When you think about the different ways to make money, you might think of things like selling products online or creating an entire brand.
But, did you know you can actually get paid to give advice and start a new side hustle without even having anything to sell?
And no, this isn’t one of those scam jobs about how you can make millions of dollars from the comfort of your own home, acting like some entrepreneurial guru.
The reality is that people are willing to pay for advice in all kinds of fields. So, if you’re an expert at something, there’s a strong chance you can make money giving advice to people.
Today, we’re covering 15+ ways to get paid to give advice.
Let’s get to it!
Can You Actually Get Paid For Your Advice?
I want to start out by saying that there are lots of ways you can get paid to give advice online.
But, I also want to assure you this is a legitimate money-making idea. In fact, I make all of my income online and a lot of it involves helping other people, giving advice, and consulting.
I don’t think this is necessarily an easy money-making idea, but it’s certainly possible if you’re an expert in something!
What Kinds Of Industries Let You Sell Your Advice For Money?
If you want to get paid for advice, there’s generally three kinds of niches you can use to make money:
- Create Self-Help Content. Give advice to people and get paid because it helps them improve some aspect of their life.
- Start Consulting Or Coaching. Create plans/strategies for your clients to achieve a certain objective and act as a mentor along the way.
- Customer Service Jobs. Give advice to customers who have questions about the product/service a company offers.
In my experience, creating your own self-help content and consulting/coaching are where the serious money is at.
But, if you want a decent paying side job, customer support jobs are a reliable way to get paid for your advice.
That being said, let’s jump into all the methods!
Get Paid For Advice By Creating Content
If you want to start a business where you make money by giving advice, this list of ideas is the right place to start.
1. Give Advice With Your Blog
Starting a blog and giving people advice to make money is, in my opinion, one of the advice-based side hustles with the most potetial.
I mean, think about it: what are blogs really if not a website full of articles that are meant to help people and share your insights?
The reality is that growing your blogging audience is one of the most direct ways to make money giving advice. The more people you help, the more you earn through display ads, affiliate deals, and even selling your own products.
Plus, I like this approach the most because there are so many blogging niches where you can make money for your advice, including:
- Finance (like this blog)
- Food blogs that cover nutrition or how-to guides
- DIY blogs
- Career advice
- Digital marketing guides
The list could easily go on, and this is because blogging is really about helping people and sharing your advice at the end of the day.
Plus, starting your own blog is very affordable!
I always recommend new bloggers start with SiteGround since it’s fast, affordable, and secure.
It took me 3 years of blogging to work up to earning $22,000+, but let me tell you, I think this is one of the most scalable ways to get paid to give advice there is.
2. Create A Helpful YouTube Channel
Like starting a blog, YouTube is another amazing outlet where you can give advice online for money.
And, YouTube isn’t too competitive to start either.
I started a YouTube channel in 2020 for This Online World. After about 1 year of making videos, the channel is now at 10,000 subscribers and has earned over $6,000 from advertising revenue:
And again, what is YouTube really?
Yes, it’s an entertainment source, but it’s also a platform where people can make helpful or instructional videos to help viewers.
In my case, I teach people about passive income, side hustles, and basic personal finance content.
But, you could make money on YouTube by giving advice in so many other niches.
Extra Reading – Blogging vs YouTube.
3. Start A Podcast
Another way to get paid to give advice is to start a podcast.
Now, I will say that making money with a podcast is much more challenging than making money with a blog or YouTube channel.
This is largely because podcast hosts make the most money from sponsorships, which requires a decent-sized audience to build. Display ads and affiliate sales just aren’t really a thing.
That being said, a podcast is the perfect platform to give advice and get paid, provided you can grow an audience over time.
Podcasting is also an excellent way to promote a business or brand you might own or simply expand your network.
Extra Reading – How To Start A Successful Podcast.
Give Advice As A Coach Or Expert
Alright, time to jump into another method to get paid to give advice: coaching.
The world of online coaching is a massive business, and if you land a few regular clients as a coach in your niche, you could be looking at hundreds or thousands of dollars per month in extra income.
Plus, there are plenty of coaching niches and marketplaces you can explore if you want to make money coaching people and giving advice.
