By Holly Reisem Hanna
Wouldn’t it be great to find ways to make money whenever and wherever you want?
Think of all those times you’ve needed some extra cash to make it through the month. Maybe you’re hoping to earn extra money but you have an unconventional schedule (or a newborn). Wouldn’t it be great to find ways to make money on the side that fit with your schedule?
Well, guess what? You can! There are a lot of unconventional ways to bring in extra money without working a 9-5, going to an office, or feeling tied to your computer all day long.
Here are 20 ways you can make money whenever you want!
1. Administrative Tasks
Do you have administrative experience or are you particularly good at office tasks? Becoming a virtual assistant or picking up some administrative tasks can be a great way to earn extra money—and the best part is, you can do it right from home! If you like variety and you have small pockets of time, try downloading Spare5. This app serves up a range of short, administrative tasks.
For a more structured role, try SpareHire. Here, you can find temporary or temp-to-permanent job assignments that fit your talents and abilities. 80 percent of the jobs listed can be performed remotely. Plus, you’ll find a variety of tasks from specialized roles in finance and business to research projects and one-time jobs. Many jobs pay up to $100/hour. If you find a permanent role, SpareHire will even give you a $1,000 signing bonus, sweet!
If you’re great with kids (or even pets or the elderly), Care.com can help match you with jobs fitting your preferences, talents, and time. Potential employers and talent seekers browse through resumes and profiles of helpers (like you!) who are available for housekeeping, senior care, babysitting, and nanny work. You create a profile, and when you get the job you want, you’ll get paid online via direct deposit.
Are you a great at-home cook who’d love to share your delicious talents with your community? Josephine is an online cooking program offering training, resources, tools, and support for starting your own local business providing food and meals to members of your community. Meals can be created on a small or larger scale (from just a few neighbors in need to large parties or events). This service is great for budding entrepreneurs who aren’t sure if they’re ready to take their chef skills into a restaurant or face long hours in a commercial kitchen. Instead, you can cook for others right from your own home!
4. Dog Walker or Sitter
If you’re an animal lover, hoping to get in some extra steps each day, or you’d like a job you can do right in your local area, consider signing up on Wag!. As a dog walker, you can earn up to $25 simply by filling out an application, downloading the app, and setting up your times of availability. It’s a great way to provide companionship for furry friends while their owners are away, while enjoying some time outdoors.
5. Design T-Shirts
Do you have great ideas when it comes to t-shirts? Have you ever wanted to be a fashion designer? Well, there’s big money in t-shirt design, with no sewing skills required!
If you have a flair for design or a great sense of humor, you can come up with popular prints for shirts. If you’re dreaming up a design you think is a winner, try setting up an account on Teespring—it’s so easy! To make money on Teespring, you simply submit your design and sales goals (anywhere from 5-1,000). The higher your goal, the higher your profit per shirt. Promote your shirts via social media to friends and family. Similar to Kickstarter, if you meet your goal, your design will be printed, and you’ll get paid via PayPal. The amount you can make varies, but some designers report making up to $400/week.
If you enjoy driving, have your own vehicle, and are comfortable meeting new people, try being a driver for hire to make money whenever and wherever you want. On average, Uber drivers make about $25/hour. The application process for becoming an Uber driver is simple, so you can download the app and get started right away.
Potential passengers “ping” you when they need a ride, you pick them up and drop them off, making extra money whenever you’re available and setting your own hours. Don’t have your own car? Uber can even help you lease a vehicle with no mileage cap and your payment plan is built into your driving revenue.
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Become a delivery “Runner” for Favor Delivery and earn between $10 and $18 a trip helping people get whatever they need. You could be delivering anything, from groceries to dry cleaning to tacos. You get to keep 100% of your tips and all you need to start is a mode of transportation (even a bike or scooter works) and a clean record. With Favor, you can make your own schedule and earn extra money by recruiting other Runners.
8. Elder Care
Are you looking for a job that really makes a difference and helps people? Consider becoming an Honor Care Pro. You can earn between $15 and $20/hour plus recruiting bonuses and even benefits, plus set your own schedule and area. Honor Care Pros visit the elderly and help them with personal care, light housekeeping, errands, meal preparation, and medication reminders. If you have time and a willingness to assist others, working in elder care makes such a difference in the lives of seniors. You’ll be providing companionship and assistance to help seniors maintain their independence and dignity.
9. Listening to Music
Earn money listening to music? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, there are a few great ways you can earn money listening to music online! At Slicethepie, you earn between 2 and 20 cents for each short music review + rating you write after listening to 60 seconds of a song. It might not seem like much, but reviewers can cash out after they earn just $10. Depending on your efficiency, you can earn around $6 an hour. Music Xray is another option for earning money reviewing and listening to music, plus you can tailor the selections to your preferences.
If you’re willing to assist with lifting, moving, and packing, you can earn an average of $24 to $30/hour plus tips and bonuses. Even if you aren’t into the heavy-lifting side of things, you can provide assistance with packing and arranging items or even driving to and from destinations.
College students and people in good physical shape can apply to be a helper at Bellhops or Dolly. Both services allow you to set your own hours and define your abilities. Plus, there are options for whether or not you can provide your own vehicle.
