About 6 weeks after quitting my job and becoming a stay-at-home mom, I started looking into ways I could make a little extra money. I’d spent my entire adult life working and contributing to the household I was living in, so this was a bit of a change for me.
At the time, we really didn’t need the money. Prior to our daughter’s birth, we paid off nearly all of our debt and about two weeks after Bee was born Hubby got a raise. Plus we had a nice chunk of change in our savings account.
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I felt like caring for the little one, cooking, cleaning, running errands and paying the bills just wasn’t enough. Yes, my husband was making enough for us to live comfortably, but I felt guilty every time I spent our money on myself.
I wanted to make a little money online so I wouldn’t feel guilty about treating myself once in a while.
So, away I went to the internet in search of a solution to my problem. I found tons of ways to make extra money!
Are you looking for a way to make extra money, too? Are you searching for a way to pay off debt or save for a vacation?
Do you need a little extra money for Christmas? Maybe you’re just tired of living paycheck to paycheck.
Well, whatever your reason, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 30 of my favorite ideas to make extra money:
Start your own blog
Obviously, this is going to be my number one way. I mean, it’s what I’m doing!
Believe me when I say that I’m not getting rich off my blog (yet…), but I definitely enjoy the extra $500+ a month I’ve been making lately. It isn’t a ton, but it’s a start. Not too shabby for a SAHM, either.
There are bloggers out there who make a lot more than me, though. Don’t believe me? Google a woman named Michelle Schroeder-Gardner. She made over $1.5 million last year as a blogger.
You can start your own blog in 5 simple steps! Check out my tutorial here.
Become a virtual assistant
Just like with blogging, you can work from home at your computer! Virtual assistants (VA) are hired to do a variety of things from data entry to social media management.
Does this idea peak your interest? Check out this post about how you can become a VA with no experience.
I think most of us are already aware of the online survey craze. A lot of these survey sites that promise to pay you for your time turn out to be scams, though.
That isn’t the case with all of them. Here are a few that I’ve used myself and have never had any problems with:
Watch other people’s dogs
It’s definitely not the easiest gig, and certainly not a job for everyone, but dog sitting can be a really easy way to make extra money.
Dogs are basically my passion, so spending all day with someone else’s dog is as close to paradise as I can get.
If dogsitting sounds like a gig for you, head over to Rover.com and create your account today!
Feel free to use my profile as inspiration, too!
Drive for Uber
I really don’t know much about this, Uber isn’t in my town!
I do know you can set your own hours and work when you want, though, and that freedom is great!
Learn more about being an Uber driver here.
Snap some photos
Fancy yourself an amateur photographer? Take some pictures and sell them!
Check out these websites. They’ll pay you for stock photos!
Become an editor
Did you know that there are bloggers out there who pay people to read and edit their posts? I had no clue about this prior to jumping into blogging. It’s definitely a job I would have considered trying had I known about it.
I honestly read and reread my blog posts at least 5 times prior to posting them. Then, once they’re posted, I usually read them a few more times on my computer and once from my phone. Luckily I don’t have a tablet, or else I’d more than likely have to review my posts from that, too!
I know all too well that an editor would help me immensely, it just isn’t something I want to pay for at this point. Maybe one day!
If this sounds like an appealing gig to you, check out Rachel Deahl’s post. It explains how to become an online editor.
Sell your stuff
I’m sure you have things in your closet that haven’t been used in ages. Why not sell it? It’ll be a win-win. Not only are you freeing up space in your house, you’re making money, too!
I always use Craigslist and local Facebook classified pages to sell my old stuff. You could always just have a good ol’ fashioned yard sale, too!
Here are a few things I’ve sold to make extra cash fast:
Gently used baby toys & clothes
My own gently used clothes
Kennels my dog outgrew
I’m terrified to jump into the investment world right now, but I really want to get into it one day. Ya know, when I’m more financially stable and have a nice backup plan in case my investments don’t work out. I really don’t want to be that person who invests all of their money into the stock market only to lose it all and have nothing to fall back on.
Interested in investing in the stock market? Learn more about where and how to start here.
The stock market isn’t the only way you can invest your money. You can invest in gold or silver, peer-to-peer lending, a business, yourself (think retirement, savings, or paying down debt), or real estate.
Sell advertisement space on your car
If you don’t mind having some company’s logo on your personal vehicle, check out Wrapify and Carvertise. They’ll pay you money to throw advertisements on your car. All you have to do is drive around like you usually do!
Do you have a hobby that you’re really good at? Maybe knitting or making candles? Building furniture or making baby headbands? Creating Christmas ornaments or quilts?
Start an Etsy shop! Etsy is a giant website with tons of loyal fans. You can set up shop and start selling all the things you love to make.
Rent out a room in your house
Do you have an extra bedroom? Consider renting it out to help pay your bills.
