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A trend which I’m very excited about is it’s becoming easier to make money without a job. The Internet, smartphones, and the sharing economy have revolutionized how money is exchanged. What’s most exciting is we’ve only just begun.
If you’ve never made much money outside of a job, that’s perfectly fine. The ability to do so is a skill you can learn. With practice you gain more skill. Eventually you entered into a world that you never knew existed.
And that’s what this post is all about. Allowing you to see the options available to you–opening your eyes to over a hundred of ways you can make more money.
So, if you’ve never earned money on the side or online, I encourage you to start small with a strategy like # 2 below. Once you start to see the deposits in your bank account, you’ll move on to bigger and better things. In a year from now, you might find yourself doing a work you love, in a field you didn’t know existed.
What’s important though is that you get started.
100+ Ways To Make Extra Money
From the beginner to advanced, you’ll find something on this list for you. With the volume of ideas, I thought it best to start things off with my top ten favorite ways to make extra money.
# 1 – Use Swagbucks for Online Search
By setting your default search engine to Swagbucks, which uses the Bing search results, you earn a small amount of money each time you search. Plus, there’s opportunities to earn more from surveys and playing games. It’s a simple way to see a trickle of money here and there for doing what you have been.
You even get a $5 bonus for signing up.
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# 2 – Start A Blog
I started my first blog in 2009 and it’s been a wild ride since. Over the first two and a half years, I built a personal finance blog to over 100,000 unique visitors a month which I was able to sell.
After taking some time off to travel, I then took the skills I learned and applied them in the corporate world for my employer.
I’m now on my second personal blog (The Ways To Wealth) which started in late 2016, has already grown to over 20,000 unique visitors a month.
All the while, with the skills I’ve learned from blogging, I’ve been able to earn a nice side income freelancing.
The decision to start a blog in 2009 was one of the wisest career choices I made. Being known as a combination of CFP® and digital marketing expert has opened many doors for me.
- I’ve spoken at Northwestern University to students regarding personal finance
- Been interviewed in major media like Bloomberg
- Been able to secure freelance opportunities as a writer
Done right, starting a blog can take your career to new levels too.
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# 2 – Share Your Opinion
While blogging takes time to see income, a great way to make money fast is completing surveys online.
There are dozens of legitimate companies that pay you for completing surveys. You can even do this on the couch every night in front of the TV.
You’re not going to become rich completing surveys. However, if $250 or so in extra income a month, without much time and stress, would make a big difference in your life, it’s a wise option.
Many of the survey sites offer signup bonuses, making the first survey you complete the most valuable. In addition, some sites will pay more based on what’s unique about you.
Personally, I’ve earned $100 by completing just one survey, which I was uniquely qualified for. In order to get alerted of these rare opportunities, it helps to sign up for as many sites as possible.
Here are seven survey companies you can start with. I recommend signing up for all of them. (You may not want to use your primary email address though).
How It Works: Swagbucks is a favorite of mine, as well as a favorite of many readers here. Not only do they offer a wide range of surveys that pay cash, you can earn points for the everyday things you do online like searching, shopping, and watching videos. In total, Swagbucks has paid out over $187 million in rewards. Even if you’re not interested in doing surveys, it’s still easy on the platform to earn decent money with what you’re already doing online today.
Payment Method: Redeem points for Cash through PayPal.
Sign Up Bonus: $5 Just For Signing Up!Earn With Swagbucks
How It Works: InboxDollars is another legit survey site that pays out cash. Partner companies include NetFlix, WalMart, Target, & H&R Block. In total, they’ve paid out over $50 million in rewards. It’s similar to Swagbucks you have access to surveys that pay cash but and can earn watching videos and making purchases through their portal.
Payment Method: Check, gift cards, or Visa PrePaid Debit Card (No PayPal)
Sign Up Bonus: $5 Just For Signing Up!Earn With InboxDollars
How It Works: Earning Station similar to Swagbucks where you can earn points by not only taking surveys but through online shopping and watching videos. You can request a payment with as little as $10 in your account.
