Summary: Amazon Mechanical Turk

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Part-time online businesses

Online business have more flexible hours, although you will still have to deal with people on occasion, or at least in a more limited fashion.

Sell stuff on Facebook/ Craigslist/ ebay/ Amazon

If you have stuff lying around that you don 't use you always sell it for a few extra bucks. But if you really want to make a go of this you can flip items you find at Goodwill or yard sales to turn it into an actual business. You can even take it step further and sell items for other people on consignment.

You are probably familiar with using Craigslist, eBay, and Amazon (at least as a buyer, if not a seller) but Facebook is also becoming a popular place to find buyers, and you don 't need to have 5,000 friends on Facebook
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Focus groups give in depth analysis of soon-to-be-launched products. However, unlike survey taking the pay can be significant. Focus group companies often pay between $50 and $200+ per opportunity. Due to the high pay competition for each opportunity can be tough. Here are some companies to get you started:

20/20 Panel
Focus Group
Plaza Research
Amazon Mechanical Turk

Amazon Mechanical Turk is a marketplace where companies hire out for simple jobs that are almost mechanical. A computer can 't do them but they are almost computer like. Such as looking at pictures of receipts and filling out a form to state what has been purchased and for how much. Or editing a 100 word survey response. Or looking at a website and counting how many items are for sale on a page. They don 't pay a lot per job but they are also quick and brainless to perform.

Online/ Mock Juror

When cases are going to go to trial in front of a real jury the lawyers want to practice. They want a chance to present their case to average people and see how they would decide the case. They pay pretty well too. While researching this side job I saw one guy say he made $100 to participate in an in-person mock jury that took about five hours to complete. So not too bad!

You can find opportunities on Craigslist in the jobs section or at Sign Up
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There is a market for human hair to make wigs, weaves, extensions, etc. Buyers want at least 10 inches of untreated, healthy hair. It 's not chump change either. Looking around, people were generally asking between $100 and $500 for their hair. And I saw one ad for $2,500. Two websites seem to rule the hair market:

Online Hair Affair
Odd Jobs on Craigslist

Craigslist has a "jobs" section where people list all kinds of odd jobs they need done. It 's a great place to go when you need a few extra bucks. I 've seen everything on there from helping people move to writing reviews to doing flyer drops door to door.


Like baseball? Little league, high schools, and colleges all need people to be umpires, and they pay pretty well too. Little league starts at $25 per game and college can pay over $100. And the way games are often set up, you can do more than one game per day. There are some tests to pass to prove you know the rules of the game, and flexibility goes a long way to getting jobs, since not all games are played nights and weekends.

To get started check out the National Association Of Sports Officials and Amateur Baseball Umpires '

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