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Need an idea or two to make some extra money this month?
You’ve come to the right place.
Based on the feedback from some of the 1,000,000+ readers of The Ways to Wealth, I’ve compiled a list of 100 smart ideas to make more money this month.
Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or student who wants to make a few bucks to an entrepreneur looking for a high-growth business idea, there’s something here that fits your needs.
Let’s start with the top 27 ideas…
# 1 – This Popular Idea You Can Do While Watching TV
If you’re looking for a flexible and fun way to earn money from home, start with online surveys.
How it works is you sign up for a paid survey site, then you’re notified by email when a qualifying survey is available.
For example, here’s a survey opportunity recently emailed to me.
Not all offers are this good, which is why you want to sign up for multiple sites, but every once in awhile you’ll get one like this.
You can start making money today by signing up for each of the three sites below. All 3 sites have an A-rating by the Better Business Bureau (definitely avoid sites not certified by BBB or TrustPilot).
You’re not going to become rich. However, if a few hundred dollars a month would make a big difference in your life, paid surveys are a smart place to start.
How It Works: With over 5,000,000 members, Survey Junkie is one of the largest survey sites. You’ll be happy to know, Survey Junkie has an 8.9/10 rating on TrustPilot, which ranks highest among survey companies. 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
How It Works: Swagbucks is a favorite of mine, as well as a favorite of many readers of The Ways To Wealth. In total, Swagbucks has paid out over $250 million in rewards. What’s nice too is that Swagbucks also gives you a $5 bonus just for signing up.
Payment Method: Points (called SBs) to Cash through PayPal or Venmo
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 surveys
# 2 – Get Paid For The Everyday Things You Do Online
Not interested in surveys? Swagbucks has a number of ways to earn money–including making money for the everyday things you do on your phone.
With Swagbucks you can make money by:
- Searching the Internet
- Watching videos and movie trailers
- Playing games
- And shopping online
If you’re doing these things on your phone or computer, sign up for Swagbucks to make a few bucks while doing so.
Swagbucks Quick Summary
- Free to sign up and free to use
- Make money when you shop online, watch videos, take surveys, and discover deals and promo codes
- Paid out over $250,000,000 in rewards and has A+ rating from Better Business Bureau
- Get $5 just for signing up
# 3 – Start A Blog
Looking for a side hustle that will net you more than a few hundred dollars a month? Try blogging.
In just over a year after launching this blog, I left my full-time job and was able to support my family of four with blogging (I know it may seem strange but I actually reveal my blog earnings to help other bloggers).
Who would of thought?
There’s still no better time to launch a blog.
It’s actually very easy to do, even for those who don’t consider themselves tech savvy (read The Ways to Wealth’s The Insanely Simple Guide To Starting A Blog).
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# 4- Proofread Books, Documents, Transcripts, and More…
While blogging can take time to get going, proofreading is one side-hustle where you can start making money fast.
And thanks to how much content is produced today, it’s not hard to find quality work.
If you’re interested, check out freelance proofreader Caitlin Pyle’s Free Daily Workshop: Learning the Skills You Need to Start Your Freelance Proofreading Hustle.
Caitlin earned over $43,000 a year part-time as a proofreader, so her free workshops are worth the time. You can see when the next class is here.
Don’t have time for the 45-minute workshop? Check out The Ways to Wealth’s interview with Caitlin.
# 5 – Get Cashback with eBates
One super-simple way I’ve earned some extra money has been to use eBates when shopping online.
What eBates allows you to do is share a referral fee for making a purchase through their link. You then get cash back from your online purchases from stores like Amazon, Target, eBay, Nordstrom, travel sites and more.
As an example –while booking a recent plane ticket for roughly $550 through Expedia, I earned 10% (or $55) cash back. All I had to do was start the search at eBates, then click through to Expedia. It was that easy.
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.
# 6 – 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.
There’s even a $10 bonus by using this link.
# 7 – Have A Robot Make You Money
Feeling lazy? You’ll love the new free app Trim. The idea behind Trim is to become your robotic personal finance assistant.
You just sign up, then let Trim work in the background to make and save you money. Trim takes care of money saving tasks like:
- Cancelling and negotiating subscriptions
- Getting you cash back for price drops
- Lowering your cable and Internet
As an example, last month Trim negotiated a $5.10 credit on my Internet bill due to a power outage.
