Make Some Money: 35+ Easy Ways to Earn Extra Income

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Americans are feeling the squeeze of rising costs and a hangover from economic recession. If you’re like many of the other 47 percent who live paycheck to paycheck, you might find yourself wondering when you’ll get a raise so you can pay your bills.

It’s possible that you have part-time jobs or even a full-time job, and still don’t make enough money to pay your bills. Or, perhaps you’re looking to supplement your income and find more ways to make extra money.

Perhaps you’re looking for more money in your pockets so you can put your kids through college without going into debt, send your kids to private schools, or even build up your savings.

It’s okay, whatever your reason is, we all want an easy way to make money. You won’t believe how many different ways you can earn extra money.

Here are 33 of the best tips for earning extra income. You only need one or two of the strategies to start earning money, and it won’t take very long for that dough to start piling up.

Score a Cash Bonus to Refinance Student Loans

The recently enacted Student Loan Forgiveness Program was a huge step forward for college students. But if you’ve got a lot of student loan debt, you’re not going to be able to pay it off in a few years so the program only really helps if you’ve been out of school for a few years already.

However, there is some good news for everyone that has a Student Loan: it’s probably not as bad as you might think. You might be able to cut your loan repayment period in half while still making progress on paying off your debt. To learn how, check out this page for more information.

You might also be able to get a cash bonus to refinance your student loans.

Give Your Opinion

In my opinion, earning money on the internet is the best part of being a stay-at-home blogger. You can do it from the comfort of your home, at the time of your own choice, and you will feel the money comming to your account every month. All this without doing any hustle. I received as much as 16 EUR per month just by spending 15 minutes per day.

Postmates

Postmates has a huge selection of on-demand delivery services from local restaurants, stores, and businesses that will deliver to you in 30 minutes or less. Now Postmates also offers over 10 ways for you to earn extra money!

Postmates makes it easy for you to take advantage of opportunities you already love using today. Ask your family members if they’d like to sign up for a delivery and earn money together.

Here’s how it works:

When you’re ready for delivery, order Postmates using an app on your phone.

Postmates will deliver from local stores and restaurants that you love. Your Postmates will complete the delivery in minutes and even accept payment using the app.

You’ll get paid in cash.

Instacart

Get paid to shop at Walmart, Whole Foods, Costco, and other places. Choose when and where you shop and get paid to pick up groceries. You’ll also get a grocery discount.

Contact them for a local interview.

InboxDollars

InboxDollars is a great way to receive some extra cash without doing much. All you have to do is sign up for InboxDollars to get paid. You don’t have to buy anything or contact anyone. You get paid to read your emails. They say it takes 5 minutes a day, but I’m sure it can be done faster than that! You can learn more and sign up for free HERE.

You can also buy gift cards from their store. They also offer paid email options so you can earn money for the emails you already receive in your inbox (save yourself from spam emails!). You can read more about it in their FAQs.

Lyft

What is Lyft?

Lyft is an on-demand and ride-sharing app. With Lyft, you can ride with nearby drivers using their personal cars. Lyft drivers are conveniently accessible via smartphone app.

Lyft is available in the following countries:

  • United States
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Mexico
  • United Kingdom

Lyft allows you to make money with your car and work on your schedule by driving rides.

How to become a Lyft driver?

To become a Lyft driver, a prospective candidate needs to download the Lyft app, register, and become a Lyft driver.

Lyft driver requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Have a 4-door car from 2004 or later.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.
  • Pass a driving history check.
  • Provide proof of insurance.
  • Have a clean driving record.

Lyft driver types:

7. Donate Plasma

Or Blood Plasma or blood donation is a safe way to earn extra cash.

According to the US Dept of Health (USDH), the single plasma donation takes about one hour to complete.

Don't let the needles scare you off, if it's your first time donating. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that donating plasma is safe, and it has a much lower risk of infection than donating whole blood. The donated plasma is used to manufacture life saving medications like antibodies, intravenous immune globulin and clotting factors for people who need transfusions.

Donating plasma is not a long term commitment and is completely safe. That is, you can donate your plasma as often as you like. If you are in good health and are considering joining the donor rolls, note that the process can be time-consuming. You’ll have to set up an appointment ahead of time, and most locations require an appointment. You must also be at least 18 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be eating well. Do not donate plasma if you are pregnant, breast-feeding or have had a baby in the last eight weeks … unless you are nursing and are off of breast milk. And, you can’t donate if you have the following conditions.

