Looking for a few ways to make extra money?
No matter if you’re unemployed, self-employed or underemployed – it is very important for you to have multiple streams of income.
You can call it a side gig or a hustle, but making extra money should be on the tippy-top of your to-do list.
When you have money to pay down debt, pad your savings, or help others – life becomes a zillion times easier.
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Here are 7 Real Ways to Make Extra Money
1. Start a Blog
If you want to make money online, I truly believe starting your very own blog is one of the best things you can do. If you’re passionate about a topic and enjoy helping people, then blogging can be very lucrative.
There are many bloggers out there who have turned their blogs into full-time money-making machines and you can too.
I recommend finding a profitable niche that piques your interest and to go from there. Blogging won’t make you rich overnight, but if you view it as a business from the very start, making money is possible.
If you’re ready to make extra money blogging, read my step-by-step guide on how to Start a Blog to get started.
You can get a free domain and a year’s worth of hosting for as little as $3.95 a month if you sign up with Bluehost through my link.
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2. Teach a Class
You probably know a little more about a topic than most people. These could be skills you learned while on the job or through your experience with a hobby of yours.
No matter how little you think you know, there are plenty of people out there who are looking to know what you know.
Consider what most people ask you for your expertise or advice in and develop a course from there. What you teach can be as technical as programming code or as creative designing an arrangement of silk flowers.
You could teach your course locally through your community parks and recreation department or teach online. There are many platforms out there such as Teachable and Udemy to help you to set up and deliver your course.
As a former teacher, tutoring just seems like a natural fit for me and I continue to do it, even when I’m not in the classroom. Depending on the subject, I charge on the average $35/hour.
Not a teacher?
Don’t worry. There are many non-educators who have been very successful in tutoring students in all subjects at every level.
If you’re good with numbers or a grammar nerd, you’ll find many tutoring opportunities, especially during the academic school year. In fact, the more specialized the better.
Have great test taking skills or received high test scores? You could help someone prepare for their SATs or GREs.
Check Craigslist for local opportunities or sign up with a company such as Varsity Tutors, Tutor.com or Care. If you’re interested in tutoring exclusively online, you’ll find plenty of opportunities on Chegg.
4. Sell Unwanted Items
Whenever I needed to make extra money, I would always go through the house to see what I could sell. I would sell mostly electronic items such as an iPad, a Kindle, and cell phone, but have also sold furniture such as an eight-drawer dresser I no longer wanted.
If you have items lying around that you no longer want or need, look to see if someone else would want them.
If selling online, make sure to create a great headline and take great pictures. Do some research first to find a competitive price.
Depending on the item, you’ll have better luck on certain platforms than others.
5. Join a Network Marketing Company
I know, a lot of network marketing and direct selling companies get a bad rep. They are often synonymous with pyramid schemes and sleazy meetings.
That’s too bad because there are a lot of great companies out there that are not only legit but highly profitable to those who join.
According to the Direct Selling Association, there are more than 20 million people associated with direct sales or network marketing either as a seller or consumer.
The low-cost entry makes companies such as Beachbody, Avon, and Herbalife great opportunities for people to try their hands in entrepreneurship. It’s also an ideal way for stay-at-home moms to bring in extra income.
I have been associated with companies on both sides and have seen the good, bad, and the ugly.
Just do your research before signing on. I’m currently a distributor with this company and make extra money just by sharing products I use and love (while getting healthy at the same time).
6. Run Errands for Busy People
When I worked as a personal assistant for a real estate agent, she would always have me run errands for her. These errands involved doing her grocery shopping and letting the house cleaner into her home.
Though I hated that part of the job, I realized that there were a lot of people out there who were too busy to do their own shopping and would love to pay someone to do it for them.
If you have extra time on your hands you could pick up a few tasks for people here and there. Seniors who are unable to get around like they used to could be some of your best customers.
You could look in directories such as Craigslist for jobs, or you could sign up with a company. If you’re quite handy, you’ll find plenty of opportunities on sites such as TaskRabbit, Amazon Home Services, and Thumbtack.
7. Become a Dog Sitter
Love pets, but don’t want to own another one? Well, dog sitting is a great way to bring in extra money each month.
Most of us treat our pets like family anyway, so it’s only fitting that we put the time and money into finding someone who will take care of them as well as we do.
If you have space in your home, you can start offering sitting or boarding services to pet owners. Many times pet owners are unable to take their pets with them when they travel and prefer someone’s home over a kennel.
Two years ago, I found the best sitter in the world on Rover. After a background check and acceptance, you can set up your own profile.
They offer fast payment and premium insurance to you as an approved sitter. You set your own rates and great reviews will get you repeat customers.
There you have it. I hope you found these additional ways to make extra money helpful. Have you ever tried any of these and if so, how was your experience with them?
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