Here’s a riddle for you:
What do we all have that we always need more of?
Your answer was probably money.
Whether it’s pennies or fat stacks of dollar bills, money is the number one source of stress in the world.
You may be comfortable, but odds are you’re probably just a few hundred dollars a month away from a far less stressful daily life.
Trust me, I know how that feels, but there’s are tons of ways to fill that gap in your finances.
I’m going to show you how to make extra money so you can start living life to the fullest, instead of constantly waiting on that next paycheck.
101+ Ways to Make Extra Money Starting NOW!
Without further adieu, it’s time to start exploring all the wonderful opportunities for making extra money that are waiting for you.
#1 Take Surveys
Believe it or not, there’s a lot of companies that care what you think. After all, you can’t market to an audience if you don’t know them. Check out some of these websites that will pay you to take surveys online:
#2 Tutor Students
You can make some serious cash on the side by advertising tutoring services. Choose whichever subject you’re familiar with, an age group where you can help them get past obstacles in their learning, and then all that’s left to do is set an hourly rate!
#3 Start a Blog
This one is my personal favorite. There are tons of reasons to start a blog, but one of the biggest ones is to start making money from home.
Blogs bring followers, and it’s these people who are more than happy to buy what you’re offering because they trust you. From affiliate marketing, to book sales, to advertisements, there’s a lot of ways you can make money from your blog.
#4 Become an Uber Driver
Uber is like a more personal cab driver service. People like you and me can apply to become a driver for the service. You take people from one place to another, use your car, and make money while doing it!
#5 Become a “Middleman” on eBay
Companies are always looking for people to help sell products on eBay. You don’t need to do any of the shipping, just the sales!
This is smart only if you make sure the terms of your agreement are sound, so read the fine print before you dive into something like this.
#6 Apply to Become a Mystery Shopper
Mystery shoppers are people who go to stores, restaurants, and other customer service oriented businesses and perform a stealthy check. No one knows who you work for, they think you’re just another customer.
Your meal is commonly free at restaurants, you earn money, and all you have to do is tell the company how their employees did. You can apply to become a mystery shopper online fairly quickly too!
#7 Utilize Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is one of the top ways that you can make money blogging. It involves promoting products or services within your blog posts or articles.
When people purchase one of these, you get a commission. Think of it like a sales job, but you’re selling things you actually care about and truly believe will help your followers. It’s much more fulfilling that way.
#8 Walk Dogs in Your Neighborhood
Dogs need to be walked, it’s a fact of life. I know there are days that I would seriously pay someone to walk mine, so why shouldn’t that be you?
You can start small with your dog walking business, but shoot for the skies. You can make some great money on the side by just taking a stroll with dogs. Who wouldn’t want to do that?
#9 Start a Home Cleaning Service
Much like walking dogs, people often don’t have time to keep their homes in the shape they would like. I look around at my kitchen and my living room as I type this and I wish I had some help myself.
You don’t need a degree to be a clean and efficient person, so why not put those skills to work and advertise cleaning services for people who want a fresh and clean home to return to after a long day of work (or in my case when they leave their computer).
#10 Do Yard Work (Mow Lawns, Rake Leaves, Etc.)
Yard work is great exercise, and much like cleaning or walking dogs, it’s not difficult at all. With this type of work, you’ll need some tools like a lawnmower, a rake, a leaf blower, and perhaps a few others, but those tools will quickly pay for themselves.
Not to mention you’ll get totally buff doing all the work outdoors. Win-win am I right?
Babysitting requires patience above all else because kids can be a handful, but a great babysitter can make some serious cash by the hour.
Check out Sittercity which is basically an online job board for babysitters. You can create a profile, choose your rate, and find jobs to bring in extra income.
#12 Help People Repair Things Around Their Homes
Are you the person your mother calls when her sink is leaking instead of hiring an expensive plumber? Handy skills like that are always in demand.
Try putting up flyers, advertising online, or even just browsing Craigslist for jobs that you could do in your sleep!
#13 Open an Online Store
Creating an online business these days is easier than ever. Just look at a website like eBay for example. People are making money on there everyday by selling products they made, old things they don’t want, or anything in between.
There are plenty of other platforms for online sellers as well. Ever heard of Amazon for example? Today’s online world doesn’t demand that you have a brick and mortar location, you can start a business online from home!
#14 House-Sit For People on Vacation
The only thing better than babysitting is house sitting in my opinion. While I love taking care of little ones, taking care of an empty house is just about as awesome as it gets.
