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For the past 14 months, my husband and I have been working hard to pay down our six-figure debt. Combined, we make a decent salary, but to reach our financial goals faster, we have taken on various side hustles to increase our monthly income.
Asking for a raise or securing a part-time job are traditional ways to bring more money home. However, you can implement many side hustles on your own time, and many from home, to secure extra cash so that you can smash your financial goals.
There are endless opportunities to earn extra cash online and by doing simple tasks that others do not have time for or simply do not want to do. If you are looking for ways to make extra money, here are sixteen side hustle ideas to get you started today.
Selling items around your home
Would you believe if I told you that I have made more than $3,000 just by selling items around my house? There are so many platforms available to sell unwanted new or gently used items to make extra money. Try Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp or Letgo if you want to sell locally. If you want to sell online, eBay, Poshmark, and Mercari are great options.
Food delivery includes more than just delivering pizza. You can sign up with companies such as DoorDash, Uber Eats, or Grubhub to deliver takeout from a variety of restaurants right to people’s doors. What is so great about signing up with these food delivery companies is that you can control your schedule on your terms.
Even if you are not a teacher, you can help others succeed in subjects that you are good at by offering tutoring services. You can offer in-person sessions or utilize Wyzant to connect you with students online that are looking for 1-on-1 instruction.
If you have any specialized skills, such as doing hair or makeup, graphic design, copywriting, or accounting, use that knowledge to make money freelancing. If your freelance work is in the same field as your full-time job, be sure check that it won’t violate any policies. You can find jobs in your local community or by using sites like Upwork or Fiverr.
Rent your car/home
If you have a home or car that is not used much, consider listing it for rent. Airbnb is very popular for home rentals for both short and extended stays. You can rent your entire house or just a room to make extra money. Turo is a car-sharing marketplace where you can be paid for renting out your car. This is a great option if you have a second car, will be away for an extended period, or do not use your car much.
Charging electric scooters
Do you live in a big city such as Los Angeles, Washington D.C. or Atlanta? If so, you have probably seen Bird and Lime electric scooters popping up all around town. You can make extra money by charging them overnight. The sign-up process is easy and you can do so right from your smartphone.
Ridesharing services are extremely popular especially if you live in a larger city. Similar to signing up to deliver food, you can provide rideshares at any time that is most convenient for you. Sign up to become a driver with Uber or Lyft and start making some extra money today.
There are people in your community or family that could use a babysitter or know someone who could. Reach out and let others know that you are offering babysitting services. People are usually more comfortable with letting someone that they know care for their child when needed. You can also use Care.com to find jobs for after-school care or nanny services.
If you are an animal lover, this is the best side hustle for you. You can earn extra money by walking dogs in your free time or by caring for animals while their owners are away. Sign up on sites such as Rover and Wag! to connect with other dog-lovers in need. Care.com also has a specific section for pet sitting opportunities.
Teach English online
Do you have a bachelor’s degree and a least one year of teaching or tutoring experience? If you answered yes, you can sign up to teach English to students in China through a company called VIPKID. You can earn up to $22 an hour, and the best part is that you pick your hours.
We all love to shop, so why not be paid for doing so. Many companies hire mystery shoppers to confirm that their employees are following specific processes and protocols. You simply pose as a regular customer and provide necessary feedback to the company in exchange for a fee. Companies such as Best Mark, Sinclair Customer Metrics, Intelli-shop are most popular.
Get paid for purchases you planned to make anyway. There are many apps on the market today. Many will pay you just for taking a picture of your receipt and uploading it to the app. Ibotta and Rakuten (formally Ebates) are the most popular, but you can also use Drop to earn cash and Fetch Rewards or Swagbucks to earn gift cards.
Companies appreciate feedback as a way to improve their business. Unlike spending time online completing surveys only to be paid pennies, you can sign up to attend focus groups in your areas and be paid great money for your time and opinions. Utilize sites such as Respondent, Field Work, or FocusGroup.com to join a panel in your area.
Earn money just by looking after someone’s home while the homeowner is away. Tasks may include watering plants, letting in pest control, or simply just being there to keep burglars away. Reach out to people in your community to let them know you are available or sign up on Care.com to find available jobs.
You can be paid, and possibly help those in need, by donating your plasma. The process is similar to donating blood, but you will be compensated for your time. Depending on how often you give donations, you can earn up to $400 a month. Find a local donation center in your area by visiting DonatingPlasma.org.
There you have it! Sixteen ways you can get started on a path to earn extra cash today. Do you have any other side hustles you would add to this list?