It can be hard making ends meet nowadays, so a lot of people are looking for ways that they can make cash on the side. Even if you have a full-time job, earning a little more can help greatly with paying the bills.
If you only have a part-time job, you need extra cash even more.
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If you’re resourceful and don’t mind hard work, there are many opportunities for you to earn some extra. You will need to put some energy into it, but if you are determined you will be surprised at the number of ways that you can come up with additional income.
Some of them you can do online from your home, but there are also lots that you can do by getting out in your neighborhood, as long as you know where to look.
Here is a list of 70 that you might want to consider trying out:
Ways to Earn Extra Money Online & from Home
First the online opportunities. Some of these are bidding type jobs, where you might not be paid for your efforts unless you’re accepted. Others require simple work, and you’re only asked to do it if someone is already willing to pay.
1. Pleio – Remind People to Take Their Medication
Pleio is a website that provides a reminder service to people to take their medications.
They often have vacancies for people to work remotely, calling in the reminders and helping out with basic questions about prescriptions.
2. Rev – Do Transcription
Rev is another online service, this time offering transcription services to the public.
If you can type proficiently, and would like to work independently transcribing audios, then you should check out their current job vacancies.
3. Needle – Be an Advocate of Your Favorite Brands
Or perhaps you prefer to help people out via chat windows, and would like to become a customer support person.
Needle.com employs people called Advocates who are always available for an online real-time conversation with shoppers.
4. Hairsellon – Sell Your Hair
Not exactly a website from which you could make a regular income, but if you have long hair and fancy a change in style, you might consider selling your hair online. It can be worth quite a bit.
5. Doba – Do Drop Shipping
Perhaps the largest online selling opportunity, provided you are prepared to work at it, is to sell items that are drop shipped from a manufacturer or supplier.
Try Swagbucks, the famous rewards program that pays you for watching videos, taking surveys, shopping and more.
You advertise these items on your own storefront or website, and when you make a sale you send the details through to the manufacturer who takes care of all the details.
Unlike selling your own products, the manufacturer has to take care of any warranty issues.
But normally finding suppliers and going through the hassle of locating worthy products is very time consuming and frankly scary for beginners. But using a site like Doba it all becomes very easy and painless.
6. Zazzle – Design Customized Stuff
Another website for the designer in you, you can use this site to sell items you have made, upload designs and be paid royalties, or promote others’ products to earn money.
It’s called an Artisan website, so take a look and see what type of goods are selling.
7. Fiverr – Do…whatever!
Another online site where you offer your services, the novelty with the Fiverr site is that the basic job costs $5. After fees, you’ll probably earn about $4.
Before you decide that this is not enough, have a look at the site and see what people are offering. Some things are very quick and easy to do for the basic price, and others are offering extensions to the $5 job, and being paid more.
Some people are reputed to make a good living simply from working on this site.
8. SurveySavvy – Take Online Surveys
Even if you don’t feel you have any particular talents, you can probably make money by filling out online surveys.
Of course, this is one of the areas of the Internet where there have been a lot of scams, so you should watch out and never pay to be registered.
9. Inbox Dollars – Watch Videos
On a similar theme, you could register for Inbox Dollars, where you earn money for doing things that you are most likely doing already. The things are usually simple tasks, such as filling out surveys, printing out coupons, and doing Internet searches.
This won’t make you a ton of money, but every little helps.
10. SwagBucks – Get Paid to Search
And again, for little more income you could register with SwagBucks. The website will pay you in SwagBucks if you will take part in their surveys, search using their search engine, watch promotional videos, and other minor stuff.
SwagBucks are simply points which add up when you do these things regularly for a few minutes each day. When you earn enough points, you can redeem them for an Amazon gift card, cash into your PayPal account, or a prepaid Visa card.
11. Upwork – Freelance
Upwork is a more traditional type of “talent for hire” site.
If you’ve heard of Elance, it’s the same idea, and in fact Elance has merged with them. You can find jobs designing websites, programming, and writing, and you simply bid on the job description, and the client who advertised the job decides who they want, based both on price and your background.