Payment Method: PayPal
Sign Up Bonus: N/AEarn With Earning Station
How It Works: YouGov is one of the world’s largest research companies with over 5 million members worldwide. Most surveys take between 5-10 minutes and earn you 1,000 points ($1 is equal to 1,400 points). You simply sign up, then get personalized surveys sent to you each day.
Payment Method: Points to Cash through PayPal
Sign Up Bonus: 2,000 Point Signup BonusEarn With YouGov
How It Works: MyPoints is another large survey site, owned by the good people who run Swagbucks. Founded in 1996, they’ve paid out over $236 million in cash and rewards. You can earn points through surveys, plus a number of other ways like watching videos or testing games.
Payment Method: Points to Cash through PayPal
Sign Up Bonus: $5 Bonus for first 5 surveysEarn With MyPoints
How It Works: With over 5,000,000 members, Survey Junkie is one of the largest survey sites around. It’s super-easy to signup and get started. You just complete a short-survey, then you’ll be sent qualifying surveys via email.
Payment Method: Points to Cash through PayPal
Sign Up Bonus: N/AEarn With SurveyJunkie
Global Test Market
How It Works: Global Test Market paid out over $32 million in rewards in 2014. It’s redemption options include cash through PayPal and gift cards to merchants like Amazon and Target. The payout is $5 per survey, which take an average of 15 minutes according to their site.
Payment Method: Cash through PayPal
Sign Up Bonus: N/A
How It Works: Pinecone Research is owned and operated by Nielsen, the billion dollar data and measurement company responsible for TV Nielsen Ratings. With Pinecone Research you earn $3 per survey, which typically take 15 to 20 minutes to complete. The downside to Pinecone Research is that they are strict with their demographics. So, you may not qualify depending on your age, education, or race. Sign up to see if you’re eligible.
Payment Method: Cash through PayPal
Sign Up Bonus: N/AEarn With Pinecone
How It Works: Harris Poll is another online survey site run by the Nielsen company (a billion dollar, publicly traded company). While it’s great for surveys that pay cash, Harris Poll also sends you alerts to sign up for local focus groups where you can earn good money sharing your opinion.
Payment Method: Rewards to Cash through PayPal
Sign Up Bonus: N/AEarn With Harris Poll
# 4 – Freelance Writing
Freelance writing has been one of the best career choices I’ve made. I started small but in a little over a year I was earning over $100 (as a copywriter and designer) an hour. You can see my full story here.
Freelance writing is a skill that’s becoming more in demand. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the demand for writers and authors is expected to grow 6% from 2010 to 2020.
Writing is a skill that requires no prior formal experience. If you wanted to, you could take on your first client today.
One of the most important decisions you’ll make is what niche to get into.
If freelance writing sounds like something you’d like to try, start by downloading Gina Horkey’s list of 200+ freelance writing niches. vir
# 5 – Become a Bookkeeper
If you’re detailed orientated, starting your own bookkeeping business is a great way to earn money on the side.
While rates start at around $20 an hour with some basic training, you can advance quickly in the field.
Earning $50+ per hour in as little as ten weeks.
If you like working with numbers, take the free How to Start Your Own Bookkeeping Business & Earn $60+/hr in 10 Weeks Without Going Into Debt video course.
# 6 -Start an Amazon FBA Store
This is actually something I’m in the process of doing. I bought a product from China, which is on its way over right now. Once here, my business partner and I will be sending it off to Amazon’s fulfillment center.
Update: We’re a few months in and making money. Not a lot but I’m very excited with the potential the business model offers.
Jessica and Cliff of The Selling Family blog have a FREE 7 day course that will teach you everything you need to know in order to start selling on Amazon. If you’re interested in starting an Amazon business, I recommend signing up for it now!
# 7 – Get Cashback with eBates
I enjoy finding a great deal online on things I need. One thing I’ve done to save more has been to use eBates. eBates gives you money back for the shopping you’re already doing.
