What would you do if you could have a bit of extra income? Would you fund a hobby, or save for a trip? Or finally buy that dream house? Maybe you are one of the 15% who are using a side hustle to start a new business.
In any case, if you want to earn some extra cash, you aren’t alone. As the gig economy grows, so do opportunities to make a bit of money on the side. It’s just a matter of knowing what your options are.
This post includes 101 simple, actionable ways to make extra money. Whatever your situation, skills level or experience is, I’m sure you can find a couple ideas here that you can put to use immediately to earn that extra cash fast – and maybe regularly.
1. Ask for a raise
The simplest option comes first. If you already have a job, start there. Put together an ironclad case for demanding a raise. Then, present that case to your boss. It’s nearly always worth a try.
2. Get a second job
If plan A didn’t work out, look for opportunities outside your current employment. Consider picking up an extra shift or two each week at the local grocery store, shopping mall or restaurant. These places always need people. A hospitality career can be rather profitable in fact and help you earn into six figures.
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3. Do micro tasks
“Subscribe to an Email List,” “Add a Comment to a Blog” – these are just a few examples of micro tasks. Sign up at Microworkers.com or TaskRabbit.com to make a bit of side money performing quick chores.
4. Rent out your car
If you’ve got a spare car, you can earn money through car sharing. The setup is quite simple. People often need cars for errands or one-time tasks and you can rent out yours for a fee.
5. Make and sell DIY things
Jewelry, prints, sculptures, fan art and more; if you are a skilled artist, you can turn your products into profits online on platforms like Etsy.
6. Scrap your old gold
That old jewelry you’ve got lying around could be worth more money than you know. Even if it’s tacky or broken, your local jewelry store may be willing to pay you for the metal itself.
7. Work as a handy person
Can you do small home repairs and remodeling jobs? Get some tools together and start a handy service. Charge a reasonable rate and you are sure to get plenty of business.
8. Get a delivery job
Use your car, bike or scooter to make deliveries. Small business owners and consumers alike would often rather pay an individual to make small deliveries than go through a major, corporate delivery service.
9. Become a mystery shopper
Mystery shoppers earn money by evaluating customer experiences for restaurants and stores. It’s a part-time role that can earn you a few extra hundreds per month.
10. Participate in medical research
Contribute to medical science and earn some cash. Find and sign up to participate in medical trials. Depending on the length and nature of the study, you could earn up to thousands of dollars.
11. Join focus groups
Sometimes companies need more information than what they would get from a simple survey. So, they gather consumers together into focus groups and pay for participation.
12. Sell your old clothes
If you have some staples in mint condition occupying space in your closet, consider selling them on Depop. If you own designer or vintage garments and accessories, you can make even more cash via Vestiaire Collective.
13. Set up a concierge vintage/luxury store
If sales go well and you run out of items to sell, consider sourcing more unique items from friends, acquaintances and local vintage stores or online through sites like Eames.com. Make sure that you have an eye for details though and always authenticate the luxury goods you plan to sell.
14. Flip property
You no longer need to be wealthy to dabble in the real estate market. Thanks to micro and crowdfunded real estate investing, you can get started with as little as $500.
15. Use rewards programs
Every time you buy groceries, coffee or fast food you could be earning cash and rewards. Sign up for the rewards programs at the places you visit most frequently. Then, use the resulting rewards for cash back, gift cards or future savings.
16. Participate in GPT sites
GPT means “Get Paid To’”. These are sites where you can take surveys, sign up for free samples, print coupons and perform other tasks to earn points. These points can be converted into gift cards or cash. Swagbucks, Earning Station and InstaGC are three of the most popular GPT sites.
17. Teach English to little kids
Palfish is an app that allows you to teach English to kids in China. It might be hard to believe, but you don’t even have to speak Chinese. Alternatively, you can always find local students for tutoring.
18. Rent out your space
Do you have a spare room or unused garage? Someone who needs living space or room for their stuff will be glad to pay you for it. Or if you are OK with catering to guests, sign up with Airbnb.
19. Give someone a ride
Check out Uber and Lyft to earn some extra cash with your car. There are also designated driver services that pay you to drive people home safely.
20. Sell your unwanted electronics
Get rid of those unused TVs, video game consoles, mobile phones and computers. Take them to your local video game seller or auction them on eBay. Walk away with cash.
21. Install a lock screen app
It’s simple. See an ad when you unlock your phone. Get paid. You won’t earn much, but those pennies can add up to something nice.
22. Invest spare change
A lot of mobile banking and investment apps will round up your spending to the nearest dollar and invest the change. It can be a nice way to get your feet wet in investing without much effort.
23. Provide moving help
Check the Craigslist labor gigs section and earn extra money helping people move and unpack.