One of the key factors that lets me work because I want to and not because I have to was working on the side while working during the day at something else.
Making extra money will be a life changer for you. If you have some free time and drive, you can earn an extra $1,000-$2,000 per month. Extra money will help you:
- Get out of debt faster
- Stop living paycheck-to-paycheck
- Become your own boss and get out of a job you hate
- Spend more time with your friends and family
- Take your dream vacation now rather than when you retire in 20 years
- Retire sooner
- Sleep better at night
Sounds great, right? It doesn’t matter if you have an hour extra each week or 40 extra hours. Here are proven and legitimate ways to make extra money in your spare time.
And you never know – your might enjoy it so much you’re part time job may someday become your full-time job.
Start a side business
1. Wash cars
It’s pretty low cost to start your own mobile detailing service. And it’s not hard to wash a car.
2. Walk dogs
Lots of people have pets at home during the day while they work. Consider making yourself available to let Fido out for ten minutes to use the bathroom.
3. Mow laws
I mowed lawns from the time I was twelve all the way through college graduation. It’s great exercise, and you can make great money.
5. Bake cakes/cookies for events
Join community groups in your area and be on the lookout for opportunities to sell your baked goods. Farmers markets, neighborhood yard sales, and community events are a few places to sell homemade food.
6. Get crafty and sell on Etsy
The Etsy marketplace is a great location to sell your custom pillows made of burlap, or the fancy picture frames you build.
My wife is a big fan of Jamberry and her nails look great. A lot of women are buying this product.
8. Mary Kay
You’ve probably seen the big pink Cadillacs roaming down the road at some time in your life. Mary Kay beauty consultants can do pretty well.
– Mary Kay
Become an in-home consultant, throw a party, and sell handbags and totes. (My wife added this one to the list, that’s my description.)
– Thirty-One Gifts
Sell fitness tools and over-priced protein powder to help people lose weight. I can’t in good conscience put this one on the list without giving my opinion about their protein powder.
– Team Beachbody
11. Rodan and Fields Skincare
Dermatologist created skincare products.
12. Stella & Dot Jewelry
Sell jewelry from home.
– stella & dot
13. ‘Day of’ wedding coordinator
Unlike a full-service wedding coordinator, a ‘Day-of’ coordinator is for brides and grooms who want to do most of the planning themselves, but when their wedding day arrives, they need a professional to execute all of their hard work. Read more
14. Bridal make-up
If you have make-up skills, this will make a good Saturday morning job.
15. Bridal hairstyles
Same deal as the make-up. If you have mad hair skills, you only have to put in a couple hours on a Saturday.
16. Use your photography skills to take family/event photos
Using outdoor settings will let you take photos without an expensive studio light set-up.
17. Personal trainer
Get your personal trainer certification and give training sessions. It will be good exercise for you too. You don’t need a facility – you can organize sessions outside at a local park.
18. New parent consultant or a mom-on-call
Parent consulting is a pretty new and growing business. You’ll be helping stressed out parents when they need it most.
19. Teach ballet/dance to little children
Many parents want their little girls to take dance classes. Did you take lessons when you were five? Time to break out your tap shoes.
20. Organize people’s closets
There is a messy person out there right now waiting for you to swoop in and clean up their closet.
21. Interior design consultant
Interior design doesn’t require a degree, it requires an eye for design. We hired a friend to decorate and sew stuff for our nursery, and it came out fantastic.
22. Plan and organize children’s birthday parties
Parents are spending more and more on birthday parties for kids. Party planning for a one-year-old is easier than dealing with a bridezilla.
23. Clean windows
There are a lot of dirty windows out there to clean – both residential and commercial. It’s a low-cost business to get started and doesn’t take a lot of time.
24. Pooper scooper
Some people don’t have the time or inkling to clean up after their dogs. You can be in and out of a yard in five minutes and earn a few bucks in the process.
25. Spray paint addresses onto people’s curbs
Painting house numbers on curbs requires a couple cans of spray paint and some stencils. We get advertisements for this $25 service in our neighborhood once a year. The flyers are always the same and prey upon people’s fears: ‘Make sure the fire/police department can find your home in an emergency.’ It works.
Do calligraphy for wedding invitations and other stationery.
– Etsy / Caligraphy
29. Consult and design residential landscapes
Do you have a green thumb? A master’s degree in landscape design isn’t required to create a backyard oasis.
30. Teach others your favorite hobby
Test the waters on offering services without having to commit to starting your own business.
31. Sell lesson plans
Are you a teacher? First-year teachers and teachers starting in new grades are always in need of lesson plans. Teachers Pay Teachers is an open marketplace where educators buy, sell, and share original teaching resources.
