41 Proven Ways to Make Extra Money at Home Without Getting a Regular Job

Updated December 7, 2016
by The Penny Hoarder
Ways to Make Extra Money

Want to make some extra money from home?

We’ve got more than 40 ways you can boost your bottom line — most of them you can do without even leaving your couch.

DISCLAIMER: This post is LONG — so we recommend you bookmark it and tackle a few things each day and watch it add up.

How much do you want to earn this week? This month? This year?

Get started with small steps today. You may be surprised how much you can make!

1. Be an Image Reviewer for Shutterstock

ways to make extra money shutterstock

Um, we call that winning, Alice.

Like looking at photos?

Mountain landscapes? Cats? Food? Funky illustrations? Your own face?

If you have some professional photography experience, but want a break from the field, a work-from-home job with Shutterstock could be perfect for you.

Shutterstock offers millions of royalty-free photos, illustrations and videos and has openings for work-from-home editorial image and illustration reviewers.

As a reviewer, you’ll check images to be sure they meet Shutterstock’s guidelines before hitting the online stock image or illustration catalog. You’ll work from home on a freelance basis for about 25-30 hours per week.

Interested? Apply here to review editorial images and here to review illustrations.

2. Get a $5 Bonus When You Download Stash

ways to make extra money Stash

No more excuses. It’s time to start adulting.

We’re kind of obsessed with Stash around here (and not just because it gives you $5).

We love that anyone can use Stash to start investing. You don’t have to have an MBA or even make it all the way through “The Big Short” to understand how to invest with this app.

You just choose from a set of simple portfolios reflecting your beliefs, interests and goals, and it does the rest.

To get the $5 bonus:

  1. Enter your email here.
  1. Download the Stash app on your smartphone, and set up your account with the same email address. Within two business days, you’ll see the bonus added to your account.

For what it’s worth, though, “The Big Short” is worth your time. It has Ryan Gosling in a tailored suit and Margot Robbie in a bubble bath.

3. Get Paid to Share Your Opinions

ways to make extra money ipsos

Hard to argue with her…

OK, we’re probably not the first to admit surveys aren’t the best way to make extra money. But if you’re just lounging, why not put that time to use?

You can just click a few buttons — no one has to know you got paid without even getting dressed today.

Vip Voice and Ipsos Panel are legitimate paid survey companies (both with an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau). You might recognize the name Ipsos from the news, because they conduct a lot of presidential polling.

Some top-end surveys can pay up to $95, but those are going to take some time, and they don’t come around often. Most will pay $1-$2 and take about 10 minutes to complete.

You could earn $100 or more a month just doing surveys during commercial — or bathroom — breaks!

4. Psoriasis Psucks. But It Could Get You Up to $100

ways to make extra money Psoriasis

And they can make bank, too!

Unfortunately, there’s no cure for psoriasis, and as many as 7.5 million Americans live with the disease. That’s about 2.5% of us — so if you’ve got it, you’re not alone.

Here’s a way for you to get a little payback for your suffering — and help others while you’re at it.

You can earn $5-$100 taking online surveys and contribute to advancements in medical treatment — without even leaving your couch!

5. Earn Rewards for Watching Movie Previews

make extra money swagbucks
Cha ching!
As if it weren’t enough that Swagbucks rewards you for grocery shopping, the company will also pay you to watch TV.

We’re shocked, too.

You can earn rewards through Swagbucks when you watch movie previews, celebrity videos, the latest news and dozens of other videos.

Plus, you earn $5 just for signing up.

When you’re ready to watch, Swagbucks will let you know how long a playlist runs, ranging from a few minutes to about half an hour. You’ll need to watch all the shows in that playlist to earn your bucks. It’s possible to earn up to $225 a month just watching videos!

6. Get a Free $10 Gift Card When You Shop Through MyPoints

ways to make extra money Mypoints

Got something to say?

You’re not going to believe us when we tell you you can get paid for shopping and sharing your opinions, but it’s true.

Have you heard of MyPoints? It’s a cash-back site that lets you earn rewards by shopping online, printing coupons and taking paid surveys.

MyPoints’ shopping portal is an instant way to save on everything you buy at thousands of retailers. For example, you’ll get up to 5% cash back on purchases in some categories on Amazon.

