52 Ways to Make Extra Money

A great list to get you started making the extra money you need. Most can even be done as a side gig in addition to a full-time job. Check it out to find which one fits your skill set and needs!I’ve written a lot lately about getting rid of debts and reducing expenses.

I thought it was time I address the flip side of your finances: Ways to make extra money.

Thanks to suggestions by my Twitter followers, readers, and other bloggers I’ve been able to put together a solid list of 52 ways to make extra money.

Most, if not all of these ways to make money, can be done even with a full-time job.

I obviously haven’t tried all of these methods, but when possible I’ve tried to (link) to an example of the opportunity actually making money. You should be able to find something here that fits you and your skills.

1. Swagbucks

Swagbucks – You earn points, called SB, just for watching videos, answering surveys, discovering special deals, shopping, or searching the internet. There is no limit to the amount of SB you can earn, and they can be redeemed for free gift cards to all of the top retailers (Amazon, Target, Starbucks and eBay included) or for cash (PayPal, VISA gift cards). Check out our Swagbucks review to learn more.

2. Bing Rewards

Bing Rewards – If you enjoy spending time online, filling out surveys and looking at things you’d normally look at for free, than Bing Rewards is definitely a site for you.  The popular search engine offers points for doing just about everything and the more points you receive, the more money you’ll earn!  Signing up is as simply as entering your MSN or Hotmail email address and there is no cap to the amount of money you can earn.

3. Bar Tending or Waiting Tables

Both are the perfect jobs for nights and weekends. That’s when all the big tips are made anyway.  Bar tending at nights in a busy bar can really bring in some extra cash and is probably better than waiting tables!  You can typically bring in at least $1 for every drink you serve.

I recommend making a list of some of the nicest restaurants or bars in town you can find and start applying.  You may need some experience first, but set your sights high, especially if you have work experience as a professional. Something can be said for professionalism, dependability and work ethic.

Search snagajob.com or Monster.com to find opportunities.

4. Teaching Swimming Lessons

We all have special skills or talents. For some it’s athletic and for others it might be academic. Either way, using these skills can help your community as well as help you make extra money.

As an example, if you’re a good swimmer you might be able to pick up a weekend swim teacher gig at your local recreation center. Keep in mind that some places may require a special certification or that you be a lifeguard.

PT Money blogger, Jason, was a collegiate soccer player.  During the off-season he coached competitive youth soccer teams and gave private lessons to youngsters who wanted to accelerate their game. He grossed over $500 per month for coaching a couple of teams and private lessons.

5. Car Valet

If you hook up with a for-hire car parking service (the type hired out for fancy neighborhood parties) you can make some nice cash tips in just a few hours at night and on the weekend, when parties are held.  The key here is to do a great job by showing hustle and being super friendly. This was one of the most enjoyable jobs I had during graduate school. Who doesn’t like to drive nice cars?

6. Online Surveys and Shopping

Did you know that you can get paid to do quick and easy online surveys? Here are a few websites to get you started:

  • CashCrate – There’s some money to be made with CashCrate.com completing the free offers, but the real cash comes from the referral program. Earn extra money at CashCrate.com by taking part in daily research surveys, doing your shopping online, and referring other members to their program.  Sign up for CashCrate or read our CashCrate review to learn more.
  • Opinion Outpost is another online survey option to consider.  They bridge the gap between your opinions and the companies who need them.  Members can earn cash, rewards and entries into a $10,000 quarterly prize draw.  It’s free to sign up and is quick to join.  Sign up for Opinion Outpost.
  • Harris Poll provides the opportunity to share your opinion to influence important decision makers in government, corporations, and non-profit organizations.  You participate in a variety of online market research surveys and share how you feel about their products or services.  For every survey successfully completed you earn HIpoints and you can exchange points for rewards after doing just a couple of surveys.  Sign up for Harris Poll.
  • Survey Junkie – Try Survey Junkie,  a cool online community with over 3 million members dedicated to making your voice heard. Complete a profile to get matching surveys and complete them on any device.  Survey Junkie provides a platform for you to share your opinion, influence change and get paid for doing so.   Sign up for Survey Junkie.

7. Check Your Credit Score

One of the quickest ways to save yourself thousands of dollars is by checking your credit score and fixing errors on your credit report.  The three major credit bureaus have big influence on your current interest rates (mortgage, auto, etc.) and improving your credit score could save you thousands a year in interest payments.  Right now, Credit Sesame and Credit Karma provide you your credit score 100% FREE of charge (no credit card, no free-trials, no tricks, free for life).

8. Sell Yourself Online with Fivver

Get creative and sell you and your time online in a fresh, new way (it’s not what you think).  Fivver is a website dedicated to connecting people to talented individuals to get things done.  We all have talents and some of them can be quite marketable. Some of the featured gigs I noticed on Fivver include drawing an art illustration, designing logos, creating online content and even providing a voice for a Podcast intro and many more.  As you might expect, gigs start at $5.  Make extra money on Fivver.com.

9. Write an eBook

I hesitate to put this one in here because an eBook by itself usually doesn’t make extra money unless you’re an excellent marketer. What a great eBook can do though is act as a sales lead to one of your other online businesses.

That said, lot’s of people are making extra money by publishing their own books on Amazon.  For instance, my friend Bob published a few books on Amazon on how to make money blogging and has done very well.  The first book provided basic tips for a small price, but his next book, Pro-Blogging Secrets, is offered at a premium price and he also has an online course.

Are you seeing the possibilities here?  Think about what book, or series of books you could write to help people in your field of expertise?  You might start with an eBook offered on your own website that covers the basics.  Use the eBook as an opportunity to tell people about your more in-depth book on Amazon and finally, follow through with an advanced book offering.

10. Design Web Logos

If you’re good with Photoshop and can work quick, you might could make some decent cash with this online business.  Are you a graphic designer or do you have some artistic talents that you know others are looking for? Why not make extra money for your bottom line by designing logos or other graphics for people’s websites, for their newsletters or for other print applications?

Designing web logos obviously isn’t for everyone.  It will help you quite a bit if you’ve got some background in graphic design or if you’re relatively proficient in design tools like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Indesign, and Adobe Illustrator or other like products.  You don’t necessarily have to have a degree in graphic arts, as long as you’re able to put together eye pleasing designs that others will love and pay for.

11. Write Reviews

There are many websites that will pay you a little cash to write product reviews. If you’re knowledgeable and can write fast, this may work for you.  The key here is to differentiate yourself by providing a thorough and honest review of the product.  This works even better if you can find a niche that you’re passionate about.

A website like Upwork might be a good place to start sharing your resume and experience in this area. UpWork replaced other well-known sites Odesk and Elance.  Simply set up a profile and start applying for jobs.

12. Blogging

This isn’t quick money, but you can make decent money with a little luck and solid, consistent effort. Believe me, it can be tough and a bit time consuming, but it can be done.   I started PT Money in 2007 and since then the site has grown considerably, now viewed more than 200,000 times per month.  The key to blogging is to have a long-term goal of making extra money in mind.  You can get started by reading my article on how to make money bloggging.

13. Generate a New Business Idea

My friend, Ramit Sethi, New York Times Best Selling Author, has created a powerful “Idea Generator Tool” that debunks the myth that you need to start the next Facebook or Google in order to build multiple revenue streams. Ramit shows you how you can earn an extra $1,000 a month on the side with just a few hours a week and you can ramp up from there.