Essentially, what eBates allows you to do is share a referral fee for making a purchase through their link. So, you get a few extra percent back from your purchases from stores like Amazon, Target, eBay, Nordstrom, and more.
If you sign up through this link, you’ll get a $10 bonus too. So, you’ll get an instant savings of $10 off of your first purchase, plus extra cash back.
# 8 – Start Investing
With the stock market rising since the beginning of 2017, my investment earnings have out gained my ability to earn money working. I put roughly zero hours, so the time/reward ratio has been great. (:
I have a very simple portfolio. A Vanguard 2050 TDF Fund, in a Roth IRA, for myself and wife. Then, the same fund in my 401k. I then concern myself with maximizing my savings rate.
# 9 – Sell Items on Craigslist
I prefer Craigslist to eBay or garage sales as I’ve found Craigslist offers a way to get the highest selling price, in the least amount of time. The key is taking quality pictures and writing a detailed description.
# 10- Get Into The Points Game
I got hooked on the concept of travel hacking when I was able to book a first class flight for under $100 for myself and wife to Buenos Aires.
With young kids now, there’s much less international traveling going on these days. But that doesn’t mean I can’t take advantage of signup bonuses credit card companies are offering.
I’ve made over $2,500 already this year from playing the game. (Two Chase Sapphire Preferred Signup Bonuses + Chase Ink Preferred)
A good beginner card to start your journey is the Chase Freedom Card. I’ve had and have used this card for over a decade.
New card members are eligible for a $150 signup bonus after their first $500 in spending. There is no annual fee. Plus you get 5% back on certain categories and 1% on everything else. Used right The Chase Freedom Card has the highest cash back rewards of any no-fee card.
This makes The Chase Freedom Card good in the short-term, as the rewards are high, plus, with no annual fee it’s good for building credit. It’s a great way to get your feet wet into the credit card bonus game.
# 11 – Create an Online Course
If you have expertise others find valuable, you can create a course online and sell it. This used to be very hard, as you had to build your audience from scratch. But two websites, Udemy and Teachable, now have audience of people looking to learn. There’s all types of courses available, so it’s a great way to share your expertise.
# 12 – Learn A Growing Technology
I’m in a mastermind group that’s been meeting for eight years. We all do some type of marketing consulting/project based work. All of us have had our ups and downs in the past. Yet, as I write this, things are going well for each of us.
Connecting the dots at our last meeting, we found once we committed to specializing in a new, growing platform, we had to start turning clients away. For myself, I’ve specialized in designing and writing copy for landing pages within Unbounce. Another friend choose to specialize in Ontraport. Another in HubSpot. These platforms are growing fast. New clients are looking for help. Specializing in a growing platform is a great way to get into consulting.
# 13 – Work Events
A great way to earn some quick side-cash, without having to commit long-term is by working an event. Conferences, sporting events, etc…are always looking to hire temporary staff. A quick search on Craigslist brings up a number of opportunities for temporary work close by.
# 14 – Get into the Hospitality Business
Have an extra room in your house? Or even a nice couch in the basement? You can rent it on Airbnb.
# 15 – Walk Dogs or Pet Sit
Like walking dogs? You can start your own dog walking or pet sitting business. There’s even a book on Amazon with 40+ reviews about how to earn six figures doing this. The site Rover is Uber of dog walking, where you can find local residents looking for dog walkers.
# 15 – Grocery Shop for Busy People
Sign up for Instacart and you can earn money grocery shopping for others.
# 16 – Help Others With Odd Jobs & Errands
TaskRabit allows you to earn money doing odd jobs for others. Anything from running an errand to mounting a TV.
# 17 – Market Research Studies from Nielsen
Nielsen Holdings, the large, publically traded market research company, will pay you to browse your internet habits. You simply download an app on your phone and computer that sits in the background. For each device you’re eligible for, you can get paid up to $50 a year. Then, there is a $10,000 sweepstakes you’re eligible for every month.
