How many times have you thought to yourself, “I could use some extra cash”? Maybe you need cash fast. Or, you want to save for something big. There are many ways to make money outside of your day job.
I paid off $52,000 of debt in 18 months using some of the ideas in this article. One of the ideas includes this website. Today, it makes over $10,000 per month.
Here is an extensive list of ways that you can make more money so that you can achieve your financial goals.
In This Article
- Top Ideas to Make Money in 2021
- 1. Freelance Writing
- 2. Take Online Surveys
- 3. Peer to Peer Lending
- 4. Make Money on Items You Buy
- 5. Drive People Around
- 6. Affiliate Marketing
- 7. Mend/press clothing
- 8. Design your own t-shirts
- 9. Write, publish and sell an e-book
- 10. Create an online course
- 11. Flip merchandise
- 12. Start a handyman business
- 13. Teach exercise classes
- 14. Become a photographer
- 15. Babysit or Be a Nanny
- 16. Become a caricature artist
- 17. Sing at weddings or other events
- 18. Offer mechanic services
- 19. Perform as a musician
- 20. Capture video for special events
- 21. Teach music lessons
- 22. Sell crafts
- 23. Teach nutrition classes
- 24. Repair Electronics
- 25. Offer graphic design services
- Ideas for Making Money Online
- 26. Get paid for web searches
- 27. Sell your photos
- 28. Work from home as a call center rep
- 29. Look for work on freelance sites
- 30. Provide home staging services
- 31. Create art and sell it
- 32. Create an idea and use Kickstarter
- 33. Get paid for testing websites
- 34. Organize homes or offices
- 35. Be an expert resume writer
- 36. Make YouTube videos
- 37. Teach community education online
- 38. Give private cooking lessons
- 39. Get into website design
- 40. Develop an app or software program
- 41. Become a virtual assistant
- 42. Sell items at a farmers market
- 43. Flip domain names
- 44. Take an online data entry job
- 45. Become a Blog Manager
- 46. Manage Social Media Accounts
- Earn Some Extra Cash by Filling a Need
- 47. Rent out your car
- 48. Clean office buildings
- 49. Offer personal shopping services
- 50. Paint houses
- 51. Clean windows
- 52. Offer house-sitting services
- 53. Provide yard work services
- 54. Rent out a room in your home
- 55. Start a pet sitting/walking business
- 56. Clean houses
- 57. Rent out your parking space
- 58. Sell your college notes
- Make Money on the Nights and Weekends
- Earn Money by Living a Simpler Life
- Earn Money by Doing Something Different
- More Ways to Make Money
- The Bottom Line
Top Ideas to Make Money in 2021
Everyone has at least one skill they can earn money with. What is yours? Maybe you still need to figure it out.
Here are a variety of skills you can consider. Pick one (or two) and start making money today. Once you start, it’s hard to stop!
1. Freelance Writing
If you like to write, freelance writing could be a good fit. And, you can make money in your pajamas. You can get paid to write an article for a business or a publication. I have written for several sites like:
- Clark Howard
- US News and World Report
Pay can vary by client and article length. I have made between $35 to $500 for a piece of content. How much you earn depends on your experience and the length of the article.
To help you connect with clients try Upwork or Contently. On these sites, clients are looking for written content from experts like you. You have to create a profile and writing samples.
2. Take Online Surveys
Taking surveys in your spare time can be a great way to earn some extra dough. While there are tons of online survey sites, one of the best is Survey Junkie.
With surveys, you can start making money as soon as today. Here’s the cool thing about Survey Junkie, you can take multiple surveys.
You can also join other survey sites if Survey Junkie isn’t enough. This way, you never run out of surveys to take in your free time.
3. Peer to Peer Lending
Nowadays, it’s easy to help out others who need money. And, you can earn a decent return on investment. This is because you skip the bank to lend money.
A good place to start is Lending Club. It’s a platform where 99.9% of investors have seen positive returns. In other words, lending money to people isn’t as risky as you think.
With high-risk loans, you can earn as much as 25%. However, most investors invest in loans with better credit ratings. For most loans, the average returns are between 3-8%.
4. Make Money on Items You Buy
Do you want to get paid to shop? Rakuten pays you cash when you shop through their shopping portal.
Here’s the trick, only buy products you normally buy. And, don’t buy things just because they’re on sale. Otherwise, you spend money on things that you don’t need.