When people are gone for a while, they like to know that someone is watching their house, feeding their pets, things like that. Most jobs will offer you food and a place to stay in the house while you’re there as well. Nice!
#15 Volunteer For a Clinical Trial
I know what you’re thinking:
Uh Matt, I’m not going to volunteer to be a lab rat.
That’s not what this is, we’ve gotten a lot better with our medical technology over the years. Clinical trials offer a lot of money to simply have you participate in medical studies.
It’s safe and controller, plus you can take pride in knowing you helped progress modern medicine.
#16 Work From Home as a Customer Service Representative
When you call a customer service line to speak with someone, did you know that in most cases that person is sitting at home wearing pink bunny slippers (or their slipper of choice)?
It’s true, many businesses outsource their customer service and pay people like you to answer calls and help people solve their problems. Even the biggest companies in the world like Apple hire people for positions like this all the time!
#17 Become a Focus Group Member
Focus groups are used to measure the potential success of everything from candy bars, to car commercials. You can get paid to sample these things and provide feedback on them.
Your input helps companies decide what changes they need to make to maximize their product.
This is how I got started with a career working from home. Freelance jobs are everywhere and they need a variety of skills. You can be a writer, a graphic designer, a web designer, a voice actor/actress, or tons of other things and find paid work on platforms like these:
Here you can create profiles and look for paid jobs. If you’re really serious, you can also check freelance job boards and Craigslist for more lucrative opportunities.
#19 Rent Out a Room
Are you sporting an extra room in your house? Is it currently being used for “storage?” (A.K.A a junk room you keep saying you’ll turn into a man cave) If you don’t mind having a roommate, you can cut costs and save tons of money on rent and bills by renting it out.
You can also offer the room up for short-term rentals by turning it into an Airbnb that houses travelers who are passing through.
#20 Start a Crowdfunding Campaign
Crowdfunding has found a huge niche on several platforms lately. If you have an idea for something creative like a book, game, movie, board game, or something different entirely, you can pitch the idea on platforms like these:
You’ll need to create a strong pitch, a video, and then set a goal. People can then choose to invest in your project while the campaign is going on. If you raise enough money, you get the funds and then it’s time to make good on your promise.
If you don’t meet your goal, you won’t get anything, so you only move forward if you have what you need.
#21 Earn Rewards From Credit Cards
Many of today’s top credit cards offers cashback rewards. If you play the game smartly (and pay off what you spend) this is a great way to earn free money that you can use on a variety of things.
Look for offers from companies like Discover and Capital One that give you cash back on all of your purchases. There’s some good deals out there.
#22 Become an Extra in a Film or Show
You may not be an award-winning actor or actress yet, but you can make some money (and break into the scene) by becoming an extra in a film or TV show. There’s basic roles like being a member in a crowd, and then there’s awesome jobs like playing a zombie.
The money is a nice touch, but the experience alone is once-in-a-lifetime.
Collecting cans, soda tabs, or even just taking pictures of your recycling bin for Recycle Pix (You can download the app on your smartphone) will all put extra money in your pocket. You can turn in things like this for cash at various centers and locations.
#24 Work Overtime
If you have a job that offers overtime, do it! If you’re not sure, then ask because overtime always offers a bonus on your normal hourly wage for working those extra long shifts.
It’s not fun, but it is a quick and easy way to make more money than you usually get on your paychecks. It’s fast and it’s guaranteed.
#25 Sell Old Books
Books never go out of style, especially the classics. If you have a mini-library forming in your room or on your bookshelf, consider packing together some of those classic pieces of literature, or those series you bought hardcover editions of, and put them up for sale.
Again, eBay and Craigslist are great places to start when you want to sell your dusty old tomes.
#26 Sell Your Food at a Farmer’s Market
Do you have a green thumb? Mine’s more of a sickly yellow color when it comes to gardening, but if you have fresh fruits, vegetables, or even just tasty baked treats, set up shop at a local farmer’s market!
Some of the best deals I’ve ever gotten came from one of these markets, and the people there are always attracting repeat business.
#27 Host a Garage Sale
Perhaps the oldest trick in the book, a garage sale is a great way to get rid of things you don’t need and make pure, tax-free cash while doing it!
All you need is an open garage/driveway, a bunch of stuff, some signs planted around your neighborhood, and a little business savvy to get started.