You can sign up here.
# 18 – Market Research Studies from The Harris Poll
Another large market research company, The Harris Poll, has an app called ShopTracker. You let the app track your shopping habits and get paid. There’s a $3 bonus for signing up. You’ll earn $3 a month.
# 19 – Earn $30 an hour testing websites
UserTesting.com allows you to earn up to $30 an hour testing and providing feedback on websites.
# 20 – Become a Nanny
If you like kids, you can get paid a very good rate as a nanny or babysitter. The site Care.com can help you find families in the area in need of childcare.
# 21 – Get Paid to Watch Videos
# 22 – Get Paid to Lose Weight
The site HealthyWage will pay you to lose weight. This is a unique form of market research, where you bet on yourself to lose weight. If you’re able to achieve your goal, you earn money.
# 23 – Buy, Restore, and Resell Furniture
If you like restoring old furniture, you can make money buying, restoring, and reselling certain items. An example project might be finding an old barn door, restoring it, then relisting it on Craigslist.
# 24 – Tutor
Sometimes the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. If there’s a topic you’re interested in, tutor other people locally or online. The Guardian has an excellent article about this growing trend.
# 25 – Sell Crafts on Etsy
Enjoy making arts and crafts? You can sell the item on Etsy. Read: Mrs. Money Mustache’s Top-Secret Five-Figure Etsy Shop.
# 26 – Mow Laws on the Side
If you have a lawnmower, you can start you own landscaping company for little cost. Go find a neighborhood nearby where there tends to be working families and drop off a flyer or post to a local Facebook group.
# 27 – Start a Catering Business
Another low-cost, low risk business opportunity in demand is catering. You can make meals at home for friends and family at first. Slowly growing your clientbase.
# 27 – Ask for A Raise
So far, we’ve discussed earning money on the outside of a primary job. However, the quickest, fastest way to earn more might be simply asking for a raise.
# 28 – Ask for more Hours/Work
If a raise isn’t going to happen, you can earn more by asking for more hours. If you’re on a salary, ask the boss to take on an extra project, which you’ll work in the evenings for a temporary increase in pay.
# 29 – Find a New Job
Another simple way to earn more money from your primary job is to find a new one that pays more.
# 30 – Sell Old Electronics on Gazelle
If you’re hesitating to sell old cell phones or other electronics, Gazelle.com can do the work for you. They provide an estimate upfront, then you just pack and ship the items to them.
# 31 – Garage Sale
I find Craigslist best for the higher value items. However, if there’s a lot of stuff you need to get rid of a garage sale can help. Look to see if there are particular garage sale dates in your city or neighborhood.
# 32 – Consignment Shops
Consignment shops are an easy way to sell valuable items. Popular items are furniture and clothing. There’s a great child’s consignment shop nearby, where we do a lot of buying/selling.
# 33 – Sell A Service You Love, To Friends That Can Benefit
You don’t have to have a website to become an affiliate. Many types of companies offer referral fees. For example, SoFi, a popular option for student loan refinancing gives you $300 for every referral. You don’t need to be a client.
# 34 – Sell Old Books
About once a year I’ll head down to a store in my area Half Price Books, which allows me to drop off any books I don’t want anymore for cash. You can also get great money for used textbooks by reselling on Amazon.
# 35 – Medical Studies
A quick search on Craigslist brings up a few local medical studies I can participate in. Obviously, you want to make sure these studies are done in a large medical facility, such as a hospital. In addition, are not invasive. Nonetheless, you can earn good money participating in these studies.
# 36 – Coach
I went back to my High School and become an assistant basketball coach my first year out of college. While I would have done it for free, I did get paid a decent amount for my time.
# 37 – Substitute Teach
Another flexible, part-time job is to substitute teach at your local school district. You don’t need a teaching degree to do so, although it may help to obtain a longer-term role.
