Are you looking for ways to make extra money? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, you’ll get 100 ideas that have enabled other people to make extra money. You may not like every single one of these ideas, but imagine if you find ONE that gives you an extra $50, $500 or even $5000 a month. Envision what that could do for you:
- Say goodbye to living paycheck to paycheck
- Go on vacations
- Buy your dream car
- Buy that house you’ve always wanted
Below you’ll find the list of 100 ways to make extra money
- Make money blogging
There are people making millions of dollars every year blogging. Here are a few ways that you can monetize a blog once you’ve attracted readers:
- Display ads on the blog
- Affiliate marketing (recommend products or services through your own “affiliate link.”
- Sell your own products or services
Why don’t you give it a try? You can read or watch our free step by step tutorial on how to create a blog in minutes here.
- Start an online store
Find a market that is profitable and begin to serve that market by offering them products. Our first business that we started was an online store. Unfortunately, we missed the first part which is to find a profitable market, and that’s why we had to close it down after one year. But many people succeed with an online store. More and more people are transitioning to purchasing online instead of in a physical store.
- Create a video course
I believe that everyone has enough knowledge in at least one particular area to create a course. It could be cooking, dog training, dancing, something in regards to technology, etc. Record videos where you teach your students something, either via a powerpoint presentation or by showing them how to perform something. You can upload your course on Udemy, Clickbank or JvZoo.
- Mow lawns
Earn some extra money by mowing some lawns. There are lots of people who are willing to pay for this kind of service.
Did you know that people are making a full-time income by listing products from Amazon to eBay? You can also open your own website where you list products. The great thing with dropshipping is that you don’t ever touch the items nor ship them! Here is the dropshipping model:
As you can see in the picture above—you are taking the order from the customer. After that, you send the customer information and order information to the source (manufacturer or retailer). Then the source ships the product to the customer. The profit is made when the customer purchases the product for a higher price than what you’re paying the source.
- Walk dogs
Imagine all the people who have dogs. Now, what happens when these people go to work? Be the hero and let their dog use the bathroom while they are at work.
- Use cash back credit cards
You’re purchasing things anyhow. Why not make some money while buying things? Let’s say you buy things for $50 000/year, and you get an average of 2% in return. That’s $1000 that you receive every year with no extra work. Do a google search to find the best cash back credit card for you.
- Sell on Etsy (For the crafty)
Sell things you’ve made yourself on Etsy. This is a great idea if you’re a crafty person. You’re creating your own store on Etsy’s platform. What are some handmade products that you can sell?
- Wash cars
Solve this common problem of dirty cars by offering this service. Either offer to clean the inside of the car, outside of the car—or offer to do both for a package price.
- Sell on eBay
There is a whole community around reselling—join it! Perhaps you have some stuff already that you can list on eBay. Here are just some examples of stuff that sell well on eBay:
- Power tools
- Sell homemade food on events
Sports events, music events, farmers market, you name it—they more often than not sell homemade food. Bake and sell homemade food to the hungry people that are visiting these events.
- Take photos and sell them
There are many sites where people can buy photos. Your job will be to take high-quality photos that other people will pay for. A quick google search will show you all the “sell your images” sites available. Shutterstock is one example of a site that pays photographers for their pictures.
- Clean windows
Offer this service to both companies with stores and people who live in houses. It’s easy to spot potential clients—just look at their window!
- Plan birthday parties for kids
Parents want their children to enjoy their birthday. Be the one that gives them this enjoyment by being the planner and organizer.
- Offer to build websites to companies without one
There are lots of businesses that are without an online presence. Older people who run companies may want a website, but they lack the time, skill or the energy to create one. Help them!
- Do voice overs
Offer a gig on Fiverr or elsewhere. I have paid for voice overs, and I know that there’s a big market for this. You could be someone’s voice for a podcast, radio ad or audiobook as an example.
- Become a personal trainer
We were offered money once to create a training program. Yes, personal training may be a saturated place, but there’s a lot of customers (new ones coming in every day). Grab your piece of the pie and help people to lose weight or gain muscle.