The goal of joining is to make money, not spend it.
Plus, you can use another free app called Paribus. This price-tracking app negotiates a refund if something you buy goes on sale.
Want an example? Let’s say you buy a tv, and it goes on sale three days later. You can get a price protection refund.
Using Paribus is an easy way to monitor shopping purchases. Let’s face it, most of us don’t know about these claims.
5. Drive People Around
Companies like Lyft pay you to drive others.
How much you earn depends on a few factors like:
- Number of miles traveled
- The time it takes to complete a route
- Type of vehicle you drive
- Your city size
- Current demand for rides
Another option is to drive things to others. Postmates is a top on-demand delivery service looking for delivery partners.
As a Postmate, you would deliver restaurant meals, grocery orders and liquor orders. Their website says that their drivers can earn up to $25 per hour!
If you need a side gig, these are great options with flexible hours. You can easily do this on the nights and weekends. So, even if you have a full-time job, you can drive as a side hustle.
And, you’re not required to work the same hours each week. You are your own boss!
6. Affiliate Marketing
This skill is when you get paid for referring others to products or services. For instance, Amazon pays you when visitors buy products through your links. As a reward, you get paid.
You will need a blog or website to post affiliate links. Having a social media presence helps you make money too.
If you want to increase your affiliate income, listen to my friend. Michelle earns over $100,000/month from her website.
She has a course called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing where she shares her expert tips on how to make money online.
This is a good place to get started with affiliate marketing.
7. Mend/press clothing
Do you possess any of these skills?
- Mend clothing
- Press clothing
- Alter clothing
If so, consider offering your skills as a tailor. Tailor work and small-scale pressing (ironing) are always in demand.
As you know, busy people don’t have time for these basic tasks. And, you can easily work from your home in your free time.
In today’s world, skills such as mending and alterations aren’t taught. Hopefully, you have a knack for sewing. If so, you have a valuable, money-making talent on your hands.
8. Design your own t-shirts
If you’re creative and like to design things, then this may be a great fit for you. If so, check out a site called CafePress.
On CafePress, you can publish t-shirt designs that you create. When a customer purchases a design, you earn a portion of the profits.
CafePress prints and ships the order to the buyer! So, you only have to upload designs. In short, this can be one of the easiest ways to make money selling t-shirts!
Other items you can sell on CafePress are:
- Bumper Stickers
- Home & Decor
Now, you can spend more time designing and less time selling. To sell more designs, a second site to try is Redbubble. Or, you can try selling on both to reach more buyers.
9. Write, publish and sell an e-book
Looking for a good 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.
For example, you can create:
- An education resource
- How-to guides
- Fictional stories
The Internet is full of articles on how to write and publish an e-book. Thankfully, the initial costs are small. Make sure to learn the ins and outs. Self-publishing is a lucrative industry once you gain experience.
10. Create an online course
Are you a subject expert? If so, you can charge others to learn from you! For instance, I have a friend who likes to build tables. He makes six figures by teaching others how to build tables through videos online.
You can sell your video courses on these online platforms:
- Your own website
If this interests you, invest in a camera and microphone. Then, be ready to motivate your students to become experts.
11. Flip merchandise
Can you recognize a good deal when you see one? Then, consider buying merchandise to resell on eBay. Or, try other sites like Amazon.
Garage sales and thrift stores are full of obscure items. Often, people don’t know how valuable they are. Therefore, they sell them for less than what they’re worth.
As a result, you can buy them for a discount and make a large profit.
Take advantage of these amazing deals. Use them to earn some money by reselling the items online.
12. Start a handyman business
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, consider helping others with your skills. Also, most of your neighbors need handyman work done.
Many people will gladly pay good money for your handy skills. You can take care of their small home repairs and maintenance tasks.
You can even create a profile on Amazon Services. This online directory helps you find local customers.
13. Teach exercise classes
Do you want to get paid to stay in shape? Maybe, you can teach one of these fitness classes:
- Any other type of exercise
First of all, consider teaching classes at the local gym. Or, you can teach a class at your community center too.
Finally, it doesn’t take long to get certified to teach in these areas.
14. Become a photographer
Do you own a decent camera and like photography? Well, consider offering your photography skills for these events:
- Family photos
- High school graduations
A good picture is worth a thousand words. And, they’re worth a lot of money too!