He also has an online mini-course that shows you how to go from no idea to a profitable online business – fast. It’s called “Launch Your Profitable Online Business: How to Find a Profitable Business Idea in 7 Days”

14. Freebie Trading

Freebie trading is a real money maker. But it takes a special person to master the techniques and be consistent with the process.  It involves Freebie Sites that provide users with cash rewards or physical prized for trying out services or products.  The services can be free or be very inexpensive.  They are things you would normally do, such as getting your credit report, but you get paid!  You might not make a full-time income doing Freebie Trading but with some work, you can certainly supplement your income.  The other great benefit is that you can do this whenever you want and set your own work schedule.  Read my interview with a Freebie Trader to learn more about how it works. In his first year he grossed $28K!

15. Freelance Writer

Similar to writing reviews, you can become a freelance writer and make extra money writing articles and website copy. While you don’t have to be a professional journalist to write for a website, it helps if you’ve blogged or have your own website where you blog regularly.  Even better is showing that you have some experience in the niche in which you’re trying to find a job.

Right now on Upwork they are looking for more writers. Set up a profile and start offering up your fast writing skills. You can make decent money with freelance writing and some people are able to make it a full-time business.  Check out this interview I did with a freelance writer who has had a lot of success and shares how to start a freelance business.

16. Sell Digital Photos

Digital Photography School offers several books to help you take nice pictures. Get them up on the web at a broker, or Microstock site and make extra money. It’s not as easy as that, but those are the basics.

As just one idea my friend shared with me, many people don’t have good home listing photos of the home their trying to sell. If you notice, many of these pictures, aside from the ones done by professional photographers, have bad lighting, show clutter, etc. If you’re good at taking pictures and have a nice camera, you might be able to sell your photo taking services to real estate agents or to people trying to sell their own home.

Here’s another resource from Amazon to check out:

17. Get Store Refunds

A service like Paribus automatically gets you refunds you’re owed from stores. Okay, this isn’t work or starting a business, but it is a way to potentially put some extra earnings on auto pilot because you’re using an innovative tool to get a refund you deserve. When you buy something and it goes on sale afterwards, you’re guaranteed the difference back. Paribus gets you this money back right from your inbox without any effort required on your part.  The service will even file price adjustment claims on your behalf. Paribus provides iOS and Android apps with a live feed of savings.

18. Start an Online Store

Setting up an online store is extremely easy with sites like eBay, Amazon, Etsy and CafePress.  Assuming you have a product in demand, is high quality and learn how to market your site, you can begin making some serious cash. There are plenty of full-time eBay entrepreneurs out there.

Check out these resources I found on Amazon to get started:

19. Focus Group Participant

Researchers need people to help them develop their results. Become a member of a focus group in your area and get your share of their research funding. Call your local university, museum, or look in your local paper for opportunities or simply do a Google search to find opportunities near you.

20. Sell Bottled Water

Buy bottled water in bulk at Costco or Sam’s Club and sell it for a dollar where there are a ton of people: parks, festivals, concerts, etc. People are crazy for bottled water and this is a little summertime gig that can bring in more money that you’d think on a hot sunny afternoon.  Here’s a bonus tip: give some of your proceeds to a charity you care about or that you know will resonate with people.  In doing so, you’re bottled water business isn’t all about your profit.  You’re helping better our world and also provide a thirsty person some water to drink.

21. Sell Your Body

Not talking about the oldest profession here. I’m talking about your plasma, hair, eggs, and sperm. I’ll let you do your own research on this one.  🙂

22. Have a Car Wash

Find a business that’s willing to loan you their parking lot and gather up a few friends to wash some cars. Take donations or ask for very little. People usually do this to raise funds for an organization, but there’s no reason you couldn’t do it for the You Foundation.

All of that said, if you want to take washing cars to the next level, there are some full-time business owners operating mobile car wash and detailing services.  You provide a convenience to people by meeting them at their place of business or even their home to clean their cars.  People love their cars and even more when they are shining bright.

Check out this resource to get started: Mobile Car Wash Business

23. Cleaning Houses

This is a job with flexible hours, but requires a bit of elbow grease. Some homes would provide their own cleaning supplies and tools.

Do you know there are companies and people out there that make some pretty good money offering their cleaning services to households and companies?  They’ll come in and charge you either a set fee per room or an hourly fee to clean up. They can come weekly, monthly, or whenever you think you need some extra scrubbing. What’s the point? Why not have the person they hire be you?

24. Get a Census Job

Perhaps you’re interested in measuring America.  “Census Bureau Regional Offices conduct continuous surveys—other than the once-a-decade population count—to supply the nation with important statistics on people, places and our economy.”  The US Census website states that the local field workers understand their communities best and are an important part of conducting surveys with residents.  You get to work out of your home and you’re also reimbursed for your mileage.   The Census Bureau is hiring across the United States and you can search temporary field positions here.

25. Sell Your Baked Goods

Are you skilled at a few special recipes or are your friends going crazy over your cakes? You know who you are. It might be time to take your talents to the making some extra money.  People love to buy homemade goods, especially when you have a signature item or a story behind it. You can contract your items out for parties, meetings, etc.  Or, consider holiday sales for local Christmas parties, birthdays and more.

26. Rent Out Your Car

A service like Turo, provides you the ability to rent out your car and make extra money.  There are 3 ways to earn money: local pickup (renting from your own driveway); delivering your car to local places; and also by leaving your car somewhere to be picked up (such as at the airport).

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27. Drive People to the Airport

Have you ever heard of Uber or Lyft? Of course you have! This is a good gig for someone with a reliable car and the ability to be on-time all the time. The barriers to entry, assuming you meet the requirements from these companies, is pretty low. Again, you just need to have a reliable car that is efficient to keep your costs down. Offering friendly service, getting people to their destination safely and on-time will take you far in this extra money making idea.

28. Lawn Care

I grew up doing this job on the side and loved it. But it’s not just a teenager gig. Obviously it’s better for warmer climates. With this side job you can help your neighborhood look sharp as well as make some extra money. Many people pay over $30 per week for lawn care service. For various reasons, people are too busy, don’t have the equipment, etc. to take care of their own lawn. I think you can do well with this business if you start with peole in your neighborhood and ask them if you can have an opportunity to perform this service for them. Word of mouth will travel fast if you provide a good value. I think the key to do very well here is to package your service. For example, try to find a price that works for mowing, weeding and fertilizing all together.

Check out this resource I found on Amazon to get started:

29. Be a Mystery Shopper

Get paid to shop and share your experience. In short, stores or restaurants hire people to evaluate their services to ensure quality. Obviously, social media can impact a brand when a customer isn’t taken care of well. Mystery shoppers help prevent this from happening. As a mystery shopper, you’re compensated to provide impartial feedback about products and services. Your feedback may very well prevent the next social media rant. We’ve devoted an entire article to Mystery Shopping that you can read about here.

30. Become a Ticket Broker

No special permit required. If you know sports or entertainment enough to pick the right events, and have access to purchase the tickets at face or below, then you can use a service like StubHub.com or Craigslist.org to re-sell the tickets for a profit. I’ve done this both out of necessity and just to make extra money.

31. Paper Route

There is no job too small when it comes to earning to save more or pay off debt and a paper route is about as basic of an extra money job as you can get. Yep, people are still buying newspapers these days. Nothing like a nice clean, crisp paper with a good cup of coffee to start your day. This job will likely take up your early morning hours. You can also search for a paper that only comes out once a week if you want to work less. The bottom line is that a paper route is still a valid way to make extra money and I’d be remiss to leave it off this list.

