50 Side Jobs to Help You Make an Extra $500 or More This Month

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If you needed extra money, like, yesterday, you’ve come to the right spot.

Our team has compiled a list of creative ways you can fatten your bank account this month. Certainly, there’s something here that fits your needs.

50 Ideas to Help You Make Extra Money

Feeling pumped? Feeling ready? Feeling like a million bucks (or like you need a million bucks)?

This is a long list, so don’t get overwhelmed. Go ahead and start now, but be sure to bookmark this post so you can easily return later. We’ll keep it updated as offers change or expire.

Without further delay, let’s get started.

1. Play a (Free!) Virtual Lottery

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There’s something so satisfying about those gas station scratch-off tickets, but it’s better to avoid them because, well, that’s not Penny Hoarding.

Instead, try using a free app called Lucktastic. Each day, it releases a new assortment of digital scratch-off tickets. Lucktastic says instant wins range from $1 to $10,000. You can also earn tokens, enter contests and play games.

The app is free to download — and play. Get scratchin’.

2. Take a Photo of Your Receipts

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Ibotta is an easy-to-use cash-back app that’s partnered with more than 50 retailers, just about anywhere you’d do any kind of shopping.

Before heading to the store, search for items on your shopping list within the app. Strawberries? Check. An ear of corn? Check. Add each cash-back opportunity to your list in the app.

Then shop.

When you get home, snap a photo of your receipt and scan the items’ barcodes.

Bam. Cash back.

Some cash-back opportunities we’ve seen include:

  • 25 cents back for any item
  • 25 cents back on strawberries
  • 50 cents back on frozen fruit snacks
  • $1 back on a box of tea
  • $5 back on a case of Shiner Bock beer

Notice a lot of those aren’t tied to a brand — just shop for the staples on your list, and earn cash back!

Ibotta is free to download. Plus, you’ll get a $10 sign-up bonus after uploading your first receipt.

3. Get Paid to Share What's in Your Fridge

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Believe it or not, this company wants to know what's in your fridge…

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 which you can redeem for different types of merchandise. You can choose electronics, jewelry, household items, and even toys for the kids.

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

4. Invest in Real Estate Around the Country for Just $500

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Want to try real-estate investing without playing landlord? We found a company that helps you do just that.

Oh, and you don’t have to have hundreds of thousands of dollars, either. You can get started with a minimum investment of just $500. A company called Fundrise does all the heavy lifting for you.

Through the Fundrise Starter Portfolio, your money will be split into two portfolios that support private real estate around the United States.

This isn’t an obscure investment, though. You can see exactly which properties are included in your portfolios — like a set of townhomes in Snoqualmie, Washington, or an apartment building in Charlotte, North Carolina.

You can earn money through interest payments and property income (e.g. rent). You’ll get paid via quarterly distributions, plus extra periodic distributions if properties are sold.

(But remember: Investments come with risk. While Fundrise has paid distributions every quarter since at least Q2 2016, your payment is never guaranteed.)

You’ll pay a 0.85% annual asset management fee and a 0.15% annual investment advisory fee.

Interested? Get started with Fundrise here.

5. Download This App

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A number of companies will actually pay you for downloading apps on your smartphone or computer -- and you’ll get paid again for every month you keep them installed.

The apps collect data and help companies better understand web and mobile usage — such as what times of day people browse, how long they stay on websites and use apps, and what types of sites and apps are popular (or not).

This company, called Smart Panel, will literally pay you to download its free app onto all your devices.

The app collects anonymous statistics from your phone to help your favorite web sites, apps, tech companies and mobile carriers give you better services and more features.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You can’t download this from the App Store. Here’s the promo link. It’s free to download.
  2. Once you’ve qualified and downloaded the app, the company will give you a $5 sign-up bonus.

Then you’ll earn $5 a month for every month you keep the app installed. Plus, you’ll get periodic “loyalty bonuses” for keeping the app installed:

  • 90 days: $5
  • Six months: $10
  • Nine months: $15
  • Every quarter after that: $15

In total, you can earn up to $110 for the first year and another $120 in the second year!