Here’s a tip, pet portraits are a growing niche. If you like photography and animals, this is a perfect option. 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 becoming a nanny or even a babysitter. Many families are offering good pay for quality care for their children.
And, it’s a perfect way to earn money for college students. Families search for nannies who will watch their children during summer break from school. Finally, you can babysit on weeknights too.
16. Become a caricature artist
You might be a good caricature or face painting artist. Corporate and sporting events often seek someone who can do this. If you have skills in either of these areas, put them to use!
To start, seek out jobs at corporate events or your local sports stadium. Inquire about job needs by calling the general office.
Also, check out places like farmers markets, fairs, and other local events.
17. Sing at weddings or other events
Lend your singing talent to entertain guests at these events:
- Political gatherings
- Cultural events
If you can sing, seek out these events to use your skill. And, spread the word about your talents to others. You might record an audio sample to give to potential clients too.
Remember this: word-of-mouth referrals are priceless. Happy clients are the best way to build your brand.
18. Offer mechanic services
It’s no surprise; mechanic services can be unbearably expensive. Maybe, you have a gift for car maintenance or repair. If so, consider starting a car maintenance repair business.
You can go directly to the customer’s home garage.
And, you don’t have the expenses of owning your own car repair garage. As a result, your profit potential is likely higher. Plus, the customer will appreciate the personalized service.
19. Perform as a musician
For musicians, there are many ways to get paid to play music! Weddings, summer festivals, and other events will pay good money for your skills.
Street musicians can also earn some decent cash for playing entertaining tunes. However, check with your local laws to ensure street music is legal first.
Most likely, you won’t make millions as a musician. But, it can be a decent way to make money on the side. And, you have fun in the process!
20. Capture video for special events
Show off your video producing/editing skills at these venues:
- Birthday parties
- Class reunions
- Wedding receptions
First, make sure you have a decent video camera. Or, a knack for turning pictures into videos. Then, advertise your services to party planners and families.
A well-produced video is important. It can make the difference between a good party and a great party. And, your talents help people capture memories they can revisit later.
There is even some free video editing software out there. So, if you have a good camera, start-up costs can be low.
21. Teach music lessons
Do you play a musical instrument? Teach your skill to others wanting to learn how to play. Maybe, you will specialize in one instrument. Or, you can teach several like the piano and guitar.
To get started, post flyers at a community college or coffee shops. It may be surprising, but college students want to learn music too. And, they don’t want to do it in a for-credit class!
Typically, you can charge around $25 per 30-minute session. But, this depends on the area you live in.
22. Sell crafts
My wife buys all sorts of things on Etsy such as customized stickers and shirts, etc.
This is a great way to sell physical products. To make the most money, follow these two tips:
- Make your product unique
- Find the right audience
Therefore, find a DIY craft marketplace that reaches your ideal buyer.
23. Teach nutrition classes
If you’re educated in eating well, consider teaching nutrition classes. A community center or school are two places to start. And, you can try a retirement home or your local library too.
24. Repair Electronics
Are you an expert in the area of tech repair? Then, offer your services to friends, family and community members. You don’t have to open a repair shop in town.
When you help people repair their computers and tech devices, word spreads fast. Above all, helping people is the best way to grow your side hustle.
25. Offer graphic design services
Graphic designers can offer their skills to local small businesses. Smaller businesses can’t afford large graphic design companies. But, they want to create attractive ads or websites.
If you do the job well, they are happy to use a smaller, local designer.
Check out 99 Designs to get paid for your graphic designs this week.
Ideas for Making Money Online
Want to earn some extra money online? Well, there are plenty of ways to make this a reality. Many of them require little or no money to get started.
These hustles give you the ability to work from anywhere you want.
26. Get paid for web searches
Certain well-known companies pay freelancers to test their search engines. You can find tester jobs on company websites. But, there’s an easier way to make money surfing the web.
Why not get paid for searching the internet?
To begin, join Swagbucks. They will pay you to search the internet through their site. You can redeem your earnings for cash or gift cards.
You probably spend hours on the web already every day. Now, you can get paid for your work with minimal effort.
27. Sell your photos
Do you have a high-quality camera and a knack for taking good photos? Well, consider selling your photos to companies like Deposit Photos. They will pay you a portion of their earnings for each sale.
Besides selling photos, they pay you to sell vector graphics too.
28. Work from home as a call center rep
Many large companies in today’s world are hiring call center reps. You work as an independent contractor right from your own home.