Fiverr is one of the largest freelance marketplaces around with millions of freelancers and nearly 4 million active buyers.
On Fiverr, common gigs you can hire freelance talent for includes:
None of these really let you get paid to give advice, but Fiverr also has some weird ways to make money.
For example, if you search for “coaching” on Fiverr, you find sellers offering advice on topics like:
- Business development
- Dating and relationships
- Video game advice
- Wellness and life coaching
- Online fitness coach
And, as you can see from the screenshot above, some sellers have dozens or hundreds of orders and are charging between $20 to $100+ for giving advice!
It takes time to find clients and get reviews on Fiverr, but you have to admit this is a solid side hustle for some sellers!
5. Start An Online Coaching Business
If you like the idea of getting paid to give advice online with Fiverr, you can always try cutting out the middleman and launching your own coaching business instead.
You should still pick a niche to focus on, and usually, online coaches get their start from other platforms, like blogging, social media, or YouTube.
This is because you need to drive traffic to your online coaching business and give people a reason to want to hire you.
An example I always reference is Rob Lipsett, a fitness YouTuber I’ve been following for years who also offers online coaching plans and packages for clients to get in shape:
Again, you need to pick a niche you want to give advice in, and growing a following will take even more time than selling somewhere like Fiverr.
But, you don’t pay fees to a middleman, and you own your entire coaching business, which counts for something.
6. Answer Questions On JustAnswer
While it might surprise you, you can also become an online advice giver by sharing your knowledge on popular question-answer forums that pay.
JustAnswer is one of the most popular examples in this space.
On JustAnswer, members pay a monthly fee to be able to ask JustAnswer whatever question they want. Once a member asks a question, JustAnswer matches that member to a verified JustAnswer expert who can help.
So, if you become a JustAnswer expert, you can start making money for giving advice and helping people from the comfort of your own home…not bad!
JustAnswer states you can earn an average of $2,000 to $7,000 per month, which is an absurdly large range and not what I’d expect out of the gate, or at all.
But, you can make some extra cash by helping people with their questions, and JustAnswer has several popular categories, including:
- Home improvement
You have to apply to become a JustAnswer Pro, which involves providing your identification, SSN, and consenting to a background check.
But, one you’re approved, you can set your own work schedule and make money by sharing your advice with people who need your expert opinion.
7. Try Websites That Pay You To Give Advice
Another way to get paid for your advice is to work for various websites that pay you for helping people with their questions on a specific topic.
There’s actually lots of websites where experts can get paid for helping people with their various problems.
Some popular websites in this space include:
- Arise – Work as a customer service agent for Arise and work from home as an agent for different companies! For example, Arise is currently looking for chat operators to work for Carnival Cruise, numerous internet companies, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. You typically earn between $9 to $15 per hour.
- Bit Wine – Bit Wine lets you get paid for your advice as a psychic. You set your own rates and availability, and common services include things like fortune telling, palm reading, tarot card reading, and just giving general spiritual advice.
- LivePerson – This AI-powered chat company uses a mixture of AI tech and live chat agents to help provide customer service staffing for other businesses.
- Keen – Like Bit Wine, you can become an advisor on Keen and give advice about dating, psychic matters, and general life questions. You also set your own hours and rates.
- Needle – Needle lets you give other people shopping advice about particular products/services you’re very familiar with. You get paid for your advice, but you have to pass an application test to be approved to work for Needle.
- SiteStaff Chat – SiteStaff Chat is another customer service job that specializes in senior living, medicine, law, and finance companies. If you want to make money giving advice to customers who need help, this is another company you can apply to.
Some of these websites are, in my opinion, quite silly and also not very promising. I mean, making serious money as a psychic on Keen or Bit Wine doesn’t sound too probable.
But, you can make money helping people with customer support gigs like Arise and SiteStaff Chat, so I think there is still potential here.
8. Give Financial Guidance
Another popular niche where you can get paid for your advice involves working in finance.
Two popular jobs under this umbrella are financial planner and tax specialists/accountants.
A financial planner helps people with wealth management and provides investment advice for individuals or couples to plan for their financial future.
As for tax specialists or accountants, they can help clients prepare for tax season or sometimes specialize in more specific areas of tax laws.
