So you are looking for ways to make more money, I feel your pain.
Sometimes we just need an idea to latch onto that will start earning us money. This article has a ton of ideas for you to start making extra cash. The biggest thing will be for you to take action on something once you are done reading it. With less than 50% of people having a rainy day fund getting a change to make more money so you can bulk up your finances can make all the difference.
Before we get into this, I want to share with you my two cents about making more money. If you want to do something that is quick there are ideas in here. If you are looking for something that is longer term, those ideas are in here too.
Some of these ideas have the possibility to turn into a real business and grow it into something amazing. No matter where you are on the spectrum, whether you need to start earning money today, or you want to build something big, there are ways for you to make more money in here that you can start doing today.
There are options here for everyone and you can easily find something that will fit your style.
Here’s the Mammoth List of 70+ Ways to Make More Money
Start a Blog (or a website for us older folks)
As far as places to make more money goes, a blog is a great way to get your feet wet with online income and can offer huge payouts down the road. There are people that started blogging and now make full time careers from it. Some even make 6 figures a month!
The best thing with blogging is that it gets you into so many new areas. From building websites and social media, to graphic design and content creation. Building a blog is a great way to build new skills while at the same time being able to make money.
When it comes to building your own site it has a lot of earning potential. Click here for how to start your own blog.
Get Cash Back for Shopping Online
Eventually, we are going to be buying the majority of our purchases online. There’s an easy way to do it (go to the site and shop) or there’s a smart way to do it.
A smart way involves signing up for Ebates or Swagbucks and using them before you begin your shopping experience. Ebates gives you a percentage of cash back on your shopping purchases. From Amazon to Best Buy and 100 more stores, if you shop online and aren’t using Ebates you are losing money. That sucks, but you can change that right now.
Best of all, they offer incentives to get started; as of writing this Ebates offers $10 to sign up and get started.
Watch Movie Trailers and Other videos
Swagbucks is an easy way to make some money while watching shows and trailers that you would normally watch. Seriously, I can’t believe they are paying me to watch this cat video….errr… superhero trailer.
Yeah that’s it, superhero trailer.
Answer Online Surveys
Surveys are a simple way to make some extra cash while never leaving the comfort of your living room. They either pay cash or points, and the points can be redeemed through PayPal and gift cards.
Here are a few online survey sites to get started earning.
Sign Up for Swagbucks and Get Paid To Watch Videos Online
Swagbucks is one of the simplest ways to make more money for things you already do online (a.k.a. watch videos).
Simply sign up for your account (they give you a $5 bonus for joining) and then you can download their video app and you earn points that can be cashed out for gift cards.
Best of all they offer incentives to get started!
Deliver Food with Your Car or Bike
If you love biking (and hey who doesn’t!) and want to make some extra money, then Uber Eats is a great option for you. Depending on your location, with Uber Eats you can deliver food on your bike and earn extra money at the same time.
Think of it like you are getting paid to exercise.
If you are lazy like me and would rather drive, you can do that too.
If you want more details check out this post about becoming an Uber Eats delivery partner.
Or if you want to get started with Uber Eats right away (it’s really quick to sign up) you can do that here.
There are so many ways to earn money. Being a tester involves going on someone’s site and giving feedback as to whether the site makes sense, if it’s navigable, and user friendly.
There are several companies out there that will pay you to test websites for its functionality. They usually pay about $10 a test. A few of them are:
Create YouTube Videos and Become an Influencer
Becoming a YouTube Influencer won’t happen overnight. But if there is an area that you are passionate about and make videos about it, someday that could happen.
As you build up subscribers, you can start to partner with marketing brands and make extra income.
It sounds crazy but people have made thousands on just a single video.
List a Room (or House) with Airbnb
If you have a house and a spare room you can turn that into income as well.
From listing a shared room, to even your whole house, Airbnb has you covered.
This is the best ways to make extra money using your house. You choose the rates for what you are listing (Airbnb has an awesome tool that shows you what’s best to charge), and you get to interview the people before they rent from you.