You can always go the extra mile as well by posting on social media and really marketing the whole event to bring more people.
#28 Become a Virtual Assistant
Business executives run around accomplishing tons of tasks on a daily basis, but stayed organized and keeping up with the little things is pretty much impossible without help. That’s where you come in.
Virtual assistants are like work-from-home secretaries. They handle phone calls, emails, social media accounts, scheduling, and anything else their clients need. If you’re organized, then you’re already qualified!
#29 Moderate on Forums
Forums are a great place to discuss a product or service, but they can also get messy. In order to enforce the rules and keep the peace, they hire moderators to hang out on the forums and make sure everything is going smoothly.
You’ll need to on top of your game and step in when rules are being broken or when someone needs a question answered, but this is a great job if you’re familiar with the product or service in question.
#30 Write Blog Posts For Other Websites
Guest posting is a great way to put yourself on the map as an online blogger or writer. The best part? Many of today’s blogs will pay you up to $100 for your post!
Check out this list of websites that pay for guest posts. Of course, to submit one you’ll need to showcase a blog of your own in most cases so they know you have the right credentials and knowledge.
Don’t worry though, starting a blog is easy! You’re already in the right place 🙂
#31 Deliver Items For Businesses
Many businesses need people to deliver items like packages, flowers, or all kinds of other products. You can also look for work like this at restaurants or pizza places.
All you need is a driver’s license and a car to qualify. You also get to keep any tips you make. If you like driving, this one’s a no-brainer.
#32 Deliver Newspapers
Newspapers are still relevant, despite the rise of the internet, and we’ve come a long ways from the days when kids riding bicycles used to throw them onto people’s lawns.
Consider taking a job where you deliver newspapers to various neighborhoods. You’ll need to be a morning person since delivery happens in the early hours, but it’s a great way to earn some extra cash.
#33 Assistant a Disabled Person
This is the kind of job you can feel good about. There are plenty of people who, for a variety of reasons, can’t do their laundry, shop for groceries, make meals, or run errands.
You can assist someone like this and make a difference in someone’s life while also making extra money for yourself. Once again, everyone wins here.
#34 Host a Tour of Your City
Do you happen to live in a major tourist location? Have you been there for several years, or better, most of your life? You are completely qualified to be a tour guide then!
Put together a itinerary and start advertising your services. Take small groups of people around in your car or in a rented vehicle. Show them the sights, tell them stories about your experiences, and make money while doing it.
#35 Work as a Lifeguard
Here’s another part-time, but very fulfilling job. Life guards work on beaches, at water parks, and at local swimming pools. If anything happens, you’re ready and able to save the day. It’s like being a modern day superhero, and you get paid to do it at the same time.
Plus, who wouldn’t want to work on their tan?
#36 Find a Part-Time Seasonal Job
Many retail jobs offer seasonal positions around the holidays where you can grab a job for a few months that brings in an extra paycheck for the holiday season. In some cases, they may ask you stay on after the season is over, but either way you make the money you need when you need it.
Try major corporations like Walmart, Target, GameStop, and Best Buy for jobs like these.
#37 Wash Cars
Car washes are expensive, and true car connoisseurs know that those brushes scratch the paint. A high quality wash with detailing is something that almost anyone would pay good money for.
The best part about this, is that you don’t need a ton of supplies. A high quality soap, a good detailing sponge, maybe some wax for the finish, and you’re good to go!
#38 Move Furniture and Belongings
Let me be the first to say that I hate moving. It’s expensive, stressful, and just downright annoying. If someone offered to move my belongings for me (especially the furniture) I would almost literally throw money at them.
If you have the stamina to lift heavy objects, and the finesse to make sure nothing gets broken, this is a great opportunity to make some great money on the side.
#39 Groom or Bathe Pets
There’s something hardwired into the DNA of cats and dogs that makes them hate getting groomed or bathed. There are exceptions, but for the most part it’s not fun to go through something like that.
If you’re able to get out of a nail clipping or or a bath in one piece with household pets, that’s a skill plenty of people would pay for. You can run the entire business out of your car too if you’d like. That way you can charge a premium for coming to their houses to do the work.
#40 Enter in Contests and Sweepstakes
This isn’t a guaranteed way to make extra money, but it is quick and easy. You can find tons of free contests and sweepstakes online that take literally seconds to enter yourself into. On the off-chance you win, that’s some serious extra cash in your pocket.