All you do is sign up, connect your account. Then, Trim’s robotic assistant will notify you of ways to save money.
Trim Quick Summary
- A free service that saves you money by cutting unused subscriptions, negotiating bills & earning cash back
- Has saved users over $1,000,000 in the last month
- New York Times called Trim, "a good warning for consumers who hate not getting what they are paying for or paying for things that they are not getting."
# 8 – Become a Bookkeeper
Looking for a side-hustle that can turn into a flexible, part-time or full-time career?
And no, you don’t have to be a CPA. All you need are decent computer skills and a love for numbers.
Interested? Check out expert bookkeeper Ben Robinson’s free video course: How to Start Your Own Bookkeeping Business Without Going Into Debt
# 9 – Earn Money Shopping on Amazon
If you shop on Amazon, ShopTracker will pay you to see your shopping history. To start earning you just have to connect Shoptracker to your Amazon account.
You’ll instantly earn a $3 Visa Gift card, plus another $3 for every month you keep it installed.
Yes it doesn’t seem like much, however, many readers of The Ways to Wealth will downloaded ShopTracker and the following four apps (# 10, #11, # 12, # 13) to earn passive income throughout the year. Then, use this income to pay for Christmas expenses or a vacation.
Ready? Here’s four more apps to download.
# 10 – Find out if stores owe you a refund
Online retailers change their prices constantly. Prices may go up. They may go down.
It’s hard to know when to actually buy something.
One little-known benefit is that credit card companies offer price protection – which allows you to get refunded the difference if something you bought drops in price. The hard part is tracking your purchases and then claiming a refund. Fortunately, there’s software that can do it for you.
Then, the software does the rest.
# 11 – Earn cash rewards at your favorite brands
Another way to see a trickle of passive income is to download the app Drop Rewards.
With Drop, all you do is sign up, then link your credit and debit cards. Next, you pick up to 5 stores to earn points from (Starbucks, Costco, Amazon, Safeway, Uber, and Trader Joes are some of the more popular options).
You’ll then earn rewards for shopping at these particular stores. For example, you’ll get 12 points per dollar spent at Trader Joes. So, it’s like earning 1.2% back on your purchases.
It may not seem like much but if you add up your expenses over a year it will. Say you spend $7,500 on groceries, an additional 1.2% cash back gets you a $90 gift card in a year.
# 12- Market Research Studies from Nielsen
Nielsen Holdings, the large, publicly 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.
# 13 – MobileExpressions
By installing the MobileXpression app on your phone, you earn cash by allowing them to monitor your phone usage and web browsing data.
After MobileExpressions is installed for a few weeks, you’ll get your first free Amazon gift card. You’ll then get to play an instant rewards game for a prize (everyone wins something).
# 14 – Teach English Online
If you enjoy working with children, you’ll want to check out VIP KID. With VIP KID you can make good money teaching English online.
As a VIP KID tutor, you’ll get some pretty nice benefits, such as:
- Paying customers, lesson plans and course materials are ALL provided for you
- Earn on average $19.50 an hour according to GlassDoor
- Work when you want, where you want, and no need to worry about marketing your services as students are waiting for you
- No startup costs or application fees
Sidenote: For any fellow basketball fans, Kobe Bryant is one of the lead investors at VIP KID (his investment fund invested $100 million)!
There are some requirements to becoming a tutor, you need to know:
- Eligibility to work in the US or Canada
- Bachelor’s degree in any field
- 1 school year of teaching experience or the equivalent in mentoring, tutoring, or alternative education (this can be previous tutoring, homeschooling, teaching at your church — not necessarily formal classroom education).
# 15 – Dividend Income
One thing you’ll learn when you study the stock market, are that stocks pays out about 2% of its total value each year in dividends. In 2014, the last time the IRS reported this number, it was 254.7 billion!
If you’re not familiar with the concept behind dividends, it can be summed up as cash paid to shareholders. So, just by being a shareholder of a stock, the company will pay you. Pretty cool, right?
One of the cheapest ways to start investing in dividend stocks is Ally Invest. Trades with Ally Invest are as low as $3.95. As the average is around $10 per trade if you went somewhere else, this is a huge savings.