For more on Airbnb rates in your area, you can check here.
Best of all Airbnb is free to sign up and simple to get started. You can sign up in a matter of minutes for free. There is no cost to list your place and they only take a small commission once you have a guest. If you have questions on becoming an Airbnb host you can check out the most common questions here.
Plus, they handle all the money so there is no awkward collecting from the guests who stay at your house. Plus, you are paid 24 hours after the guest checks in.
Drive People Around with Uber
Did you know you can make money in your spare time driving people too? If you aren’t doing it you are missing out!
With Uber you can sign up quickly and be earning money in your spare time driving other people around.
There’s even more great news.
With Uber’s instant payout option you can get paid even faster. You can find out more about becoming an Uber driver here.
Click here to sign up quickly to become an Uber driver here.
Social Media Manager
People always need someone to manage their social media accounts. Most business owners are too busy to do it themselves, or they just don’t have the time to get started. Depending on what types of services you offer you can make $30 an hour or more.
I’ve done this in the past. It’s super easy to get started and you are helping business do something they know they should do, but don’t have time, manpower or skill set to get going with it.
Build Websites for People
There are tons of businesses, professionals, and creative people who need a website to showcase their services.
If you love building websites you can turn that into profit and help out local (or globally, I mean… it is the internet) businesses get online and have a voice. I’ve built several websites for companies and it’s a lot of fun.
Refer People For Your Favorite Services
When you love something, you naturally tell people about it. Why not get something in return. For the first ten years of owning a Mac, I told everyone about how great they were and at least a dozen bought them based on my recommendation.
Doing this is typically referred to as affiliate marketing. It’s as simple as when you tell a friend about something you love, they use your link or code to sign up and you get rewarded.
Had I known how to set it up properly, I could have made some great money. I can’t go back, but I did learn about affiliate marketing and it’s an easy way to make money from products you already know and love.
If you want to learn more about it a good course to take is Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. It’s helped me turn this site into a legitimate income earning blog.
You can check out Michelle’s course on Affiliate Marketing here.
Rent out Your Stuff
You can sign up for an account and start listing the items you have that you don’t use that often (*cough*electric guitar *cough*). Or rent out things you have, but you don’t want to part with yet (*cough*drone *cough*).
Pet Walking Making Money Off Your Dog
If you love dogs and love walking this is probably the greatest part time gig for you. Pet sitters can make a good chunk of money by walking pets. This one tops my list because you get the added benefit of walking a lot. It’s like getting paid to exercise.
There are tons of people that want to give their pets the love and attention that they can’t give when they are at work, or away on a trip. By becoming a surrogate for their owners you can start a pet sitting business and give these pets the love that they need until their masters come home.
Consider that some people pay $100 a night for pet sitting services you could easily start making some nice money this way.
Check out this price list for pet sitting services.
If you are looking for someone to do the leg work for you sign up here to become a pet sitter.
Mobile Pet Grooming Service
If you are talented and love to give your dog that special look, why not start your own mobile pet grooming service? You can go around to other people’s houses and give their pets that special look they have always wanted.
Raise Chickens and Sell the Eggs
If dogs aren’t your thing, raising chickens might be a way to make some extra money. Chickens cost very little to buy and can produce an egg a day. With organics and farm raised being a big thing this can be a good way to make extra money.
Make and Sell Gourmet Pet Meals
If you are thinking a higher-end clientele you can make custom meals for pets. Many people are willing to pay a premium for hand made pet food.
Turn Your Pet Into a Social Media Icon
This one blew me away. Your pet could make you money by becoming a pseudo celebrity on Instagram.
We all know how much we like to look at pet pics. Your pet could be the next pet to get a brand deal. Crazy right?!
For more on how to make money off your dog on instagram you can check out this post about how to turn your pet into a celebrity check out this post.
