We all enter into tough times at some point in our lives. Well, there’s some good news when the hard times hit! With the advent of the internet and other delivery apps, there are increasingly more ways to make extra money than ever before.
So, whether you’re looking to bring in extra cash to crush your money goals or just trying to keep food on the table, you can always find a way. Below are 40 ways to make extra money on the side, online, or by selling unused items.
Ways to Make Extra Money on the Side
1. Start Your Own Business on Etsy
Are you crafty, good with a crochet needle, or have a knack for making knickknacks? Then selling on Etsy could prove to be a lucrative side hustle for you! Furthermore, listing on Etsy is fairly reasonable. They charge twenty cents per listing plus transaction fees, and that’s it! Millions of people shop on Etsy, and if you can make something they like you’ll start bringing in some cash.
2. Drive for Uber or Lyft
Do you enjoy driving and meeting new people? Do you have a reliable car? Then driving for Uber and Lyft might be a good side hustle for you! The great thing about Uber and Lyft is that you can make your own schedule. Just keep in mind that you only get paid as much as you work. But if you happen to be free during the busiest hours you can make decent money!
3. Deliver Food
Food delivery services have been around for a while. But their popularity really took off during the pandemic of 2020. Now, there’s no shortage of opportunities to deliver food to hungry people. The good news is you don’t have to go work for a specific restaurant anymore! Thanks to services like Postmates, DoorDash, and Grubhub you can set your own schedule and deliver on your own time.
4. Deliver Groceries
Just like food delivery services, grocery delivery became extraordinarily popular during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Services like Shipt and Instacart offer a convenient service to customers. Furthermore, they allow you to schedule your work hours at your convenience and offer a decent return for your time.
5. Do Random Tasks for People
We live in a society where people will pay for just about anything. And that includes doing things like putting together bookshelves, minor household repairs, or running errands. If you’re handy, you can make some great side money! You can also check out TaskRabbit if you need a boost to get started.
6. Deliver for Amazon
That’s right! You can be an Amazon delivery driver with Amazon Flex! Sometimes it seems like there are more Amazon customers than there are people. Therefore, you’ll have no shortage of work and you’ll be well on your way to making about $18-25 an hour. All you need is a reliable car!
7. Advertise on Your Car
Do you drive a lot or have a long commute? Did you know that companies will pay you to advertise on your car? As weird as this sounds, it’s true! Wrapify will pay you to advertise a company on your car! And all you have to do is drive around like you normally would.
Now, there is a downside to this, that being that your car is a constant advertisement. However, the rewards can be anywhere from $264-$452 a month for a full-wrap advertisement!
8. Become a House Sitter
Yes, people will pay you to watch their house while they’re on vacation! This can be especially helpful for those of you who are college students or if you have a lot of free time. Just make sure you don’t let their plants die…that might put a damper on your relationship. If you don’t know people who are willing to pay, you can use a website like HouseSitter.com.
Ah yes, the classic teenage side gig! Babysitting is one of the more obvious choices. However, many adults tend to consider babysitting to be beneath them. But it’s a great way to earn extra money if you love kids! Check with your network of friends, your church, and others to see if you can watch their kids for $20 or more an hour! If you feel edgy about asking your friends, you can also advertise on services like Care.com or Sittercity.
10. Pet Sitting
Animal lovers will love this side gig! Start advertising your willingness to walk dogs or take care of people’s pets while their away, and customers will come. Once again, there are services like Rover that can help you get started if you need it. However, they will take a cut of whatever you make.
11. Become a Photographer
If you’ve got a keen eye and enjoy taking pictures, a side business as a photographer can make you a lot of money! Seriously, there are endless opportunities to do sessions with families, engaged couples, and weddings. Start advertising on social media and let your friends know that you’re in business!
12. Teach Music Lessons
Do you know how to play an instrument? Or perhaps you’re a trained singer? There are lot of people eager to learn from you! Or at least they want their children to learn from you. Put the word out or partner with a local high school and you’ll find business!
13. Become a Personal Trainer
Help people crush their fitness and health goals by becoming a personal trainer! There’s no lack of need for personal trainers in the US and you can truly make a difference in their lives. Plus, people will pay well if you do a great job.
