Why wouldn’t a person want to have a little extra money in his or her bank account? I think most people would probably be happy to have that extra padded account and the subsequent financial security this would provide. Having a little savings is stress relief. A person can pay down debt or save for something like a new vehicle or home. Thankfully, there are hundreds of ways for you to make some extra money on the side to supplement your full-time gig.
Whether it’s starting your own business or working a part-time gig, here are 25 ways that you can make some cash on the side.
1. Get paid to take surveys
Do you enjoy taking surveys? Some companies will pay people to take surveys so that they can gather valuable consumer and user data. It might not be the most interesting way to make a buck, but you can find websites likethat offer cash for your opinions.
2. Create a winning blog
Writing entertaining, interesting blog posts can generate cash for you through ads, affiliate links and other revenue options. Your blogging success will depend on your writing talent, whether your blog covers a popular subject and the popularity of the links you include (whether backlinks or pay-per-click links, like Google AdWords).
3. Amazon: Publish your own Kindle books
Real people who love writing and marketing are finding that they can publish their own digital books directly to Amazon using their Kindle Direct Publishing platform. Take for instance blogger Thomas Strock, who made $6,716.05 in one month alone from all his Kindle books. Not bad for an 18-year-old.
5. YouTube: Make money via video ads
If you know your way around your smartphone’s video feature, try to earn a $4 million per year like vlogger PewDiePie by uploading interesting videos to and monetizing them, praying they go viral.
6: iTunes App Store: Sell your own app
You don’t even need to be as technically inclined as Harlan Yee, a developer who made nearly $500 in July 2014 from his mobile apps. Even if you don’t know how to code apps, you can hire developers on sites like Elance to code them for you.
7. Sell Older Electronics
Do you have a compute, laptop or cell phone you no longer use? These and other tech items, although built with former generation features, often have value to others.
8. List Household Items on Craigslist
Free to join and devoid of listing or selling fees, Craigslist sales can be local or national. From kitchenware to baby furniture to jobs, you can list almost anything for sale on this site.
9. Affiliate marketing
Some individuals have made a comfortable living through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing, for those who don’t know, is where you plug a product or service on your website. You’ll place a link with a unique code on your site and if a visitor clicks that link and makes a purchase, you’ll get compensated.
10. Create crafts
Are you a creative individual who has the talent to design and create jewelry, clothing, furniture, or accessories? If so, then you could open up your own shop on Etsy and make a decent amount of money on the side. I know of someone who created bows for her daughter and started selling them online. It’s now a full time gig for her.
11. Tutor/Teach lessons
Believe it or not, everyone has something they can teach to someone else. It could be anything from guitar lessons to how to speak English to a workout regimen at the local gym. In some cases, you may be able to do this from the comfort of your home, but you can also do it at a local business, such as a music shop, or remotely through sites like Tutor.com.
12. Graphic design
A graphic designer can best be defined as “someone who visually communicates the intended message of a project.” In most cases, this is achieved through brand identity, which includes everything from designing logos, brochures, business cards, letterheads, catalogs, and packaging. Graphic design is in every part of business, and therefore it is in great demand.
Do your friends and family constantly tell you what a great cook or baker you are? Sell your goods at local farmers’ markets, or approach neighborhood coffee shops with free samples and an offer to bake for them. Many communities also have local “kitchen wars” type Facebook groups where you can sell your desserts or meals online.
Do you have expertise in a particular area? Are people always asking you for help/advice with getting started in your field? Start charging them and turn your knowledge into a cash cow!
If the idea of an eCommerce store appeals to you but you don’t want the hassle of manufacturing or storing inventory, you might want to look into dropshipping. Here’s how it works: You showcase a variety of products on your site. When someone puts in an order, a third party (the dropshipping company) ships the product. Huge businesses have been built on this business model with Shopify.
16. Become a virtual assistant
If you have great people skills, are highly organized and are good with computers, this may be the perfect side hustle for you. Reliable VAs are in high demand, and the potential for growth in your business is huge. Get started by joining a VA service like Fancy Hands, or go out on your own by finding gigs at a site like Hire My Mom.
17. Become an Amazon Associate
This program allows you to earn money by including affiliate links to different products offered by Amazon. When a visitor views your blogs or social media pages and clicks through the Amazon links on your site, you will earn commissions from Amazon on qualifying products bought during that session.
18. Offer your services on Fivver
While it can be difficult to make a lot of money on Fivver, it can be a decent tool for generating leads for your business. Just don’t sell yourself short by doing tons of work for just $5!
19. Sell your pictures
If you have a knack for photography, stock photo sites like iStockphoto or Shutterstock are always looking for images. Of course, if you want to cut out the middleman, starting your own website or blog is always a great option!
20. Write resumes
Many job seekers rely on professional resume writers to help them prepare attractive and up-to-date resumes or CVs. If this is something you’re experienced with, advertise your services on Craigslist and local employment centers and job boards.
21. Sell customized t-shirts online
Selling graphic T-shirts is big business. Customized T-shirts with clever sayings or graphics are ideal for online sales. Sites like Teespring allow you to sell customer shirts. Teespring’s unique model allows you to design the shirt and get buyers lined up to purchase it. This saves you from the initial investment in stock and the time on processing and shipping orders, though you’ll likely make a smaller profit on each shirt sold.
22. Buy domain names for resale
Some people have made big dollars by owning desired domains and selling them to hungry buyers. For a minimum investment of buying domain names you feel will be popular (typically $10 to $20), you might make a big profit selling it down the line.
23. Deviant Art: Get money for your artwork
Just the other day I paid $5 for 400 points so my daughter could have her favorite artist on Deviant Art, Candi Floss, draw something for her that’s unique once she begins taking orders again. If you have similar skills, sell them on the site for artists and their fans.
24. Bubblews: Publish short, micro-articles for money
The interesting thing about sites like Bubblews is that anyone can join and publish short articles that earn small bits of money based on the number of views, comments, and other activity they receive. I’m a living witness that I’ve made $25 thus far from the site – albeit very slowly – and Michael Cimicata has apparently made at least $42.45 from the site as well.
25. Sell your original Instagram photos
While you can share your social media photos on Instagram, you can also sell prints of your photos for a profit onand similar sites.