In other words, you have nothing to lose on these.
#41 Buy a Scratch-off
This is a safe way to gamble without spending too much money. You can buy a scratch-off for anywhere from $1-$25 with increments in between. The odds aren’t amazing on these, but I’ve seen plenty of them turn a couple bucks into $20, $50, or $100.
They have the potential to be worth a lot more too. This is something you should do with spare change, not something you want to sink tons of money into.
#42 Place Advertisements on Your Car (Or Yourself)
There are companies out there who will pay you to put an ad on your car. The longer you keep it there, the more they will pay you. In, shall we say, more extreme cases, people will place ads on their body, such as their forehead.
How far you go is up to you, but if you don’t mind doing a little advertising, this is free money rolling in for you.
#43 Rent Our Your Garage Space
Let’s say you live in a house, but you don’t have a car. You’re smarter than most and you just use public transportation (despite how horrible it can be) because you want to save money on car repairs, gas, and insurance.
Turn that empty garage into a source of income! You can have someone rent the space to park their own car when they are at work, or if they are going out of town. It’s way cheaper than paying for parking on their end, and you make cash yourself.
#44 Ask For a Raise
If you have a job, you’ve been there a while, and you want to make more money, the best way is to simply ask for a raise. Of course, this is far easier said than done. Money is an awkward subject no matter what context you’re speaking in.
Go into the negotiations with plenty of research under your belt, confidence in your performance, and put the ball in their court so they’re not asking you what you want to make. Instead, they are offering you options.
#45 Sell Your Old Gift Cards
Gift cards are a double-edged sword, aren’t they? They act as cash money, but only at specific places. If you have some that are gathering dust, there are numerous businesses who will buy them from you and sell them at a discounted rate to their customers.
They get a new product to sell, and you turn restricted money into pure cash that you can use anywhere you want. Time to clean out the old wallet!
#46 Sell to Secondhand Stores
Secondhand stores come in all shapes and sizes, but they all purchase used items that they can resell. The largest of these are consignment stores, but there are others. For example, you can sell gently used clothing at Plato’s Closet if you have one near you.
For electronics, companies like Best Buy and GameStop buy used products in this niche and offer both store credit and cash for your items.
#47 Sell Collectibles on eBay or Craigslist
Collectibles are a huge market. They range across all types of things: from antiques, to sealed figures, to rare books, to memorabilia from major events or historically significant ones.
If you have something that’s rare, in mint condition, and unique, you can put it online for sale at a price that may shock you. Do your research first, of course, but check out the old things you have sitting on shelves or in the attic. You may surprised what you can get for them.
#48 Become a Website Tester
Here’s a cool job that pays well: testing websites. By signing up for something like User Testing, you can get paid to test websites and give feedback on their usability. It’s all about testing the features and the design of the website, but you benefit from being paid to do it!
Right now the user experience is huge when it comes to designing a website, so services like this won’t be going anywhere and can provide you with a steady source of income.
Ah yes, ghostwriting. This was a gig I did back in the day where I used to write posts, books, or articles for someone else. You don’t get your name on the final product, but you get paid a premium to do it for them.
It’s a great way to use your talents
#50 Post Advertisements on Your Social Media
Much like placing advertisements on your car, companies will pay you to post content about their products on your social media page. This is especially true if you have a lot of followers.
This is also true if you reach out to companies and offer to do a review of their product by posting on YouTube. All of this can be yours if you use today’s social media tricks to bring in a ton of followers which will make you an influencer in the eyes of companies.
#51 Manage Other Social Media Accounts
After you become a social media guru working on #50 there, why not try your hand at managing other social media accounts? Now that you know the tricks behind getting the most reach on today’s platforms, you can put it to use.
A ton of companies will pay you to work from home and keep an eye on their pages. If people ask questions, you’re there to respond quickly. If they need something posted, you’ve got it under control. It requires a bit of know-how and experience, but you’ve got this.
#52 Help People Edit Their Resumes
Have you done your fair share of resumes for jobs? You probably picked up a few tricks on what makes a resume shine. You can take those tricks and use them to benefit others who are trying to get their names in the running for what could be a life-changing career.
This one also requires a little experience, but once you understand the characteristics of a great resume, you have a new source of extra income at your fingertips.
#53 Proofread Blog Posts
Let’s say you’re not a writer, but you’ve got an incredible attention to detail. That’s great, you can work as an editor on a blog and make sure everything they post is accurate and free of errors.
