12 Really Strange (but Effective) Ways to Make Money in Texas

The state of Texas is big — and so are the ambitions of its residents. One ambition that tops many of our Texas readers’ lists?

The ability to work from home.

So we thought we’d help out by rounding up 12 work-from-home jobs just for Texas residents.

On the list are both full-time jobs and part-time gigs — none of which require a college degree.

Keep reading to learn about our favorite work-from-home opportunities in Texas in 2016.  

1. Watch Movie Previews

Many of you already use InboxDollars, but did you know it will pay you to watch movie previews, along with dozens of other videos? Plus, the company gives you $5 just for signing up.

You need to watch all of the shows in a specific playlist to earn your bucks, but you can easily do that while tidying up the house or making dinner.

InboxDollars lets you know how long the playlist runs before you start watching, and playlists range from a few minutes to about half an hour.

It’s possible to earn up to $225 a month watching these videos!

Read more about it here: How to Earn $300+/Month By Watching Movie Previews

2. Live Out Your Interior Designer Dreams

If you spend your days watching HGTV and dreaming of being an interior designer, listen up. Artistic Window Designs needs an assistant to help with marketing and other administrative tasks.

You must live in the San Antonio area and be able to drive to meetings with clients. Though you can work from home, your schedule will vary each week.

Read more about it here: Administrative Assistant / Marketing Coordinator

3. Weigh In on Presidential Politics

What do you think of Donald Trump? Are you going to vote in the 2016 election?

If you’re a political nerd — or even if you’re not — you can make extra money by registering for Ipsos Panel, one of the country’s biggest polling companies.

To be eligible, you must be a registered American voter. Keep in mind, though, the surveys often have specific demographic requirements, so you won’t be eligible for all of them.

Read more about it here: Join Ipsos Panel

4. Tune Up Your Customer Service

Jam out at home by working with Queen City Music Studio, which needs someone to man its phone lines and customer base.

You’ll set your own schedule and work a minimum of 10 hours per week. To be eligible, you need some office and customer service experience, as well as a strong attention to detail.

Read more about it here: Customer Specialist

5. Set Your Own Schedule as a Transcriptionist

If you want a work-at-home job that doesn’t need sales experience or a college degree, transcription might be a good fit. This gig requires listening to audio files and typing out what you hear; you can work as little or as much as you want.

Though the work can be repetitive (think: listening to the same audio files over and over), it pays well and offers a ton of flexibility.

Read more about it here: Earn $25/Hour as a Transcriptionist

6. Surf the Internet

I love this one, because you just set it and forget it.

Did you know Swagbucks will pay you every time you make a search on your computer or phone?

I usually earn about $100 a year in passive income doing this, plus they give you $5 just for signing up.

Take 30 seconds to sign up and then reset your default search engine to Swagbucks (it’s powered by Yahoo search, so you’ll get the same results you’d normally see).

7. Make a Difference in a Child’s Life

If you want a job that makes a difference, check out this position with Aim, LLC. You’ll act as a mentor to parents of elementary schoolers, helping them be the best parents they can be.

You need mentoring experience, strong communications skills and a passion for education. Preferred qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and Spanish language ability.

Read more about it here: Parent Mentor

8. Journey into a Hospitality Career

One of the biggest perks of working for the Marriott call center? Discounted hotel stays.

In this full-time position, you’ll also receive a comprehensive benefits package.

While on the job, you’ll help customers book and change their reservations over email and phone. You need a high level of professionalism and excellent communications skills.

Read more about it here: Reservation Sales Specialist

9. Get Paid to Download Apps

Lots of companies, including Google, will pay you to install their apps on your cell phone. And there’s more: They’ll also pay you for every month you keep those apps installed.

Why? Because the apps collect data from your cell phone, which companies use to better understand web and mobile usage — gathering information such as what times of day people browse, how long they stay on websites and use apps, and what types of sites and apps are popular (or not).

Here are a few of our favorite companies that will pay you to download their apps:

Placed Panel: This one is for iPhones only. The Panel App collects your location data, and in exchange, lets you earn points which can be redeemed for PayPal or Amazon gift cards. You can earn around $50 a year.

Media Insiders Panel: This one pays you $5 a month and you can install it on up to three devices, making your total possible earnings up to $200 a year.

Nielsen Mobile for iPhone Users: If you have an iPhone, this Nielsen panel will pay you $50 a year to keep this app on it.

Nielsen Mobile Panel for Ages 45+: If you have a smartphone and are 45 years of age or older, this Nielsen panel will pay you $50 a year to keep this app.

Read more about these opportunities here: How to Earn $495 By Downloading These 6 Apps

10. Put Your Gaming Addiction to Good Use

Are you an experienced gamer? Then we’ve got the job for you.

CloudSource is hiring customer support representatives for one of the world’s largest gaming platforms. You need to be a technically-savvy gamer who can provide great customer service.

Read more about it: Gaming Support Service Representative

11. Sell Your Junk Mail

Who out there gets a ton of junk mail — both physical and electronic? [Raises hand.]

Well, rather than throw it away, a market research company called SBK Center wants you to send it to them. In return, they’ll give you prepaid Visa cards, which work just like debit cards. Pretty sweet, huh?

Read more about it here: This Company Wants to Pay You for Your Junk Mail

12. Sew Adorable Backpacks

Animal Packers makes custom quilted backpacks and is looking for sewers to join in the fun.

All that’s required is several years of sewing experience and a motivated, detail-oriented attitude.

Read more about it here: Sewing Machine Operator

Your Turn: Which opportunity on this list looks most appealing to you? What other work-from-home jobs in Texas should we include?

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We would have shared them with you anyway, but a true “penny hoarder” would be a fool not to take the company’s money. :)

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