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10 Awesome Ways to Make Money Without a Job

Updated on July 13, 2019
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Being without a job is scary. Even the thought of not getting salary in the bank account by the month end gives goosebumps. But times are uncertain these days. Job security has become a thing of the past. Regardless of academic qualification and experience, stretches of unemployment have affected all of us in recent years. While we might not be able to control being unemployed, we can keep ourselves busy and productive. We don’t necessarily have to be in a job in order to make money. Whether one is looking for work, or just taking a breather between assignments, one can make some money on the side by doing these gigs

1. Ghost Shopping

Ghost Shopping refers to a service of shopping on someone’s behalf. It sounds weird but there are people who have money but they don’t have time to shop. So they pay you to do their shopping for them and delivering the goods.

Some companies or market research firms also hire people to visit retail stores, posing as a casual shopper to collect information about the stores' display, prices, and quality of their sales staff. Ghost shoppers are paid a fee to conduct each mystery audit and if the audit involves purchasing or consuming anything - the ghost shoppers are provided a reimbursement of the money they spend as well.

Many folks think they aren’t good at earning money, when what they don’t know is how to use it.

— Frank A. Clark

2. Street Perform

This is for those who have any kind of entertainment skills, be it music, acrobatics, singing, magic, puppetry or dance. Many guitar players in busy streets actually make good money. Street performers are generally rewarded in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given.But one needs to be careful about one's city laws. In case prior permissions for street performances need to be taken then one must abide by them.

3. Dog Walker

Walking dogs for pet owners can actually earn you money. And if you are a pet lover then you will actually enjoy this work which pays you to do what you love. Professional dog walkers are paid by dog owners to walk their dogs for them. Some dog walkers will take many dogs for a walk at once, while others will only take a single dog. The length of a walk might vary depending on the breed or owners' request. In some jurisdictions, dog walking business must be licensed and the employees should be trained in animal first aid.

4. Sell stock photos

If you have an inclination towards photography then you can consider taking stock photos and selling them for a price. There are many online sites which let you upload your photographs and pay you a commission every time your photograph is downloaded. Some sites pay an upfront flat fee for your photographs. With stock photography booming and stock photo websites becoming popular, more and more photographers are selling stock photos to earn a decent stream of passive income. Shutterstock, Alamy, Crestock, 500px, PhotoShelter etc. are some of the popular websites to sell stock photos.

5. Rent a room

If you own a house then you can consider renting a room to earn money. You can also consider keeping a paying guest and charge extra for food. You can also list for Airbnb to offer lodging, primarily homestays, or tourism experiences.

6. Work Online

A great option if you’re unemployed is online work. There are different sites offering a variety of ways to make money online. Micro job sites such as fiverr, writing sites like Hubpages as well as sites that pay for you to take surveys, are all legitimate options. While these sites offer lower pay, but gradually one can earn good money online. But one has to make sure the site they’re working for is reputable.

7. Drive Services

Cab services like Uber and Ola have completely revolutionized cab industry. If you have a car and a driving licence then you can consider registering with Ola or Uber. All you have to do is register with them, install their app and be a part of personalized taxi services. You must meet requirements for age, health, car age and type. You should have a driver's license and a smartphone/tablet and must pass a background check. Many people nowadays are actually earning a living by becoming an Uber or Ola driver.

8. Home tuition

Home tuition is a good way of earning money. You can take batches of home tuition according to your academic qualifications and subject expertise.The earnings also varies according to the subjects and age groups that you teach. Tutors for subjects like Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Economics etc. are more in demand.

9. Flip Stuff

Another good way to earn money is to sell unused possessions. You can sell your stuff at Flipkart, eBay or Amazon. You can also consider buying stuff for cheap and selling it at a higher rate. You have to be on the lookout for good and cheap stuff in the local markets or sites like Craiglist and then you can sell them for a profit on Amazon or eBay. Traditional garage sales is another fine option. You can sell off a few video games, or some electronics or furniture for some quick and easy cash.

Money can’t buy happiness, but it will certainly get you a better class of memories.

— Ronald Reagan

10. Sell your Art

If you are good at any crafts- drawing, painting, accessories, stitching etc then you can sell your art to make money. You can set up an online shop on sites like zazzle or etsy where you can sell your craft. You can also take orders from friends and family for the same.

Being out of job can be frustrating but one has to stay hopeful. It's all in the mind. You can keep getting frustrated or you can make the best use of the time by doing something of your own. Who knows you might actually be so successful at it that you will never want to get into a full-time job again!

Dog walking business has big payoff

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Shaloo Walia


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    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      6 months ago from India

      Thanks for sharing!

