50 Ways to Make Extra Money This Month
If you need extra money, you’ve come to the right spot.
Whether you want to make money fast, establish a side hustle in your free time, earn money from home or find free money on the internet, we’ve got you covered.
Our team has compiled a list of creative money-making opportunities to help you fatten your bank account this month. Certainly you’ll find something here that fits your needs.
50 Easy Ways to Make Money
Feeling pumped? Feeling ready? Feeling like a million bucks? (Or like you need a million bucks?)
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Without further delay, here are 50 ways to make money:
1. Find Unique Dollar Bills
Turns out antique coins aren’t the only currency worth cash to collectors.
Look for dollar bills with strange serial numbers — ones that aren’t easy to come by. The collectors at CoolSerialNumbers.com will pay you big bucks if you have a bill with a rare sequence in your wallet.
Check out the website for a full list to see if you’ve got any of these rare bills, but here are a few examples of the sort of serial numbers these collectors are looking for:
- 7 repeating digits in a row on $1 bills (e.g. 09999999, 8111111)
- 7 of a kind on $1 bills (e.g. 00010000, 99999099)
- Super repeaters on $1 bills (e.g. 67676767)
- Double quads on $1 bills (e.g. 00009999)
Start digging up those $1 bills floating around. They could be worth a lot of money!
2. Invest in Real Estate With Only $500
Want to get into real-estate investing without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars or playing landlord? We found a company that helps you do just that.
With a minimum investment of just $500, Fundrise will invest your money in its Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that offers expected returns of 8% to 11% per year.
This isn’t an obscure investment. You can see exactly which properties are included in your portfolio — like a set of townhomes in Snoqualmie, Washington, or an apartment building in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Fundrise does the heavy lifting of buying million dollar properties and pays you dividends quarterly plus extra periodic distributions if properties are sold.
You’ll pay a 0.85% annual asset management fee and a 0.15% annual investment advisory fee.
Remember investments come with risk. While Fundrise has paid distributions every quarter since at least Q2 2016, your payment is never guaranteed.
3. Earn up to $60/Hour as a Part-Time Bookkeeper
Interested in starting your own home-based small business? Does earning $60 an hour sound appealing?
Ben Robinson, a certified public accountant and business owner, created Bookkeeper Business Launch to help folks establish online businesses as bookkeepers.
And guess what? You don’t have to be an accountant or even really good at math to be successful. You’ll need decent computer skills and a passion for helping business owners tackle real-world problems. The ability to stay moderately organized is helpful, too.
It’s a great opportunity for parents who want a part-time job, recent college grads and anyone who wants to earn good money while setting their own hours.
Robinson shares what it takes to become a virtual bookkeeper in his free class at Bookkeeper Business Launch.
4. Watch Movie Previews
Most of you already know about InboxDollars, but did you know it will pay you to watch movie previews, celebrity videos, the latest news and dozens of other videos? Plus, you'll get a $5 bonus when you sign up.
You need to watch all of the shows in a specific playlist to earn your extra cash, so be prepared. InboxDollars lets you know how long the playlist runs before you start watching — they typically range from a few minutes to about half an hour.
The availability is subject to change, but it's possible to earn up to $225 a month watching these videos.
5. Turn Your Junk Mail Into Cash
You know all those flyers and advertisements you get in the mail each day? The ones you never wanted but have no idea how to opt out of?
Well, you can turn them into cash.
The Small Business Knowledge (SBK) Center is a market research company that wants to get a peep insight your mailbox. Join its consumer panel, and start shoveling that junk mail into a postage-paid envelope and, at the end of each week, send it over to the SBK Center.
No, you won’t be rolling in extra cash, but you can earn up to $20 every six to 10 weeks.
6. Get Free Lottery Tickets
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 scratching for free using an app called Lucktastic (Lucktastic Match on iOS). 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 that you can exchange for free gift cards to retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Kohl's, Sephora and more.
We talked with Oneil Campbell, who entered a Monopoly Boardwalk contest through the app and won $5,000.
The app is supported by advertising, which allows it to keep the payouts high and the games free.
