Best Ideas to Make Some Extra Money
Everyone has at least one skill they can earn money with. What is yours? Maybe you still need to figure it out. Here are a variety of skills you can consider. Pick one (or two) and start making money today. Once you start, it’s hard to stop!
- Freelance writing
If you like to write, freelance writing could be a good fit. And, you can make money in your pajamas. You can get paid to write an article for a business or a publication. I have written for several sites like:
US News and World Report
Pay can vary by client and article length. I have made between $35 to $500 for a piece of content. How much you earn depends on your experience and the length of the article.
To help you connect with clients try Upwork or Contently. On these sites, clients are looking for written content from experts like you. You have to create a profile and writing samples.
- Take online surveys
Taking surveys in your spare time can be a great way to earn some extra dough. While there are tons of online survey sites, one of the best is Survey Junkie.
With surveys, you can start making money as soon as today. Here’s the cool thing about Survey Junkie, you can take multiple surveys. And, you can join other survey sites if Survey Junkie isn’t enough. This way, you never run out of surveys to take in your free time.
- Peer to Peer Lending
Nowadays, it’s easy to help out others who need money. And, you can earn a decent return on investment. This is because you skip the bank to lend money.
A good place to start is Lending Club. It’s a platform where 99.9% of investors have seen positive returns. In other words, lending money to people isn’t as risky as you think. With high-risk loans, you can earn as much as 25%. However, most investors invest in loans with better credit ratings. For most loans, the average returns are between 3-8%.
- Get cash back on items you buy every day
Do you want to get paid to shop? Ebates pays you cash when you shop through their shopping portal.
Here’s the trick, only buy products you normally buy. And, don’t buy things just because they’re on sale. Otherwise, you spend money on things that you don’t need. The goal of joining is to make money, not spend it.
Plus, you can use another free app called Paribus. This price-tracking app negotiates a refund if something you buy goes on sale. Want an example? Let’s say you buy a tv, and it goes on sale three days later. You can get a price protection refund. Using Paribus is an easy way to monitor shopping purchases. Let’s face it, most of us don’t know about these claims.
- Drive others for cash
Companies like Uber or Lyft pay you to drive others. How much you earn depends on a few factors like:
Number of miles traveled
The time it takes to complete a route
Type of vehicle you drive
Your city size
Current demand for rides
If you need a side gig, this is a great option with flexible hours. You can easily do this on the nights and weekends. So, even if you have a full-time job, you can drive as a side hustle. And, you’re not required to drive the same hours each week. You are your own boss!
Right now, Lyft is offering a $250 sign up bonus.
- Affiliate marketing
This skill is when you get paid for referring others to products or services. For instance, Amazon pays you when visitors buy products through your links. As a reward, you get paid. You will need a blog or website to post affiliate links. Having a social media presence helps you make money too.
If you want to increase your affiliate income, listen to my friend. Michelle earns over $100,000/month from her website. Her Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course shares her expert tips with you. So, you may want to check it out to boost your earnings.
- Mend/press clothing
Do you possess any of these skills?
If so, consider offering your skills as a tailor. Tailor work and small-scale pressing (ironing) are always in demand. As you know, busy people don’t have time for these basic tasks. And, you can easily work from your home in your free time.
In today’s world, skills such as mending and alterations aren’t taught. Hopefully, you have a knack for sewing. If so, you have a valuable, money-making talent on your hands.
- Design your own t-shirts
If you’re creative and like to design things, then this may be a great fit for you. If so, check out a site called CafePress.
On CafePress, you can publish t-shirt designs that you create. When a customer purchases a design, you earn a portion of the profits. And, CafePress prints and ships the order to the buyer! So, you only have to upload designs. In short, this can be one of the easiest ways to make money selling t-shirts!
Other items you can sell on CafePress are:
Home & Decor
Now, you can spend more time designing and less time selling. To sell more designs, a second site to try is Redbubble. Or, you can try selling on both to reach more buyers.
- Write, publish and sell an e-book
Looking for a good way to earn some passive income? Write and publish an e-book on Amazon. Or, even self-publish on your own by creating a downloadable PDF. Start by choosing a topic you’re familiar with.
For example, you can create:
An education resource
The Internet is full of articles on how to write and publish an e-book. Thankfully, the initial costs are small. Make sure to learn the ins and outs. Self-publishing is a lucrative industry once you gain experience.
- Create an online course
Are you a subject expert? If so, you can charge others to learn from you! For instance, I have a friend who likes to build tables. He makes six figures by teaching others how to build tables through videos online.
You can sell your video courses on these online platforms:
Your own website
If this interests you, invest in a camera and microphone. Then, be ready to motivate your students to become experts.
