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10 Ways to Make Some Extra Money on the Side

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Some people talk about starting a side hustle with the intention of eventually turning it into a business that allows them to leave their full-time job. But what if you’re just looking for a little extra money each month?

If you’ve been living paycheck to paycheck, then bringing in an extra $1,000 a month could make all the difference in the world. Fortunately, there’s never been more options available when it comes to picking up a side job.

There are many benefits to taking on a temporary side hustle. These jobs are usually flexible, and allow you to fit in the work on your own timeline. You can do as much or as little work as you’d like.

And many of the jobs outlined in this article can help you gain new skill sets that can help you in your full-time job. Here are 10 ways you can start making some extra money right away. 

1. Become a delivery driver

One of the easiest side hustles for the average person is to become a delivery driver for services like DoorDash or Grubhub. It’s not going to be the most lucrative, but it’s pretty accessible for everyone, regardless of your skill sets and experience. 

If you’re at least 18-years-old with a valid driver’s license and can pass a background check, you should be able to get started right away. You’ll get paid per delivery, and can earn tips from customers. 

There are no time commitments, and you’ll pick up deliveries as you’re able through an app on your smartphone. Plus, most companies payout on a weekly basis. 

2. Take on some freelancing gigs

If you have any specialized skill sets, you could earn good money as a freelancer. Increasingly, companies are looking to hire freelance contractors instead of paying to bring on a new employee.

Platforms like Upwork and Fiverr make it easy to find and apply for jobs. And you can set your own rates and choose who you want to work with. 

You can take on as much or as little work as you want, but freelancing can become more than just a side gig if you want it to. I started picking up freelance writing jobs in 2016 with the goal to make an extra $1,000 per month. My business took off, and I have earned more than $100,000 over the past year. 

3. Sell items online

If you’re like most people, you probably have a lot of untapped earning potential within your own home. You likely have dozens of items that you no longer use that other people would pay good money for. 

That old gaming system that you don’t use anymore? You can sell that. Same for the gently used clothes and jewelry that you only wore a couple of times. 

To get started, take a quick inventory of your home and all your items. Once you know what you want to get rid of, you can sell your items on eBay, Craigslist, or Amazon. 

4. Become a tutor

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many schools will be opting for virtual learning at least for the next few months. This leaves a lot of parents in a bind, and many are wondering how they’re going to juggle homeschooling with work. 

This situation could provide a unique opportunity for qualified tutors. For instance, if you’re a teacher looking to make some extra money, tutoring could be the perfect side gig for you. 

You can find new students on sites like, or ask around in your community and see if any parents are looking for tutors. And if you aren’t comfortable meeting with families in person, you can schedule virtual tutoring through Zoom or Skype. 

5. Start a blog

If you enjoy writing and have a lot of knowledge about a particular subject, then you could make some extra money blogging. Once you’ve built up an audience, you can monetize your blog in a variety of ways. 

For instance, many bloggers make money by partnering with other companies to sell ad space, earn affiliate income, or leverage brand sponsorships. You can also make a lot of money by selling digital products, like courses or eBooks. 

Blogging is going to involve a lot of work on the frontend, and it’ll take longer to see a payout than some of the other items on this list. But if you’re successful, blogging can be a great way to start creating some passive income. 

6. Give photography a try

If you understand how to take great photos and have some basic editing skills, then you might be able to bring in some extra income as a photographer. With large events currently on hold, the role of a photographer may look a bit different right now. But people are always going to want professional photos of their family and children.

And doing in-person photoshoots is not your only option. You can also offer product photography for businesses or sell stock photos online. 

7. Open an Etsy shop

If you have a knack for crafting or making homemade items, you might consider setting up an Etsy shop. Etsy is the go-to site for unique, handmade items, so if you can make a name for yourself, this could be a pretty lucrative side gig.

Here are just a few of the items you could sell on Etsy:

  • Custom jewelry
  • Printables
  • Home decor
  • Craft supplies
  • Drawings and illustrations
  • Collectibles

You will have to pay a listing fee and a transaction fee every time you sell something, so it’s not going to be entirely free to get started. But once you start making consistent monthly sales, you’ll likely find that the fees don’t really matter that much. 

8. Become a dog walker

If you love dogs, then you could make some extra money as a dog walker. Sites like Rover let you set up a profile, update your availability, and outline what kinds of pets you’re willing to walk.

The average dog walker on Rover earns between $15-$20 per walk, so this side hustle is not going to make you rich. If you live in an urban area, then you’ll likely end up getting paid a bit more. And you’ll earn more money if you’re willing to pet sit or keep animals for an overnight stay. 

But if you love dogs and just need a little extra money, dog walking could be a good choice for you. Pet owners want to find someone reliable to care for their pets, so if you can find a steady client base, it could be a consistent source of income for you. Plus, if you’re a regular dog walker, the exercise and time spent outdoors will benefit you as well. 

9. Complete tasks on TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit is an easy, low-commit way to earn some extra money on your own terms. To get started, you’ll sign up as a Tasker and choose your location and what tasks you’re willing to help with. TaskRabbit will show you how much you could earn per hour.

For instance, let’s say you live in Indianapolis and are willing to help people move. You could earn up to $32 per hour. Or you could earn $18 per hour to run errands for people. 

As tasks become available, you can pick and choose the jobs you’re willing to take on. That makes TaskRabbit a great option for anyone who wants to periodically earn some quick cash on the side.  

10. Earn cashback bonuses

Who doesn’t want to earn money while they shop online? With popular cashback sites, you can do just that.

Earning cashback bonuses isn’t a side hustle in the traditional sense, but it is an easy way to earn some extra money. The way it works is you’ll sign up for an account on a cashback site like Ibotta, Rakuten, or BeFrugal. 

Rakuten partners with over 2,5000 stores, including Amazon, eBay, and Kohls. Instead of going straight to the retailer’s website, you’ll log into Rakuten, and then shop through the Rakuten marketplace. Every time you make a purchase, you’ll receive a cashback bonus on a percentage of the sale. 

Every quarter, you’ll receive your earnings either through PayPal or the site will mail a check to you. You’re not going to earn a lot of money using cashback sites, but it’s not a bad way to earn a little extra money for purchases you have to make anyway. 

Bottom Line

If you’re looking to bring in an extra $1,000 every month, then starting a side hustle is a great way to do it. And if you choose to become a delivery driver or sell items online, you can start making some extra money pretty quickly.

Starting a side hustle will also help you develop new skill sets and learn how to manage your time better. And the extra money you’re earning will give you a lot of additional freedom in your daily life.

Contributor’s opinions are their own. Always do your own due diligence before investing.

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Written by Jamie Johnson

Jamie Johnson is a Kansas City-based writer who writes about personal finance. She writes for a number of well-known financial sites, including Credit Karma, Quicken Loans, and Bankrate.

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