  1. You can redeem your rewards via PayPal or an Amazon gift card starting 30 days after you install the app.

Pro Tip: Install the app on all your devices to give the most accurate picture of your usage.

6. Fill This out While You're Watching TV

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Surveys aren't our favorite way to make money, but if you're just vegging out on the couch, why not click a couple buttons and earn a few bucks?

Here are some of the best paid survey sites we've found:

  • Ipsos i-Say: You might recognize the Ipsos Panel name because it’s the same company that does most of the political polling during elections. Some of the top-end surveys can pay up to $95, but those are rare and can take awhile to complete. Most surveys pay a buck or two and only take 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Opinion OutpostWhat sets this site apart from other survey sites is it gives away $40,000 every year. It has a quarterly drawing for a $10,000 cash prize -- and for every survey you complete, you’ll get one entry into the sweepstakes!
  • InboxDollars offers several short, daily surveys you can take. If you take all of them each day, you could earn an extra $730 a year — not too bad.
  • Harris PollMost surveys pay between $3 and $4 each for 20 minutes of your time. Larger panels are hosted locally. These usually require two to four hours of your time — and you don’t get to watch Netflix while you’re at it — but they pay up to $75.

7. Stop Deleting Your Emails

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It turns out deleting your emails could be costing you serious money. Intrigued?

One of our secret weapons is called Paribus — a tool that gets you money back for your online purchases. It's free to sign up, and once you do, it will scan your email archives for any receipts. If it discovers you’ve purchased something from one of its monitored retailers, it will track the item’s price and help you get a refund anytime there’s a price drop.

Plus, if your guaranteed shipment shows up late, Paribus will help you get money back for what you paid for shipping.

8. Get $5 to Invest With Stash

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It’s no brilliant secret that investing can be a smart way to make money.

Sometimes, though, it feels restricted to a few wealthy elite.

But Stash is different. This app lets you start investing with as little as $5 and for just a $1 monthly fee for balances under $5,000. (The first month is free.)

Stash curates investments from professional fund managers and investors and lets you choose where to put your money -- but it leaves the complicated investment terms out of it.

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

Bonus: Right now, The Penny Hoarder is teaming up with Stash to fund your first investment — so you’ll get a $5 bonus to get started!

9. Get Paid to Walk Around the Neighborhood

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Got a lot of shopping to do? Here's a way to make these chores a little more interesting — and healthy.

Shopkick is a rewards app that will pay you in "kicks," which you can redeem for gift cards. Just sign up, and start earning kicks for walking into certain stores (including Walmart, Target, TJMaxx and more). Some of these don't even require you to purchase or do anything — just walk into the retailer or scan a barcode.

You can redeem kicks for gift cards to a number of retailers, including Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, Sephora and Best Buy.

Penny Hoarder employee Khiem Nguyen approaches it like a scavenger hunt, planning his trips so he can walk from store to store and get some exercise along the way.

10. Sell Your Unwanted Stuff With This App

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Are your closets and shelves packed to the brim with stuff you never use -- or even look at?

You can sell virtually anything on letgo. This intuitive app lets you snap a photo and upload your item in less than 30 seconds. It removes a lot of the hassle of selling things online and it’s 100% free to use.

11. Drive With Uber and Lyft

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Enjoy finding the best route around town? Why not try to get paid for it?

As a driver partner with Uber, you are an independent contractor. You create your own schedule and work as much or as little as you want.

If you want to give it a try here are a few things to keep in mind: You must be at least 21 years old, have at least one year of licensed driving experience in the U.S. (three years if you are under 23 years old), have a valid U.S. driver’s license and pass a background check.

Also, your car must be a four-door, seat at least four passengers (excluding the driver), be registered in-state and be covered by in-state insurance.

Here’s a link to sign up to use the Uber app.