To start, you will need a computer and a quiet office space. If so, consider applying to be a call center rep. Companies such as SYKES hire virtual call center reps.
29. Look for work on freelance sites
You can use Upwork to see listings from clients who need help. There are both short and long-term freelancing tasks for you. Just to clarify, this isn’t only for freelance writing.
You can do many different tasks including:
- Graphic design
- Data entry
30. Provide home staging services
In most markets, staged homes sell faster than empty homes. Buyers can imagine their family in the house thanks to staging. Before putting their house on the market, home stagers work their magic.
If you can make a home look neat and inviting, consider this idea. Home staging services operate in every real estate market.
31. Create art and sell it
For the artistic, you can sell art locally or online. Selling art and other items on DeviantArt is popular. By using this site to sell your art, you can make more money than most. Also, being able to market yourself helps too.
32. Create an idea and use Kickstarter
Do you have a one-of-a-kind idea? Fund that idea using Kickstarter!
On this site, you connect your great idea with those who have money. If they like it, your new and different idea can get off the ground.
33. Get paid for testing websites
Companies hire people to test their websites. You can assess user-friendliness and page link accuracy.
If you’re interested in website testing, check out User Testing. And, you can earn a legit side income by doing so.
34. Organize homes or offices
If you have a gift for organizing, offer to help home and business owners. With your skills, homes and offices can be more inviting places to work and live.
Spread the word about your knack for staying organized. First, advertise on Craigslist for free. Or, you can also distribute flyers to local business complexes.
You may want to provide before and after photos of your work. In many cases, potential clients like seeing visual proof first.
35. Be an expert resume writer
If you can create an awesome resume, keep reading. You should consider offering your resume writing services.
Job seekers always need eye-popping resumes. A solid resume helps people looking for employment find the right job.
More importantly, poor resumes mean good applicants don’t get an interview. Thus, you can change a person’s quality of life with your talent.
If you have this skill, offer your services on sites such as the NRWA.
36. Make YouTube videos
Millions of people earn money every day posting YouTube videos. These videos teach viewers something new. And, they are eye-catching.
First, learn the guidelines involved with making money on Youtube. Then, you can start producing some passive income for yourself.
37. Teach community education online
Got a skill? What about using it to teach others in community college classes online? Most colleges have online programs you can enroll in at your convenience. In many cases, these courses are self-paced.
The online teaching topics are endless! Some of the options include:
- Other specialized skills
To get started, make a list of skills that you can teach others. Then, contact a college near you and ask if you can teach online.
38. Give private cooking lessons
Maybe you have a flair for cooking tasty meals. If so, consider giving private cooking lessons. And, you don’t need a commercial kitchen to teach lessons.
You can go to clients in their own homes and use their kitchen. Simply meet with them to determine their food likes. Then, you can create a menu or two.
As part of the learning experience, have the client buy the ingredients. Schedule a meeting time and teach them the joys of cooking.
39. Get into website design
If you know how to design websites, you may have found a lucrative side hustle. Plenty of blogs and company websites are sorely in need of a new design.
By making a website inviting, people are more likely to visit. When site traffic grows, you might earn a bonus. And, you can increase your rates for new clients.
If you excel at web design, consider starting your own web design business.
40. Develop an app or software program
If you know how to program software, develop a new app or software program. The app can meet business or personal needs.
Another option is creating apps for having fun in your free time. To get ideas, check the app store to see trending apps.
If you don’t know how to program, check out Upwork or Fiverr. On these sites, you can hire programmers to make your dream a reality.
41. Become a virtual assistant
Many companies hire virtual assistants to help with daily tasks. Search online want ads for virtual assistant openings. Or, pitch your services to online business owners to get started.
My friend Kayla is a freelance virtual assistant, and she earns $10,000 per month.
42. Sell items at a farmers market
Do you have some land to grow a garden? Grow your favorite veggie(s) to sell at the local farmer’s market. Most farmers markets welcome other homemade goods such as:
- Baked goods
- Maple syrup
- Salsa and hot sauce
Instead of throwing your scraps away, maybe you can sell a second product. You don’t have to buy any new material with these products. If you have the time, these products are an easy way to make more money.
Visit the Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Directory. This directory helps you find markets in your area. And, your local markets can tell you if they need items you want to sell.