12. User Testing – Test Websites
You can make use of your Internet time and earn a little money by registering with Usertesting and other user testing sites that pay you. These websites give you opportunities to get paid for trying out different apps or programs, and by visiting websites and providing feedback. Though fairly simple, this is important to companies to know that their online image is acceptable.
13. Kindle Publishing – Publish Your Own eBook
With a little more effort, you too could write a book!
No, seriously, many people have already done that and published the e-book on the Amazon Kindle platform. Sure you may not have the success that Amanda Hocking, the 26-year-old romance writer from Minnesota had (who by the way became a millionaire thanks to her kindle books), but you could earn a little passive income.
If you look, many of the books are not very long, perhaps solving one or two particular problems for people, so it is realistic that you too could do it. Once you are on Amazon, the world can see what you have to offer.
If you do it all yourself (and it’s not too difficult), then it costs you nothing to see your book there in the Amazon store. If you want to make sure that your book appears professional, you could consider paying for an editor and for a cover design, but depending on your talents, that’s not a necessary expenditure.
To get started, read this awesome guide by CopyBlogger which covers everything you need to know/do to publish your first eBook on Amazon’s Kindle platform.
14. Udemy – Teach Anything
If you want to take it one step further, you might want make a video highlighting your expertise, and teaching it to others.
Udemy is an easy to use Internet platform where you can load up your videos, and sell your online course.
They have strict standards that you have to meet to be accepted, as they want to keep the quality high. But in return, once you are listed on Udemy they do a lot to help promote your course to their list of subscribers.
15. Fotolia – Sell stock Photos
Perhaps your forte is not in writing or in making videos, but you’re good at taking pictures. Then you should look at the stock picture sites, where you can offer your photos for sale. These are sites that everyone comes to when they need a photograph, whether it is to illustrate a book cover or to provide other content.
Start off by looking at Fotolia, Shutterstock, iStockphoto, or Bigstockphoto.
The great thing about this opportunity is that your photos can be sold over and over, giving you continuing residual income.
For a freelance opportunity have you considered creating a blog? Everybody’s doing it, which means there’s lots of competition, but if you’re passionate about the subject then it will come through, and people will start following you.
You might ask how you earn money from writing a blog – after all, people don’t pay to read your words, they are freely available on the Internet. The answer is through affiliate marketing.
If you recommend a product, or even have an advertisement for a related product on your website, you can set it up with a special link that sends people to a site where they can purchase the product. The link is coded, so that the seller knows it comes from you, and can pay you commission.
17. Online Coaching
Another freelancing opportunity is to offer your services as an online coach. You might be able to help people pass a class, or show them how to create a website.
Doing it on your own, you would set up a website including your pricing and terms, and hope that the world beats a path to your door – or perhaps advertise a little!
It’s easiest to set up a system with PayPal so that you can accept payments online, and people trust PayPal with their credit cards. You can use Skype for your coaching sessions, as it is free.
18. Company Assistance
More generally, many companies are turning to the Internet to outsource their customer assistance. With high-speed Internet, you can work from home and be available through the company’s 800 number, or perform other services for the company.
You can either search online for “virtual assistant” or “freelance assistant”, or use a website such as freelancer.com to find current opportunities.
One of the old standbys, you already know you can sell stuff on eBay.
Sometimes people start by simply looking around the home, and identifying things they no longer want. For a sustainable income, in time you will need to find a source of cheap goods that you can sell for more online.
eBay even allow you to create an online store, which you can stock with your inventory.
20. Amazon – Sell Stuff Using FBA
Take away the auction, and Amazon does much the same as eBay, allowing you to sell goods and charging you a fee for the privilege.
You can either sell items and ship them yourself, or use their Fulfillment By Amazon program (FBA) where they will store your inventory for you, and send it out. If you buy wholesale goods, you can even get them delivered direct to Amazon, so you don’t need to touch them.
Or if you prefer to work for the company directly, you can become an Amazon customer service associate and work from home.