Because it's simple to switch between apps, many Uber partners also sign up to drive with Lyft.

We talked to Paul Pruce, who’d been driving full-time with Lyft for over a year and earning $750 a week as a driver. Best of all, he does it on his own time. You can work days, nights or weekends — it’s up to you!

To be eligible, you’ll need to be at least 21 years old with a year of driving experience, pass a background check and own a car made in 2007 or later.

Here's a link to apply with Lyft.

12. Rent Your Spare Bedroom (or Backyard) out This Weekend

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Have a spare room? Might as well use Airbnb to make some money by renting it out.

If you’re a good host with a desirable space, you could add hundreds -- even thousands -- of dollars to your savings account with Airbnb.

And there's no reason you can't be creative. We even found a guy who earns $1,380 a month renting out a backyard tent on Airbnb!

A few simple steps can make the difference between a great experience and a less-than-satisfactory one.

Here are some tips:

  • Make your space available during high-demand times in your area. Think: concerts, conventions and sporting events.
  • Be a good host, and stock your place with the toiletries you’d expect at a hotel — toilet paper, soap and towels.
  • Be personable. A lot of travelers turn to Airbnb for the personal touch they won’t find at commercial properties.

Here’s the link to sign up as an Airbnb host.

(Hosting laws vary from city to city. Please understand the rules and regulations applicable to your city and listing.)

13. Put Your Truck to Work for You

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Have you got a nice big truck, pickup or van? You could get paid to move people’s stuff across town — or the country.

Hook up with uShip. It’s an online shipping marketplace that makes it easy for consumers and businesses to book transport for just about anything.

Haulers on uShip drive semis, box trucks and personal vehicles like pickups, vans and station wagons. Some rent a box truck for a day to haul multiple loads.

It doesn’t matter whether you ship boxes of stuff, furniture, vehicles, commercial freight, boats, motorcycles or whatever. New shipments are posted every 30 seconds, and the company has 3.5 million shipping customers, so there’s no shortage of opportunities available.

Once you sign up as a carrier on uShip, you can digitally search for jobs that suit you and start placing bids on customers’ shipments.

14. Sell Your Extra CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, Video Games and Electronics


Have a bunch of movies or CDs collecting dust on a shelf? Decluttr will pay you for them!

Decluttr buys your old CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and video games, plus hardware like cell phones, tablets, game consoles and iPods.

We talked to one user, Gil Flores, who sold about 100 DVDs and 75 CDs and made $275 -- an average of $1.57 each.

Just download the app and start scanning the barcodes on your media to get immediate quotes. It’s completely free to use, you won't pay listing or seller fees, payment is super fast and even shipping is free.

Plus, enter FREE5 at checkout to get an extra $5 for your trade-in order!

15. Score This $10 Gift Card

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Believe it or not, some sites will give you free gift cards just for signing up with them.

One of our favorites is Ebates, a cash back shopping site. 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 a $10 gift card for Walmart or $10 in Ebates cash for your next shopping trip on the site.

To earn your gift card:

  1. Sign up for Ebates here with your email or Facebook account.
  2. Make your first purchase through the site within 90 days, and spend at least $25.
  3. Your account will be credited with rewards points you cash in for your $10 gift card.

16. Cash in on Internet Outages

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Internet go out? Yeah, that's annoying — especially if you work from home.

But you deserve a refund. No need to sit on hold with your provider, though. Use Trim, a little bot that'll do the work for you.

All you have to do is sign up for free and upload a PDF of your recent bill. (Grab this from your online statement.) The process takes about two minutes, and Trim will get to work on your behalf.

If you're eligible for any savings, you can guarantee Trim will get them for you! We've seen users on Twitter reporting earning $100 and $200 back. Nice!

17. Get Paid to Drop a Few Pounds

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Bottom line: HealthyWage will literally pay you for losing weight.

Not only are you getting more healthy, you’re also making some money. How’s that for motivation?