32. Walk Dogs

If you love animals and live in an urban area then consider this a viable job opportunity. Here’s the problem you might try to solve with this idea: people are busy going to work each day and they have to leave their sweet dog at home. Dogs don’t do well over a long periods of time by themselves.  They like to be around you and me. Offering to walk a group of dogs once or twice a day, if you have the flexibility, can really rake in some extra money if you’re doing this on a weekly basis and have several clients.  Think premium dog walking service: treats, playtime, the works. Obviously, you have to find the right clientele where this service makes sense.

33. Pet Sitting

Take dog walking a step further and actually be paid to watch someone’s pet for a few hours or days. This may just entail checking in on the pet a few times a day or could mean boarding the pet at your home. Have you ever checked to see what it costs in your area to board a pet? I can guarantee you that it’s steep! Do a little research and perhaps charge 10 – 20% less.  But don’t expect people to just leave their loved one with a stranger. Again, think premium service (daily walks, play time, etc.).  And you’ll also want to make sure they have your reference list and that you have all the bases covered like emergency vet service if Fido gets injured.

Check out these resources to get started:

34. Baby Sitting

If you enjoy kids and are good with them, this can be a fun and easy way to make a little cash. You can advertise your baby sitting services for free online with SitterCity.com. In need of a baby sitter, browse their website for free.  We also have an interview with a baby sitting expert that you an listen to here.

35. Tutor

Have a knack for a certain subject and live near a college? Consider offering up your brain power and teaching skills for some quick cash. Grade school kids need help too, and parents pay better than college students. You can take this idea to the next level and scale by tutoring online. We have an interview post dedicated to a chemistry tutor who took his skills to Tutor.com.  To be successful, you have to have a good grasp of the concepts but also be able to find a way to relate topics using real-world examples.

36. Play Music in Church or at Weddings

Some churches don’t have volunteers for their music. A talented pianist, guitar player, etc. can make pretty good money doing this on the weekends.  Most churches offer tryouts on occasion.  This idea is pretty easy to get started in that you just need to reach out to your worship pastor or someone in that ministry and let them know you have the talent and some experience.  Don’t be shy!

37. Teach English to Adults

Did you ever see the movie Stripes?  It’s an 80’s classic and one of those timeless comedies with Bill Murray. Click here to see Harold Ramis teaching his English class the Do Do Run Run by Shaun Cassidy.  To get started, go through your local schools and colleges to find classes where teachers of English are needed.

38. Collect Aluminum Cans

I collected cans in my teens and made a few extra bills for spending money. If this idea is of interest, you might be motivated to hear the true story of Maisie Devore who was able to raise money collecting cans for a community swimming pool.  She was able to save $73,000 over three decades and is still collecting.  Whoa!  Learn more about this idea by reading my collecting aluminum cans for cash post.

39. Sign in the Yard

In our local neighborhood we’ve seen this service hired out to place signs in people’s yards for announcements or funny pranks. Ha!  If you’re out and about on a Sunday you’ll see plenty of people putting put signs for open houses. You’ll probably have a great opportunity for this extra money idea if you can locate a neighborhood where lots of real estate agents or putting out there own signs.  Wouldn’t an agent rather be prepping the house for sale or doing marketing activities than placing a sign at a busy intersection?  You bet and that’s why outsourcing to you could work!

40. Stage Homes

People who are having trouble selling their homes these days and could use a second pair of eyes to stage their home for the quick sale.  To help people sell their houses, your staging services need to get buyers  to envision themselves in the property.  This opportunity takes some passion and skill for the job.  You’ll have to be comfortable telling people they need to remove clutter, rent furniture, etc. to get it in top selling condition.  You’ll need some designing skills but also have additional resources at your finger tips, such as a furniture company, storage options, etc.  This will take some work getting set up but once you’ve done so, you can start networking with realtors.  Consider offering some discounted services to make a name for yourself.

41. Sell Stuff on Craigslist.org

Craigslist.org is the first place I go to sell something. It’s best for items you think will appeal to everyone (therefore justifying the smaller audience) and large items that can’t be shipped.  Craigslist.org is great for taking your yard sale items online for local sales.  For example, one writer for PT Money recently bought two fans from people that live close to him. These one-off type items do very well on Craigslist.  Just remember to use common sense and be safe out there.

42. Sell Your Stuff on eBay

I mentioned an idea above to create an online store and eBay was one option.  Consider selling your own stuff around the house to earn extra money to feed your financial goals.  It should be used for those items that are unique (you need a larger audience) and that are easily shipped.  Easy shipping is key as you don’t want what you sell to eat up all of your profits in shipping costs.  Signing up for eBay is simple and can be done at www.eBay.com.

43. Sign Up with Upromise

Upromise puts money in your kids college funds while you do your normal spending.  Yes, it’s another way to make extra money or to use your own money for other goals since you’re not having to save as much for your kids college. Just remember to make wise decisions with your spending. You’re not spending so your kids can go to college.  The Upromise contribution is a side-benefit to spending on items already in your plan.

44. Retail Arbitrage

Find items that you know are selling below their full value (either online or through a deal website like SlickDeals.net), discount stores (Marshalls, Ross, etc.) buy them and sell them for more on eBay or Amazon. Once you find your product niche you can set up a system.  Don’t read over that too quickly.  You need to find a particular product or niche to really make this work.  Otherwise, you’re met with different shipping costs, always trying to figure out new margins, etc.  Don’t try to be everything to everybody.  Try to be good in one particular.  Maybe it’s a product you’re passionate about such as selling trucker hats.  🙂 Click here for more on this idea.

45. Re-sell Computers

This is slightly different than eBay Arbitrage. Find a distributor that will sell to you at their discounted prices. List these items online. Buy and ship to your hearts content. Basically, you become a reseller of computers and other hardware.  Another thought here is to sell computer parts.  Can you find a part that seems to be in demand.  If you can supply the demand, you may just have yourself a part-time business.

46. Look for Odd Jobs

People need your help and they will pay you for it. Seriously. The jobs are there on Craigslist.org, your neighborhood your church and many more places.  Traditional job search sites can be overs saturated with applicants but non traditional places, as mentioned, can provide you a means for earning some extra income. You just have to be a go-getter and get hungry to find them.

47. Have a Garage Sale

The stuff you can’t sell online, you could sell from your garage on the weekends.  Many neighborhoods plan annual or bi-annual yard sales.  If you have items to sell, this is a great time to do it as the neighborhood as a whole can bring in a lot of traffic and help you perform better than you would on your own.  If that’s not possible, consider partnering up with a couple of families in a popular neighborhood.

48. Put Stuff on Consignment

This is great for clothes and other items that aren’t easily sold online.  Side tip: you can save a lot of money by purchasing children’s clothes on consignment.  You can do well if you’re selling well-known brands that aren’t too aged. Also, season is everything here.  It’s unlikely you’ll do well selling winter clothes in the summer.  So, time your offerings wisely.

49. Bank Account Opening Bonuses

Many bank accounts will give you a cash bonus to open an account with them. I’d start with an online savings account that will pay you higher interest.  Look for special deals and offers that we occasionally write about here on PT Money. You can also sign up up for our bonus ideas (see form below) and you’ll receive our monthly update with early notification of such offers.

50. Credit Card Bonuses

Like the bank accounts, you can sort through the many best credit card bonuses available just for opening an account.  Credit card bonuses, in a way, put cash in your pocket. As an example, instead of taking your own money for a plane ticket or hotel reservation, you might receive free miles or hotel points to apply to your next reservation. This can save you a lot of money and possibly a free reservation.

