Guess - the solution might be using internet connected smartphones in some way (as they are relatively widespread and connectivity is improving), utilizing the human mind to overcome limitations of computing. It should require minimal training.

Edit - Not asking for myself in particular, assume that the worker is allowed to do the task in between the main job


  • Professional CAPTCHA solver companies do this to an extent but that is probably illegal and short lived. Another idea I had - live surveillance of public CCTV camera footage, via a distributed feed, paying members to keep an eye, with suitable reward for reporting irregularities? – DS R Apr 6 '17 at 18:20
  • I'm confused what you are asking. Are you trying to find a way to occupy yourself when you don't have anything to do on the job? – David K Apr 6 '17 at 18:29
  • Do you have skills for proof reading and stuff like that? If you have document review skills then doing that while waiting could be a huge thing. Not sure that you can get in that door though without some skill sets and training to prove it. – mutt Apr 6 '17 at 18:30
  • @DavidK Yes, e.g. a taxi driver, waiting for a customer for say, 30 minutes, can she do something that can generate a small income ? – DS R Apr 6 '17 at 18:32
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    @DSR yes, the main thing to be sure is the cab company doesn't have any rules in their employees getting pay while on the job. It seems unlikely in this particular case, but in software and other places it's illegal to utilize company assets or time for additional pay. I'd check on any rules like that for the company. – mutt Apr 6 '17 at 18:43

Sounds like you're looking for something like Amazon Mechanical Turk. It's a marketplace where people perform short tasks (like describing images, transcribing audio, etc.) in exchange for money.

  • Thank you so much, this is exactly what I was looking for. – DS R Apr 7 '17 at 6:36

Pretty much anything that can be stopped/started at a moments notice. Studying for certifications is always worthwhile although you don't get immediate return. I knew a guy who knitted Rastafarian hats and had a steady source of income out of it. All you need is a product and a market.

I think making and selling something you own is best.

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    Knitting Rastafarian hats is what I was thinking too :) – user45590 Apr 6 '17 at 22:46
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    His relative owned some sort of shop, he could make $100 extra on a slow day. It was good money. – Kilisi Apr 6 '17 at 23:51
  • Nice idea, but does require substantial skills – DS R Apr 7 '17 at 14:03

There are a lot of things you can do, but I doubt any of them will really provide a lot of income. I've signed up for survey companies before, and now I get flooded with emails asking me to take surveys for fractions of pennies. A lot of those you can finish in 10 to 20 minutes.

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