Plus you’ll get a free $10 gift card just for signing up. Here’s how to get it:

  1. Sign up for MyPoints here using your email or Facebook account (it’s free).
  1. Use the MyPoints portal the next time you need to shop online. You can shop thousands of stores, including major retailers like Walmart, Amazon and Target.
  1. Make a purchase of $20 or more within 30 days, and MyPoints will reward you with 1,750 bonus points, which you can redeem for a $10 gift card to a retailer of your choice.

You’ll also receive invitations to surveys you may qualify for, and you’ll earn extra points for completing those.

7. If You Live With Arthritis, You Owe Yourself This Reward

ways to make extra money Rheumatoid Arthritis

You can’t win, can you?

Arthritis is a neverending pain in the neck… or, more literally, in the hands, wrists and fingers.

If you’re dealing with it everyday, why not enjoy this little silver lining? Local research studies could provide study-related medication and care for your arthritis, plus compensation for participating.

Rheumatoid arthritis: If you have rheumatoid arthritis in the knee or hip and are otherwise healthy, you may qualify for studies offering compensation up to $625 depending on the number of study visits. (Read more here.)

Oh, and can you let us know if it’s going to rain this afternoon?

8. Get Rid of Your Unnecessary Clutter by Selling It

ways to make extra money decluttr

Lucky mom!

Have a bunch of movies or CDs collecting dust on a shelf? Clear some space to help you breathe, and put that old stuff to work for you.

Decluttr will pay you for these items — plus your Blu-rays, video games and other electronics like cell phones, tablets, game consoles and iPods.

For virtually anything, you can also use letgo. This intuitive app lets you snap a photo and upload your item in less than 30 seconds. Not only does it remove a lot of the hassle of selling things online, it’s also 100% free to use.

Seriously, it’s time to let “Jagged Little Pill” go. Or at least sign up for Spotify.

9. Get Out of the House, and Drive With Uber

ways to make extra money Uber

This could be us…

If you want to work for yourself without sacrificing human interaction, Uber is a great way to do it! Get out of the house and meet new people every day.

As an Uber driver partner, you set your own schedule and decide when and how long you want to work each day. So how much you can earn is up to you.

You get 80% of everything you earn as a driver (Uber keeps 20%).

If you want to give it a try there’s a few things to keep in mind:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Have three years’ driving experience
  • Have an in-state driver’s license and a clean driving record
  • Be able to pass a criminal background check
  • You car must be a four-door and seat at least four passengers
  • Your car must be registered in state and covered by in-state insurance

Here’s a link to apply with Uber.

10. Start Investing With $1 Today

ways to make extra money clink

Our pleasure!

Do you ignore opportunities to start investing because you don’t think you have enough money? You could be missing out.

We found an app called Clink that lets you invest in the stock market with just $1 a day. Plus, you’ll get a free $5 bonus to invest just for downloading the app.

And you don’t have to be a financial genius to get started. (We even have writers who figured out how to invest with this app…)

Clink does the heavy-lifting for you. You’ll link your bank account and decide how much you want to invest and how often — daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, and it’ll handle the rest.

To get the $5 bonus:

  1. Enter your email here to download the Clink smartphone app.
  1. Set up your account with the same email address. Use the promo code: PH2016

11. Download These Apps

ways to make extra money pajamas

Why not make it every day?

Did you know you could earn money just for having certain apps on your smartphone? It’s one of the simplest ways we can think of to set up a passive income stream!

Companies want to know how people are using their phones, and they’re willing to pay for the information.

These apps collect data from your phone and help them better understand web and mobile usage — like when you’re browsing, how long you stay on sites or use apps, and what types of sites and apps are popular (or not).

So, you get paid to use your phone like you normally would: to ignore the people around you.

And the data is reported anonymously, so don’t worry; no one will tell your boss how much time you’re spending on Facebook!

Install these apps, and you could earn $400 a year or more:

– ShopTracker – If you’re a regular Amazon shopper, you can earn money each month contributing to research to help companies understand what people are buying online. Download and connect this to your Amazon account. They’ll instantly send you a free $3 Visa gift card, plus another $3 for every month you keep it installed.

– MobileExpressions for iPhones – This one can only be downloaded on iPhones. After you’ve installed it for one week, you get to play an instant rewards game for a prize (everyone wins something). I won a $25 Amazon gift card, but some of the other prizes include iPads & Samsung TVs.

