52 Ways to Make Extra Money

52 Ways to Make Extra MoneyI’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. 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.

2. Waiting Tables – This is the perfect job for nights and weekends. That’s when all the big tips are made anyway. Pick the nicest place in town.

3. Bar Tending – Even better, I think, than waiting tables is tending the bar at nights in a busy bar. Typically at least $1 for every drink you serve.

4. Teaching Swimming Lessons - 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.

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.

6. 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).

7. Blogging – This isn’t quick money, but you can make decent money with a little luck and a few months of solid, consistent effort. Believe me, it can be tough and a bit time consuming, but it can be done. Get started with a nice domain and cheap hosting plan from the provider I use BlueHost.com. Or consider the services of a more notable provider like GoDaddy.com.

8. Write an eBook - I hesitate to put this one in here because an eBook by itself usually doesn’t make 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.

9. Design Web Logos – If you’re good with Photoshop and can work quick, you might could make some decent cash with this online business.

10. Re-write Poorly Written Ads - Search the ad listings at eBay.com and Craigslist.org for big items like cars. Email the seller and offer to re-write their ad for a 1% commission.

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Last Edited: February 5, 2014 @ 9:16 am
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Philip Taylor, aka "PT", is a husband and father of two. He created PT Money back in 2007 to share his thoughts on money and to meet others passionate about managing their finances. All the content on this blog is original, and created or edited by PT. Read more about Philip Taylor, and be sure to connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, or view the Philip Taylor+ Google profile.

139 comments
Jerry
Jerry

Oh hey! Have you heard the talk about - Azon Amazing Profits (search on google)? They do all the work and you collect the cash. Ive heard some awesome things about it and my GF got cool results with it.

Madhavi
Madhavi

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 

Buffy1971
Buffy1971

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.

Jasonshora
Jasonshora

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

bidzbuzz
bidzbuzz

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

Liz
Liz

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

Nathan Conner
Nathan Conner

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.

jonty123
jonty123

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!

moxie1956
moxie1956

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.

 

Jason
Jason

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.

Rob Fore
Rob Fore

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!

Taran
Taran

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

wyatt
wyatt

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

professionaldythir
professionaldythir

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.

THEJONDOG
THEJONDOG

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).  

FrancesRivera
FrancesRivera

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

Sara
Sara

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!

johnroberts
johnroberts

I recently hosted a basketball tournament through www.kourtkingz.com. i made $285 dollars in essentially about 3 hours worth of work. I'm not rich or anything over it but it was a really easy and really fun way to make some money and they don't charge anything for their services.

Strongman
Strongman

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!!!

Connected Isolation
Connected Isolation

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

minka_kelly2
minka_kelly2

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

Entrepreneurone
Entrepreneurone

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.

trusweetheart
trusweetheart

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

NabiN
NabiN

I think one of the best websites on class action settlements is mysettlementclaims website. So easy to find claims you are eligible for! 

 

NabiN
NabiN

Another way to make extra money is by applying for class actions lawsuit settlements. You can make easy couple hundred dollars on products or services we use every day. Check www.mysettlementclaims.com  for list of available claims.

benny
benny

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

benny
benny

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

lockinyour
lockinyour

There are several different ways in which you can make easy money online. It is, however, important to note that not all online ways of earning money are legitimate. With the increasing number of cyber scams, there are chances that some online methods of earning money are just scams which rip off unsuspecting people. Be careful not to fall for one of these eye wash advertisements which are put up by such companies. There are a few scam companies which make people work and don’t pay them.

 

Thanks!

www.lockinyourspot.com

Monica L
Monica L

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.

Kyle at BankAccountable
Kyle at BankAccountable

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.

chickadee33
chickadee33

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.

nhoudek
nhoudek

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.

Philip Taylor
Philip Taylor moderator

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.

moxie1956
moxie1956

 @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.

 

Philip Taylor
Philip Taylor moderator

 @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.

isoman2kx
isoman2kx

that's a terrible idea. lol.

RachelHa1
RachelHa1

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

Stiles132005
Stiles132005

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

dymepiece59
dymepiece59

 @nhoudek hey i jus started this program as well..im really struggling. i dnt know how to get my first subscriber plezz help if u dnt mind..would luv to talk to u more. email at dymepiece59@yahoo.com

ChrisW
ChrisW

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

mihai21
mihai21

 @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.

 

calaca124
calaca124

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.

Sarah Mae
Sarah Mae

 @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.

LauraGesicki
LauraGesicki

 @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.

dasjung
dasjung

 @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
LauraGesicki

 @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...