If you have a green thumb, you can start a garden and sell the produce. Promote your produce, plants, flowers, etc., on social media or create a website to local shoppers to check out. Farmer’s markets are also a great venue to display and sell your produce. Try seasonal items or weekly boxes depending on your garden yields and customer needs.
Easy Ways to Make Extra Money at Home
Making some extra side hustle cash doesn’t actually have to be that complicated. As someone who’s been immersed in the field of online income generation for nearly two decades now, I can tell you that it takes some work. However, there are several clear paths forward. At the end of the day, it all boils down to what your goals are and just how much you’re looking to automate your income.
Could you make an extra $200 per month? Sure. How about an extra $1000 per month? How would that change your life? To most, it would make a monumental difference. But what if we were talking thousands more per month or even tens of thousands more? How would that alter the trajectory of your life? Clearly, you can make money on the internet. You just have to decide how much of your time it’s worth.
While we all have some extra time, it often doesn’t feel like it. But it also doesn’t take too much effort to make some extra dough on the side. We’re not talking about millions upon millions here — we’re mostly talking about doing small, bite-sized projects to generate some fast cash. And depending on your skill set, you could easily make a few hundred dollars or even a few extra thousand per month.
Be a copywriter or editor
Consider becoming a data entry clerk where your daily tasks include entering and updating data into a client’s database. You typically get paid by the hour to add files into the database. Data entry clerks may also compile information, prepare the source data for entry and ensure the data’s accuracy.
If you love dogs, you can earn extra money walking dogs. You can manage the business from home but you will have to go to clients’ homes to get their dogs, take them for a walk or to a nearby dog park and then return them. Pet sitters mostly visit clients’ homes to check on pets but they manage accounts from home. If you have proper space and facilities, you may be allowed to operate as a kennel. Check with your community to see if there are any certain requirements or licenses needed.
Ways to Make Money on the Side
10. Get paid for your photos.
Are you a shutterbug? Do you have photos of gorgeous sunsets and perfectly staged lattes cluttering up your camera roll? You can make extra money for your photos without having to be a professional photographer. Foap pays up to $10 for a photo (some can fetch more for special “missions”) but they’ll take 50% of your sale too. 2
11. Drive for Uber or Lyft.
If you’re strapped for cash but want to work on your own schedule, you might want to think about becoming a driver for Uber or Lyft. You can drive as much (or as little) as you want and set your own schedule. Plus, you get the added bonus of having interesting conversations along the way (or, at the very least, some fun stories to tell of your travels with strangers).
Of course, the amount of money you make depends on your location and how often you cart people around. So if you have a free Saturday every now and then, you might want to spend it as a glorified taxi driver exploring your city and getting paid for it.
12. Become a food delivery driver.
Since the ol’ pandemic of 2020, a lot of restaurants have kept their dining rooms closed or stuck with limited seating. So what’s that mean? More takeout! Become a hero by delivering food to front porches in your city. Driving for Uber Eats, Grubhub or Postmates is a great way to make extra money in your free time just by delivering food to hungry clients. Bonus points: Your car is going to smell amazing. We’re kind of jealous.
13. Join a focus group.
If you like sharing your opinion, why not get paid for it? Check to see if there’s a local focus group in your area or online. You could earn cash just for doing taste tests or trying out different products. Just make sure you fit the type of things they’re looking for before applying.
14. Deliver groceries.
If you love the thrill of shopping but don’t want to spend your own money, this might interest you. With Shipt, you get paid to shop and deliver groceries to clients through an on-demand service. According to the company, their shoppers make up to $22 an hour! 3 Getting paid for shopping? Sign us up!
15. Take up babysitting.
Teenagers usually have the corner on the babysitting market. But there’s no reason you can’t get in on it too. And truth be told, it might be easier than you think to land a gig. Most parents will jump at the chance to have a date night. But sometimes, finding a sitter they trust can be tricky.
Let people in your friend group, church and workplace know you’d be happy to watch their kiddos in your spare time (they need to pay you, of course). And if it’s a little awkward for you to spread the news by word of mouth, you can always sign up for a service like Sittercity or Care.com to help you land some babysitting jobs.
16. Start pet sitting.
Are you an animal lover at heart? How about making some extra money just by taking a dog for a walk or boarding a cat for the weekend? You can advertise your own pet-sitting business on social media, put up signs throughout your neighborhood, or use a website like Rover. They let you set your schedule and set up your own fees for services. If you do use Rover, keep in mind that they take a cut of what you make. 4
17. Advertise on your car.
File this one under both super weird and the ultimate definition of the phrase passive income. The app Wrapify will pay you to drive with a business advertisement wrapped around your car. Once the car is wrapped, you really don’t have to do anything except drive around town like you normally do.