Here’s how it works:

  1. Read our full HealthyWage review, and sign up.
  2. Define a goal weight and the amount of time you’ll give yourself to achieve it.
  3. Place a bet on yourself ranging from $20 to $500 a month.

Depending on how much you have to lose, how long you give yourself to do it and how much money you put on the table, you could win up to $10,000!

Wondering if it can really work? We talked to one woman, Teresa Suarez, who lost 68 pounds -- and made over $2,400.

18. Earn up to $60/Hour as a Part-Time Bookkeeper

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Does earning $60 an hour sound appealing? How about the freedom to work remotely while helping others succeed?

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 to have 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, recent college grads and anyone who wants to bring in real money working from home.

Robinson shares what it takes to be a virtual bookkeeper, plus tip for making this career work for you in his free class at Bookkeeper Business Launch.

19. Earn Money Shopping on Amazon

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This is such an easy, passive way to rake in an extra $36 a year. ShopTracker, one of the leading public opinion research companies, wants you to share your Amazon purchase history with them. And they'll pay you for every month you share !

When you sign up for ShopTracker, it keeps your private information, well, private. All it wants to see is your order information, including the order date, product title, category, ISBN number, release date, condition, seller, list price per unit, quantity and other details.

Before you jump in, you need to know:

  • This will be a waste of time if you don’t shop on Amazon.
  • You must be 18 and live in the U.S.

All good? To earn your first gift card today:

  1. Sign up, and download the ShopTracker app on your Windows computer and Apple or Android phone. It takes about two minutes. You’ll need to answer a few questions about your Amazon use to qualify.
  2. Open the app and log in to your Amazon account to automatically share your purchase history. You’ll receive your Visa e-gift card code for $3 via email within 48 hours.
  3. Take a couple of minutes to share your purchase history to earn another $3 each month.

Your information is securely collected by The Harris Poll, a trusted market research company for more than 20 years. Additionally, ShopTracker removes your name, shipping address and any personal payment information before reporting your purchase history.

20. Rent out the RV You Thought You’d Use More

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RV owners everywhere: It’s time to ask yourself a tough question. How often do you really use your motorhome?

Sure, you got a ton of use out of it initially when the kids were younger or when you first retired, but your road trips just aren’t as frequent now, unfortunately.

Don’t worry. We aren’t going to tell you to part with your beloved travel machine. Rather, earn money by letting someone else step on the gas and get out of town.

List your RV or camper through the RV rental marketplace Outdoorsy.

Outdoorsy makes the whole owner-to-renter coordination process simple. Rather than placing your trust in a stranger, you're renting to someone you've had a chance to chat with through Outdoorsy's messaging platform, and who has passed Outdoorsy’s DMV background check.

Plus, Outdoorsy provides comprehensive and collision insurance and liability up to $1 million.

Check out Outdoorsy’s calculator to see how much you could make. Enter your name, RV type, and its year and length.

For example, estimated earnings on a 2008 Airstream start at an average $1,407 per rental (which vary in length from a few days to a few months). Payment comes within 24 hours of your RV being picked up.

Get your free estimate — then list your RV… ’cause you know it gets lonely when it can’t hit the open road.

21. Go on Secret Missions

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Remember scavenger hunts when you were a kid? Ever pretend you were a private investigator on an important mission? Don’t let a few years get in the way of your fun.

QuickThoughts turns your cell phone into private-eye technology, taking you on top-secret missions in your area.

Was that Target clean the last time you shopped there? Were the checkout lines long?

QuickThoughts Missions relies on your input -- and sneakily-taken cellphone photography -- to give businesses important feedback. And like any respectable P.I., you get paid for your investigative footwork.

Pretending as an adult is looking better and better!

Using your phone’s GPS, the app will prompt you for information about places you’ve visited in the past few weeks, as well as places it detects you’re visiting right now.

It even has missions you can accept and complete in the future. For instance, it might prompt you to go to your local Walgreens and snap a photo of the seasonal display.

