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8 Good Ways to Make Extra Money On The Side

By Edited Jul 11, 2016 4 3

Slogging by every month at your full-time job? Earning an income doesn't have to stop at your monthly salary.

1. Freelancing

Got a skill and a full-time job? How about using that same skill to earn some freelance income in your free time?

Examples range from freelance writing, illustration, proofreading, photography, tutoring, graphic design, building websites for people, interior design; the list goes on.

How to Make Extra Money on the Side: 8 Ways that Work

2. Become a Hobby Craft or Used-Goods Entrepreneur

Hobby Craft Entrepreneur

Got a hobby such as baking or knitting? Why not organize a bake sale or yard sale and sell the fruits of your labour?

You never know when you might start needing name cards.

Used-Goods Entrepreneur

We all fall prey to impulse shopping every now and then. Amass your used-good items and sell them at a local flea market or online. Stock items include: clothing, electronic goods, home deco items, books, kitchenware, etc.

Ideas on how to amass used-good stock:

  • Go to Craigslist, pick up free items and sell these over at your own flea market or yard sale for a profit
  • Go to thrift stores or other flea markets to pick up deals you could flip on Ebay for a profit
  • Solicit used/good items from friends and relative and offer to sell their items for a commission
  • Raid your own family's cupboard - your junk may be someone else's treasure!

Tip: Although used, the items must be good. I can't emphasize this more. Avoid selling to others what you might not consider buying for that price yourself.

3. Do Paid Surveys Online 

Another side income resource is getting paid to do online surveys for market research. It should be free to sign up and legitimate. Although you can't really control the number of surveys you're eligible to take and this won't make you rich fast, it can nevertheless offset that morning cup of coffee or bagel.

Some survey sites such as iPanelonline provide referral links where you get points for referring others. Again, it's all free to sign up and in the name of good ol' market research.

Although there are many legitimate survey sites online, some are better than others. See Legitimate Online Survey Sites: Four Good and One Bad for four decent sites you could explore and one rotten one you should definitely avoid.

4. Play at Musical Gigs

Many are called, but few are chosen? Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Can you play a musical instrument and/or sing well but aren't professional? Better still, been practicing like a fiend and are dying to show off your talent?

Look for gigs through a vast network of friends, via newspaper and/or online advertisements and music forums. You just never know when that $100 tip may come your way.

Alternatively, how about entertaining passers-by on the street? Pair up with a friend or go solo to sing or strum for your supper, and just have fun while the pennies roll in.

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5. Write for InfoBarrel

 Do you like writing? Why not get paid to write for InfoBarrel?

All you have to do is focus on churning out original, quality content. The best part: InfoBarrel manages your ads and lets you add Amazon affiliate links so you can earn revenue. Best of all, it's FREE to sign up.

InfoBarrel also has a user-friendly editor and a great support system -both the admin and fellow IBers are there to answer queries through articles and forums. And unlike managing your own website or weblog, there are no technical issues.

If you're bored, get inspiration from other writers.

6. Walk Dogs

Are you a dog lover? Walking dogs could be a profitable venture. But it's not as easy as snapping on a leash for some exercise because the dog has to be comfortable around you and vice versa.

If you're a student looking to earn extra money, busy neighbours could be your first clients. Some owners might pay others to walk their dog at lunchtime. Remember that your real clients are the humans, not the dogs. So, people skills are important.

If you're into more serious dog-walking for a business, you need to be more organised, have great time management (when to pick up Fido, Butch, Sally etc.) and flexibility for good rapport with every dog!

In time to come, you could even add extra services to walking e.g. transportation to the vet, groomers, feeding, training, etc.

7. Mow Lawns

8 Great Ways to Make Extra Money On The Side 6.

This might sound like another vacation job. On the other hand, it's really flexible. Zero prerequisites and applicable to all ages from 12-92.

Think of all those lawns waiting to be mowed and all that ca$h waiting to be earned.


8. Tutor Kids

Did you do well in school and are particularly strong in a subject? Better still, were you once a full-time certified teacher?

These days, there's a market for tutors in just about every academic subject, and at all levels. Even adults taking part-time degrees might need a tutor on the side to get pass that exam. Some sites even offer virtual tutor services.

All you need is good knowledge in a subject and the willingness to help students.

Most people post flyers just about anywhere to solicit business, but that doesn't work, in my opinion. Start small, perhaps with your own friends, kids, friends' kids, younger cousins etc. and you never know where that might lead. Word of mouth referrals from happy parents or students themselves could get you much farther than mere professional certification.

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Apr 6, 2013 6:38pm
All these things are a great way to make extra money when you need it. I am bookmarking this page for future reading.
Apr 22, 2013 3:50am
Hi clarbear, thanks for reading and commenting! I wish you all the best in your quest for side income.
Sep 28, 2014 5:58am
I wish I have time to do all of this! Except number 4. I don't have musical talent at all lol. People might even pay me not to perform.
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