Day: February 19, 2020

12 Clever Ways You Can Earn Money From Your Computer Today

In today’s digital world, working from home has never been more accessible. At-home jobs are the perfect opportunity for those who have kids or those who have trouble finding employment locally. Even better, there is a huge host of different jobs you can do. All you need is a computer and a steady internet connection.


Do you speak, read, and write two or more languages? If so, translators are in high demand. Translators usually have to translate audio recordings or documents from one language to another, and you can work for yourself as a freelance translator. There are also companies that offer a huge range of remote translation services, but you may have to past a test first to prove your fluency.

Online Tutor

If you love helping people learn, an online tutor can be a fantastic job to do what you love. You can pick your subject or subjects and set your hours around your schedule. For just a few hours a day, you can make several hundred dollars within weeks or months using Studypool. This website has tutors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to answer students’ questions.

Virtual Travel Agent

If you love to travel and see new places, working as a virtual travel agent or consultant is the way to go. You can work part or full time dreaming up the perfect flight plans, itineraries, and activities for your clients who want to travel. As a bonus, many virtual travel agents get steep discounts that allow them to travel anywhere in the world they want without spending a lot of money.

Online Writing or Editing

A person who has a passion for creating engaging content or has a way with words can make a living writing or editing online. The pay varies from company to company or with private clients. A lot of freelance writers are full-time, but it’s also a nice side gig to make money around your schedule. The average salary for a freelance writer in $24 per hour.

See Also: 10 Tips for Freelance Writers That Really Work

Virtual Graphic Designer

Anyone who produces their best work outside a traditional office and has an artistic flair can get into virtual graphic design. You’ll assemble typography, images, and motion graphics for clients in the digital media, published, or printed sectors. You may draft logos, labels, packaging, or advertising materials for brands. You’ll want skills in software, typography, Adobe Photoshop, web design, and technology.

Airbnb Host

Do you have a house in a desirable location? Maybe you know all the hot spots in town, and you love meeting new people. If this sounds like you, becoming a host on Airbnb is a quick way to earn extra money. You set up and manage your profile online to offer short-term rental of your home. If you love to host and keep your house clean, rent out your guest bedroom or your guest house. Just make sure your community lets you have short-term rentals.

Virtual Assistant

Highly organized people that can multitask can find steady work as virtual assistants. Dozens of companies hire virtual assistants on a contract basis to help save on employment costs. Once they hire you, you’ll help organize people’s lives. Common duties include managing calendars, replying to emails, managing social media posts, and entering data.


Anyone who needs a job with no or very little experience can break into the transcriptionist industry relatively easily. You will have to have great attention to detail and be able to type quickly. You’ll listen to audio files and type out what you hear, and many job positions only require you to have a keyboard and computer to start. Most companies let you make your own schedule, and you could find yourself transcribing everything from a college lecture to a presentation.

Website Testing

Companies need people to test their websites to ensure they’re easy to navigate and intuitive. They’ll give you instructions to follow and ask you to rate how easy it was. It usually takes around 15 minutes from start to finish, and you get paid per test you complete. However, it’s first-come, first-serve. You have to stay on top of it and register for multiple companies.


Do your friends and family ask how you created that wreath or how you make those perfect cookies? Maybe you create stunning makeup designs. A vlogger is someone who uses platforms like YouTube or Instagram to showcase how-to videos and video blog posts. You get money per views and sponsorships, and it can range from under $100 a month to thousands. Make sure you enroll in YouTube’s Partner Program if you choose to use this platform.

Customer Service Representative

great customer service

People who are good at talking on the phone, de-escalating situations, and have a lot of patience can excel as customer service representatives. Basically, you help people that call you find the correct product, place their order, or resolve conflicts. Big brands and hotel chains employ thousands of home-based customer service representatives, and you get a reliable schedule.

Insurance Company Representative

This job does usually requires at least six months of training before you work on your own from home. However, it can be lucrative. You can make over $100,000 annually. As a representative, you’ll help customers navigate their insurance policies. You may have to answer questions, see if a service has approval, and talk to hospitals about a patient’s coverage. You also generally have to dedicate at least four-hour blocks at a time.

Bottom Line

It’s possible to find fulfilling and challenging work from home and make money with a computer. However, you should take your time and find a job that matches your wants, needs, schedule, and desired pay. It can pay off in a big way, and you get to make a living while working without the traditional nine to five job.

See Also: 4 Biggest Challenges of Being A Freelancer (And How To Deal With Them)

The post 12 Clever Ways You Can Earn Money From Your Computer Today appeared first on Dumb Little Man.

First reactions to ‘Onward’: Emotional and sweet, but missing some Pixar magic

First reactions to 'Onward': Emotional and sweet, but missing some Pixar magic

The first reactions to Onward are out, and while most agree that Pixar’s latest film is good fun, not everyone is enchanted.

Set in a magical world populated by fantasy creatures, Onward follows two elf brothers voiced by Marvel co-stars Tom Holland and Chris Pratt. After an attempt to resurrect their dead father for a day only summons his legs, the pair go on a quest to bring back his top half before time runs out.

The story has all the makings of the kind of heartstring-tugging fare Pixar has gained a reputation for, alongside some wacky, magical hijinks. Many who attended early screenings found Onward sweet and entertaining, with emotional moments that hit particularly hard for people who have lost a parent. Read more…

More about Pixar, Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Review Roundup, and Onward

Well, Bill Gates is never going to buy a Tesla now

Elon Musk is not one to mince words, but he may have just lost a potential customer because of a cutting tweet.

That customer is renowned big deal Bill Gates, who sat down recently with YouTuber Marques Brownlee, who joined the platform in 2009 and has amassed more than 10 million viewers. Gates and Brownlee have met before, and the idea was to have Gates discuss some of what the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has planned for this year, which marks the 20th anniversary of the organization.

Unsurprisingly, the conversation touched on climate change and in pretty short order sustainable transportation, with Brownlee bringing up Tesla and asking if, when “premium” electric cars grow more affordable, they’ll also become more ubiquitous.

Gates didn’t exactly malign Tesla with his answer, telling Brownlee: “The premium today is there, but over the next decade — except that the [mileage] range will still be a little bit less — that premium will come to zero. [When we look at all the sectors addressing climate change] passenger cars is certainly one of the most hopeful, and Tesla, if you had to name one company that’s help drive that, it’s them.”

What Gates did next, however, did not sit well with Musk, apparently. He expressed excitement about his first new electric car, which happens not to be a Tesla.

Said Gates: “Now all the car companies, including some new ones, are moving super fast to do electric cars. The biggest concern is, will the consumers overcome that range anxiety? I jut got a Porsche Taycan, which is an electric car. I have to say, its a premium price car, but it’s very, very cool. That’s my first electric car and I’m enjoying it a lot.”

Musk felt compelled to weigh in with a  tweet after learning about the exchange.

Specifically, a Twitter account associated with an unofficial Tesla newsletter, tweeted “a lot of people are going to watch the interview and they are going to trust Bill’s word for it and not even consider EVs. Why? Because Bill Gates is a really smart guy!”

To which Musk responded, “My conversations with Gates have been underwhelming tbh.”

My conversations with Gates have been underwhelming tbh

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 18, 2020

It’s funny, because they are both billionaire geniuses, and it’s unexpected.

It’s also nasty enough that you might guess that Gates — a car collector who has said his first splashy purchase after founding Microsoft was a Porsche 911 supercar — won’t be buying a Tesla or talking up the company again any time soon.