– MobileExpressions for Android – This is the same as the iPhone version, but exclusively for Android!

– SavvyConnect – You can earn $5 per device (phone, tablet, computer) for each month SavvyConnect is installed. That’s a total of up to $180 per year to help rank the most popular sites and apps. Make sure you keep it installed at least a month to get your first $5 per device.

12. Provide Customer Service — in Your PJs

ways to make extra money customer service WFH

This guy takes casual Friday to a whole new level.

Have you ever considered doing customer service from the comfort of your home? An increasing number of companies are hiring work-from-home customer service reps, instead of running call centers.

These jobs can be full– or part-time and offer a variety of schedules, including daytime, evening and weekend shifts with a range of pay depending on the position and location.

Your job is usually to answer customer questions over the phone or via online chat. You may find sales positions that include higher pay and performance incentives; or technical support positions, which are best if you’re tech-savvy and have an interest in helping people understand technology.

You should enjoy helping people, though! You know how a bad customer service call can totally ruin your day? You don’t want to be the bad rep on the other end of that call.

If you don’t like working with customers, keep an eye out for other work-from-home jobs at these job sites.

13. Tell This Company What Consumers Want

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It’s this good.

You know Nielsen, right?

It’s the company that’s been tracking TV ratings since the 1950s — the one responsible for making or breaking your new shows. Well, for the information that makes or breaks them… don’t shoot the messenger.

For decades Nielsen families have been paid to report what TV shows they’re watching.

Now Nielsen has followed us into the 21st century.

The company has a variety of new panels that track things like the websites we visit most and what consumers are buying at the grocery store — and it’s still paying for the information.

You can join these new panels by downloading one of these apps to your smartphone:

– Nielsen Mobile for iPhones – This Nielsen panel is unfortunately just for iPhones, but they will give you points worth up to $50/year to keep this app on your cell phone.

– Nielsen Mobile Panel for Ages 45+ – if you have a smartphone and you’re 45 years of age or older, this Nielsen panel will pay you $50/year to keep this app on your cell phone.

14. Empty Your Closet — and Cash in — With Poshmark

ways to make extra money Poshmark

That has to be the sweetest way to clean your closet.

Does your closet still hold your prom outfit from 10 years ago? Be real: It’s never going to fit again. And even if it did, where would you wear it?

If you’re afraid to see your old clothes wallow on the Goodwill rack, consider selling them. You can take them to a nearby consignment shop like Plato’s Closet or Buffalo Exchange.

Or you can sell them online, so you don’t even have to leave home. Our favorite platform is Poshmark — the app is super easy to use!

Shoppers love Poshmark because it’s a way to get quality brand-name clothes for up to 70% off retail. And as a buyer, it’s an easy way to make money and declutter your closet… to make room for new clothes, maybe?

15. Apply for a Job With One of These Companies

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‘Nuff said.

Work-from-home companies can get a bad reputation. Unfortunately, there are a lot of scams out there that take advantage of your desire to make money online.

It’s not fair.

So we did some research and put together a list of 16 legitimate companies that let you work from home and set your own schedule.

These all have a B+ or higher Better Business Bureau rating — and they span a variety of interests, so you should be able to find something to fit your skills and lifestyle.

16. Sell Your College Textbooks

ways to make extra money direct textbook

You go, girl!

You’re not really going to revisit those lessons on the history of Freudian psychology, are you?

And those textbooks probably cost you a fortune in the first place. You might as well make a little money back, now that you’ve put college behind you.

You can sell used textbooks through an online textbook buyback company. To find the best price, we recommend Bookscouter.

At Bookscouter, just search using your book’s ISBN, and the site will connect you with more than 25 of the best-paying and most reputable buyback companies online.

17. Hang Out With Cats and Dogs

ways to make extra money pet sitting

Not a bad way to make new friends!

Do you want to make extra money spending time with cats and dogs? Pet-sitting could be a great side gig.

Take a dog for a walk — or just stop by to keep them company while friends or family are out of town — and you could earn about $40. It’s a fun way to make some bank and get your Fido fix, especially if you can’t have a pet of your own.

Get an even closer connection — and more cash — by offering to watch pets overnight while their owners are out of town.