21. Etsy – Sell Handmade Stuff
Another online selling site, and one of my favorites. It has all sorts of crafts and other things, and is easy to browse around.
Take a look at it, to see the sorts of things that sell on Etsy – it may even inspire you to think of things that you can make. It is easy to open up your own storefront and list your goods for sale.
There are many ways to make money with Craigslist. Everyone knows about Craigslist for selling items, and as it is published in local areas, you can sell larger items that would be impractical to ship longer distances, if you were to sell them on a national website.
But did you know you can also offer services on Craigslist, giving you another great earning opportunity if you have some practical skills?
23. 99 Designs – Design Logos
If you are creative, you could consider signing up for 99 Designs. It’s a website for people who want to have company logos, T-shirts, and promotional items designed for them. You will be competing for jobs with other designers, so you have to put in some marketing effort.
Ways to Earn Extra Money Offline
Now for the things that you can do off-line, that is around your neighborhood. This doesn’t mean that you won’t use the Internet sometimes to advertise or connect with people who want the services, just that the services are done in person rather than over the Internet.
24. RedBox – Stock Redbox with Movies
You know that you can rent out movies for only $1.50 from RedBox.
How do you think the movies get there?
Yes, you can be paid to stock the DVDs into the kiosks, and make sure the equipment is working.
25. Dig for Treasures
If you visit the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, you might get lucky. People have found diamonds and other precious stones there, and you are allowed to keep them and sell them later.
One lucky digger, 12-year-old Michael Dettlaff, recently found a 5 carat diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park.
26. Postmates – Deliver Food
Postmates advertises that you can earn up to $25 per hour as a food delivery person. Once again, you need to check whether it’s in your area before getting too excited. It consists of picking up food from a restaurant where it has been ordered, and delivering it to the customer.
27. Become a Reality TV Star
Have you considered becoming a reality TV star?
With so many TV channels to fill, reality TV has become big business. You can aim for the networks, with America’s Got Talent or the like, or you can shoot for the cable reality shows which seem much easier to get into.
If you can spin them the story, such as Duck Dynasty, then you have a much better chance.
Here are a few shows you can apply for:
- America’s Got Talent
- ABC – You can apply for many ABC shows including WifeSwap and Extreme Weight Loss
- HGTV – Apply to be on shows like House Hunters, Love It or List It, and Property Brothers.
28. Street Team Promotion – Give out Free Samples
Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to be a sign spinner, or give out free samples to people on the street?
This new start up will match you up with companies that need people for promotion. In a sense you become a part-time brand ambassador, giving out samples or working various promotional events and parties for companies.
They’ll pay $10-$15 per hour.
29. AirBNB – Rent out Your House/Room
Many people have tried using AirBNB with a lot of success. If you have a spare room that you don’t mind renting out, or you can even rent out your house, then list it on AirBNB. They’ve been around for years, and connect travelers with people who have accommodation.
Note that it’s not for long-term rentals.
30. Cleaning Pools
It really doesn’t take much equipment to start cleaning pools, and if you are in a warm area where many houses have them, there should be no shortage of opportunities. You can make up postcards or flyers to advertise your services.
Hint: if you look on Google Earth, you can see which homes have pools in the backyard, so you know where to start.
31. Repair Computers
If you’re knowledgeable enough about computers, there are many people who would like to have your business card, so they can call you if their computer breaks down.
32. Computer Training
Another line if you are knowledgeable on computers is to visit people in their homes and help them out. You don’t have to be an expert in computers or programming, you just need to know one thing more than the person you’re teaching!
33. Pizza Delivery Boy
Even if you’re not a boy, you can ask at your local pizza place whether they have any vacancies. If you play it right, you make the real money on the tips, so be sure to be nice to the people.
For those who love to cook, this is the job to help those who don’t love to cook. M
any people would like to take an evening off from cooking now and then, or have a catered and served dinner party, so if messing around in the kitchen is what you like to do (as long as you produce good results) consider offering these services.
35. DogWalker.com – Walk Dogs
People love their dogs, but often they don’t have enough time to walk them as much as they feel they should. This is your target market. Simply advertise that you can help those busy people.
