79 Easy Money Making Ideas

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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.

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Best Money Making Ideas

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. 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!

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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
  • Drinkware
  • Stationery

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.

7. 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.

8. 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:

If this interests you, invest in a camera and microphone. Then, be ready to motivate your students to become experts.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Teach exercise classes

Do you want to get paid to stay in shape? Maybe, you can teach one of these fitness classes:

  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Crossfit
  • Kettlebell
  • 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.

12. Become a photographer

Do you own a decent camera and like photography? Well, consider offering your photography skills for these events:

  • Weddings
  • Family photos
  • High school graduations
  • Proms

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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. Sing at weddings or other events

Lend your singing talent to entertain guests at these events:

  • Weddings
  • Parades
  • 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.

16. 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.

17. 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!

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. Sell crafts

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

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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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:

  • Admin
  • Programming
  • Graphic design
  • Data entry

27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. 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.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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:

  • Excel
  • Photoshop
  • WordPress
  • 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. 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
  • Honey
  • Candles

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.

40. 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.

41. 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.

42. 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

43. 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.

44. 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 Hyrecar that makes all this possible. It’s free to join, and the signup process only takes 10 minutes.

45. 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.

46. Offer personal shopping services

Personal shopping can mean many different things. For example, it may consist of buying these products:

  • Clothing
  • Groceries
  • Gifts
  • 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.

47. 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.

48. Clean windows

Cleaning windows is another job that people will pay you for.

To start, you need these items:

  • Squeegee
  • Bucket
  • Rag
  • 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.

49. 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.

50. 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.

51. 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!

52. 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.

This makes 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.

One way is to advertise at pet stores or vet offices. Another option signing up with Rover.com. This is a great way to get and organize clients, as well as build a pet sitting business.

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.

53. 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.

54. 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.

55. Sell your college notes

Sites like Stuvia help you sell these materials to other college students:

  • Your college notes
  • Flashcards
  • 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!

56. 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.

This is a good way to get paid for doing stuff you do each day. You get paid to visit retail stores and restaurants. Check out Best Mark or Market Force to see what options are in your town.

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. 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.

Don’t want to wait until nice weather to sell your stuff? You can still sell it online via Decluttr or OfferUp.

61. 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.

62. 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!

63. 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!

64. 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.

65. 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.

66. 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.

67. 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.

68. 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.

69. 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.

70. 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.

71. 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.

72. 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!

73. 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.

74. 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.

75. 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.

76. 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.

77. Take a picture of your receipt

Ibotta is an app that will pay you back for the money that you’ve spent at the store. Yes, it will give you cash after you take a picture of your receipt.

After grocery shopping (or other shopping), just open the app and snap a picture of your receipt. You earn points base on products bought and more.

The money you earn is basically free money. Once you’ve reached $20 in earnings, transfer the money to your bank via PayPal or Venmo. Or transfer cash towards one of 20 gift cards options like Amazon, Starbucks, Sephora, Walmart and Target.

Check out our full Ibotta Review here.

78. 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.

79. 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.


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.

96 thoughts on “79 Easy Money Making Ideas”

    • I had never hear of that either. Laurie did a great job researching some out of the box ways to earn extra cash, that’s for sure!

    • I think Deacon meant advertising on the car itself…Example: an appliance store may ask you to have their company logo painted on your car to drum up business, ss long as you drive daily, and maybe on the highway, where there is more exposure.

  1. Wow, what a list! I should really look into Flippa. I’ve been sitting on about 20 domain names for a while now. I still always go back to blogging as a great way to make money. You never know what advertising contracts will come your way. In the worst case scenario you can always sell your website if you get sick of it.

    • I have used Flippa several times to buy sites and they do have a great platform. Let me know if you need any help if you go that route!

      • Hello,
        I’ve several good domains to sell, but I don’t have the capital to list them on Flippa. I was wondering if there’s any way you can help me or advise me on how to go about it. Thanks

  2. Wow, Deacon! This is such an interesting post. I love the ideas for college students, like selling your notes or renting parking space. These are things that many people aren’t aware of. I have to show this to some of my friends in college right now. Maybe we’ll get a bunch of guys and go sell some plasma, haha.

    • Thanks, Yogin! Yeah, who would have thought that you could sell your college notes? I would have definitely paid for notes if this was available when I was in college. 🙂

  3. This is the best, most well-thought-out list about making money that I’ve seen yet. I particularly like the “doing something different” section. Alas, I’d never make it as a security guard, but the idea is great!