51. Rent Out A Room

If you have an extra room in your house, consider renting it out to a friend, relative, or random person you find using what else, Craigslist.org or a newer service like Airbnb.com.  Airbnb provides rentals for vacation homes, homes, apartments, etc.  What this means is that you can actually make extra money from renting out your spare bedroom (or master) while you’re away.  This extra money could fund part or all of your stay elsewhere.  You can currently book in 191 different countries.  Yeah, this service has really taken off.

52. Paint Street Numbers

With just a few paint and stencil supplies you could walk the neighborhoods with curbs and solicit your curb number painting services. Obviously, you need to be somewhat handy with a can of spray paint and stencils, otherwise, you might have people coming after your if you mess up their curb.  That said, there is a business for this as people are out there making it happen.

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Comments

  1. A very long list. Including some things I’d like to try. I’m wanting to buy broken electronics, and sell them working. I’m pretty handy with that sort of thing.

  2. Great post! If you are looking for opportunities, you will find them.

  3. Excellent ways to make money – definitely something I’ll share with my readers in my weekly roundup. Thanks for the mention! 🙂

  4. Become a party DJ or help with a DJ company. The work isn’t too difficult and you can make decent money for a few hours work. I used to work for a friend’s company and used his equipment. Same idea holds true for a photographer.

  5. Great list of things to do to make extra money! Just goes to show that there’s always something you can do to go that extra mile if you’re coming up short.

  6. Great list!

    Another idea is to umpire for youth sports.

  7. That made me tired just reading it. Is it sad that ice done probably 70% of these and I’m still broke?

  8. Wow, that’s a comprehensive list and even a few great additional recommendations in the comments. I will pass this along on my blog as well.

    Did you mention recycling? Does anyone still go around looking for cans to turn in for cash anymore?

  9. After reading the list I have to admit no one can honestly say that couldn’t earn a little extra money.

    Sometimes I think we make up to many excuses to why we can’t make any money.

    Great post though definantly worth a stumble.

  10. Excellent list and definitely too long to properly analyze. So I will just comment on the most recent idea I have used; ticket broker. I have been purchasing tickets to sporting events (WWE UFC)and selling them on ebay with a great profit margin. You won’t make a fortune but an extra couple hundred dollars is allowing me to go on vacation again!

  11. Great list, PT! Thanks for including my article!

  12. Also like selling bottled water, you could try selling umbrellas on a rainy day. I’ve often thought about picking up a bunch from the dollar store and heading over to a college campus or downtown during rush hour to see what I could get for em.

  13. Travis @ CMM says:

    Some really good ideas in there. My dream is to be a buyer and reseller. A couple years ago when the Wii was so hot I managed to buy 6 of them right around Christmas and resold them for a nice profit. I’d love to do something like that full time but its so hard to figure out what items will make a profit.

  14. Chris Deals says:

    This is a great list of money making ideas. I have done a few of the thing on your list and have had some success with selling on eBay, and Craigslist.

    I have had the most success in the last 14 months with Freebie Trading. Yes, you have to be dedicated and detail oriented, but its worth it.

    I make over $27K in 2008.

  15. Excellent list. I was surprised to see my Freebie Trading Interview up there at number 13. It’s definitely a great way to make money online.

    [edit: everyone interested in Leslie’s freebie trading idea should watch his video tutorials on freebie trading.]

    This post also made me realize that I’ve tried a lot of stuff to make money, lol. I’ve done a bunch of those things listed up there.

    Creating websites
    Blogging
    Write an eBook
    Writing Reviews
    Driving People to the airport
    Play Music at Church
    Sell Stuff on Ebay
    Bank Account Opening Bonuses
    Rent out a room

    Thanks for the list. It brought back memories.

  16. How about those consumer studies? I did one for $60 on cable. Just takes a little of my time and they pay cash. There are several in my town and they are pretty interesting too.

  17. Unfortunately, most of these things cost money just to get started and take a lot of time.

  18. @leslie – I completely disagree with you about the money thing. It’s actually the other way around. Most of these do not require money.

    As for time…well, I didn’t name the list “52 ways to MAKE extra money” without reason. Basic economics…to get value you have to produce value, which takes time and effort. I’ll email you next time I see money falling from the sky. 🙂

  19. Delivering pizzas is the one that always gets me. If you do this, you’re supposed to notify your insurance company and they will jack up your rates, negating any earnings you might get. If you don’t do this and have a wreck while delivering pizzas, you could negate your insurance.

  20. Waiting tables and bartending are good ways to make extra money, but it’s not exactly if the work was easy. And if you don’t have any experience good luck applying at the nicest place in town, most restaurants require experience. Also if you have problems dealing with demanding, hungry people – STAY AWAY! The hours are late, sometimes you won’t make any money. Especially right now, starting at new place will be difficult, if you can get hired expect to be the first one cut every night (aka less money) as those with seniority will want to stay. It still is a good deal though. I’ve put myself through college (chem major) without loans, never lived in the dorms, and I have about 10K in the bank. I will continue working in the restaurant biz even after I have a “Real Job,” the extra 10-15K/year for part time work is worth it.

  21. Another way to make money! We are looking for ambassadors to promote our education services/tutor to universities. Make commissions on any revenue you send our way. No cost/side income especially if you are connected to universities or have friends studying in college

  22. Definitely an interesting post! As a writer what excites me in your post is the option of freelancing. Being in this field for quite some time now, I can suggest some more websites that can fetch you some good freelance jobs.

  23. Hi, I have seen some ideas to make money on parttime basis. Those may interest you.

  24. I have found temp agencies to be great at times for finding part time jobs. Most of them will make it hard on you and may even try to steer you away because they focus on full time jobs, but a good one can find a part time job for you. I used them when I was just out of college to get data entry jobs while my main job paid so little.

    Another pt job I enjoyed was proof operator at a bank. They only need people for a few hours a night so it is a great chance to earn extra money and it pays pretty well for good 10 key people! I did this for a year when I was facing a layoff in order to save up money.

  25. Collins P says:

    Love the list! Add flipping websites though. Flipping websites is another easy way to make extra money. You can build and flip websites for $100 – $500 each and they take very little time to create once you know all the steps.

    • I HATE the word “flipping.” It is unprofessional, and people who are knowledgeable real estate investors say “wholesaling.” If you are going to be “flipper” of anything, then please think of something sensible to call yourself or do something else.

      • chickadee33 says:

         @martster
         Just calling it what it is.  You buy something and then you turn it over to someone else quickly.  Chill, dude.

  26. ben matulich says:

    you forgot buy gold

  27. Lin Sharonica says:

    There were several great ways to earn more money from your computer. I found a most profitable ways is simply search an idea around on the net and select few that really be able to implement as offline business. You see, most people nowadays so skeptical about make money online. That because so many program online was take first, give later. And a very sad thing about that was so rare that programs give real value to people. And not few were a scam scheme.

    There were few online biz that really can be implement as offline biz.

    But that not impossible to find that fit for you. I’m sure if you just could find one, stick with it, focus, you will get what you seek.

    Just an example something I did join for months was Take and Give Management System. It simply about give first, take later. I love it.

    Just search it on google, you will find that fit for you.

  28. Wow! Seriously great list. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  29. This list is great, and I’m sure a lot of people can make good use of this considering the high unemployment rate! I might pass it on to clients that we can’t help modify their mortgages!

  30. this worked a little but ive heared of all of those b4 and i dont really find them helpful 🙁 srry….

  31. Wow. That’s great about the freebie world. Finally! Anyways, intelligent post you have here 😉 I find it very helpful.

