will need to choose a niche to write in, have writing samples ready to show to clients and a rate per word.

2. Editing and/or Proofreading

You can also start offering your services as an editor and it would require no investment from you.

If you have an excellent command of grammar, a good eye for details, great spelling, and you know how to edit text to make it flow seamlessly – then proofreading/editing could be your next job.

What makes it the perfect online job without investment is the fact that you don’t need any creativity or research skills.

All you need is a good laptop and excellent English skills.

Here are 32 companies currently hiring.

3. Virtual Assistant

One of the best online jobs from home without investment is becoming a virtual assistant.

It is more of a part-time gig (turning it into a full-time gig is also definitely an option), and it requires someone who is task-oriented and is able to manage tasks remotely.

You can make anything from $20-$100 per hour as a Virtual Assistant doing anything from:

  • Replying to e-mails.
  • Booking trips.
  • Designing flyers.
  • Compiling data.
  • Setting up meetings.
  • Creating to-do lists.

The list goes on and on and on… You get the point!

4. Social Media Manager

Social Media Manager Jobs

Every brand right now is looking for someone to manage their social media.

No matter how big the company is and no matter the region – social media is rapidly growing in popularity.

And for good reason. Social media has consistently proven itself to be the ultimate medium for marketing. Cheap, effective and with a lot of room for creativity and growth. Who could ask for more?

To become a social media manager, you’ll need basic social media knowledge for entry-level jobs.

It could be as simple as being able to write fun captions and posting a picture.

More advanced positions require SEO knowledge, Ads incorporation and in-depth understanding of different services.

5. Online Moderator

If you’re looking for some part-time work from home without investment and you’ve got a knack for management – try your luck at online moderation.

You will be in charge of monitoring comments on public forums and blogs, regulating behavior, responding to people and making sure all rules are being followed.

And all of this takes zero investment from your side. Most of these jobs don’t even require previous experience and offer very flexible schedules.

6. Online Tutoring

If you love teaching or you’re particularly good at a subject/language, then you should definitely try out tutoring.

Online tutors can make up to $70 per hour depending on the subject and the students.

You can easily make up to $2000 just by teaching English (or your native language) to young students worldwide.

For example, VIPKID pays $14-22 for teaching English to Chinese students. That means you can make up to $2000 just by working 5 hours a day.

Sign me up!

7. Online Research

There are plenty of companies out there that will pay you to do research.

If you’re a college student, then I’m pretty sure you’ve got this skill hammered into your skillset already!

Becoming a researcher needs superb organizational skills from your side, fast Internet and a knack for collecting data.

Here are 7 companies looking for online researchers.

8. Consulting

Online Consulting Work

Consulting is another way to make money that requires an investment of experience only.

If you’re a fitness fanatic, for example, you can set up an Instagram page in seconds and start offering your services as a consultant.

You’ll be able to grow your brand on all social media platforms and you get to decide your rates!

9. Start a Blog

If you already have a blog and you’ve put in the investment of hours and hours of building it, then you can start monetizing it with very little extra investment.

You can try:

  • Affiliate Marketing: Advertisers pay you a commission to promote their products on your blog. All you have to do is post a link to your website and you’re done!
  • Google Adsense: Get paid to have advertisements displayed on your page. This is where you can choose to get paid per impression or per click.
  • Sell Ad Space – Sell ad space to brands on your blog.
  • Sponsored posts – Have a company pay you to post a picture, blog or video.

10. Test Apps & Websites

If you’re the kind of person who has strong opinions regarding what works, what looks good, and what doesn’t work then testing apps could be your thing.

It’s not just testing apps & websites – the whole idea of “usability testing” is rapidly growing. You probably won’t make a career out of it, but you’ll definitely be able to make money out of it.

The reviews take anything between 10-20 minutes and you’ll get paid an average of $10 per review.

This is probably the easiest and fastest way to make money on this list.

To help you get started, here are 15 sites to check out.

11. Search Engine Evaluation

Search Engine Evaluator

10 years ago, no one would have ever thought that a job like that would exist today. This job is usually for people who are bilingual and your tasks will include:

  • Evaluating search results.
  • Giving feedback on whether they are relevant and accurate.
  • Make sure the results are spam-free.

These jobs pay up to $15 per hour.

12. Micro Jobs

There’s a reason this suggestion is last.

This is more part time work that can be incredibly draining and demanding. The worst part is the pay is likely not worth the amount of work you need to do.

All you will need are basic internet skill and a laptop. Some job examples include:

  • Sharing a page
  • Reviewing a product.
  • Writing an article.
  • Liking a post.
  • Sharing a tweet.
  • Doing a quick Google Search.

And much more.

I think micro jobs should be a list ditch resort honestly. These should be jobs you do if you are desperate for cash or don’t mind working hours for just a few bucks.

The Bottom Line

There are a lot of jobs that don’t require any sort of upfront investment; you just need to know where to look.

If nothing on this list works for you, make sure you check out our full list of work from home jobs here. There are over 75 ideas listed with hundreds of companies currently looking for employees.

15 Medical Transcription Jobs from Home to Apply for Today

Are you known for being a fast and accurate typist? Do you have some medical knowledge? Does working from home sound appealing to you? If you answered yes to all of these, then medical transcription jobs from home could be the perfect fit for you.

Luckily for you, medical transcriptionist jobs give you the perfect balance of a job from home and a stable career.

Add to this the flexibility being a medical transcriptionist provides, and you’ve got yourself the perfect job.

Becoming a medical transcriptionist doesn’t, however, happen overnight.

The job needs previous experience, or for you to complete a certain certification program.

Don’t worry, though:

It’s definitely not as complicated as it sounds. In fact, it’s quite simple.

Here’s your guide on how to land a medical transcription job from home!

How to Find Medical Transcription Jobs

Before you learn how to become a medical transcriptionist from home, you need to know exactly what the job entails.

To make it simple for you:

Medical transcription is the process of creating reports and written documents from medical professionals’ audio files and recordings.

What do medical transcriptionists do?

  • Create several reports that go into the patient’s medical records.
  • Use dictated recordings to transcribe them.
  • Edit these reports for grammatical errors.
  • Ensure the usage of the right medical terminology, procedures, and treatments.

Now that you know what you’ll do as a medical transcriptionist, you need to be aware of the steps it takes to become a medical transcriptionist from home.

Steps to Finding a Medical Transcription Job

There are a few steps you need to take in order to land a medical transcription job.

These include:

1. Enhance Your Medical Background

Medical Transcription Requirements

Since medical transcription jobs from home focus specifically on the medical field and the dictation of medical professionals, this means that you need a strong medical background.

To be successful, you will need the following:

  • A good grasp of medical terminology
  • General knowledge of medical legalities
  • A good understanding of anatomy

In this case, you will need to ensure getting certified before applying for jobs.

If you’ve worked in a medical facility before or have prior medical experience, then you won’t need to worry about this.

Medical transcription training gives you a solid foundation of the vocabulary that will be used, a general understanding of the human body, and many subjects that you will find yourself encountering during transcribing.

2. Meet the Requirements

Once you’ve put together the medical requirements (see below), you will need to ensure that you have the right general skills to be a transcriptionist, such as typing speed, accuracy, active listening, and the right equipment, including hardware and software.

3. Apply, Apply, Apply.

Start applying for medical transcription jobs from home!

It’s that easy.

Do you have to have a degree to be a medical transcriptionist?

A lot of you are probably wondering what the requirements are to work as a medical transcriptionist.

You will most definitely need a certificate, diploma, or associate’s degree. When it comes to degree-level certificates, all you need is either a high-school diploma or a GED. A university degree is not mandatory.

Certified Medical Transcription Training Program

This is mandatory for anyone who’s trying to become a medical transcriptionist. These programs usually take anywhere from 6 to 24 months. This is to ensure that you’re familiar with:

  1. Medical terminology
  2. Medical reporting
  3. Medical transcription skills
  4. English composition
  5. Medicolegal issues
  6. Syntax (i.e., spelling, grammar, and punctuation)

Not only is this mandatory, but it will also be very hard for you to find a medical transcription job, even an entry-level one, that doesn’t require a medical background.

Career Step’s Medical Transcription Editor training program takes around 4 months of full-time study and provides you with all of the information you could possibly need.

