How many times have you thought to yourself, “I could really use some extra cash”? Whether you’re in a short-term financial bind or you just want to save up for something big, there are many ways to make money over and above working your day job. I know this first-hand because part of my story is I created this site to help others get out of debt and make money at the same time. I was able to pay off $52,000 of debt in 18 months using some of the ideas in this article including this website which now makes over $3,000 per month on the side. You can check out my latest income reports at the bottom of this post.
Here are 80+ ways you can make some extra cash to fund whatever it is you want to accomplish. To make it easy, we’ve put the ideas into six separate categories.
- Make Some Cash by Using Your Skills
- Ideas for Making Money Online
- Earn Some Extra Cash by Filling a Need
- Make Moolah While Working on the Nights and Weekends
- Make Money by Living a Simpler Life
- Make Money by Doing Something Different
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. Freelance writing
If you like to write and would like to make money in your pajamas, then freelance writing could be a great fit. My friend Holly makes over $100,000 per year from freelance writing. She even has a course to help other people make money as a freelancer called Earn More Writing.
2. Take online surveys
Taking surveys in your spare time can be a great way to earn some extra dough. While are tons of online survey opportunities, two of the most reputable are Harris Poll and Digital Voice. With these companies, you can start making money as soon as 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. Check out some of the cool designs here for some inspiration.
4. Get cash back on items you buy every day
Did you know that you can get cash back for items that you already intend on buying? Ebates will pay you cash when you do your shopping through their sites. The trick is, only buy products you’d normally buy anyway and not just buy things cause they’re on sale.
5. Teach exercise classes
Are you interested in getting paid to stay in shape? If you are interested in classes like yoga, Zumba, Crossfit, Kettlebell or any other type of exercise, consider offering your services at the local gym or through a community education class. It doesn’t take long to get certified to teach in these areas.
6. Affiliate marketing
Affiliate marketing is where you get paid for referring people to products or services. Companies such as Amazon pay decent money when visitors to your website click on your links and when they purchase products, you get paid. If you want to increase your affiliate income, my friend Michelle makes over $50,000/month and she created a course called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing that you may want to check out. If you don’t have a website, you can get started here for as low as $3.95 per month with Bluehost. To make it even easier, check out my post on how to start a blog in less than 10 minutes.
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 (ironing) can easily be done out of your home, and is a much needed service for busy 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 on your hands (pun intended 🙂 ). If you have no skills in this area, but your interested, check out The Sewing Bible for Clothes Alterations: A Step-by-step practical guide on how to alter clothes.
8. Peer to Peer Lending
Nowadays it is easy to help out others who need money and get a return on the money at the same time. 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 even self-publish on your own by creating a downloadable PDF. Start by choosing a topic you’re familiar with. This can be an educational resource, a how-to guide, and/or writing fictional stories. The Internet is full of great articles on how to write and publish an e-book for very little up-front cost. Make sure to 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 use computers or possibly learning to read. If you like working in the community and helping others, consider tutoring to supplement your income.
11. Flip merchandise
Are you skilled at recognizing a good deal when you see one? Then consider buying merchandise to resell on eBay or other sites like Amazon. 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 the items online.
12. Start a handyman business
If you’re do-it-yourself-er, consider using your skills to help others that need handyman work done. Many people gladly pay good money for someone to take care of their smaller home repairs and maintenance tasks. You can even create a profile on Amazon Services to help you get customers in your local area.
13. Become a mystery shopper
If you’re detail oriented and recognize good service when you see it, consider becoming a mystery shopper. Legit mystery shopping companies pay well for a mystery shopper’s feedback. This is a good way to get paid for doing stuff you already do like going to retail stores and restaurants.
14. Become a photographer
If you own a decent camera and like photography, consider offering your photography skills for weddings, families, high school graduations and proms. A good picture is worth a thousand words, and worth a lot of money as well. A growing photography niche is pet portraits, so if you like photography and animals, know that pet owners are paying a premium for you to take a picture of Fido.
15. Babysit or Be a Nanny
Do you like being around kids? 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 and nights during the week. 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. Also check out places like farmers markets, fairs, and other local events.
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, then 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. Sell your photos
If you have a high-quality camera and a knack for taking good photos, consider selling your photos to companies like Deposit Photos. They will pay you a percentage of their earnings every time someone pays to download one of your photos or illustrations.
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. Teach community education online
Got a skill? Have you thought about using it to teach others in a community college classes online? Most colleges have some sort of online program that people sign up for and take at their convenience. The possibilities for teaching a class online are endless: you could teach excel, Photoshop, WordPress or other specialized skill. Make a list of skills that you could teach others, then contact your local college and talk with them about potentially teaching a class online.
38. 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.
39. Get into website 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 every day.
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 someone’s 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 buying clothing, groceries, or even 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 how many 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 several 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, 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.
Lastly, as promised, here is a link to my income reports to see how I earn over $3,000 per month online.
Can you think of any more ways that aren’t listed here to earn extra money?