50+ Ways to Make Extra Money & Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

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It’s no wonder so many people are looking for ways to make extra money nowadays.

Many people feel the economy from the pandemic has been so much worse than the 2008 recession, and many are still struggling to make ends meet.

Somewhere between 50-78% of Americans were living paycheck to paycheck even before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an article written in the Washington Post.

And at the peak of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic, more than 17 million Americans became unemployed, according to CNBC.

Making extra money with a side hustle has become the norm for many people. And because of COVID, there are lots of people who are looking for easy ways to make extra money from home.

So it’s a good thing there are tons of legit ways to make extra money!

Today I am going to give you a bunch of ideas for how to put extra cash in your pocket.

I hope that you will find a couple of possibilities on this list that could help you bring in extra money so you can live more comfortably and reach your financial goals.

Let’s get started!

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Ways to Make Extra Money from Home

Blogging

This is first on my list because starting a blog is not as difficult as you might think. I am one of those people who are clueless when it comes to any kind of techy stuff. So if I can start a blog, you can too!

The urge to start a blog began after I had my second son, and we had two kids in daycare. Our childcare costs were slightly more than our mortgage payment.

We actually nicknamed our childcare expense “the second mortgage.”

I thought if I could just start a blog and make enough money to at least be home part-time with my kids, that would reduce our childcare expenses.

Well, it never happened, and we ended up selling stuff on eBay to help cover our childcare expenses instead (more on that below).

So fast forward five years, and here I am doing the thing I dreamed about doing for what feels like forever! My kids are out of daycare, of course, but it is awesome to try something new and learn some new skills.

Now blogging isn’t a get-rich-quick type of side hustle. So you may want to pick some other side hustles to make extra money while you are building and growing your blog.

In order to start this blog, I needed to find someone to show me the ropes in a very slow, step-by-step way.

I came across Suzi Whitford of startamomblog.com. I loved the way she explained things on her blog, so I signed up for her course.

Her Blog by Number course is awesome! She holds your hand through the entire process and helps you with all the techy stuff of blogging (which I desperately needed).

She also helps you with some other basics of blogging in her course, like how to write different blog posts and how to use Pinterest to get more traffic to your blog.

All I have to say is, if you need help starting from square one, her course is the best! I highly recommend it!

The other thing that made me nervous about starting a blog was all the legal mumbo jumbo that I had no clue about.

Specifically, I’m referring to the Terms of Use, Disclaimer, and Privacy Policy pages that are required on your site.

I came across a lawyer, who is also a blogger, that writes legal templates for bloggers. Her name is Amira and her website is aselfguru.com.

You have got to check out her legal templates if you are thinking about starting a blog or if you want to upgrade your templates from the free ones you found online.

Her templates are so easy to use (I’m talking if I can do it, anyone can do it!), and they gave me so much peace of mind.

If you would like to learn more about these awesome resources that will help you start the blog you have always been wanting to start, check out the post I wrote about them here.

Taking Surveys

Participating in online surveys will not make you rich. However, if you are bored and have some time to spare, taking surveys can help you make extra money online.

Survey Junkie allows you to share your opinions while getting paid for it from the comfort of your couch! You earn virtual points that you can redeem for PayPal or e-Giftcards.

Sign up for Survey Junkie here.

Swagbucks is another way to make some extra money on the side.

With Swagbucks, you earn points that you can trade in for PayPal Cash or gift cards just by taking surveys, shopping online, watching videos, and playing games. 

You can earn gift cards for your favorite brands like Amazon, Walmart, Visa, Target, and more!

Many Swagbucks members earn between $25 to $100 per month which they can use to save for a vacation, use for fun money, or use to cover expenses.  

If you would like to check out or sign up for Swagbucks, you can do so here!  

Teach English

Do you love teaching? How about teaching the English language online with VIPKid? You can set your own schedule and work from home teaching kids one on one. You need a 4-year degree. However, the degree can be in any field.

Proofreader

If you love reading and are great at catching errors when reading, you could possibly become a proofreader. There are many companies that will hire proofreaders, and many do not even require an English degree. Or you could become a freelance proofreader and work for yourself.

Virtual Assistant

If you are organized, love social media, and are tech-savvy, you could become a virtual assistant and work from home. Some companies you could check out to get started are FlexJobs, Fiverr, and Upwork.

Transcriptionist

Transcriptionists listen to audio and type what they hear. Being a transcriptionist can allow you to work from home and make your own schedule.

Resume Writing

Do your friends and family come to you for help with their resumes? If you have a knack for writing resumes, you could potentially start your own side hustle, helping people create awesome resumes to make extra money!

Selling Printables

If you have great graphic design skills, consider creating digital printables to sell to make extra money. You could create planners, templates, printable art, calendars, and so much more.