The biggest dilemma of a pet owner is the umm… waste. I know of a few people who perform the act of cleaning up pet waste from peoples ds and make very good money doing it. All you need is a shop vac and some garbage bags. Hey some of the best money to be made is by doing the jobs that other don’t want to do. There’s a book on how to do it. Plus there are a tool you can use to get started
Create Animal Clothing and Bling
The family dog has definitely gotten an upgrade in the past couple of decades. People are willing to dress their pets up in outfits and it’s an growing industry. You could start to create your own pet attire and sell it online in places like Amazon.
Build Dog Houses & Pet Furniture
If you love to create things, building pet furniture might be a great way to make some extra money. People are always looking for unique things for their pets and it’s a great way to make some extra money. If you want to know about how to start making money by building dog houses you can check out this post here.
Sell Your Unused Stuff
One of the simplest ways to make extra money is to sell your unused items. We all have them kicking around the house.
It used to be a pain, but now it takes a few clicks on your smart phone and you can have your items listed on multiple sites.
Sell your unused items and get some cash for the effort, otherwise they are just taking up space.
Sell Used Video Games
If you have unused games (I’m looking at you Sonic on PS1), but don’t have anywhere to sell them, you can check out Cash for Gamers, they buy and sell old games.
Sell Your Unused Gift Cards
You know that gift card you got to Pottery Barn from Aunt Edna last year?
The one that made you smile sheepishly and said, “Thanks Auntie…”, fully knowing there isn’t a Pottery Barn within 500 miles from you?
Well good news! You can sell that gift card and get cash.
Fix and Resell Small Engines
If you love working with motors you can always fix and resell small motors for profit.
Many people with these machines just junk their old ones in favor of buying new.
Pop an ad up in the classified or online that you will pick up their old unwanted machines for free and you could start a whole new business.
Fix and Resell Everything Else
If you are handy make the most of it!
Things are always breaking down and if you can fix them and resell them you may be tapping into a gold mine.
I know of a few people who put ads up to take away other people’s broken items. They then fix them and sell them. Not a bad gig.
Sell your Hair
Believe it or not you can sell your hair for wigs and other reasons. There’s a demand for hair, if you want to shed your locks this may be another interesting way to make some extra money.
Recycle your Metal
Another way to make cash is to sell your used scrap metal. If you have old things kicking around the house that you aren’t using, your local scrap yard may pay you for the metal that’s inside of them.
Just do a Google search for selling your scrap metal and you should get a listing of places in your area that are buying scrap metal.
Sell your Plasma
This won’t work everywhere but you can sell your blood’s plasma for cash. This isn’t an ongoing revenue stream you will be able to tap into every day but if you need some extra money this is one way to do it.
For more on this you can check out the Red Cross website.
Sell your other Bodily Functions
Ugh… k… so there are places that is willing to pay for your other bodily functions. Just Google it. I’ll leave it at that. Some labs need things for their research.
Flip items from Garage Sales and Flea Markets
One of my favorite sites to check out is Flea Market Flipper. They are always going around to flea markets in their local area and then turning around and selling things they find online. They have a course on how to become a flipper.
Check them out if that’s more your thing.
If you love to make jewelry you can turn that passion into profits. Open up an Etsy store and start selling your goods online. There is always a demand for cute looking jewelry and interesting pieces.
Bet on Losing Weight
There are places online that will pay you to lose weight. If this type of weight loss wager is right for you check out HealthyWage.
Healthy Wage is a neat way to make some money while you lose weight and a great way to keep you motivated.
Simply use their calculator to decide how much you want to bet, and then get losing weight. If you are looking for a way to keep after your weight loss goals, then putting some money on the line might be the best thing to do.
Get Paid To Train or Coach a Sport – Private Sports Instructor
If you are good at a sport, then becoming a private sports instructor can be a goldmine.
Kid’s sports are becoming more and more competitive. Many parents are willing to pay for extra coaching to help get the edge. As you build your client list you can even turn it into a full blown camp. Then, you can turn your one on one service into a group effort to make even more money.
This type of training is great for people who are wanting to give an edge to their kids or themselves.