    • Vanita Thakkar profile image

      Vanita Thakkar 

      7 months ago

      Interesting facts and ideas. I didn't know about ghost shopping. Thanks for sharing.

      Here in Vadodara, we have a road in the old city area, where traditionally, every Friday thrift shopping bazar / market is set up. It is called Shukravaaree (Shukravaar means Friday in Hindi as well as Gujarati). It is a very crowded market place and people avoid passing through that road on Friday ....

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      22 months ago from India

      Thanks Lora. The site you mentioned is new to me. Will check it out.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      22 months ago from India

      Thank you Brenda!

    • Lora Hollings profile image

      Lora Hollings 

      22 months ago

      Some great suggestions that can lead to full time work and perhaps a much more enjoyable way of earning an income! Pet sitting is another business that many people are doing well at. You can list your services at If you love animals and have experience taking care of them, then this can be a wonderful opportunity to make good money. I will have to try some of these suggestions myself. Ghost shopping sounds interesting and fun too. Thanks for sharing.

    • Brenda Arledge profile image


      22 months ago from Washington Court House

      Interesting ideas. Taking photos sounds easy enough.

      Ghost shopping I had never heard of..thanks for all the neat information.

      Nice write.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      Yep, earning while having fun!

    • Abitha Deepak profile image


      2 years ago from Chennai, Tamilnadu

      There are some interesting choices here Shaloo and yeah dog walking does seem the most fun followed by ghost shopping!

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      @Brian You have tried quite a few options. I would gladly take up dag walking if I get an opportunity. What better way to earn money while getting to spend time with dogs!

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      Brian Leekley 

      2 years ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

      I made extra money dog walking and occasionally house/pet sitting in recent years, until last fall I moved from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA to Bainbridge Island, Washington. Maybe I'll give dog walking a try again. I enjoy walking anyway.

      I'm no photographer, but sometimes by chance I'll take a good photo of general interest, so maybe I'll give selling stock photos a try. I had been considering giving them away on a site like Pixaby.

      I had a career from 1997 to 2005 buying and selling used books, so I know that "flip stuff" can be a viable money-making option. These days, online competition is a big factor to consider.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      My pleasure, Thelma. Thanks for stopping by.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      Thank you Kathy!

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      2 years ago from Germany

      Very interesting ideas on making money without a job. Thanks for the tips.

    • The Stages Of ME profile image

      Kathy Henderson 

      2 years ago from Pa

      There are many good tips in this article. College students, anyone out of work or looking to supplement employment, take note.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      You're welcome, Rajan ji.

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Interesting money earning options. Thanks for sharing.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      Thank you Dora. I am sure mystery shopping is quite fun. Being a dog lover, dog walking also appeals to me.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      My pleasure, Gupi!

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great ideas. The only one I've done so far is mystery shopping, but I'm sure I can do others. Thanks for the thought.

    • Gurpinder Vir Singh Rai profile image


      2 years ago

      Lots of interesting and creative ideas, thanks for sharing.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      @Jodah Mystery shopping seems to be so much fun. I used to have an eBay shop but now eBay is no more available in my country.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      @Peggy I find the concept of thrift shops interesting. Unfortunately, we don't have such shops here.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Gondwana Land

      Some great suggestions here, Shaloo. I have actually done a few of these myself including currently writing on . I have also worked as a “mystery” shopper or ghost shopper. That was an interesting and sometimes fun way to make a bit of money, have a free meal etc. I have also sold unwanted items on eBay from time to time. Thank you for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is a good list of ways to make extra money. We just had a neighbor over last night for dinner. She is making a cute baby blanket with all kinds of embellishments. I told her that she could undoubtedly make money selling them. I mentioned Etsy to her but did not know about Zazzle. I'll pass this information on to her.

      We once knew a mother who clothed her growing children by making smart purchases from thrift shops. When her children would outgrow the clothing, she held garage sales, often making as much or more than she had initially paid for the clothes.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      Thank you, Bill. You never ceases to amaze me :)

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've done a couple of these things from time to time. Several of them are quite easy to do and I do recommend them to others. Good list,my friend.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      You're welcome, Li-Jen.

    • Li-Jen Hew profile image

      Li-Jen Hew 

      2 years ago

      Hey Shaloo, these are good ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      @FlourishAnyway These are good suggestions. Eldercare or house sitting services are quite unheard of in my country but the idea has potential.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      2 years ago from USA

      There's also a large market for eldercare services -- things like driving/accompanying older people to appointments and taking them on errands, staying with them overnight or for periods of short duration, etc. My grandmother has hired several people for this over the last few years as she has needed more care. It pays pretty well considering the skill level, although a large amount of patience can be involved. Also, pet or house sitting while people are vacationing can be helpful.


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