I‘s time we address the flip side of your finances: ways to make extra money. More than ever, earning extra income can be the way to meet your financial goals. This could be goals like getting out of debt, saving for college or simply having extra money during the holidays for gifts.
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. And most, if not all, of these ways to make money can be done even with a full-time job.
Easy Ways to Make Extra Money
If I haven’t tried any of these methods, I give you a resource who has. 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.
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).
– Sound too good to be true? Don’t worry. Swagbucks is legit and safe. Check out our list of legitimate paid survey sites review to learn more about the opportunities and to get several $5 bonus offers.
2. Deliver Food for DoorDash
Being a food delivery driver is back in style! People all over the country are signing up to deliver food because it is easy money that can be made on your own schedule.
This is how it works: When a person places a food delivery order from a restaurant, the restaurant notifies DoorDash that they need a driver to pick up and deliver the food.
You might think restaurants have their own drivers, right? Wrong. Turns out outsourcing drivers to services like DoorDash is cheaper than hiring drivers and paying them to sit there and wait for orders to come in.
As a driver with DoorDash, you get a notification when a delivery is ready in your area.
It’s up to you to go pick it up or not. If you choose to pick up the food, the DoorDash app will provide you with specific instructions on where to go, how to get there, customer’s name, etc. DoorDash pays a minimum of $10/hour but say drivers earn $25/hour on average.
Maybe this could be your new side hustle?
3. Shop for and Deliver Groceries With Instacart
Love to shop? Well then working as an Instacart shopper and driver may be a great fit for you. Instacart defines itself as a service that “connects customers with shoppers to deliver fresh groceries to their door.” Like other delivery services, Instacart allows their shoppers to set their own hours, which could make it a great fit for students or anyone with a busy schedule.
To be a shopper for Instacart, you’ll need to be at least 18 years old, own a smartphone, and be able to lift 30 to 40 pounds. Instacart says that they pay their shoppers on a weekly basis.
One of the really interesting things about Instacart is that shoppers can work their up to higher responsibility role, like shift lead or site manager. So while Instacart may start out as a way to make a little extra money, it could evolve into a legitimate career. Get started as an Instacart shopper.
4. Drive People to the Airport
Have you ever heard of Lyft? Of course, you have! This is a great earning opportunity for someone with a reliable car and the ability to navigate their city’s streets.
The main barrier to entry is having an approved car that is efficient to keep your costs down. But there are lots of stories of Lyft drivers making an extra $1k a week outside of their normal day jobs! Not bad. Plus, this is a fun way to get to know your city, help tourists make plans, and get to know interesting people.
Related: Uber Review
5. Get $5 Cash to Start Investing
There are plenty of ways to get started investing, and one popular method is using an investing app, such as Acorns or Stash.
We like Stash because they give you $5 cash just for signing up and investing $5! Once you download their app, you are asked to select a portfolio of stocks and ETFs, based on who you are and what you care about. For example, you may be passionate about space exploration or tech companies or environmentally conscious corporations.
Next, Stash will recommend a portfolio. Then the app serves you regular investment education articles so you are learning as you go. And they only charge $1 a month
This is how Acorns works: let’s say you buy a coffee for $2.65. Acorns is synced to your bank account (or credit card) and will automatically round that purchase up to $3, taking the $.35 and investing it in the stock market. It’s a very painless way to save AND build your wealth over time. You can invest your spare change for $1 a month. Sign Up to Acorns for Free.
Acorns now also offers an Acorns Spend checking account. This takes the features of the other levels of Acorns and adds in a checking account with a debit card. For $3 a month, you get the Acorns Invest account, the Later account (for retirement), and the Spend checking account. It comes with free bank-to-bank transfers, free ATMs (or fee-reimbursed ATMs) nationwide, and no overdraft fees or minimum balance fees.
6. Rent Out Your Space
If you have an extra room in your house, consider listing it on Airbnb. Airbnb is a new way to travel for many people around the world. Instead of booking through expensive hotels, why not stay at someone’s house? As a guest, you can choose high end to low end, choose to stay with other people or opt for privacy. And as a host, it’s a great way to make side money, utilize unused space, and meet new people! How much you can earn depends on your area so I recommend finding out by becoming an Airbnb host yourself!
No extra rooms, beds, or couches for a weary traveler to rest his head? No problem! You can still rent out another space: your parking space. Homeowners who live within walking distance of major tourist attractions or sports venues will often sell parking spaces in their driveways or on their lawns.
But even if you don’t live just down the road from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or a major music festival, you may still be able to profit off of a parking space. And why not park on the street while you rent your parking space to a neighbor? Sites like JustPark and SpotHero can all help you find a renter for your primo parking spot.