7. Get Paid up to $600/Week to Drop off Starbucks
Your city is filled with two things: Starbucks, and people who want Starbucks.
An app called Doordash will pay you to pick up and deliver an extra latte when you’re already out and getting your caffeine fix. And it’s not just coffee. You can deliver from Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, Five Guys and hundreds of other restaurants in your area.
With Doordash, you set your own hours and work as much or little as you want, meaning how much you make is up to you.
You’ll earn money for each delivery, plus tips. Jose Neri, from California, reports earning $500 to $600 a week working just lunches and dinners.
The best part? No passengers — that grande, no-whip macchiato will be the only thing to hear your beautiful singing voice.
If you sign up for Doordash now, it’s possible to get your first paycheck this week.
8. Find Hidden Money in Your Inbox
It turns out deleting your emails could be costing you money. Intrigued?
One of our secret weapons is called Capital One Shopping Price Protection — 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 emails 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 when there’s a price drop.
Aimee B. juggles a corporate 9-to-5 career and manages a blog while raising her son, so she does about 90% of her shopping online.
Capital One Shopping Price Protection was able to find her $1,315.41 in savings over the last two years.
“It really is as simple as giving your email address,” she says. “It’s kind of a no-brainer.”
Plus, if your guaranteed shipment shows up late, Capital One Shopping Price Protection will help you get compensated.
9. Fill This out While You Watch a Movie
Online survey sites won't make you a lot of money, but if you're just vegging out on the couch, why not click a couple buttons and earn some quick cash?
Swagbucks is definitely a reader favorite, probably because of the wide variety of ways to make money beyond taking surveys. It’s also famous for handing out free rewards points (called SBs) to its members at random.
Earn a 500 SB bonus (equivalent to $5) when you sign up and earn 2,500 SB within your first 60 days.
You’ll earn SBs for each Swagbucks survey you qualify for and complete, which you can redeem for cash via PayPal or gift cards to a number of popular retailers, including Amazon.
10. Earn up to $1,000/Month Hanging out With Dogs
If you’re looking for a flexible, independent way to earn money — and you love hanging out with dogs — pet sitting through Rover might be your perfect gig.
The online network connects dog walkers and sitters to local dog owners through its 4.9-star-rated app, so you don’t have to staple flyers on every utility pole across town.
Rover says sitters can earn as much as $1,000 a month.
Rover dog-sitter requirements vary by location. In general, you must:
- Be 18 years or older.
- Pass a background check.
- Have access to the Rover app (iOS or Android).
Here’s how it works: You’ll create an online sitter profile where you’ll answer questions about your experience with puppers and your schedule availability.
You can choose to offer a variety of services, including dog walking, overnight boarding at your home or theirs, and daycare.
Boarding is Rover’s most popular service, so you can potentially secure more gigs by offering it.
You set your own rates. (Rover keeps a small percentage as a service fee.)
Dog owners will reach out to you. Accept which gigs you want, then start snugglin’ pups. You’ll be paid within two days of completing a service.
11. Get Paid to Look at Websites
Have you heard of user testing? Companies will pay you to click around on their websites and apps. You rate your experience so they can better serve users.
Not sure where to start? No need tor reach out to individual companies. There are a number of sites that’ll aggregate gigs for you. One called User Testing works with big-time companies like Apple, Microsoft and Facebook — and pays up to $60 per test.
To get started, you’ll need a computer with internet and a microphone. You must be 18 years or older and speak English. Sign up, complete a sample test, then off you go!
12. Effortlessly Invest in the Stock Market With as Little as $5
Investing doesn’t require a stock broker or a huge sum of money.
All you need is your phone, an app called Stash and $5 to start.
This app offers all the tools you need to turn investing into a totally passive activity.
You can opt to round-up your purchases and invest the spare change, set Stash to withdraw money on a schedule or rely on its Smart-Stash feature, which will analyze your income and expenses to determine how much you can afford to invest.