Definitely not glamorous and certainly not for everyone. I haven’t had roommates in about 8 years and, even then, my roommates were family members. I’m not sure this is something I could ever do unless I was absolutely desperate.
That being said, some people can do it! Make sure it’s a person you can trust and lay down ground rules before the person even moves in. This will help you avoid problems in the future when the new roomie isn’t meeting your expectations.
Write a book
Hopefully, this one doesn’t sound too crazy! I know when I read it my first thoughts are “I wouldn’t know where to begin” and “that sounds like a big project”.
Well, a quick Google search can tell you where to begin. Obviously, you first have to think of something to write about and then actually write the book. But then what?
Self-publish, of course. Amazon makes it super easy to do, as long as you’re willing to pay them 20% (or possibly more) of your sales.
Giving them that much money may seem crazy, but they publish your book for free and distribute it globally. Interested in learning more? Check out this article on Forbes.
Create a course
This is one I plan to start working on in the near future. I’ve already drawn up the basic idea and sections involved in the course I want to create. All I need to do now is get to creating.
People will pay money to learn a skill they deem to be valuable. What’s something you know a whole lot about? Something your friends ask you about all the time because you’re their go-to on the topic? Now seriously consider teaching other people that skill, too!
Some topic ideas:
Search Engine Optimization
Coding & programming
Exercise & healthy eating
This definitely won’t make you rich, but it can be a fun little activity. Just watch out for the scam sites.
Mystery shopping has been around so long, I’d be surprised if you didn’t know what it was. Basically, you go to a store or restaurant, buy something, make sure you interact with employees, and report back to the company you’re working for. You tell them about your experience, they pay you.
Head over to Care.com and sign up to be a pet sitter. It’s definitely not a difficult job if you already love animals.
Sign up with Rover.com and start a little side business as a dog walker! Great for those who love dogs, enjoy walking and don’t mind picking up a little poop.
If there’s something, in particular, you are really good at, you can make money by teaching other people how to do it.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a typical school type subject (although you can always go that route if it’s what you’re good at). You could teach people how to code or play the saxophone or use Photoshop. The possibilities are endless.
Download some apps
There are lots of apps out there that will pay you to use them. Just to name a few:
Search the internet
You can use Swagbuck’s search engine to make some money!
Swagbucks pays people to search for things they normally Google through their website. They don’t pay a ton of money, but something is better than nothing.
Become a temp
It’s pretty easy to get hired on at your local temp agency.
Once you’ve made that first step, they’ll contact you with new job opportunities that they believe you’re qualified for. You can choose to go to work or turn their offer down.
If you do go to the job, work a shift and decide you hate it, you don’t have to go back. On the other hand, if you love it and stick around, you could get hired on as a real employee for that company.
Get money back on things you buy
You learn more by reading my posts about each app here:
Become an online juror
Sounds sorta scammy, right? Well, it isn’t.
Although you may not make a ton of money and the work may not be overly consistent, lots of people can work as a mock juror.
The concept is pretty simple. Prior to the real trial, attorneys set up mock trials using online participants to test theories and experiment using tactics they might use in the real courtroom.
As an online mock juror, you can expect to make anywhere between $5 and $50 per trial, depending on the case and the website you work through.
Here are a few sites you can check out:
Get a part-time job
There’s nothing new about this concept. When I was younger I worked full-time as an administrative assistant and nights & weekends delivering pizza.
You definitely aren’t limited to delivering pizza, though. You can deliver Chinese, too!
Jokes aside, there’s bartending & waitressing, you can work at a number of fast food places and stores. It isn’t glamorous work, but it helps pay the bills.
Have you ever heard of this? I have, but I was honestly hoping it was something I could do on, I dunno, Amazon of something!
It’s against the rules to pay people to review your product on Amazon, although I have received free products from companies in exchange for Amazon reviews. You can read more about that here.
If cold, hard cash is what you’re looking for, you’ve gotta get a little more creative. Here are a few websites that pay you to review products for them:
Get refunds on your purchases
One word: Paribus.
Paribus is a website that, once connected with your email account, keeps track of your online purchases and makes sure you got the best deal. If they find an item you purchased at a lower price elsewhere, you’re reimbursed the difference!
Are you a skilled guitar or violin player? Do you enjoy creating beautiful music on the piano? Use your skills to bring in some dough!
Spread the word that you can be hired to play at weddings, parties, etc. Jump on Craigslist and post an add about it! Cash in on this talent of yours.
I’ve heard some crazy stories about people making a whole lot of money by re-selling stuff.
It can be as simple as finding an item on clearance at Walmart and selling it at full price on eBay or Amazon. Or you can put a little more effort into things and pick something that needs a little TLC up for super cheap (or even free) and fix it up before selling it.
Have you attempted to make money using any of the above ideas? How did it turn out?