There are two types of certifications available:

  • RMT = Registered medical transcriptionist
  • CMT = Certified medical transcriptionist (You will have to retest for this every 3 years)

Years ago, you would have needed a special machine to play the cassettes and be able to transcribe.

Luckily, everything can be done digitally now.

You will only need:

  • A word processing software (Microsoft Word works great)
  • Transcription software (different companies may require different software but Express Scribe is one of the most popular)
  • Audio playback software (in case of transcription software glitches)
  • Quality headset
  • A foot pedal that enables you to control playback with your feet
  • A medical dictionary for any medical terms you don’t understand

How much money can you make as a medical transcriptionist?

Medical Transcription Salary

The starting salary for remote medical transcriptionists is around $17.94 per hour on average.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average medical transcriptionist earns an annual salary of $35k with the top earners making over $55k per year.

Note that medical transcription jobs from home differ widely and that you’re more likely to get paid based on production. This means that the more you work, the more chances you have of making more money.

The pay structure may also vary depending on where you’re based. Some states pay more than others, and this is also true for workers from different countries.

How you’re paid can also affect your pay; getting paid per audio hour means working faster and taking on more jobs per day can help increase your earnings.

However, the more common way to get paid in medical transcription is per line. The faster you work, and the more work you accept per day, the more you’re paid.

Is there still a demand for medical transcriptionists?

It is no secret that technology has taken over most industries and is slowly transforming the world of transcription as well.

The number of speech-to-text software has increased in the past few years but that doesn’t mean that medical transcription jobs aren’t in demand anymore.

Despite the fact that the software turns the recorded dictation into text, just like you would do, a human element is still very much needed.

Speech-to-text software is still not perfect, especially for different accents and difficult words. Even if the company uses speech-to-text software to automate transcripts, you will still be needed to edit the resulting transcript, as there will likely be misspellings, wrong words, and wrong grammar.

10 Medical Transcription Jobs from Home

1. FlexJobs

Before digging into the rest of the items on this list, I highly recommend starting with FlexJobs.

They constantly scour the Internet for the most up-to-date job postings and find the latest companies currently hiring.

As of this writing, they had 93 results with the search term “medical transcription.”

With all the opportunities listed, your job search may not even go further.

Go ahead and browse all the listings for medical transcription jobs available here.

2. AQuity Solutions

AQuity Solutions provides various clinical documentation services, including medical transcription, coding, virtual scribing, and medico-legal documentation.

Currently, there aren’t any openings for medical transcriptionists, but it’s worth bookmarking the page and checking back for opportunities.

3. Ascend Healthcare Systems

Ascend Jobs

Ascend offers outsourced clinical documentation and medical transcription services to hospitals, clinics, and healthcare networks.

They require a minimum of three years of experience to be eligible to apply for the medical transcription jobs they’re offering on their website.

You must be located within the US, eligible to work in the US, and able to pass a background check.

Applications can only be submitted through email.

If you are mass-applying for jobs, consider Ascend. Otherwise, there are other, better options in this list.

4. Eight Crossings

Eight Crossings Jobs

Eight Crossings has been providing remote transcriptions to doctors, lawyers, hospitals, and authors since 2001, so forgive their website for looking outdated, as they’re probably spending more on their technology to keep up with the changing times and advances in digital transcription.

They offer flexible schedules, consistent work, state-of-the-art software, and a network of transcriptionists with whom you can share and swap best practices as well as offer and receive support.

If you’re going to apply for a medical transcription job with them, bear in mind that you need to have two years of medical transcription experience or have graduated from an accredited transcription program if you have no experience.

Aside from that, you’ll need to be able to commit to submitting 1,000 lines per day.

5. Fast Chart

Fast Chart Jobs

Fast Chart is a medical transcription company that delivers outsourced clinical documentation and editing services to hospitals, clinics, and physicians.

To apply as a medical transcriber, you’ll need to demonstrate a high level of medical knowledge by getting high marks on their medical language and terminology examination.

Fast Chart allows you to set your own schedule and work when you can. Not only that, they offer competitive rates and pay a premium for holiday and weekend work.

Bear in mind, though, that if you end up working with them, you’ll be considered an independent contractor, and so this job does not include any benefits.

6. SoftScript

SoftScript Jobs

 

SoftScript provides medical transcription services, speech recognition, and provider documentation to hospitals,

They also hire remote scribe assistants to help in charting and billing so physicians can fit more appointments and patients in their workday.

If you want to apply on their careers page, you’ll need to have at least three years of experience and have undergone training from an accredited institution.

7. ubiqus

Ubiqus is constantly on the lookout for medical transcriptionists, as well as writers, translators, interpreters, and account managers for the medical field, as well as other sectors such as finance, legal, media, luxury, and lifestyle.

The positions are remote, and you’ll have the flexibility to set your own work schedule.

8. Pacific Transcription

Pacific Transcription

Pacific Transcription is another company that is constantly hiring typing contractors, including medical transcriptionists.

You would need to have at least three years of experience in medical transcription.

9. Absolute Transcription

This Oklahoma-based medical transcription company prides itself on providing superior medical transcription services to many different branches of medicine.

They vet their transcriptionists carefully, requiring 3 years of clinical experience and in-depth knowledge and understanding of medical terminology.

10. Acusis

Acusis provides clinical documentation solutions to hospitals, large clinics, and physician practices.

They’re currently offering remote medical coding as well as medical transcription jobs.

You’d need at least three years of experience in medical transcription and the ability to transcribe from low-quality audio as well as from speakers for whom English is a second language.

11. Cornerstone Medical Transcription

Cornerstone Medical Transcription provides professional medical transcription services, as well as medicolegal, law enforcement, and general transcription.

To apply for a medical transcription job, fill out the online form on their Careers page and attach your updated résumé.

12. Med-Scribe Transcription Solutions

Founded in 1992, Med-Scribe aims to produce high-quality medical transcriptions with a quick turnaround time.

They are offering medical transcription jobs for part-time employment. That means if you pass their application process, they’ll pay for your social security, Medicare, unemployment, and worker’s comp.

Shift schedules are assigned, so your work hours and workdays are set.

This one isn’t for beginners; they only consider US-based applicants who have experience in either ChartNet or M*Modal Fluency transcription platforms.

13. TASK Transcription Services

TASK Transcription & Voice Solutions provides high-quality transcription services to professionals in the medical, legal, government, financial, and many other industries.

They’re looking for legal and medical transcriptionists to work at least 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. To apply, fill out the form and attach your résumé.

14. EHR Medical Transcription Services

If you’re looking for a fast, reliable, trusted medical transcription service, EHR is proud to provide that service. With their triple-proofing system, transcripts come back with high accuracy.

They’re looking for medical transcriptionists to join their team with at least experience in general transcription. Fill out the form on their Career Opportunities page to submit your application.

15. Perfect Transcription

Perfect Transcription is a physician-owned, physician-managed medical transcription service providing accurate transcripts that can be customized with the clients’ specific requirements.

They require three years prior experience in medical transcription. To apply, either fill out their contact form or email your résumé in MS Word format to recruiting[at]perfecttranscription[dot]com.

The Future of Medical Transcription Jobs

Medical transcription jobs from home are on the rise, and they provide a stable yet flexible career option.

If you have a strong medical background and want to work from home but working as a medical transcriptionist doesn’t sound too appealing to you, check out our list of medical billing jobs and remote jobs for doctors.

You can also check our lists of work-at-home nursing jobs or other general work from home jobs.

Which one of these medical transcription companies are you interested in applying? Tell us in the comments below!

15 Companies Hiring for Work From Home Accounting Jobs

Finding work from home accounting jobs is easier today than it has ever been.

One of the best things about being an accountant is that once you get your licenses and certifications, there are always opportunities for work.

From large corporations to small nonprofits, to budding entrepreneurs, there’s always a demand for accountants.

In recent years, this industry has been shifting, as more and more companies recognize that there’s no need for an accountant to be available on-site, full-time.

Instead, there’s a big shift towards hiring accountants who work from home.

While working as an accountant from home may seem like the dream, it’s still hard work and requires the same qualifications and skills that most companies would vet for when hiring in-house accountants.

It’s not all about being dedicated to the job, however.

The beauty of online accounting jobs is that you can work in your own time and often get in some leisure or travel in-between too.

Here’s everything you need to know about work at home accounting jobs: what you need, where to find them, and some tips to be a successful online accountant.

