Why wouldn’t a person want to have a little extra money in his or her bank account? I think most people would probably be happy to have that extra padded account and the subsequent financial security this would provide. Having a little savings is stress relief. A person can pay down debt or save for something like a new vehicle or home. Thankfully, there are hundreds of ways for you to make some extra money on the side to supplement your full-time gig.
Whether it’s starting your own business or working a part-time gig, here are 30 ways that you can make some cash on the side.
Do you posses a specific skill-set? It could be anything from sharing legal advice, informing businesses on how to become more eco-friendly, or assisting startups on how to get off the ground. Consulting or coaching can be a lucrative side business since it’s easy and affordable to start, since you already have the knowledge and experience. And you can build your own schedule so that you can offer your consulting services whenever you have the free time.
Another flexible side gig that doesn’t require long-term commitments is becoming a freelancer. This could be anything from writing content or designing a logo to filming a product ad or becoming a virtual assistant, it just depends on your interests and talents. Best of all? There’s no shortage of websites and job boards to land one of the thousands of freelancing gigs available.
3. Cash in on Your Vehicle
If you own an automobile then capitalize on it by renting it out whenever you’re not using it through sites like Turo and Getaround. If you want to keep your keys, then you can become a driver for either Uber or Lyft. Depending on where you live, you may be able to earn $35 per hour. One final option would be to register your car as an airport shuttle service vehicle and take people to and from the airport.
4. Sell Items Online
One of the easiest ways you can make money on the side is by selling the stuff that you already own. You know that stuff that is choking you by clogging up your garage and closets. Thanks to sites such as eBay, Craigslist, Gazelle, and Wallop, you can sell those items taking up space in your home without having to visit a pawnshop.
But what happens when you run out of things to sell? You could offer to sell other people’s junk, but it’s only fair that you give them a cut. So you may not make that much money going that route. You can, however, partake in drop shipping.
With dropshipping you sell new items for a manufacturer or distributor on sites such as eBay. Once the item has been sold, the company ships the product from their warehouse. You get a percentage of the sale, and you don’t have to store anything or visit the post office.
Do you want to build software, apps, or websites? Then take that interest and turn it into a profitable side gig. Of course, you first need to have an understanding of computer programming and coding, and settle on a specific programming niche. Once you do, you’ll be on your way to joining a fast growing industry that allows you to work whenever and wherever you want. Here is a guide to programming to help you master your skills and know where to start.
6. Affiliate Marketing
Some individuals have made a comfortable living through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing, for those who don’t know, is where you plug a product or service on your website. You’ll place a link with a unique code on your site and if a visitor clicks that link and makes a purchase, you’ll get compensated.
7. Direct Sell
Another tried and true method of earning cash on the side is through direct selling. Think Tupperware and Avon. However, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of companies that offer direct-selling opportunities that range from cosmetics to vitamins to pet accessories.
8. Micro Jobs
These aren’t high paying gigs at all–sometimes you’re paid only a nickel for each task. However, these tasks are incredibly easy and fast to complete–in most cases just a matter of seconds. If you keep at it, there is a chance to make around $6 per hour. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a great place to find micro jobs.
9. Create Crafts
Are you a creative individual who has the talent to design and create jewelry, clothing, furniture, or accessories? If so, then you could open up your own shop on Etsy and make a decent amount of money on the side. I know of someone who created bows for her daughter and started selling them online. It’s now a full time gig for her.
10. E-Book Publishing
Let’s say you have years of social-media experience and have maintained a blog that has shared needed advice. You can put together your top blog posts and put together an e-book, such as The Ultimate Social-Media Guide for Small-Business Owners, and sell it on your website or Amazon. If you don’t have any experience that you want to cash in on but have a knack for writing, say, sci-fi stories, then you can author and publish your novel on Amazon as well.
11. Tax Preparation
If you’re familiar with tax laws and regulations, then you could offer your services to individuals and business owners who need assistance with preparing their taxes. Even though this is more of a seasonal job, some tax preparers can earn around $30,000 in salary during the tax season, and some tax preparation experts make much, much more.
12. User Testing
Companies want to know how user friendly their websites are going to be for visitors. That’s why they’re willing to pay people to test these websites out to see how they function. You can earn $10 per test through sites like Analysia, StartUpLift, and User Testing.
13. Tutor/Teach Lessons
Believe it or not, everyone has something they can teach to someone else. It could be anything from guitar lessons to how to speak English to a workout regimen at the local gym. In some cases, you may be able to do this from the comfort of your home, but you can also do it at a local business, such as a music shop, or remotely through sites like Tutor.com.
14. Customer Service Rep
If you have a landline, internet connection, and solid communication skills, you can become a customer service rep. Besides being able to work from home, you can do this whenever you have spare time, like during nights and weekends. Customer service reps can make between $8 to $15 per hour, and there are a lot of jobs.
15. Graphic Design
A graphic designer can best be defined as “someone who visually communicates the intended message of a project.” In most cases, this is achieved through brand identity, which includes everything from designing logos, brochures, business cards, letterheads, catalogs, and packaging. Graphic design is in every part of business, and therefore it is in great demand.
