As the cost of just about everything rises but our paychecks stay the same, it’s more important than ever to find ways to make some extra money when you have a full-time job. Adding a part-time job in addition to a 40+ hour work week is challenging and not a possibility for some.
But, if you have a couple of extra hours through the week or on the weekends to pull in some more cash for yourself or your family, then here are some of the best options:
Get a Side Gig
Surely you’ve heard of some of the benefits of freelancing? Freelancing utilizes skills you already have to earn money in a flexible way that works with your schedule. You can do just about anything as a freelancer, like programming, designing websites, managing social media accounts, and writing. You can even teach online from home and create your own hours.
So, if you find yourself in a financial rut, you might be able to dig yourself out and even get a little bit ahead by becoming a gig-worthy freelancer in your spare time.
If freelancing doesn’t appeal to you, that’s okay. There are several other in-person gigs you might be able to take on, like delivering groceries to your neighbours, offering landscaping services, or even offering to provide photography packages to your local sports teams and events.
Rent Your Space and Stuff
One of the best ways to not only keep costs down for your home but also to make some extra money while doing barely anything at all is to rent your space. Maybe you have a spare bedroom in your home that you could rent? If so, a rental marketplace like Airbnb could help you get the extra monthly income you need from something you already have – no work required!
But, don’t stop there. You can rent things like your car, parking space, and garage during times you don’t need them. Or, rent your kid’s baby gear that she grew out of, toys, movies, washer and dryer – you name it, you can probably rent it!
Check local Facebook groups for interest, or you can place an ad in the paper.
Have Some Fun with Neighbourhood Dogs
What could be a more fun way to make some money than by hanging out with dogs during your spare time? Use a few hours during your evenings and weekends to walk neighborhood dogs or dog-sit for your friends and neighbours.
You can potentially earn between $10 and $20 per half-hour that you walk them and up to $20 an hour to dog-sit.
Sell Your Stuff
You’d probably be amazed by how many things you have laying around that you never use. From furniture to clothing, you can sell just about anything to the right buyer. Thanks to the internet, it’s never been easier to find the right buyer for your stuff!
Use Craigslist to find local buyers for large items you no longer need, like furniture, large toys, desktop computers, and other things that might be difficult to ship.
You can use websites like Swap.com and ThredUp to sell old clothing. Etsy is a good place to sell homemade or vintage items. Or, use eBay to literally sell just about anything!
You can even sell old jewelry that you don’t wear! There’s no point in leaving it in your jewellery box to collect dust.
Participate in Research
Online survey sites are perfect for giving you some extra cash in your spare time. You shouldn’t expect to make hundreds of dollars a month with them, but it’s completely possible to earn an extra $100 or more.
When you take a survey, you’ll answer questions that shape market research. Essentially, you’re influencing top brands all over the world by providing your answers and you get paid to do it!
I suggest starting with Swagbucks, which not only offers paid surveys, but also tons of other ways to make money, like watching videos, playing games, reading emails, and more.
You can also do a Google search for paid focus groups in your area. Focus groups are longer surveys that could take several hours to several days, but also pay participants more than regular surveys. If you live in or near a large city in the U.S., check out Fieldwork, which hosts focus groups that pay $75 or more.
If you have a skill that will make you money – go ahead and turn it into a job. Assuming the skill makes you happy and you enjoy doing it, you will be pleased you went along with it. Start to think out of the box about what you can do that will make you money. Remember, if you’re making more money, you’ll be able to enjoy all of the lavish and fun things in life that you weren’t able to afford before.