26 Ways to Earn Extra Money (That Actually Work)

26 Ways to Earn Extra Money

I feel pretty confident when I say that there has been at least one time in all of our lives where we were looking for some extra spending cash. The nice thing about the digital age that we live in currently, is that there’s a plethora of ways to make money. Though not everything on the following list requires being technically-savvy, we all have skills in particular areas that can be turned into some extra side-income.

1. Drive for Lyft/Uber

By now, you’ve probably ridden in an Uber at least once. Or if you haven’t, you’ve at least heard of it.

Uber is essentially the “modern” version of a taxi. Only instead of driving around a bright yellow car, you use your own. Other people will notify you that they’re waiting, via the “Uber” or “Lyft” app. You pick them up, drive them to their destination, and get paid automatically.

Depending on the part of the world you live in, you can drive for Uber full-time and make over $20/hr, while being completely in charge of your schedule. I can’t think of a more flexible job to earn some extra cash.

Two months ago, I went to Chicago to visit my sister. We used Uber a number of times to get around the city. One lady that we rode with was particularly memorable. She was a single mother, and drove for Uber full-time while she was in between jobs. This helped her to stay afloat, and be completely available when her son got out of school in the afternoon.

2. Blogging

I make money off of this, and other blogs. Why can’t you?

While I most certainly would not call blogging a get-rich-quick scheme, it can be a great source of income if you’ve got something that you’re passionate about, and willing to buckle down for the long haul.

Blogging allows me to have a flexible schedule, and work when I want, wherever I want. As I just mentioned, if you’re looking for some quick cash, you might be better off getting a part-time job, but in the long run, blogging has turned out to be very fruitful for me.

3. AirBnb

While I believe this can work anywhere, it’s especially easy in a larger metropolitan area with lots of tourism. Even smaller cities will do, though. AirBnb is a website that allows you to temporarily rent your house (or apartment, or even just a single room) to others who may just want to come for a visit.

You can list your unit to be available as little or as much as you want. You can list by individual dates, weeks, or entire months at a time. I’ve stayed at a number of AirBnb’s and have had nothing but a positive experience with it all. AirBnb also offers a $1,000,000 guarantee against damages from guests.

4. Buy and sell cars

If you love cars, and have a knack for haggling, you could start flipping cars. We have a member of the family who does this and does very well at it, too, I might add. He browses through the daily classifieds, waits for a good deal, and when he does, he’ll pounce. He’ll then either fix it up and sell it right away, or fix it up and drive it around for a while.

You can make this as large or as small as you’d like. You could just do one car at a time, doing out of your home. If you find that you’re doing pretty well at it, you may even expand it into a full-fledged business.

5. Trade in your old clothes

My wife loves clothes. But she also loves storing old clothes that she’ll think she’s going to wear, but never really does.

You can try selling them to other people through Facebook or Craigslist, but if you need something quicker, most towns have a dedicated store that will take clothes in and pay you for them right there on the spot. Generally it’s not a ton, but can range anywhere from $2-$20 depending on condition and brand name.

6. Start an eBay/Etsy business

Are you good at creating arts and crafts? Or are you able to purchase a product that’s readily in demand and can sell it for more? If so, Etsy or eBay may be for you. You’re in charge of pricing, schedule, inventory, etc, but you’ll have the freedom to work whenever or wherever you want.

I know some individuals who have taken this so far as to implement digital products to sell on Etsy so that they don’t even have to manage inventory. You can similarly do the same with eBay and implement drop-shipping straight from warehouses that do everything for you.

7. Build Websites for others

Are you technical? Do you know some HTML, CSS, and JavaScript? Or maybe you’re familiar with WordPress. There are a lot of companies and local businesses who are looking for someone to re-vamp their website. Having a strong web-presence is now a critical part to any business. Try reaching out to businesses you drive past every day and see if they’re in the need for something new.

8. Tutor or give lessons

Do you play the piano? How about the violin? Or maybe you’re an avid golfer and have learned a thing or two over the years. Whether or not people recognize it, I truly believe that each and every one of us has been given a gift to set us apart from the rest of the crowd. Using this to your advantage can pay out some huge dividends.

If you’re not comfortable with having people come to you directly, there are third-party services out there that allow you to teach lessons (such as guitar) remotely via a chat session. This eliminates the need of having a complete stranger come to your home, or you going to theirs.

9. Graphic Design

Photoshop and Illustrator are pieces of software that I use almost every day to run this blog. People are constantly looking for graphics to be generated for them, whether that’s for a hobby or for a more professional business need.

Again, this falls under the freelance category, helping you have the freedom that you enjoy, letting you work on projects when you want, and having free time for when you need to devote it to your family and other activities.

10. Rent out your car

I just heard of turo.com, which lets you rent out your car(s) for money. If you live in a large city, this could turn out to be very profitable. While I was on vacation a couple months ago, we rent two cars on two separate occasions. By the time everything was said and done, the rental company gouged us almost $300. It was insane! I know that people like me would happily look for a cheaper alternative.

11. Social Media Consulting

And you thought kids on Instagram and Twitter all day was a waste of time. Think again! Companies pay BIG change for specialists in social media. Getting your product out there and reaching the right demographic isn’t as easy as placing a link on a website and calling it good.

Check some websites like Indeed or even just Craigslist for something local.

12. Start a photography business

Making money as a photographer has become a lot easier since the advent of digital cameras. If you’re already an owner of a fancy DSLR camera, and your friends have commented on how talented you are, why not try making some money with it?

