Anyone who knows me, knows I'm kind of the queen of side-hustles. What can I say... I love discovering new ways to make money. I find it interesting and kind of fun, since I love trying new things! Plus I love using my blog to write about my various experiences. 🙂
I've been doing the side-hustle thing BIG TIME over the past few years, mostly to support my various entrepreneurial ventures but also to help me pay off the 40k in credit card debt I accrued ever since I started my own businesses (I'm proud to say, I have officially paid it all off as of July 2017!)
At one point, I had 4 online businesses/blogs, plus I was doing other things on the side, like dog sitting/dog walking, driving for Uber and Lyft, doing AirBnB, etc. Needless to say, I always knew how to keep myself busy. 😉
As an entrepreneur, you don't always have the most stable income, which can cause a lot of stress and sleepless nights each month just trying to figure out how you're going to be able to pay your bills. But by temporarily taking on a side job or two, you can totally make your dreams more attainable!
Side jobs can give you a flexible schedule, along with peace of mind, knowing you will be able to pay your bills on time each month. They can also be used to help you make more money to put towards a particular goal of yours, like a vacation, a new car, some new clothes, or even just some extra spending money to be used for socializing and having fun with friends.
The best part is that there are tons of companies out there these days that are making it super easy for people to earn some extra income using stuff they already have... like their own car, a smart phone, a spare room in their house, etc.
Anyways, I've been meaning to compile a list of ways people can make extra money on the side for a while now, so here it is! I've actually tried most of these jobs, so I can attest to them!
FYI: This is a growing list, more to be added soon!
Choose How You'd Like to Make Some Extra Money:
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1. Fill Out Online Surveys
Swagbucks - Rewards you for taking surveys, watching videos, shopping online and more!
Inbox Dollars - Earn cash for doing what you love online. Read emails, take surveys, play games, sign up for offers, etc.
2. Create an Online Course
Udemy - Do you have something you can teach? Why not share your knowledge online and teach a course? There are courses online for just about anything and you can name your own price.
Skillshare - Another teaching site where you can create an online course and earn money from people who'd like to learn more about your topic.
3. Earn Cash Back
Rakuten - An online savings button you can add to your browser that will help you earn cash back when you're shopping online or in-store for clothes, travel, and basically anything you buy. Stores pay Rakuten to send people to their websites and stores and then they share the savings with the shoppers! Just activate "cash back" on store sites and Rakuten will automatically apply store coupons at checkout. Get cash back by check or via PayPal!
Ebates - Another easy way to earn cash back when you're shopping online or in store. The best part about this is that it's SIMPLE. You don't have to fill out any forms or pay any fees, you just install a button on your browser (or download the app on your phone or iPad) and then whenever you shop online, it automatically applies coupons and discounts to your order at check out!
Ibotta - A rebate app that helps you make money off your grocery receipts. Earn anywhere from 50 cents to $5 off everything you buy (not always brand specific.)
- Want to learn how it works? Click here to learn how Ibotta works.
- Want to sign up? Sign up for Ibotta using my referral code MLHGJJO.
Checkout 51 - Another way to earn cash back from your grocery receipts. You can also use it with Ibotta for double the cash back!
4. Do Some Online Coaching or Consulting
Clarity.fm - What are you a relative "expert" in that others might pay for your advice? Clarity.fm is a 1-on-1 marketplace where you can offer expert advice on a wide variety of business topics... you could $60/hr. or more!
5. Start a Blog
Blogging is a great way to earn some extra money on the side and you can literally blog about anything! I started my first blog/online business back in January of 2013 and since then I've created 3 additional blogs, all with their own niche! Blogging has become my main source of income over the years and has continued to be my preferred method for passive income (although be aware that that does often take some time to build).
I got started simply by setting up my blog on WordPress and then just learned as I went.
- Need some help setting up and/or designing your site? I can help!
- Need some tips? Check out my blogging tips (more to come!)
6. Sell Your own Products or Services
WooCommerce - Start your own business and sell products, services, memberships, subscriptions, etc. on your own website! WooCommerce empowers anyone to sell anything, anywhere by offering a customizable eCommerce platform built on WordPress.
- Need help setting up your own website and online shop? I can help!
- View an example of an eCommerce site I've built: MoonSoulMagic.com
Fiverr - Fiverr is a global online marketplace offering tasks and services, beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed. Sign up for free, set up your freelance gig, and offer your work to a global audience.
Creative Market - An online marketplace where you can sell your digital artwork, including graphic designs, website themes, fonts, photography, and more!
Envato Market - If you can create digital assets such as website templates, WordPress plugins, stock videos, graphics, etc. this is an online marketplace where you can sell them!
Etsy - Use this online marketplace to sell your handcrafted items like hand-made goods, vintage items and craft supplies!
Storenvy - Create your own unique clothing designs, jewelry, crafts, art and more and sell it on this growing peer-to-peer platform for indie artists!