Get Paid to Watch Sports by Becoming a Referee
There are always a demand for referees in many sports. It’s not just for kids either, local teams will pay a referee upwards of $30 to ref a one hour hockey game.
For those of you doing the math, that could translate to $60,000 a year if you could do it full time.
It’s not always the most fun job (being the ref basically makes you the target for everyone in the game you get yelled at by parents, coaches and players alike) but the pay could make up for it.
Make Money by Running a Fitness Bootcamp
If you love getting fit why not make money doing it?
Becoming a personal trainer in a group setting is a great way to keep fit and help others at the same time.
You can be the motivational person in the group and hold yourself and others accountable.
This could be your game changer.
Become a Personal Trainer
Some people aren’t into working out in a group setting. If you have the right credentials, you can offer your services to help people one on one in their homes.
Because this is a premium service, you can charge extra for the special attention.
Guiding people through their workouts is a great way for you to keep in shape and get paid at the same time.
This is an easy way to earn extra cash in the evenings and on weekend. So often we think of making money as this grand elaborate thing we need to do but the truth is that providing a service to people who need it is the easiest way to make money.
Babysitting is a time tested service that parents need. If you can make yourself dependable and available at the last minute you can probably get more work than you will know what to do with.
Check out Care.com for listings in your area, or take out an add on Craigslist and see what you can find.
Do Odd Jobs
There are always people looking for odd jobs to get done.There are a lot of things that people need to get done that they just don’t have the time to do.
Placing an ad and your rate for doing the jobs then see if you can start helping others.
There is no shortage of people who don’t want to cut their grass. Starting a side business as a grass cutter is an easy way to make some extra money.
It’s even something that can grow into a full fledge business if you want to take it that far.
Much like cutting the grass, shovelling driveways is a great way to make money.
There are many people that aren’t able to get out and shovel their driveways anymore. Offering to do it for the season and you could build a business around it.
Best of all to get started all you need is a shovel.
Everyone who likes cleaning their house put up their hand!
*Glances around the room to see one person in the back with their hand up*
That person in the back could (and should) start cleaning homes for people.
There are people out there who love to clean homes, and we want to hire them. Because let’s face it cleaning your house is a necessary pain.
If you are looking to clean houses, the best thing I have seen is word of mouth.
Many cleaners will offer their first clean as a trial run and then if they like it, hire the person on regularly. Check the rates in your area to see what’s a reasonable price.
Ask for a raise
This should probably be your first way to earn extra money. Most of us don’t think of doing it. Or avoid it because it can be awkward. When you ask for a raise make sure you come equip with why you deserve it or what you are willing to do extra to deserve the extra compensation.
Another easy way to make more money is to start working overtime. All it requires is extra hours of you time.
No building a business or applying for jobs. Simple.
Personal Shopper/Run Errands for People
With everyone leading a busy life, there is an increasing demand for personal shoppers, and having other people run errands while people work.
Offer your services to pick up dry cleaning, groceries or other things that people need done that they don’t have time for. Their lack of time is a great way to establish a side hustle.
Check out sites like Task Rabbit to see what tasks you can run for other people.
Offer to Participate in a Research Study
Research teams are always needing people to test their new products on. If this is something that intrigues you there are places that are willing to pay you to become a subject in their case study.
Do you know what I hate to do?
There I finally said it (wrote it) out loud.
If you are good with tools, and fixing things, there is lots of work for you.
Becoming the trusted repair person is a great way to make extra money or even turn it into a full time business.
If you have always been the go-to person for people you know when it comes to home repairs. Then becoming a handyman and offering your services could be a great way to earn extra cash.
Sample and Review Products
This may not get you paid, but you usually get to keep the pieces you review.
I have reviewed razors, bluetooth toothbrushes, pizza pops, kids toys, and a variety of other things. Best of all I got to keep them and it’s great (I haven’t paid for a razor in years!).
Check out BzzAgents here.
Do Yard Work
Just like the handyman service, there are always people that will pay for you to do their yardwork. Services like cutting the grass, trimming the hedge, cleaning the gutters.
