5 indoor side hustles: At some, you can make as much as $60 an hour

Data entry professionals on Upwork charge as much as $30 per hour for their services.


The vast majority of workers, 92%, believe this point during the coronavirus pandemic is the time to look for gig, or freelance, work, according to a November 2020 Monster poll of 2,747 U.S. adults. More than half, 57%, say they're interested in picking up gig work between jobs, while about a quarter, 26%, would prefer to do so as a side hustle even while they work a full-time job.

If you're interested in picking up some freelance work you can do safely ― whether you're employed full time or not ― winter may seem to pose challenges, given the cold weather. But there's plenty of opportunities to find gig work that can be done remotely and inside.

Here are five indoor side hustles to consider.

Social media management

Businesses and individuals alike rely on social media to build their brands and connect with audiences. At the same time, many companies outsource this work.

If you know social media platforms like Twitter and Pinterest like the back of your hand, including how to use their data management tools and tricks on how to grow people's followings, consider looking for part-time social media work on sites like FlexJobs or creating a profile showcasing your expertise on sites like Fiverr.

Social media managers on Fiverr charge as much as $470 for a premium package of work, including two posts a day for a month on several platforms.

Online mock juror

Online mock juries are like focus groups for forthcoming trials, giving lawyers a sense of how jurors might vote when their cases actually happen. Sites like eJury pay between $5 and $10 per case, which it estimates takes about 35 minutes, while Online Verdict pays $20 to $60 per case, which it estimates takes 20 to 60 minutes.

Sign up to be a virtual juror on Online Verdict, Virtual Jury, or eJury. Jurors often have to be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen.

Data entry

Another important administrative task many businesses and individuals often outsource is data entry. If you're organized and don't mind handling the logistics behind running a company, consider looking for data entry work on sites like Upwork, FlexJobs, or Indeed. You can also create a relevant profile on sites like Upwork and Fiverr so potential employers can find you.

Data entry professionals on Upwork charge as much as $30 per hour for their services.

Customer service

Remote customer service has been one of the most in-demand jobs in the past year, with so many companies sending their workforces home during the coronavirus pandemic. If you're good at working with people to help them solve problems, consider looking for part-time customer service opportunities on sites like FlexJobs, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter.

The national average hourly wage for customer service representatives is $17 per hour, according to ZipRecruiter.

Product reviews

Companies need people to test out their products before they go to market. For that, they hire market research sites such as Product Tube, which have users review products by video in exchange for Amazon gift cards of $5-$35, according to SideHusl.

If you love giving your opinion and want to get in on some easy product reviews, this may be the side hustle for you.

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