36. Dog Cleanup
Again, people love their dogs, but some aspects are less attractive. It’s a genuine job to go around regularly to people’s yards and pick up the poop before someone steps in it.
You can start from your own neighborhood just like Kelly Brott did. Now he is making a living scooping dog pop.
37. Rover – Pet Sit
Whether it’s coming in while the owner is at work to let the dog out to do his business, or pet sitting during a vacation, there are always people looking for occasional help with their pets. You can find these gigs on Care.com and Rover.com, for example.
38. Pet Grooming
Continuing on the animal theme, many owners don’t want the hassle of bathing and trimming their dog’s fur. While this isn’t as regular a gig as dog cleanup, you can certainly drum up repeat business for a continuing income.
If you are handy around the house, and can change a faucet or fix a ceiling fan, then people who can’t do these things are always looking for someone reliable to call on.
Typically, you might see a regular handyman advertisement in the small ads of the local newspaper, so try your luck there.
40. Care.com – Clean Houses
Who, if they have the money, doesn’t want someone to come in and clean the house for them?
Normally, to find clients you had to either post an ad on Craigslist or similar places or keep an eye out for homeowners needing cleaners. But now you can use a site like Care.com to find local homes in need of cleaners quickly and safely.
41. Mowing Lawns
Once you’ve made the initial investment in a lawnmower – and you may have already done that for your own property – then you can be available for cutting other people’s lawns.
This is another job that many people try to avoid.
An alternative approach is to offer to use the householder’s own equipment, and many times this will be easier, as it saves you having to transport your lawnmower to another property.
42. Painting Gates
This gig won’t apply in all areas, but where people have garden gates, often they don’t get around to repainting them.
A great way to advertise is to take a picture of the gate, showing how shabby it is, and tape it to their mailbox with an offer to repaint it.
43. Painting Street Numbers
Another specific painting job, after all whose street numbers are not faded?
Offer to repaint them for $10, and you will be making money quickly. You can do it even more quickly if you buy a set of stencils.
44. House Painting
As you are so into painting, why not offer your services to repaint all or parts of the house?
You can start off by simply taking on one room, and build up to whole house painting. People get charged about one dollar per square foot for this.
45. Snow Clearing
With climate change, this job may be endangered! But at the appropriate time of year and with the appropriate weather, many people will pay to have the snow cleared away from the driveway.
Just be prepared for some hard work.
46. Wash Cars
People are so busy, they don’t have time to take their car to the car wash, let alone wash the car themselves. They would appreciate you offering to wash the car for them, and all you need is a bucket and sponge.
47. Mobile Oil Change
Before you wash the car, offer to do an oil change.
This is another one of those jobs that people don’t get round to, as they have to stop at the local garage and wait while the mechanics do it. Or you could use the bonus of a free car wash as a way to persuade people to pay you to change the oil.
48. Wash Windows
This job may vary depending where you live in the country. The easiest is if you have mainly single-story homes around you, when you may barely need to have a ladder. Get one of those window squeegees so that you can clean them properly.
Also watch out for homes that have mosquito screens on the windows, as this will add complication to your job.
49. Turo – Rent Your Car
If you think about it, you don’t use your car a lot. If there are periods where you know you are not going to need it, why not rent it out to someone who does?
Finding them would be a question, but the Internet provides help with sites like Turo (previously RelayRides).
50. Airport Shuttle
As an alternative, use your car to provide a shuttle service to the airport for people going on holiday. Advertise locally and with all your friends.
51. Uber – Drive People Around
You must have heard of Uber by now – it’s the online website that allows ordinary drivers like you to behave as a taxi service, getting paid for taking people around town. It’s not available everywhere, but if it’s in your city it’s a great way to work yourself.
There is also a similar service called Lyft that you can check out.
52. Don’t Drink and Drive
Instead, why not become a paid designated driver?
You could make up lots of business cards, and talk to your local bars about offering them to patrons who need a ride.
If you have an education, why not use it?