# 38 – Write an eBook
Writing a book doesn’t mean pouring years into a project. There are thousands of 50 or so page books on very niche topics selling well on Amazon. My wife actually did this a few years ago, writing about Eating for Breast Cancer Prevention. We continue to see royalty payments, even though it’s been a few years since she wrote the book.
# 39 – Painting
I unfortunately ran out of rooms to paint in my house. I really enjoy it. Painters are always in high demand. Making it a great, flexible part-time business.
# 40 – Property Manager
Don’t mind dealing with tenants, collecting rent, and maintaining building? You can become a part-time property manager. Real estate investors are always looking to handoff these sometimes messy tasks. Pay can be very good as well.
# 41 – Work As A 100% Commission Salesperson
While many online companies offer referral fees, many local companies do as well. For example, you can become a real estate agent and work with only close friends and family.
# 42 – Car Detailing
Like cars? Start a car detailing business, where you detail others cars at their homes.
# 43 – Drive with Uber & Lyft
# 44 – Rent Out A Parking Space
Leaving on a road trip? Not using a garage spot? You can sell your parking spot for good money. Simply post your spot on Craigslist.
# 45 – Deliver Items with Your Truck
If you have a pickup truck or can event rent a friends, you can become a delivery driver with Dolly. We just used the service when buying a coach. If you’re even in the need to move anything, our experience was great.
# 45 – Sell Your Art
Creative Market allows you to sell your photos, graphics, and other types of art.
# 46 – Sell Your Art
CafePress allows you to sell custom T-Shirts you design.
# 47 – Sell Your Car
Have a car that just sits idle most of the time? You can sell it’s availability on Turo. Using their earning estimator, a $40,000 can earn, rented for five days a month, will earn you around $4,300 a year.
# 48 – Become a Tour Guide
Show tourists around the unique spots in your area with Vayable.
# 49 – Sell Your Data
Instead of other companies selling your data, you can become the seller. The site Data Wallet allows you to list what you’re willing to sell and you get paid.
# 50 – Invest in Real Estate
PeerStret allows you to become a real estate investor without ever leaving your home.
# 51 – Rent Out Extra Office Space
If you have extra office space, you can list it for sale on Liquid Space.
# 52- Take Pictures of your Receipts
Earn money taking pictures of your receipts with Ibotta. Before you go shopping, you simply open the app and answer a few questions. It will then give you suggested ideas and coupons for whatever store you’re visiting. After you’re done, you simply take a picture of your receipt. In 48 hours, you’ll get a deposit in a PayPal or Venmo account.
You can earn $2o fairly quickly, using this link.
# 53 – Find Jobs With Thumbtack
Thumbtack is similar to TaskRabbit but with a wider variety of jobs.
Visit their signup page to see the types of jobs people are looking for in your area. They also offer some online work as well,
# 54 – Earn Money with Fiverr
I’ve ordered hundreds of dollars in jobs off of Fiverr. Anything from having malware removed on a website, to a whiteboard design video.
You can sign up and start earning today. Fortunately, not all jobs start at $5. It’s also a great way to build a long-term relationship with a client.
# 55 – Help With Homework
Don’t want to tutor kids locally? You can earn money simply helping kids with their homework with StudyPool.
# 56 – Earn Money Taking Pictures with WeGoLook
Earn money by taking pictures of automobiles, buildings, auction items and more for businesses.
# 57 – Get a Flex Job
The site Flexjobs has the largest database of work from home and jobs with flexible hours. From temporary, part-time, and full-time, there are thousands of companies looking to hire at home workers.
# 58 – Become a Search Engine Evaluator
Search the Internet to find bugs or errors. LeapForce is a company that is hiring for this position.
# 59 – Answer Questions
Sites like JustAnswer allow you to answer questions in your specific field of expertise.
# 60 -Sell Your Lessons Plans
If you’re a teacher, sell you lesson plans on this online marketplace. If you’re not a teacher, you probably know one that would be more then willing to share some of the profit.
# 61- Rent You Bike
Use Spinlister to rent your bike out.