As a writer, I can attest that we would do anything to have someone else proofread our work.
#54 Be a Referee or an Umpire
If you’re one of those people who sits at the television and screams at the referees when they make a bad call, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is and work as a ref or an umpire yourself.
All you need is a keen understanding of the sport’s rules, and the guts to make the call. With those things in hand, you’ll be good to go!
#55 Create Balloon Animals
Personally, I can barely get a balloon blown up, let alone twist it into an animal shape. If you have a knack for making balloon animals, find a local event, bring your balloons and watch your extra money roll in.
This is a great way to make extra money on the side by working for a few hours on a weekend.
#56 Share Your Information With Google
While most of us are trying to avoid having our information taken while we’re online, this is a way to simply help companies like Google better understand how you tick so they can improve the overall experience they provide.
This is an easy way to make extra income because all you have to do is answer simple questions and then you earn credits on Google Play. It may not be cash, but Google Opinion Rewards gives you credit towards things you would buy anyway like movie rentals, music downloads, an so on.
#57 Open another Bank Account
Is it just me, or is it hard to save money these days? Most banks will offer you up to $150 just for opening an account with them. This is free money, but instead of just using it, treat it like a down payment into a new savings account.
If it’s at another bank, you’re less likely to touch it, so problem solved! It’s like freezing your credit cards, only less messy.
#58 Use Bing For Search Instead
Bing wants you to use their search engine so bad, they’ll pay you for it! If you decide to start using Bing instead of Google, you can join their rewards program to start earning points for searches and for trying out new features.
These points can enter you in contests, and they can also be used for gift cards of all kinds. If you’re like me and you have an Xbox One, you can even earn Xbox Live Gold time as well. Sounds good to me!
#59 Check Your $1 Bills For Rare Serial Numbers
This is an oddball one, but there are people out there who will pay up to $100 for a single $1 bill if it has a specific serial number. If you have some singles laying around, head over to Cool Serial Numbers and check their list of most-wanted serial numbers.
Rare serial numbers can be worth anywhere from $100 to $2,500 or more! Give me a second to grab my wallet and check my singles.
#60 Answer TV Trivia Questions
If you’re a fan of modern TV shows like The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, you can make extra money by answering trivia questions about the episode you just watched.
Head on over to Reward TV and fill out the form to start making some cash for your time.
#61 Take Photos (and Sell Them)
Do you fancy yourself a photographer? No, selfies don’t count. If you have photos that people can use just sitting on your phone, you can download an app called Foap that allows you to sell the license to those photos for $10 and you get to keep $5.
If someone buys your photo ten times, you just made $50. Not bad for something that was just sitting on your phone.
#62 Teach a Valuable Skill
We all have something that we’re truly good at. How would you like to get paid for teaching that skill to others? There’s a wonderful site called Udemy where you can create courses that people have the option to take.
When someone pays to take your course, you make money from it. If you’re interested, here’s a free guide on how to create an Udemy course. Get teaching professor!
#63 Clean Windows
Businesses pay good money for people to clean the exterior of their windows, especially if the building has a lot of them. While you can try and become one of those people who clean windows on skyscrapers, I would recommend starting smaller with businesses in your area.
#64 Become a Bartender
While being a waiter or waitress is a good job for earning tips, being a bartender can really bring in the extra money you’re looking for. All you need to do is take a class (some companies pay for this) and then start getting people feeling good and leaving tips.
Bonus points for you if you can juggle the bottles and do cool tricks. People love that.
#65 Get Paid to Surf the Web
I think all of us surf the web in our spare time, but now it’s time to make extra income while doing it! I think we’ve all heard of Nielsen, but did you know that their Digital Voice program will pay you installing their app so they can see how you browse the web?
As one of the world’s top media measurement companies, this is a gig that won’t be going anywhere. The way it works is by entering you in monthly cash giveaways so the more you participate, the more entries you get.
#66 Sell Plasma, Eggs, Blood, Etc. (Not Kidneys!)
Selling kidneys is illegal, and besides, you should keep both anyway just in case. Now, things that get replaced like female eggs, plasma, and blood can be sold for money. The best part is that you’re helping someone else out.
Donating these types of things can net you anywhere from $50 to several thousand dollars as well. Doing something nice and getting paid for it? I can’t think of a better opportunity.