18. Sell Stuff Through Fulfillment by Amazon

ways to make extra money FBA beanie babies

I think it’s time to downsize…

We all knew those Beanie Babies and Furbies would be worth something one day, right?

Well, maybe they’re not the cash cows we hoped, but if you have a stock of toys or other items like this, you could make some money selling them through Fulfillment by Amazon. You provide the goods, and FBA handles the rest, from storage and shipping to customer satisfaction.

It’s one of the simplest ways to run an online business from home.

Choose from Amazon’s categories to sell anything you want, ideally something you know well.

The Penny Hoarder founder Kyle Taylor used to buy and resell toys, and he made $10,000 through FBA in November and December 2014!

FBA offers a great opportunity to do a little bit of work around other daily tasks. It’s perfect if you want to make extra money around raising kids, doing housework or even a day job — or just clear your basement and clear out those old collections.

19. Get Paid for Staying Healthy

ways to make extra money Achievemint

That’s quite a road trip.

Is your fitness tracker not offering quite the boost you thought it would to get you off the couch for daily exercise? Maybe money will do the trick.

The health app Achievemint lets you earn money for completing healthy activities.

Connect Achievemint to workout apps like Apple’s Healthkit, Fitbit, MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper, Rundouble C25K, Twitter or any other app you already use to track your health and fitness goals.

You’ll choose which data to securely share with Achievemint to earn cash for your activities. For example, you can earn points for logging your weight with MyFitnessPal or hitting step goals with Fitbit.

You can earn cash in $10 increments or an Amazon gift card when you reach 10,000 points, and there’s no limit on how much you can earn.

Plus, you’ll earn 10 points just for signing up with Achievemint and connecting an app today!

20. Promote Stuff on Social Media

ways to make extra money groupon

You ought to get paid for this kind of praise!

Take a look at your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram feed. How many times do you mention products or brands you love?

If you’ve built a sizable following, you could be getting paid for those plugs.

It’s as simple as using the right link.

Many shopping sites like Swagbucks, Ebates, Groupon and Zulily will give you cash or store credit for referring your family and friends to each service. It’s a great way to earn money for recommending things you’re sharing anyway.

21. Start a Blog

ways to make extra money blogging

We hear ya…

It’s definitely not a quick way to make money, but starting a blog can eventually help you earn extra money. If you enjoy writing, this is a super fun way to cash in on it.

You can blog about anything you want, so choose something you’re passionate about! Read our step-by-step guide to building an audience and making money from your blog. If you work hard, it could even replace your full-time income.

“As I worked to develop my blog, it began to attract advertisers,” says Cat Alford, blogger and mom of twins, told The Work at Home Woman.

“Now, I field emails (from advertisers) every day, and in the last three months, I’ve made a full-time income from my website after only making pocket change for several years,” Alford explains.

22. Sell Unused Gift Cards

ways to make extra money gift cards

It’s like a surprise gift from yourself!

More than $44 billion dollars in gift cards went unused between 2008-2014, according to the New York Post. We’ve got a much more productive way to put that money to use!

Sure, it’s disappointing to receive a gift you might not want. But if it’s a gift card, quietly thank the aunt (or other distant relative) who gave it to you for not trying too hard to buy something you wouldn’t have liked anyway.

It’s not cash, but a gift card is the next best thing — even if it’s for a store where you don’t usually shop.

That’s because you can sell it to someone who does want to shop at that store.

List your unused — or even partially-used — gift cards on a gift-card exchange site. Buyers use these sites to find a good deal on gift cards, and you get to turn that unwanted present into cash!

23. Invest in Your Interests, and Earn a $100 Bonus

ways to make extra money motif investing

So do we!

Motif Investing is unique among online brokers, because instead of picking individual stocks, you invest in a cluster of stocks (usually 20 to 30) 6from a similar field.

It’s sort of like a mutual fund, but the motifs range from Clean Energy to Republican Companies to Healthy and Tasty to Obamacare. Basically any interest you have or trend you’d like to invest in, you’ll find on Motif.

So you get to earn money while supporting issues you care about. Chalk that up as another good deed, we say!

Even, better Motif is giving away a ton of cash right now. If you open a new account with $1,000 and make one trade, you’ll earn $100.

Motif charges $9.95 for each trade you make, so you’re going to net $90.05 in extra cash with this deal. That’s like getting all of your transaction fees free and earning $100 extra. Sweet!