  32. interesting tips, the only thing is, buying and reselling tickets is called “scalping” and is illegal (at least where I live!)

  33. @Zoe – Good point. In some locations, scalping, or reselling tickets for more than face value, is against local law.

    They make this a law because scalpers rarely pay the tax on their sales.

    So, as long as you don’t sell for more than face value, and/or pay the taxes on the sale, then you’re ok.

  34. karaberky says:

    Helpful post, Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Great stuffs here.

  35. This list is simply fantastic. People often say that they have no way to make extra money. In very many cases, they are just short of ideas and motivation – and you have provided plenty of both. Great stuff.

  36. This could be helpful for an unemployed person.

    • Philip Taylor says:

      And there are plenty of those these days, sadly. 🙁

    • chickadee33 says:

      I’m one of them. Lost my FT job in 2011. Doing very pt work as supplemental income with a skill I have. But it is not enough.

  37. Teresa Schultz says:

    I see a comment made by Stella including some freelance sites. This does work. I use oDesk and it’s been a big help in bringing in a little extra money. I also agree with some of the other comments that mention people should think of or view more ideas of making extra money, because it really is possible to make extra money instead of just sitting around moping about not having money to pay the bills or buy something special.

  38. Julie Stoddard says:

    Some great ideas here. I have a friend who makes a couple hundred a month donating Plasma. If you don’t mind getting pricked, it’s not a bad gig.

  39. The CashCrate idea is a great one. I highly recommend it as I too am a CashCrate user!

  40. Another good way to make money AND get free stuff is to become a party consultant for companies like Partylite, pampered chef, ect.

  41. not very helpful where i live nobody can do all that stuff and actually make money but thanks for trying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Jane Fazackarley says:

    I’ve done things like mystery shopping, freelance writing and article writing sites.

    I’ll give some ofthe other opotions you’ve suggested a try.

  43. larry mcberry says:

    Great ideas, I’m going to try to collect cans for some extra money.

  44. FinancialBondage says:

    good ideas.

  45. Yeah But I’m going homeless….. my ex-husbands stopped paying childsupport for my three kids I’m single, just got laid off because my boss decided to sell the office to someone who had just gotten out of jail for fraud in the medical system and I’m thirty four.
    I have tried child support enforcement and the people are waiting for my ex-husband to return the crumpled of form in the trash to them.
    WHAT DO I REALLY DO IN THIS ECONOMY?? I HAVE NEVER BEEN FIRED BEFOREE

  46. If you are creative and don’t have an outlet for your creations to sell, ETSY is a great place online to sell your stuff. It’s like ebay for handmade items only. I’m just sayin’.

  47. I think affiliate marketing is also a good source of money by at home work.

  48. Thanks, a well compiled list Phillip, and good to do as well as using some ideas from your 104 Ways to Save Extra Money article.

    I’m always after a way to make some extra money. 😉

  49. Ramon Lorenzi says:

    I really like the idea of writing poorly written ads. It seem like it can be easy and you can make a small profit. I know that use to work at a school and we got our extra money from writing grants. People can write grants to start a business so I am in the process of trying to write my own grant to start a community program for teens. its a litte extra money and I still get to do what I love. If you have any kind of hobby you can prob. turn that into some income if you can get creative. Good luck

  50. I personally have enjoyed working a direct sales/home based business on the side. I found a good, legitimate company with very low upfront costs/overhead. It has been a great experience. Just be sure that the company offers training and some sort of simple, step-by-step system and it helps if they are in the DSA Top 100– instantly proves their legitimacy!

  51. Cashcrate seems nice especially if the member is US resident. But the opportunity for international member is scarce and limited. I have tried blogging, which I agree is not an easy money but the payment is good. I also tried freelancing, which definitely worked for me.

    /kristen

  52. Re: Become A Ticket Broker. You can only sell tickets for face value on Craigslist. You can sell them for any price on Ebay.

  53. This was SO helpfull. Thanks!

  54. I am doing affiliate marketing to get side income. it’s a good source of money by at home work.

  55. Cashcrate.com is an excellent way to make money. You complete offers and take surveys and get payed for it. I read an article on it from a guy that has doing it for sometime now and he explained it as voluntarily signing up for spam and gave a whole layout of the best way to do it. and you can actually make decent money. Pretty much make a separate email for spam.

    • Philip Taylor says:

      Yep, it’s a nice way to make quick money. Albeit, not a huge sum. It could help you earn a few extra dollars each month. The referrals, if you can start getting them, are where the bigger money comes into play. Try it out here: http://cashcrate.com/1044446

  56. I’ve been doing affiliate marketing for the past 6 months and it pays pretty good money. In addition to that I receive training on how to do well. The best thing about it besides getting a side income, I didn’t have to pay anything to get started. So many scams out here asking for money. If you want to make money and not spend it I have a few suggestions.

    • Philip Taylor says:

      Good point, Kay. With very few exceptions NEVER pay to start making money online. You don’t have to do it. You can find several free resources to help you get started. The only thing you’ll have to invest is your time, and a LOT of it.

    • how do i find one that isnt a scam

    • How do I get into affiliate marketing? How do I start??

    • chickadee33 says:

      How do you market?  Do you have your own website or blog where you put the Affiliate Links?

    • jewlz81 says:

      How can I get started?  Where do I need to sign up?  Thanks!

  57. Awesome 52 ideas to make extra money. How about becoming an affiliate marketer? There’s also money in affiliate marketing 🙂

    • Philip Taylor says:

      There’s definitely money in that. I can attest. Maybe that’s what you’re smile is about? 😉

  58. Holllllygallly says:

    This was good but I was wondering if you had an idea for me to start my own online business. I’m only 13 and a lot of these are for adults . I don’t live in a “neighborhood” so I can’t deliver paper or walk dogs. I like babysitting and I’m good at it but I dont get many requests because I’m only 13 . Any advice / ideas would be appreciated. Thx

  59. Holllllygallly says:

    Thx for the tips

  60. The best freelancer sites are odesk.com and elance.com

  61. Charlotte74 says:

    Helpful tips. Thank you for posting.

  62. StriveForBetter says:

    I agree CashCrate is easy income. You just really need to invest your time into it.

  63. shirleybrown says:

    Oh, my! That is quite a comprehensive list of ways to make extra money. I think many folks are looking to make an extra buck – especially online. And somehow just because it is online, they think it should be easy as well. My experience is that most of the money making ideas are good but need persistence and follow up before they start generating serious coin.

  64. Philip Taylor says:

    @Philip Oh, thanks. And to think I’ve been doing it wrong all these years. :p

  65. People keep asking below, but never get an answer. How do you get into Affiliate Marketing??

    • Philip Taylor says:

      @Mprymas Sign up with one of the affiliate networks like cj.com. Check out all of the merchants and see if there are any that interest you and you could promote somehow. Do you have a site or other online presence where you are creating content?

    • Decide on a Niche you want to market to, then look for a good affiliate product to market to that niche. Affiliate marketing works a lot better if you have a niche website or blog, once you’ve created one then you can look for 4-5 affiliate products within that niche to promote.

      Not all products have the same income generation potential, with some products you earn a commission when you make the sale, for other products, for instance Web Hosting, you can continue to earn a commision month after month after the sale, when your customer pays their montly subscription.

  66. I have been doing pretty well with zip nada zilch. It is another free trial site but you can make $60-$80 per referral with the Big Cash option, or $20 per referral with the One option. Check it out. Easily making an extra $5,000 per year.

