Have you been struggling to make ends meet? Are you trying to save up for something big? Are you attempting to pay off your student loans or buy a house? There are a number of reasons someone may want to try to make a little extra money. We’ve rounded up a few of the best options to earn some extra cash.
With the increasing popularity of delivery everything, becoming a driver for one of these programs could net you some extra cash. From DoorDash to Instacart to Postmates, the options are (nearly) endless. This one is especially nice because you can fit it around an existing work schedule if you need to. The downside is that you do need a car, and the insurance needs for delivery driving can get a little interesting.
Stores like Buffalo Exchange for an in-person option and sites like Poshmark for an online one can offer cash when you need to clear out a closet. If you’re looking to get extra creative, you can try reselling nicer items that you find, too. For people who like to buy clothes pretty regularly, this might be a good way to ‘earn’ money (or even store credit) so that your budget stays in check.
Whether it’s Facebook Marketplace or Ebay, resale sites offer a great opportunity. Take a look at what’s selling in your area to get an idea of what’s hot and make a list of the things you don’t use anymore. This one is obviously not sustainable in the long term, but it’s not a bad idea to do once a year or so.
Monetize Your Hobby
This one can be tricky, as many people don’t like the idea of turning their hobby into work. Not everyone can be quite so picky when it comes to bills, though. You may consider opening an Etsy store if you’re a little crafty, for example.
Mowing the lawn doesn’t need to exclusively be a summer job for teenagers. You could even trade tasks and get free pet sitting or childcare for an evening out of it. Have you checked the going rate for those these days?
Use Your Skills to Freelance
Try sites like Upwork or Fiverr to freelance for extra income and experience. This one has the added benefit of helping you build experience that you can leverage for future jobs, too.
Part Time Jobs
Enjoy a good baseball game? Consider working for sporting events. Like pets? Try a few shifts at a pet store. The best part about these is that you can hopefully quit if it turns out to be a miserable experience. If it’s not your main source of income, you can hopefully put up with less at work.
Rent Your Space
Think about putting an extra bedroom on Airbnb or a similar website. Even offer it up to college kids from your alma mater or friends of friends for a few extra bucks.
Have a degree that you’d like to put to good use? Tutor kids in person or online. These gigs can make bank.
Ask for that Raise
At the end of the day, the best thing to do is try to increase your income without having to give up your precious free time. Advocate for that raise you’d like at work.