# 16 – Start The $1 Investing Challenge
Don’t want to make money by investing in individual stocks?
The highly-regarded robo-advisor Betterment, allows you start investing with as little as $1.
You don’t even need to know a thing about stocks–instead Betterment optimizes your portfolio based on your goals.
What’s also nice is that there’s no trade fees. Betterment just charges a small fee (starting at .25%)
# 17 – Get Out Of Debt Faster
While you’re not making money getting out of debt — by doing so you’ll have more money in your pocket each month.
Getting out of debt starts with spending less than you earn. However, many people don’t realize they can refinance their debt to a lower interest rate to save A LOT of money.
Whether it’s student loans, credit cards, cars, or even a mortgage — it’s worth seeing if you can consolidate or refinance your debt.
My favorite resource to discover if you can save money refinancing is SoFi. If you have outstanding personal or student loan debt, it’s worth your time to complete their application, which takes a few minutes.
And if you’re a homeowner, a fast way to compare current mortgage rates and refinance rates is LendingTree.
# 18 – 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 making more per hour then I was at my job. Freelance writing is also 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.
# 19- Get Paid To Drive, Earn Tips, & Work When You Want
If you’re trying to make money outside of your job — one of the easiest ways is to get paid for driving people around.
By signing up to become a driver for a company like Lyft, you have the flexibility to work whenever you want. Plus, you can decide to only work when demand is really high, so you can maximize your earnings.
Right now Lyft is offering a $250 sign up bonus. So, it’s definitely worth checking out if you need cash quick.
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# 20 – Become An Affiliate Marketer
Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money. If you’re not familiar, all affiliate marketing is is getting paid to refer other products or services. For example, the above mentioned site eBates allows you to earn $50 for referring two friends.
You can also do this on a larger scale as well, such as by having a website. Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of Making Sense of Cents blog is quite good at this. Michelle started in August of 2011 with no prior experience and now does quite well for herself. Her course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a step-by-step guide to creating and making money as an affiliate.
# 21 – Launch a Shopify Store
The ecommerce platform Shopify makes is dead-simple to setup and start selling ANYTHING online. So if you’ve ever wanted to sell homemade crafts, used items you find at garage sales, consultations, digital downloads, or anything else for that matter, Shopify makes it easy.
Over 1.2 million people now use Shopify to sell online. They even have a free 14-day trial, to see if it works for your business idea.
If you’re interested, check out The Ways to Wealth’s tutorial: How to Start an Online Store With Shopify
#22 -Try This Flexible, Work-From-Home Job
Another in-demand work from home job that requires an eye for detail is transcription. The most common type of transcription work is transcribing video. This skill is in high-demand thanks to Google, who favors sending their visitors to text over video.
In turn, many businesses are looking for transcriptionists with good grammar skills.
If you’re interested in making money as a transcriptionist, you need to check out Janet Shaughnessy’s blog and free 7-lesson mini course, Transcribe Anywhere. Janet began working from home as a medical transcriptionist in 2007 and now has her own transcription company.
Enroll in her FREE 7-lesson mini course to learn more about transcription, the demand for transcriptionists, the skills involved, and whether or not it’s a good path for you. Her course is the only the online transcription school that is approved by the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers.
# 23 – Make More Money in Your 401(k)
A 401(k) is one of the primary ways Americans grow their wealth.
What’s unfortunate is that many people miss out on some great returns because of they haven’t chosen the right funds. In fact, one study found a professionally managed 401(k) can grow twice as fast as one that isn’t.
Instead of going out and hiring a financial adviser to evaluate your 401(k) — give your 401(k) a FREE analysis with Blooom.
To get your free analysis, all you have to do is enter your name, birthday, and estimated retirement date. Then, let Blooom link up to your 401(k).
In less than two minutes, Blooom lets you know if you’ve picked the best investments to optimize your returns and minimize risk. You’ll also be glad to know the free analysis can be boiled down to one simple image.
#24 – Make Money Selling Clearance Items
If you enjoy hitting up sales at retail stores, you can make some serious cash reselling these items.
This practice is known as retail arbitrage, which simply means buying clearance items and reselling them for a higher price.