Sign up here.

Read more about it here: How to Make $100 This Week with Motif Investing

24. Get Paid to Lose Weight (Seriously!)

ways to make extra money healthywage

The one time you definitely want to be a real BIG loser.

Picture this: You step on the scale and finally see your goal weight.

Congratulations! But it gets even better.

You’re about to receive a generous check you can spend on a celebratory dress in your new size, use stock up on household necessities or wisely stick into your savings — all just for losing weight!

It’s not a fantasy. If you wager on your own commitment with HealthyWage, this could very well happen for you… as long as you stick to your guns and lose the weight.

Here’s how: Sign up for HealthyWage, and define a goal weight and a timeframe to achieve it. Place a monetary bet on yourself, between $20 to $500 a month.

HealthyWage’s calculator will consider how much weight you have to lose, how much time you give yourself to do it and how much money you wager to determine your reward. You could win up to $10,000!

25. Start a Freelance Business

ways to make extra money freelancing

Freelance life is simply the best.

If you’re dreaming of setting your own schedule, working in sweats most days (or even your underwear, we won’t tell) and letting your facial hair fill out without consequence, freelancing could be perfect for you.

It could be your full-time job or a part-time side gig — the beauty of freelancing is you get to choose your work and how much time to put into it.

You can start a freelance business based on any skill you want, but these are some of the most common areas:

  • Writing
  • Graphic design
  • Social media
  • Photography
  • Coaching

But don’t just start a business doing what sells!

You’re going to put a lot of time and effort into this, so it should probably be something you love. Find the service that fits what you enjoy doing, what you do best and what people are willing to pay you for.

Once you know the kind of work you want to do, follow our ultimate guide to starting a freelance business to take the next steps.

26. Earn Money Off Your Psychic Abilities From the Comfort of Your Home

ways to make extra money psychic

I see working from home in your future.

Do you have experience and skill in any of these metaphysical abilities?

  • Astrology
  • Tarot
  • Dream interpretation
  • Numerology
  • Clairvoyance/clairaudience/clairsentience
  • Crystals
  • Runes
  • Empathy
  • Medium or channeling

Psychic Source has openings for advisors for its phone or chat readings. You’ll get to work from home and set your own schedule, anywhere between eight and 40 hours per week.

You’ll receive support and promotion from Psychic Source, and pay is a base rate per call (not specified), plus a per-minute bonus depending on the length of your calls.

To apply, access the application process here. Or just apply telepathically (just kidding, don’t do that).

27. Do Other People’s Grocery Shopping

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Some people hate grocery shopping so much they’ll actually pay someone else to do it for them.

That someone else can be you!

If you’re 21 years or older with reliable transportation, you can sign up to be a delivery driver with Instacart.

This app and website lets people who don’t have the time or motivation to battle the crowds for a box of cereal skip the grocery store. And it lets you make money as their personal shopper.

You should be relatively comfortable with common groceries, so this might not be the gig for you if your typical grocery trip is just a beeline to the Pizza Rolls.

Your application will include a short online quiz about common grocery store items. You’ll need to identify grocery items like a lemon or an 18-pack of eggs, and you only have two minutes to answer the 21 questions.

After that, your local manager will call you to set up a 15-minute phone interview to learn about your background and experience.

28. Make Music Videos for YouTube

ways to make extra money playing guitar

Then you ought to make money doing it!

Want to make money playing music? You can do it without leaving home by putting your music on YouTube.

There are two primary ways to do this. First, simply make and monetize YouTube videos. If you get enough traffic, you can make some serious money.

Second, create YouTube music lessons.

If you’ve been playing a while and know how to explain the basics to beginners, set up some video lessons. Some YouTube music lessons get millions of pageviews. Monetize your videos, and that kind of traffic can translate to serious money.

29. Earn Rewards for Watching Movie Previews


Ways to make extra money swagbucks

Cha ching!

As if it weren’t enough that Swagbucks rewards you for grocery shopping, the company will also pay you to watch TV.

We’re shocked, too.

You can earn rewards through Swagbucks when you watch movie previews, celebrity videos, the latest news and dozens of other videos.

Plus, you earn $5 just for signing up.

When you’re ready to watch, Swagbucks will let you know how long a playlist runs, ranging from a few minutes to about half an hour. You’ll need to watch all the shows in that playlist to earn your bucks.