It sounds strange, but it’s actually pretty rewarding: The more you drive, the more you’ll earn. Wrapify says the average person who does a full wrap on their car makes about $264–452 a month. 5 If you’re still paying off your car loan, that’s a car payment right there!
18. Do tasks for people.
If you’re just trying to figure out how to make money on the side with quick fix-it jobs or running errands, TaskRabbit might be your best bet. You can do all kinds of things from yardwork to putting together furniture. This is the perfect way to make extra money if you like to tinker with things—look at you go, MacGyver.
19. Deliver for Amazon.
You know who didn’t slow down during the pandemic? Amazon drivers. There’s nothing like getting a package delivered to your front door, especially when it comes from Amazon. Everyone loves getting packages, so why not spend a few nights a week driving around town bringing people joy? Sign up to deliver packages with Amazon Flex and set your schedule for as much or as little as you want to work.
20. Turn your commute into cash.
Between commuting to work and driving the kids to soccer practice, most of us spend plenty of time in our cars. It’s time to make extra money while you’re riding around! With Roadie, you can get paid just for driving a package (or even a pet!) from point A to point B along your route.
How to Make Extra Money by Selling or Renting
26. Rent your home.
If you have a spare bedroom or can stay with your in-laws or friends on short notice, you might want to consider renting out your home on Airbnb. Let’s say you decide to rent out your upstairs guest room and bathroom to two guests. Here in the Nashville area, you’d have a monthly earning potential of about 800,551. 6 Not too shabby at all!
But what about the risks of opening up your home to strangers? Airbnb offers accidental damage coverage on your home—up to a million dollars of coverage, to be exact. They also offer host protection insurance just in case a guest gets hurt while staying on your property. So kick that worry to the curb!
27. Rent out your car.
If you have a vehicle that just sits in your garage for long stretches of time, you might find a car rental service like Turo is one of the easiest ways to make some extra money. On average, you could make a jaw-dropping $10,516 a year—just by renting out your ride! 7
And don’t worry: The company covers your vehicle with $750,000 of liability insurance as well as offering theft and damage coverage. 8 So let your renter hit the open road while you sit back and count that extra cash.
28. Sell old phones and electronics.
It seems like new electronic gadgets come out every day. And when you’re ready to upgrade, what do you do with the old stuff you don’t use anymore? Well, you could just shove it in that random junk corner (where everything goes) or you can sell it! Sites like Swappa and Gazelle (no relation to our gazelle intensity) will take those old phones, gaming systems and laptops off your hands.
29. Get rid of old movies and music.
Channel your inner minimalist and get rid of all those dusty DVDs or CDs on your entertainment stand or in boxes under your bed. And make the whole process easier with Decluttr. You can scan the bar codes of items you don’t want anymore and see how much money the company will give you. Instead of waiting around for a buyer to maybe purchase your item, the company itself will buy your stuff outright. See ya later, Godzilla DVD.
30. Rent out your baby gear.
Do you have baby items taking up space in your garage but you aren’t ready to part with them yet? After all, you might want another kid . . . maybe one day. Instead of selling that high chair or baby jumper, why not rent them? Oh, we’re serious. On websites like BabyQuip, their Quality Providers earn around $600 a month renting out things like cribs and strollers. Seriously. 9
31. Sell unwanted stuff.
Sift through your hall closet, attic and garage for everything you don’t use anymore. What can you live without? Of course, you can always sell items on tried-and-true sites like eBay and Craigslist. But don’t forget about apps like OfferUp, VarageSale, Poshmark, thredUP and Facebook Marketplace that make it even easier to make extra money by selling secondhand stuff.
32. Sell your kids’ clothes.
Let’s be honest—those little people grow out of their clothes faster than you can keep up. When it’s time to get rid of the clothes they’ve outgrown, you have a few options: put them out in your standard yard sale, sell them to a consignment store, or post them on social media. Apps like Kidizen are specially designed for selling your kids’ gently used threads. And of course, you can use other sites we’ve talked about like Poshmark, thredUP, Craigslist and eBay to sell children’s clothing too.
33. Sell those unused gift cards.
Aunt Betsy gave you a PacSun gift card for Christmas, and you’ve never even set foot in the place. Instead of letting the gift card collect dust, sell it! Websites like Raise let you sell your unwanted gift cards and make a little kickback off of them. After all, every gift card deserves a loving home, doesn’t it?
34. Rent your belongings.
Okay, we already talked about renting out your home, car and even your old baby items. What else is there? Oh, only everything else. The popular renting company Fat Llama (what a name—we know) lets you rent out nearly any of your belongings!
Some of the most in-demand items are camera equipment, projectors, lighting and audio equipment. So if you’re a photographer, videographer or just a tech-gadget lover, you might make a good amount. But remember, you can rent out nearly anything—even your lawn mower . . . or tractor . . . or scooter. Who knew?