- Sell on Amazon
Sell used stuff or brand your own product and join Amazon FBA. There is a community around selling with Amazon FBA. Join it and leverage their knowledge, but more importantly—leverage the Amazon platform with millions of customers!
- Become a designer
Are you good at designing? Perhaps you’re a pro at using photoshop. You can design header images, ebook covers, thumbnails, etc. A lot of designers sell their services through Fiverr or UpWork.
Do you think that parents have more or less time now than ever before? Help busy parents by babysitting their child.
- Do affiliate marketing
Recommend products and services through your own URL link (affiliate link) and receive a commission when someone buys. Amazon Associates are one of the affiliate programs that you can join. Instead of selling stuff one on one by trying to convince people—leverage the power of the internet which allows you to talk to hundreds of individuals simultaneously (youtube, blog, social media, etc.)
- Work extra as a handyman
- Clean and organize garages
A lot of people have a messy garage. Offer to clean the garage and organize all the stuff so that it’s readily available.
- Pet grooming
Some people want their pets to have just as nice of a hair cut as themselves.
- Create an app
Tap into a billion dollar industry by creating and selling your own apps.
- Online surveys
You’ll not make a fortune, but you can do it in your pajamas without much effort or energy spent. Here are a three examples of online surveys companies that you can join for free:
- Teach a language
Do you know a language that other people would like to learn? Tutor them and get paid per hour or per session.
- Get paid to write
- Write blog posts
- Be a ghostwriter for an ebook
- Content writing (for example; write articles or pages for websites)
- Edit texts
A lot of publishers do not want their writer to edit the text; this is because they often overlook their own mistakes. Become an editor for these publishers or writers! We hired our editor through UpWork.
- Get a raise
It may be considered a bold move to request a raise at your current job. But if you have great arguments for it then do it! The best part about asking for a raise is that it does not require you to do anything else that takes up time.
- Change jobs
I’ve seen close ones increase their salary by up to $700 by making this move.
- Help people move
I hate moving, and I’m not alone. There are a lot of people willing to pay for some help with moving.
- Offer a service to people who are getting married
A lot of couples spend a fortune when they get married. Offer to take photographs or sing at their wedding.
- Become a mystery shopper
Get paid to walk into stores and buy things. All you have to do is report the experience you had in the shop.
- Rent out extra space
Got some extra space in your garage or somewhere else? There are lots of people who are looking for a space for their car, motorcycle or their other stuff. The great part about this idea is that it’s 100% passive income once you’ve parked their car or whatever else they have.
- Paint other people’s houses
Some people tell their buddies to come over and get free access to beer—all they have to do is paint their house. But this “trick” don’t work all the time. Painting other people’s houses is an excellent way to make extra money
- Become a pet sitter
Take care of people’s pets while they are out traveling.
Listen to another person’s recorded audio and write down what they say. I believe that the demand for transcription is going to increase dramatically. For example, YouTubers are now able to upload a transcript along with their videos to get more exposure.
- Virtual assistant
Create a profile on UpWork.com and begin to apply for jobs. There are many jobs available for virtual assistants! Here are just three examples of different tasks that companies hire VA:s for:
- Taking care of social media
- Manager role
- Handle customer support
- Participate in clinical studies
Check out clinicaltrials.gov to see if they are recruiting people in your area.
- Sell gold or silver
Do you have any jewelry that you don’t use? If so, check out the purity of it and sell it!
- Garage sale
If you haven’t sold it on eBay or, don’t want to. Have a garage sale. Most people are astonished about how much money they have lying around in their house or apartment. You might not see any value in the stuff, but the chances are that someone else will.
- Have ads on your car
Look at freecarmedia.com for example. Can this be something for your car?
- Rent out parking space
Renting out your driveway or parking space can be a splendid idea, especially if you live in a big city. Check out www.parkonmydrive.com or do a google search to find more websites like this.
- Rent out a room through Airbnb
Some people can live rent-free by offering an extra room for people on airbnd.com. Meet people from around the world and have interesting conversations by following this way of making additional money.
- Build niche websites
Build websites around a very specific niche with low competition yet a fair amount of traffic. Monetize it through affiliate marketing or Adsense.