It’s possible to earn up to $225 a month just watching videos!

30. Tell This Company What’s in Your Fridge

ways to make extra money groceries

Because eating is so overrated.

Believe it or not, Nielsen, the well-known TV ratings company, wants to know what you’re buying at the grocery store.

Once you sign up to be on the Nielsen Consumer Panel, the company will send you a free scanner or you can use your smartphone. Every time you go shopping, you simply scan the barcodes on the back of each product and send your data off to NCP.

As an active participant, you earn gift points you can redeem for different types of merchandise — like electronics, jewelry, household items, even toys for the kids.

The longer you stay on the panel, the more opportunities you have to earn points toward prizes. You also receive entries for the panel’s many sweepstakes for big prizes like vacations and brand new vehicles.

31. Write Songs (and Sell Them)

ways to make extra money songwriting

They’re pretty much always coming to you.

You may have heard the music industry isn’t the best place to make a living these days. That’s not totally wrong — but it’s not totally right, either.

While the move to digital downloads has made record deals less lucrative for artists than in the heyday of rock ‘n’ roll, flexible musicians know there are still smart ways to cash in.

Songwriting is one of them.

Selling songs outright isn’t common, because it’s not a great deal for the writer. If you sell all the rights to a song, you’ll only make a few bucks, even it becomes a huge hit — or, even better, gets played in a movie or TV show.

A better plan is to set up a royalty deal. That way, the amount you earn is based on the song’s success.

Mechanical royalties earn you a statutory rate of 0.091 cents per song, per manufactured unit (such as a CD). If the song you wrote is on an album that sells 10,000 copies, you would make $910.

Performance royalties are a separate deal. To collect royalties for the right to perform your song, join one of these three performing rights organizations:

If you can’t break into the music industry in the usual ways, you can always look for contests to enter. For example, the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) hands out cash, prizes and recognition to 71 winners.

ASCAP maintains a list of songwriting competitions.

32. Add This App to Get Paid for Picking Up Your Phone

ways to make extra money Slidejoy

Can’t argue with “free” money, can you?

We’re constantly told we have a smartphone addiction in this country. You glance at that tiny screen dozens of times a day to check the weather, answer emails or text the next love of your life (you hope).

And you can actually get paid for it. Take that, technophobes.

Instead of a picture of your dog or some flowers on your lock screen, the Slidejoy app presents ads for various products and services. Like what you see? Swipe left on the ad to go straight to the advertiser’s website, YouTube video or app download page.

If the ad doesn’t resonate with you — or if you’re in a hurry — simply swipe right to go to your phone as normal.

It’s like a dating app for ads, except instead of nonsensical pick-up lines, you get paid for your swipes. You can earn up to $60 a year just by using your phone as you normally would.

Click here to download the app for your Android phone.

33. Earn Cash Back for Shopping Online

ways to make extra money online shopping

Don’t you love cracking open the mailbox to see a package inside?

Yeah, we can come up with a lot of ways to save money when you’re shopping. But isn’t it better to get paid to go shopping?

When you shop through a cash-back site like Ebates, you’ll earn cash-back rewards you can redeem for gift cards.

Even better, it’s giving away $10 gift cards if you sign-up as a new member and earn your first cash-back rebate. You can choose either a $10 Target, Walmart, Macy’s or Kohl’s gift card.

You do have to wait 30 days. But, it’s free money so can you really complain?

34. Do Some Freelance Proofreading

ways to make extra money proofreading

Classic proofreader humor.

If you’ve got a keen eye for grammar and formatting, freelance proofreading could be your next great gig — one that pays about $17 an hour.

Got your attention? Yeah, we thought so.

To get started, sign up for this free seven-day mini-course on ProofreadAnywhere.com to learn how to build your freelance proofreading business.

Typical pay for proofreading is about 35 cents per page, so how much you earn depends on how efficiently you can work. To earn $17 an hour, you’ll have to proof about 49 pages each hour, which you’ll need experience to work up to.

Proofreading is a great gig for Type A personalities — perfecting grammar, punctuation and formatting and getting paid for it? That’s much better than just keeping a pencil in your nightstand to mark up your library books.

35. Help Companies Improve Their Websites

ways to make extra money UserTesting

Please spread the word.

