There are lots of different ways to earn some extra money on the side. Whether you want to buy something nice or help pay off some bills we all can use a little more money.
Pick something that you can do well, not something that just pays well.
Many entrepreneurs have started lawn mowing businesses. It is very lucrative for the amount of hours put in and works great if you already own a mower. Remember to always do a good job because the owner will have ou come back the next week again.
Estimated pay: $10-$20 per hour
Other related ideas:
If you have a pick up truck and are a strong person helping people move is a great way for you to earn some money on the side. There are always posts of people on Craigslist saying they will help move so there is a market there. Just ask around and tell your friends that you are a mover so they can refer their other friends to you.
Estimated Pay: $25-50 per hour
Writing Articles Online
A great way to start building a passive income is to write a new article online every day. It will take you 30-40 minutes to write 500 words when you start but eventually you will be able to knock out a 500 word article in 15-20 minutes. I recommend writing for InfoBarrel (this site).
Estimated Pay: Uncertain, Google Adsense pays between $0.10-$2 for most ad clicks
Give Blood Or Be A Medical Test Subject
There is still money to be made for even the laziest of all people. When you give blood or plasma you basically sit down for 30 minutes to 2 hours and just have to sit still.
Another thing you can do related to this is take part in a medical trial. They are generally very safe and pay well but I choose not to earn money that way.
Estimated Pay: Uncertain
Baby Sitting Or Pet Sitting
This space is really only available to women (parents just don't trust strange men around their children) who already know the family. The key to being successful is to make sure all your friends who have kids know that you are a babysitter.
Estimated Pay: $8-$20 An Hour
Pet sitting is even easier since you just have to feed them and take care of their waste once or twice a day. Do not take this job if you are allergic to animals!
Estimated Pay: $10-$30 A Day
Have you ever dreamed of being paid to shop? Well that dream is a reality but I have a feeling you weren't dreaming about shopping for groceries.
Elderly people or just really busy people need someone to go get their groceries for them every week. I'm not really sure how you would get into this market but if you have any elderly neighbors ask them politely if they want to pay you to pick up their groceries.
Estimated Pay: $10-20 a trip
Fiverr is a service that lets you post a task that you will perform for $5. The most popular are article writing, voice over production, and getting links for another person's website. Do something that you can do well and will take you 30 minutes or less.
Estimated Pay: $4 a gig
Even if you didn't find a job you wanted to perform on this list it hopefully opened your eyes to the different possibilities and ways to make money.