Money can be tight for many hard working people these days and it seems everyone is looking for a way to earn a little extra money. Perhaps, you want to afford your dream vacation, pay off some debt, or just simply make ends meet. Whatever your reasoning, I’m going to provide you with several different ideas for earning some extra cash. Many of these ideas I have done or still
currently do myself.
Money Making Ideas
- Have a yard sale – It’s the time of year for yard sales. If you own a home, you most likely have some items that could be of value lying around collecting dust. A yard sale is a great opportunity to clean up some of the clutter in your home and make some quick cash as well. I plan to have a yard sale myself at some point this summer. For some tips and guidance on having a successful yard sale check out Dave Ramsey’s 9 steps to a perfectly profitable yard sale.
- Drive for Uber and/or Lyft – Ride sharing services are becoming very popular and for good reason. They’re generally quicker and cheaper than a taxi cab, at least in my experience. Because of the increasing popularity they’re always in need of drivers. If you’re at least 21 years old and own a newer model car then you’re most likely eligible to become a driver for either Uber or Lyft. Uber claims that the average hourly wage for their drivers is $19.04. I haven’t personally driven for either of these services so I can’t say whether that is true or not.
- Start a blog – There is a lot of money to be made through blogging, but it’s not easy. I haven’t made hardly anything from my blog yet, but one day hopefully my blog will be a good source of extra income. There are several ways that a blog can make money. Some ways a blog can make money are sponsored posts, ads, affiliate links, and simply selling a product or service. Click here for a beginner’s guide on how to start your own blog.
- Learn a craft – Just look on etsy at all of the arts and crafts that people are selling. Building wood furniture is a hobby that I took up a few years ago. When I first started building wood furniture it wasn’t to make money, but I started get really good at it and people began asking me to build them various pieces of furniture. Woodworking has become a legitimate source of extra income for me. Check out Ana White’s guide to get started building.
- Pizza/Food Delivery Driver – This is an easy one and I know so because I delivered pizza 2 nights a week for about 4 months before my daughter was born. Some nights between hourly wages and tips my pay came out to over $20 an hour. Check your local pizza place for jobs because they’re usually always hiring drivers. There are also some general food delivery apps popping up similar to Uber and Lyft, which you could drive for.
- Babysitting – My wife actually just started doing this one. She has had our 8 month old daughter to take care of since day one, but now she has taken on babysitting her sister’s son during the day as well. Babysitting can be a good money maker for teenagers as well whose options for making cash tend to be somewhat limited.
- Sell items on ebay or craigslist – This is similar to the yard sale idea, but you can do this idea even if you don’t have a yard. Also, you could potentially make more money from selling items on ebay or craigslist because it could be viewed by more people.
- Put ads on your car – This is a unique and easy idea. If you drive a lot of miles and live near a big city you could probably qualify for Carvertise. I don’t know very much about this opportunity, but Carvertise’s website says that qualified drivers normally earn $100 per month to drive with an ad on their car.
- Help others sell their cars – If your street or road gets a lot of traffic driving by you could allow friends and family or anyone to put their cars up for sale parked in front of your house for a small percentage of the sale price. For example, if you let someone park their car in your driveway for 5% of the sale and they sell the car for $10k then you just made $500 for almost no work whatsoever.
- Pay off debt – Last, but not least pay off some debt! This isn’t necessarily a way to make extra money, but really it is. If you have a credit card that you’ve been paying $100 a month on for a while and then you pay that credit card off completely you’ve just increased your monthly income by $100.
There are literally thousands of ways you can make extra money, these are just a few that I have tried or have thought about trying. If you would like some more ideas check out this article from makingsenseofcents.com.
How do you earn extra money? Do you do any of the things I’ve mentioned above? Feel free to comment below.