12 Strange Ways to Make Extra Money in New York

Working at home has a lot of perks: not getting stuck in rush-hour traffic, avoiding the obligatory small talk with coworkers, and saving money by preparing lunch in your own kitchen instead of buying a deli sandwich.

And in the winter, making money at home also means you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to scrape the ice off your car or dig your wheels out from a snowbank. That’s always a win in our book!

We know working from home is a goal for a lot of our readers, so we’ve rounded up 12 awesome work-at-home jobs just for New York residents.

The best part? More than half of them don’t require a college degree.

Keep reading to learn about our favorite work-at-home opportunities in New York in 2016…

1. Watch Movie Previews With InboxDollars

Most of you already know about InboxDollars, but did you know they will pay you to watch movie previews, along with dozens of other videos? Plus, they give 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/month watching these videos!

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

2. Become a Bombfell Stylist

Are you a fashionista? Then this part-time gig is perfect for you. You’ll use Bombfell’s online platform to help clients update their personal style.

To be eligible, you need a four-year degree and a year or two of experience working in fashion retail.

Read more about it here: Part-Time Stylist Position

3. Get Paid to Download Apps

Lots of companies, including Google, will pay you to install their app 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 app:

Smart Panel: Once you’ve qualified and downloaded the app, they’ll give you $5. If you keep it installed for at least two weeks, you’ll earn another $10. And then for every month you keep the Smart App installed, you’ll get another $5. All total, you can earn up to $75 for the first year!

Media Insiders Panel for ages 44+ – this one pays you $5 a month and you can install it on up to 3 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 your cell phone.

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 on your cell phone.

MobileExpressions for Androids: This one can only be downloaded on Android phones. After you’ve installed it for one week, you get to play an instant rewards game for a prize — and everyone wins something! We won a $25 gift card to Amazon, but some of the other prizes include iPads Samsung TVs.

Placed Panel: This one is also for Android phones only. It’s a bit newer than some of the other options, so we’re not completely sure what the earnings potential is yet, but from what we can tell, it’s around $50 a year.

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

4. Work as an American Express Travel Counselor

If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a travel agent, then this work-at-home job is probably right up your alley.

You’ll help American Express clients book both domestic and international luxury travel — all from the comfort of your own home!

Read more about it here: Virtual Travel Counselor

5. Take Care of Customers at OkCupid

Love love? Help people find it as a customer service agent for online dating website OkCupid.

In this full-time position, you’ll use your writing skills to answer emails and troubleshoot customer problems.

Read more about it here: Customer Care Representative

6. Set Your Own Schedule as a Transcriptionist

If you want a work-at-home job that doesn’t require 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

7. Manage Dogs (and Their Walkers) at Luke Dogwalker

Who wouldn’t want to make upwards of $50,000 a year playing with dogs?

Though you must live within 45 minutes of Manhattan’s Upper West Side to be eligible for this role, much of your work will be done remotely. Job requirements include a bachelor’s degree and the ability to board dogs in your home.

Read more about it here: Operations Manager

8. Write Grants for New Hope Community

Seeking a feel-good opportunity that includes benefits and a competitive salary?

This independent-living community for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, located in Loch Sheldrake, New York, is seeking a grant writer. According to the job description, you’d have the availability to work from home once you attend an eight-day orientation.

To qualify, you need a bachelor’s degree and three years of grant-writing experience.

Read more about it here: Senior Grant Developer

9. Take Camping Reservations at Active Network

If you don’t have a college degree — but are organized and motivated — check out this part-time opportunity.

You’ll help customers make camping reservations using both the phone and internet. The position runs until September 2016, with potential to then turn into a permanent position.

Read more about it here: Camping Reservation Agent

10. Make Furry Friends as a Pet Masseuse

You’ve probably never thought about pet massages before, but animals develop sore muscles just like we do. And a growing number of pet masseuses are here to help them feel better.

To work as a pet masseuse, no specific license is required, though a few schools do offer certification programs. You can run this business out of your home, or visit local pet businesses to ply your services.

Read more about it here: How to Earn Money as a Pet Massage Therapist

11. Help People Get Healthy With UnitedHealth Group

This work-at-home job truly lets you make a difference in the lives of others.

Using your phone skills, you’ll help clients maintain healthy habits like exercising and not smoking. You need a bachelor’s degree and basic understanding of disease prevention.

Read more about it here: Health Coach

12. Provide Tech Support at CloudSource

If you enjoy solving problems, check out this position: You’ll answer customer calls regarding both technical and billing issues.

To be eligible, you need 60 college credits, a technical school certificate or two years of military service.

Read more about it here: Cable/Internet Technical Support

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

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