- Flip merchandise
Can you recognize a good deal when you see one? Then, consider buying merchandise to resell on eBay. Or, try other sites like Amazon. Garage sales and thrift stores are full of obscure items. Often, people don’t know how valuable they are. Therefore, they sell them for less than what they’re worth. As a result, you can buy them for a discount and make a large profit.
Take advantage of these amazing deals. Use them to earn some money by reselling the items online.
- Start a handyman business
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, consider helping others with your skills. Also, most of your neighbors need handyman work done. Many people will gladly pay good money for your handy skills. You can take care of their small home repairs and maintenance tasks.
You can even create a profile on Amazon Services. This online directory helps you find local customers.
- Teach exercise classes
Do you want to get paid to stay in shape? Maybe, you can teach one of these fitness classes:
Any other type of exercise
First of all, consider offering your services at the local gym. Or, you can teach a class at your community center too.
Finally, it doesn’t take long to get certified to teach in these areas.
Make money exercising with the Achievement app too!
- Become a photographer
Do you own a decent camera and like photography? Well, consider offering your photography skills for these events:
High school graduations
A good picture is worth a thousand words. And, they’re worth a lot of money too!
Here’s a tip, pet portraits are a growing niche. If you like photography and animals, this is a perfect option. Pet owners are paying a premium for you to take a picture of Fido.
- Babysit or Be a Nanny
Do you like being around kids? Consider offering babysitting/nanny services. Many families are offering good pay for quality care for their children. And, it’s a perfect way to earn money for college students. Families search for nannies who will watch their children during summer break from school. Finally, you can babysit on weeknights too.
- Become a caricature artist or face painting artist
You might be a good caricature or face painting artist. Corporate and sporting events often seek your services. If you have skills in either of these areas, put them to use! To start, seek out jobs at corporate events or your local sports stadium. Inquire about job needs by calling the general office.
Also, check out places like farmers markets, fairs, and other local events.
- Sing at weddings or other events
Lend your singing talent to entertain guests at these events:
If you can sing, seek out these events to use your skill. And, spread the word about your talents to others. You might record an audio sample to give to potential clients too. Remember this; word-of-mouth referrals are priceless. Happy clients are the best way to build your brand.
- Offer your car maintenance or mechanic services
It’s no surprise; mechanic services can be unbearably expensive. Maybe, you have a gift for car maintenance or repair. If so, consider starting a car maintenance repair business. You can go directly to the customer’s home garage.
And, you don’t have the expenses of owning your own car repair garage. As a result, your profit potential is likely higher. Plus, the customer will appreciate the personalized service.
- Perform as a musician
For musicians, there are many ways to get paid to play music! Weddings, summer festivals, and other events will pay good money for your skills. Street musicians can also earn some decent cash for playing entertaining tunes. However, check with your local laws to ensure street music is legal first.
Most likely, you won’t make millions as a musician. But, it can be a decent way to make money on the side. And, you have fun in the process!
- Capture video for special events
Show off your video producing/editing skills at these venues:
First, make sure you have a decent video camera. Or, a knack for turning pictures into videos. Then, advertise your services to party planners and families.
A well-produced video is important. It can make the difference between a good party and a great party. And, your talents help people capture memories they can revisit later.
There is even some free video editing software out there. So, if you have a good camera, start-up costs can be low.
- Teach music lessons
Do you play a musical instrument? Teach your skill to others wanting to learn how to play. Maybe, you will specialize in one instrument. Or, you can teach several like the piano and guitar.
To get started, post flyers at a community college or coffee shops. It may be surprising, but college students want to learn music too. And, they don’t want to do it in a for-credit class!
Typically, you can charge around $25 per 30-minute session. But, this depends on the area you live in.
- Sell crafts
If you like to make things with your hands, then this might be up your alley. Etsy is a good place to sell those handmade crafts you’re so good at making.
My wife buys all sorts of things on Etsy such as customized stickers and shirts, etc.
This is a great way to sell physical products. To make the most money, follow these two tips:
Make your product unique
Find the right audience
Therefore, find a DIY craft marketplace that reaches your ideal buyer.
- Teach nutrition classes
If you’re educated in eating well, consider teaching nutrition classes. A community center or school are two places to start. And, you can try a retirement home or your local library too.
- Fix computers and/or repair electronics
Are you an expert in the area of tech repair? Then, offer your services to friends, family and community members. You don’t have to open a repair shop in town. When you help people repair their computers and tech devices, word spreads fast. Above all, helping people is the best way to grow your side hustle.