# 62- Buy & Sell Clothes in 60 Seconds with Poshmark
If you have high-end clothing you’re looking to get rid of, use Poshmark to list the item in just 60 seconds.
# 63- Become a Courier
Postmates allows you to deliver items locally, typically by bike, to individuals and businesses.
# 64- Moms! Become a Bootcamp Instructor
My wife joined a Mom’s Fitness Boot Camp in the park. It was hosted by a local Mom, who charged a small fee for the class. There are now a number of Franchise type opportunity in this marketplace, however, you can just as easily start one yourself.
# 65 – Recycle Scrap Metal
Come garbage night, we typically hear the sound of old pickup trucks with metal clanking around in our neighborhood. What these people are searching for is metal being thrown away. Selling scrap metal, which there are local shops all over, can net you some nice cash. Even if you’re just throwing away some old metal lawn chairs.
# 66 – Earn a Bonus
Many companies have bonus programs, where employees get rewarded for certain accomplishments. One of the most common ways is to refer and employee. If you have friends looking for jobs, refer them to your company. If it’s a larger company, chances are they have some type of bonus program in place.
# 67 – Scoop Poop
Someone has to do it! You’ll also get compensated more than just a simple dog walker.
# 68 – Caddy
I caddied as young child at a local country club and have a lot of great memories. I also remember it being pretty good money.
# 69 – Referee
If there’s a certain sport you’re passionate for, start a career as a referee. An old coworker’s husband did this, starting with high school basketball. He’s now reffing Big 10 Football games!
# 70 – Proofread
Even though I read an article multiple times outloud, I still find myself coming back to mistakes. With the growth of content marketing, proofreaders have been and will be in high demand.
# 71 – Sell Your Gift Cards
The site Raise allows you to sell (and buy) unused gift cards.
# 72 – Become a Facebook/Pinterest Graphic Designer
The web is becoming a lot more visual as mobile becomes the primary method of browsing. Sites like Pinterest are taking off because of this fact. If you can design simple graphics, you can make good money selling those graphics to influencers. Bonus if you understand how to write engaging headlines.
# 73 – Moderate Forums
If there’s an online forum you’re constantly hanging out it, ask the owner if they’re looking to hire a moderator. You can get paid (and have more power!).
# 74 – Peer to Peer Lending
I’ve been a long time fan of Warren Buffett’s 20 ticket punchcard investing theory. Buffett has said that investors should act is if they only get 20 opportunities to make an investment in their lifetime.
With this mindset, I have never spent much time researching stocks. If the stars align, I do make an investment if it seems right. But mostly, I’m just sitting around waiting.
Buffett also said his favorite holding period is forever. So, when it comes to short-term investments, stocks just aren’t the right place.
One option for those not wanting to invest in stocks is in Peer to Peer Lending.
With Peer to Peer Lending you’re essentially acting as a bank. The money you deposit gets lent out to others. You get paid the interest. At Lending Club, rates of Grade A-C loans have averaged between 5.01% to 7.37%. Making Peer to Peer Lending a great way to save short-term cash or diversify investment income.
# 75 – House Sitting
Make money by becoming a house sitter. You’ll have to work your way up to staying at an oceanside retreat in Hawaii but there are plenty of great opportunities to housesit locally.
# 76 – Write a Continuing Education Course
If you have any sort of professional license, look for opportunities to write a continuing education course for you profession.
# 77 – Enter Graphic Design Competitions
Another option for those wanting to make money from graphic design is DesignCrowd. With DesignCrowd, you submit your design based on the client’s specification. If your design gets selected, you get the job. 99Designs is another similar website for inspiring graphic designers.
# 77 – Enter Graphic Design Competitions
DesignCrowd is another crowdsourced graphic design marketplace where you can submit your creative design ideas based on client specs and win money when they choose yours as their favorite.
# 78 – Valet Park Cars
Luxe is an on demand parking app where you pick up cars from locations throughout the city, then return when requested.
Random note: They were an early Unbounce client of mine. Fun team to work with.