Freelance Writer

If you love writing, becoming a freelance writer could be the way to go for you. You don’t need any formal training to become a freelance writer. There are tons of guides online to help you get started writing so you can make extra money.

Bookkeeper

If you are super organized and good with numbers, you could become a bookkeeper and work from home, helping businesses manage their expenses & income by managing their bills & receipts, doing payroll, & keeping track of sales.

Part-time job or side hustle ideas to make extra money fast

Babysit

As I said earlier, and you may already know, childcare is so expensive! Many people are looking for babysitters to take care of their kids in their homes while they are at work.

Even providing before or after-school care for school-age kids that aren’t old enough to be by themselves is an idea so their parents don’t have to pay for that service at a daycare.

Of course, there is always babysitting on weekends too.

Lawn Care and Landscaping

Mowing lawns and taking care of other people’s landscaping could be an option if that is something you enjoy doing. As the population ages, there are going to be more people looking for help with lawn care.

Clean Houses

This is another thing that people have a hard time doing as they get older! I mainly work with the geriatric population for my day job and see people almost every day that will need help with cleaning and homemaking when they return home from rehab. There is a ton of opportunity there for making extra money.

Cook or Cater

Do you love cooking for other people? You could turn that passion into a side business.

My neighbor actually did this when he was laid off during the pandemic. He loves cooking and makes meals for people.

He didn’t advertise. He used word of mouth to find leads. Again, another group of people that will need help with their meals is our aging population.

House Sit

Many people make extra money by house-sitting. This could involve collecting people’s mail and newspapers, putting out their trash and recycling, and just checking on their houses while they are away to make sure everything is okay.

Tutor

You could definitely make extra money by tutoring. No teacher’s degree is needed! One of our babysitters, who is in college, has a part-time job tutoring kids.

Pet Sitter or Walker

Pets are like part of the family, so of course, people are always looking for someone to look after their furry friends while they are at work or on vacation.

My coworker has a pet sitter that comes over to take her dog out every day. The sitter does this for multiple people and makes out well in the money department.

Pet Groomer or Trainer

This is more involved than pet sitters and walkers, but if you are good at grooming or have a way of training animals, this could be a goldmine!

Drive for Uber or Lyft

I hear about people making a nice amount of extra money by driving for one of these companies.

Deliver Groceries

Delivering groceries to people, whether through a company like Instacart or just delivering to people who are not able to get to the grocery store, can help you make extra money.

Help People Decorate Their Homes

Got an eye for design? Many people may be willing to hire you to help them pick out paint colors, furniture, and accessories.

My good friend is awesome at picking out paint and home d├ęcor, and she doesn’t even have a design degree. Definitely an opportunity there!

Wedding Planner or Party Planner

People just don’t have time nowadays to plan events. If you are good at planning and organizing events, this could be a business op for you (or at least a way to make extra money on the side)!

Make extra money by giving private music or singing lessons.

Give Private Music or Singing Lessons

Are you a musician or singer? Why not cash in on those talents by giving private lessons?

Making Baked Goods

Baking and selling things like wedding cakes, birthday cakes, desserts for holidays, and even dog treats could be a way to make extra money.

Personal Trainer or Workout Buddy

Maybe you are a personal trainer, but you want to expand your clientele beyond the gym you work at and take on some private clients. Or maybe you like working out and would enjoy helping someone else stay motivated to work out.

Why not become a workout partner or buddy for someone who doesn’t have anyone to work out with? Help them stay motivated, help them “show up,” and stay accountable for their workouts.

Coach or Give Private Sports Lessons

If you love teaching others how to play a sport or improve their game or skills, this could be perfect for you!

Handyman (or Woman)

Are you great at fixing or replacing things around the house? People will pay good money to have someone help them with things they can’t or don’t know how to do themselves.

For example, we saved money by paying someone we know to install a couple of new exterior doors in our home instead of paying the installers from the home improvement store.

It was a win for us and a win for our friend!

Photography

Are you awesome at taking pictures? There are a few ways for you to make extra money on the side as a photographer.

You could take pictures at weddings, parties, and events or take engagement or family photos. Or you could sell your photos to an app, such as Agora Images.

Makeup Artist

If you love doing makeup and are good at it, you could make extra money by offering your talent to others. Weddings and proms would be a great start for building your clientele.

Caregiver for the Elderly

The demand for elderly caregivers will only rise as our baby boomer generation ages. You don’t even need to be a registered or licensed nurse or nursing assistant to be a caregiver for some agencies.

There are agencies that hire people just to sit with elderly people and supervise them. You may need to help them with their meals, laundry, pick up their groceries for them, or help them with their house cleaning.