- Flip cars
Buy low and sell high. Flipping cars is one of the ways to make extra money to consider if you’re a good negotiator.
- Clean carpets
People and businesses want their carpets clean. Make extra money by starting a carpet cleaning business.
- Buy and sell on Craigslist
Make money through Craigslist arbitrage. Some people are able to make a full-time income by buying and selling on craigslist.
- Help people bookkeep
You should be able to find clients pretty quickly if you got knowledge in this space. Companies are being created every day by people who don’t have a clue about bookkeeping and tax preparation.
- Teach people how to use a computer
What? There couldn’t possibly be any money in this? Well, think of the older generation. Do you think everyone knows how to use a computer properly? If so, think again, or rather—look again!
- Furniture renovation
Buy used furniture for a low price and make them more appealing. After that, you sell it for a higher price to make a nice profit.
- Publish and sell books
Long gone are the days where the only way to publish a book was to go via a major publishing company. Nowadays, you can self-publish a book through KDP (Kindle), Smashwords, CreateSpace, etc.
- Clean pools
One way of making extra money while getting a tan—if you live in a warm climate.
- Sell services on Fiverr
Browse around a while on Fiverr.com, and you’ll find all kinds of gigs. What can you offer for $5? You start by selling your service for $5 but after a while, you can offer upsells. That’s where big money is. Here are just a few of the services that are being sold on Fiverr:
- Article writing
- Video editing
- Audio recordings
- “I’ll say happy birthday to your friend.”
- Freelancing through UpWork
Become a freelancer and sell your services on UpWork.com. What can you do that another person or company would be willing to pay for? There are many resources out there that can help you with finding your first clients. Here are a few tips from us:
- Make sure you read through the application and create a custom made cover letter (clients notice right away if the applicant is copying and pasting).
- Confirm parts of the application to make it clear that you’ve read it.
- If you’re new—be aware that reviews are important. Now, everyone starts at zero reviews. How can you build them up? One way is to offer to do a few gigs at a lower rate than you’d usually charge.
- Become a Youtuber
Yes, people on youtube are making money. One way that they make money is by the ads that are displaying before the actual video plays. But they can also earn money through sponsored videos, affiliate marketing and by selling their own products.
- Print t-shirts with your own designs
Do it yourself or join Merch by Amazon (print on demand service). Right now, however, Amazon merch uses invitation only which mean that you won’t be able to sell right away. But you can always apply and if they have a seller spot available—they’ll contact you.
- Plan people’s weddings or parties
Your creativity and organization skills can earn you money. Plan people’s weddings or parties and make some extra money.
- Offer to coach or to consult people
What do you know that other would be willing to pay for? Here are just a few examples of coaches or consultant that people pay well for:
- Life coaches
- Make money online coaches
- Social media marketing consultants
- Personal training coaches
A lot of people have a website that is integrated with PayPal to receive payments. After that, they coach through Skype. Of course, you can meet the person in real life as well, but then you’re not tapping into the global market.
- Shovel snow
May or may not apply to you, depending on where you live. If your serious about this business, you may want to consider purchasing a plow.
- Deliver newspapers
Earn a side income by delivering the newspaper in your area.
- Become a moderator of a forum
Is there a particular forum that you visit often? Look if the forum is hiring moderators of their message board and earn some extra money while catching trolls.
- Rent out your car
Make some passive income while giving another person access to your car. List your car on sites like turo.com.
- Flip domains
Buy domains for a couple of dollars and potentially sell them for thousands of dollars. If this sounds interesting—I recommend that you research further on this and you’ll find some people making good money with domain flipping.
- Become a walking billboard for a couple of hours
Not for the timid or weakhearted. But if you got no problem walking around as an ad for a couple of hours—do it and make some extra money! Jason Sadler is a guy that didn’t even carry around a billboard—he advertised by wearing t-shirts from different brands. His first year, he made an impressive $70 000. You can read Jason’s story on businessinsider.com here.
- Work extra in a café or as a bartender in a night club
Look for café’s or night clubs that are looking for personnel in your area and work some extra hours on the weekend.