There is no shortage of work that people would rather hire someone to do, instead of doing it themselves.
Bicycle Repair and Tune Up
Just like engines breaking down bicycles always need a tune up. Set up a repair station in your shop and start fixing bikes today.
Make Pallet Furniture
Pallet furniture has been all the rage the last few years. If you like building things, there are some pretty cool items you can build and sell. Best of all, often you can get the pallets for free.
Repurpose Old Furniture and Resell it
Not into pallet furniture? You could also find furniture that people no longer want and repurpose it. We know of a few people that find used furniture sand it, paint it and give it new hardware and are able to resell it for a great price.
Upholstering of Old Furniture
If you are great at fixing old furniture and upholstering you could start offering your services to people.
We recently upholstered our dining room chairs. We were able to do it for less than $80. But had we brought it in for repairs, it could have been 5 to 10 times more.
That is a lot of profit for you if you get good at doing it.
Haul Other Peoples Junk
I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve heard couples argue about the junk they have and how they would just love to have someone take it away.
If you have a truck and don’t mind moving things, you can earn a pretty good dollar hauling other peoples junk. If you are handy you may be able to fix up that junk and resell it!
List Your Property on Home Away
Have more than a room to rent out. Why not rent out your whole house! We’ve used Home Away and it is a great system for both the renter and the owner. Best of all you can earn some really good extra money with your house.
Buy a Rental Property
If you don’t like the idea of renting your own place, you could buy a separate rental property. This is a big investment, but it can turn into a great stream of revenue if you find the right place.
Best of all you have your tenants paying your mortgage down and you can find yourself owning a second home mortgage free sooner than you know it. Here are some books to get started:
- The Book on Managing Rental Properties: A Proven System for Finding, Screening, and Managing Tenants with Fewer Headaches and Maximum Profits
- The Book on Rental Property Investing: How to Create Wealth and Passive Income Through Intelligent Buy & Hold Real Estate Investing!
Offer Indoor Storage
If you have space in your home you can start renting out an area for people to store things. I know of a few people that rent a place for their boats, or other seasonal items that they don’t want to keep in their house because of space.The storage industry is a multi-billion dollar space. Maybe it’s time you get in on it?
Offer Vehicle Storage
If you have a garage, you can turn that space into cash. A lot of people want to keep their precious summer car out of harms way for the winter. Why not offer the space for a monthly fee? This can be a great way to help pay off your mortgage faster.
Offer Outdoor Storage
If you have a large yard or a space you aren’t using, you can rent it out to people with large motorhomes to store through out the year.
There are several people outside of our city that do this. With enough space you could easily cover your mortgage payment with just renting out your yard.
List Your Home With Movie Agencies
Movies are always needing places to shoot their films. We have several friends in our town that have offered up their place to use in filming multiple movies over the years and have been paid very well for it. There is a great article on this here.
Teach an instrument
If you have some musical ability you can teach your instrument to others. Depending on what you play, you can teach people other instruments of similar types (such as guitar, electric guitar, bass, mandolin, etc…)
You don’t have to be a professional musician to start teaching. Some of the best teachers are only a few levels higher than their students which help them learn better and more quickly because they understand the challenge the new player is learning.
Fun story: When I started to teach guitar, I had one person ask me “Can you teach me how to play guitar?” I said “Sure” without thinking. That would turn into a side hustle that paid my way through Europe for 6 months and also paid for years of schooling. You never know what happens when you say yes.
Sell your lesson plans on Teacher Pay Teacher
We live in an amazing world. If you have a great lesson plan you can open up a page on Teacher Pay Teacher and start selling your lesson plan to other great teachers around the world. This site has done more for offering teachers ways to make money and get their time back by buying lesson plans.
Check out Teachers Pay Teachers here.
Tutor in the Evenings
As a teacher you probably have a knack for teaching others (just a guess). So why not make the most of your abilities and start offering your services to help others learn in the evenings, on weekends and during summer.