What Does It Take to Start a Remote Accounting Job?

Of course, you’re seeking to live your best life, but employers are still seeking quality work.

Companies usually demand the same requirements for remote accounting jobs, including education, certifications, and experience.

Those fresh out of college who are looking to simply skip the office cubicle and get straight into working from home need not worry, though.

Newbies who are just starting out will still have a chance of getting hired.

It’s not impossible, just harder.

As long as you have the necessary qualifications, skills, and licenses in place, you have a shot.

The other thing you have to worry about is having the right environment and setup in your home office.

Some companies may have specific requirements for this area as well, but for the most part, you’ll need a laptop or PC, the right software, and a headset and webcamera so you can take the occasional phone call and attend virtual meetings as needed.

How Much Do Accountants Who Work From Home Make?

First, the exciting part: According to ZipRecruiter, accountants who work from home make about $32 an hour on average (but more commonly, the range is around $26 to $32). From what I found on Indeed, the average hourly wage for a remote accountant is around $24 per hour.

Second, a word of caution: While online accounting work is undoubtedly booming, there are still people who will try to take advantage of you over the internet.

Be careful of falling for a scam or doing work for a company that doesn’t intend to pay you.

Make sure to set up parameters where you get paid per pre-approved milestones. If that’s not an option, read the contract through very carefully and consult a lawyer if you need to.

Just as with any job, you shouldn’t do any work before a contract is in place.

15 Companies Currently Hiring Remote Accountants

I’ve found a few companies that hire remote accountants.

Of course, there are plenty more out there, but these companies look legitimate and have good reviews from employees and customers.

Not all of these companies may be hiring right now, but it’s still worth a shot to send them your resumé. And if all else fails, then there’s always the option of becoming a freelance accountant.

You could also consider looking at all of the “Big Four” accounting firms (Ernst & Young, Deloitte, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.), as they also regularly hire remote accountants.

1. FlexJobs

FlexJobs Accountant Openings

I highly recommend you start your search at FlexJobs.

The staff at FlexJobs go through all the job postings and publish only the most accurate, up-to-date ones.

As of this writing, Flexjobs currently had over 1,500 open accountant jobs all ranging from entry-level to senior-level positions (plus thousands of other legitimate work from home jobs too.)

Browse the current postings at FlexJobs now.

2. Bookminders

Bookminders

Bookminders is one of the biggest outsourced bookkeeping companies in the US.

They mainly cater to startups, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations that cover a wide range of industries.

To be considered, you must be within 45 miles of a Bookminders office (they have offices in Pittsburgh, PA, Philadelphia PA, Cherry Hill, NJ, and Baltimore, MD).

They allow for very flexible hours but do offer training and have client meetings conducted during business hours. You’ll sometimes also have to be willing to meet with clients in person.

They require a four-year degree (preferably in accounting) and about 5 years of experience in accounting or finance.

3. Robert Half

Robert Half Open Jobs

This company often hires bookkeepers and accountants for remote work, as well as for full-time and part-time work.

Currently, there are hundreds of available jobs on their website. However, there is less than 50 work from home accounting jobs listed.

If you do manage to snag a job with them, you’ll be paid well and receive great benefits.

4. Ernst & Young

Earnst & Young Jobs

If you’ve been in the accounting industry for any amount of time then you’ve probably heard of Ernst & Young (EY). This is one of the so-called “big four” accounting firms that also hires remote workers periodically.

Their headquarters are in the UK, but they have offices all over the world that are constantly on the lookout for new talent. They’ve been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by Fortune magazine, so you can’t go wrong with this one.

5. Crowe

Crowe (previously named Crowe Horwath) is one of the biggest accounting firms in the world, with over 4,000 employees, many of whom are accountants that work from home.

They mainly hire people from the US, UK, and India, however, so if you live outside of these countries, you might want to look elsewhere.

6. Supporting Strategies

Supporting Strategies Jobs

This is another firm that specializes in outsourcing accounting and bookkeeping work for small businesses through remote employees.

While Supporting Strategies employees mainly work from home, the company does hold events that “bring people together and foster a sense of community.”

So if you’re worried about missing out on those aspects when working remotely for a company, then they’ve got you covered.

7. Accounting Department

Accounting Department Jobs

Accounting Department specializes in virtual accounting for various clients and businesses across the US.

They currently have a few remote accounting positions open so make sure to jump on those before they’re gone.

8. Fusion CPA

Fusion CPA has been around since 2011, offering a holistic, bespoke approach to financial planning.

They are constantly looking for accountants and bookkeepers to fill various finance-related positions.

Currently, they are looking for Accounting Specialists to work from home.

9. 1-800Accountant

This company prides itself on being a full-service firm, with a virtual team of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), Enrolled Agents (EAs), payroll and tax specialists, bookkeepers, and other professionals working to help startups, entrepreneurs, and small businesses with their financial needs.

They’re currently looking for tax preparers and consultants for remote work.

10. Accountingfly

Accountingfly is a job board similar to FlexJobs but specializes in telecommuting accountant jobs.

Currently, there are companies looking for remote tax and accounting specialists, tax reviewers, and senior accountants.

11. Paro

Paro matches businesses of all sizes with the right financial professionals to address their specific needs and challenges.

There are plenty of freelance accounting positions available on their Careers site.

12. CPA MOMS®

CPA MOMS® help out startups and fast-growing small businesses set up their finances to handle tight cash flow and other struggles specific to those businesses.

They have plenty of full-time and part-time remote positions available.

And despite the name, you don’t have to be a CPA mom to apply. There are available positions for men and even non-CPAs.

Note: Here are more work at home jobs for moms to consider, if you’re interested.

13. Accounting.com

Accounting.com is a resource for aspiring accountants looking for a course and college to study accounting, entry-level accountants looking to start their careers, and experienced accountants looking to improve their skills and keep abreast of the latest news and trends in the field.

They have an updated job board, including work from home accounting jobs both locally and internationally.

14. iHireAccounting

iHireAccounting is another niche job board dedicated solely to the accounting industry, bringing job seekers and employers together to make sure the right people are doing the right jobs.

The basic membership gives you enough to get started, including access to all the jobs within their network and tools to improve your resume for free. Premium membership costs around $25 a month and gives you access to more jobs on their network, exclusive webinars, and a dedicated career advisor

15. FinancialJobsWeb.com

As their name implies, FinancialJobsWeb is an online job board offering all types of finance-related jobs, including those in the accounting industry.

Aside from a wide variety of accounting jobs and locations, you can also post your resume on their site, which can then be searched by employers looking for a specific skill set such that you get contacted by potential employers for jobs that may fit you.

Tips for Success in a Work From Home Accountant Job

Now that you know where to look for online accountant jobs, here are some tips so you can be a successful one.

1. Equip yourself with the best possible equipment you can get.

Almost all your tasks as a work-at-home accountant are centered around your computer.

If you’re serious about pursuing a career as an online accountant, you need to invest in equipment that can handle all the software and accessories you’ll need to do your job from home (or from anywhere, really).

2. Get certified with the most popular accounting software.

Quickbooks, Xero, and Sage are the most popular accounting software for various reasons.

When employers see that you’re certified in this software, it’s more likely that you’ll at least be shortlisted as a work-from-home accountant for them.

Of course, if the company you’re applying for is using different software, see if you can learn that software and get certified for it, too.

3. Create an environment and culture that increases your productivity.

Being an online accountant, or in any position that allows you to work from home, really, means that you’re in charge of when you work, where you work, and how long you work at a time.

But this freedom can also be your downfall if you don’t know how to maximize it.

It’s important to know yourself: what motivates you, what inspires you, what makes you produce your best work.

On the flip side, you want to know what distracts you, what takes away from your work, what stresses you out.

Based on this information, set up your home office for your success and not for the Pinterest aesthetic. If having a plant distracts you more than it inspires you, then don’t get one.

In the same way, set up your schedule for your success. If you work best during the afternoons, schedule work at that time and move other things in your day around that.

You’ll need to compromise some of the time, like for business meetings with one common time, scheduled activities that you can’t move, etc. But the beauty of working remotely is that it gives you the flexibility to adjust.

Final Thoughts on Virtual Accounting Jobs

No one wants to feel like they’re stuck in a 9-to-5 rut. Luckily, there are many opportunities out there for accountants to break away and find flexible jobs that fit their own pace.