Sell Your Hair

Donate Bone Marrow

The process to give someone your bone marrow only takes a few minutes and can help save someone’s life. This is an easy way to earn some extra income because it’s considered a simple outpatient procedure, which means you can schedule it just like your dentist appointments.

First, when you donate your bone marrow at a center like Be The Match the fee for this process is paid for by your local blood bank, so there’s no cost to you. You can schedule the appointment for giving your bone marrow any time. Next, they’ll do a simple skin test called a skin prick, and that will show if you’re able to donate. If the results are good, they’ll take a few vials of bone marrow from your spine.

It sounds worse than it is, and you don’t need to worry, because they’ll give you painkillers to help the discomfort of the area. Typically, you’ll be able to go home after the procedure, but staying overnight for observation is possible. After that, you’ll wait to see if the person who received the bone marrow was able to make a full recovery.

Donate Sperm

If you’re a healthy young male, you may be able to sell your sperm. This can make a great side project if you want to earn some extra cash. You can donate sperm with a local sperm bank or you can try to sell sperm yourself.

Donate Eggs

Paid Testing

If you want to get paid to test websites, start by signing up to one of the many online testing sites that allow people to sign up as testers. A lot of these companies will pay you to do the actual testing. You’ll be asked to answer questions about a specific website, like whether it loads quickly or if you can find the information you need.

Once you’ve finished testing the website, you’ll be provided with a testing report. You’ll be paid according to the length of the report – most are anywhere from 30-50 pages, but some can be as long as 100 pages. You typically get paid according to the words on the page, not the pages themselves, so you’re being paid for how well you’re able to describe issues with the website. It’s not exactly challenging, but it is a way to earn some spending money.

Join a Focus group

Participating in focus groups can be a great way to earn extra income. These informal groups are organized by companies to help them get feedback from consumers about their new products and services.

Most focus groups take place in big cities like New York, Boston, and Chicago. But if you live in an area where the economy isn’t as strong, there are plenty of small focus group opportunities that can help you earn some extra cash.

Here’s a list of companies that hire focus group moderators in the US.

If you have a strong opinion about certain brands or products, if you’re the kind of person who can provide quality feedback, and if you have no problems expressing your opinion in front of others, you will likely do well as a focus group moderator.

Share your talents

With others.

Throughout your life, you’re going to develop different talents and skills. Sure, some of these talents are obvious, like your ability to cook, play an instrument, or grow the best tomatoes in the neighborhood. Many other talents remain hidden, until you put them to use.

As an adult, you probably have many talents and skills that you enjoy using but aren’t earning you any money. You may have never wondered if these talents could earn you money…but they can.

One way to use your hidden talents and skills to earn money is to sell them to others. If you have a knack for decorating themes, for example, you can work with clients who need a room in their home redecorated. If you are an artist, you can sell your paintings online. If you are fond of fashion, you can start a blog about it and sell your opinions to others.

Most people have at least one talent that can be converted into an income. You just have to be willing to see what’s right in front of you instead of what’s right in your own head about what you can and can’t do.

Tutor

If you are an expert of some sort “ science, math, history, art, etc. “ why not share your knowledge with students? It is a great way to make extra money and build your reputation at the same time.

If you are tutoring online, it is much easier to find students and coordinate a schedule. You can also get rid of any fears you might have about teaching in person.

All you need is a smartphone, a computer, some knowledge and dedication.

Teach

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A lot of people jump at the chance to teach e nglish abroad, and there are lots of opportunities out there if you consider your options carefully. Teaching English in countries around the world can provide you with a great experience as well as a great income. It also provides you with a chance to see and gain a different perspective of the world.

If you’re looking to take a year off to travel around the world, consider looking into teaching English instead of standard travel jobs. It’ll give you an opportunity to see the world, make some extra money, and learn about a different culture.

Freelance

People often think that they have to be a book author to be a good freelance writer. But this is very far from the truth. Sometimes all you need to do is write a good email. That said, here are some other things to do:

Do some research for your clients. You can look all kinds of things up – product info, contact info, social media profiles, websites, and more.

Search Google for a quote, phrase or statistic for your client to use.

Find contact information for companies you’re interested in and email them (properly!) to ask for an informational interview.

Edit your client’s book.

Consult

Okay, hear me out, I know the most obvious way to make money is by getting a high-paying job that allows you to work only 35 hours a week, but that’s going to be hard to do in this economy and you’ll likely work 60-hour weeks to get there.

This method requires you to hustle regardless of your title or salary, but like I mentioned earlier, this is the best way to make real honest money in this economy.