Stash your money into more than 150 ETFs and individual stocks. Because these are micro-investments, you don’t have to invest a ton of money to get started. Stash costs $1 a month for accounts with balances under $5,000. Balances of $5,000 or more cost 0.25% a year.*
Bonus: The Penny Hoarder has teamed up with Stash to give you a $5 sign-up bonus after you make your first investment.
*Clients may incur ancillary fees, charged by Stash, its custodian or both, that are not included in the monthly Wrap-Fee.
13. Babysit or Nanny (Then Watch Netflix When the Kids Go to Bed)
Did you grow up babysitting? Help raise your kid sibling? Or maybe you work in education. You could make some extra income by offering part-time nannying services to family members, friends and neighbors.
You can also list your services on Care.com. There, you can tap into a network of tired parents looking for some quiet time. Pay will vary by location, but the average going rate in 2017 was $16.20 an hour, according to Care.com’s 2018 Cost of Care Survey.
Create your free caregiver account, and start looking for local jobs that fit your schedule.
14. Get Paid For Having Opinions on Current News Events
You could waste hours arguing in comment sections about politics with your mom’s twice-removed uncle. (How are you even connected on Facebook?). Or you could share your opinions with news outlets and get paid for them.
Sounds like a no-brainer, right?
A website called YouGov America will pay you for taking surveys and sharing your thoughts on the hottest topics, including politics, the economy and reality TV.
YouGov collects data from millions of people about news, brands and celebrities and shares it with news outlets and companies. For instance, YouGov found that only 14% of Americans read reviews before picking healthcare providers and that we’re pretty evenly split on whether we floss regularly. Major outlets like Reuters and Yahoo News have a field day with findings like these.
When you take a quick survey (some are less than three minutes), you’ll earn points you can exchange for cash or gift cards to places like Visa, Walmart or Amazon. Plus, Penny Hoarder readers will get 500 points for registering, and 1,000 points after completing their first survey.
It takes just a few minutes to sign up and get your first survey (and points!) immediately.
15. Get $5 to Start Saving More Money
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 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 save money at a rate of $420 a year.
At that rate, you could set aside $1,000 in about two and a half years — without trying.
The app is $1 a month for balances under $5,000, and you’ll get a $5 bonus when you sign up.
16. Earn $10 the Next Time You Go to the Grocery Store
We know it sounds strange, but Ibotta will pay you cash for taking pictures of your receipts.
Here’s how it works: Before heading to the store, search for items on your shopping list within the Ibotta app. When you get home, snap a photo of your receipt and scan the items’ barcodes.
Bam. Cash back.
Ibotta is free to download. Plus, you’ll get a $10 sign-up bonus after uploading your first receipt.
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!
17. Snag a Free $10 Walmart Gift Card
One of our favorite ways to bank a little extra money is with Ebates, a cash-back site that rewards you nearly every time you buy something online. For example, when we checked, you could earn 10% cash back at Walmart.
Plus you’ll get a free $10 gift card to Walmart for giving the site a try.
To earn your gift card:
- Sign up for Ebates with your email or Facebook account.
- Use the Ebates portal the next time you need to buy something. It’s connected to thousands of stores, including Walmart, Amazon and Target. You’ll need to make your first purchase through the site within 90 days and spend at least $25.
- Your account will be credited with rewards points you can cash in for your $10 Walmart gift card.
18. Become a Mock Juror
True crime fans: This just might be your dream side gig. Yup — you can make some extra money playing juror… from your couch!
You can sign up to become a mock juror through a site like eJury.
As a mock juror, attorneys will present a case to you before it goes to trial. You’ll answer questions and provide feedback. This helps them determine what’s working and what isn’t and how the jury will potentially perceive the argument.
According to eJury, you can get paid $5 to $10 via PayPal per case, depending on its length.
19. Turn on Your Favorite Podcast and Drive
Need a fun, flexible way to earn money while also meeting lots of new people?
Try driving with Lyft.
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.
We talked to Paul Pruce, who had been driving full-time with Lyft for over a year and earning $750 a week as a driver.
Best of all, he could do it on his own time. You can work days, nights or weekends — it’s up to you.
