Helping Kids with Homework
Helping a high schooler with algebra from seven states away may seem somewhat unusual, but in the Web-connected world, it's easy to do -- and it can add up to a lot of extra cash.
Sites like Tutor.com create virtual classrooms where you can sign up to tutor students. You don't have to be a professional teacher to pull it off, either: Anyone with the right smarts can score a spot.
Joshua Riddell started tutoring online when he was a grad student. Now a full-time software engineer, Riddell continues to work in his spare time as a Tutor.com mentor.
"To not have to get dressed and drive somewhere -- to be able to just sit down at a computer at 3 p.m. or 3 a.m. and there's a job -- it's well worth it," he says. "You can make some really good money."
Riddell tutors students on numerous subjects, but you can also opt to specialize: Most online tutoring sites serve students from elementary school-level all the way through high school or even college. The subjects typically include English, math, science, and social studies.