– Teachers Pay Teachers
Find a part-time job
Even with a day job you can nanny on the weekends or in the evenings/overnight. Mothers with newborns will appreciate the help if you’re there to provide them with a couple full nights sleep each week.
35. Run a stranger’s errands
Do what someone else doesn’t want to, like cleaning homes, running errands, building IKEA furniture, hanging shelves…
36. Uber or Lyft driver
Make up to $35/hr driving your car. Uber/Lyft match drivers with passengers who request rides through a smartphone app, and passengers pay automatically through the app.
37. Mystery shopper
Get paid to shop & dine out. As a mystery shopper, your job will be to evaluate and comment on customer service in a wide variety of shops, stores, restaurants and services in your area. You can make money, have fun and help improve customer service.
38. Clean houses
If you’re good at cleaning homes and have an eye for detail, there are many opportunities to clean on the weekends and evenings. It doesn’t matter how small of a town you live in, someone is always looking for a house cleaner.
39. Deliver the paper
This was my first job when I was 8 or 9 years old. I drove around on my bike and delivered 37 papers six days a week. It was good money then, and you can make good money now doing it.
40. Deliver pizza (or flowers or sandwiches or cookies)
Delivering pizza can earn you an extra $1,000 a month part-time.
41. Teach classes at the gym
If you’re already taking classes at the gym why not be an instructor and get paid?
42. Work nights at a hotel
Hotels/motels always need night staff to hang out at the front desk. It’s pretty quiet at night so you can double this job up with some of the opportunities to make money online.
43. Work retail on the weekends
Remember to not spend all your money at the store on the discounts you get.
Make $20/hour helping others on your schedule. Students will be able to view your profile and message you to set up lessons. You can also get immediate lesson opportunities via chat.
– Chegg Tutors
45. Teach an instrument
If you know an instrument (guitar, piano, tuba), a child or adult may want your services to teach them. If you haven’t played since high school try getting back into it and see if your passion is still there.
46. Demonstrate products
Become a Costco sample hander-outer
– Club Demo
47. Host a boot camp
Become a Camp Gladiator coach or other boot camp style workouts
– Camp Gladiator
48. Nighttime security
If you have a day-job already working the night shift will allow you to keep your regular job.
49. Babysit Sunday mornings
Some houses of worship pay for regular Sunday workers vs. just volunteer.
50. Teach kids how to rock
Become a teacher/substitute at the School of Rock
– School of Rock
51. Paint houses
Can you cut a line? It’s a great skill people are willing to pay for (I know I am). Painting is very labor intensive, but you can pick and choose the size job that works best for your schedule and back.
52. Pet sitter
In our area a pet sitter charges $20 per visit, per day to check on our cats if we are out of town on vacation. Pet sitters typically visit your home for 30 minutes and can give any medicines as needed. And lots of petting to Fido and Fluffy.
53. In-home pet sitter for clients
Whether you want to be a full-time dog sitter or just want to dog sit when you have free time, Rover makes it easy to earn money doing something fun.
I attended bartending school when I graduated from college. I couldn’t find a job, and bartending was going to be my fallback. Bartenders can earn $100 – $500 per night.
– Bartending School Online
– Express Bartender
– ABC Bartending School
55. House sit
People who leave town for vacation or extended periods are looking for people to stay in their home. Usually, there is a pet to look after. But it’s like a mini-vacation for you at a new place.
56. Stock grocery store shelves at night
Grocery stores hire a lot of part-time help at night to restock the store.
Check out community pools, private clubs, water parks, hotels, etc.
59. Buy and deliver groceries for people
Choose your hours & make up to $25 per hour shopping or delivering groceries.
61. Substitute teach
If you have a free day, some vacation time where you don’t plan on going anywhere or are in-between jobs consider filling in at a school in your community.
Make money online
62. Start your own blog
You can start your own blog for less than $3 a month. Bloggers can earn over $150,000 per year. Create a blog and leverage it into affiliate sales or product endorsement deals. Consider topics like:
- Personal finance
- Just about anything else
63. Take online surveys
Online paid surveys influence future products and services by volunteering to participant in consumer research, such as online surveys, diaries, and product tests. Members can voice their opinions while also getting rewarded.
Warning: Survey websites should never ask you to pay. If they do it’s probably a scam.
64. Online proofreader
An English degree or similar work experience can open the doors for you to do online freelance work as a proofreader.
Listening to audio and typing out what is being spoken is another freelance job people are always looking to hire help.
66. Play online games
Play your favorite arcade and puzzle games for free or compete for rewards.
67. Use Bing as a search engine
Earn credits searching the web with Bing—similar to a frequent flyer program. Redeem credits for popular gift cards or even donate them to a charity of your choice. All you have to do is stay signed-in as you search with Bing.