Have you ever clicked on a link because it promised valuable information, but bounced off the web page immediately because it was so unpleasant to look at?

Some websites are just so annoying to use or difficult to navigate that users don’t want to hang out on them.

You can help change that — and get paid to do it.

With UserTesting, you’ll help companies determine how customers use their websites.

You’ll make about $10 for spending 20 minutes evaluating websites or testing apps. The best part? You’ll be paid via PayPal within seven days.

This opportunity is available in the U.S., and we’re hearing there are a also ton of jobs in the UK, Canada, Germany and Australia right now!

36. Rent Your Designer Clothes

ways to make extra money rent the runway

Can’t get enough!

Have a pricy dress you bought and only wore once wasting away in your closet? Earn your money back — and more — renting it to others looking for a good deal.

You can make money renting clothing through sites like Loanables or Style Lend.

If you’ve got lots of special-occasion or high-end clothes, you could practically be running your own Rent the Runway from your closet!

Rent the Runway is popular with frugal fashionistas, especially around the busy wedding season. People can rent your designer dresses for just a few days to save on cost of buying a new one.

You get to cash in on the demand. Plus, it takes the sting out of splurging on that designer dress for your friend’s wedding last summer you’ll never wear again — it’s just an investment!

37. Test Drive Cars as a Mystery Shopper

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Here’s your chance!

Working through a mystery shopping company like BestMark, you can go to car lots and pose as a potential buyer.

So you get to test drive a car, which is pretty cool.

It also means you listen to the sales pitch, which is less exciting. But then you report back on your experience and get paid. Joke’s on them…

The Penny Hoarder founder, Kyle Taylor, used to do automotive mystery shopping, and reports earning $60 for each dealership he visited. Not too bad for less than an hour’s work acting like a P.I., not to mention the chance to drive a new car!

38. Work From Home as a Bookkeeper

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We don’t hear that too often. This is a perfect job for you, Ashlee.

Does earning $60 an hour sound appealing? Duh, of course it does. How about the freedom to work remotely with small business owners?

Those are the perks of working as a bookkeeper, says Ben Robinson, a certified public accountant and business owner who teaches others to become virtual bookkeepers.

And no, you don’t have be a CPA to be successful in this business. In fact, all you really need are decent computer skills and a passion for helping business owners tackle real-world problems.

It’s a great opportunity for moms who want to work part time, millennials who are just out of college and anyone who wants to bring in real money while working from home.

39. Get Paid to Stay in the Know About Popular TV Shows

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So do we, Jessica. So do we.

OK, just hear us out on this one. It’s definitely possible to get paid to watch TV shows you love. RewardTV pays you to answer trivia questions about last night’s TV shows.

Do you know who they killed off on “Game of Thrones” last night? Tell RewardTV about it and you’ll get paid.

Do you know which contestant got kicked off “The Voice” this week? You could get paid.

Just don’t tell your friends, who DVR’d the show!

You’re not going to get rich doing this, but it’s a fun way to make an extra $15 to $20 a month for the shows you already enjoy watching.

40. Sell Your Weirdest Stuff

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And, oh, those summer nights… selling them online.

If you want to work directly with buyers, you can list your most unique treasures to sell on Ebay.

Seriously, when we say “unique,” we mean it. Did you know you could sell dentures on Ebay? What about old — sorry, vintage — panties?

If you’ve lived in one place for a while, you’re bound to have a few odd items stuck in the back of your closet. Those could be valuable to someone.

You can also cash in on your location through Ebay. If you live by the beach, collect bunches of seashells and driftwood to sell to crafters. If you live near the woods, collect pine cones. Don’t underestimate the value of those things you see everyday!

41. Take Care of Someone Else’s House

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House-sitting is a killer way to make money for introverts, travelers and anyone who just wants to make a little extra money in their free time.

It’s like a sleepover you get paid for. Just water some plants, mind the temperature and keep the lights on at intervals that alert potential ne’er-do-wells that the place is occupied.

When you’re traveling, house-sitting could mean free lodging — and it’s usually cushier than a cheap hotel and more private than couch surfing.

House-sitting in your own town is a way to make money just for stopping by a couple times a day, or even spending the night in a place that’s probably a step up from your own.

Read our guide on how to find house-sitting gigs to get started.

Your Turn: Will you try any of these ways to make extra money?

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by The Penny Hoarder
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