#67 Rent Out Your Parking Spot
So, you work for this fancy company and they give you a parking spot. Nice, but you don’t drive? Well, why not rent out that fancy space for some extra cash each month? You can set the rate and advertise on Craigslist to get the wheels rolling (pun intended).
#68 Create Graphics For Companies
If you have a talent for graphic design, you can pick up freelance jobs left and right. Visuals are a huge part of advertising, especially in this digital age.
If you check out major platforms like Upwork and PeoplePerHour, you can find freelance jobs doing logo designs, marketing content, and tons of other opportunities.
#69 Become a Wedding Photographer or Performer
Weddings happen all the time, and there are two things you will always find at a wedding:
A photographer and some sort of performance
Usually it’s a nice musical performance going on in the background, but sometimes it’s the focal point of a major moment. The photographer only needs a fancy camera and the ability to be present at all the right moments to snap perfect pictures.
Either way, you can advertise your service and charge a flat rate for the day to bring in extra money.
#70 Play Music on The Corner
If you live in a big city, and there aren’t laws against this: you can set up shop at a major event or intersection and start playing something. Leave a place for people to drop donations and do what you love while making some money.
Don’t feel bad about it either, the technical term for it is “busking” and plenty famous musicians do this in their free time.
#71 Promote Products or Events on the Streets
A street team is composed of people hired to promote an event or product to regular people in their area. It’s a great way to spread the world of mouth with people who are passionate about the brand.
You can put one together yourself, or join one to make some extra cash while you’re building hype for a big music event or something similar.
#72 Write Reviews For Software
Companies need reviews to sell their products, which is why many of them will offer the product free to reviewers for testing purposes. Not only that, but they pay them as well for writing the review.
This is especially true with software, so if you’re tech-savvy, you can make money and earn some free software in the process!
#73 Sell Your Hair
I know you love your luscious locks, but there are companies out there who need to make wigs for a variety of purposes. They need hair to do it, so if you don’t mind parting with several inches, you can make quick cash on the side by selling it.
While you’re waiting for it to grow back, why not try a new hair style and see if you like it better than the one before?
#74 Sell Bottles of Water at Major Events
This one is incredibly clever. People who show up at outdoor events like air shows, car shows, and the like, never think to bring water. Depending on where you live, it can get pretty hot outside, which means people are going to get thirsty.
You can buy a pack of water for less than $5 and sell each one for a $1 if you have them chilled and ready to buy. People won’t think twice, and you’ll make a serious profit.
#75 Check For Unclaimed Money
In all of the chaos that money introduces in the world, it’s not surprising that some of it gets lost in the cracks. Most people will go through their lives without ever knowing that the government owes them money, but you won’t.
Whether it’s pure cash or an unclaimed property, you can use a free search tool from the government to find out if you have money sitting around that has your name on it.
#76 Be a Direct Seller
Many companies will work with individuals to sell their products. You organize events at your house or at a friend’s place and you invite as many people as possible.
During the event you promote and sell products, all of which you’ll earn a commission on. Being a direct seller doesn’t tie you down to a set schedule, it simply allows you to make extra money on the side.
#77 Start Consulting For Businesses
Consulting covers a wide range of duties, but it’s a well paying job no matter what you’re doing. It’s all about bringing a level of expertise to the table. That’s why many bloggers are also consultants on the side.
Build up your knowledge on something businesses need, showcase it online, and then you’ll have the basis for a consulting career which will bring in plenty of extra income.
#78 Join an Online Jury
No one likes jury duty, but what if you could do it from home on your own time? All you need to be is a U.S. citizen over the age of eighteen and you’re qualified!
Check out Online Verdict for a chance to make extra money in your spare time by helping decide on real world cases.
#79 Check Places Where You Leave Money
Money can be found in the weirdest of places, but it adds up after a while. Start by checking in your couch cushions for change, under furniture, in your car, at the bottom of your purse of backpack, and in the pockets of your pants.
Put all of it in one place and when it builds up, take it somewhere to have it cashed out. You can find coin machines at grocery stores if you don’t mind them taking a small cut.
#80 Return Items You Don’t Need
Go through your stuff and look for things you never opened. Many businesses have long return policies for items that haven’t been used or are lightly used. In cases of major corporations, you may not need a receipt either!
You really thought you wanted that $200 scale model of the Titanic, but you’ve never found the time to open it, let alone build the thing. Stuff like this can be refunded for cash in your pocket.