Jessica and Cliff of The Selling Family actually earn a full-time income doing this. They’ll buy stuff for sale at a store like Walgreens, then resell it on a site like Amazon or eBay. If you’re interested, check out their FREE 7 day course that will teach you everything you need to know.
# 25 – Sell Your Stuff The Easy Way
Selling your old “stuff” is one great way to generate some extra cash. The problem is — it can take A LOT of time.
Try using Decluttr which is much easier than selling through Craigslist, eBay, or other online marketplaces.
Instead of you selling items individually – Decluttr buys your stuff in bulk. This saves you the hassle of managing multiple listings, payments, and dealing with buyers.
You simply upload what you want to sell, then ship it to Decluttr for free. Once Decluttr gets your order, you’ll get paid cash within 24 hours.
# 26 – Get Paid to Deliver Food (not people)
If driving others around may not sound like an ideal way to spend time. While you can make good money as an Lyft driver, a better fit for introverts is food delivery.
As an introvert driving others around may not sound like an ideal way to spend time. While you can make good money as an Uber or Lyft driver, a better fit for introverts is food delivery.
With DoorDash, you can get paid for to deliver food (of course, while you listen to your favorite podcasts or audiobooks). What’s nice is that you don’t even need a car — in some cities a bike or scooter work just fine. With DoorDash, you can get paid for to deliver food (of course, while you listen to your favorite podcasts or audiobooks). What’s nice is that you don’t even need a car — in some cities a bike or scooter work just fine.
# 27 – Get Paid to Use Coupon
The InboxDollars app pays you to use coupons.
Here’s how it works:
- Sign up for an account
- Clip your favorite grocery coupons
- Then get paid 10 cents for each coupon you redeem
There’s a number of other ways to earn money like surveys, games, and watching TV on the app.
If you sign up through this link, you’ll then get a $5 bonus
# 28 – 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.
# 29- 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.
# 30 – 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.
# 31 – Find a New Job
Another simple way to earn more money from your primary job is to find a new one that pays more.
# 32 – 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.
# 33 – 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.
# 34 – 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.
# 35 – 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.
# 36 – 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.
# 37 – 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.
# 38 – 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.
# 39- 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.
# 40 – 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.
# 41 – 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.
# 42 – 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.
# 43 – 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.
# 44 – Car Detailing
Like cars? Start a car detailing business, where you detail others cars at their homes.
# 45 – 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.
# 46- 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.
# 47 – 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.
# 48 – Sell Your Art
Creative Market allows you to sell your photos, graphics, and other types of art.
# 49 – Sell Your Art
CafePress allows you to sell custom T-Shirts you design.
# 50 – 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.
# 51 – Become a Tour Guide
Show tourists around the unique spots in your area with Vayable.
# 52 – 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.
# 53 – Rent Out Extra Office Space
If you have extra office space, you can list it for sale on Liquid Space.
# 54 – 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.
# 55 – 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,
# 56 – 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.
# 57 – Help With Homework
Don’t want to tutor kids locally? You can earn money simply helping kids with their homework with StudyPool.
# 58 – Earn Money Taking Pictures with WeGoLook
Earn money by taking pictures of automobiles, buildings, auction items and more for businesses.
# 59 – 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.
# 60 – Become a Search Engine Evaluator
Search the Internet to find bugs or errors. LeapForce is a company that is hiring for this position.
# 61 – Answer Questions
Sites like JustAnswer allow you to answer questions in your specific field of expertise.
# 62 -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.
# 63 – Rent You Bike
Use Spinlister to rent your bike out.
# 64- 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.
# 65- Become a Courier
Postmates allows you to deliver items locally, typically by bike, to individuals and businesses.
# 66- 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.
# 67 – 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.
# 68 – 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.
# 69 – 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.
# 70 – 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!
# 71 – Test Websites
UserTesting.com allows you to earn money testing and providing feedback on websites.
# 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 – 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 house sit locally.
# 75 – 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.
# 76 – 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 – 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 and drop off a flyer or post to a local Facebook group.
# 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.
# 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 – Sell Crafts on Etsy
Enjoy making arts and crafts? You can sell the item on Etsy.
# 82 – 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 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.
Not where where to start? Check out Gina Horkey’s list of 150+ VIRTUAL ASSISTANT services that you can offer today!