How nice would it be to get your hands on some extra money? It’s actually not all that hard to do! And you don’t have to go earn a fancy degree or get an extra job. There are lots of opportunities to make extra money no matter what your skill level. Here are a few ideas:
- Freelance. If you have a talent or interest, use it to make some money in your spare time. Bookkeeping, writing, graphic design and photography are good ways to do this.
- Babysit. This is another way to pocket some extra cash and work when it’s convenient for you, and if you love kids, it’s a no-brainer! If nap time is involved you’ll get paid for downtime, too.
- Cook. Do you love to cook? Well, then cash in on that! You can make meals, baked goods, or snacks and sell them. Or choose a specialty and become known for your soups or desserts. Set up an Instagram account and let your reputation spread by word of mouth around your community. If you think you’re up to it, give cooking classes for small groups in your home.
- Crafts. Here’s a fantastic way to make money doing something you love. Selling crafts is great because it means you can keep on creating and then make a profit. How many hand-knit scarves can you keep anyway. Hand crafted items are a hot commodity these days, so definitely get in on this! Sell at neighborhood craft fairs, by order, or register on Etsy.
- Drive for Uber or Lyft. If you have a car, this is a great way to make some money on the side. The best part is you get to set your own hours and be your own boss.
- Sell your stuff. This is also a great way to avoid clutter! Take inventory of what you have and decide what you don’t need anymore- there’s a good chance someone else will want it. Hold a yard sale, set up a booth at flea markets, or advertise on e-Bay or Craigslist.
- Airbnb. You can rent out your home when you go away and make money by doing nothing. If you have an extra room in your house you can rent it out without having to leave yourself. Do your research to avoid disasters.
- Tutor. If you were always good at math (or any subject) make it work for you and tutor a student who needs help. Typical hourly fees can be as much as $75!
- Dog walking. Lots of people have pets but don’t have the time to tend to them. Round up a few neighbors and take the dogs for a walk.
- Teach a skill. Give chess or music lessons, teach first aid (if you’re certified), or anything at all that you know well and others will want to learn.
- Be an extra in a movie. Here’s how to earn money doing nothing and you might get to meet celebrities in the bargain!
- Collect your change. You’d be surprised how a few coins dropped here and there can add up! Save the change you find in your car, your pockets. chairs, etc. and deposit it in the bank or spend it on something special.
Most of these money-making activities can be done by teenagers, too. It’s a great way for them to get some income, and learn responsibility about work and money.