#81 Collect Scrap Metal
If you have a truck and a few hours to spare, you should go through your garage or basement and see if you have scrap metal laying around. Anything like steel, bronze, and especially copper can be sold to scrap yards for cold, hard, cash.
This handy guides shows you how it all works so you can see if selling scrap is something you want to do. It’s
#82 Apply For Food Stamps
Food stamps or EBT cards are there for people who need them. Just because you’re making money, doesn’t mean you won’t qualify. If you’re trying to feed more than just yourself, and you wages aren’t cutting it, you can get some help each month with groceries.
I know it may hurt your pride a little, but sometimes you do what you have to do so your family is taken care of. That’s what things like these are for.
#83 Work as a Temp
Much like seasonal employees in retail, temps are used in the corporate world to fill in positions for certain amounts of time. You don’t have to stay there afterward, but you will have a guaranteed job for a set amount of time that can bring in extra cash.
If you need extra income now, this is a way to get yourself in a well-paid position quickly so you can start bringing in the extra dough.
#84 Take a Cash Advance
While cash advances get a bad reputation, they’re not that bad when you think about it. No worse than credit cards really, these allow you to get some of your paycheck early so you can pay a bill or cover rent.
Yes, you’ll need to pay it back with interest, but again, this is a less risky credit card. Just make sure you pay it back on time or you’ll really wish you hadn’t gone this route.
#85 Sell Items at a Pawn Shop
Pawn shops will buy just about anything they can turn around and sell. Some will also allow you to get money for the items and return to buy them back within a certain amount of time.
If you have items of value that you can part with, this is a quick way to grab extra money when you need it, but I would caution against relying on this method since you don’t want to sell something you’ll regret.
#86 Visit a Casino (But Be Reasonable)
Gambling should always been done casually, but with the right mindset, you can make some quick cash by strolling into a casino and setting a limit for yourself. Get familiar with the games, work with the limit you set, and pace yourself on those free drinks.
You never know, you may just walk out with double, or more, than you started with.
#87 Check Your Credit Score
Checking your credit score is both easy and free. Why does this help you? Well, there are times when people’s scores have errors. In cases like these, you can notify the credit bureaus and have it altered.
If you credit score goes up because of a typo, your interest rates go down and so do your payments. Everybody wins and you have more money to spend each month.
#88 Write an eBook
These days, anyone can publish an eBook on Amazon’s Kindle service. While there are arguments for and against self-publishing, if you’re a blog owner with a ton of followers, you can easily sell your books to them digitally.
The best part is that these books can be compiled posts or reworked content that they can take with them on-the-go. As long as it’s helpful and interesting to your audience, they’ll buy it every time.
#89 Purchase Broken Electronics, Fix Them, Then Resell
Things like broken phones, tablets, even computers and game consoles, sell for pennies on the dollar because they don’t work. If you know how to take them and fix what’s wrong, you can turn around and sell them for a huge profit.
You’ll need to test them extensively to make sure they’re working before you resell them, but this is a great way to put your skills to use.
#90 Model For Artists
You have to be pretty comfortable in your own skin for this one to work, but artists who need models will offer an hourly rate for you to simply sit still and act as the muse for a masterpiece.
The going rates depend, but you should always look for something that is worth your time. They are, after all, using your image so make sure they pay good for it.
#91 Become a YouTuber
Yes, the term YouTuber is real, and yes, I’m conflicted about it. A lot of people these days are making good money, career money actually, off of their YouTube channels. Whether they host weekly shows, stream video games, or offer friendly advice, people flock to them.
Why not you then? You probably have an awesome idea for a web series, or maybe you just want to comment while streaming a movie or game? Starting a YouTube channel is free, and you’ll have the potential to become a star.
#92 Perform Odd Jobs
You’d be surprised how many people need someone to pick up their dry cleaning, or mow their lawn. Odd jobs are always out there for people who need some quick cash. Check out some of the jobs on these online platforms:
- Fiverr – This platform allows you to post jobs that you would be willing to do for $5. It can be anything from a quick sketch, to a short audio track.
- Task Rabbit – This service literally provides people with someone who is willing to do chores like cleaning, packing, or running errands. Think of it like getting an adult allowance when you need it.
#93 Scan Barcodes While Shopping
We’re back to Nielsen again, the company that is best known for tracking TV ratings. They have an app for your smartphone that allows you to scan the groceries you purchase. What’s the point, you ask?