I’ve also written a separate post about virtual bookkeeping jobs if you aren’t a certified public accountant (CPA), whether you’re still working towards it or you just really love numbers and doing it on the side.

Are you going to apply for a work-from-home accounting job soon? Which company looks like a good fit? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

10 Online Jobs for College Students with Busy Schedules

Being a college student often means getting creative with Ramen noodles.

Maybe you don’t mind, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a bit of extra cash flow?

Not everyone has the time or transportation to get to a part-time job, but luckily, it’s the 21st century and online jobs are a thing now!

Today, let’s look at some online jobs for college students to help you earn something extra so those Ramen noodle days become few and far between.

10 Ways for College Students to Make Money Online

How well these options will work for you depends on how much time you have on your hands between classes and studying.

But the list below contains different types of online jobs that require different levels of commitment and still pay enough that you might be able to afford that expensive textbook this semester.

Or you might be able to afford a pub session for more than once a week.

And that’s fine too!

I’m not here to judge.

1. Participate in research studies

Northwestern Research Studies

You’re already at a place of study, furthering your own knowledge and doing research around various topics.

So why not make use of that studious atmosphere and take part in some research studies to make a little extra cash on the side?

Many universities have their own paid research studies and you can certainly check if you can participate.

But there are plenty of online research studies to take part in, too. These studies aren’t limited to the medical field either, as professionals in the marketing industry rely on studies to find out more about what you like and which products you want to see more of.

Just make sure to know whether you’re looking at a paid research study or an online survey.

Some online surveys do pay, but many don’t.

Others just provide gift cards to one lucky survey taker. Fortunately, it isn’t too hard to differentiate between the two.

To make your search a little easier, I’ve compiled a handy list of 20+ research studies you can take part in right now.

They’re all online and pay pretty well.

You won’t be able to live off of what you earn from them, of course, but it’s still a great way for college students to make money part-time.

2. Try your hand at search engine evaluation

Search engine evaluator jobs

For most students, using search engines like Google is second nature by now.

You could probably do it in your sleep.

Fortunately, there are companies that pay for people to use search engines.

Search engines are marvels at quickly finding what we want to know, but they don’t always show perfect search results.

This is why search evaluators are hired—to use certain search terms and evaluate the results or sometimes the ads that show up (because these ads use search keywords as well).

Being a search evaluator is probably one of the best online jobs for college students there are.

It doesn’t take up much time and doesn’t require too much brainpower that it distracts from schoolwork and exams.

Companies usually hire search evaluators and send them guidelines and search terms on a per-project basis. But you won’t have to work more than a couple of hours a week at most, though some companies allow up to 30 hours a week on big projects.

To find online search evaluator jobs, look at companies like RaterLabs or Appen.

Check our full list of search engine evaluator jobs here.

3. Earn side cash by answering questions

If you’ve been at college for any amount of time, then you’ve probably already filled out a survey or two.

Knowledge is power, as they say, but you don’t have to give up your precious time for nothing in return.

Plenty of at-home jobs for college students involve answering surveys as it’s an easy way to make some cash on the side.

There are lots of companies out there who want people to answer surveys on a range of topics, and they’re not hard to find.

In fact, here are a few companies willing to pay for your answers right now.

Just make sure of one thing: that you fit the demographic they need before answering a survey, or it’s likely you won’t get paid or even get blacklisted from the site.

4. Fit in a microjob between classes

Sometimes there’s just no time to fit in a part-time job in your already-busy schedule.

Microjobs, however, can fit nicely into even the busiest of schedules, making it the perfect option for the student who doesn’t have any time.

The great thing about microjobs is that you can usually do them anytime, from anywhere.

If you have some time to spare between classes or during lunch, then you can just log in with your phone and get a few microjobs done.

Companies like Amazon MTurk hire people for jobs like transcribing short texts or audio files, identifying figures in photos, and taking surveys, amongst other things.

You probably won’t earn much in the beginning, but you can work your way up on the website or app you chose and start earning more for more complicated jobs. Or you can stick to the less taxing ones if that’s all you have time and energy for.

It’s an extremely flexible way of making extra income.

5. Become a call reviewer

If you’ve ever had to call customer service or received a phone call from a call center, then you’re familiar with that ‘this call is being recorded’ line.

You might be surprised to hear that companies are serious about that statement and they do take the time to go through recorded calls and review them.

Humanatic is one of the companies that hire people like college students to listen to and review calls.

The job is pretty simple, and all you need to do is listen to a call and tag it according to the criteria they set out.

There’s also the opportunity to grow and take on more work (and more pay!) if you do well.

6. Run errands for other people

Even students have to go run errands every once in a while.

Now you can run a few extra errands for other people and make cash while doing it too.

There are plenty of people who don’t have the time, or sometimes the physical or mental ability, to do everyday things like picking up and dropping off their dry cleaning or mailing a package.

Whatever their reasons, you’ve got the opportunity to generate an income by doing it for them.

This can be a good online job for a college student as these are mostly errands that you’ll have to do for yourself, too. So why not get paid for taking on an extra load of groceries when you’re already doing your own shopping, anyway?

Apps like TaskRabbit and Gigwalkers are two good places to start choosing errands you can run for other people.

7. Put your research skills to use

WIkipedia online research

You aren’t wasting time by building up your academic skills.

They can come in handy for earning an income, even if it doesn’t seem apparent when you’re busy raiding the library or deep diving on the internet for info on some obscure data.

Companies like Wonder are hiring analysts to do research on various topics for them.

Lots of the projects you get to work on will be for brands who need to find out more about whichever industry they are in. But there are fun projects too, like looking up locations and setting up an itinerary for a group outing or finding the best product in a certain category.

You’ll get to work with statistics, market research, and lots of data on current trends.

This is a great way to use the skills you have picked up in college and develop them even further while getting paid for it.

Here are a few companies currently hiring online researchers.

8. Work for Apple

If you’re a huge fan of Apple products, enrolled in classes at a participating university, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher, working for Apple may be a dream come true for you.

Apple Support College Advisors help Apple customers by answering questions about Apple products and services, troubleshooting their devices, and connecting them to further help if it can’t be resolved in one phone, chat, or text session.

You’ll undergo nine weeks of paid training, be given your own iMac and headset to be used exclusively for your work as an Advisor, and get to work from home while accommodating your class schedule and academic load.

Unfortunately, students living in college dormitories are not currently eligible to participate, as your working environment has to be private, quiet, and as free of ambient noise as possible.

This might be one of the best online jobs for college students; not only do they accommodate your class schedule but you now have a jumping-off point for a job after graduation and possibly even a career beyond that.

9. Transcribe audio or video into text

As a college student, your spelling and grammar, as well as your typing skills, should be a cut above the general population.

Generally, transcription companies look for part-time to full-time workers, but there are others where you don’t have a schedule; simply log in and work whenever you have time.

Check out our list of online transcription jobs and see which ones may be a good fit for you.

10. Be social

You’re probably already on social media during your downtime (or, let’s face it, during a boring class or two).

Why not channel this social media time into something productive?

Because their consumers are almost definitely on social media, businesses are always looking to reach this audience and are therefore willing to hire social media managers who know how to engage their target audience on social media.

You might not be eligible to be a social media manager (you’d normally have to already have your bachelor’s degree), but you can run social media marketing campaigns for local businesses and organizations.

Go over these social media jobs to have an idea of what’s expected from someone who works with social media.

Final Thoughts: Don’t Rush In

The lure of making extra cash on the side is strong, but don’t rush into anything.

Take your time to find the right fit for you. Worrying about exams and group projects are hard enough without adding a taxing job into the mix.

If none of the jobs on this list fits your time or skills, then don’t worry. There are still plenty of easy online jobs for college students out there.

In fact, one of the easiest online jobs for college students isn’t really a job at all. A person doesn’t have to do any major hard work with the internet only a click away. Some companies will pay you to simply download an app or shop online.

Granted, these are usually once-off payments.

But if you string enough of them together, then you can make a good bit of cash in a short amount of time.

If you’re looking for a side hustle that’s more long-term, though, then have a look at these 100 ways to make money online.

Are you currently a college student looking for an online job? Did our list help? Share you experiences with us in the comments below!

11 Ways You Can Get Paid to Do Nothing

Isn’t it the ultimate dream to get paid to do nothing?

