Something on The Side: The 10 Top Earning Side Jobs

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This is a guest post written by Colette Cassidy – founder of All Finance Tax Ltd. She has 13 years of experience in senior accounting roles at Quantum, Apple and Microsoft before setting out on her own in 2003.

Many of us work in full-time jobs that provide little satisfaction other than the necessity of a pay packet in order to finance our lives. If you would like to get involved in something on the side, and make a nice bit of money at the same time, there are many high-paying side jobs available for you. These jobs are also very much in demand, so there is no shortage of opportunities.

Would you be more inclined to take on a side job if you knew it could earn in the region of $40 an hour? That’s the going rate for sign language interpreters, whose role in helping people with hearing impairments is absolutely vital and always sought after.

If that doesn’t fall under your range of skills, maybe you could try your hand at freelance photography, city guide writing or software development. The range is widespread and the money, quite often, is very, very good.

This infographic looks at a selection of some of the top-paying side jobs that you can try out, as well as detailing how flexible each one is so that you can see if you can fit it into your schedule.

It’s a fantastic way to make plenty of extra cash and it also offers a real sense of satisfaction that you’re doing something you like and you’re making a positive difference to the lives of others.

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Top Earning Side Jobs to Boost Your Earning Potential

1. Sign Language Interpreter

Earn: $36/hr.
Description: For those with sign language skills and an Interpreter’s License, part-time and freelance contracts as a sign language interpreter are often available.
Depending on the employer, your role would be to help those with hearing impairments communicate with interpretation.
Type of flexibility: Part-time

2. Software Developer

Earn: up to $30/hr.
Description: Software development jobs are among the most in-demand positions available today, and many offer part-time and project-based work.
There are various projects which can be taken on, such as updating existing websites, creating new templates, helping to develop new websites and apps, and other related tasks.
Type of flexibility: Flexible schedule, part-time hours, telecommuting

3. Online Communications Associate

Earn: up to $25/hr.
Description: Online community management positions are a growing area for part-time work.
Responsibilities typically include updating web content, managing social media, providing system administration, writing content and creating reports.
Type of flexibility: Telecommute, part-time

4. Merchandise Coordinator

Earn: $21/hr.
Description: For those with a small amount of previous merchandising experience, work as a merchandise coordinator can fit neatly into your schedule.
Generally speaking, you support a merchandising team by maintaining and updating information such as reports, samples and updates from other teams.
Type of flexibility: Temporary, freelance, short-term

5. Bilingual Legal Assistant

Earn: up to $21/hr.
Description: For someone with multilingual skills and previous legal experience, bilingual legal assistant jobs are often project or temporary jobs where you’ll help an organization with a specific case or issue, reviewing legal documents using your language skills.
Type of flexibility: Freelance, short-term

6. Freelance Product Photographer

Earn: up to $20
Description: Freelance product photography requires skill, so if you are an experienced photographer, this can be a great earner.
Generally speaking, you’ll need to photograph products and also edit and retouch photos.
Type of flexibility: Temporary, part-time, freelance

7. Bookkeeper

Earn: up to $19/hr.
Description: Again, experience is essential with this flexible job. There is a high volume of part-time bookkeeping jobs for both small and large companies and the responsibilities typically include using QuickBooks to do reconciliation, accounts payable, accounts receivable, etc.
Type of flexibility: Temporary, flexible schedule, potential for very part-time hours

8. Copy Editor/Writer

Earn: up to $17/hr.
Description: Copy editors and writers can be responsible for the writing, execution and proofreading of materials across a range of digital and print platforms.
Depending on the employer, they may write and edit for marketing materials, editorial content, social media and other types of material.
Type of flexibility: Temporary, part-time, telecommute

9. Temporary Transcript Processor

Earn: $15/hr.
Description: Data entry jobs like transcript processing are a great side job for people who love to work independently, have solid attention to detail and enjoy the unique challenges of data entry.
From a variety of sources, data entry specialists are needed to input data into the correct corresponding fields quickly and accurately, and working well under pressure is a must.
Type of flexibility: Part-time, temporary

10. City Guide Writer

Earn: $50-100/project
Description: Travel and tourism businesses, as well as real estate companies, often hire people to write city and neighbourhood guides.
Typically you would need to research and write information about population size, shopping, recreation, culture, entertainment, things to do climate, transit, etc.
Type of flexibility: Freelance, telecommute

So what do you think? Do you have the skills to give one of these side jobs a try?

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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Check out my interview with R.J. from TheWaystoWealth to see how he entered the finance niche, started making money blogging, began bringing traffic from Pinterest and monetizing it with affiliate marketing, and is now making $10,000/month from his online business. #blogger #interview #blogtraffic #incomeideas #income