20. Get Paid to Share What’s in Your Fridge
Remember the Nielsen company? The one that’s always tracked TV ratings? Well, now it wants to know what’s in your fridge.
Once you sign up to participate in the market research Nielsen Consumer Panel, you can either use your smartphone or a free barcode scanner the company will send you. Every time you stock up on groceries, simply scan the UPC codes on the back of each product and send your data to Nielsen.
Nielsen will reward you with gift points, which you can redeem for free electronics, jewelry, household items or even toys for the kids.
The longer you stay on the panel, the more opportunities you’ll have to earn points toward prizes. You’ll also receive entries for the panel’s many sweepstakes, which includes prizes like vacation packages and new cars.
21. Earn More Than 20x the Average Interest Rate When You Save
To put it simply, online banking services are easier to use than the traditional banks. They’re cheaper, more accessible and often have better perks.
Higher interest is easily the most important distinction between brick-and-mortar banks and online banks. The national average APY for a savings account is 0.10%, but many brick-and-mortar banks offer just 0.01% interest rates on their savings accounts.
Online banks, on the other hand, offer savings rates that are 20 times better — or more.
22. Get Paid to Drop a Few Pounds
Bottom line: HealthyWage will pay you to lose weight.
Not only are you getting more healthy, you’re also making some money. How’s that for motivation?
Here’s how it works:
- Read more about HealthyWage, and sign up.
- Define a goal weight and the amount of time you’ll give yourself to achieve it.
- Place a bet of at least $200 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 really works? We talked to Christina Castro, who lost 84 pounds — and made $1,191.
23. Get Paid to Download This App (That's Literally It)
A number of companies will actually pay you to download apps on your smartphone or computer — a great way get a little passive income.
One we love is called MobileXpression.
After you had the app installed on your smartphone for one week, you get to play an instant rewards game for a prize. (Everyone wins something.) We've seen users win a $25 Amazon gift card, but some of the other prizes include iPads and Samsung TVs.
The market research app collects data and helps 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.
24. Make Your Own Schedule as a Data-Entry Clerk
Data entry isn’t the best-paying online job, but it is one you can do with little previous experience. All you need is a solid internet connection and a computer.
Pay ranges on a per-hour or per-project basis. Typically, you can pick up jobs as frequently as you’d like through freelance broker sites like Lionbridge’s Smart Crowd. You can also search for more permanent opportunities on job-search sites like Indeed and ZipRecruiter.
25. Clean up Google’s Mistakes
Search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo use complicated algorithms to determine the results you see when you search.
But here’s the thing: The robots aren’t always right. The algorithms are vulnerable to errors, so real humans need to look at the search results and judge them for quality, relevance and usefulness.
And those humans are called search engine evaluators and can get paid around $12 an hour.
Tech company Lionbridge is typically looking to fill evaluator positions, and it pays $12 to $15 an hour. You can also look for openings with other companies through any of the popular job-search sites.
26. Resell Thrift Store Finds on eBay or Craigslist
Selling your possessions on eBay or Craigslist is one way to earn cash quickly.
You can also buy designer clothes or collectable antiques for cheap, then resell them for more.
Before you make a purchase, check the item’s going rate online. That way you’ll know you can profit. Be sure to consider eBay’s seller fees, too.
Check out similar items to get a sense of where to set your starting bid, and be sure to incorporate the costs of shipping and eBay’s seller fees into your price.
Penny Hoarder contributor Kat Tretina resold designer jeans on eBay by starting with a minimal investment — packaging tape and a scale to weigh packages for shipping — and more than tripled her money.
27. Create a Blog and (Potentially) Earn Millions
Want to start your own website? Turn it into some money?
It’ll take quite a bit of dedication, but it can really pay off.
Take, for example, Helene Sula, a professional travel blogger who visited more than 85 cities last year and earned $200,000, in part through her blog, “Helene in Between.”
We recommend you start by building up your high-quality content. Then you can look into advertising platforms like Google AdSense, a tool that automatically serves your readers display ads. The price advertisers pay varies, so there’s no way to say how much you can make using Google AdSense, but you’ll get paid when a reader interacts with the ad.