43. Flip domain names
Can you think of great domain names? If so, you can earn some serious money by flipping domain names. You buy domain names for a few dollars. Then, you can possibly sell them for hundreds of dollars more.
Sites such as Flippa can help you sell those domain names at a profit.
44. Take an online data entry job
If you’re detail-oriented, an online data entry job might be what you’re looking for.
For example, Indeed posts hundreds of online data entry jobs.
45. Become a Blog Manager
Do you know how to run a blog but don’t want to own one yourself? If so, a blog management job might be for you.
Blog owners hire blog managers to handle the daily blog tasks. Although each blog is different, you might have these duties:
- Schedule new blog posts
- Run social media campaigns
- Respond to comments
- Perform plugin updates
46. Manage Social Media Accounts
Many companies want marketing experts to help business. One growth area is their social media accounts. And, you don’t need a marketing degree to find a job!
Instead, a clear knowledge of how the social media world thrives is essential. Of course, having a relevant degree can help you get a better salary.
To gain experience, grow your personal social media accounts. Next, look for local businesses without a social media presence. They may pay you to build a social media presence for them.
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, you get paid money in the process.
Here are some ways that you can earn money by helping to fill a need.
47. Rent out your car
How many hours of the day does your car sit idle? Probably at least half of the day, right? Now, you can rent out your car to others and make over $600 per month.
Check out a service called Turo that makes all this possible. It’s free to join, and the signup process only takes 10 minutes.
48. Clean office buildings
Many small business owners don’t have the time to clean their offices themselves. Consider asking small business owners if they can use your help.
Once you build your brand, you can hire other cleaners to clean for you! Then, you can relax in the evening or find more clients.
49. Offer personal shopping services
Personal shopping can mean many different things. For example, it may consist of buying these products:
- Dry cleaning
- Personal items that need the touch of a savvy shopper
Busy men and women rely on personal shoppers to get the items they need. This way, they don’t spend their non-working hours away from home.
Check out Instacart for two easy ways to start today. Or, you can ask family friends who are “too busy” to shop.
50. Paint houses
Maybe you like to paint and are good at it. If so, painting is another timeless side hustle. You can paint the interiors and/or exteriors of homes.
As a teenager, my single mom and I worked together. We painted apartments for a real estate owner. Since he owned several small apartment buildings, we painted many walls.
It was peaceful work, and it paid well.
51. Clean windows
Cleaning windows is another job that people will pay you for.
To start, you need these items:
- Good window cleaner (not the $1 bottles)
A great technique is also essential. Most likely, you know that happy customers tell their friends! Soon, you might not even have enough time to clean windows for new clients.
52. Offer house-sitting services
People go on vacation or travel for work. So, they are often in need of a responsible house-sitter. This might be a great side hustle for you that requires little work.
But, you may need to be away from home for several days. If you can get away, this is a fun side hustle.
53. Provide yard work services
Yard work is one chore many homeowners try to avoid. Some of the possible tasks include:
- Mowing the lawn
- Shoveling snow
- Raking leaves
- Minor landscaping
- Trimming trees and bushes
To get ideas, take a look around your neighborhood. This research should show you the demand for your skills. Take a walk and talk to your neighbors. Let them know that you are available for hire.
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 may try to rent their rooms for income. All they need is a place to sleep, and they don’t mind sharing their house with others.
Putting that spare bedroom to use can earn you a few hundred dollars each month.
Be sure to screen clients carefully. Or, work through word-of-mouth before you pick your tenant. Bad tenants can quickly cause you to lose money. And, they will test your stress levels too!
55. Start a pet sitting/walking business
Pet owners who aren’t home often want pet sitters and dog walkers. They don’t want their beloved pets being home alone so long each day. And, home pet sitting can be cheaper than taking them to a pet daycare.
Maybe, you can offer dog walking or pet sitting services. Besides asking your friends, there are several ways to find clients. You can advertise at pet stores or vet offices. A third option is joining Care.com.
Believe it or not, some pet sitters earn over $100,000 a year. If you love animals, this can replace your day job in the future.
56. Clean houses
Find busy friends or family members who might want help cleaning their homes. They may need help on a weekly or monthly basis. Others might hire you to clean before family comes to visit.
Cleaning is a simple task, but it has large income potential. You perform basic chores like dusting, vacuuming and cleaning bathrooms.
57. Rent out your parking space
Have a coveted parking space you don’t use? Consider renting it out.