I mean, sure, we’ve all heard that you have to work hard to earn an income and getting paid to do little more than breathe might seem like a far-fetched idea.

It certainly is if you’re hoping to make millions (unless you’re extremely lucky or some sort of investor) but there are exceptions to the rule.

I’ve scoured online sources for legitimate ways to make some quick side cash from doing things that don’t take a lot of effort.

My searches have lead me down some pretty weird paths.

But for the most part, I’ve come across amazing, if unusual, opportunities that pay enough to help someone make ends meet or buy that new thing they’ve been saving up for.

Here’s a compilation of all of the coolest jobs I’ve found that will let you make money by doing (practically) nothing. I’ve broken them down into categories, so you can quickly find something that fits your needs and lifestyle.

11 Ways to Get Paid to Do Nothing

The internet has made it possible for lots of interesting new industries to pop up.

Some still require hard work, but others are so simple that you wouldn’t believe anyone can get paid to participate.

But they can and do.

The simplicity doesn’t overshadow the brilliance of it all, however. Because there are currently close to 4.66 billion active internet users.

That’s a big pool of people who can help a company in various ways if they know how to use them. And that’s exactly what companies did.

Check out some of the ways you can make money by simply using your phone:

1. Download Apps

If there’s one thing that’s easy to do, it’s downloading apps. And making money by doing almost nothing doesn’t come easier than this.

We use our phones almost every hour of every day anyway (well I do at least), and most of the time, there’s almost no effort involved in making some extra side cash by just clicking a button.

So I set out to find some companies that will pay people to download their apps.

Sounds too easy, right?

But I always make sure to look into whether these apps are trustworthy and if they really pay.

Some of the things I found:

If you’re keen on getting paid for doing absolutely nothing, then download and install Nielsen’s app right now.

They’re a consumer research agency and they will pay you $50 per year for simply downloading the app.

That isn’t your only option, however. There are plenty of ways to make money by using your phone.

In this article, I explain the example above in more detail and list more apps that let you make money by doing nothing.

2. Send Texts

Texting has taken over the world. I mean, who makes a phone call these days, right?

If you love chatting over the phone then making money with it will almost be like second nature.

And I’ve got you covered here too.

Most people think that getting paid to text means they will have to resort to flirty texts and talking dirty to strangers. That’s definitely one way, and if you have no qualms about sending naughty texts to strangers then you can earn a decent income from it.

But as I explain in my easy ways to make money by texting article, there are other great options out there that won’t make you feel uncomfortable.

Along the same lines, sign up with these three reputable companies to start making money immediately.

They’ll notify you when new questions are available and you simply type in your answers.

You don’t even have to get off your couch.

3. Unlock your phone

Yes, even unlocking your phone can earn you some cash.

You may not notice it because you’re not counting, but the average smartphone user unlocks their phone around 150 times a day.

So it’s not surprising that brands want access to your screen and show you ads, some of which can even be linked to a website or whatever they want you to see.

Lockscreen apps know this and connect advertisers with your phone; they get paid by advertisers and give you some of the profits in return for allowing them to access your lockscreen.

It’s a few cents a day, but they quickly add up, and it’s possible to get up to $40 a year for simply unlocking your phone.

Some of the apps that have a history of paying out include S’more, Slidejoy, and ScreenLift.

4. Connect to the internet

Who knew simply connecting to the internet can earn you money?

If you have an unlimited data plan, or have plenty of data that you don’t use, Honeygain will pay you for your unused data.

The Honeygain app shares your internet securely without access to your personal data. They’re not mining cryptocurrency; they use your internet connection to run various search queries that their clients are interested in.

For instance, they run queries on Google and other search engines to help them with search engine optimization.

To start earning, simply install their app on your devices, connect your devices to the internet, and go about your life.

And when you don’t want to share your internet connection anymore, delete your account and the application from your devices.

If you have a good internet connection and you’re comfortable with letting some else use it, downloading Honeygain allows you to get paid to do virtually nothing.

We’ve all got to live somewhere, and we all have to sleep. But what if you could get paid to do exactly that?

It might seem crazy, but people are actually getting paid to simply do what they’re already doing.

Over the past year, I’ve scoured the internet and published multiple articles explaining how to make money by doing things like walking, reading, and sleeping.

Here they are, broken down for you so you can get started on making some extra cash just by living the way you do.

5. Watch People’s Houses

There’s a big market for house sitters right now, and plenty of opportunities all over the world for the right type of person.

People who own multiple properties or those who go on vacation a lot usually feel much better having someone take care of their empty house while they’re away.

Just take a look at some of the ways you can get a gig as a house sitter.

I also explain a bit about the industry and how to land your first house-sitting job.

6. Walk Around and Earn Money

Okay, this one has you actually getting up and moving, but come on, this is as easy as it gets.

Staying fit and getting paid for it?

What dream is this? Well it is real, and I’ve tested some of the best walking and fitness apps that pay, and they really do pay out in either cash or gift cards.

Here’s the whole list.

You won’t be getting rich, but it’s still an extra buck in your pocket that wouldn’t have been there otherwise.

7. Earn Cash While You Sleep

Personally, I’d love to get a little bit more sleep.

But who wouldn’t?

Well, luckily, there is a way and I tried to find out as much as I could about it.

Check out what I found if you’re really in need of more sleep and keen to find a way to get paid to do literally nothing.

But do note that it isn’t a very big field.

So getting into a paid study to test your sleeping patterns might take some time or it might not happen at all.

But one can dream, right?

8. Get Paid to Listen to Music or Watch TV

Where would the world be without entertainment?

The average person spends at least a couple of hours a day either listening to music, or watching TV, or both.

And if you’re addicted to binging television shows or can listen to songs for hours on end, then this is perfect for you.

I’ve looked into some of the best money-making opportunities out there for both music and television.

The best part of all?

You really do get paid for doing practically nothing.

9. Stand in Line

People will fall in line for something really important to them.

Think of the first showing in a local theater of a popular movie, such as one of the Star Wars movies. Or the release of a long-awaited video game, the latest iPhone, or the latest Air Jordans.

Or the main shopping event of the year: Black Friday.

But the waiting can be a hassle. It can be cold. And dark. And the pavement can be hard.

So why not pay someone else to fall in line?

Here’s where you come in.

Thanks to websites like the New York-based Same Ole Line Dudes and Los Angeles-based LineAngel, or apps like TaskRabbit and InLine4You, you can get paid to stand in line.

You can either meet the one who hired you when you’re almost at the front of the line, or you can charge them extra for the cost of the item and even delivery if you’re falling in line to buy something.

The pay rate is usually per hour, and you can charge more or less depending on how long you’re estimated to wait, time of day, weather conditions, and other relevant conditions.

Same Ole Line Dudes, for example, charges a minimum of $45 for up to two hours, after which it’s $10 per half hour. However, it’s unclear how much of this goes to the actual people who stay in line.

10. Read

I know what it’s like to just get lost in a book for days on end. Escaping reality is wonderful, but unfortunately, it’s always there, waiting for you to get back.

Well, now you can feel a little less guilty about avoiding reality by earning some money while you do it.

These tips will help you start earning money from sitting back and relaxing with a book.

11. Work Now and Keep Getting Paid for it Down the Line

All of the things above are great if you have some time here and there to make a bit of extra money. But what if you want to work today and keep earning money for it months from now? Well, I’ve got you covered in that department too.

Take a look at some of the best ways to earn a passive income. These are foolproof methods, tested by me and others.

How to Get Free Stuff

While the options below won’t really get you paid, you can get a whole lot of free stuff sent right to your doorstep, if you know where to look, at least.

I’ve tried to find as many ways to get freebies as I could, and divided them into these categories:

Getting Paid to Do Nothing Has Never Been Easier

If you want to get paid to do nothing just know that isn’t some far-fetched dream if you know how to do it. Most of the things listed above won’t pay enough for you to live off of, but they’re great as a side hustle to get some extra income.

If you’re still looking for even more ways to make extra money, then have a look at these easy ways to earn money from your phone, or this massive list of different side hustles.

Are you ready to get paid to do nothing? Which one of these hustles are you going to try first? Tell us in the comments below!

16 Best Jobs for Introverts (and 4 Jobs to Avoid)

Introversion is not a mental illness or a personality disorder; it’s a healthy personality type. However, it does make doing certain occupations very difficult. Today, you’ll learn the best as well as the worst jobs for introverts.

