14 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money at Home
Making some extra side hustle cash doesn’t actually have to be that complicated. As someone who’s been immersed in the field of online income generation for nearly two decades now, I can tell you that it takes some work. However, there are several clear paths forward. At the end of the day, it all boils down to what your goals are and just how much you’re looking to automate your income.
Could you make an extra $200 per month? Sure. How about an extra $1000 per month? How would that change your life? To most, it would make a monumental difference. But what if we were talking thousands more per month or even tens of thousands more? How would that alter the trajectory of your life? Clearly, you can make money on the internet. You just have to decide how much of your time it’s worth.
While we all have some extra time, it often doesn’t feel like it. But it also doesn’t take too much effort to make some extra dough on the side. We’re not talking about millions upon millions here — we’re mostly talking about doing small, bite-sized projects to generate some fast cash. And depending on your skill set, you could easily make a few hundred dollars or even a few extra thousand per month.
Ways to Make Money on the Side
10. Get paid for your photos.
Are you a shutterbug? Do you have photos of gorgeous sunsets and perfectly staged lattes cluttering up your camera roll? You can make extra money for your photos without having to be a professional photographer. Foap pays up to $10 for a photo (some can fetch more for special “missions”) but they’ll take 50% of your sale too. 2
11. Drive for Uber or Lyft.
If you’re strapped for cash but want to work on your own schedule, you might want to think about becoming a driver for Uber or Lyft. You can drive as much (or as little) as you want and set your own schedule. Plus, you get the added bonus of having interesting conversations along the way (or, at the very least, some fun stories to tell of your travels with strangers).
Of course, the amount of money you make depends on your location and how often you cart people around. So if you have a free Saturday every now and then, you might want to spend it as a glorified taxi driver exploring your city and getting paid for it.
12. Become a food delivery driver.
Since the ol’ pandemic of 2020, a lot of restaurants have kept their dining rooms closed or stuck with limited seating. So what’s that mean? More takeout! Become a hero by delivering food to front porches in your city. Driving for Uber Eats, Grubhub or Postmates is a great way to make extra money in your free time just by delivering food to hungry clients. Bonus points: Your car is going to smell amazing. We’re kind of jealous.
13. Join a focus group.
If you like sharing your opinion, why not get paid for it? Check to see if there’s a local focus group in your area or online. You could earn cash just for doing taste tests or trying out different products. Just make sure you fit the type of things they’re looking for before applying.
14. Deliver groceries.
If you love the thrill of shopping but don’t want to spend your own money, this might interest you. With Shipt, you get paid to shop and deliver groceries to clients through an on-demand service. According to the company, their shoppers make up to $22 an hour! 3 Getting paid for shopping? Sign us up!
15. Take up babysitting.
Teenagers usually have the corner on the babysitting market. But there’s no reason you can’t get in on it too. And truth be told, it might be easier than you think to land a gig. Most parents will jump at the chance to have a date night. But sometimes, finding a sitter they trust can be tricky.
Let people in your friend group, church and workplace know you’d be happy to watch their kiddos in your spare time (they need to pay you, of course). And if it’s a little awkward for you to spread the news by word of mouth, you can always sign up for a service like Sittercity or Care.com to help you land some babysitting jobs.
16. Start pet sitting.
Are you an animal lover at heart? How about making some extra money just by taking a dog for a walk or boarding a cat for the weekend? You can advertise your own pet-sitting business on social media, put up signs throughout your neighborhood, or use a website like Rover. They let you set your schedule and set up your own fees for services. If you do use Rover, keep in mind that they take a cut of what you make. 4
17. Advertise on your car.
File this one under both super weird and the ultimate definition of the phrase passive income. The app Wrapify will pay you to drive with a business advertisement wrapped around your car. Once the car is wrapped, you really don’t have to do anything except drive around town like you normally do.
It sounds strange, but it’s actually pretty rewarding: The more you drive, the more you’ll earn. Wrapify says the average person who does a full wrap on their car makes about $264–452 a month. 5 If you’re still paying off your car loan, that’s a car payment right there!
18. Do tasks for people.
If you’re just trying to figure out how to make money on the side with quick fix-it jobs or running errands, TaskRabbit might be your best bet. You can do all kinds of things from yardwork to putting together furniture. This is the perfect way to make extra money if you like to tinker with things—look at you go, MacGyver.
19. Deliver for Amazon.
You know who didn’t slow down during the pandemic? Amazon drivers. There’s nothing like getting a package delivered to your front door, especially when it comes from Amazon. Everyone loves getting packages, so why not spend a few nights a week driving around town bringing people joy? Sign up to deliver packages with Amazon Flex and set your schedule for as much or as little as you want to work.
20. Turn your commute into cash.
Between commuting to work and driving the kids to soccer practice, most of us spend plenty of time in our cars. It’s time to make extra money while you’re riding around! With Roadie, you can get paid just for driving a package (or even a pet!) from point A to point B along your route.
Walk dogs or pet sit
If you love dogs, you can earn extra money walking dogs. You can manage the business from home but you will have to go to clients’ homes to get their dogs, take them for a walk or to a nearby dog park and then return them. Pet sitters mostly visit clients’ homes to check on pets but they manage accounts from home. If you have proper space and facilities, you may be allowed to operate as a kennel. Check with your community to see if there are any certain requirements or licenses needed.
Consider doing freelance work to earn an extra income. You can network with local businesses or within your area to become a freelance writer, editor, graphic designer or photographer and set your own hours. Several online freelance services hire a range of freelancers to meet clients’ needs, including logo designers, ghostwriters, resume writers and professional consultants. You often can bid and compete for jobs according to your preferred rate.
Evaluate search engines or websites
Evaluators use technology to evaluate search engine results to ensure they’re relevant based on certain search terms. Your selection typically depends on when your demographic profile matches the site’s target audience. Evaluators also help website owners, especially small businesses, determine how “user-friendly” the site is and if navigation works as it should.
If you have good listening skills and attention to detail, consider becoming a transcriptionist. With an abundance of podcasts, YouTube videos and movies, many creators need transcribed copies of their work. Law and medical firms often hire transcribers to transcribe patient records or legal proceedings. You get paid either by the hour or the number of files to listen to audio files and convert what you hear into a text format.