I would advise against jumping in too early if you don’t feel that you have enough practice, however. Photography is a saturated (but needed!) market, and you might need to practice a little more before trying to spread out on a grand scale.

I’ve always considered photography one of my hobbies, but a place with tons of great information is Digital Photography School.

13. Sell digital photos on Shutterstock

If your photography business gets off the ground, why not sell some of your photos for even more cash? People are always looking for stock photography. Shutterstock allows you to host your photos, set specific prices, and people can you pay to purchase the rights to them. It’s a great way to get your name out there, and it also might earn you some cash on the side.

14. Find odd jobs to earn money on Craigslist

Craigslist is a gold mine when it comes to earning money. Not only can you buy and sell your used items on there, but you can find people with classifieds looking for jobs to be filled. If you’re not looking for something full-time, you can peruse the various columns to see if anyone has odd jobs that you’re able to do.

I’ve seen every thing from carpentry, to an Elderly lady looking for someone who could pressure wash her siding.

15. Design Web Logos

This pretty much falls under the same category as idea #9, but if you’re good with Adobe Illustrator, you might be able to revamp someone’s logo. My Uncle is a Graphic Designer, and he once told me that every company that wants to “stick with the times” needs to be re-branded about every five years. I was a little shocked by that, but I’ll trust someone who’s currently in the industry.

While most businesses with an established brand aren’t looking for a complete re-design, you may be able to find less-established companies who are looking to up their game. Reach out to them to see if you can’t create something for them.

16. Teach English (or other languages)

I just heard about this awesome website called iTalki. Not only can you learn a different language through them, but you can also sign up to teach English! I guess English tutors are in high demand in Asia.

The website essentially connects users together using a virtual classroom-type setting. From a brief scan on the website, it looks like most people are charging $15-20 per hour for a session. It also looks like if you’re currently bilingual, you might be even higher on the list of demands. Check it out!

17. Sell plasma

In college, I shared a class with someone who always seemed to walk in with a bandage on their elbow. For the longest time, I just thought that they were always hurting themselves. Turns out they were selling plasma. I finally asked him, and he mentioned that he sold plasma twice a week, every week. It earned him an extra $250/month!

This guy wasn’t even struggling for money all that badly. He had a part-time job while going to school, but he just liked the extra cash. He said that everything he earned from his part-time job went to his living expenses like food, and rent, but that everything from plasma was his “fun” money.

Check here to see if there’s a donation center near you. Not only will you earn some extra cash, but you’ll be helping save lives as well.

18. Mow lawns, rake leaves, shovel snow

There’s always some yard work to be done. Trust me — the list of things to do around my house is never ending. People have such busy lives that the last thing they want to worry about is yard work.

The problem with yard work is that it’s very seasonal. In the Summer, mow some lawns. In the Fall, offer to rake leaves. And in the Winter, you can always shovel snow. You can easily earn an extra $20/hour by doing any of these.

19. Freelance Writing

If you fall under the creative category, there’s always a need for content writers out there. I’ve built a number of freelance websites for people on the side, and while I’m able to do the programming and photography aspects of it, the physical content is something I’ve always struggled with.

There’s a lady I know who works for herself, from home, entirely full-time. She charges $30 per 1,000 word article. That’s not bad.

20. Garage Sale

Everyone has stuff piling up around the house. Gather everything together, set up a few tables in the front yard, place some signs up around town, and you’re set. Not only will you get rid of some extra clutter around the house, but you also might make a couple hundred dollars.

21. Walk a neighbor’s dog

Similar to yard work, this is one of those things that people often don’t have time for, but need done so badly. If you know of any neighbors in the area that have dogs who might be neglected of exercise, reach out to them and see if you can’t take their dog for a walk every couple of days.

22. Paper route

I’m having a hard time listing this one, simply because it brings back some memories of frigid temperatures in the early mornings as I did a paper route in High School. Although it was early, it was a nice little side-hustle to bring in a couple hundred dollars a month. There are also some driving routes that you can apply for, which makes the cold temperatures much more bearable.

23. Childcare

Do you love kids? Watching other people’s kids while they work is a great source of income. Not to mention, if you’re a stay-at-home Mom, this allows you to earn extra income while getting to stay home with your own kids as well. As I was growing up, I remember my Mother providing daycare to other families in the neighborhood. As a child, I remember loving it, because we always had someone to play with.

24. Fix computers

Fixing computers or setting up home networks is a great way to earn a little extra. You might be able to earn even more by reaching out to small businesses instead of just home consumers as well. Many businesses aren’t large enough to warrant a full-time IT staff, but they still need their computers tuned up from time-to-time.

25. Deliver pizzas

$10/hr, plus tips and gas, isn’t bad for an evening job after your full-time job. You can easily earn an extra couple hundred dollars per month by doing this. It might not be the most glamorous of options, but you can’t argue with the money.

26. House cleaning

I have been *this* close to hiring a house cleaner at times. It’s one of those things that often gets neglected when you’re rushing to and from work, bussing kids off to school and practice, and it’s nice to have one-less thing off your plate. I remember when I was single, I was so tempted to hire a cleaning service to pick up after slobby roommates.

If you don’t mind getting down and scrubbing, this is an excellent way to earn even $20-$30 an hour. The best part about it is that it’s indoors, so you can do it all season long.

That’s it for my list. What other things do you do for side-income? I’d love to hear!

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