You typically need a degree for both of these jobs, but the pay is solid. For example, according to PayScale, the average financial planner earns almost $65,000 per year!
Again, the requirements for either job are more advanced than just selling your advice online on a website like Fiverr.
But, if you’re career searching, you can consider both options if you enjoy talking about finances!
Extra Reading – 20+ Jobs That Pay $5,000 Each Month.
9. Give Dating Advice
Giving dating advice for money is a sub-niche of this whole topic that I wanted to highlight in it’s own section.
A large part of this is because dating advice is extremely valuable and popular on websites like Fiverr.
I mean, if you search for dating coaching or dating advice, you get scores of sellers with plenty of sales and expensive gigs:
So, if you want to become a dating coach, Fiverr would be the first place I list some services.
Additionally, you can also look for accredited courses in relationship counselling if you want to become a relationship counsellor.
Believe it or not, you can even find these sorts of courses on Udemy if you don’t want to do a more serious, in-person course at a local college:
Of course, it will take work to market your relationship counselling services, but you can try starting out as an at-home counsellor or meeting clients at their homes to discuss their relationships.
Make Money Giving Advice With Customer Service Jobs
Customer service jobs are always posted on various remote job boards, and this is probably the most straightforward way to make money by giving advice.
Additionally, there are several companies that have a solid reputation for paying their customer service agents well and making work more enjoyable.
10. Amazon Customer Service
When you think about making money on Amazon, you might think about Amazon FBA or creating an Amazon affiliate website.
But, when you consider Amazon’s sheer size, is it really surprising this ecommerce behemoth is always hiring customer service agents?
That’s right: Amazon regularly hires remote customer service agents to help Amazon customers with their questions.
This virtual customer service role can be full-time or part-time. Additionally, a lot of the jobs are U.S. based, but you can find global positions as well.
Some jobs are also on-site which could suit your style more if you prefer working from a call center.
According to Indeed, Amazon customer service jobs pay approximately $17.60 per hour, which is above minimum wage.
11. Apple At Home Advisor
Like Amazon, Apple also hires “at home advisors” to give advice to Apple users about specific product questions.
According to Apple, this role involves answering “questions about our products and services, enriching customers’ lives by helping them access the wonder they’ve come to expect from Apple.”
So, in short, an Apple customer might call with questions or concerns and it’s your job to answer them!
You get to work from home in this role, and Apple also provides:
- Paid time off
- Product discounts
- Career growth opportunities
I’m not an Apple fan personally, but if you want to make money from home as a customer support agent, this is one job worth looking into.
U-Haul is a moving and storage company that you probably associate with moving into/out of a college house or moving to a new apartment.
But, U-Haul is another company that’s known for hiring customer service agent, and this makes sense when you think about how many booking questions they must get.
So, if you want to get paid for giving advice to soon-to-be movers, you can check out U-Hauls career page for customer service roles.
There’s currently lots of part-time, remote call center jobs available, as well as some bilingual opportunities!
Liveops is a virtual call center company that hires customer support agents on behalf of its clients around the world.
What’s interesting about Liveops versus most call center jobs is that you set your own hours; you aren’t forced to work weird hours or anything like that because your client is in a different time zone.
You have to apply to be an agent, and Liveops runs a background check that you pay for. This costs $24.99.
Liveops also requires operators to have a headset with a microphone and reliable internet. You can view LiveOps’ requirements on the hiring page.
How much you make depends on how many hours you work and calls you get. According to Indeed, Liveops agents earn approximately $27,000 per year.
Since Liveops is flexible, you don’t have to work full-time of course, making this a nice side hustle idea that involves giving advice to people.
Other Unique Ways To Get Paid For Advice
In my opinion, blogging and YouTube are the best ways to get paid for your advice because of how scalable both methods are.
But, if creating your own content or trying different advice gigs isn’t for you, you still have a few options to make extra cash!
Consulting was actually one of my first and most successful college side hustles.
In short, a friend and I helped a few small businesses run Facebook ads and gave them a bunch of SEO advice.
The Facebooks Ads was pretty technical, but us giving SEO advice was basically just talking through best-practices and fixing some stuff on their websites.
Anyway, I think consulting is one of the most lucrative ways to get paid for your advice. This is because you can usually charge high hourly rates or a nice monthly retainer.