Do you have an eagle eye? Do spelling and grammar errors drive you nuts? Then consider working as a freelance proofreader. While a lot of people think proofreading and editing are one-in-the-same, they're not. Proofreaders are the ones who go over the edited document souring it for errors and typos. Think proofreading is dream work-from-anywhere career? Check out Proofread Anywhere's free 45-minute webinar to find out. Companies like ProofreadingPal and Scribendi hire remote proofreaders.
12. Rent Out Your Stuff
It might sound a little weird at first, but you can rent out stuff you already own for money. Sites like Zilok list everything from ladders to picnic tables to sports equipment, and rental prices vary from $10/day to hundreds. If you have machinery and other items you wouldn’t mind renting out, try listing them to make some extra income. Style Lend allows you to rent out clothing you’re not currently using or that which you purchased for special occasions. Sites like Airbnb even allow you to list your home!
Tech-minded women can apply at iCracked to be a mobile phone repair technician. With simple-to-follow instructions, you can easily repair people’s cracked and damaged cellphones and technology devices—offering them peace of mind and earning yourself some extra dough. Local customers connect with you through an app, so instead of purchasing a new phone, you’re able to order them the materials they need to repair their existing phone. You set your own price for each repair. While setup requires some initial investment ($699-$1,499), any future revenue belongs to you—and technicians are in high demand.
14. Running Errands
Why not get paid for running a few extra errands? People who are busy, homebound, or prefer not to do their own shopping will pay you extra cash to be a shopper for them. You can sign up on Shipt to be a grocery shopper and make between $15 and $25 an hour. Best of all, you set your own times and hours, so you can run a few errands at a time or spend a whole day making extra money.
While making money shopping seems counterintuitive (after all, you’re spending, not saving!), you can earn money while you shop for items you already planned to buy. It’s like getting a discount! Through Ebates, you earn big rewards from popular retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Kohl’s and Macy’s. With over 2,000 stores, you can earn money back on nearly everything you purchase. If you frequently shop online, there’s really no reason NOT to use Ebates. You can earn between 1% and 6% back from your purchases. Payouts are quarterly.
When you’re clicking around on the Internet, did you know you could be earning money by giving your opinions or taking surveys? Swagbucks offers major opportunities to earn by taking simple surveys about everything from your household demographics to your retail preferences. You get paid in “Swagbucks,” which can be swapped out for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, and more. Swagbucks is user-friendly and legitimately works, especially if you frequent online shops through their portal and sign up for some of their peripheral pay-to-click services. You can earn money every time you’re on the Web! Swagbucks has been featured on ABC and Forbes, and has an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau.
17. Short Tasks
Do you have a few minutes? Try taking on a short task! Some small-task websites pay very small incremental amounts (like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk), but if you’re just getting started and you want to check out quick, easy, fun, and short task websites, Fiverr is the way to go. With Fiverr, you can dish out your talents and skills for $5 a pop. What are you good at? Perhaps it’s editing papers, writing reviews, filling out surveys, or designing a logo. Set up a profile and set your rates to get started. Depending on how quickly you can complete your preferred tasks, you can earn a decent amount of cash. Plus, you can post nearly any task, so get creative! Expert Fiverr task-mavens report earning up to $1,200 a month!
18. Smartphone Apps
So you’re not so big on sitting in front of your computer all day? Download the Ibotta app and you can start earning while you grocery shop, run errands, and make purchases around town. Some items are brand-specific, but not all. You can shop at each retailer you unlock, then start earning money on everyday items like bread, milk, and bananas—items you already planned to buy. The best part is, you get paid out in cash via PayPal or Venmo in 48 hours. You just unlock your rebates, shop, then scan your receipt to earn. Simple!
19. Test Websites
At User Testing, become a website tester and get paid by checking links, assessing content, and accessing websites on your mobile device to determine user-friendliness and engagement. Does it sound complicated? It’s actually quite simple and you can earn $10/test, many of which only take about 20 minutes. Testers may be filmed so web designers and developers can get a snapshot of your initial reaction to the site, your involvement, and engagement. Becoming a website tester is a high-demand job, as more and more websites come online and issues like mobile-friendliness need to be tested more thoroughly. This job can be done from any device, and you set your own hours!
20. Tour Guide
If you have hometown pride and enjoy meeting new people, consider becoming a local tour guide—especially if you live in a large city or a vacation-friendly spot! Sites like Vayable allow you to sign up to become a tour guide, earning up to $100 an hour leading tours through your area. Consider tour guide specialties like a culinary tour, a ghost tour, or a tour that reflects your historical knowledge. Once again, this is a chance for you to set your own hours and do something a little different while earning money whenever you want.
It’s surprisingly easy to earn extra money whenever you want. Just because your schedule isn’t open to a 9-5 in an office in the city, doesn’t mean you can’t earn extra money on the side and find ways to generate income. Get creative and think outside the box. There are plenty of at-home opportunities and less-conventional ways to earn.
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What are your favorite ways to earn extra money? Are there a few quick and easy ways that didn’t make this list? Let us know in the comments.
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