10 ways to start earning some extra cash

We’ve talked a lot about what to do with the money you already have. How to save it, how to spend it, and how to keep track of it – but what about making more of it? With the advent of the gig-economy and the internet, there are now a host of ways to make both active and passive income. While taking on another job may seem impossible given how busy many of us already are, there are a lot of ways to earn some extra coin without needing to invest a ton of your time. Think about what you’re good at and what you love and see if you can’t come up with some creative ways to cash in on those passions. If you’re still stumped, consider some of the options we’ve put together below!

 

1. Who let the dogs out?

 Love dogs? Of course you do, so why not take that admiration for our four-legged friends and start earning a little extra cash on the side while enjoying the great outdoors? Throw up an ad on your local Craigslist or sign up for apps like Wag and Rover which offer on-demand dog-walking services that work with your schedule.

2. Freelance your talents

Are you a Powerpoint expert? Know how to design a Squarespace website in your sleep? Fancy yourself a razor-sharp copy editor? Start using those skills to earn some extra cash. Sites like Upwork and Fiverr offer marketplaces where customers can contract you for your skills. Do a bit of research beforehand to figure out your rate so you can price your work competitively.

3. AirBnB an extra room

This one is obviously dependent on whether you’ve got the space or not but if you do, placing a spare room on AirBnB can be an awesome source of additional income. Have a garage or guest house collecting dust? Convert it to a vacation oasis and curate the space as only a local can to start attracting travelers looking for a more intimate experience in your city.

4. Rent out your car

If you work from home or just don’t use your car all that often, start making it work for you! Services like Turo and Getaround connect you with people looking to rent a vehicle (anywhere from a few hours to a few days) in your area. They take a small percentage of the cost leaving the majority to help fatten up your wallet.

5. Sell your art

You don’t have to be the next Andy Warhol to start making a little extra cash for your art. There are plenty of sites out there that provide artists the marketplace to start selling their pieces or you can always start posting your work on social media to build interest.

6. Cash in on your blog

Don’t think anyone is willing to pay you for your Bridgerton costume design and analysis blog? Don’t sell yourself short. With affiliate marketing programs, the traffic you see on your blog could turn into cash you see in your bank account. Nearly every brand has an affiliate marketing program these days so do some research on the companies you love most and start making those posts pay!

7. Get on Etsy

We’re not telling you to sell your old macaroni art from 4th grade (your mom would never forgive you) but this is another great way to turn your side projects and passions into dollar signs. Setting up a store is easy and you can promote it on your social media to gain more eyeballs.

8. Drive for Uber or Lyft

The gig-economy staple! If you’ve got a car and enjoy meeting new people, Uber or Lyft can be a great way to earn some extra money. With the ability to set your own hours, you can drive and earn whenever it makes sense for you.

9. Become a Doordash or Postmates delivery driver

Not interested in carting around strangers in your whip? How about food instead? Food delivery services are now in almost every city in the US and allow you the same flexibility as Uber or Lyft without needing to deal with actual passengers.

10. Trade in old phones or electronics

You’ve got iPhone boxes dating back to the iPhone 5, isn’t it time you made a little money off those old devices? Sites like Gazelle will buy your old devices and even Amazon has an exchange program that pays out in Amazon gift cards. It’s not only phones you can sell, many of these programs take old tablets, gaming systems, and audio equipment too.

 

Feel inspired? Ready to rummage through your closet for some old canvases or arts & crafts projects? Earning extra money is easier now than it’s ever been and can easily work within your schedule. The key is to find the intersection of where your talents and demand exist. With a little hustle and some research, you could be well on your way to a steady stream of extra income in your bank account.

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