- Offer graphic design services
Graphic designers can offer their skills to local small businesses. Smaller businesses can’t afford large graphic design companies. But, they want to create attractive ads or websites. If you do the job well, they are happy to use a smaller, local designer.
Check out 99 Designs to get paid for your graphic designs this week.
Ideas for Making Money Online
Want to earn some extra money online? Well, there are plenty of ways to make this a reality. Many of them require little or no money to get started. And, these hustles give you the ability to work from anywhere you want.
- Become a virtual assistant
Many companies hire virtual assistants to help with daily tasks. Search online want ads for virtual assistant openings. Or, pitch your services to online business owners to get started.
My friend Kayla is a freelance virtual assistant, and she earns $10,000 per month. She’s even started an online course called $10k VA to help others do the same.
- Sell your photos
Do you have a high-quality camera and a knack for taking good photos? Well, consider selling your photos to companies like Deposit Photos. They will pay you a portion of their earnings for each sale. Besides selling photos, they pay you to sell vector graphics too.
- Work from home as a call center rep
Many large companies in today’s world are hiring call center reps. You work as an independent contractor right from your own home.
To start, you will need a computer and a quiet office space. If so, consider applying to be a call center rep. Companies such as Alpine Access hire for virtual call center reps.
- Look for work on freelance sites
You can use Upwork to see listings from clients who need help. There are both short and long-term freelancing tasks for you. Just to clarify, this isn’t only for freelance writing. You can do many different tasks including:
- Provide home staging services
In most markets, staged homes sell faster than empty homes. Buyers can imagine their family in the house thanks to staging. Before putting their house on the market, home stagers work their magic. If you can make a home look neat and inviting, consider this idea. Home staging services operate in every real estate market.
Not interested in doing the actual staging work yourself? Offer your services as a staging consultant. Leave your clients with a detailed to-do list to get their home market ready. Then, provide a second visit to gauge their results.
- Create art and sell it
For the artistic, you can sell art local or online. Selling art and other items on DeviantArt is popular. By using this site to sell your art, you can make more money than most. Also, being able to market yourself helps too.
- Create an idea and fund it using Kickstarter
Do you have a one-of-a-kind idea? Fund that idea using Kickstarter! On this site, you connect your great idea with those who have money. If they like it, your new and different idea can get off the ground.
- Get paid for testing websites
Companies hire people to test their websites. You can assess user-friendliness and page link accuracy. If you’re interested in website testing, check out User Testing. And, you can earn a legit side income doing so.
- Organize homes or offices
If you have a gift for organizing, offer to help home and business owners. With your skills, homes and offices can be more inviting places to work and live.
Spread the word about your knack for staying organized. First, advertise on Craigslist for free. Or, you can also distribute flyers to local business complexes. You may want to provide before and after photos of your work. In many cases, potential clients like seeing visual proof first.
- Be an expert resume writer
If you can create an awesome resume, keep reading. You should consider offering your resume writing services. Job seekers always need eye-popping resumes. A solid resume helps people looking for employment find the right job.
More importantly, poor resumes mean good applicants don’t get an interview. Thus, you can change a person’s quality of life with your talent.
If you have this skill, offer your services on sites such as the NRWA.
- Make YouTube videos
Millions of people earn money every day posting YouTube videos. These videos teach viewers something new. And, they are eye-catching. First, learn the guidelines involved with making money on Youtube. Then, you can start producing some passive income for yourself.
- Teach community education online
Got a skill? What about using it to teach others in community college classes online? Most colleges have online programs you can enroll in at your convenience. In many cases, these courses are self-paced.
The online teaching topics are endless! Some of the options include:
Other specialized skills
To get started, make a list of skills that you can teach others. Then, contact a college near you and ask if you can teach online.
- Give private cooking lessons
Maybe you have a flair for cooking tasty meals. If so, consider giving private cooking lessons. And, you don’t need a commercial kitchen to teach lessons.
You can go to clients in their own homes and use their kitchen. Simply meet with them to determine their food likes. Then, you can create a menu or two. As part of the learning experience, have the client buy the ingredients. Schedule a meeting time and teach them the joys of cooking.
- Get into website design
If you know how to design websites, you may have found a lucrative side hustle. Plenty of blogs and company websites are sorely in need of a new design.
By making a website inviting, people are more likely to visit. When site traffic grows, you might earn a bonus. And, you can increase your rates for new clients. If you excel at web design, consider starting your own web design business.
- Develop an app or software programs
If you know how to program software, develop a new app or software program. The app can meet business or personal needs. Another option is creating apps for having fun in your free time. To get ideas, check the app store to see trending apps.
If you don’t know how to program, check out Upwork or Fiverr. On these sites, you can hire programmers to make your dream a reality.