How often have you thought to yourself, “I could really use some extra cash right now”? After all, who doesn’t want more money? Whether you’re looking for immediate financial relief, or you just want to save up for a big purchase, there are many ways to make extra cash outside of your day job. I know plenty of friends and family who were able to pay off $25,000+ of debt in less than 12 months simply by using some of the ideas listed in this article.
As a matter of fact, I know several people who run websites similar to this one and earn over $5,000 per month. Without further delay, here are 10 easy ways to earn extra cash in your spare time.
10. Freelance Writing/Blogging
If you consider yourself a good writer, this is an excellent way to earn money on the side. There are several reasons why this idea is appealing to so many people, the first being you can do this from the comfort of your own home. In addition to location flexibility, there are also an endless number of possible clients. Job sites like Fiverr.com and UpWork.com make it very easy for you to find clients, and clients to find you. Depending on your level of skill, it’s possible to make at least $250-$1,000 per month as a freelance writer.
9. Drive For Uber or Lyft
Thousands of people across the country are earning extra cash by driving for Uber or Lyft. And the best part… you can (literally) work whenever you want. This is a fantastic option if you need a side gig that has flexible hours — you could easily do this on nights and weekends along with a full-time job.
8. Affiliate Marketing
In the age of Amazon, affiliate marketing is a very common way to make extra money. Affiliate marketing is where you get paid for referring others to purchase products or services. For example, let’s imagine you had a wellness blog that has a lot of articles about yoga. If one of your articles has a link for a yoga mat that you recommend to your readers, if they click this link and end of purchasing the yoga mat, you receive payment for a portion of their purchase. People love affiliate marketing because it doesn’t require you to design or produce a product, you’re simply recommending one that already exists.
7. Teach Exercise Classes
As Americans become more and more obsessed with health and wellness, the fitness industry is booming! Nowadays, “fitness” can mean several different things; traditional weight lifting, Crossfit, yoga, pilates, etc. Looking for customers…? Offer your services at a local gym, post flyers around town, list an ad on Craigslist — there are an endless number of options. As a bonus, this is a good way to get paid to stay in shape!
6. Sells Crafts
If you like to make things with your hands, then this might be the perfect side job. There is a website called Etsy that is a good place to sell the handmade crafts you’re so good at making. My sister and my wife love to buy and sell all sorts of things on Etsy, from customized stickers, greeting cards, shirts, etc. This is a great way to make physical products that are unique and get them in front of an audience that is looking for these types of products.
5. Teach Nutrition Classes
If you’re interested in #7 (teaching exercises classes) this could be another option to earn extra money. Generally speaking, people who are interested in working out, are also pretty knowledgeable when it comes to nutrition. After all, what’s the point of working out if you’re just going to stop at the McDonald’s drive-thru on the way home! Community centers, retirement homes, and schools are always looking to hire nutritions.
4. Get Paid To Test Websites
Most people have no idea that certain organizations and individuals will pay decent money to have users test their websites. And as you would imagine, this is VERY easy. In most cases you’re simply asked to scroll around the site and give feedback on design or speed. In case you were wondering, you do not have to be tech savvy to be selected for this type of work.
3. Rent Your Car To Others
How much time would you say that your car just sits in your driveway (or parking lot) not being used? Probably at least half of the day, right? Did you know you can actually rent out your car to others with the potential to make over 600 per month?
2. Rent A Room In Your Home or Apartment
This option is very popular amongst our readers. Have an extra bedroom in your home that doesn’t get used? Consider renting out your extra room on Airbnb. Single people who aren’t home a lot often look for rental opportunities in homes where all they need is a place to sleep. Putting that spare bedroom to use to can earn you a few hundred extra dollars each month. Tip: Be sure to screen clients carefully, though, or work through word-of-mouth before you pick your tenant.
1. Downsize Your Housing
Most people don’t look at it this way, but saving money is the same thing as “earning more money”. Can you make do with a smaller room, apartment or house? If so, see if you can find cheaper housing in order to cut down on housing costs. If you have your own apartment, switch to a 2-bedroom and get a roommate. For most people, their house or apartment is by far the biggest cost they have.