# 79 – Get More Education
Many employers, especially larger and unions, offer a pay increase from obtaining an additional degree.
# 80 – Become a Mystery Shopper
Get paid or even get free meals becoming a mystery shopper. Wisebread has an excellent article on what you need to know.
# 81 – Fast Food Delivery
Work as a fast-food delivery driver with GrubHub.
# 82 – Find Out If Online Stores Owe You A Refund
Many stores or credit cards have policies that says if a price drops after you have bought the product, they’ll give you the difference. Paribus scans your past purchases for these products and alerts you anytime there’s a big price drop. You then get the money back on your account.
# 83 – Mechanical Turk
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a marketplace for many simple, data entry jobs.
# 83 – Sell Gold or Silver
If you have old gold jewelry or silverware not in use, take it to a legitimate jeweler or gold/silver dealer. (Not a SELL GOLD NOW store that replaces your local gas station).
# 84 – Become a Photographer
Becoming a photographer is another low-cost, high reward business opportunity with flexible hours.
# 85 – Focus Groups
Scan Craigslist for focus group opportunities. You can get paid for sharing your opinion on a new product.
# 86 – Sell Advertising Space On Your Car
Carvertise connects you with advertisers who will pay you to put advertisements on your car.
# 87 – Shovel Snow
As I write this, the east coast is facing a severe blizzard. Post an ad on Craigslist that you’re available for hire to shovel snow, whenever a snow storm hits.
# 88 – Seasonal Opportunities
Shoveling snow is a great example of a seasonal opportunity that comes up. Take advantage of the change in seasons or certain events to find work. For example, during the Holiday season, you can install Christmas decorations for others. In the Fall, you can rake leaves.
Join a local Facebook Group and post that you’re looking for work.
# 89 – Teach a Language
If you’re bilingual, earn money teaching languages to others online. Sites like Verbling will connect you with others looking to learn.
# 90 – Help Novices with Computers
Many people need help with very basic computer tasks. Think setting up a printer, paying their bills online, and setting up a home wireless network. If you can do these tasks in your sleep, there are opportunities to make decent money.
# 91 – Become an Amazon Services Professional
You don’t need to be able to do everything to make money as a handyman. Amazon allows you to bid on very particular jobs. For example, you can install programmable thermostats, which Amazon charges $88 for.
# 92 – Set Up Websites
If you can install WordPress and select a good theme, you can charge small business owners over $100 for setting up a website. This process takes only 15 to 30 minutes with a host like Bluehost.
# 93 – Social Media Manager
Companies are always looking for great articles to fill up their social media feeds. If you’re good at finding great, unique content (like this page!) you can get paid a good hourly rate to handle the social media accounts for small businesses.
# 94 – Sell Blood
If you search, you’ll find a handful of local organization who will pay you for donating blood.
# 95 – Train Pets
If you enjoy time with pets, learn to become a pet trainer. Start simply by reading a few of the most popular books. Then, you can offer you services for free at first to build your clientbase.
# 96 – Groom Pets
There’s a lot of money to be made in the pet market. Not only can you walk them, sit for them, train them, but you can groom them. This is another low-cost business opportunity.
# 97 – Bartend
Bartenders tend to have opposite hours for those with a full-time job. You can also get a nice hourly wage including tips, depending on the traffic the bar brings in.
# 98 – Start a Vending Machine Business
Did you know one of the world’s richest men, Warren Buffett, had a gumball machine business when he was young? There’s no question he was growing his skill of making money at a very young age.
# 99 – Find Rare Books
Download the BookScouter app. Use it to scan used books for sale, at places where they might be undervalued such as Goodwill or a garage sale. Then, resell to BookScouter.
# 100 – Become a Virtual Assistant
Many high earners need assistants to help them with everyday tasks. By becoming a virtual assistant you do the same work as an in office assistant or secretary, without the commute.
Working for the right company, you can make over six figures a year.
As with freelance writing, it all starts by getting into the right niche. Gina Horkey has another great free download to help: