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How many times have you thought to yourself, “I could really use some extra cash”? Whether you’re in a short-term financial bind, want to save and pay cash for an expensive purchase or have a lofty financial goal, there are many ways to make money over and above working at your day job.

Here we’ll share 80+ ways you can make some extra cash to fund whatever financial goals you’re wanting to reach. For simplicity’s sake, we’ve put the ideas into six separate categories.

Go ahead and check out the ideas below,to see if there are a few that you can do in order to reach your financial goals.

Make Some Cash by Using Your Skills

Everyone has at least one skill that they could make money with. What is yours? Well, to help you figure out what skill you can make money with, here are a variety for you to pick from.

1. Teach community education classes

Got a skill? Have you thought about using it to teach others in a community education class setting? Most communities have some sort of community education system, where kids and adults alike gather to learn something new. The possibilities for teaching a community education class are endless: you could teach Internet Safety, Budgeting, Cooking, Organization; everyone has a skill that they could share with others looking to learn more about life. Make a list of skills you could share with others, then contact your local community education office and talk with them about potentially teaching a class

2. Take online surveys

Taking surveys in your spare time can be a great way to earn some extra dough. There are dozens of companies that offer legit earnings for taking online surveys. Harris Poll and Digital Voice are two good companies to start making money today.

3. Design your own t-shirts

CafePress will publish t-shirt designs that you create, and then give you a percentage of the profits when your design is purchased by a customer. For those interested in art careers, this is  great way to get your name out there and show off your talents.

4. Get cash back when shopping

Did you know that you can get cash back fro items that you already intend on buying? Ebates will pay you cash when you do your shopping through their sites. The trick, though, to making money this way is to only buy products you’d normally buy anyway, and to make sure the prices you’re paying are comparable to what you’d normally pay.

5. Teach exercise classes

Are you an expert in yoga, Zumba, Kettlebell or any other of the dozens of types of exercise classes? If so, consider offering your services at the local gym or through a community education class. Get fit and get paid at the same time!

6. Affiliate marketing

If you have your own website or blog site, consider getting involved in affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is where companies pay you to sell their products. Companies such as Amazon pay decent money when your site visitors click on their ads and buy products from their sites. f you want to increase you affiliate income, my friend Michelle makes over $50,000/month and she created a course called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing that you should check out. If you don’t have a blog, you can start one for as low as $3.95 per month with Bluehost.

7. Mend/press clothing

If you have the ability to mend, alter or press clothing, consider offering your skills as a tailor. Tailor work and small-scale pressing can easily be done out of your home, and is a much needed service for many people. In today’s work, skills such as mending and alterations simply aren’t taught. This means that if you have a knack for sewing, you also have a valuable, money-making skill in your hands (pun intended 🙂 ).

8. Peer to Peer Lending

Nowadays it is easy to help out others who need money and get a return on the money that you lend them. Lending Club is a great platform where 99.9% of investors have seen positive returns and may be a good place to start.

9. Write, publish and sell an e-book

Looking for a great way to earn some passive income? Write and publish an e-book on Amazon or on other e-book sharing websites. Choose a topic you’re familiar with and create a well-written story or non-fiction guide. The Internet is full of great articles on how to write and publish an e-book for very little cost. Educate yourself on the ins and outs of this lucrative industry.

10. Offer tutoring services

Tutoring services are needed for children and adults alike. Children need help with reading, English and math. Adults sometimes need help learning the English language, learning to run computers or possibly learning to read. If you like working to help others and have skills in the above areas or are fluent in a foreign language, consider tutoring to supplement your income.

11. Flip merchandise

Are you skilled at recognizing a hot deal when you see it? Then consider buying merchandise to resell on eBay or other sites. Garage sales and thrift stores are full of obscure items that people don’t know are valuable and are selling for much less than what they’re worth. Take advantage of these great deals and use them to make some money by reselling items on other sites.

12. Start a handyman business

If you’re a fix-it kind of a guy or gal, consider using your skills to help others less fortunate in the area of handyman work. Many people happily pay good money for someone to take care of their smaller home repair, maintenance or improvement tasks.

13. Become a mystery shopper

If you’ve got a flair for recognizing good service when you see it, or for analyzing customer service in general, consider becoming a mystery shopper. Legit mystery shopping companies pay well in money or services for a mystery shopper’s feedback.

14. Become a photographer

If you own a great camera and are gifted in the area of photography, consider offering your photography skills for weddings, families or high school graduates. A good picture is worth a thousand words, and worth a lot of money as well.

15. Babysit or Be a Nanny

Do you love caring for children? Consider offering babysitting/nanny services. Many families are offering good pay for quality care for their children. This can be a great money-maker for college students too as families seek nannies to watch their children during summer break from school. Check out Care.com where you can list your babysitting services for free.

16. Become a caricature artist or face painting artist

Corporate and sporting events often seek the services of a good caricature or face painting artist. If you have skills in either of these areas, seek out jobs at local corporate events or contact your local sports stadium to inquire about job needs in this area.

17. Sing at weddings or other events

Weddings, parades, political and cultural events often seek out local singing talent to entertain guests at their events. If you can sing, seek out these events and work to spread the word about your great talents as you form a lucrative money-making business with your singing talents.

18. Offer your car maintenance or mechanic services

Mechanic services can be unbearably expensive. If you have a gift for car maintenance or repair, consider starting a car maintenance repair business that goes to the customer’s home garage. Without the overhead of having your own car repair garage, your profit will be higher and the customer will appreciate the good service.

19. Perform as a musician

Weddings, summer festivals and other events will pay for good musical skills. Street musicians – where allowed – can also make some decent cash if they provide entertaining tunes for passers-by.

20. Become a videographer/video editor

Birthday parties, anniversary parties and wedding receptions are all great venues for you to show off your video producing/editing skills. If you have a great video camera or a knack for putting pictures together into videos, advertise your services to party planners and families everywhere. A great video can make the difference between a good party and a great party.

21. Teach Music lessons

Do you play a musical instrument? Teach your skill to others wanting to learn how to play the instrument you specialize in. You can market your services by putting up a flyer at a local community college or even a nearby coffee shop.

22. Sell Crafts

If you like to make things with your hands, than this might be up your alley. There is a website called Etsy that is a great place to sell those handmade crafts you’re so good at making.

23. Teach nutrition classes

If you’re educated in eating well, consider teaching nutrition classes, either at your local community education center or at a retirement home or school.

24. Fix computers and/or repair electronics

Are you gifted in the area of tech repair? Offer your services to friends, family and local community members, helping them get their computers or electronic devices repaired.

25. Offer graphic design services

Those skilled in graphic design should consider offering their services to local small businesses.  Smaller businesses often can’t afford to pay a big graphic design company to create attractive ads or websites, and are happy to use a smaller, local designer who can do the job well. Check out 99 Designs for opportunities to get paid for graphic design work this week.

Ideas for Making Money Online

Want to make some extra money online? Well, there are plenty of ways to make this a reality. Many of them require little to no money to get started and will give you the flexibility to work from anywhere you want.

26. Work as a virtual assistant

Many smaller companies hire online virtual assistants to help them with day-to-day needs. Search local and online want ads for opportunities to work as a virtual assistant.

27. Give private cooking lessons

If you’ve got a flare for cooking up tasty meals, consider giving private cooking lessons to clients in their own homes. Simply meet with them to determine their food likes, pick out a menu or two, have the client shop for the ingredients (as part of the learning experience) and set up a day and time to teach them the joys of cooking.

28. Work from home as a call center rep

Many large companies in today’s world are hiring call center reps that work as independent contractors right from their own homes. If you have a computer and a quiet office space, consider applying to be a call center rep. Companies such as Alpine Access hire for virtual call center reps.

29. Look for work on freelance sites such as Upwork

Companies such as Upwork post listings from individuals who need help with both short and long-term freelancing tasks. Just to clarify, this isn’t just freelance writing. You can do many different tasks from admin work, programming, graphic design, you name it.

30. Provide home staging services

People looking to sell their home often need help with getting their home to look great for showings before they put it on the market. If you’ve got a knack for making a home look neat and inviting, consider offering home staging services. Not interested in doing the actual staging work yourself? Offer your services as a staging consultant, leaving your clients with a detailed list of what they need to do to get their home market ready, and then provide a follow up visit to gauge their results.

31. Create art and sell it

Online sales of art and other items on sites such as DeviantArt can be astronomical if your product is desirable and you market yourself well.

32. Create an idea and fund it using Kickstarter

Do you have a great idea? Fund that great idea using Kickstarter which teams up people with a great idea with people who have money in order to get these new and different ideas off the ground.

33. Get paid for testing websites

Companies often hire people to test their websites in order to assess user-friendliness and page link accuracy.  If you’re interested in website testing, you can make a legitimate side income doing so.

34. Organize homes or offices

If you have a gift for organization, use that gift to offer home and business owners your skills in order to make their homes and offices more inviting places to work and live. Spread the word about your organizational skills by advertising on Craigslist or distributing flyers to local business complexes. you may also want to provide before and after photos of your work.

35. Be a professional resume writer

If you’ve got a skill for creating a great resume’, consider offering your resume’ writing services for those looking to update their resumes’. People looking for employment might have skills in their job field, but writing a quality and eye-catching professional resume’ takes skill. If you have that skill, offer your services on sites such as the Professional Association of Resume’ Writers.

36. Make Youtube videos

Millions of people make money every day by posting informational YouTube videos. Learn the guidelines involved with making money on Youtube and start producing some passive income for yourself.

37. Freelance write

Freelance writing jobs are abundantly plentiful if you know where to look. Upwork is a good place to start as they have tons of freelance opportunities on there everyday. If you have a gift for writing, consider becoming a virtual freelance writer.

38. Sell your photos

If you have a high quality camera and a knack for taking good photos, consider selling your photos to companies like istockphoto. They will pay you a percentage of their earnings every time someone pays to download one of your photos or illustrations.

39. Get into web design

If you know how to design websites, you may just have found yourself a lucrative side hustle. Hundreds and thousands of individuals and companies have websites that are sorely in need of a more inviting design. If you are gifted at web design, consider starting your own web design business.

40. Develop an app or software program

If you know how to program software, consider developing an app or software program to fulfill a business or personal need or for entertainment.

41. Get paid for web searches

Certain well known companies will pay independent contractors to help clean up their search engines. Why not get paid for searching the internet? you probably spend hours doing it already everyday.

42. Grow/make items to sell at your local farmers market

Got a green thumb and a little bit of land? Grow your favorite veggie(s) to sell at the local farmer’s market. Most farmers markets also welcome other homemade goods such as baked goods, maple syrup, etc.  The Department of Agriculture’s Farmer’s Market Directory can guide you to local farmers markets in your area, and the local markets in your area can tell you if they have a need for the item you want to sell.

43. Flip domain names

If you have a knack for thinking up great domain names, you can make some serious money by buying and then re-selling those names. Sites such as Flippa can help you sell those great domain names at a profit.

44. Take an online data entry job

If you’ve got a gift for being detail-oriented, then an online data entry job might be just what you’re looking for.  Sites such as Monster and Indeed post hundreds of available online data entry jobs.

45. Become a Blog Manager

Do you know the ins and outs of how to run a blog but don’t necessarily want to own one yourself? If so, a blog management job might be for you. Blog owners often hire blog managers to keep track of and manage every aspect of their blogs while they tend to other responsibilities.

46. Help companies manage their social media outlets

Many companies are looking for marketing experts to help them manage their social media accounts. You don’t necessarily need a marketing degree to be a great social media manager; simply a clear understanding of how the social media world thrives.

Earn Some Extra Cash by Filling a Need

People are willing to pay to make their lives easier. Chances are you can help solve someones problem and get paid money in the process. Here are some ways that you can make money by helping to fill a need.

47. Rent out your car

How much time would you say that your car just sits there not being used? Probably at least half of the day, right? Did you know you can actually rent out your car to others with the potential to make over 600 per month? Check out a service called Turo that makes all this possible. It’s free and you’re protected with $1 million in liability insurance.

48. Clean offices/small office buildings

Many small business owners could manage to clean their offices themselves but don’t have the time to do it. Consider approaching small business owners to inquire about filling their office cleaning needs.

49. Offer personal shopping services

Personal shopping can consist of anything from clothing, to groceries to personal items that need the touch of a savvy shopper. Busy men and women could often use the help of a personal shopper to help them keep on top of their shopping needs.

50. Paint houses

If you like to paint and are good at it, consider offering your services to paint the interiors and/or exteriors of homes.  When I was a teenager, my single mom and I worked together to paint apartments for a real estate owner that owned a couple of small apartment buildings.  It was peaceful work and it paid well.

51. Clean windows

This is another job that people will gladly pay someone else to do. A squeegee, a bucket, a rag, a good window cleaner and a great technique will produce results that will keep customers calling you again and again for your window cleaning services.

52. Offer house-sitting services

People going on vacation or those who travel frequently for work are often in need of a responsible house-sitter. If you have the ability to be away from your home for several days at a time, this might be a great side hustle for you that requires very little work.

53. Provide yard work services

Anything from mowing the lawn, to shoveling, to raking to minor landscaping can encompass this side hustle. One look around your neighborhood will likely show you that there are many clients who’d love to pay someone to help them with lawn work.

54. Rent out a room in your home

Have an extra bedroom in your home that doesn’t get used? Consider renting out your extra room on Airbnb. Single people who aren’t home a lot often look for rental opportunities in homes where all they need is a place to sleep. Putting that spare bedroom to use to can earn you a few hundred extra dollars each month. Be sure to screen clients carefully, though, or work through word-of-mouth before you pick your tenant.

55. Start a pet sitting/walking business

Pet owners who aren’t home often or simply don’t like the thought of their beloved “Fluffy” being home alone so long each day often will pay for a quality pet walking or pet sitting service. To gain clients for this fun and entertaining business, advertise at local pet stores or veterinarian offices. Check out Care.com where you can list your pet sitting services for free.

56. Clean houses

Find busy friends or family members who might want help with cleaning their homes on a weekly basis. People often pay good money to have some help with basic chores such as dusting and vacuuming.

57. Rent out your parking space

Have a coveted parking space you don’t use? Consider renting it out. Sites such as Just Park will list your parking space as well as the price you’re asking for it so that needy drivers can have a place to park near their work or home.

58. Sell your college notes

Companies such as Flash Notes will help you sell your college notes, flashcards or video tutorial sessions online to other college students. If you’re a great note-taker, consider sharing your gift with other students by selling your class notes.

Make Moolah While Working on the Nights and Weekends

Do you work a traditional 9 to 5 job and need to make money outside of those hours? Then these ideas are just for you.

59. Work as a driver

Companies such as Uber and Lyft hire drivers as makeshift taxis to cart needy passengers back and forth to different locations. Rates of pay depend on number of miles traveled, the type of vehicle you drive and so forth.

60. Collect and sell scrap metal

Scrap metal recyclers often pay good cash for scrap metal, and busy homeowners are often looking for people to take scrap metal such as old washers and dryers off of their hands. If you have a truck or trailer and some extra time on your hands, look for people eager to get rid of scrap metal (check Craigslist) and deliver to the local recycling plant for some quick cash.

61. Sell plasma

College students have been making money for years by selling their plasma to local plasma banks. It’s a relaxing job (if you can handle the sight of needles) and can provide a little bit of income on a regular basis.

62. Start a club

Many people want to get fit but are intimidated by the thought of starting on their own. By forming a hiking or other exercising club, you can provide a need for people, make money and get fit, all at the same time.

63. Sell your stuff

Got too much stuff? Use your nights to clean out your closets and your weekends to sell your unwanted items at garage sales. Spring, summer and fall are usually garage-sale-mania in most communities, so take advantage of the opportunity and provide items for deal-seeking shoppers.

64. Distribute flyers for local companies

Many local companies, such as local newspaper and service companies, are looking for trustworthy people to deliver flyers and papers to local mailboxes for them. Look for ads in local papers and on Craigslist to find jobs in this genre.

65. Pick up a paper route

The old fashioned paper route still provides income for thousands of people each and every week. If you’re looking for a quiet, simple job to perform during early morning hours, a paper route job might be for you.

66. Find a job as a Valet

High end restaurants and clubs often seek out trustworthy drivers to perform valet services for clients. If you are a responsible driver and like to drive, consider working as a valet.