7. Bartending or Waiting Tables
Both are the perfect jobs for nights and weekends. That’s when all the big tips are made anyway. I should know. I waited tables in my post-college days.
Bartending 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. And the same thing can be said for professionalism, dependability and work ethic.
8. Take (Legit) Online Surveys
Did you know that you can get paid to do quick and easy online surveys? Here are a few websites to get you started:
- SayMore is a research and survey company that offers rewards for individuals who participate in their research activities. By registering for free and providing basic information, users can earn points by taking part in surveys. These points can be exchanged for rewards such as gift cards. SayMore focuses on the USA and requires participants to be located in the country. Sign up for free.
- Opinion Outpost bridges the gap between your opinions and the companies who need them. Members can earn cash, rewards and be entered into a $10,000 quarterly prize draw. Sign up for free.
- PrizeRebel lets you take surveys, watch videos and complete offers for cash. You can also choose from gift cards such as Amazon, Walmart Target and hundreds of other free gift cards. You can get started in less than 5 minutes and earn from both your phone or desktop with no limitations on earnings.
- Inbox Dollars lets you take surveys, watch TV, play games, and more, and you automatically receive $5 just for signing up. The site is designed to connect brands and consumers, so be aware that your contact information will be shared with the brands you interact with. Sign up for Signup and get $5 Cash Bonus.
- Branded Surveys will use your profile to match you to variety of the surveys. You collect points for every survey you complete. Refer friends and earn more points. Redeem your points for gift cards or via PayPal or Branded Pay. Sign up for free.
- Microsoft Rewards may also be an option, and is pretty well passive since you’re only required to search with Bing or try new Microsoft products, services, or features.
Here’s a list of other sites you can earn a few bucks at.
9. Get Cashback When You Shop Online
One idea to make extra money that I initially left off my list is to use Rakuten (formerly Ebates.com) when you shop online. Rakuten is a free service that gives you cash back just for shopping like you normally would. Join free now and receive $25.
10. Dog Walking or Pet Sitting
If you love animals and live in an urban area then walking dogs is a viable side hustle idea.
People are busy going to work each day and are forced to leave their animals stuck in the house. This is not good for the dog or the owner. Not only because dogs get lonely and need to be around people, but also because they deserve fresh air and the chance to go to the bathroom outside!
Offering to walk a group of dogs once or twice a day can really rake in some extra money. You could create signs and hang them up around libraries and churches, or perhaps take the modern approach and sign up with Rover. Rover is an increasingly popular marketplace that connects dog owners to dog walkers in their neighborhood. Check out Rover today.
Or you can take dog walking a step further and get paid to take a dog in while the owner is away!
Have you ever checked to see what it costs to board a pet? Those places are not cheap! Do some research and charge 10 – 20% less.
Plus you could post your ads on Craigslist or around town. But don’t expect people to just leave their loved one with a stranger. Make sure you offer your references and that you have all their necessary information if Fido gets injured or sick.
Rover can help you here, too – Become a Pet Sitter.
11. 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 babysitting services for free online with Sittercity.com. Anyone in need of a babysitter can browse their website for free. Also, we have an interview with a babysitting expert. Listen to the interview here.
12. Teaching Lessons/Tutoring
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. But keep in mind that some places may require a special certification or that you be a lifeguard.
A friend of mine 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.
If you 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.
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.
Need to beef up your skills? Check out our list of the best online training sites. Many are free to use.
13. 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?
14. Rent Out Your Car
Did you know you can make money simply by owning a car? It’s true, thanks to a company called Turo. Turo is a “car sharing marketplace.” Next time you’re in a new city and need to rent a car–instead of using an airport car rental, you could use Turo and rent actual people’s cars! (Similar to how Airbnb replaces hotels).
Turo lets car owners earn money in three ways: local pickup (renting your car 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). Earn Money with Turo.
Even if your car rarely goes unused long enough to rent it out to a visiting driver, you can still potentially “rent it out” by turning your vehicle into a rolling advertisement. The site freecarmedia.com pairs car owners with advertisers who are looking for mobile billboards.
Drivers can earn up to $400 per month by agreeing to have their vehicle wrapped with a vinyl decal (called a car wrap) provided by an advertiser. Generally, your program will last anywhere from 6 to 24 months, and you get paid for following your normal driving routine.
15. Sell Yourself Online with Fiverr
Get creative and sell yourself! (it’s not what you think) There’s a company called Fiverr that connects people who can do things for other people. We all have talents and some of them can be quite marketable. For example, you could offer to design logos, create online content, put together scrapbooks, paint a pretty picture or even lending your voice to a podcast! Gigs start at $5 but a person can make much, much more. Listen to my podcast episode with a successful Fiverr creator. And sign up with Fiverr today.
