No matter if you have a great job already or if you are still struggling to find your true passion: There are always ways to make extra money.
Luckily, side jobs are a great way to generate income while giving you the freedom to choose how much time you want to invest in your endeavours.
Flexibility is one of the main advantages: Whether you want to make some extra cash in your freet ime or if you are willing to invest a lot of work, there’s a suitable side job for everybody and depending on your work ethic, you are able to make some serious money.
It may help you to:
- not feel stuck at your main job
- afford equipment more easily
- save up for vacation
- pay your rent
We could continue this list forever but what’s even more important are the different ways you can actually make extra money with a side job.
Below, you will find 16 ways to make extra money, enjoy!
Side business ideas.
The first category in this series are side businesses.
Most people need something done that they feel they don’t have time for or dislike doing themself. If you are willing to do the “dirty job”, you can make some serious money.
The reason is simple: People are actually willing to pay more money than usually needed for these type of jobs as long as you get the work done.
1#: Maintenance Work.
Almost everything in and around the house falls into this category: Mowing lawns, cleaning, shoveling snow in the winter, removing weeds,etc. | Offer your help and get paid.
You could start by studying flyers and newspapers for potential clients or ask your neighbours and friends.
2#: House/Pet Sitting.
The advantage of these type of jobs is that you are basically getting paid just to watch out for the house or pets while the owners are away.
House sitting is especially interesting:
In some cases you do not necessarily get paid, however you get to stay at places where most people would do vacation – for free.
As a freelancer, you might even be able to work from there if you have a wireless LAN connection, which combines the convenient with the urgent.
Food for thought.
3#: Repairing Work.
If you are a crafty/artsy person, you might want to offer your skills to people that are in need of your services. Personally, I know a few people who turned repairing into a steady side job, so if repairing sounds great to you, give it a try!
4#: Teach Skills.
If you are trying to make more money, I assume that you are investing in yourself and try to improve your skillset along the way.
You can use your new-learned knowledge to teach others and at the same time strengthen your own skills.
You can teach both online and offline, thanks to the increasing interest of people to take courses.
5#: Sell Products.
While the topic may sound generic, it is still one of the easiest and most efficient ways to make money. You can either sell items that you don’t need anymore or try shopping for items at a discount and resell them at a higher price. Websites such as eBay and Craigslist are still the best way to go for this option.
Tip: Recycling old mobile phones is a very profitable niche, since a lot of people want to get rid of their old phones and usually don’t even think about selling them but rather give them away for free.
You could start obtaining those old devices and recycle them.
Several companies such as EcoATM and even Amazon pay a decent amount of money for each device with their buy-back programs.
Remember: They don’t even have to be in the best condition in order to be sold!
Make money online.
We finally arrived at the fun part: Several ways to make extra money online.
As you may have guessed, the majority of possibilities can be found on the web.
This one is a no-brainer: If you have a business or knowledge about a topic that you love, you should seriously consider starting a blog.
Writing a blog is a lot of fun, especially if you enjoy writing and it doesn’t cost a lot of money to get started either.
In return you can sign up for Google Adsense and make revenue with displaying ads on your site.
7#: Virtual Assistant.
A lot of businesses and bloggers need assistance with managing their online presence and content. If you know how to maintain social media accounts yourself, why don’t you offer your services to others?
Sign up at the typical freelance websites, such as Elance, to get started.
You probably read about this idea more than once, yet it can be a nice side income – if you do it correctly. Unfortunately, not every survey service is reliable and it takes some research to find offers that are worth it.
One of the biggest advantages of taking surveys is the little amount of time and effort you have to spend in comparison to the rewards that you can (potentially) earn.
9#: Create & Publish Videos.
If you are familiar with video editing and feel comfortable in front of a camera, you might want to consider creating content for Youtube.
Youtube can easily generate a solid income if your videos reach the right target audience. Even if you don’t consider yourself confident enough: In case you are familiar with animations, cartoons, collages or business explanation videos – any of these concepts work just fine.
If you think your ideas do not work as a video format:
Think Outside The Box!
As a graphic designer, you could create portfolio showreels and add royalty-free music to the presentation.
As a blogger, you could start your own podcast series and stream/publish them through several sources such as Youtube as well.
10#: Social Media Posting.
In case you have well developed social media accounts with a lot of followers, you can create advertisement posts and make money.
There is a popular website called Izea that enables you to monetize your status updates on websites such as Twitter.
Depending on your following, you can either make a few bucks or even 2 or 3 figures per posting.
11#: Writing & Selling eBooks.
Another great way to generate a steady passive income online is to sell eBooks. Thanks to the Amazon Kindle store, it has never been easier to publish your eBook and make money.
If you keep your price range moderate (between 1 and 10$) you will earn a commission of 70%! Since Amazon is one of the most trusted websites for eCommerce, you should definitely consider it.
Writing an eBook may sound imitating, however there are certain key aspects that will help you to get started:
- Create value
Do research on a topic of your interest and compile the information in an easy-to-read manner.
Your eBook is supposed to be a convenient bundle of information since people don’t mind paying a few bucks if it makes their life easier.
- Create an amazing cover art
They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, however the visuals play a huge role as well if you want to attract potential buyers.
- Try to get some reviews
In order to improve your rankings on Amazon, you will need to get a few reviews at least. Ask your friends or family if they would be willing to give you a honest review.
12#: Affiliate Marketing.
If you run a website/blog or Facebook fanpage, you might want to consider affiliate programs. There are countless ways to promote other companies, products and services through affiliate or sponsor links and earn a nice commission in return.
13#: Domain Parking.
A domain is basically a website name such as success-at-work.com.
You can buy them at a very little price such as 9.99$ at name.com and resell them at a higher price on websites such as Flippa.
The advantage: Businesses are looking for suitable domain names for their brands and they are willing to pay good money as well.
Write a promising and exciting description of your domain and resell it for potentially thousands of dollars! You just need to make sure that the domain holds a commercial value which requires some research upfront.
14#: Sell Images Online.
Are you a passionate photographer? If you like to take pictures of motives such as nature, you can either sell them online on websites such as Shutterstock or offer them under a creative commons license on websites such as Pixabay.
The latter one offers a donation button for photographers which may not get you paid for every download since it’s optional but it can still help you to make a few bucks every now and then.
15#: Are you crafty? Sell on etsy.com!
There are a lot of opportunities to sell services or digital products such as software but you can also sell your hand-made creations via Etsy.
The big difference between other competitor websites is that this website is specifically designed for hand-made goods and if you are a talented artist, you can sell paintings, accessoires and self-made jewelry.
Even though crowdfunding is not the traditional way of making money, since you want to use those resources for a cause, (invest in your business) it will save you from investing your own money and help to build a reputation for your brand at the same time.
If you want to know how to successfully start a crowdfunding campaign, read this useful article about the topic:
There are many ways to generate a side income offline and online.
While some of them depend on your individual skills or taste, they are generally easy to pull off and can help you to improve your financial situation.
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