67. Deliver pizzas

Many people have gotten out of debt or reached other financial goals by delivering pizzas. The hourly wage (plus tips for great service) can add up to big bucks if you stick with it.

Make Money by Living a Simpler Life

This might sound strange, but if you make different life choices, chances are that you can save hundreds maybe even thousands of dollars each month. Here are number of ways that you can make your life simpler and make some extra coin in the process.

68. Sell your car

Can you trade your car in for a cheaper model, or do without a car altogether by walking or using public transportation? If so, consider selling your car for some fast cash in your pocket.

69. Downsize your housing

Can you make do with a smaller room, apartment or house? If so, see if you can find cheaper housing in order to cut down on housing costs. If you have your own apartment, switch to a 2-bedroom and get a roommate. Or trade in your big house for something smaller.

70. Sell your gold or other jewelry

Consider selling that gold or other jewelry that you really don’t need (or maybe even want) in order to get some fast cash in your pocket. Pawn shops or jewelry shops will often buy your fine jewelry from you.

71. Sell clothing you no longer wear at a garage sale, on eBay or on consignment

Do you have a closet overflowing with clothes and shoes? Consider a minimalist approach and scale down your wardrobe, selling the items you no longer want at a garage sale or at a local consignment shop.

72. Clean out your garage/storage area and sell your stuff

How many hundreds (or thousands) of dollars of stuff is sitting in your garage or storage attic waiting for “someday”?  You might think it’s worthless junk, but as the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. See what you can find in your attic or garage that might do somebody else some good and sell it for a great price.

Make Money by Doing Something Different

Tired of the same old side gigs? Well, don’t leave just yet. Here are some awesome ways that you can get a decent side income and do something a little, let’s say, different.

73. Be an extra in a movie

It’s not always the most glamorous job (pay is fair, hours can be long) but being an extra in a movie can provide some extra money in a different and interesting way. If you’re looking for that Hollywood experience for a day, consider finding work as a movie extra.

74. Participate in research studies

From medical studies to food studies to consumer products, there are dozens of companies that hire willing participants to take part in research studies to test their products. I know a guy who once got paid $200 to get his head shaved for a company that was testing their medical shears.

75. Become a wedding officiant

In most states, it’s pretty easy to become a wedding officiant, and after you’re licensed, you can use your new found skill to make some extra money in your spare time. How fun would it be to take part helping people unite their lives together forever?

76. Rent ad space on your car

Ever see those cars and trucks driving around your city with ads plastered all over them? That’s passive income, my friends. A company like Carvertise will place ads on your car, and then you go about your daily driving business, all the while earning money at the same time.

77. Referee or Umpire kids’ sports games

In my area, people get paid as much as $30 an hour to umpire the local kids’ sports games. That’s some serious side cash. Contact your local recreation associations to learn about available jobs in this area.

78. Be a personal assistant

People often want to hire personal assistants for a variety of reasons. They may need help with daily chores, or with running errands, or simply may want some company. A recent Craigslist ad in my area showed a job for a personal assistant for a guy recovering from a back injury who wanted someone to hang out with him as he worked out at home in case he had trouble with his back. Not bad work for a money-paying gig.

79. Coach a sport

Along with umpiring or refereeing a sport, athletic associations often pay good money for people willing to coach local sports teams. Check your city’s want ad area for information about coaching community sports.

80. Work as a security guard

If you’ve got a tough-looking appearance and some brawn to back it up, consider working a job as a security guard. Community events of all kinds hire people on a regular basis to work security for their event. My husband has done security work dozens of times and finds it’s a pretty easy job that’s well worth the money paid.

Bonus Way to Make Money

Well, you thought I was done. Here is one more for you before you go.

81. Become a human billboard

Ever see those people standing on corners, wearing sandwich boards and eagerly encouraging you to stop in at said business? Yeah, they get paid. If you’re not shy and are good at getting the attention of others, consider working as a human billboard. A great way to earn money and have fun at the same time.

As you can see, there are many ways to earn some extra cash to fund whatever goal you’d like to reach, whether that be a trip to Australia or an early retirement dream.

Can you think of any more ways that aren’t listed here to earn extra money?