Teach Online With VIP Kid
If you are looking to make some extra money from home, teaching English online can be a good way to make more money. VIP Kid hires people to teach English to their students online. The students are typically children age 4-12 and it’s all done online.
You can do it for a few hours a day and earn up to $22 an hour.
While you do need to meet a few criteria like a bachelors degree and some type of formal or informal teaching experience or an equivalent. It may be a way for you to earn extra money money working from home.
Create educational online videos
As an educator you probably have answered the same questions about a bazillion times. Why not create some educational videos around these answers?
Put them on YouTube or a self hosted site and benefit from the traffic. From “what to have on your first day of school”, to “what a hypotenuse is and why we need it”.
There are tons of quick questions you can do videos for and help save yourself time and profit from doing it.
Start a Website on Your Subject or Grade
Much like the videos, if you have been teaching the same grade or subject for a while chances are you are a pro at it.
Just because you are familiar with it doesn’t mean that others are.
The best thing you can do is to build a site with your core subject. It could become the go-to site for educators in your area or for parents who want to home school their children.
Teach Basic Skills Computer
There are a lot of people out there who need to learn computers. Set up a class at your local school in the evenings and run a seminar. These have been a huge hit in our city.
Technology moves so fast and being able to keep up with it can be really hard if you aren’t raised with it.
Teach DSLR Cameras (or Photograph) to Others
Much like the computer course, when you get a DSLR camera you have no clue how to work it. If you love to teach and you know about cameras this is a great way to combine the two for extra money.
Create an Online Course
Creating a course on something you know how to do can be a good money maker too. If you know how to do something well, create some material that shows others how to do it. There are multiple ways to host your course without having a website. You can use Teachable or Udemy to host your course and start sharing what you know with others.
Becoming a transcriptionist is a great way to work at home and make a living. There are people that have turned their love of words into a great work at home option as a transcriptionist. Some even make 6 figures!
Click to learn more about becoming a transcriptionist.
Scoping is doing court transcriptions. It is a high demand area for people for enjoy working with words. You get to work from home and you get paid by your production. So the more court cases you transcribe the more you earn. You will need to take a course on it but it could turn into a profitable work from home opportunity.
Check out this post here for more information on scoping.
There are people who love to write and people who love to make their work shine. If you love words this might be a great way to get started. You can easily start by getting on fiverr.com and start your editing empire.
Or you can do what Jeremy did, he asked. He saw how terrible my grammar was and offered to fix it.
If you have a skill contact people and see what happens, you never know what will turn into a way to make more money.
There is a good demand for people to have their spoken word transcribed or performing captioning services for their YouTube videos. Places like Rev are hiring people all the time and it’s an on-demand workload.
This is a time tested way to earn some great part time money. Driving pizzas around is an easy way to make money while not having to take on a lot of responsibilities.
Consider giving it a try if you like driving. Or you can also check out Uber Eats if you want to branch out from just pizza.
Multi Level Marketing
If you are at a total loss for what to do but you still want to try your hand at making money. Multi Level Marketing can be a great way to get started.
They usually offer training for their products (at least the good ones do) and this is a great way to learn how to sell and build a business.
Find something you think is a good product and go about it as a business.
Sell or Recycle Your Used Electronics
Did you know Apple made just over $15 million in recycling old iPhones? Apparently there is a lot of valuable metal in those little phones. Your electronics have value and can be redeemed for extra money or sold to others. Make sure you are taking advantage of it.
Use a Cash Back Credit Card
This won’t earn you money actively. But getting paid money on spending that you already do is a no brainer. Of course you should always obey therules of using credit card wisely.
This one earns us about $1000/year on spending that we were going to do anyways. For more on our credit card system you can see it here.
There you have it 70+ Ways to Make More Money
Many of thses you can try and see how you like it and decide if it’s worth pursuing. While a list like this can feel overwhelming try not to let it.
The most important takeaway is this. There are lots of ways to make money. Pick one and try it. You never know where it might lead.
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