As an introvert myself, I prefer smaller crowds, solitude, and independence.

Big crowds tend to drain my energy, and so I need some quiet alone time to recharge and re-energize after interacting with people.

Plus, I tend to get distracted easily, and too much outside stimulation (e.g., noise, passersby in my line of sight, food smells, perfume, and other sensory distractions) leaves me unfocused and overwhelmed.

Thus, working in an office, especially with plenty of employees, open layouts, and frequent meetings and collaborations hold very little appeal for me.

If this sounds like you, at least take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone (yes, it is with heavy irony that I say that).

This means that the best jobs for introverts are those that allow them to work in quiet spaces and in seclusion. Also, it’s best to allow them to self-manage their work.

Note that this doesn’t mean that introverts aren’t capable of doing difficult jobs or they aren’t hard workers.

It just so happens that the ideal office worker nowadays is a social alpha-type who is comfortable with having plenty of attention focused on them at any given time.

If you’re an introvert looking for a job where the work conditions are ideal, go through our list of XX jobs and consider applying to at least one of them.

The 16 Best Jobs for Introverts

If you’re looking for a job where you can get straight to work without having to socialize, here are 15 jobs for you to consider starting.

1. Researcher

The best thing about being a researcher is that it is such a broad category that you’re bound to find an industry or topic that you’re interested in doing research on.

All research positions basically have two requirements:

  • Having excellent written communication
  • Being able to work independently

Being a researcher is one of the best careers for introverts due to the fact that it perfectly utilizes introverts’ strengths and is usually very easy to transition into.

There are plenty of types of research, too: from marketing research to gender studies, to medical research, you’re likely to find a field of research that is interesting to you.

Introverts Desk

2. Freelance Writer

Freelance writing opens up thousands of opportunities for you.

Whether you want to write ebooks, write for blogs, write FAQ pages, publish your own book, write contracts, or ghostwrite strategies, your options are practically endless.

Many introverts love working as freelance writers because of the sheer flexibility that comes with the job and the fact that they get to spend a lot of time on their own.

Whether you want to be a freelance writer or a full-time copywriter; this is considered the perfect job for introverts.

Surprisingly, you can make as much as $3000 per month or even more just through freelance writing.

Pro tip: If you have any previous training in a certain type of writing (e.g., academic writing, scientific writing, or technical writing), then you also get to set higher rates for your clients.

If your writing is more specialized, you can even double your expected monthly salary to $6000 a month.

3. Crafter

Crafting jobs for introverts

The best jobs almost always involve doing something you love.

If you’re into crafts but dread the idea of going to local fairs, flea markets, or bazaars, then selling on Etsy is a great option for you.

Selling online eliminates the need to talk to too many people and the tendency to be overwhelmed by the many sights and sounds of a public marketplace.

You can limit your online interactions with customers as well.

What’s more, starting your own Etsy business can make you hundreds and even thousands of dollars.

4. Proofreader

Many introverts have top-notch laser focus and attention to detail.

So why not put those skills to use?

If you like spending plenty of quiet time reading, then proofreading might just be your thing.

You will need to spot mistakes, check for spelling and grammatical errors, and re-read texts multiple times to check that everything is correct.

Here is a list of companies currently looking for proofreaders.

5. Virtual Bookkeeper

Most accounting jobs require a degree, but bookkeeping jobs require being attentive to details, trustworthy, and reliable.

If numbers are your thing, then this is one of the best careers for introverts you can have.

Bookkeeping involves:

  • Creating financial records from scratch
  • Consistently verifying those records
  • Handling, saving, and reporting incoming receipts and purchase orders
  • Keeping track of expenses

If you’re planning on working full-time from home, know that average salaries run around $40k per year. Being a freelance bookkeeper, however, will help you earn more as you get to set your own rates.

6. Actuary

Another one for all you number-lovers out there—becoming an actuary combines your love for math and your attention to details.

An actuary is someone who not only analyzes hundreds of statistical data but also creates suitable forecasts to match what they find.

The following makes being an actuary a great job for introverts:

  • The fact that you can do it from anywhere. All you need is a computer, Excel skills, and a love for numbers.
  • You can analyze every type of statistical data—from mortality rates to the probability of people going to a movie at night.
  • You can easily make up to $100K/year

7. Data Analyst

Did you study mathematics, statistics, or economics?

If you answered yes to that, then you might want to consider becoming a data analyst.

Your job entails dealing with complex spreadsheets, gathering information, and conducting surveys. You will later analyze the data and share it with shareholders or managers.

You will need to be experienced in Excel, SQL, PayScale, or Sharepoint and you can make anywhere from $65k to $110k per year.

8. Blogger

Starting a blog takes little experience but plenty of free time and dedication.

Blogging doesn’t normally fall under the “freelance writing” category, because having a blog is like having your own business.

You’ll have to manage your articles, promote your blog, monetize it, and maximize your profits.

Monetizing your blog may involve running ads, doing affiliate marketing, selling courses and other digital products, selling physical products, selling services, and many other ways.

Always focus on producing as much high-quality content as you can, and you could be one of the people who make six-figure profits per year just from their blogs.

9. Translator

Can you speak a minimum of two languages fluently?

You can consider becoming a freelance (or full-time) translator.

There are plenty of language combinations that are currently in high demand, such as English–Chinese, Arabic–English, and many more.

The more niche your language combination is, the more money you can make.

10. Social Media Manager

Social media managers are highly sought-after by businesses and brands nowadays.

I know what you’re thinking.

Introvert? Social media manager?

Surely you’re joking.

But in truth, this is one of the best jobs for introverts because you don’t need much experience and all the training you will ever need is available online; you won’t need to get out of the house.

Thousands of courses, online videos, free ebooks, and much more are available. Given the right training, and if you focus hard enough, you can master social media management in as little as a month.

It can open up an entire career for you in digital marketing, as well.

Managing social media pages involves strategizing creatively, studying the psychology of your target audience, and knowing how to interpret website analytics.

One thing I specifically like about social media management is that it opens a lot of doors for you.

You can expand your services to digital marketing, or even eventually start your own marketing agency.

Social media manager

11. Video Editor

This is an incredible job opportunity for introverts who also want to have the flexibility of working from home.

As video content online increases in popularity, video editors are increasingly in demand nowadays, not only by businesses or brands but also by individuals and influencers.

If you have experience in video editing with different software, file types, and platforms, you can easily make up to $60k per year.

12. Stock Photographer

Are you passionate about photography and unsure how to make money out of it?

Not only are there plenty of ways to make money with photography, but it’s also a perfect career for introverts.

Your photographs can be worth a lot, and the stock photo industry is expected to be worth $4 billion by 2020.

So how does it work?

  • Upload photos to a stock photography website, such as Shutterstock, iStock, Alamy, etc.
  • Set a price.
  • Get a percentage of the profit whenever someone buys the photos you uploaded.

Some people can make up to $3000 from one single image.

13. Transcriber

Everyone knows introverts are generally good listeners. So it’s no surprise that a good job for introverts is transcription.

What exactly will you be doing then?

It’s simple: You will need to simultaneously listen to an audio track and type what is being said.

Transcription is also quite easy to learn and practice.

You can start by looking for freelance transcription work from different websites.

Transcribers specializing in financial, medical, and legal transcription are in demand nowadays. Learning to transcribe in these fields will allow you to earn more.

In both cases, the job requires absolutely no contact with other people and you don’t need to go to offices or meetings.

14. Graphic Designer

Many graphic designers are self-professed introverts.

It’s one of the best jobs for introverts because you get to spend plenty of time on your own while exploring your creativity.

You will, however, have to deal with client demands on a daily (if not hourly!) basis.

15. Software Developer

Software development is yet another great career for introverts.

The money is excellent ($98k per year on average), you can easily work from home, and you have no need to interact with other people.

If you can write impressive code, bring apps to life, and develop websites, then you’ve got a promising, cubicle-free career ahead of you.

16. Online Librarian

Bet you didn’t know this job even existed.

The duties of an online librarian are essentially the same as that of a regular librarian, such as working with online classes to provide online references to university students and assisting remote students with the use of library services and equipment.

So basically like a regular librarian, only you won’t have to scan and check out books or return books to shelves.

You’ll generally have to hold a Library and Information Science degree or a Masters in Library Science degree from an accredited institution.

