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I’ve written a lot lately about getting rid of debts and reducing expenses. I thought it was time I address the flip side of your finances:
Ways to make extra money.
Thanks to suggestions by my Twitter followers, readers, and other bloggers I’ve been able to put together a solid list of
52 ways to make extra money. Most, if not all of these ways to make money, can be done even with a full-time job.
I obviously haven’t tried all of these methods, but when possible I’ve tried to (link) to an example of the opportunity actually making money. You should be able to find something here that fits you and your skills.
Swagbucks – You earn points, called SB, just for watching videos, answering surveys, discovering special deals, shopping, or searching the internet.
There is no limit to the amount of SB you can earn, and they can be redeemed for free gift cards to all of the top retailers (Amazon, Target, Starbucks and eBay included) or for cash (PayPal, VISA gift cards).
– Sound too good to be true? Don’t worry. Swagbucks is legit and safe. Check out our Swagbucks review
Earn points for answering surveys, watching entertaining videos, shopping online, and more. Redeem your points for free gift cards to over 100 of your favorite
7. Take (Legit) Online Surveys
Did you know that you can get paid to do quick and easy online surveys? Here are a few websites to get you started:
- Opinion Outpost bridges the gap between your opinions and the companies who need them. Members can earn cash, rewards and be entered into a $10,000 quarterly prize draw. Sign up for Free.
- Inbox Dollars lets you take surveys, watch TV, play games, and more, and you automatically receive $5 just for signing up. The site is designed to connect brands and consumers, so be aware that your contact information will be shared with the brands you interact with. Sign up for Signup and get $5 Cash Bonus.
9. Dog Walking or Pet Sitting
If you love animals and live in an urban area then walking dog is a viable side hustle idea. People are busy going to work each day and are forced to leave their animals stuck in the house. This is not good for the dog or the owner. Not only because dogs get lonely and need to be around people, but also because they deserve fresh air and the chance to go to the bathroom outside! Offering to walk a group of dogs once or twice a day can really rake in some extra money. You could create signs and hang them up around libraries and churches, or perhaps take the modern approach and sign up with Rover. Rover is an increasingly popular marketplace that connects dog owners to dog walkers in their neighborhood. Check out Rover today.
Or you can take the dog walking a step further and get paid to take a dog in while the owner is away! Have you ever checked to see what it costs to board a pet? Those places are not cheap! Do some research and charge 10 – 20% less. Post your ads on Craigslist or around town.
But don’t expect people to just leave their loved one with a stranger. Make sure you offer your references and that you have all their necessary information if Fido gets injured or sick. Rover can help you here, too – Become a Pet Sitter.
21. Freelance Writing
Similar to writing reviews, you can become a freelance writer and make extra money writing articles and website copy.
While you don’t have to be a professional journalist to write for a website, it helps if you’ve blogged or had your own website where you blog regularly. Even better is showing that you have some experience in the niche in which you’re trying to find a job.
Right now on Upwork, they are looking for more writers. Set up a profile and start offering up your fast writing skills. You can make decent money with freelance writing and some people are able to make it a full-time business. Check out this interview
I did with a freelance writer who has had a lot of success and shares how to start a freelance business. Ready to get paid to write for blogs like mine? Check out this course, Get Paid to Write for Blogs, by my friend Catherine.
We also have an article about how to become a ghostwriter.
22. Sell Your Photos
Digital Photography School offers several books to help you take nice pictures. Get them up on the web at a broker, or Microstock site and make extra money. It’s not as easy as that, but those are the basics.
Another option is to take photos locally for homeowners. Many people don’t have good home listing photos of the home they’re trying to sell. If you notice, many of these pictures, aside from the ones done by professional photographers, have bad lighting, show clutter, etc.
If you’re good at taking pictures and have a nice camera, you might be able to sell your photo taking services to real estate agents or to people trying to sell their own home.
Being a food delivery driver is back in style! People all over the country are signing up to do it. Two companies are dominating the space: DoorDash and UberEats.
How it works is easy: When a person places a food delivery order from a local restaurant, the restaurant notifies DoorDash or UberEats (whichever one they use) that they need a driver to pick up and deliver the food to the customer.
As the driver, you get a notification that delivery is waiting and you can choose to go pick up and deliver the food (specific instructions on where to go, etc. included).
DoorDash pays a minimum of $10/hour but says drivers can earn $25/hour on average. I’ve read from various sources that UberEats drivers make between $10-$12/hour after accounting for expenses. I recommend looking into it yourself.
Click here to read about DoorDash, or here to read up on UberEats.
Have you tried any of these ideas? Let us know how it went!