There are a ton of ways to make money – especially extra money side hustling. If you have the drive and the passion to earn money, you CAN do it.
But sometimes we struggle to figure out what to do that will actually earn us anything. We simply hit a mental wall and our money-making ideas remain out of reach.
So, instead of staying roadblocked, here is a list of ways to earn some cash on the side, earning your way out of debt, or using extra money to invest or start a business.
No matter what your skill set is, or how much time you have, you should be able to find something on this list that you can do this week to make some extra money.
1. Sell items on Ebay or Craigslist.
One of the surest ways you can make cash if you’re in a bind is to sell items on Ebay or Craigslist. Any used items like furniture, household appliances, collectibles or anything else that you’re just not using or is collecting dust, can be sold online to make some money. If you’re serious about this, you can even do it professionally for others and collect a small commission for each sale. Take quality photos and write a good description and you’ll be in great shape.
2. Recycle used smartphones on Gazelle.
I’ve sold a few used smartphones on Gazelle and it’s a no-hassle way of making some cash if you have an old iPhone or Samsung smartphone or another device sitting around. While you won’t get top-dollar for it, you will be able to get a little bit of cash that might just help you out depending on your financial situation.
3. Drive for Uber or Lyft.
One of the most widely available ways for making money is to drive for Uber or Lyft. The sharing economy has quite literally exploded, and both Uber and Lyft are at the forefront. The best part? You can turn on and off your availability through these networks with the simple click of a button, effectively allowing you to make money no matter what time of day or night it is.
4. Deliver for PostMates.
Another option for earning a side income is to deliver for PostMates. Similar to working for Uber and Lyft, you can work whenever you want. While the pay might not be enormous, you do have the ability to earn tips. If you’re in a highly-trafficked area such as Los Angeles or New York City, this is a great way to earn some cash and you don’t even need a car.
5. Rent your spare room on Airbnb.
AirBnB offers a great resource for people that are willing to rent out a spare room or even their entire home. If you’re in a bind for some fast cash, AirBnB offers you an avenue for creating an income. You’ll get paid 24 hours after a guest checks in, which is to avoid any problems or potential scams that might arrive. Some people earn their primary income just by renting out rooms or homes on AirBnB.
6. Manage social media for small businesses.
Many small businesses need a social media manager and simply don’t have the time nor the expertise to be constantly posting on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter. Take it upon yourself to contact local businesses and offer up your services for a contracted monthly fee. This is an easy way to make money no matter where you live.
7. Answer questions on JustAnswer.
Websites like JustAnswer pay you to answer professional questions. If you have a high-level skill such, as experience in law, medicine or information technology, you could get paid to help others navigate certain topics or areas of contention that they might be faced with in life.
8. Sell services on Fiverr.
Fiverr helped give birth to the Gig Economy. Although services start out at $5, some Fiverr sellers are earning six-figure-plus revenues annually. You can sell just about anything on this platform, but to succeed and become a Super Seller, you need to deliver massive amounts of value, even at those lower price-points.
9. Do micro-jobs on Mechanical Turk.
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform is one way you can earn money, though it won’t make you rich by any measure. However, if you’re looking to take on micro-jobs that can be done in a few minutes each, by stringing them together, you could earn some cash that might help you out if you’re in a bind.
10. Tutor over Skype.
You can tutor people over Skype, no matter where you might live. This is great, especially if you’re a digital nomad and you’re looking to earn more money than the local job market can potentially provide. Tutor people from the U.S. or U.K. if you’re traveling through Asia or another low-cost-of-living country around the world.