The Worst Possible Jobs for Introverts

Just because a job is online and from home does NOT mean that it’s good for introverts.

Here the top 3 worst jobs for introverts:

1. Phone Customer Support

Even though you will mostly be working from home, you will have to constantly talk to people, pick up phone calls, and deal with other’s problems.

That could be quite the draining job for introverts.

2. Cold-Calling Sales Representative

A lot of cold-calling sales jobs pay a decent amount of money but the job entails at least 7 hours a day of being on the phone with people convincing them to buy a product or service.

Introverts barely want to interact with humans for prolonged periods of time.

Imagine an introvert being forced to initiate and take charge of a conversation.

Yeah. No thanks.

3. Real Estate Agent

Real estate agents not only have to convince people to buy properties, but there will be plenty of meetings until the deal is closed.

Imagine traveling outside of your comfort zone, meeting people frequently, and then having to sell to them.

Avoid this one too.

4. Patient-focused Healthcare Worker

Generally, science- or research-related jobs suit introverts, but having to face patients and patients’ families for hours a day as a doctor, nurse, or caregiver can be quite draining on an introvert.

That said, there are specializations that allow you to work in solitude, such as radiologists who interpret X-rays, MRIs, and other diagnostic images, laboratory technicians who perform blood work, urinalysis, and other diagnostic tests in the laboratory, or biostatisticians who analyze complicated data for hospitals, insurance companies, or epidemiologists.

The Best Career for Introverts

Not all jobs make sense for introverts, but as you can see, there are plenty of high-paying jobs for introverts.

You can also learn about more legitimate work from home jobs here or another 100 (yes, seriously) ways you can make money online.

Not all of them will be perfect for introverts, but surely one of the many jobs listed on these websites will capture your interest.

Which of the jobs for introverts we have listed above suits you? Which of these jobs will you not apply to under any circumstances? Sound out in the comments!

15 Easy Ways to Earn Amazon Gift Cards Online

Everyone likes discounted stuff, so why would you ever pay full price for something on Amazon when you can earn free Amazon gift cards?

In the current age of online shopping, we’re all trying to figure out how to get free stuff. Discount codes. Referral bonuses. Gift cards.

It’s practically like getting free money.

(Psst. Have a birthday coming up? You just hit the jackpot with this list of 200 free things you can get on your birthday.)

And here’s a little-known fact for you:

There are a lot more ways to earn Amazon gift cards than you’d expect.

Seriously, if you look up “how to win Amazon gift cards”, you’ll be met with hundreds of options. And I’ll be honest with you – it gets overwhelming.

So the question is:

Where can you get those free Amazon gift cards and how can you take your shopping experience to the next level?

What it Takes to Earn Amazon Gift Cards

For starters, no one is just going to hand out money for free.

With that in mind, you will need to exchange something in order to earn Amazon gift cards.

In most cases, you will need to share personal information about yourself (eg. your demographics, your shopping patterns, past purchases etc.) and companies will pay you to gain access to this information.

Other sites listed below ask that you fill out surveys or answer questions. Basic work that nets you a reward.

With that in mind let’s check out…

15 Ways to Earn Amazon Gift Cards

I’ve compiled the top 15 ways you can earn Amazon gift cards online, so you’re not overwhelmed with hundreds of choices!

Below, you’ll find the best of the best.

1. Swagbucks

Swagbucks signup form

First things first:

When you sign up to Swagbucks you get $5 for free. It’s one of those websites that pay you for pretty much every task imaginable too.

Firstly, you earn SB points whenever you continue a task (watching a video, answering a survey, doing some online shopping).

Then, you can redeem those SB points and earn Amazon gift cards (or cash via Paypal). You can do this from the comfort of your own couch and it’s free.

300 points get you a $3 Amazon gift cards, and you can redeem with as low as that. You’ll find that other websites usually allow you to redeem a minimum of $10 or $20.

The cherry on top?

Amazon gift cards can actually get discounted at Swagbucks. So not only can you earn Amazon gift cards for doing minimal work, but they can also be redeemed for a lower cost.

2. Ibotta

ibotta earnings

Ibotta is one of the best (and easiest) ways you can get free Amazon gift cards.

You pretty much have to do nothing (no answering surveys, no watching videos, no doing any tasks) to earn your Amazon gift card.

So what do you have to do?

Well, activate an offer and scan your grocery receipt.

Yes. That’s it.

This cash back and rewards app allows you to find the best deals by browsing through different stores.

This is how it works:

  • Before going to the store, open the app.
  • Check all the available offers at that store.
  • Add them to your account.
  • After arriving back home, take a picture of your receipt.
  • Withdraw your earnings (through cash or winning an Amazon gift card.)

3. Honey

Honey is a browser extension that also lets you earn Amazon gift cards. Here’s how you do it:

  • Activate a Honey Gold shopping session. This is done through the browser extension that you download.
  • Purchase something and earn Honey Gold points.
  • Collect enough points.
  • Redeem those points as Amazon gift cards.

You can also make 500 points just for referring another user. 1000 Honey Gold points are usually equivalent to a $10 gift card.

Could it get any easier? I think not!

4. Check Wikibuy to earn Amazon gift cards

Wikibuy instant

This is another browser extension that you download (usually works with Chrome & Firefox).

The extension not only allows you to earn points and win Amazon gift cards, but it also helps you find the top coupon codes, alerts you when sales are on and helps you find the best prices.

Aside from redeeming your points as Amazon Gift Cards, you can also use the extension to notify you when you can find a product at a lower price somewhere else.

5. Shopkick

Shopkick has eight different ways you can earn rewards, and we’re here for it! You can earn points (called Kicks) on the website by:

  • Entering a store with the app open.
  • Scanning barcodes of some products.
  • Make purchases with the card that you’ve linked to the app.
  • Scan your receipt (on featured items)
  • Visit online stores & buy products.
  • Watch videos.

These are all the different ways you can earn Amazon gift cards on Shopkick.

6. Mobee

What I love about Mobee is how much fun it is.

The whole idea is that the app assigns you different missions to complete at stores (all undercover, of course) and you win Amazon gift cards in return.

It adds a little fun to the process, instead of answering a survey or watching a video.

7. Drop

Drop is another app that gives you rewards for shopping at specific stores. The best thing about the app is how easy it is to use. You don’t even need to open up the portal whenever you shop. You can forget all about it.

Here’s how you can get your Amazon gift card:

  • Sign up on the app.
  • Link your credit or debit card.
  • Select 5 different stores (merchants).
  • The merchants have different rates (the number of points you can get for every dollar you spent.) Some of the shops include Uber, Target, Starbucks, and Walmart.
  • You can redeem your drop points in the form of Amazon gift cards.

8. Receipt Hog

Receipt Hog website

You can use Receipt Hog to get points for snapping a picture of your shopping receipt.

What makes this app different is that you don’t have to be at a specific shop or buy a specific product.

9. PrizeRebel

Complete offers, answer surveys, watch videos and do some more tasks to get free Amazon gift cards on Prize Rebel.

They have a much lower redemption level than some of the apps mentioned here, where you can literally cash out 200 points ($2 gift card).

That shouldn’t be hard, should it?

If you want to make even more points, you can refer other users to the app and then make 20% of what they are making!

The more points you make, the higher your referral percentage gets. It can easily reach up to 30%. It’s a great source for passive income.

10. Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie

Survey Junkie is renowned around the world for helping you make money fast.

This website has a massive inventory of all types of surveys that you can take. 1000 points equal $10 that you can either cash out or get in the form of free Amazon gift cards.

11. BeFrugal

BeFrugal’s whole point is to give you cash and coupons. You can definitely earn Amazon gift cards.

When you shop at stores like Walmart, Amazon, and Ebay you can get cash back in the form of either cash or Amazon gift cards. You will even get a 1% when you choose the Amazon gift cards option.

12. Checkpoints

Take quizzes, shop online, complete surveys or watch videos to earn points on Checkpoints.

Once you get enough points, you can redeem them in the form of free Amazon gift cards.

13. Inbox Dollars

Inbox Dollars is another website where you can take surveys, take quizzes, shop online, play games and more to get “rewards” and points that you can redeem as free Amazon gift cards. You can even test products!

When you reach a balance of $30, you’ll be able to redeem your Amazon gift card. If you want to make money there faster, I recommend referring a friend, since you get $1 and 30% of what your friend makes.