Sites like Just Park let you rent your parking space. Needy drivers can have a place to park near their work or home for one-time events. And, you can justify keeping your monthly pass you don’t use each day.
58. Sell your college notes
Sites like Stuvia help you sell these materials to other college students:
- Your college notes
- Video tutorial sessions
Besides getting good grades, paying attention in class can pay your tuition.
Make Money on the Nights and Weekends
Do you work a traditional 9 to 5 job? For many people, the only time to hustle is on the nights and weekends. If that’s your case, these ideas are for you!
59. Become a mystery shopper
Maybe you are detail oriented and recognize good service when you see it. Businesses want feedback from mystery shoppers.
The employees don’t know why you’re coming and will treat you like other customers. You provide an honest review of the shopping experience.
Legit mystery shopping companies pay well for your feedback.
60. Collect and sell scrap metal
Scrap metal recyclers often pay good cash for scrap metal. Busy homeowners want someone to haul off their old appliances. Either they don’t have the time or a truck to take the item themselves.
You can take scrap metal such as old washers and dryers off of their hands.
If you have a truck or trailer, look for people with scrap metal. First, check Craigslist for open requests. After the pickup, go to the nearest scrap recycling plant.
61. Sell plasma
Although donating plasma has a bad rap, any healthy adult can do it. In fact, college students have been selling plasma for cash for years.
Local plasma centers accept plasma from any healthy adult. If needles don’t scare you, it’s a relaxing job. Donating plasma can provide a small weekly income.
Since you can donate two days a week, you can get paid each week.
62. Start a fitness club
Many people want to get fit but starting their own club overwhelms them. Maybe you can form a hiking, biking or another exercising club.
Doing so means you can provide a need for people. As a reward, you earn money and get fit at the same time.
63. Sell your stuff
Got too much stuff? Use your nights to clean out your closets. On the weekends, sell your unwanted items at garage sales. Spring, summer and fall are usually the best months for garage sales.
Take advantage of this “peak season” to reach more deal-seeking shoppers. Waiting too long means you may have to lower prices to make a sale.
64. Distribute flyers for local companies
Many local companies use paper flyers to advertise. Restaurants and service companies come to mind first. They need trustworthy people to deliver flyers and papers for them.
Maybe, you can be that trusty person they need!
Look for ads in local papers and on Craigslist to find jobs in this genre.
65. Work a paper route
Ok, here’s another time-proven idea. The old-fashioned paper route still provides income for thousands of people.
Every paper has a different publishing schedule. Some deliver seven days a week. But, other papers may only deliver three days a week.
Maybe you want a quiet job in the early morning hours. If so, a paper route might be for you.
When you can’t commit to delivering daily, try sharing the route with a friend. This way, you can both make some extra money!
66. Find a job as a valet
High-end restaurants and clubs often seek out safe drivers for valet services. If you fit this description, consider working as a valet. And, think of all the cool cars you can say you drive!
67. Deliver pizzas
Many people have gotten out of debt by delivering pizzas. And, many people who need extra money have too! Whatever your reason, this is a fun job.
Even though you’re delivering pizzas, you’ll see different places each day. Because you earn tips, you can make more than other restaurant jobs too.
Tip: Similar to delivering pizzas, you can deliver for DoorDash. You get paid to deliver online orders for many restaurants.
Earn Money by Living a Simpler Life
This next statement might sound strange to you. If you make different life choices, you can save hundreds of dollars each month. In some cases, you can save thousands of dollars each month!
Trust me; it’s easier to make these choices than you think. The ideas may sound radical at first. But, making these choices are how so many people stop struggling to pay the bills.
Here are some ways you can simplify and earn some extra coin in the process.
68. Sell your car
If you live in a city, sell your car and walk or use public transit. For those rare times you need a car, rent one.
If you can’t be without a car, trade your current one in for a cheaper model. After the trade, use the extra cash to pay off debt or build your savings account.
Selling your car for some fast cash is one way to put money in your pocket. This is because cars cost thousands of dollars and many people buy used cars.
69. Downsize your housing
Can you make do with a smaller room, apartment or house? If so, see if you can find cheaper housing to cut down on housing costs. When you have your own apartment, switch to a 2-bedroom and get a roommate.
Perhaps you could trade in your big house for something smaller.
70. Sell your gold or other jewelry
Sometimes, you need to look in the mirror to make money. Selling gold and unwanted jewelry may put some fast cash in your pocket.