If you want more details — including how to dive into affiliate marketing — check out our guide to starting a blog.
28. Turn Your YouTube Videos Into Cash
It’s the 21st Century, baby, and these days, you can make millions as a YouTube star.
It may take time to turn video views into dollars, though — about $1 per 1,000 views, according to Inc. — but those views can add up over time.
While you’re building an audience, you could also join affiliate programs related to your channel and make money online through affiliate marketing links in your video descriptions.
29. Mask Up This Weekend
Have you heard of a luchador?
It’s a masked Mexican wrestler, and San Diego resident Motros Jungle (whose real name remains a secret per the tradition of luchadores) makes extra money hopping into the ring each weekend.
“You go from being just a regular, average Joe to becoming a superhero as soon as you put the mask on,” he says.
Motros Jungle says he makes anywhere from $200 to $500 for three weekend matches. That doesn’t include the merch he sells — T-shirts, stickers, buttons and masks.
Learn more about what it takes to become a luchador.
30. Stream on Twitch
Your mom was wrong. Playing video games might not be a waste of time after all.
Professional gamer Cory Michael started streaming his gaming sessions on Twitch, a free video streaming service. Over four years, he’s attracted 29 million people to watch him tackle “Destiny” and other multiplayer online games.
As a result, Twitch accepted his partnership application and agreed to pay him to play.
Michael explained to The Penny Hoarder that there are three ways to make money streaming on Twitch: tipping, ad revenue and subscriptions. Top Twitch streamers can earn hundreds of thousands of dollars per month.
31. Rent out the Clothes That Make Your Friends Jealous
Are your friends always complimenting your great sense of style? Or maybe you have dresses you only wear once a year — if that?
You can rent out your clothing online through a fashion marketplace like Style Lend. It’s like Rent the Runway — except peer to peer.
You set the item’s price, then the renter keeps the piece for seven days before returning it. You’ll keep 80% plus receive $6.50 to cover dry cleaning. Plus, the renter pays a $5 insurance fee, so the item’s also insured for up to $50 in damages.
32. Become a Virtual Assistant
Are you super organized? Use a computer with ease? A Jack or Jill of many trades? You might make the perfect virtual assistant.
Many people are looking for virtual assistants who’ll keep tabs on their meetings, answer their emails, update their websites, run their social media accounts, book travel accommodations — you name it.
No need to go into an office for this gig, though — you can do it right from home.
Look for virtual assistant openings on these work-from-home job boards.
33. Sell Your Friendship
Did you know you can get paid to be a friend? Truly! Some people just want companionship.
You can register to become a professional friend at RentAFriend, where paying users can contact you to attend concerts, sporting events, family functions, VIP events and more.
You can earn up to $50 an hour and set your availability.
34. Let NASA Pay You to Stay in Bed All Day
Unfortunately, we haven’t found a way to get paid to nap, but this opportunity is pretty darn close: NASA will pay volunteers to participate in bed rest studies.
Yup — turn yourself into a test subject and spend 60 days in bed, all in the name of science.
It might be tougher than you think, though. You’ve got to bathe, dress, exercise and eat… all from bed.
The good news is the gig pays. One of the more recent calls for volunteers offered $19,000 for 60 days.
35. Transcribe Audio and Video
Are you a quick typist? A keen listener?
You can make decent money from home as a freelance transcriber.
You can accept gigs through a platform like Rev, where you can earn anywhere from 36 to 65 cents per audio or video minute.
The key here is speed and accuracy.
We suggest investing in a keyboard pedal for as little as $25 from Amazon. This will allow you to quickly pause and start the recordings.
Before you’re able to dive in, you’ll perform a sample. Once it passes review, you’re good to go.
36. Design and Sell T-Shirts Through Amazon
It might sound a bit silly, but you could make hundreds of dollars a month selling T-shirts through Amazon.
Through Amazon Merch, you can submit your designs for sale. If someone purchases one of your T-shirts, Amazon handles the printing, shipping and handling.
