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You've probably been bothered by a friend or relative who contacted you to buy her or his products. Even though you might have found this to be annoying, direct selling like this does offer a great opportunity. Lots of people earn a nice side income by selling products directly from companies like Mary Kay and Avon. And this isn't about pushing only cosmetic items either. You can work at home selling wellness and health products like AdvoCare, products for pets ( Pawtree) and accessories from Thirty-one Gifts.
Participate in focus groups
You can earn extra income by participating in focus groups sponsored by companies that want to improve their marketing. They will not only pay for your opinions but in some cases will actually come to your apartment or home to interview you. You can find companies that are looking for people to participate in focus groups by checking the listings on FindFocusGroups.com or by searching Craigslist using keywords like “paid study, ” "market research" or just "surveys."
Rent your stuff
Through sites like Zilok you can connect with people interested in renting some of that stuff you have stuck away in your garage, storage closet or basement. There are people out there that would be willing to renting your tools, videogame consoles party supplies, furniture, and other such items. You rent them for some period of time and get paid for it. It's a great way to earn money from stuff you own but don’t use.
Be a consultant
There are companies willing to pay good money for consultants. However, many have learned how expensive it can be to work with those huge consulting firms and are now getting the help they need by hiring individual people. The site Hourly Nerd connects companies looking for consultants with highly educated professionals that have the appropriate skills. If you're not a “highly educated professional” but can write or do graphic arts you could earn extra money on sites such as Upwork and Freelancer.
Rent out that spare room
If you have a spare bedroom you could earn extra money by running it
AirBNB. This site connects travelers with people that will to rent their rooms or even their entire homes. There are also sites such as the (Vacation Rentals by Owner) VRBO and HomeAway where you could advertise your home to potential paying guests while you're not there. If you have relatives or friends that would let you crash on their couches you can actually earn extra money by renting out your house without ever having to leave town.
Take part in an online jury
Attorneys that do trials often want people to give their opinions about cases that have not yet gone to trial. They use jurors that are online to help them figure out what a typical bunch of people might feel about the strength of their arguments or how they might respond to various tactics. Companies such as Online Verdict will pay you to consider the lawyer's case and review it. While this doesn't pay extraordinarily well, most online jurors get from $10 to $60 an hour. Of course, if you could get five online jury assignments a week at $50 an hour that would be a nice $250 extra for just sitting around, watching attorneys in action and then offering up your opinions.