Finding a side hustle to help bring in some extra cash was huge when we paid off $52,000 in debt in 18 months. Eventually, my side hustle of blogging exceeded that of my traditional 9 to 5 job.
The great thing about doing something on the side is that there are options for almost anyone. There are virtually no barriers for those serious about using side hustles to bring in some cash, no matter what your physical or financial state is.
Here are some things you can do online to make some extra money each month.
1. Get Paid for Your Opinion
Many companies will pay people to fill out surveys and/or surf the web. However, there are good survey companies and not-so-good survey companies.
My favorite is Survey Junkie as they will pay you cash instantly via Paypal. They have over 6,000,000 members and an A+ rating with BBB.
Keep in mind that while taking surveys won’t make you rich, it can be a decent way to get income on the side.
2. Search the Internet
Did you know that there are companies out there that will pay you for searching the web? Check out Swagbucks which is one of the most reputable companies when it comes to making money searching the internet. Get a $10 bonus just for signing up!
3. Create an eCommerce Store
If you have a product to sell, an eCommerce store is a great way to get it out there. Make sure to do your research first as this market is very saturated, so the more niche you can be, the better.
To make the process of opening your online store even easier, check out Shopify which is an eCommerce platform that has good looking templates, so you don’t have to do any programming.
4. Invest in Crowdfunded Real Estate
Real estate can be a great way to make money while you sleep. However, because it costs so much to purchase a home, using a crowdfunding platform to buy real estate can be a more affordable option. If you want an easy, low-cost way to invest in real estate, consider using a company like Fundrise.
You only need $500 to get started, and they have three main eREIT’s to choose from.
5. Get Paid Using Your Car
If you’ve got a car and like driving, signing up to drive for a company like Lyft may be the perfect side hustle for you. You can set your own hours and choose which jobs you will and won’t take, meaning you are in control of your income when you choose this side hustle.
Right now Lyft is offering a $250 bonus for new drivers.
Want to make money delivering food to people? Check out DoorDash and UberEats. Both of which will pay you to deliver food while listening to your favorite tunes. Depending on the rules in your city, you may be able to deliver with your car, bike or scooter.
6. Get Paid to Watch Videos & Play Games
I know this sounds too good to be true, but InboxDollars will actually pay you to watch videos. Not only that, they will pay you to download and play games as well.
I downloaded Final Fantasy XV and got paid $3.75 for just playing the game. Right now they offer a $5 cash bonus for just signing up.
7. Make Money While Shopping for Groceries
Chances are you go grocery shopping at least once a month. Did you know that you can earn money when you buy groceries?
I use an app called Ibotta which will actually pay me to buy certain types of groceries. The key is to only buy items you would normally buy. Then using this app is a no-brainer.
8. Get Paid for Shopping in General
Wouldn’t be great to make money for everything else that you buy? There are actually many websites out there that will give you money back for things that you buy every day.
One of the best sites is called Ebates which will give you cash back for buying things at retailers like Walmart, Amazon and more.
Click here to get a $10 cash for signing up, and you make your first purchase through Ebates.
9. Teach English from Home
Do you have at least one year of teaching experience? Then you might want to check out VIP Kid which can pay up to $2,000 per month for you to teach English from the comfort of your own home.
- Eligibility to work in the US or Canada.
- Bachelor’s degree in any field.
- One school year of traditional teaching experience or the equivalent in mentoring, tutoring, or alternative education.
The way it works is that you are assigned a student in China who wants to learn English. VIP Kid provides the curriculum and you do everything from a computer. Not too shabby, right?
10. List a Room in Your House
Do you have a spare bedroom or another unused area, such as a basement, that you can list for guests? If so, this might be a great way to bring in a few hundred dollars each month.
My friend Steve makes over $1,000 per month by listing his spare bedrooms with Airbnb.
You can easily list a room in your home by using Airbnb. Tenants are already screened for you, and if you have problems, you can turn to Airbnb for help.
11. Peer to Peer Lending
Nowadays it is easy to help out others who need money and get a return on your money at the same time. Lending Club is a platform where they boast 5-7% returns historically, although you can earn much more than this. This percentage obviously varies based on the investments you choose and the risk involved with those investments.
99.9% of their investors have seen positive returns, so it may be a good place to start if you are interested in peer to peer lending.
12. Sell Old Electronics
If you are like me, you have a drawer full of old cell phones, tables, video game consoles, etc. Instead of letting those continue to collect dust, you can sell them on Decluttr.
Obviously, the newer the gadget, the more money you’ll get for it. But, no matter what, shipping is free and you’ll get paid in one to two days after the shipment is received.
This will help you create more empty space in your home and add more money to your wallet.
What is your favorite side hustle?