  67. chickadee33 says:

    2 things I’m doing now to make money after having lost my FT job:
    1. Focus groups – going into an office and giving opinion on products/services ($45 – $200)
    2. Medical research studies (not good if you’re afraid of needles)   ($50 – $750)
     
    For example, a few months ago I did a yogurt study. I filled out a short online blog and went into the office for 2 hours to talk about the yogurt. I left with $175 Visa Gift Card. I’ve done about 15 focus groups over the last 10 years. Easily have made $1000.  It truly is easy money.
     
    For these, it helps if you live near a major city since you’ll have access to major research hospitals (like in Boston) and most of the Focus group offices are in major cities.
     
    Sources:  For medical research, go to Craigslist and look under “Volunteer” or “Etc.” jobs.
    For focus groups: Google Focus Groups & your city.  Just get in the database and they call you when you might fit one of their demographic groups.

  68.  @chickadee33  CPA stands for cost per action.
    basically you sign up to a website like cpalead,mgcash,etc and you put offers to your site and you get paid once a person complete an offer.
     

  69. chickadee33 says:

     @mihai21
     How do you get started with CPA ?

  70. Kyle at BankAccountable says:

    Writing an eBook, like you said, is not easy. First you have to have something to write about, which often means that you need to be some kind of respected expert in the field you wish to write about.However, if you can get past the initial trouble of selecting a topic, becoming an expert, and finally writing about that topic, that’s when the hard part really starts….
     
    …Marketing an eBook is definitely the hardest part. Ebooks have exploded in popularity and the market is unfortunately saturated with crap from people who thought they could write a quick eBook, put it on an affiliate network, and make millions. However, if you CAN find a good way to market (or possibly have others market by having it listed on affiliate networks) then an eBook can be a great way to make some residual income.

  71. I know starting a blog is a way to make extra money.  I just wish it was not take so much time it is not easy. To come up with new things to write about plus getting the traffic to your site. Just like your list here no way you just set down and wrote this all at once it took a lot of research and searching your brain.  Great info and thanks for taking the time to put it all together.

  72. Type Specific says:

    I have a personal blog that I use for journaling. I became good enough that I opened my own business as a social media consultant. I’m now making a decent amount of extra money. I am also a photographer with a lot of graphics program experience, so I make a little more by doing graphic design, photography, and even digital enhancement. You don’t have to be the best at something in order for it to be profitable; you just have to put in the work and be better or cheaper than other people out there. However, it IS work.

  73. great information. i recently used your “Start an Online Store” suggestion, but quick turned it from junk in my garage to small business. i found a way to make some quick doe. i found these, “8 point and 7/16 wrench catv cable star key security tool” listed on eBay for $50.00 each. Found the source (newelectronx) that sells them for $5 to 15 bucks per piece. I sell them on craigslist for a good return. i’ve been making good money every since. i’m not wealthy yet, but income is going smoothly and sell aren’t that bad. profit is at least $35 per sale. if i sell eight pieces per day then i make like $280 which is better than a 8 hour job to me. so online selling works.. try it

  74. Philip, I owe it to you and I’ll keep spreading the word about how great this information was and how it helped me get paid! benny

  75. applying for class action lawsuits settlements is great way to make extra buck!

  76. Some great Ideas. Thanks for the comprehensive list. I need to get working!

  77. trusweetheart says:

    About blogging, I like writing, and I think I have tons of opinions but, how do you make money from a blog? 

  78. Entrepreneurone says:

    I just started a personal blog! It focuses on personal development; it’s sort of my journey to mastering myself and people can follow along if they want. I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to monetize it much, but maybe with Google adsense I could make a little income.

  79. minka_kelly2 says:

    I will try to make extra money by affiliate marketing. I choose clickbank. Do you have any suggestion for me to do it well?

    •  @minka_kelly2 Find someone who’s had success with Clickbank. Their model/offerings don’t really work well for me so I can’t advise. 

    •  @minka_kelly2 Find someone who’s had success with Clickbank. Their model/offerings don’t really work well for me so I can’t advise. 

  80. Good idea!  I especially like the one with the water.  Thanks for sharing. 

    • Stiles132005 says:

      Also you can recycle can, plastic and glass. Having a garage & yard sales is good extra money too.

  81. dasjung says:

    Don’t degrade the jobs of graphic designers just because you might know a little Photoshop. There’s a lot more that goes into designing a logo than just know the basics of a program.

    •  @dasjung Not really. I designed mine on MS Paint using a free font. Ha! Cost me exactly $0.

      • dasjung says:

         @Philip Taylor The point is that this is design is specialized job and is not just a side job. Just because an individual may know a thing or two about the technical aspect of a program does not warrant them to fill that role as a designer. There’s more than just drawing a mark in a program. There’s strategy in brand development, marketing, etc… This is insulting to the creative industry to label logo and branding as a scheme to make extra money.

        •  @dasjung Well the creative industry needs to get over it then. Makes them sound like a bunch of cry babies trying to make the world stop revolving. Everything is a scheme to make extra money. Including the work by the most serious, professional web designer.  Every type of work has different levels of professionalism, and thank goodness we live in the U.S. where people are free to trade goods and services at the levels they deem appropriate. Free enterprise and liberty are beautiful words. I’m all for standards. I’m a CPA. But I’d never tell someone not to help people with taxes as a little side business. And that’s federal taxes! This is logo design. Logo design!My latest conversation: http://ptmoney.com/taking-time-off-work/

        • dasjung says:

           @Philip Taylor So by what you’re saying, I can be an unaccredited doctor or surgeon for someone (for example) but do it at a much lower rate than the accredited doctors and surgeons. Since I know what a scalpel is and I wear rubber gloves, I’m a doctor. So, I don’t have to have to respect the profession of medical science at all since I think I know what I’m doing and just go for it.

        •  @dasjung No. That’s a foolish comparison and you know it. Would I use a surgeon for a small cut on my arm? No, I’d just drive to Target and buy some over the counter ointment and a bandaid.
           
          Get some perspective. Logo design isn’t brain surgery.
           
          If someone wants to pay for high end services from a professional, accredited logo designer they can.
           
          But not everyone needs that level of service. Some people choose to do it themselves or pay a beginning freelancer to do it.
           
          This post is not an affront to getting certified, accredited, degreed, or what ever else. I like those things.
           
          But the post is aimed at people who are struggling to find ways to bring in some extra cash to pay their bills. They need to do something NOW.
           
          I’m sorry if it hurts your feelings somehow, but anyone can design something and charge whatever the hell they want to do it. And I applaud them for it.My latest conversation: http://ptmoney.com/taking-time-off-work/

        • dasjung says:

           @Philip Taylor I was merely using medical science as an example profession. It’s quite obvious that you don’t have any professional courtesy and downplay professions in which you don’t understand. Logo design isn’t just logo design. I don’t know what the profession of a public accountant entails, or a lawyer perhaps, so I’m not going to give advice on matters that I don’t especially have knowledge in.
           
          Yes, it’s America and we have the right to trade goods and services, but is it really correct to continually job out special services to those who aren’t qualified or knowledgeable and degrade the values and craft of those who are truly passionate about what they do? America is missing the value of craft in business and industry these days.

        •  @dasjung If your takeaway is that I don’t have courtesy or that I’m down playing graphic design then you are completely mistaken. Not once did I downplay a profession! It seems you may just be looking for a fight for some reason. Borderline trolling.
           
          I completely disagree that America is missing the value of craft. The beauty of America is that someone can make whatever they want and find a buyer for it. Free markets are wonderful. It creates almost unlimited choice.
           
