There are lots of different ways to make extra money this year. Earning more income can help you pay off debt, go on more vacations, build an emergency fund, help you to stop living paycheck to paycheck, and more.
Back when I was in graduate school, I thought the only way to really make money was through a conventional job (either part-time or full-time). It wasn’t until I started this blog, that I realized it was possible to earn an extra income outside of a 9 to 5 job.
Learning about the different ways to make extra money has the potential to change your life.
You can spend either a free hour each day or 40+ hours per week on top of your full-time job. In either case, there are several different ways to make extra money to suit your situation. Check out this list of ways to make extra income, ranging from a few extra dollars to thousands of dollars.
Make money online
1. Start a blog
Blogging is how I like to make extra money and it’s a great way to make a part-time or full-time income. It’s super affordable to start a blog of your own. You can use my free step-by-step guide here to create your blog. For only $3.95 per month, you can start your own blog and get a free domain name when you sign up through my link. I also have a FREE blogging course which I recommend joining. It will teach you everything about starting a blog and how to make it successful. You can sign up in the form below!
2. Online surveys
There are many online survey websites that will pay you to complete surveys, play games, do online searches and more. They are free to sign up for and free to use. Survey websites I recommend include American Consumer Opinion, Swagbucks, QuickRewards, and Panel Place.
3. Virtual Assistant
I never heard of a virtual assistant until I read The 4-Hour Workweek. Then I did a little more research and saw that being a virtual assistant is a popular way to make money online and is an excellent work-at-home opportunity.
4. Affiliate marketing commissions
Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money online and you don’t even need a website or blog to start earning. If you have a large or engaged following on social media, or you often recommend products to friends and family, you can benefit from affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing works best when you’re completely honest about your recommendations. If you recommend products just to earn a commission, your audience will see right through you. I share more tips about increasing your affiliate income here in this post.
A good place to start is to join affiliate networks and apply to different companies or services that are relevant to your niche. Once you’re signed up, you can put a link or banner on your blog and earn a commission if someone clicks on the link and makes a purchase.
Some of my favorite affiliate networks are:
If you’re interested in learning more about how to make money through affiliate marketing, I recommend taking Michelle’s course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. She teaches you the exact strategies she used to go from making $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month. I’ve taken her course and it has helped me to earn thousands of dollars from blogging. You can find out more about the course here.
5. Open an online store
Do you have a product or service to sell? Consider opening an online store. I know many people who sell their crafts, baked goods, books, clothing and more online. You can use a platform such as Etsy, Amazon, eBay or Shoptify to open your online store.
I have been a member of Swagbucks for a while now, however I don’t use them as much as I used to, but it’s a simple way to earn gift cards for things you do online. There are many ways to earn points on Swagbucks including: filling out surveys, playing games and watching videos. You can sign up for Swagbucks here.
7. Flip stuff on eBay or Amazon
Do you have brand new items in your home that are still in the original package? Check to see how much those items are selling for on eBay or Amazon. Chances are you can make a profit by selling these items online. You can also shop at thrift stores or garage sales to find unopened items in the original package to sell on eBay or Amazon. This can be a great way to make extra money.
8. Teach an online course
Are you knowledgeable about a certain topic or niche? Chances are there’s an audience of people online who are willing to pay to learn how to become an expert too. You can sell your online course through platforms such as Udemy or Teachable.
9. Graphic Designer
Are you good at graphic design? You can sell premade or custom logos, templates and more online to make extra money.
10. Web Designer
Are you good at web design? There are always new websites popping up every day that need professional web designers. Many small businesses, bloggers, and online entrepreneurs are looking for someone to professionally design their website.
11. Social Media Manager
If you enjoy using social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest, why not get paid for your expertise? Many small businesses, bloggers, and online entrepreneurs are looking for someone to handle their social media accounts so they can build their brand online.
12. Start a podcast
Starting a podcast can be a great way to make money, especially if you can create a regular audience for your podcast on a specific topic. This will draw attention to relevant sponsors and advertisers who would be interested in working with you.
13. Start a drop shipping store
Drop shipping has been around for a while and some people have even been able to turn it into a full-time job. Drop shipping isn’t perfect and it involves a lot of hard work, but if you start a store and sell products that you love, it can be a rewarding side hustle or full-time job.
14. Remote English teacher or tutor
Teaching English as a second language can be a great way to make extra money. Some of my friends have traveled to work abroad teaching English, however you can also be a remote English teacher or tutor online.
15. Launch an ebook
Whether you are a fiction or non-fiction writer, you can make money by self-publishing an ebook. Amazon is the most popular platform to sell your ebook. Another great option is to sell and promote your ebook on your website or blog.
16. Online coaching
If you have a skill and are passionate about a certain topic or niche, you can offer your services with one-on-one online coaching. This can be a great way to earn extra income.
17. Fiverr gigs
This is a great place for new freelancers to make money. There are many services you can get paid to do, such as logo design, video creation, creating animations and more.
18. Build and sell websites
I know a few people who buy and sell websites in the hope of making future earnings based on website traffic, current revenue intake and other factors. There is a risk, just like buying stocks and real estate, but some people have had good success in flipping websites.