Well, if you’re approved they send you a scanner that you can use when you’re shopping. This data gets sent off for studies and media research. You can earn points for scanning which are used for electronics, jewelry, household items, or even toys that your kids will love.
It won’t shower you with riches, but everything helps, so fill out an application and see if you qualify!
#94 Offer Translation Services
When it comes to the internet, there’s a website for everything. Are you someone who can speak more than one language? Have you considered becoming a translator? Yeah, I know, it sounds complicated, but I already found a website you can use to get quick and easy jobs where your skill comes in handy.
It’s called Gengo, and it works like much of the other freelance platforms, but this one is focused on translators. You won’t need to attend UN meetings or anything, but you will have an outlet to make extra money if you know more than one language.
#95 Answer Questions Online
If you’re someone who always seems to have the answer to everything (like a human Google) then I’ve got the perfect side gig for you. You can work from home on a variety of websites simply answering questions that people have.
These are going to require some expertise or just a general base of knowledge, but you can get paid answering questions online.
#96 Work From Home as a Bookkeeper
You can work as a personal accountant or a bookkeeper without the need for a CPA. You’ll work from home, and you can make as much as $60 per hour! This opportunity is there for just about anyone, from young people working at home, to moms who want to bring in money while they stay at home with the kids.
You simply need to be familiar with bookkeeping tools like Quickbooks Online and Xero. Beyond that, a good computer and a high-speed internet connection are the remaining requirements.
#97 Turn Your Art into Posters and T-Shirts For Sale
Creative people have a lot of potential to make some serious money on the side if they know where to go. There are online marketplaces that will take your designs and put them on t-shirts, posters, mugs, you name it.
Put these up for sale and watch the money roll in. Here are some of the platforms I would recommend:
On these sites, you have the potential to turn your unique art and designs into something people will buy and proudly wear. Beyond being cool, this is a great way for artists to make themselves known.
#98 Shovel Snow
If it snows where you live, then you know the value of someone willing to brave the icy winds and clear out driveways and sidewalks. It’s tough work, just because snow is ice doesn’t mean it’s not heavy.
You can charge by the hour or a flat rate, but either way when winter comes around, you’ll be ready to bring in some extra money.
#99 Transcribe Audio Into Text
Taking long stretches of audio and turning it into text is easier said than done, and like anything else, people will pay to have it done.
You can easily make up to $25 an hour working as a transcriber, but if you want to start at the beginner level, I recommend Transcribe Me which allows you to register and work when you want.
#100 Embrace Green Energy
If you live in our own home, you have the power to not only reduce your carbon footprint, but also save money on your electric bill. Invest in solar panels, which can be installed on your roof.
All of that energy gets absorbed and stored for when you need it. What you don’t use can be fed back into the power grid, something that the power company will pay you for! Going green doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
#101 Grow Your Own Food
Before grocery stores, we were all farmers. Why not embrace that concept and grow your own food? Turn your backyard into a place where you can harvest all the vegetables, herbs, and fruits you want or need.
It takes time for everything to grow, but just imagine cutting your grocery bill in half because you decided to go out to your backyard and pick most of the items on your list first.
#102 Join Amazon Mechanical Turk
If your feeling antsy during your Netflix marathon because those two vampires just need to stop fighting and get on with it already, why not try your hand at simple tasks that can make you money?
It’s called Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, and it allows you to perform simple tasks for small amounts of money. Like anything, it adds up after a while.
#103 Hand Out Samples at The Grocery Store
My favorite part of going to the grocery store is the sample stands they have set up. Free food is always good in my book. You can sign up for a job handing out samples at the store an get paid by the hour to do it.
#104 Start a Niche Website
Here’s a match made in heaven:
Niche websites and matching ads
If you start a niche blog or website, you can make a lot of money by putting appropriate ads that appeal to your audience. Using a service like Google Adsense is a great start.
As time goes on, you’ll be able to sell the ad space on your site yourself, which brings in a great recurring income for you.
#105 Sell Handmade Items/Crafts
Our last item (for now) involves using that creative side one more time. If you’re not much for designs or art in the strictest sense, you can create items by hand and sell them on platforms like the aforementioned Etsy.
Everything from cool cupholders, to picture frames, to keychains, or anything else you can think of, it’s all fair game! If you’re a crafty kind of person, try this out!
Time to Start Making Extra Money!
So there you have it, over 101 ways to make extra money today! How do you bring in extra income when times are tight? Let me know in the comments below!