And you’ll earn gift cards for Amazon and iTunes while you’re at it.

22. Rent out Your Car

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If you own a reliable vehicle, but leave it sitting in your driveway all the time, you could turn it into an income stream by renting it!

Through Turo, you can rent your car to a community of approved drivers.

Here’s how it works:

  1. To get started, list your car for rent here.
  2. Create a calendar to let travelers know when your car is available.
  3. You’ll get notified when someone requests your car. Just coordinate a meeting place, or deliver the car right to the traveler at the airport or other location.
  4. Get paid!

Turo will dynamically set your car’s rental price based on market value, location, time of year and other data. For a car with a market value of $10,000, Turo suggests you could earn about $1,800 a year renting it just five days a month.

You’ll earn 65% to 85% of the trip price, depending on the vehicle protection package you choose. If you provide your own commercial rental insurance, you’ll earn 90%.

Sign up here to get started.

23. Get Automatic Rewards... for Living Life

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Pssstt… We’ve got a secret.

There’s a new rewards platform on the market.

Drop is a financial tech company that rewards you for your purchases.

All you have to do is link your credit and debit cards to the app. When you make a Drop-qualified purchase, you’ll automatically earn points, whether you’re grocery shopping, hailing an Uber or ordering a pizza.

The points will add up, and you can exchange them for gift cards to popular retailers like Amazon and Starbucks.

It’s the ultimate loyalty card — without the card.

You can sign up for Drop here.

24. Get Rewarded for Smart Financial Moves

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This app kind of rules them all: MoneyLion is an all-in-one app for managing your personal finances.

Basically, it offers the financial services you’d typically get from three or four different banks or providers, and they’re all bundled into one place.

MoneyLion connects with all of your bank, credit card, student loan and other financial accounts. Based on your income and spending patterns, it offers personalized advice to help you save money, reduce your debt and improve your credit.

One of our favorite things about this app is the rewards feature.

Targeted at the financial middle class, MoneyLion offers rewards to help you develop healthy financial habits. The rewards program gives you points for taking actions like:

  • Connecting a bank account.
  • Signing up for credit monitoring.
  • Paying your bills on time.
  • Keeping your credit utilization low.

The points can be redeemed for gift cards to retailers like Amazon, Apple and Walmart. It’s like giving American Express-style rewards to middle-class customers who may not have a points-earning credit card.

25. Get Paid to Shop Online

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Believe it or not, some sites will give you free gift cards just for signing up with them.

One of our favorites is Ebates, a cash back shopping site. 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 a $10 gift card for Walmart or $10 in Ebates cash for your next shopping trip on the site.

To earn your gift card:

  1. Sign up for Ebates here with your email or Facebook account.
  2. Make your first purchase through the site within 90 days, and spend at least $25.
  3. Your account will be credited with rewards points you cash in for your $10 gift card.

26. Sell Your Sense of Style

Do you still have a prom outfit from, like, 10 years ago?

It’s never going to fit -- or come into style -- again, but something just keeps holding you back from sending it to Goodwill.

Maybe money could change your mind? Instead of storing clothes indefinitely, try selling them on an app like Poshmark.

Poshmark lets you clear your closet and sell those clothes you don’t wear anymore.


27. Get Paid to Tutor Kids Online

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Love kids but don't want to commit to the classroom?

You can get paid to tutor students online. Take notes from this former teacher, who makes up to $75 an hour.

If you're not sure where to start, we've rounded up a list of companies hiring online tutors.

28. Get Paid to Share Your Expertise

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As a freelance blogger, you can work as much or little as you want, so this makes a nice side gig.

To get started, check out these blogs that pay $100 or more per post.

Want to share your parenting expertise? Check out these parenting blogs and magazines looking for writers.

29. Pick up Babysitting Gigs Whenever You're Available

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Ever overhear your co-workers mumbling about needing a night off from little people at home? You’ll be surprised to learn how hard it is to find a sitter!