7. Sell Stuff you Already Own
Craigslist - I've sold all sorts of stuff on Craigslist, from furniture to sporting goods to design services! It's a great way to make a little extra cash when you really need it!
Facebook Marketplace is another great place to sell your stuff! You can sell pretty much anything: furniture, vehicles, property rentals, sporting goods, musical instruments, toys and games, apparel, books, luggage, pet supplies, home improvement supplies, and more!
Bag Borrow or Steal - A place where you can sell your gently used designer handbags and accessories on consignment, or take a lower offer price and get paid right away.
1. Drive with Lyft or Uber
Make money using your car and a smartphone! Set your own hours, be your own boss, meet new people and get a direct deposit every week! You can also earn extra money by referring others! Once you become a driver, you will receive your own personal referral code, which you can use to help other other drivers sign up and earn a referral bonus.
- Want to drive with Lyft? Sign up with Lyft using my referral code REFERREDBYTARA.
- Need a ride? Receive a Lyft ride credit.
- Want to drive with Uber? Sign up with Uber using my referral code UBER94UND.
- Need a ride? Receive $2 off your first 3 rides.
2. Pick Up Food, Run Errands or Do Chores for People
Some people simply just don't have the time or the desire to do these things. Others don't have the ability. Help them out by doing these things for them, and get paid for it!
Instacart - If you love grocery shopping, have a smartphone and reliable transportation, Instacart could be a great fit for you! Instacart is a grocery home delivery service that provides same-day grocery delivery in as little as an hour. Instacart personal shoppers have the flexibility to work as little or as often as they want and make on average about $200-$500 a week.
- Sign up to shop using my referral code: TTIERNEY57159
- Want groceries delivered to you? Receive $10 off your first order.
Task Rabbit - A platform that allows you to run small tasks for others. It can include anything from picking up the groceries to cleaning or helping people move. Typical tasks take a few hours, but there are a lot of tasks available in most large cities.
- Need a task done for you? Receive $10 off your first task.
Door Dash - Deliver food to people on your own schedule!
- Want food delivered to you? Receive $15 off ($5 off your first 3 orders).
Postmates - Pick up food or other goods and deliver them by car, bike or scooter.
- Want food delivered to you? Receive $25 in Postmates credits.
Uber Eats - Deliver food to people on your own schedule, using your car, bike or scooter.
3. Become a Promoter or Brand Ambassador
Street Team Promotion - Become a part-time brand ambassador and create better brand awareness for various companies. Give out free samples, talk to people, attend various parties and events and get paid for it!
4. Rent out a Spare Room, Your Entire Home or Create an Experience
AirBnB - If you have a spare room in your house or apartment, why not try renting it out using AirBnB? It can help you pay your rent or mortgage, you can meet some cool people and you can gain some travel credits by sharing your referral code! You can also create an AirBnB Experience: a one-of-a-kind activity designed and hosted by locals.
Want to take a trip? Receive $55 off your first trip.
HomeAway - Much like AirBnB, but this site specializes in whole-house rentals. Great if you own a property but don't actually live there yourself!
FlipKey - List your property and earn money by renting out your vacation rental, home, or room on TripAdvisor.
Wimdu - Same as AirBnB but with more focus on places in Europe.
5. Rent out Your Car
Turo - If you have a car that you don't use much, why not try renting it out and put the money towards your monthly payments!
6. Walk Dogs or do Some Pet Sitting
Rover - Walk dogs for people while they are at work or watch them while they are out of town!
- Need someone to watch your dog? Get $20 off your first booking on Rover.
Dog Walker - Another site to connect with dog owners and get some gigs going!
7. Do Some Mystery Shopping
EasyShift - An app that allows you find quick jobs at local stores, take pics of products, check prices and review promotions... get paid!
MarketForce - Get paid to eat and shop for free at your favorite brands and help make your local community better by helping stores, restaurants and banks become better places for consumers like you to visit.
8. Work Part-Time in Retail
There are tons of retail jobs out there! Find a store you like, put in a few hours a week, and all of a sudden you've got some extra cash!
9. Offer Some Household Help
Care - People are busy and sometimes don't have time to keep up on their housekeeping. Find jobs that help people around the home, like meal planning, cooking, running errands, shopping, cleaning the house, etc.
10. Donate Blood Plasma
Biolife Plasma - If you're a healthy adult, you can help save someone's life, or at the very least improve the quality of it, by donating some of your blood plasma. Spend up to an hour and a half, as often as twice a week, and receive up to a few hundred dollars a month.
11. House Sit for People Who are Out of Town
Housesitter - If you love to travel and are reliable, why not housesit for people who are out of town? Find housesitting opportunities across the USA, Canada and Caribbean using this site!
12. Get Paid to Be a Friend
Rent a Friend - Sign up for free and get paid to be someone's friend! You can make up to $50/hr., can set your own hours, work when you want and keep 100% of the money you make!
There you have it, a bunch of ideas on how you can earn some extra cash on the side!
Do you have anything else to add to the list? Send me a message or comment below! I'm always looking to add more ideas to this list!