- You got some extra money in your old clothes
- Help companies with SEO
Call up dentists and lawyers (high paid professions) and offer to help them with search engine optimization. Here’s an example of a call “Hey Greg, I noticed that you’re not on the first page on google when I search for dentists and your city (whatever city they are operating in). What if I could help you to get higher up in the search ranking and as a result—get you more clients? You may want to elaborate on this script, but you get the idea!
- Drive people around
- Get a part-time job
Here are some examples of part-time jobs:
- Work in a retail store
- Take an employment in a hostel, motel or hotel.
- Work on a farm
- Build an authority website
A bit different from building a niche website. An authority site usually has a lot of loyal followers and much more content than a niche website. Here are some examples of authority websites that you may be aware of:
However, you don’t need a website to be this big to be considered an authority site. You can monetize such a website with ads, affiliate marketing, and digital products to name a few.
- Help people to set up their pool or trampolines for the summer
Ask, and you’ll find that a lot of people like to have their pool or trampoline up during the summer. There is just one problem. They don’t like to set it up. Help them with this in exchange for $50-$150.
- Work as a caddie
If you like golf and enjoy being outside, why not consider working as a caddie for a while?
- Become someone’s friend
Yes, I’m serious. You can earn money by being someone’s friend. Why shouldn’t you be a friend in exchange for money? If they are willing to pay for it then what’s the problem? Go to www.rentafriend.com if you think this could be something for you.
Be there while they are on vacation. Not a lot of hard work is it?
- Repair cars
Begin by offering to fix cars for a low price until you’ve built up your reputation. Someone else’s problem is your profit.
- Edit videos
Just because people can do these types of things themselves doesn’t mean they wouldn’t prefer that someone else did it for them. You may be better and also quicker at video editing. Your clients could be YouTubers, companies or regular folks who want’s their vacation videos turned into a movie. Join Fiverr.com, UpWork.com or contact people directly and say that you can save them time, energy and money.
- Knit, crochet or make jewelry
These types of things sell well on etsy.com.
- Sell bread
I’ve done this myself when I was younger, and I made a few hundred dollars in one day. Knock on people’s doors (or companies) and offer them freshly baked bread. So what if some people say no? I knew a guy who use to travel 4-6 hours and sell freshly baked bread for 2-3 months. That was enough to support the rest of his year. He used to go to Asia for 8-9 months in a row without working.
- Be someone’s chef
Some people don’t enjoy cooking their own food (I’m one of them). Your clients are people with money, perhaps entrepreneurs. Pitch them by giving them a taste of your food. Then tell them how much time and energy they can save by hiring you as their personal chef.
Yes, people can put their text’s into google translate but how good is the result? Do you know Spanish, French or another language that may be useful to other people? Do a google search, and you’ll find a lot of work regarding translation. I recommend checking out UpWork.com as well.
Have you taken a look at some websites for small companies? It’s clear that most small businesses don’t know how to sell by using the written word. Perhaps they don’t have time to learn this skill. Offer to help them—get their website or other texts written in a way that can persuade the reader to BUY.
- Buy an existing company
Imagine all the baby boomers with businesses. What if their son or daughters don’t want to take over their business? Some of them have built up profitable cash machines with a loyal customer base. Is it not sad that these companies will just disappear unless someone is willing to run them? Yes, it will require capital, but it’s an idea worth considering.
- Sell things over the phone
Not the most glamourous work, I know! I’ve done it myself for about four years. The best month I had while working with telemarketing for another company was around $6000. With our second company, I was able to get one deal that made us over $10 000 in profits.
Swedish currency (1 USD = 8.53 SEK).
A lot of people have a misconception about selling over the phone. You read all these stories about scams etc. But here are two services that I’ve sold over the phone that has made the person on the other end of the line richer:
- Change electric company (saved individuals an average of $100-300 per year without lifting a finger).
- Audit electric bills for companies (one client got around $10 000 back from their electric company).
These are the types of services that I love to sell, but you can successfully sell products as well. Yes, some people will hang up the phone and say NO. But you won’t die from it; I promise you that!
- Build furniture and sell it!