Pawnshops or jewelry shops will often buy your fine jewelry from you. For more money, you may try selling to private buyers. However, it can take longer to make a sale.
71. Sell clothing you no longer wear
Do you have a closet overflowing with clothes and shoes? Perhaps the minimalist approach is your best option. You can scale down your wardrobe by using a selling app to sell items you no longer want.
First, try selling local at a garage sale or a consignment shop. By selling local, you get extra cash without paying shipping fees.
72. Sell Stuff You Don’t Need
How many hundreds (or thousands) of dollars of stuff sits in your garage? Maybe you have an attic or off-site locker. You might be keeping these things to use “someday.”
But, let’s be honest. If you don’t use something in five years, you should sell it. You might think it’s worthless junk. But, as the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
To start, see what you can find in your attic or garage. Hopefully, you have items that can sell for a great price.
Earn Money by Doing Something Different
Tired of the same old side gigs? Well, don’t stop reading yet! Here are some fun ways you can get a decent side income. And, you can do something a little, let’s say, different.
73. Be an extra in a movie
Being a movie extra isn’t the most glamorous job. Since the pay is fair and the hours can be long, some call this job thankless. However, being an extra in a movie is a unique side gig.
To live the Hollywood life for a day, look for movie casting calls.
74. Participate in research studies
Dozens of companies conduct research studies to test their products. Some of the paid studies you can participate in include:
- Medical studies
- Food studies
- Consumer products
I know a guy who once got paid $200 to get his head shaved. The company was testing their medical shears.
Research studies tend to pay more than other common online surveys. But, they accept fewer participants. If you like being a guinea pig, look for these studies.
Respondent is a good place to look for paid opportunities. You can also look for local research studies.
75. Become a wedding officiant
In most states, it’s pretty easy to become a wedding officiant. Once you’re licensed, you’re ready to go! This is a fun way to earn some extra money in your spare time.
76. Rent ad space on your car
Ever see those cars and trucks driving in your city with ads plastered all over them? That’s passive income, my friends. A company like Carvertise places ads on your car.
Once they put the ads on your car, you go about your daily driving business. The more you drive, the more money you make!
77. Referee or umpire kids’ sports games
In my area, people get paid as much as $30 an hour to umpire the kids’ sports games. That’s some serious side cash. Contact your local recreation leagues to learn about available jobs.
78. Be a personal assistant
People want to hire personal assistants for many reasons.
They may need help with these tasks:
- Daily chores
- Running errands
- Having a person to talk to
Maybe, you can post an ad like this recent Craigslist ad in my area. A guy recovering from a back injury wanted an assistant.
He wanted someone to hang out with him as he exercised at home. As a result, if he had trouble with his back, he had somebody to help him.
Not bad work for a money-paying gig.
79. Coach a sport
One option is to be an umpire or referee. A second option is coaching a local sports team. Athletic leagues often pay good money for someone willing to coach. So, check your city’s want ad area.
For instance, a listing title might include the words coaching community sports.
80. Become a security guard
If you have a tough-looking appearance, be a security guard. For example, public events of all kinds hire security guards. Secondly, malls and office parks also hire security guards too.
Some of my friends have done security work. To them, it’s a pretty easy job that’s well worth the money it pays.
More Ways to Make Money
Well, you thought I finished. Here are a couple more for you before you go.
81. Become a human billboard
Ever see those people standing on corners, wearing sandwich boards? Maybe, they flip signs or try waving at you. No, they didn’t lose a bet with their friends. A business is paying them to stand there.
Yeah, they get paid.
If you’re not shy, apply to be a human billboard. And, you should also be good at getting people’s attention.
This can be a great way to earn more money and have fun at the same time.
82. Retail arbitrage
Do you buy low and sell high? This process is known as retail arbitrage.
I have done this! For instance, I would buy video games on clearance. Then, I sold them online at a higher price.
You want to be careful flipping video games though. The last thing you want is a bunch of copies of video games you don’t play.
At first, you might decide only to sell items you will use if they don’t sell quickly. Remember, you can start small. As you gain experience, you can expand your inventory.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, there are many ways to earn extra cash. And, you don’t only have to start hustles if you’re in debt.
You can make extra money to save for other goals. Maybe for you, it’s a trip to Australia or an early retirement.
Can you think of any other ways to make more money that we forgot? Let me know in the comments below!