Keep your eyes and ears peeled, and offer to babysit while friends or co-workers go out for the evening -- you could earn $50 to $100 in a night

If you don’t want to bother the people you already know, sign up with SitterCity.

Once you create your profile on the app, you can browse babysitting jobs in your area. Parents post to the app looking for full-time nannies, date-night sitters, last-minute care, and even pet or senior care and housekeeping.

Families can review your profile and run a background check before contacting you. Then you’ll meet them over the phone or in person to talk about their needs and your rates.

If you like hanging out with kids, babysitting could make a fulfilling full-time job or just a fun way to make extra money in your free time.

You can sign up for SitterCity here.

30. Sell the Textbooks You'll Never Crack Again

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Have any old college textbooks? You could have a garage sale or sell them on Craigslist, but one of our favorite ways to get rid of them is using the Bookscouter app.

Search for you book using the ISBN, and let Bookscouter connect you with more than 25 of the best-paying and most reputable buyback companies online.

Cool, right? Once you’ve found the buyback company offering the most cash, just fill out a little information about where you want your payment sent (usually PayPal) and prepare the books to ship.

Most of the buyback companies offer prepaid shipping labels, too, so it won't cost you anything.

31. Proofread Documents

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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. The average rate per page for proofreading is 35 cents, so your earnings depend on how efficiently you work. It’s not a great moneymaker for slow readers!

Want to learn how to become a proofreader? Sign up for a free intro course from Caitlin Pile at Proofread Anywhere.

The course will teach you how to be a proofreader — and how to turn your eagle eye into a profitable business.

32. Serve as a Mock Juror


Fascinated by courtroom drama, but hate wasting the day in jury duty for a measly $40 payout?

Serve as an online mock juror to help lawyers prepare for real cases. You can earn $10 to $60 for about an hour of your time.

Instead of hearing arguments from both sides of the case, you review evidence, including documents, videos and photos, at your computer.

33. Stop Doing Favors, and Rent Your Truck out Instead

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Remember how proud you felt when you bought that truck? You were on top of the world — until your family and friends started asking for favors: Can you help me move this weekend? Make a Home Depot haul for me? Tow that trailer full of trash to the dump?

That big, empowering truck you bought has backfired. (Not literally, we hope.)

Instead of feeling committed to all these favors for family, friends and friends of friends of friends, why not let someone rent your truck — and pay you per hour?

Through the online peer-to-peer truck share marketplace Fluid Market, you can lend your truck to community members. Fluid Market reports earnings on longbed pickup trucks and cargo vans up to $12,000 a year.

Here’s how Fluid works:

  • List your truck. Be sure to have the VIN and some quality photos available. If you do, the process takes about 10 minutes tops.
  • Promote your listing. Use anything and everything — from Facebook community groups to Nextdoor. Fluid says earnings are “notably higher” when someone self-promotes.
  • Manage your listing. Opt into the “instabook” setting, where users can automatically book your truck without pending your approval. Set up a lockbox for the keys, and bam. Passive income.

Let’s address some concerns real quick. When you list on Fluid Market, it covers all vehicles with $300,000 in car rental liability insurance as well as coverage against theft and physical damage. You can also feel at ease because each renter’s identity is verified with a DMV background check. Payments come weekly, via direct deposit.

And, hey, no heavy lifting required. Now when everyone flocks to you — err, your truck — nudge them over to your listing on Fluid Market.

34. Jump on the Class-Action Bandwagon

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If you use a product that’s involved in a class-action lawsuit, a little online sleuthing could get you a cash payout.

The rules of each settlement are different, but in most cases you’ll have to provide proof of purchase or product use, like a serial number or a receipt. Once you fill out your online claim form, you may have to wait a few weeks or months before receiving your payment.

Psst -- we regularly post new class-action settlement information, so check in often to make sure you’re not missing a chance to get paid!

35. Start Investing (Seriously, You Can Afford This)

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If you’re like most of us and wish your money would just take care of itself consider starting an investment account through Acorns.