Use your creativity to create furniture that is unique. Who knows, perhaps your style will become as famous as shabby chic.
What do most of the rich people have in common? Well, the majority of them are investors. They’ve either invested in businesses or real estate. What can you invest in that will turn $1 into $2? Or rather, $1000 into $2000.
- Start your own podcast
Podcasts are booming. I’d go so far as to say that they are replacing the radio. Starting a podcast is easier than you think. Make money while talking about something that you’re passionate about. Here are three ways to monetize podcasting after you’ve attracted listeners:
- Sell a product or service
- Listeners donation.
- Ask a powerful question: “how can I help?”
What can you do for other companies or individuals? Ask the question “How can I help?” by either calling, emailing or visiting them personally. Perhaps you’ll find out that one company have always wanted help with opening a website. An individual might want help with cleaning or doing their laundry. Whatever answer you’ll get, create a service around it! Business is an exchange of value—here are a few things that people pay for:
- Things that saves them money (better deals, lower staff cost, etc.)
- Services that free’s up their time (bookkeeping, cleaning, car washing, etc.)
- Activities that increases revenue (Sales, marketing, etc.)
- Things that makes them more safe (fire alarms, insurance, etc.)
- Saves energy (not everybody wants to learn SEO for example.)
- Sell water at events
Buy a large stock of water bottles for a low price and sell them at events to make a profit.
- Teach music
Are you good at playing a particular instrument or singing? If so, consider the idea of starting a part-time business where you either teach kids or adults about music.
- Graphic Design
Logos, header images, and covers are just some of the graphics that we’ve paid graphic designers to create. Join this massive market and offer high-quality graphic design. Some of the sites that you can sign up for are 99design, Fiverr and UpWork.com.
- Help individuals with resumes
Some people have a hard time selling themselves—either they don’t know how to sell, or they just don’t feel comfortable with it. Help them with this by writing their cover letter and resume in exchange for a $50 or more. Remind them that it’s a small price to pay to get a job that could potentially make them $50 000-$100 000 per year.
- Be the driver of a carpool
Tell people that they can join your carpool for $25 per week. Look for coworkers or people that work near your workplace. Drive four people, and you’ll easily make $100 per week doing something that you’re already doing—driving to work.
- Use Ebates when purchasing things online
Ebates is a cash back website that allows you to earn money while shopping online. So before purchasing—go to ebates.com and go through their link to the online store. They will receive a commission when you buy something and as a thank you from them—you’ll get some of it!
- Help elderly people
Assist them in daily activities like grocery shopping and earn some extra money by doing good deeds.
- Join focus groups
Give feedback to companies and get compensated for your time. www.findfocusgroups.com is one website where you can find focus groups in your area. Companies need to know what consumers think about their products. Therefore, it’s an excellent way to make some extra money if you enjoy giving your opinion.
- Come up with names for companies
Not everyone can afford to pay a professional brander to come up with a catchy name. Therefore, sites like NamingForce.com and SquadHelp.com exists. They do “naming contests” where you can submit your idea for a name. If the company picks your idea, you’ll make anywhere between $50-$500.
- Come up with slogans for companies
Are you creative and like contests? If that’s the case—you’ll love this idea. Join SloganSlingers.com for example, and you’ll have a chance of earning up to $999 per contest you win. Getaslogan.com is another example of a website that you may want to check out if you find this interesting. I believe “sloganeers” receive $50 per contest they win on GetaSlogan.com.
- Become a website tester
Companies like to know what it’s like to visit their website. It’s very hard for them to provide unbiased critique and feedback. Therefore, sites like UserFeel.com has been born. They pay individuals to do simple tasks like exploring the website and giving feedback on it. Check out UserFeel if this sounds interesting.
- Do odd jobs or run people’s errands
Check out OddJobNation.com, and you’ll see all the odd jobs that are available in your area. TaskRabbit.com is a website where you could offer to help people with chores like building IKEA furniture, etc.
There you have it! 100 different ways to make extra money. I hope you found at least one idea that is worth considering. Do you think I should have added any other idea to the list? If so, feel free to drop a comment below. I would also love for you to share this article with anyone that you think could benefit from it!