Your technical skills can translate to extra income.
Technology is a huge part of our lives. So much of our professional and personal routines depend on our ability to use social media networks, remote communications and other technologies. Without even thinking about it, you have likely developed a number of these tech-savvy skills that can be turned into extra income.
Bloggers earn an average of $50,000 per year, and you can get started easily by using a content management system (CMS). Post regular niche content to attract an audience and boost your web traffic. Once your readership is up, advertisers will pay to post their ads on your blog. You can streamline the process of managing ads with ad partners like Google's AdSense or Commission Junction.
Managing Social Media
If you have a knack for social media and are in tune with its emerging trends, earn a second income by consulting and managing sites like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram for local businesses. The average cost for this service ranges from $250 to $500 per month.
Teaching Classes Online
Are you a world history expert, sociology specialist or business guru with a talent for online communications? If so, sharing your expertise by teaching courses online can result in a serious second income.
Every state has its own regulations and guidelines regarding online instruction, but most require a PhD.
In some states, you can teach GED courses online with only a Bachelor's degree. These instructors earn an average of $750 to $3,500, and the classes only last for about five to nine weeks.
Like traditional assistants, virtual helpers schedule appointments, organize information, make contacts and book travel arrangements. Unlike traditional assistance, virtual ones get to do it from home.
It can be tough to break into the business, but it is possible with determination, gumption and an ability to learn on the fly. Once you do, you can earn anywhere from $20 to $100 per hour for your services.
Many call centers enlist tech support specialists to work remotely. If you are tech-savvy and disciplined, this can be a great source of a second income. Jobs for support specialists are expected to grow by 13 percent in the next three years, which is much faster than other occupations.
What technological skills have you translated into a second income? Have you found success with any of the jobs outlined here? Share your best advice for earning extra with our readers in the comments section below!