14. Personal Capital

Personal Capital is an incredible app overall.

This financial app can easily be one of the top money apps right now, as it doesn’t just allow you to track your financial situation (cash flows, what your budgets are likes, the performance of your investment) but it also gives you $20 Amazon gift card when you sign up.

15. Earn Amazon Gift Cards from Amazon

Yup. You can earn free Amazon gift cards from Amazon themselves! If you sign up for their Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card you can get a hefty $70 bonus.

The only thing you will need is a Prime account. The perks are worth it though:

  • A $70 Amazon gift card.
  • 2% off at select restaurants and drug stores.
  • 5% cash back on all your Amazon restaurants.

How do you Earn Amazon Gift Cards?

Have you used any of the sites listed above? If so, what one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

Those websites and apps are all convenient, flexible and are guaranteed to help you earn Amazon gift cards.

They’re all legit, need little to no effort, and help you get quick money! If you want to know more about how you can make quick money online, check out this article.

10 Online Jobs for Musicians: Turn Your Talent Into Cash

For musicians, it may sometimes feel like your passion is a mere hobby. Getting side jobs seems to be the norm instead of building an actual career. But thanks to the internet, there are now online jobs for musicians available that vary from side hustles to actual career-building jobs.

Being a musician can be extremely fulfilling, but being a star is out of reach for many. The music business is notoriously hard to break into, unless you are well connected, super talented, or born under a lucky star.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t still make a buck or two from your music, or even turn it into a full-time job.

Whether you’re looking for a career in music or want to turn your love for all things audio-related into a lucrative side business, there are plenty of options online.

Just remember:

Looking for online music jobs is about networking and selling your talent, much the same as applying for music jobs in person. That part won’t ever really go away.

But the hard part is finding the work.

Fortunately, as I’ve mentioned, there are now plenty of opportunities online.

Whether you want to build a career in music or a music-related field, or you just want to earn some extra cash from doing what you love, chances are you’ll find an online job that is just the right fit for you.

Go through the following list and you might just find one that suits both your talents and needs.

10 Online Jobs for Musicians to Apply For in 2020

Here are some great online jobs for musicians that may be an option for you.

1. Offer Live Online Music Lessons

If you’re comfortable teaching in front of an audience, being a one-on-one online tutor can be a good online job for a musician like you.

The usual music lessons involve instruments, but you don’t need to restrict yourself to that subject. You can also offer lessons on music appreciation, music theory, music production, musical theater, or other music-related subjects.

You can hold 30-minute- or hour-long classes for individuals or groups through video conferencing software, such as Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet.

Or, if you’d like to avoid marketing and promotional costs, especially if you’re only starting, you can offer live lessons through Live Music TutorLessonfaceMusic Lessons Anywhere, or other music lesson website.

2. Create an Online Course

Plenty of musicians or musically-inclined hobbyists turn their knowledge into a successful online course where they help others who are just starting to learn the basics of playing an instrument.

Setting up online courses means you have to go through the process of creating it only once, and then many people can enroll, making it a passive income source.

The best part of it is that, unlike in-person tutoring, you’re not limited to the people in your area.

And unlike live tutoring through videoconferencing, you can get as many clients as you like without having to limit yourself to teaching one or two students per hour.

You can start off by creating courses through platforms like Udemy or Coursera.

Eventually, you can build your own website and offer online courses there. You can then offer other products, such as music sheets, companion guidebooks, and other products that can help your students learn. You can also provide an

JustinGuitar is a great example of how you can turn your talent into a successful online musical career in the tutoring business. Justin has been running his site since 2003 and offers great additional tools and workshops that make people come back for more.

Justin Guitar website

3. Compose Music For Videos or Video Games

Online video content and video games have become increasingly popular in recent years, and are projected to become even more popular for years to come.

As a result, video content creators are putting out more and more content, while also becoming pressured to make their content stand out from all the other videos on YouTube, Vimeo, and other video-sharing platforms.

All of those content creators are often in need of background music or even film scoring for their videos.

So who do they turn to?

Usually, they hire composers online.

There are some great online tools for composing music (like Flat and Noteflight) as well as selling your finished compositions to anyone who would like to use them. Platforms like LuckStock lets you sell your music royalty-free.

I’ve also found that many YouTubers and other content creators make use of Fiverr for their music needs if you want to give that a try.

Also, bear in mind that video game creators are also on the lookout for composers to create original music for their games.

And as the online video game space becomes more crowded with new games coming out seemingly every month, the pressure is on game creators to make everything about their games unique and exciting, and that includes their background music.

4. Compose Stock Music

The difference between creating stock music and creating music specifically for a video or a video game is that creating stock music is more like creating a product that audiences can buy. It’s cheaper for them but since anyone can just buy it, they may be using the same stock music as another creator.

When you create and sell stock music, those pieces can be a constant source of revenue as companies and other content creators are always on the lookout for new tunes to accompany their videos.

If you want to go down this route, try to sell your music to sites like Shutterstock and AudioJungle first.

5. Become an Audio Editor

If you’re more into the technical side of producing music, then audio editing can be one of the more lucrative online jobs for musicians.

This field is a bit more competitive than most of the others on this list, but it’s still a good option if you have some music editing experience.

From what I’ve found, the best way to get started as an online audio editor is to go the freelance route and find some clients to start off with. Popular freelance sites like PeoplePerHour and Upwork seemed to have plenty of work available.

6. Become a Music Journalist

Writing about music might just come as naturally to you as playing it does. The upside here is that you have specialized knowledge and can write with insight into a popular industry.

Online publications do pay for guest posts and some also hire writers permanently.

Rolling Stone cover

In most cases, you’ll have to send some article ideas to a couple of publications and wait for them to contact you back. There’s no guarantee that any will approve your article ideas, but it’s definitely worth a shot if this sounds interesting to you.

There are plenty of music magazines and blogs that are currently accepting submissions so just find some you like and start submitting those ideas.

7. Start a Music Blog

If you love writing about music but journalism isn’t really your style then you could try setting up a music blog of your own. The positive side of this is that you can write about whatever you want, whenever you want.

There’s a lot of work that goes into making a blog work, but if you’re willing to put in the time and effort then you can make a steady income from it. Here are some of my tips on making money with a blog through affiliate marketing.

There are also plenty of online tools to help you get started and set up a blog. Some great free ones include Wix and WordPress.

8. Get Paid to Listen to Music Online

Interestingly enough, this is a legit way to make money. Up and coming composers and musicians want music lovers to listen to and review the quality of their music.

There are a number of music review websites out there that will pay people to listen to the tracks on their site.

Though the key here is to make sure that you find a trustworthy site that does pay. Here’s a list of some websites that do just that.

9. Curate Music for Radio and Streaming Services

If you’ve ever been complimented on many playlists you’ve made, being a tastemaker for a radio station or a streaming service like Spotify, Google Play, or Apple iTunes may be an online job that’s a good fit for you.

Traditionally, this job is done by the music director (MD) at a small- to mid-sized radio station. This entails choosing songs based on the station’s format, target audience, and the MD’s own instincts and good tastes.

As streaming services became more popular in recent years, the MD job has been renamed to streaming curator, but the job remains essentially the same.

Streaming curators create playlists from an extremely diverse music library.

The downside may be that you’ll be hounded all the time by recording companies, managers, promoters, and sometimes even the artists themselves for you to play their songs.

But if you truly love discovering new music and rediscovering old ones, and you know how to combine them in a playlist that makes sense and that audiences will love, then this may be a good fit for you.

10. Sell Your Music Through Online Channels

Getting gigs and playing in front of an audience is the dream. However, starting small can get you there.

Online platforms like TuneCore help artists upload and get their songs on popular online stores like iTunes and music streaming platforms like Spotify.

If you’re serious about making it in the music industry but don’t know where to start, then this might be a great option.

Online Jobs for Musicians Can Turn Your Music Hobby into Cash

That old-school view that you have to work gigs and eventually get a contract at a music label to build a career in music lives in the past where it belongs, along with fanny packs and mullets.

The age of the internet has created online jobs for musicians like you and more ways to earn money doing what you love.

While you’re waiting to break into the music industry, why don’t you go through our list of side hustles to keep you busy.

Which online music job are you interested to pursue? Does teaching sound like a great career to you? Or maybe you’d like to be an audio editor? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!