16. 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, lots 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.
17. Create Logos or Business Names
If you’re good with Photoshop and can work quickly you might 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?
And while you’re at it, why not help name the business itself? Believe it or not, you can make money by submitting business name ideas. There’s a company called Squadhelp that bridges creative minds all over the world with business owners, to come up with the best name possible. PT Money hasn’t tried the the product ourselves, but apparently there’s a decent chunk of change to be made! Check out Squadhelp.
18. 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.
19. Make Money 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 blogging.
20. Seasonal Flower Delivery
Being a flower deliverer can be a great side hustle. You can possibly take on a part-time position or take advantage of the high demand for drivers during seasonal holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
Valentine’s Day deliveries are made on the day of Valentine’s Day and maybe even some on the day before. Mother’s Day deliveries are usually made all weekend long (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).
The amount of pay for the seasonal deliveries depends on the area you work in. If a flower shop in a city takes orders for deliveries to be made in surrounding areas; they typically will pay more than the deliveries made in town. A temporary holiday delivery driver could make $3-8 per successful delivery.
When I participated as a holiday temporary driver, I could make 10 deliveries in one trip then go back to the flower shop to reload more deliveries. You could easily make $200 per day.
Ziprecruiter shows the average salary for Flower Delivery Driver is $14 per hour. Hourly rates can range from $8-31 per hour.
The best thing about being a flower deliverer is that you always put a smile on someone’s face.
21. Launch a New Business
You might think you need to launch the next Facebook or Uber to make money with a small business, but nothing could be further from the truth. The trick to launching a profitable new business is to figure out how you can make money doing something you enjoy or have some experience or expertise with. Once you have a business in mind, you can use a service like Thumbtack to list it.
Make lists of things you enjoy doing, and start thinking about how you could make money from them. Read about what you need to know to turn a hobby into a business here. What if your hobby isn’t something you can monetize? For more business ideas, check out our list of the top 20 unique business ideas.
22. Freelance Writing
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 had 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. So 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.
Related: How to Become a Ghostwriter
23. Sell Your 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. You can sell your photos to stock photo websites like Dreamstime or Shutterstock to make some cash. It’s not as easy as that, but those are the basics.
Another option is to take photos locally for homeowners. Many people don’t have good home listing photos of the home they’re trying to sell. But if you notice, many of these pictures, aside from the ones done by professional photographers, have bad lighting, show clutter, etc.
So 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.
24. Pressure Washing
If you love being outdoors and are into cleaning, pressure washing can be an excellent side gig for you. All you need to do is to get a pressure washer and learn how to use and maintain it. With this skill, you can turn dirty homes and buildings into shining ones.
If you want to earn some extra money and feel a sense of satisfaction, power-washing could be a great side hustle. You can clean decks, driveways, and even trashcans to make them look brand new. Give it a try if you have power-washing skills and want to hit the streets for some extra income! Collect payment using a free card reader from Square!
25. 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:
- eBay: Find All You Need To Sell on eBay and Build a Profitable Business
- Selling On Amazon: How You Can Make A Full-Time Income Selling on Amazon
- Starting an Etsy Business For Dummies
- How to Start a T-Shirt Business on Merch by Amazon
- Dropshipping–Does it Really Work and Can You Make Money?
While it’s certainly possible to DIY your online store’s website, you can be up and running with no fuss when you use an all-in-one ecommerce site like BigCommerce.
BigCommerce is a turn-key solution for online entrepreneurs that gives you a number of built-in features, including several marketing options that allow you to find (and woo) your target customers. Also, their product comes with integrated education to help you make the most of your online store. And you’ll get excellent loading speed, payment security, and site functionality.
For anyone who would rather focus on their product, marketing, and sales than on maintaining the website for their online store, this kind of ecommerce service is invaluable. You get the beauty and functionality of a website designed by a professional web developer without having to shell out the money for one. Not to mention the fact that you will not have to spend time or money troubleshooting bugs in your website when you use the well-designed turn-keys offered by BigCommerce.
BigCommerce offers a 15-day free trial, and prices start at $29.95/month, making this an excellent choice for a reasonable price.
26. 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 than 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.
27. Sell Your Body
Not talking about the oldest profession here. I’m talking about your plasma, hair, eggs, and sperm. For hair check out BuyAndSellHair.com. I’ll let you do your own research on this one. 🙂
28. 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.
29. 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? Not sure how to get new customers? Check out Thumbtack as a place you can list your cleaning service.
30. 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.
31. 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 use your talents to start 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.