  4. Wow, this is awesome! How can anyone have the excuse that the little guy just can’t get ahead? When people think they are stuck, look at this list – 80 ideas and here is #81 – clean pools. Buy a pool stick, a brush, and a collared shirt. Go door to door with a smile. If you don’t know how to clean pools, YouTube does!

    • That is a great tip, Chris. Maybe we should add to this list so that we can break 100 tips?

  5. This is a great article! I honestly had never even heard of some of these money-making methods (e.g., selling plasma, flipping domains, renting your car for ad space, etc.). While I would presume that there exist various risks associated with, say, plasma donation (which would explain why it is so little-known), many of the other methods seem relatively simple and, potentially, very lucrative. It’s kind of interesting that they’re not as well-known as some of the other methods listed despite their not having any apparent drawbacks (such as the ad space on one’s car). I guess the old saying that there is a job out there for everyone may, to some extent, actually be true.

    If you really wanted to make the list even more exhaustive, you could also discuss the various biological money-making methods (e.g., sperm donation, egg donation, etc.) and/or go into the more technical (e.g., hosting websites on one’s own server, building computers for others, etc.). Also, you could potentially explore those well-known money-making ventures, such as trading on the stock market, which are seemingly difficult to enter into by their apparent complexity by listing various online instructional tools which assist novices looking to get involved in them (e.g., Investopedia’s online simulator to prepare for buying/selling stocks). Sometimes those methods of making money which appear to be the most difficult are, in fact, relatively simple once you understand the underlying conceptual framework – many people just don’t realize this.

    But that’s enough about all that. Keep up the good posts!

    • You like interior painting, huh? I had no idea you were into that. If you are ever in AZ, we have a garage that needs to be painted and we would for sure hire you!

  6. What n awesome list! I’ve actually got a very similar post coming up on Monday – great minds think alike. 🙂 I love posts like this because it just goes to show you that you can make money doing virtually anything – even without any real skill.

  7. This is a seriously awesome list and such a great resource for anyone looking to make some extra cash. I know it’s hard to find the time in our schedules sometimes to make more money, but with a list like this, it just goes to show you that there really are no excuses. You just have to do it.

    • That’s so true, Shannon! One of my favorite quotes is from Arnold Schwarzenegger, “You can have excuses or results, not both”. 🙂

  8. Wow! There are so many good ideas but so little time. 😉 I haven’t heard of a lot of these, like the t-shirt design idea. That’s a great idea!

    • The T-shirt design idea has been blowing up the past few years. I have a buddy, Benny Hsu, that made over $100k last year from doing that!

  9. This is an awesome list. This is definitely one worth bookmarking to come back to. There are just so many ways to make money these days, especially with the internet. I especially like #38, and would even recommend taking it a step further and creating your own stock photo site. If you’re able to take a ton of photos, you can put them on your website too and have people choose how much they want to pay. Sure, you’ll have a lot of people that use them for free, but you’ll also get some people happy to pay a decent amount of change. It’s actually something I’m considering doing myself. I just have to get a decent camera. 🙂

    • Thanks! Making money selling our photos is definitely interesting with me as well. My wife takes really good pictures, and I always thought she could sell them and make some extra cash on the side!

  10. Koocam is the perfect site for those who want to work from home by selling their knowledge. Any knowledge is required.

    • Wow, I have never heard of KooCam. I just checked it out and it looks legit. Thanks for the recommendation, Arava!

    • Taking surveys online is probably the easiest way to make money fast. Check out Survey Junkie or Harris Poll above.

  11. Both my parents used to supplement their income big time by tutoring middle and high school student. They were both great math tutors and actually achieved great results!

    Unfortunately, I didn’t inherit any tutoring skills, or clothes mending skills. I don’t even have a nice voice (I’d probably ruin a wedding if I offered to sing for the newlyweds :D).

    But there are always plenty of ways to make extra cash. The important thing is to get motivated to start and not use ‘I’m tired after my day job’ as an excuse if you really need the money.

  12. This is a great read. I’m always looking for extra cash. I just wanted to share something I’ve been doing recently. I run an office and have noticed that unused toner was piling up in storage. I looked into returning it, but that was no good. I tried out the site called tonerconnect.net and was impressed. They had quick service and the payout was nice.