68. Add Google AdSense to your blog or website
AdSense is a free, simple way to earn money by displaying targeted ads next to your online content. With AdSense, you can show relevant and engaging ads to your site visitors and even customize the look and feel of ads to match your website.
– Google AdSense
69. Design graphics
With Photoshop, Illustrator or other graphics programs you can put your graphic skills to work in this high-demand opportunity.
70. Post comments on people’s blogs
Bloggers love to have comments on their websites to help build community and grow their blog.
71. Model a product
Take a picture wearing a specific article of clothing for the designer.
72. Hold a sign and take a picture
Are you photogenic? People make $5 for taking quick pictures with signs in their hands.
73. Evaluate search engines
Search Engine Evaluators conduct research, evaluation and feedback on search engine results by, but not limited to, measuring the relevance and usefulness of web pages in correlation to predefined queries, by providing comparative analysis of sets of search engine results and various other techniques.
74. Amazon Affiliate
Choose from over a million products to advertise to your customers. Whether you are a large network, content site or blogger, Amazon has simple linking tools to meet your advertising needs and help you monetize your website.
– Amazon Affiliate
75. Create Facebook or Twitter fan pages
Fan pages – both big and small – require administration to keep their communities connected and engaged. Set one up for a one-time fee or generate ongoing income by maintaining the page.
76. Test websites
How does this website look to you right now? People will pay you to click around new and updated websites to identify problems that need resolving.
77. Write resume’s and edit cover letters
Resume writing and cover letters can let you help someone land a job. You could also teach both of these in a group setting where you have 5 or 25 people show up each paying you to give them tips on how to write a good resume.
78. Virtual assistant
All you need to get started is a computer, Internet connection, and amazing skills.
80. Data entry from home
Use your fast and accurate typing skills to input data.
81. Web programming
Use your skills/talent for odd jobs.
82. Work from home customer service agent
Be in charge of your own business, doing what you do best and be the customer service professional everyone wished answered their call.
– Working Solutions
83. Receive inbound sales calls
Be the sales professional every caller wants helping them.
84. Do you know what I’m about to write next? Be an online psychic
Do you think you have psychic abilities or can create them?
– Psychic Source
85. Create and sell online training
If you have expertise in something or you are learning to be an expert, it’s an opportunity to document and record your knowledge and sell it.
Sell your extra and unneeded stuff
Clean out your stuff and sell anything possible online
87. Sell your blood plasma, sperm, eggs
You’re making money while you’re helping someone at the same time.
– Donating Plasma
88. Sell your junk mail
In exchange for sending your mail and email solicitations, SBKC will compensate you for those items you might otherwise throw away.
Depending on your state/country you can gather up aluminum cans, scrap metal, plastics, old computers, etc. and sell them for money.
Rent items for extra money
90. Rent a room out
Share all kinds of spaces on Airbnb! Whether you’re offering a seaside villa or an air mattress in the corner of your living room, it’s free to list your space. When you’re ready to start welcoming guests, you can publish your listing for the world to see.
91. Rent out your vehicle for a day or more
Put your idle car to work for you. List it today, rent it out tomorrow.
92. Rent out your vehicle for an hour
Put your lazy car to work. Most of the 250 million cars in the U.S. sit idle 22 hours a day. Getaround lets you earn money when you aren’t using your car.
93. Rent out your bike, surfboard, or snowsports equipment
Make money while your hobby gear isn’t in use by renting it out to a trusted community.
94. Rent your music gear, instruments, studio space
Create listings for anything from guitars to rehearsal rooms, mics to amps, and harps to studios. List your stuff and make money renting it out.
95. Join a focus group
Companies spend millions of dollars to hear what consumers and professionals like you have to say about the products and services you use every day. By giving your honest opinion, you help companies improve their products. Plus you could be paid $50, $100, $150 or more just for sharing your opinion.
– 2020 Panel
96. Participate in medical research studies
Search studies by area, looking for studies that are currently recruiting.
97. Mock jurist
Give attorneys feedback on their strategies. For each verdict rendered, eJurors are paid $5 – $10 depending on the length of the case. The amount to be paid will be shown at the top of each case. With just one case a week you would probably pay for your Internet access.
98. Referee high school sports
The type of game and level of play can vary the pay, but you can earn good money reffing.
99. Be an usher for events
Can you haul a cooler of ice-cold beer around a stadium during an NFL game? You might not get to watch the game or see the concert much, but you can be in the same building as the show/game happens. These part-time, occassional gigs can pay well.
100. Get cash back when you shop online
Websites like FatWallet earn a commission when shoppers like you find good deals or coupons through the FatWallet site and buy items from the store. FatWallet then shares part of the commission with you! It’s called cash back, but it’s money back in your wallet.