The obvious way to start making money is by consulting, freelancing or becoming self-employed. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not saying “Let’s quit your job and party it up.” I’m saying pick up some consulting gigs for a few hours a week and make some side money.

You can get started by reaching out to all your friends, family, and former co-workers to see if they need any help. There is a good chance you will land at least one or two clients and save yourself a few grand next month.

Technology

No matter who you are, chances are you can earn extra income by designing or using technology. Technology jobs are recommended for people with bachelor’s or master’s degrees in computer science, information technology, or computer engineering.

Engineering, science, IT, and business majors can also find opportunities in tech startups or research labs where they can work directly with cutting-edge technology. Highly specialized tech jobs are also growing in the healthcare field, particularly among therapists, who use emerging technology to treat mental illness.

Photography/Video

Do you enjoy taking photos and videos? If so, you can earn some extra money by starting your own photography business or website. You can also use your iPhone or other smart phone for these.

Post college, I worked part time as a photographer. Someone hired me to take pictures and video of some scientists visiting our town. Over the course of the semester, I took pictures and video of this person at the science center, in the swimming pool, in her lab, and at her home. When the semester was over, the women hired me to create a video slideshow and share it with her colleagues at a meeting.

I’ve also worked as a videographer at a pool company, filming swimming pools and helping with video editing.

If you know what your clients want and are willing to work hard to make it happen, you can make some money as a freelance photographer or videographer.

Food

The Web is loaded with many opportunities to make money online, from digital product creation to blogging and affiliate marketing. There are also a bunch of ways to earn money in other ways that require just as much work, but don’t involve web-based work.

In those cases, you can still apply the online marketing principles we outlined in this book to earn money.

Research

If you like writing, there is a lot of money to be made by writing erotica. There’s a market for almost all type of erotica, so you can be as creative as you want. I always say: “The possibilities are endless.”

Although writing erotica does require you to be comfortable with being “erotic”, you do not have to be perverted or kinky.

All you have to do is search the net for popular erotica niches. Start by choosing something that you think you will be comfortable with. Read the popular books, and when you feel like you’re more comfortable, search for the more niche-oriented books.

Memories

I have been dreaming of a desktop book scanner for a long time now.

I thought that I’d just have to wait until the technology was affordable enough to purchase.

Then I recently discovered a service called ScanBizCards that allowed me to create business cards using a desktop scanner.

I started using this service and was able to immediately turn my building in marketing into a profitable deal.

Sign up for a free account and refer some friends as well at the side to make you some even more money.

Personal care

You can help keep your skin soft and glowing with natural ingredients. Mix 2 tbsp of coconut oil and 2 tsp of honey into it. Mix well till they are mixed completely. Apply it on your face and leave it on for 30 mins before rinsing.

Care for others

As you get older, you may find yourself in a position where you’re looking for ways to earn some extra income to supplement your retirement savings. If you’re already retired, you may be looking for money to help make ends meet or to spend on a little fun and enjoyment. If you’re looking for a little extra cash to put away each month, you may be wondering how you’re going to find time to earn the money you need.

Income investing

Is an art and a science:

Income investing involves both art and science. The science part of it is that it’s all about being able to find good deals on different investments. To be a good investor, you have to know what you’re looking for. The art part of income investing is about being able to pull the trigger when the right deal comes along. Being able to find a good deal and actually buying it are two different things. A lot of people can find a good income investment, but they can’t pull the trigger and invest when they find a great deal.

Rental property

This is a great way to earn money. It will take a bit of your time and research but can be an excellent investment. Your biggest initial expense will be buying the land or property. Once that is taken care of you will need to search for tenants. Be sure to read up on the pros and cons of renting to family members.

If you have a garage, you can rent that out as well. Be sure to check with your city, county, or state for laws regarding renting out a garage.

Affiliate sales/marketing

The basic idea with this one is to identify products on a commission basis that you can promote to audiences in your niche.

On top of product sales, you can also add affiliate marketing to your online business model with affiliate sales/marketing consultant as your online business model.

The internet has essentially made it possible for individuals and organizations to sell products directly to consumers, cutting out the middleman.

This business model is often synonymous with pay-per-click (PPC) marketing, except with affiliate marketing, you aren’t selling products directly to consumers; you’re selling them to other business owners and marketers who then can sell them to consumers.

Websites

If you would like to understand better what is going on in the world around you, you can enroll free of charge in online survey websites. Often they need experts in different fields. From your own area you can get new information if you are interested in everything.