  13. I have a proven and honest way to make extra money that’s almost as easy to do as going for a walk! For the past 35 years, I’ve been cleaning up litter outside retail, office and industrial properties on-foot with inexpensive hand tools. This is a great side hustle as the work needs to be completed before the businesses open for the day. I’ve written a book, Cleanlots, that details how to start and operate a parking lot litter removal business based from home. I provide free support.

  14. This is the best article I’ve read so far about how to earn money online. There’s really too many methods, but I am feeling it difficult to make even a penny. I hope one day I will start earning. Thank you.

    • Well, I hope you are able to implement one of these ways to make money so that you can help your family get where they need to be financially.

  15. Hi guys,
    I know AdSense is good in monetizing your site. But, how much would a site make with an Alexa rank around 50k or 30k? Please, can anyone answer me. Thank you!

  16. This is a great list! I’ve actually got a very similar post that I just published. Great minds think alike. I love posts like this because it just goes to show you that you can make money doing virtually anything. I’ve never heard of renting your car windows for ad space! That’s pretty cool. I might look into that.

  17. The YouTube market is pretty competitive, but if you can make it, “more power to you”. I’ve always had luck with making a Craigslist post for “old electronics”. You can make some good money flipping old electronics as long as they work. These are great tips! Thanks!

  18. Everyone wonders if their ideas can start making hard money. Some ideas are very profitable, and others can escape some creative tendencies.
    Thanks for sharing your views!

  19. I LOVE your idea about research jobs…not medication studies, but hey…testing products! A friend of mine wants to shave his head. Where would I find these companies? Do they go through a third party?


  20. Thanks for sharing, but there are dozens of ways. I live in a tourist area and love to show my city around. So, I earn money as a travel guide or a travel buddy.

  21. Thank you for the list!
    They all sound profitable, but sadly everyone is using the list. Is it healthy for the market in a long perspective? As soon you start doing something you understand that something is missing here. I found a hint using this book for $1 (cheapest10k.com). I think we have a lack of creativity and too much of the same knowledge and ideas…

  22. Doing online surveys is a good option. I will try this option. Do you think Upwork is a great way to start?

  23. Hey, Deacon!

    This is a great list you created. The very first two I actively do. I also like to use MTURK for some extra money and doing surveys on there too. I like the idea of the girl above who is doing tour guide services. Whenever I travel in Europe I book a tour. It sounds like a fun way to make a little extra money. Thanks for the list.

  24. This is such a useful article. Thank you for sharing this valuable information! The internet offers an immense amount of jobs in different fields. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that you can generate a side income by participating in online surveys.

  25. Ebates and Paribus are both so awesome. If you planned on buying the stuff anyway, you might as well save some money doing it!

  26. This is a nice and useful article. May I suggest another idea? If you believe in bitcoin, with a small investment, you can start a master node in the cryptocurrency world. If you are not geek then do it with the help of gincoin. Also, there are shared master node services if you want to put in an even smaller amount. Don’t forget to invest only that which you can afford. Do your research.

    • I like your last two comments. If you can’t afford to invest, or don’t have the time to research it, don’t do it.

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  29. These are very informative tips about making money online. Thanks for this. I am getting to know many thing about how to make money online by reading your article. I am also a new blogger. My blog is about making money online. So, thanks for the information in this article.

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  31. Everybody loves to earn money and some are not following the right path to make money. This is a very informative post. Thanks for the information.

  32. Hi. I went for surveys to start making money right away without delay and immediately and found out that all the quoted online survey sites do not operate from Malta. Can anyone please help? My friend and I are definitely in on this idea and are thinking of ways and means to get more people on board with us. There may be a new generation of online survey takers from this “tiny” island with a big heart.

    Thank you.

    • Check out the policies, terms, and conditions of any of the sites you are interested in before you start doing surveys. If that doesn’t tell you whether it will work in your country, go to their contact information and send them an inquiry to ask directly. I hope you find some that work!

  33. Thank you, Deacon,

    I just explored the Lending Club link. There’s not even a way to register (as a person from Malta, Europe). It’s a similar fate to the others, it seems. I was unable to even register or setup, since I am from Malta.

    I would like to find solutions that do include us. Do you have any tips, please?


    P.S. Please email me on mailmrnorman at gmail.com

    • At the bottom of the main website page there is a link to send a message. I would start there are ask them directly if you can register when you are from Europe. I hope that helps and you get the answers you’re looking for.

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