14. Start a Car Washing Business
If you love cars, this can be the business for you! There are plenty of people who want clean cars, but would rather pay someone else to do it for them. Start knocking on doors and get busy!
15. Earn Extra Cash on Your Daily Commute
If you’ve got a long daily commute, you can earn a few extra bucks every day. You can use an app like Rodie to pick up and deliver packages while on your morning route to work. Easy peasy!
16. Become a Personal Chef
Do you love cooking! Are there people in your city who would love to hire someone to cook for them? Consider becoming their personal chef! Market your services on social media or use a platform like HireAChef to find clients. Bon Appetit!
17. Clean Houses
Plenty of families are looking for people to keep their homes clean. Not only families but also people who rent out their houses and need them cleaned regularly after having guests. If you have trouble finding clients on your own, you can market your services on HouseKeeper.com.
18. Become a Financial Coach
Do you love talking about personal finances? Do you have the heart of a teacher? Financial coaching may be for you! Help people crush their debt and guide them towards financial freedom. You can start up your own coaching business for fairly low costs. While there are no certifications for financial coaching, I recommend investing in some training like Dave Ramsey’s Financial Coach Master Training.
Ways to Make Extra Money Online
19. Start Blogging
If you’ve got something to say, chances are there will be someone who will listen! Also, there are quite a few ways to make money by writing an online blog. You can use affiliate marketing to sell products or you can make money through advertisements. Google Adsense is a great way to start getting some ads and Amazon Associates is a great starter affiliate marketing group.
However, don’t expect to get rich quick with blogging. It takes a lot of time and putting out consistent content before you start making money.
20. Become an Online Tutor
There is no shortage of tutoring opportunities, especially with online tutoring. Use your math, English, or science skills to the table and help some kids succeed! You can advertise your services on Studypool, TutorMe, or Tutor.com.
21. Create an Online Course
You can find videos and courses on just about anything on the internet. Furthermore, people are willing to pay good money to learn a skill. Whether you want to teach people how to sew, do bookkeeping, or use Photoshop, you have value to add to someone’s life!
You can use a platform like Udemy which will market your course for you, but they will take a bigger cut of your profits. Or you can use Thinkific, which will allow you to keep 100% of your revenue. However, you’ll be on your own for marketing.
22. Start a YouTube Channel
YouTube is the largest video site on the internet. Again, this isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. But with time and patience, you can earn a nice side income on YouTube by monetizing your channel! Also, you don’t need a bunch of camera equipment to get started. If you have a smartphone you can start today!
23. Teach English Online
Now, I can understand how this one can make you nervous. However, this can turn into a fun side hustle! If you decide to go with VIPKid, they will take care of all the grading and lesson planning. All you have to do is facilitate the learning!
24. Take Online Surveys
This one definitely won’t make you rich. However, it can be handy if you need some extra cash. Go to websites like Vindale Research, Survey Junkie, and MyPoints to see if you can earn some extra money. However, you may need to build up a certain number of “points” with them before you can cash out your earnings.
25. Start Freelancing Online
Are you a graphic designer, programmer, editor, or writer? You might want to consider some freelance work! Fiverr is one easy way to find clients. Lots of small businesses look for people to design their logos, write blog posts, or manage their websites. Create an online profile and connect with potential employers!
26. Become a Virtual Assistant
Do you enjoy doing some of the everyday tasks that small business owners don’t want to do? Are you organized and a self-starter? Virtual assistant work may be for you! Plenty of small business owners would rather focus on building their business rather than doing invoices, data entry, or website maintenance. You can take a look at websites like Zirtual or Upwork to find opportunities today!
27. Test Websites and Apps
Lots of businesses need valuable feedback on their websites and apps. You can help them determine what their apps do well and not so well. Check out UserTesting.com and look into becoming a website and app tester. Plus, this actually pays pretty well! You make $10 for every 20-minute survey or $120 to participate in a video conversation with a customer.
28. Do Small Tasks with Amazon Mechanical Turk
Amazon Mechanical Turk is an easy way to make a little extra money. Basically, you can choose from a variety of small tasks which can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. However, it’s not the most lucrative side hustle. But if you’re looking for an easy way to make a few extra bucks, this can work well for you!
