Life is hard. Stressing about money makes it even harder. If you’re worried about how you’re going to make ends meet, earning more money will help provide some padding – and peace of mind. Here are 12 surprisingly easy ways to make extra money that you can start today.
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Rent Out a Room in Your Home
Renting out a spare room or house through a platform like Airbnb is an excellent way to earn semi-passive income. What you can earn depends on where you live and what type of accommodations you offer.
If delivering meals or driving people around in your car doesn’t interest you, consider grocery shopping for others. Through apps like Instacart Shopper, you can get paid to do people’s grocery shopping.
If you enjoy being in the grocery store and have a car, this could be an easy way for you to earn some extra money.
Take on Odd Jobs
Do you enjoy fixing things? If you’re good with your hands or like physical work, you can make good money doing odd jobs during the summer. Sites like Taskrabbit are excellent resources for finding handyman work, home improvement tasks, yard work, painting, jobs assembling furniture, and more.
If you enjoy spending time outdoors, window washing is a great way to earn money while being active outside. While you have to buy a few supplies to get started, once you build up a client base, this can become a lucrative side gig.
It’s possible to earn $30 an hour washing windows. Network with small business owners in your area and look for clients on sites like Taskrabbit.
Be a Proofreader
In a world where everyone is a writer, we all need proofreaders to dot our i’s and cross our t’s. If you enjoy reading, have a keen eye for grammar and excel at attention to detail, you can make $20 an hour or more as a proofreader. Check sites like FlexJobs to find proofreading gigs.
Be a Ride Share Driver
Delivery gig apps like Grubhub are a fantastic option to earn extra cash. Set your own schedule and drive when you want. Earnings are paid weekly. In some cases, you can cash out daily. This is a great opportunity if you have spare time and need a side gig to make ends meet.
Be a Dog Walker
If spending time with dogs makes you smile, this is a fun way to make extra money during the summer. It’s especially fun if you don’t want to work for a delivery gig app. Rover is a great choice for making money walking and boarding pets.
Be a Housesitter
Housesitting is a necessary expense for many people taking summer vacations and an easy gig for you.
You’ll likely check mail, take out trash, water gardens and sleep over at night. If pets are involved, you’ll make even more. Find housesitting opportunities at Care.com or let your network know you’re looking for gigs.
Become a Virtual Assistant
Do you have administrative skills, or want to work from home? Doing virtual assistant (VA) work is a fantastic way to make money on the side.
Small businesses, and large firms alike require assistants to help them manage tasks. And, you don’t have to be in office to complete this work. Tasks include everything from email management to helping manage workflow. Pay often starts at $20, or slightly more, per hour with minimal skills, and up to $40, or more, if you have technical skills.
Rent Out Your Car
Believe it or not, you can make decent money renting out your car. HyreCar is one option that lets you rent your car for free and earn up to $720 a month depending on your make and model. They provide insurance and manage the process. All you have to do is provide the car.
Surf the Web
Seeing as you’re reading this, you probably enjoy spending time online. Swagbucks is a mindless way to make quick cash while surfing the internet. Watching videos, using shopping portals, and reading emails are all common tasks you can be paid to do.
Play Games Online
If you enjoy playing games online or watching short videos, you can earn money from the comfort of your couch on your phone. Completing simple tasks earns you rewards you can exchange for cash.
How to Make Money in One Hour
Whether you need to make ends meet until payday or you want extra spending money, earning quick cash is possible. Check out these legit ways to make money in one hour.
How to Multiply Your Money
Get-rich-schemes are typically scams. However, there are ways to truly grow your wealth. While not flashy, they can help you build real wealth.
101 Ways to Make Money on the Side
There are countless side hustle ideas you can pursue. Not everyone will be a good fit for you. Here’s an exhaustive list of options to make extra money on the side.
17 Best Side Hustle Ideas With Great Pay
Side gigs are a terrific way to make ends meet, but there are so many that you may not know where to start. These side hustle ideas offer great pay and flexibility.
13 Best Survey Sites
Surveys for money sites are a fun way to earn spending cash when watching TV. Better yet, many survey platforms allow users as young as 13 or 14 years old to participate. Find a top choice to make money.
I’m Nicole Schmoll – a master’s-educated professional writer, mompreneur, and co-founder of Frugal Rules.
As a freelance copywriter in Omaha, I still believe that writing is an artistic expression. Every time I strike the keys, I intend to evoke a response from my listeners. I left my full-time career as a senior copywriter for an insurance agency to start my own freelance writing business.
I love watching and writing about TV (and how to stream it!)