16. Rent Things Out
If you don’t want to part with any of your items, you can rent them out instead. Zilok is a site through which you can rent out anything from furniture and tools to video-game consoles when they’re not being used by you. Besides the items floating around your house, you can also rent out your garage, parking space, or driveway–especially if parking is an issue because of a high-profile event. And don’t forget to list your home or spare room on Airbnb.
If you’re skilled at, and have a passion for, cooking, then catering or baking is an excellent way to bring in additional income. This is a tough business to get into, but you should be able to easily cater or bake for smaller events like birthday and graduation parties, as well as weddings, baby showers, and local office parties.
If you decide to cater or bake on the side, stick with the items you’re best at. For example, if you can make top-notch cinnamon rolls, then stick with that instead of trying to bake something that you’re not as skilled at.
18. Event Planning
Are you organized, detailed, and actually enjoy planning out activities? Then why not give event planning a try? As an event planner, it would be your duty to find a venue, caterer, and entertainment for everything ranging from birthday parties to office parties and networking events. You might want to consider making one type of event planning your specialty–such as wedding planning, which would probably be a full-time job on it’s own.
If you love capturing moments, there’s no better side gig than photography. However, instead of attempting to be a jack-of-all-trades, you should focus on a specific area, such as weddings or capturing landscapes or taking pictures of models for a clothing catalog.
You can also take pictures and sell them to sites such as Shutterstock.
20. Use Your Body
Get your mind out of the gutter. There’s nothing illegal going on here because there are several ways that you can cash in on your body. Obvious places to start would be modeling or acting. Art models, for example, can make between $20 to $25 per hour. However, you can also participate in medical studies or sell everything from plasma, sperm, breast milk, and even donating eggs for approximately $5,000.
There is even a “rent-a-friend,” site. You have to attend Uncle Harry’s funeral and you don’t want to hear Aunt Mildred tell you for the 90th time that you need to marry some nice young person. Rent a friend–that way your real friends don’t have to hear about it (again) and they don’t have to even know about it. These are platonic gigs.
21. Moving/Hauling Service
If you have a truck and trailer and some muscle, then put them to use by launching your own moving or hauling service. While word of mouth could get you a little business, you may want to scope out places like Ikea, where people need help moving large items from the store to their homes. In the moving and hauling business, you can even be paid extra if you will put that bookshelf-in-a-box together for the customer.
You may think these jobs are for high schoolers, but adults aren’t restricted from babysitting, housesitting, and petsitting. In fact, you might be able to garner $100-per-night babysitting! I would start offering these services to friends, family members, neighbors, and colleagues, since they would probably rather hire you instead of someone that they’ve never met.
People have been earning cash through recycling for decades. While some individuals can make a living by selling items like scrap metal, recycling isn’t going to make you rich anytime soon. You can, however, make some pocket money by recycling everyday products like broken electronics, car batteries, bottles and cans, ink cartridges, and paper.
24. Yard Work
Whether it’s working for people don’t have the time or are physically unable to maintain their yards, this could become a recurring side business for you. It involves everything from mowing lawns to weed whacking and watering plants. If you have a green thumb, you can also plant gardens for your customers.
If you live in an area where you experience all four seasons, you can also provide snow-removal service during the winter.
25. Cleaning Service
If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you can clean homes or offices on a weekly, bi-weekly, or one-time basis, such as when a client is moving. If you do start your own cleaning service, make sure that you’re bonded and insured and are familiar with green cleaning methods that are safe for the environment.
Can you repair a computer, a light switch that won’t turn on, or a piece of plumbing that’s burst? If you’re a handy individual and have the right skills and tools, then you can start your own repair business on the side. I know several people who started out small, with repairs for hire, and eventually have made a really good living out of it.
27. Take Surveys/Join Focus Groups
You can actually get paid for sharing your thoughts and opinions on everything from products to current events. While it isn’t a lot of money, most surveys and focus groups only take up an hour or two of your time. And you may even be lucky enough to join a focus group that pays over $200 for your time.
28. Résumé Help
Writing a résumé can get tricky. Even if you have the education and experience to secure a job position, the wrong words could place your résumé at the bottom of the pile. That’s when you turn to talented individuals who have a knack for writing amazing résumés. If that sounds like you, you can either offer this service to anyone in your network or work part-time for ResumeEdge.
29. Part-Time Side Jobs
This may sound vague, but there are more than enough businesses looking for part-time help. For example, your local pizzeria could be in need a delivery person on the weekends. It may pay minimum wage, but with the inclusion of tips, you could easily make several hundred dollars a month.
Check out the classifieds in your neighborhood and see if there are any businesses looking for part-time help.
30. Hustle at Your Current Job
This may not be an actual side job, but there are several ways that you can earn some extra dough at your full-time job. They include: working overtime, referring new employees or customers, and offering to work on the projects no one else wants to do.
Looking for more jobs? Here’s a list of 101 work-from-home jobs that I put together for anyone needing some extra side cash.
What other side jobs would you recommend?
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Published on: Mar 23, 2016
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