Become a tutor and teach students, particularly those who need a little extra help.
54. Play Guitar
There are people who will pay you to play the guitar – provided you are any good.
You can find gigs in your local bars, in the paper, or on Facebook. Just turn up and play for a few hours.
55. Teach Guitar
Combine this with the gig above, and give private tutoring to people who would like to learn to play the guitar in the style you use.
Note: as an alternative or an addition you could make this into an online course, see Udemy above.
56. GigWalk – Do Random Small Tasks
Check out gigwalk.com for gigs that companies are prepared to give you money for. It might be something as simple as checking out the price of items in a grocery store, or taking a picture of a house.
57. Work At the Golf Course
There are always things to do at a golf course, apart from playing golf.
Setting aside the obvious one of caddying for a golfer, which might require some skill, ask about working part time cleaning golf carts, selling beer on the course, or picking up balls on the driving range.
58. HouseSitter.com – House Sit
People will pay you to stay in their house while they go away on vacation. The idea is that you are responsible, and will take care of their property, making sure that pipes don’t freeze, the mail is collected, etc. You may even find that they want to leave their dogs and cats behind, giving you a pet sitting gig at the same time.
You can use a site like HouseSitter.com to find local clients while at the same time doing Craigslist and word of mouth advertising.
59. Scrap Metal
Simply advertise that you will come and haul away scrap metal for people, just for a few dollars. Then take it to the local scrap metal merchant, and see what they will pay you for it.
69. BioLife – Donate Blood Plasma
While many people give their blood for free or in exchange for a $10 voucher, you can find places that will compensate you for giving them the blood they need to create plasma.
There are limits on how often you can give blood, but you could probably clear a couple of hundred dollars a month if you’re healthy.
Well, why not? One of those jobs that you associate with young people looking for some extra money, but all you really need is to like kids and have some spare time when people want to go out.
You can get the word out amongst your friends, and even connect on Facebook. Alternatively, you could register on a website such as Care.com which allows you to become certified and advertised in your area.
You obviously need to be a good swimmer, and should get certified, but once you do you can earn up to $20 per hour part-time. And you’re being paid to go to the beach.
63. Marketforce.com – Mystery Shop
In a sector where scams predominate, there are still some genuine jobs as a mystery shopper. It can pay quite well.
Check out the websites Marketforce.com or BestMark.com first.
64. Personal Trainer
For this job you need to be somewhat obsessed with the gym. After all, no one wants a personal trainer who is not an inspiration to them. But people are prepared to pay a fit-bodied person to tell them what to do.
65. WrapMatch – Get Paid to Wrap Your Car
Transform your car into a moving billboard, and get paid every month just for keeping it clean and driving around.
Check out the website WrapMatch.com for details. It can pay up to $400 per month, so they claim.
66. Rentafriend – Get Paid to Be a Friend
You can be paid to be a friend to someone, by signing up for free on Rentafriend.com.
Not an escort service, and relationships are always platonic, but you can help someone by showing them around town, or maybe just joining them for a cup of coffee.
67. TaskRabbit – Do Small Odd Jobs
TaskRabbit is a do anything site, and you can find jobs putting up ceiling fans, assembling furniture, or simply shopping for someone.
68. FlipKey – Rent out a Room or Your House
Make some extra cash by finding someone who wants to rent out a room in your house. It will help you pay the mortgage.
69. Donate Sperm
Often said as a joke, this is a real job, and you can be paid for sperm donation.
Of course, you need to be healthy and preferably have attributes that would be desired by potential purchasers. If you meet the criteria, you may be surprised by how much you can make.
Another job that sounds like a joke, although this is not so personal as the last job.
If you like or at least don’t mind cuddling strangers, then people are prepared to pay to be cuddled, for up to three hours. Not to be confused with risqué and possibly illegal other intimacies, this job is strictly platonic.
Read this story on Nypost about a lady who is running a very successful “cuddle shop”.
With 70 different ways to make money, hopefully one or two of them have caught your eye. Now all you have to do is take action on the ones you like best, and see where the ideas take you.