You can start small — with $5 — and stack up change over time with its “round-up” feature. That means if you spend $10.23 at the grocery store, 77 cents gets dropped into your Acorns account.

Then, the app does the whole investing thing for you.

The idea is you won’t miss the digital pocket change, and the automatic savings stack up faster than you’d think. For example, Penny Hoarder Dana Sitar was able to stash $420 away per year.

At that rate, you could set aside $1,000 in about two and a half years — without trying.

But the beauty is you can set your own pace with Acorns’ features, so if you want — and can afford — to invest $1,000 faster, go for it.

The app is $1 a month for balances under $5,000, and you’ll get a $5 bonus when you sign up.

36. Work as a Transcriptionist

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Are you a good listener -- and a good typist? You can make $15 to $25 an hour as a transcriptionist.

You’ll need experience in the medical or legal fields to get transcription assignments in those areas, but plenty of researchers, reporters and Average Joes are willing to pay for someone to type up their recordings.

You get paid per audio hour, so this is a gig that’s perfect for people with great focus. If an hour-long recording takes you four hours to transcribe, you still only get paid for one hour. Listen closely!

37. Sell Your Smartphone Photos

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If you have a smartphone and a photographic eye, making money may have just gotten a lot easier. Oh – you’ll also need access to marketable scenery.

An app called Foap lets you turn your smartphone photos into cash.

Here’s how it works:

1. Download the free app and create an account.

2. Take a quality photo and upload it to Foap’s marketplace.

3. Someone buys the license to your photo for $10. You make $5.

If your photo sells 20 times, you make $5 each time and end up with $100 in your pocket -- all for about five minutes of work. Pretty cool, right?

38. Answer the Phone

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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 through these work-from-home job sites.

39. Tutor Chess Players

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Love to play chess? Tutor other chess players online to make $35 to $50 per hour.

Tutoring sites like WyzAnt can take a big cut (40% until you hit 20 hours of tutoring!), but as an online tutor, you’ll get practice (and get paid) without leaving the house.

Even if you’re a lower-rated player, you can charge $20 per hour to work with beginners.

40. Rent out the Clothes That Make Your Friends Jealous

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Are your friends always complimenting your great sense of style? Try making money off that killer taste!

You can rent out your clothing online through a peer-to-peer site like Style Lend.

Make sure to read the fine print on rental sites. Some don’t charge any fees to the buyers and sellers, but some charge a rental commission per order. You’ll need to price your wears accordingly to account for any commission handed over to the company.

41. Earn up to $700/Month Evaluating Search Results

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Search engines use complicated algorithms to determine the results you see — and they don't always get it right.

They're vulnerable to errors, so they need real humans to look at the results and judge them for quality, relevance and usefulness. And those humans can get paid around $12 an hour for the work.

If you want to get paid to clean up Google's mess (or Bing's or Yahoo!'s) apply for a job like this one with Lionbridge. The company is often hiring, so if you don't see any openings now, keep an eye on The Penny Hoarder Jobs Facebook page for the next one.

42. Find Virtual Odd Jobs on TaskRabbit

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TaskRabbit helps you connect with people in your area who need help getting things done -- anything from picking up dry cleaning to calling customer service and tolerating the hold music.

Keep an eye out for virtual tasks, which are mostly centered around personal assistance, administrative work or research help. You can do those an earn money without even walking out your door.

Rest assured you won’t be getting paid pennies to solve someone’s Excel woes. Check out these tips from users who make more than $2,000 a week through the app.

43. Optimize Your Credit Card Use

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If you’re not using a rewards credit card to pay for your groceries, you’re missing out on free money.

(One caveat: This only works if you pay off that credit card balance every month to avoid paying interest.)

Credit card rewards programs can be confusing, though, because each card gives you different rewards for different purchases. Managing all your points and rewards can be a challenge, especially if you’re juggling more than one card.