          Your attempt at controlling your profession is a joke. Just go be the best designer you know how to be and charge whatever you want. Just because I suggest it is a way to make extra money doesn’t mean you need to lower your standards.

        • ThunderCockForHire says:

          Absolutely perfect response, and I must say, I completely agree. It isn’t an example of two different professions so much as it is a mediocre analogy for the purpose of exaggerating how important a profession is.
           
          The truth is, Logo Design isn’t really necessary, all it is to most people is a catchy little graphic for some company that probably won’t cross their minds twice. In other words, Graphic Design, in comparison to medical science, is at the pinnacle of insignificant.

        • It shows your true ignorance by calling someone an idiot. In no way was this thread used to alienate anyone, but merely having a heated discussion of professions and their importance. If you didn’t read my comment correctly, I said…”for example.” I know the difference between graphic design and being a surgeon. Those of you who are obviously majorly left-brained will never understand the creative industry. You’re right, anyone can be a bad designer, or a bad surgeon, or a bad accountant coordinator…etc. That’s why there exists terrible brand identities, malpractice suits, etc as well. All I was saying that the creative industry shouldn’t be held below the threshold of what is real and what is a fake profession. All professions should be respected in their own right. Period.
           
          And ThunderCock… design isn’t just logo design. It’s brand development. Without it, there wouldn’t be major companies being recognized in their commercial standing in the world. IE. Nike, Microsoft, Apple, American Express, etc. Without brand identity, they would just be another company in the field with nothing noteworthy except the fine-print that the consumer will not read out-right . Brand identity combined with strategic marketing methods make for strong company understanding to the consumers. Without consumers, thees companies would be nothing.

        • Strongman says:

           @dasjung
           While I think that your initial response to Phillip’s suggestion about design was a little too strong, Dasjung, I’ve got to chime in here and observe that Phil, ThunderCock and Dumbass, by resorting to name calling and simplistic reasoning, come across as VERY lacking in both decorum and sound reasoning.   

        • Strongman says:

           @dasjung
          While I think that your initial response to Phillip’s suggestion about design was a little too strong, Dasjung, I’ve got to chime in here and observe that Phil, ThunderCock and Dumbass, by resorting to name calling and simplistic reasoning, come across as very lacking in both decorum and sensitivity.  If a guy wants to expect, even demand, high quality in his field of choice, I beleive he has a right, if not a responsibility, to do so!  Also, Dumbass, be careful who you call Dumbass. You just show YOUR true colors by doing so. 

        •  @Strongman  @dasjung I didn’t name call and I agree that it isn’t appropriate. I should have deleted those posts. It’s not a goal of mine to be sensitive though. Truth and clarity are far more important.

        • Strongman says:

           @Philip Taylor
           Thanks for your response Phil.  I see where you’re coming from with regards to sensitivity.  It DOES seem, however, that truth and clarity can be expressed with so much more civility in this world of ours where so little of that seems to exist these days.  Truth and clarity expressed elegantly and with civility will always be better received and, hence, achieve better and longer lasting results, than when expressed brashly or without regard for the experience and perspective of those who may see things a little differently.      

        • LauraGesicki says:

           @dasjung It sounds like you paid a lot for your education, as did I. But you got to face it, today’s technology allows the average Joe to accomplish a comparable logo with much less effort than you or I could put into it, and the savings outweighs the extra benefit of our knowledge. We, as designers, have been out done. It is time to go back to school, unfortunately… 

        •  @LauraGesicki I disagree Laura. Technology can only let an individual go so far with design. It all starts with the thought process and possessing the “designer eye.” This “eye” cannot be taught, but is rather a natural talent and ability to recognize good design from bad. Technology is merely a tool to display our ideas. Nothing beats natural talent and creativity.

        • LauraGesicki says:

           @dasjung No doubt! I know this and you know this, and any other highly skilled and educated designer will also know this. But what about the customers? The people who are looking for a logo design with much consideration of price in this economy.  Knowledge and talent expect the monetary reimbursement it deserves, but unless everybody has a trained eye to recognize it, they just aren’t going to dish out the money for it. That is the point I am trying to make. It is like calling the neighborhood handyman instead of  a high cost plumber to fix a small leak.

        • Sarah Mae says:

           @dasjung  @Philip Taylor
           It’s not really insulting I picked up a Photoshop Element 8 and Cs5 Extended while deployed to Afghanistan and before hand I had used a friend trial version with plenty of free time and nothing else to do you can become very talented in these aspects, I myself designed numerous things for my company and batallian won many awards (including a deployment coin I designed) if you have the talent you do not paticularly need to attend a $63,000 university to prove it, most of these schools (I’ve read many reviews) don’t fully go through many of the aspects required for the degrees they issue and many find they are out of school with no work and a mountain of bills, NO THANKS market yourself well enough and your personal talent can get you anywhere without a degree and four wasted years of your life.

      • …and it totally looks like an amateur made it.

  82. Strongman says:

    Hi Phillip,
    These are great ideas.  I’m wondering if you might have more info on how to do #10 Re-write Poorly Written Ads – and how to work out the logistics of collecting the 1% commission.  As a bit of a grammar purist, I have wondered about doing this kind of thing before.
     
    Thanks!!!

  83. Excellent Compilation Philip!
     
    I agree that blogging is a slower, more time-consuming process, but the long-term rewards can be golden. I do a combination of things, including blogging and I find that although blogging is pretty slow in giving you results, once they are well-written and SEO optimized, the Google bots will lick them like a delicious vanilla ice-cream cone.
     
    Blogging is also one of the cheapest ways to make money online, aside from the time and and intellectual input that you have to invest. As you begin to make money from your blogging efforts, you can easily outsource for greater scalability. I also use Bluehost and I like the fact that it seamlessly integrates or interfaces with WordPress. You can set-up a domain or subdomain in minutes and start blogging in seconds. I love it!
     
    Ebooks can be a hard path to online success too, from my personal experience but as you rightly said, it can be a great gateway vehicle to drive traffic to other monetized sites. Having said that though, getting your ebook on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Lulu, Smaswords etc., is a great way to get noticed and make money overtime. An arresting e-book cover is a MUST! And if you are a DIY freak like me, you could do your own e-book cover for $0. I also use a graphic design software similar to Philip’s.
     
    Overall though, these are some great money making tips.

  84. I found this very helpful. My mom is struggling with the bills and I needed some new ideas on what I could do to help. Thanks so much!

  85. FrancesRivera says:

    How do u become a mysery shopper? There are so many websites on the internet how can u tell if its real.

  86. THEJONDOG says:

    Hey Dasjung . . . The Nike logo was bought for (I beleive) close to 35.00 from a college student.  THAT is what is being talked about.  The Nike logo is BY FAR on of the most recognized logos in the world, so maybe you should take a second look at the world.  Just because someone isn’t trained doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to make money with their talents.  The hard truth is training is not necessary to practice graphic design, just preffered, where as being a doctor REQUIRES the training.  For EXAMPLE, I can go out into the world and become a manager of a business if I have the knowledge WITHOUT any training in the Business Management profession.  Deal with it, Just because you have training in Graphic Design doesn’t mean that you and your peers are the only ones who can create a logo.  Logos are one of those things that can either be elaborate (in which someone might come to you), or simple (in which someone might come to anyone who has shown the ability to do so).  