29. Become a Social Media Manager
Do you know your way around popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter? Why not consider managing a small business’s social medial account? After all, they want to stay connected to their customers and you want some extra money. So it’s a win-win!
30. Monetize Your Twitch Channel
Who would have ever thought we could make money by playing video games?! If you’re creative and have a knack for generating followers, you can monetize your Twitch channel. However, this may take some time. But time and consistency are of the utmost importance! Stick with it and you have the potential to earn plenty of extra money.
31. Write an eBook
That’s right! Anyone can write and publish an ebook! Of course, this will take quite a bit of time and energy. But if you have a good topic or have mad creative writing skills, you can publish and sell your very own ebook! Plus, you don’t even need to find a publisher! You can easily self-publish through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.
Ways to Make Extra Money by Selling or Renting
32. Have a Yard Sell
Classic! Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned yard sell? Plus, it’s super cheap to advertise! You can advertise your yard sale by putting up some cheap signs, in the local newspaper, or through social media. Get rid of your excess junk and make a little extra cash all at once!
33. Rent Out Your Car
Okay, so this only works if you either don’t use your car very much or if you happen to have an extra one sitting around. However, if you have an extra car why not rent it out? You can check out services like Getaround or Turo to make things easier. And if you’re worried about random strangers renting your car, don’t worry! These services provide extra liability insurance to protect your car.
34. Sell Your Photography
This kind of goes along with the photography side gig, but also takes it a little further. If you take great photos, someone will be in the market to buy them! Furthermore, there are a ton of platforms you can use to do this. Here are four of them: Fine Art America, SmugMug, 500px, and Photoshelter.
35. Rent Out Your Spare Bedroom with Airbnb
Airbnb is one of the most popular ways to rent out your spare room, a section of your house, or even a whole house! If you live in a high-travel area, you could make some serious cash. And don’t worry, Airbnb offers coverage in case anything gets damaged or if a guest gets hurt.
36. Sell Your Old Movies and Electronics
With the advent of the digital age, hard copies of movies and CDs are quickly becoming outdated. However, plenty of people are still looking to buy these relics of the past. So why not make extra money by selling some of it? One of the easier ways to do so is to use Decluttr, which will actually buy the items from you. Just scan the bar code and they’ll give you an offer!
37. Sell Your Unused Gift Cards
So, your grandma gives you a gift card to Claire’s. But the problem is you’re a single guy and you’ll never use it. Why not sell it? After all, there’s no shortage of places to sell! Here are just a few of them: Raise, Cardpool, CardCash, and Gift Card Granny.
38. Sell Your Junk
Do you have stuff piling up in your garage, tool shed, or hallway closet? Sell it! If you want to get more return for it than you would with a yard sell, try using one of the many online platforms or apps. You can use eBay, VarageSale, Poshmark, thredUP, and Facebook Marketplace.
39. Sell Your Old Kid’s Clothes
There are lots of ways to do this. Of course, you can use a lot of the methods above with yard sales, Poshmark, social media, sell them to a consignment store, and more. But you can also use an app or service marketed only for kid’s clothes like Kidizen.
40. Rent Out Your Stuff
Y’all, I’m not joking when I say you can rent out almost anything. And I mean anything. Fat Llama is a popular renting site where you can post just about any of your possessions for rent. I’m telling you, I even found bike lube for $1 a day!!
Crush Your Money Goals
As you can see, there are endless ways to make extra money! I barely scratched the surface, as there are even more! So if you want to crush your money goals and get out of debt, it’s time to stop making excuses and get busy!
Start by making a monthly budget, which is something you can do even on an irregular income or even in the middle of a crisis. Once you have your budget, take a look at some of these side gigs and find some ways to make extra money! After that, use that extra money to get out of debt and build up an emergency fund. Find financial freedom and never look back!
Of course, you don’t want to be working 70-80 hours a week for the rest of your life. If you find a side hustle you like, maybe you can make a business out of it! Likewise, if you like your day job then I recommend quitting the excess side gigs once you’re out of debt. Either way, don’t overwork yourself!