To get the most out of your rewards cards at the checkout counter, try using Birch. The free app keeps track of your spending and helps you maximize the rewards you’re getting, whether they're travel rewards or cash back.

Birch plugs into your bank account and credit card accounts (with high security) and analyzes your spending habits. It recommends which cards you should sign up for, and which cards you should use for your most frequent purchases.

For example, it might suggest you buy products at your favorite grocery store with a specific card to rack up the most points or cash back.

The average American shopper could be earning $600 in credit card rewards per year, Birch co-founder Alex Cohen says, referring to a Bureau of Labor Statistics finding that the average consumer spends $2,165 a month on groceries, gas and other “credit card eligible” expenses.

Don’t miss out.

44. Teach English as a Second Language

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Always dreamt of moving abroad to teach English as a second language, but have commitments stateside? Thanks to the internet, you can still share your knowledge with students in China.

VIPKID is hiring part-time ESL teachers to work at least 7.5 hours per week, mostly on weekday mornings and weekend evenings. You’ll need a bachelor’s degree, plus experience working with kids ages 5 to 12.

The base pay is between $7 and $9 per half-hour session, and with bonuses, the company states you can earn up to $22 an hour.

45. Make Money Test Driving Cars

Beater carWorking through a company like BestMark, you can earn money when you 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!

Some Penny Hoarders have reported earning about $60 per dealership they visited as a mystery shopper.

46. Sell Your Friendship

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Get paid to be someone’s buddy! We're not kidding.

You can register to become a friend at RentAFriend.com, where paying users can contact you to attend concerts, sporting events, family functions, VIP events and more.

You can charge up to $50 an hour and set your own schedule.

Friends working full time (five days a week) earn up to $2,000 a week, plus free dinners and access to those events I mentioned.

What could you do as a friend for 40 hours a week?

First of all, the site clarifies that it is “solely a platonic friendship website” -- beyond that, options are endless.

If you have a special skill, like cooking or speaking a foreign language, you could teach them. Some people traveling or new to an area hire a friend to show them the town.

Some people just want someone to talk to.

47. Deliver Convenience Store Necessities

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Don't feel like stinking up your car with the (tantalizing) scent of pizza or fried food? You can still make someone's day — and make money — by delivering another late-night necessity: beer.

This and other convenience store goods — from tampons to ice cream novelties — are available for delivery through goPuff, an app we're sure was literally made in heaven.

For you, that means an opportunity to make money driving your car around town — and goPuff's stocked warehouses mean you don't have to waste time strolling actual convenience store aisles to locate the right flavor of emergency Jolly Ranchers.

Comedian Nicole Yates earns $10 to $12 an hour delivering with goPuff in Los Angeles.

48. Find Freelance Work, Small Jobs and Side Gigs

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Need more money? Pour yourself a cup of coffee, curl up on the couch with your tablet or laptop, and find yourself a gig, or a few, on Fiverr.

On this online platform, workers start out selling their products and services for $5 each. Fiverr says users create 4,000 new listings, or gigs, every day, with a new gig purchased every five seconds.

Earning five bucks at a time may not sound like much, but those little sales can add up to thousands of dollars. These three women each made more than $100,000 through the site.

49. Become a Mermaid

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Do you want to be part of their world?

We went for a swim with the real-life mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida to find out how they get paid to slip into fins and perform for kids (and kids at heart).

This job isn't exactly a day at the beach, but if you can keep up, it's every bit as magical as you'd imagine.

50. Flip a Freebie

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Selling Craigslist freebies is a great way to make a profit quickly, because you get the items for free.

You could even have cash in hand today.

Go to the free section on Craigslist and look for things that are close to you and easy to sell immediately. They could be scraps from a job site or metal items you can sell, for example.

For a quick turnaround, avoid items like furniture or electronics. These can be good to sell, but they'll take longer.

Cash in your treasures by reselling on Craigslist, including them in a rummage sale or selling to specialty buyers, like a pawn shop or a local business.