Royalties

If you post videos of yourself playing music on YouTube and someone wants to use your video commercially (even if it’s an amateur video shot in your living room), you’re entitled to compensation under U.S. law. That’s because the copyright holder can be either the person who recorded the video (the filmmaker) or the person who owns the underlying copyright on the song (the musician or music publisher).

Create a product or course

With sites like Etsy, Vimeo, SoundCloud, and Medium, you can create products, courses, and podcasts that interest you and your target market. You can sell those products online, or you can sell them in person … at an event or gathering … or maybe you can barter them for a service you need done.

Facebook Ads

Setup an Ad. It’s free and it’s simple. Find some relevant keywords and write your ad copy. You essentially have two options:

target people by their interests or

Target keywords on Facebook, which you can do using the Facebook ad manager.

Either way, you can target demographic and geographic information.

If you’re new to Facebook ads, it may take some time to understand how to target people effectively. I recommend checking out How to Use Facebook Ads To Grow Your Business.

Post the Ad on Facebook to maximize your reach.

Note that Facebook adjusts the bid price for your ads and thus, you may not always know the cost per click. But it’s typically very cheap.

Flipping Shoes

If you thought about selling clothes that need to be dry cleaned, you have the perfect entry to this business. The best part? You will earn while spending less. All you have to do is buy this stuff from the garment sales or thrift stores. Then, give it a thorough clean before selling it.

Speaking

If you travel to a Spanish-speaking country, whether you’re just beginning to learn Spanish or you’re a fluent/native Spanish speaker, you can make money by offering to help people with their English language skills.

Many Spanish speakers associate English with work and making money. So helping people with their English skills is a good way to make a little money on your travels.

If you do travel to a Spanish-speaking country, how much money you'd be able to make depends on your Spanish skills.

If you speak perfect Spanish, you’ll be more in demand and you'll also be able to charge more. Equally, if (like me) you speak very little Spanish, this is not a such a feasible option.

If you're Spanish doesn’t stretch that far, don't despair. But you will need to tread carefully to protect your safety.

This list of ways to earn some extra travel money will make you a little extra money while you are on your travels, but if you're offering your services outside a bar this may be far from ideal. If you are approached, you may want to question how comfortable people are speaking in English before deciding if you're willing to help them.

Blogging

When it comes to side gigs, not many are as flexible as blogging. In other words, you can set your own schedule and work on your blog any time that you want. It could be in the morning, afternoon, or late at night after the kids went to bed. If you want to earn a little extra money with your blog, there are a few ways that you can do it.

Display Ads

One of the easiest ways to make money with your blog is to start placing display ads on it. A display ad is just that “ an ad that’s made to be shown on a website. Some of the most popular types of display ads include:

Text Ads: These are just your basic text ads that you see on every website from the big sites like CNN to the smaller independent blogs. The best thing about text ads is that they tend to cost less than most other types of display ads.

Online store

Some merchants may decide to offer an online store where they can sell clothing through their own website.

They could set up a basic WordPress site with something like the WooCommerce shopping plugin and have it completely automated.

They could sell items by the piece, or even by the bundle, using a sales cart system.

If you sell clothing such as t-shirts, shorts or pants, you could also sell them in a bundle with a matching hoodie or winter jacket, for example.

Other entrepreneurs may want to use the money they’re making to fund a more ambitious project, like a brick-and-mortar store, or to fund their living costs while they build an audience for a new business venture.

Self-Publishing

Self-publishing is the modern equivalent of going to the bookstore and selling your books direct to the customer. Self-publishing takes more effort than traditional publishing, whereby a publisher and bookstore sell the books for you. Self-publishing is an easy way to make money without selling anything. You can, in fact, make lots of money from this method if you choose the right subject and produce content that people are willing to buy.

There are innumerable subjects that you can write about. For example, you can write about things that you are an expert at – dolls, trains, computers, soccer, skateboarding. You can write about hobbies like spelunking, camping, fishing or landscape painting. You can write about current events and news in your area of expertise. Self-publishing for kids is also a popular niche, and if you select a subject that’s out of the norm, you could get extra attention. As children’s author J.K. Rowling wrote about wizards in Harry Potter, you can select a different subject from the norm to have a competitive advantage.

More Ways to Make Extra Money?

We all want to earn extra money. Who hasn’t heard of the side hustle?

But finding time to work and actually making the money you set out to once you have the free time isn’t always easy.

Here are some easy ways to earn extra income, right from your home.