Of course, there are fees involved, so read through the fine print, but we’ve chatted with folks who’ve created a solid passive income stream with the platform. For example, Josh Waldron invested a little time into designing T-shirts and made a couple hundred dollars each month.
Waldron suggests carving out a niche. Have an obscure hobby? A favorite niche TV genre? Riches are the niches, and you just might be surprised by how many others share your passion.
We suggest signing up for Merch sooner than later — it can take a few months for your account to get approved.
37. Create and Sell Online Courses
If you have a specialized skill, you could make money teaching others — without having to flex your public speaking skills in front of a bunch of college students.
Whether you code or play guitar, you can create an online course through a learning platform like Udemy and share your wealth of knowledge (and, in turn, increase your wealth).
Penny Hoarder contributor Nick Loper had heard stories about folks making millions of dollars through online courses. He gave it a go and created a course about how to launch a Kindle ebook. He earned more than $4,000 in its first three months.
38. Get Crafty (But Not Too Crafty, If You Don’t Want)
If you’re a creative, consider selling your art on Etsy. Although there are some fees, including a 5% transaction charge, the marketplace connects with more than 33 million buyers globally (as of 2017).
That’s a lot of potential customers.
If you aren’t necessarily the artsy type, you could still make money on Etsy by selling craft supplies. For example, Penny Hoarder contributor Janet Berry-Johnson made about $200 a month selling needlecraft kits and patterns.
39. Publish a Kindle Book
If you’re a subject-matter expert or have an intriguing life experience, you could write a book. But there’s no need to send it off to all the major publishing houses in New York City.
You can publish ebooks through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform. The Penny Hoarder contributor Steve Gillman wrote a book in about a week’s time.
Ebooks don’t have be hundreds of pages long. Many ebooks are as short as 6,000 words.
After publishing on Amazon, he started making $350 a month. The best part? He continued to make money, even months and years later.
40. Swap Books for Amazon Gift Cards
Have old college textbooks taking up valuable shelf space? You could host a garage sale or sell them on Craigslist, but one of the easiest ways to get rid of them is through Amazon.
Through the Amazon Trade-In program, you can trade in your used textbooks in exchange for Amazon gift cards.
Enter the item’s information on Amazon's Trade-In page to see how much you could pocket. Shipping is free.
41. Teach English as a Second Language
If a classroom full of grimy squealing kids isn’t your scene… we get it. You can still work as a teacher. Better yet: You work as a teacher, set your own hours and work from home.
There are several online-learning platforms focused on teaching English as a second language to students in other countries.
Angela Brumbaugh is a QKids teacher. She teaches 36 half-hour sessions a week and makes up to $20 an hour.
“The curriculum is set for you before class, and your job is to simply guide the children through the lesson, offering guidance, smiles and tons of encouragement,” she says.
That’s a big perk for many: No lesson planning!
42. Open a New Cash-Back Credit Card and Get a Cash Bonus
If you’re not using a rewards credit card for everyday purchases, you’re missing out on free money.
You just have to be sure you don’t get too carried away with those purchases — and that the card is paid off at the end of each billing period.
Here’s an option we like: It’s the Chase Freedom Unlimited card. Its claim to fame? You’ll earn an unlimited 1.5% cash back on all your purchases. Plus, if you spend $500 in your first three months of opening the card (hi, groceries), you’ll pocket a $150 bonus.
There’s no annual fee, and the cash-back rewards don’t expire. Get signed up — and 0% intro APR for 15 months — here.
*The information for the Chase Freedom Unlimited card has been collected independently by The Penny Hoarder. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of the credit card issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the credit card issuer. The Penny Hoarder is a partner of Credible.
43. Become a Professional Line Sitter
People will pay you to do anything these days, including wait in line for them. We’re talking about the folks who’ll wait in line for a new iPhone, Taylor Swift tickets or Black Friday deal.
You can offer your services through a marketplace like Craigslist or find a company like Same Old Line Dudes in New York City. The founder, Robert Samuel, realized what a lucrative business this could be when he got paid $325 to wait in line for a new iPhone.