Woodworking and Refinishing or Flipping Furniture

Installing crown molding or other decorative trims is sometimes too complicated or time-consuming for people to do on their own. So if you know how to do this, you could make extra money by offering your services to others.

Or you could find dated furniture for super cheap at thrift stores, on Craigslist, or other online marketplaces and give it new life by refinishing it or painting it.

Then turn around and resell it for profit.

Painter

Sometimes people just don’t want to deal with painting their walls or houses and prefer to hire someone to do it.

Find a Part Time Job

If you want a steady, stable income and you don’t want to bother with trying to find customers or leads for side jobs, then getting a regular part-time job may be the way to go.

Be a “Gofer”

Kind of along the lines of a caregiver, but you would work for yourself; being a gofer could involve running errands for people.

You could do things like pick up their groceries, take them to doctor appointments, and pick up their medications.

Takeout Delivery

Delivering pizzas, delivering food for Grub Hub, and delivering food for restaurants are great ways to make extra money.

Professional Organizer

Are you hyper-organized and really, really good at it? You could sell your services and help people organize their homes to make extra money.

Musician

Do you play an instrument or play in a band? Why not try to get some gigs playing at weddings, receptions, parties, events, etc, to make extra money?

Power Washer

How about making use of that power washer you bought that you use once or twice a year by helping others power wash their homes, decks, patios, etc.? Put it to good use and make extra money!

Bartender

If you know your mixology, you could make some extra cash by bartending on the side.

You could either get a part-time job as a bartender somewhere, or you could work for yourself and offer to bartend for family and friends at events such as weddings, birthday parties, & family reunions.

Framing Pictures and Art

Does anyone know why professional framing is so expensive? I had a piece of art framed, and man, was I in sticker shock.

I never ended up getting the second piece framed because of the cost. So if you know how to do this, you could make some nice extra cash while saving someone else a boatload of money at the same time.

Rent Out a Room

Got an extra bedroom available in your home? Consider finding a roommate to rent out the room in order to make extra money every month.

Help People Move

No one likes packing up their stuff and moving. Capitalize on that by offering your help with packing and moving someone’s belongings to put some extra money in your pocket.

Become a Referee

Do you know all the rules and regs of a particular sport? Consider becoming a referee to make some extra cash.

Lifeguard or Teach Swim Lessons

If you are great at swimming and love being in the pool, becoming a lifeguard or offering to teach swimming lessons could be for you.

Teach Summer School

If you are a teacher and want to make extra money, consider teaching summer school.

Increase Your Hours at Your Job

Maybe you can work overtime at your job. It never hurts to ask. Your boss might be grateful for the offer.

Ways to Sell Stuff to Make Extra Money

Sell on eBay

Selling on eBay is quite easy. As I said earlier, we did this to make extra money when we had two kids in daycare. We would work on selling our stuff after the kids went to bed.

We sold coffee mugs, children’s clothes, books, and anything else we could find lying around the house. You can also hit up thrift stores to find items to resell.

Sell on Poshmark

Poshmark is for selling clothes and accessories. So if you like to update your wardrobe frequently, why not sell the clothes you no longer wear on Poshmark to make extra money?

Sell on ThredUP

ThredUP is an online consignment shop where you can buy and sell used clothes. So if you have clothes that are a brand that is in high demand, this may be the place to sell them.

Sell Your Stuff at Garage Sales

Make extra money fast by having a garage sale. Coordinate with your neighbors to have a neighborhood yard sale to attract a ton of customers.

Sell Your Stuff on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace

We use Craigslist quite a bit to sell stuff we no longer want. We had the most luck selling outgrown baby stuff like our highchairs, strollers, booster seats, pack-in plays, baby seats, and those floor baby activity centers. No one wants to pay full price for new baby stuff when it can be purchased secondhand for much cheaper and in great condition. Just make sure there are no product recalls on your items before trying to sell them.

Sell Crafts at Craft Shows

Are you crafty? How about trying to sell your crafts at craft shows?

Sell on Etsy

Etsy is an online shop for selling handmade items. So you could open a store and sell your crafty things on Etsy as well.

Become an Amazon Seller

Many people make a full-time income selling on Amazon. To get information and to see if it is something you would like to try, check out their beginner’s guide here.

Final Thoughts on the Best Ways to Make Extra Money

As you can see, there are a ton of ways to make extra money. Just think about the skills you have, what you enjoy doing, and how you will fit them into your schedule to figure out what money-making avenues will work for you.

I hope I gave you some fresh ideas today to help you make extra money!

By creating and sticking to a budget, saving money on monthly expenses, and increasing your ability to make extra money, you will be well on your way to stoping that paycheck-to-paycheck living.

Plus, you will get your financial-related stress under control so that you can sleep better at night!

I would love to know what you do to make extra money from home and online! Please let me know in the comments!

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