    • RachelHa1 says:

      You are absolutely right! The owner of Nike went into a art college and paid a girl 35 to design a logo… she later fought him in a lawsuit, but all she ended up with was a lifetime supply of nikes

  87. professionaldythir says:

    The hardest part in making extra money is always the FIRST STEP in how you can earn extra cash. These tips will serve as a spark for those who are really confused where and when they should start with this financial journey. Making money is not all about intelligence, it is all about making your intellect work for you to have money. It is the wit-the “street-smart” style of approaching things.

  88. You can make extra money left and right if you just know where to look. If you like to ‘tinker’ I’d suggest going to the DIY section on Pinterest. You can find thousands of projects there to make, and you can sell them at a nice profit. You can make 20, 30, or 50 bucks at a time, in real money. Not the ‘get rich online now!’ stuff you see around. I make old teapots into lamps, or old shirts into aprons and sell them locally on Kijiji or Craigslist. It’s totally doable. 

  89. I got a good idea… find a little-known artists music online and burn duplicate copies of their cd, then go stand on the road where homeless people usually bed for money and just sell the cd’s for $5 each

  90. Thanks for sharing great ways to make money.Its post is so helpful for me.I am really excited to try out these ways.

  91. Wonderful. Love it. A proven way to make money is to GIVE AWAY free, valuable information. Not only does it brand you as an authority, it triggers the need to reciprocate some how. Like commenting!

  92. Great advice on how to get extra cash. If you are a famale you can also be a baby sitter on the weekends.

  93. out of business now apparently.
     
    12-21-12

  94. relax rob, lol.

  95. I would agree with most points for sure, but some are silly and not worth the time. Thanks for the post! #8 is hardly a PT way though.

  96. Jason Cutts says:

    Having more than two jobs is badly needed to cope up with high standards of living nowadays… A very good article Philip

  97. moxie1956 says:

    I have tried to sign up & complete cash for surveys in the past and then felt like I was being led down a rabitt’s hole, going from one “skip” and/or “submit” to another without ever, seemingly, actually completing the entire process.  So, when I saw CashCrate recommended in ptmoney.com, I thought it was going to be more straight forward, but, alas, no, I entered the rabitt’s hole once again, coming up for air only after an entire hour spent hopping, skipping, and jumpring all over the place, netting 25 cents in earnings!  Has this been anyone else’s experience and what has been done to remedy the situation?  It seems like there must exist an insider’s trick or, at least, know-how that I am missing. 
    Thanks to those who will share their advice.

    • @moxie1956 Thanks for sharing your experience with CashCrate.com. That’s certainly disappointing to hear that you weren’t able to make the $50-$75 a month that I expect. Maybe they are just going through a seasonal downturn or something. Like I mention above though, the real money with Cash Crate comes in the referrals. Find a way to consistently refer a large amount of people to the site.

  98. Curtman40 says:

    The key to making money online is patience, you have to have a solid plan with steps, unfortunately people get so excited about the prospect of making money then after 1 or 2 months they get fustrated and quit. But you can’t do that you have to push through the rough times to see the end to success!

    • moxie1956 says:

      @Curtman40
       Of course, I appreciate your response to my grousing and since I’m in my 2nd half of life, I know fully well that any new endeavor requires patience.  It is not being excited about the prospect of making money; it is the frustration of being led down numerous rabitt holes.  Instead of a straight forward survey, one just seems to spawn countless other questionaires. 
       
      I understand the need to build a profile, but again, after several minutes of answering repetitive questions, I am either told I don’t qualify, or I’m sent an email which contains a broken link, or…you get the idea.  I would gladly spend 30 – 45 minutes answering a survey, submit, and earn the amount of $ it said it would pay.  But, these last four days have been a royal waste of time. 
       
      Do you know when I registered with cashcrate.com, it netted 16 different survey websites, and yet, several used the exact same format as others, with the exact same questions, etc., etc., etc.?  If they are related, they need to streamline, and not have the consumer answering repetitively and sitting at their laptops for needless amount of time. 
       
      I have come to the conclusion it is a racket.  I don’t expect you to have any kind advice to this ongoing diatribe; I’m just so darn frustrated that I fell for it all.  I had the modest hope of maybe $75 – $100 monthly; I’ll take peace of mind instead.

  99. i have been looking for this list… thanks so much for sharing it. i myself plan to start guest blogging to increase my network. again, thanks!

  100. Nathan Conner says:

    Great article! I have found that blogging has been a great way to make an income. The key is to create content that people are looking for, and to learn the traffic generation methods that make it accessible to people who are looking for it.

  101. Hello Philip–good list but  most of the activities are so cliche and yet more creativity could be better employed here…this would make me work more hours for a little more pay and still keep me in the debt circle for so long. it would require me to worker harder so that i can make more money and yet am at the point where i want my money make more money with me getting less actively/ physically involved. Some call it ‘Working Smart’ unlike traditional options that have often helped many to stay afloat without helping them soar to financial growth and prosperity. Thanks though

    • Most of these ideas can be scaled up to meet the needs of more customers and can have a huge impact on your financial prosperity. People who land on this page are looking for ways to make money right now. Some of these may be cliche, but that’s because they are proven. You can start making money tomorrow with most of these ideas. You can then, overtime, scale/pivot these active jobs into more passive entrepreneurial efforts. For example, you could start bar tending tomorrow and then one day become a bar owner or beer/wine producer or event planner or whatever you dream up. The point is to get going with something and look for ways to add more value to more people.

  102. bidzbuzz says:

    Hi PT,
    I have been doing your 52 week savings challenge……it is great to watch the money grow, and so easy!
    I do believe I have been reading your blog since 2007:-)
    Good work

  103. Jasonshora says:

    Great info, I have some ideas but this is great!

  104. JamesFoster3 says:

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  105. If you know how to sew and own a sewing machine, alterations can be very lucrative. Once you get more and more experience, you can provide more and more services such as custom draperies and wedding attire alterations.

  106. Yes I have been trying to make money online for a long time I am getting frustrated as well but I have made a few hundred dollars but it’s not enough it’s hard to make money online without referrals so getting the referrals is the problem the thing I have been doing is posting on Facebook but the problem is that friends usually aren’t interested.

  107. VemmaRAW says:

    These are some good ways for an extra source of income. I have my own business that involves network marketing. For those who don’t know what that is, ill give a short explanation for it. If you advertise the amazon logo on your facebook account or any other website and people click on the amazon logo and purchase a product from amazon then you’ll be able to earn commisions. If you are interested please contact me at 707-478-8299.

  108. I feel Cashcrate is not working in India. I tried through my friends in US too, but looks there is some problem. You may review it

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  110. Re-writing poorly written ads for a 1% commission sounds interesting. A very creative way to make extra money!

  111. KelvinMuchangi says:

    I definitely will writer an eBook. The marketing will need time

  112. Hello,
    My friend is profiling a few people for his company. He is an entrepreneur, and currently expanding his business worldwide and looking for like minded people to work with. Wondering if you are open to other opportunities, you could then have a chat with him and get more information about the business.. Please do let me know.

  113. altha2009 says:

    I make extra money in rural areas.
    I have a 35 acre farm I rent 1 acre parcels to people who want to plant a garden
    the cannot because they live in apartments. I get $125.00 twice a year.
    I have 10 acres that I do this on. so that puts about $3,000 in my pocket enough to
    pay taxes and insurance.
    I hunt for Ginseng in the woods. I take a road trip up North. I usually find about
    10 pounds within a month, I then sell them for $800.00 per pound and use to seed
    to plant my own.
    Also, I cut wood on half with someone. I then sell my half and also get enough to
    use all winter for free.
    I make around $1,000 a month on the side.