19. Help others with their resume
Helping others put together a resume can be a great way to make extra money. In today’s economy, many people are looking to find a better job and would be willing to pay for resume writing services.
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20. Freelance writing
Many successful freelance writers can earn thousands of dollars each month, but of course it doesn’t start off like that in the beginning. The first step to becoming a freelance writer is to launch a blog or website so you can build a portfolio and establish a web presence. You can start one for as little as $3.95/ month, which is a very small investment to make at the beginning. You can use my easy step-by-step guide on how to launch your blog in just 5 minutes.
21. Walk dogs or pet sit
This job is perfect for animal lovers. You can earn a regular side income by going to a client’s home to take their dog for a walk or having the animal stay with you.
22. House sit
This may not be the best way to earn extra money, but it’s a great way to travel the world for free. In some cases, you can get paid to watch the house, water plants, etc.
23. Babysit or nanny children
If you enjoy working with and being around children, this could be a great option for you. You can even be an Au Pair and travel abroad. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that any contract you sign allows you to enjoy some free days each week so you can explore the surrounding area.
24. Become a landscaper
Are you good at gardening or creating a beautiful landscape? There are many ways to make extra money by offering landscape services, gardening and more.
25. Mow lawns, rake leaves or shovel snow
This may not be the best job, but many people are willing to pay to get their lawn mowed, leaves raked or snow shoveled.
26. Become an Uber or Lyft driver
27. Freelance proofreading and editing
This is a great way to make extra money or even a full-time income. Many bloggers need people to edit their articles and this job allows you to work from anywhere.
28. Clean homes
Many people are limited on time or don’t enjoy cleaning. If you are good at cleaning, there are lots of people who are willing to pay for you to clean their home. This can be a great way to make extra money.
29. Become a photographer
Are you good with a camera? There are many opportunities to make money with photography. You can photograph weddings, engagements, special events, portraits and more.
30. Tutor a subject
Are you knowledgeable about a particular subject? When I was in high school, I needed some extra help with my math homework and hired a tutor. You can help someone learn a language, prepare for an exam, etc.
If you have valuable skills or certifications, you can offer your consulting services to local businesses or clients. This can be management consulting, travel consulting, financial consultant and more. Chances are there is a business owner or client willing to pay for your expert services.
32. Start a pop-up shop
If you are interested in opening a retail shop, art gallery or restaurant, but want to keep costs down, consider opening a pop-up shop instead. This can be an evening or weekend pop-up shop which allows you to work around your full-time job.
33. Paint homes or decks
Many people are looking for people to paint their homes, porches or decks. This can be a great way to earn extra income in the spring or summer months.
34. Wash and detail cars
Washing and detailing cars is a great way to make extra money, especially in the warmer months.
35. Personal fitness trainer/ Yoga instructor
If you’re into fitness or yoga and enjoy helping others reach their fitness goals, consider being a part-time fitness or yoga instructor. Once you build up a client base and good reputation, it could possibly turn into a full-time job for you.
36. Start a catering business
Do you enjoy cooking or baking delicious food? Consider selling your tasty creations to others or offering to cater for business functions, special events or parties. I know some people who started a part-time catering company who now have their own restaurant.
37. Event and party planning
Do you enjoy planning parties and special events? There are lots of opportunities to plan corporate events, birthdays, holiday parties, religious events, and more.
Make extra money at work
37. Ask for a pay raise
If you’d prefer to stay at your current job, working for your present employer, you can ask for a pay raise to increase your income. Remember that it’s always important to plan and prepare before asking for a pay raise.
38. Negotiate your work benefits / perks
If getting a pay raise is not an option, consider negotiating your work benefits or perks. This will be dependent on the industry your work in. For example, my sister is in the hotel industry and is able to receive free meals (while working), a free work uniform, free dry-cleaning and benefits, which helps her save money each month.
39. Look for promotion opportunities
Many companies like to look for internal hires before turning to the general public when positions are available. Check to see if there is room for advancement at your company or any new promotion opportunities.
40. Work overtime
One way to make extra money at a job you already have is to work overtime. Some jobs will pay you a decent amount of money to work some overtime hours, so it’s worth checking to see if this is an available option.
41. Get a new job
If you tried any of the above options and still find that you need extra income, I recommend looking for a new job that offers a higher salary. Sometimes a current job can only offer so much and it’s time to find a higher-paying job.
Part-time jobs to make extra money
One of my friends used to be a lifeguard each summer at the local pool while he was in college. This can be a great way to make extra money if you have the pre-requisite skills and certification.
43. Work at a restaurant
Whether you’re a hostess, server, cook or dishwasher, there are lots of different opportunities available at restaurants. You can work in the evening or weekends, which can be a great way to make extra money.
44. Work in the hotel and hospitality industry
Many part-time jobs in the hotel and hospitality industry are needed for evening and weekend shifts. If you’re interested in working in this industry, I highly recommend it.
45. Guide tours in your city
Do you live in a destination that’s popular with travelers? You can start a part-time tour guide business or look for opportunities at companies where tour guides are needed. This is a great way to earn extra money while meeting people from around the world.