32. Start a Lawn Care or Snow Removal Business
I grew up doing this job on the side and loved it. But it’s not just a teenager gig. 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 people 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. Consider Thumbtack as another way to find local customers. I think the key to doing very well here is to package your service. For example, try to find a price that works for mowing, weeding and fertilizing altogether.
You can potentially make even more money by offering to handle snow removal in the winter. Shoveling snow is often a homeowner’s least favorite job, and there are many homeowners who simply cannot handle their own shoveling because of physical limitations. Typically, snow removal companies charge a flat fee for the winter, no matter how many times it snows.
You can offer to remove snow a la carte, or you can copy the standard procedure and charge a flat rate. If you already own a snowblower (or can invest in one), this can help you speed up the snow removal process and allow you to take care of multiple neighbors each time it snows. (A snowblower will also save your back muscles!)
33. 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.
34. 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 to re-sell the tickets for a profit. I’ve done this both out of necessity and just to make extra money.
35. 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.
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 as a Second Language
To get started teaching English as a second language to adults, go through your local schools and colleges to find classes where teachers of English are needed.
You can also teach English from the comfort of your own computer with the website VIPKid. This company, which is headquartered in Beijing, pairs English teachers with children in China between the ages of 4 and 12 to provide the kids with an international learning experience via video conference.
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. Place Signs 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 as well as additional resources at your fingertips, 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 Your Big and Generic Stuff On Local Sites
My local 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, a friend 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.
Of course, Facebook and apps like Next Door have made the local marketplace for selling stuff even more local. Don’t forget to test them out as well.
42. Sell Your Unique & Ship-able Stuff Online
I mentioned an idea above to create an online store but you could also just declutter your house and sell things you no longer use (CDs, DVDs, kitchen appliances, etc.). There is a platform that makes this really easy, it’s called Decluttr. You download their app and scan the item and Declutter will tell you the price at which to sell.
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. Check out our full Upromise review.
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 heart’s 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 “gigs” section of Craigslist.com is a classic place to find jobs, as is the bulletin board at your local church. We wrote a post on all the places to find work.
Traditional job search sites can be over 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. You could consider driving for Doordash or downloading the TaskRabbit app which has a plethora of ideas.
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. Bank Account Opening Bonuses
Many banks will give you a cash bonus just for opening an account with them. Talk about easy money! Banks are in tough competition for your business and will pay $100, $200 or even $300 just for becoming a customer.
For example, right now Chase Bank is offering $200 cash for opening a checking account, and then another $150 cash for opening a savings account. Certain qualifications must be met. But if you do qualify, that’s one easy way to earn $350 cash! Collect $350 cash with Chase Bank
49. 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 you if you mess up their curb. However, there is a business for this as people are out there making it happen.
50. Adjust Your Tax Withholding
The average tax refund in 2018 was $2,895, which breaks down to a little over $240 per month taking an unnecessary trip to the IRS and back. The fastest way to make some extra money is to keep your own in your paycheck, rather than letting Uncle Sam hold onto it for a year.
Most people do not claim all of the allowances they are allowed to take, which is why they end up getting a large refund check each spring. Do you regularly get a large refund? Then it may be time for you to file a new W-4 with your human resources department. Your new W-4 should reflect the proper number of withholding allowances you are eligible to take.
You can use the IRS withholding calculator to determine exactly how many allowances you may take, and file the new W-4 with your workplace at any time. And you’ll start seeing fatter paychecks within one to two pay cycles, depending on your HR department.
And there is no need to be nervous about making such a change to your W-4. The withholding allowances you enter into your W-4 do not determine your tax bill, just how much you pay per paycheck. That means it’s perfectly legal to change the withholding allowances on your W-4, provided you claim the correct number of allowances on your actual tax return.
51. Sell Your Unused Gift Cards
Every year, up to $1 billion on gift cards go unredeemed, according to the research firm Tower Group. It’s likely that you have at least one random gift card buried in a wallet or drawer somewhere that you will never actually use. Cash in your unused gift cards by selling it on a gift card resale site like CardCash or Cardpool.
You won’t be able to sell the card for its face value. But you may get as much as 90% of that value. Start your resale process at GiftCardGranny.com, a comparison site. It will give you a good sense of how much your card will be worth. When you sell the card, the site will generally cover the cost of shipping the card to them. And you’ll receive your payment within three to seven days.
52. Give Tours of Your City
No one knows your hometown like you do, and you can translate that into cash by leading tours of your city. Are you the foremost expert on ghost stories, beer, architecture, or crime (or anything else!) in your town? Then you can start leading tours for people who want to hear your stories! Check out ToursByLocals.com.
Have you tried any of these ideas? Let us know how it went!