He now has about 30 “dudes” working for him.
44. Earn up to $30/Day Watching Movies
Here’s a fun fact: When The Penny Hoarder’s CEO Kyle Taylor was just starting out, he’d earn extra money as a movie mystery shopper. That meant he got paid $30 — just to go to the “Harry Potter” premiere.
Why? Well, theaters and movie studios are interested in collecting data about their attendees. They want to know how many people buy tickets on opening day, what screening time is the most popular and what types of previews are shown. And they want that data from third-party evaluators — like you — who’ll perform “in-theater checks.
To apply, fill out an application with one of the largest mystery shopping companies, Certified Field Associates. The application is just a few questions long, and nearly everyone in the United States and Canada is eligible to be hired.
You won’t necessary earn a ton of money, but you can usually expect to make between $10 to $20 per hour.
45. Monetize Your Art Skills
Do you fancy yourself an artist? Or maybe you’re too modest to go that far, but if you’ve got the skills, why not turn it into some extra cash?
We talked Abbas Husain, who sells his art online and makes about $2,000 a month.
Here are some of his tips to help you get started:
- Start small. Don’t invest too much money upfront.
- Create marketable products. “My stuff is pretty weird and friendly and not terribly pretentious,” Husain says. “It’s very easy-to-digest pop art.”
- Push yourself. Look for opportunities to get better in your own work, even if it’s just watching YouTube tutorials.
46. Perform Virtual Odd Jobs
If you find yourself piddling hours away on the internet, why not turn those hours into some quick cash?
There are a number of ways to make money on Amazon, but one of the more popular options is through Mechanical Turk.
Mechanical Turk is an online marketplace that allows individuals and businesses to outsource virtual tasks — to you! These tasks range from taking surveys to photo sourcing to content moderation.
You won’t necessarily get rich performing these tasks, but it can be a solid way to earn some money in your free time.
47. Do Odd Jobs Around the Neighborhood
If you’re the resident handyman or woman, advertise your services on a platform like TaskRabbit. It’ll help you connect with people in your area who need help with some chores — anything from picking up dry cleaning to cleaning out the dryer vent to sitting on hold with customer service.
Keep an eye out for virtual tasks, which are typically administrative work or research help. Then you can earn money without leaving the house.
Here are some tips to earn the most money through the platform:
- Be flexible in not only your schedule but the type of tasks you accept.
- Get creative! People will pay you to do just about anything (ahem, folding T-shirts), so don’t be afraid to showcase those off-the-wall skills you might have.
48. Sell Your Smartphone Photos
Are you one of those people constantly snapping photos on your cell phone? Well, it doesn’t have to be all in vain now. You can capitalize on those beautiful shots with an app like Foap.
Upload your photos, and each time someone buys the license to your photo for $10, you’ll pocket $5. It’s not a ton, but once you upload the photo, it’s totally passive. So 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?
49. Become a Freelancer
Got a skill? Sell it.
You can become a freelance writer, editor, programmer, graphic designer, photographer, transcriber, translator — you name it.
Perks of freelancing include setting your rates, picking and choosing your clients and choosing your hours.
Perhaps the most difficult part is finding clients when initially starting out. For that, we suggest using a freelance platform like Upwork or Fiverr. There, you’ll find thousands of freelance gigs you can apply for.
The only catch? There are fees, but once you gain some experience and build your portfolio, you can branch out and do your own thing — like full-time freelancer Jamie Cattanach who made more than $50,000 during her first year of freelance writing.
50. Rent out Your Old Baby Gear
Are you a parent to a youngin’?
Don’t let your baby gear (crib, stroller, car seat, etc.) collect dust when your kid starts growing out of all that stuff. Instead, rent out those necessities to traveling parents. (Because it costs how much to check a stroller on a plane?!)
Stay-at-home mom Manuela Madrid started renting out her baby gear. She works about 12 hours a week and makes $120 to $180 with each rental fulfillment.
*Actual amount earned will vary, depending on a number of factors. You’ll see how much you earned after each delivery and exactly how your earnings were calculated.