Do you have a special skill set and want to make a little extra cash? Google Plus may be the perfect place for you. Google recently launched a site for “Google Helpouts,” a new video chat helpline service. You can sign up to receive help, or earn money by helping someone else. After entering your skills, availability, qualifications and rate, Google will match you with people who need your help. You can even upload an intro video to answer basic questions about the services you’ll be providing. Designate when you’re available each week, and customers can schedule a video chat session during your available hours. All the payments are handled through Google Wallet, and Google takes a 20 percent cut of whatever you charge. Google is even promising a 100 percent money-back guarantee for anyone not completely satisfied. Google Helpouts works on desktop, Android and iOS, so if it sounds like something you want to try out, head over to helpouts.google.com, request an invite and let me know how it goes.
About Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.