Consulting is also something I’ve kept up with and definitely recommend as you become more specialized in a niche.
For example, I’ve been making money on Upwork with a consulting-type gig with a new company that I love working with. I’ve earned over $10,000 so far from the arrangement:
In short, if you’re very knowledgeable about something, getting into consulting is another high-paying way to sell your advice.
15. Website & App Testing
Bet you didn’t think of this idea to get paid for your advice!
There’s actually numerous companies that pay you to test websites and apps.
This is basically a quality assurance job in which you try websites or apps that are in development, test bugs, and give your feedback about your user experience.
So, in short, you get to play around with websites and apps and then give advice on what could be better for users.
Some popular user testing jobs include:
Tests typically take 10 to 20 minutes with these platforms and pay around $10. You get paid in PayPal cash.
This is a great hourly rate, but know that user testing gigs are extremely variable. You might get a few test opportunities one month and zero the next.
Regardless, if you want a nice source of beermoney and to get paid for sharing your advice, user testing gigs are worth signing up for.
Extra Reading – Apps That Pay You For Playing Games.
16. Consumer Opinion Panels
While this isn’t always the most clear-cut way to give advice online for money, consumer panels are a way to get paid for your feedback.
Now, this isn’t really my cup of tea since I don’t like survey websites. I think the hourly pay is low and the work gets irritating.
But, you can try various GPT websites that pay you for sharing your advice and opinions.
Two popular choices are Prolific and Respondent.
Prolific pays a minimum of $6.50 per hour, and you can take part in various research studies and consumer panels where you share your insights.
Respondent has some higher-paying studies, and you can even take part in in-person studies depending on the research groups you match with.
I wouldn’t count on either website for steady income, but if you get lucky, you can make a couple extra hundred bucks or some grocery money by taking part in studies.
Extra Reading – Surveys That Pay Cash Instantly.
Tips For Selling Your Advice
If you’re interested in this side hustle idea and have some websites/niches in mind, you’re almost ready to get started!
But, I have a few other tips on how to make money giving advice that I think greatly increase your odds of success.
1. Pick A Niche
The key to successfully making money giving advice is to cover what you’re an absolute expert in.
This inevitably means picking a niche and even going super niche to narrow down on as much of your audience as possible.
An example of this is with high-performance lifestyle coaches who might work with high-income clients to help them excel in business and other areas of their personal life…Maybe you focus on high-performing software engineers because you used to be one, or provide coaching for startup management teams because you lead a successful startup…you get the idea!
The only way for people to take you seriously is for you to know your stuff, so pick a niche you’re truly an expert in.
Additionally, don’t be afraid to leverage previous work experience; I’ve made money doing SEO and Facebook Ads consultation calls before, and this just involved me answering questions on Zoom for a few hours!
2. Get Testimonials
Once you help a few people and get some clients under your belt, ask everyone for testimonials.
It doesn’t matter if you’re selling advice on Fiverr or your own website; positive reviews are the key to encouraging new people to seek out your help and part with their money.
3. Focus On What’s Scalable
One of the reasons I like blogging and YouTube for getting paid to give advice is because they’re scalable.
In other words, I can write a how-to guide on something, have it rank on Google, and earn money from ads and affiliate income for months or years to come.
In contrast, a lot of the ways to get paid for giving advice involve one-on-one interaction; think gigs like coaching or answering people’s questions.
This can be great upfront money, but it isn’t scalable because there’s only so much time you can give people.
So, my advice for making more money with your advice is to focus on scalable outlets like:
- Video content
Creating all of these resources takes more time than just giving advice all day long, but once you create something like a course, you can focus on marketing it rather than endless one-on-one coaching calls.
Ready to try blogging?
If you want to get paid to give advice, I hope these ideas provide a nice launching pad for you to get started.
Again, I think business ideas like blogging, YouTube, coaching, and consulting have the highest earning potential. The trade-off is that it can take months or years before your income really grows.
In contrast, websites that pay you for giving advice or customer support jobs pay quicker but cap your earnings at a set hourly rate.
My advice is to set some financial goals and, once again, pick a niche you’re a true expert in so you can help as many people as possible!
Thanks for reading, and best of luck!
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