46. Make deliveries for businesses
Many businesses may require deliveries. For example, when I was working as a Pharmacy Technician, the pharmacy offered free deliveries to patients. Our delivery driver worked only a few hours a day and was able to earn extra money by doing this.
47. Find a part-time summer or winter job
There are lots of seasonal jobs available, and they usually offer a decent amount of hours so you can earn extra money during this time. If you make a good impression, the company may hire you on as full-time or next season (depending on the type of work).
48. Senior caregiver
With the aging population, there are many opportunities to be a senior caregiver. You might require a certification or vaccinations, but this can be a great way to make extra money. Plus, you might make a friend.
49. Personal assistant
Personal assistants can offer a variety of different services, depending on who they are assisting. This can include running errands, organizing files, cleaning, making calls, and more.
50. Call center representative
While this might not be a fun job, being a call center representative can be a great way to make extra money. You can find shifts on evenings or weekends.
Sell or rent items to make extra money
51. Become an Airbnb host
If you have a cabin, cottage or extra room in your home, consider becoming an Airbnb host to make extra money. Don’t have any extra space? You can choose to become a host for your neighbourhood or make money by hosting a unique experience (hiking, cooking classes, and more).
52. Sell items on eBay
eBay is a popular platform to sell all sorts of things, such as electronics, clothing and more.
53. Sell items on Craigslist of Kijiji
Listing your items on Craigslist or Kijiji can be a great way to sell your items for a higher price (compared to eBay). The only downside is that you might have to meet up with the person who wants to buy your stuff. Always meet in a public and safe place.
54. Sell items at a garage sale
While you might not be able to charge as much for your items (like you can on Craigslist, Kijiji or eBay), having a garage sale is still a great way to sell your stuff.
55. Sell your gift cards
Instead of holding on to gift cards that you know you won’t use, consider selling them online. There are lots of different places to sell your gift cards.
56. Sell items on Etsy
Etsy is a great place to sell handmade items, clothing, craft supplies, jewelry, vintage pieces and more. If any of those things sound like your jam, then definitely check out Etsy!
57. Sell items to second-hand stores
While some stores rely on the free donation of items, there are lots of second-hand stores that will pay for your gently used clothing, shoes, handbags, etc. There are even second-hand stores that will pay for your designer goods too.
58. Sell your photos
Are you good at taking photos? There are lots of opportunities to sell stock photos online. Many small businesses, bloggers, and online entrepreneurs are looking for good quality stock photos.
59. Rent your parking space
If you have a parking spot that you don’t regularly use, consider renting it out. I know many people who are on long waitlists to secure a parking spot, so you might be able to make some good money by renting out yours.
60. Rent a room in your house
Many students and young adults are looking for affordable accommodation options today. If you have a spare room in your home, consider renting it out for extra money each month.
61. Rent out your car
Provided you have insurance coverage, renting your car out on an hourly, daily, weekly or monthly rate can be a popular way to make extra money.
62. Rent your clothing
If you have designer or brand name items in your closet, consider renting them out to others. There are lots of websites where you can rent your clothing out and earn extra money.
63. Sell your used books
When I was in college, I would sell my old textbooks when classes were over. This would allow me to gain back the majority of the value that I paid for the textbook. I also like to sell novels and other books to used bookstores when I finish reading them.
Miscellaneous ways to make extra money
64. Earn cashback using Ebates
Whenever I shop online, I try to always use cashback websites like Ebates so I can earn free cashback on all my purchases. Ebates is free to use and it’s a great way to earn extra money just for shopping online. You can sign up for Ebates here and get a $10 welcome bonus.
65. Focus groups
A few of my friends earn extra money by participating in paid focus groups. When companies are about to launch a new or improved product, they like to gather consumer feedback about their product prior to launch. You can get paid (up to $100 per hour) for your opinion.
66. Participate in a clinical trial
One way to earn extra money is to volunteer for a medical research study. You may need to meet certain qualifications in order to participate, but it can be a good way to make extra money.
67. Enter contests or giveaways
While there is no guarantee that you will win anything, it doesn’t hurt to enter contests or giveaways. You can get the chance to win vacations, cash prizes, gift cards and more.
68. Use credit cards with good rewards
If you’re good with using credit cards and make sure to pay off the full amount due each month, then I recommend taking advantage of credit cards with rewards. There are many credit cards that offer cashback rewards, travel points, restaurant or movie points, and more.
69. Invest your money
It can be a little daunting to invest your money if you’re not sure where to start, which is why I suggest reading a book (or two) about investing for beginners or talking to a financial planner about your long-term goals. The key is to start sooner rather than later.
If you’re interested in learning more about investing and creating a portfolio, I recommend starting with Motif Investing as an affordable option. The investing platform is straightforward and easy to use. You can buy a portfolio of up to 30 stocks or ETFs for a single transaction of $9.95 per trade. Plus you will receive up to $150 when you use Motif Investing by signing up through this link.
70. Become a brand ambassador
If you’re good at building an online presence and networking with companies, becoming a brand ambassador might be a fun option for you. I have seen bloggers partner with companies and became a brand ambassador for their product or services.
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