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30+ Ways To Make Extra Money

Updated on April 5, 2017
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I grew up in a small town called Whitesburg, Georgia. As a poor Woodard girl, I had to make my own living and opportunities.

More Money In Your Pocket

This article will provide you with information regarding some professions you might not have thought of earlier and that is the reason why you might rethink about your career option after reading this.

As the saying goes, when you love your job, you never work a day in your life. The ultimate in job satisfaction comes when you can turn a passion into cash. Your future and happiness depend on it. How bad do you want it?

Do you have a strong desire to change your current situation and willing desire to work? Do you have a skill that could help you earn extra money on the side? Evaluate the skills you already possess and consider putting them to use to make additional money working from home. Create the job you love. Create the income you deserve, work the hours you choose and grow a business of your own. It could change your life forever.

Developing your own freelance business might be just what you need! When working for yourself, you will know what hours you will be working. No need to stress about what your schedule is going to be. Your other income is certainly a blessing, but sometimes it is just not enough to make ends meet.

You will learn the ability to multi-task, become organized and be detail-oriented. Ability to take stressful situations in stride and be calm under pressure. Honest, hard working, be able to take direction and be happy working alone.

Why Working Your Own Hours Is Attractive

Freelance Writer

If you need to stay at home with the kids, quit your job or just need to make some extra money, You can use the internet to create additional income.

You can become a freelance writer and make extra money writing articles, reviews, and website copy. While you don’t have to be a professional journalist to, it helps if you have a site where you blog regularly. It's better to show that you have some experience in the niche in which you’re trying to find writing jobs.

Set up a profile and start offering up your fast writing skills. You can make decent money with freelance writing, and some people make it a full-time business.

Blogging - This isn’t quick money, but you can make decent money with a little luck and solid, consistent effort. Believe me; it can be tough and time-consuming, The key to blogging is to have a long-term goal of making extra money in mind.

Writeing Grants - Grant writing is a specialized profession with excellent career opportunities. For many organizations, grant writing is a critical "lifeline" for their funding.

Freelance Photographer

The photographer makes money, by salary or through the display of photographs. If you’re good at taking pictures and have a nice camera, you might be able to sell your photo taking services to real estate agents or to people trying to sell their home.

Sell Digital Photos, Get them up on the web at a broker, or on an internet site and make extra money. It’s not as easy as that, but those are the basics.

Executive Assistant/Personal Assistant

You will not only handle office work for them but also help with planning their family vacations, errands, personal shopping and even overseeing their house staff.

Caregiver - Home Care Aide - Home Care LPN

Are you passionate about helping people? You have the privilege of making a difference in someone’s life. The ease of a flexible schedule. The comfort of one-on-one companionship for those who need it within the privacy of their homes. Ability to interact in person with clients at their homes in a professional, friendly, and respectful manner.

Take pride in what you do and appreciate how helping the world around you, will realize that these jobs are more glamorous than you thought.

Teaching Lessons - Tutoring

We all have unique skills or talents. For some, it’s music, athletic, and for others, it might be academic. Either way, using these skills can help your community as well as help you make extra money.

Fitness Instructor

Aerobics, Dance, Personal Trainer - A dedicated teacher will appear to be completely in love with the idea of teaching and be training others with their goals.

Massage Therapist


One whose business is to provide food, supplies, and sometimes services at social gatherings.

Baked goods - Set up at flea marks, fairs, etc and sell your home baked goods and canned food.

Merchandise Resale

Flea Market - Have a Garage Sale Turn your unused and unwanted items into cash. Buy furniture, knick-knacks, collectibles, etc. to resell.

Sell Bottled Water and sodas. Buy bottled water in bulk and sell it for a dollar where there are a ton of people: parks, festivals, concerts, flea, markets, etc.

Sell on Ebay and Craigs List

Right eye or knowledge about a particular type of collectible to scour yard sales, thrift stores, and flea markets for treasures that can be sold online for a bigger profit.
Right eye or knowledge about a particular type of collectible to scour yard sales, thrift stores, and flea markets for treasures that can be sold online for a bigger profit.

Be a Mystery Shopper

The mystery consumer's particular identity and purpose are not known by the establishment or know about the evaluation.

Mystery shoppers perform specific tasks such as purchasing a product, gather accurate information about products and services. Asking questions, registering complaints or behaving in a certain way, and then provide detailed reports about their experiences.

Trade Show Specialist

Your job tasks will be setting up a booth at events, and setting up appointments with potential customers. Can earn even more money by exceeding your goal at the shows.

Crafts - Jewelry Maker - Painting

Make and sell your crafts at flea markets, art fairs, and on line.

Child Care - Home Day Care

Babysitters job is not that easy as it may seem to you. A nanny is responsible for a child’s meal, entertaining the child, engaging the child in learning activities and to follow the regular bedtime family routine. You cannot be lenient when you are around kids; you have to be always on your toes and keep them in your sight all the time. Kids are very stubborn and you have to be able to convince them to take their meals on time and go to bed on time.

When it comes to babysitting child’s safety is the most important thing. You must know the basic first aid techniques and know CPR and infant CPR will be handy in getting the babysitter’s job.

Pet Care and Trainers

Be paid to watch someone’s pet for a few hours or days, checking in on the pet, boarding the pet at your home, pick them up from the kennel, drop them at the vet's office or take them to the groomer.

Think premium service (daily walks, play time, etc.). If you love dogs, exercise and the outdoors this may be the right job for you! Passionate about canine care.

You will need to be physically fit and enjoy walking dogs in all weather conditions. You should also be interested in doing basic training and interacting with the pets.

Interier Decorater

An interior decorator must have a good eye for design, color, and use of space, be organized and able to prepare cost estimates. From using items the homeowner already has to choose and purchasing other items such as furniture, art, draperies and much more.

Home Staging - taking the necessary items to make the home feel comfortable and liveable to make the sale of the house more inviting.

Household Chores

Taking in the laundry, ironing and sewing for the public can be over overwhelming. You will need to be organized and have space.

Sales Representative - Commissioned Salesperson

The job of a salesman is not for everyone, as one has to be charismatic, convincing, and persuasive, all at the same time.

The task of a seller is considered to be quite insecure there is no base salary. People in the sales department have to slug it out and ensure that they can sell things, which earn them truckloads of money.

Lawn Care - Gardening and Landscaping

A love of the outdoors; all weather conditions including heat, cold and the rain. Be physically fit and be able to lift large items in and out of a vehicle.

The landscaper has to be someone with exquisite taste, know about the necessary intricacies of gardening, as it will involve various things like mowing, pruning, watering and managing the whole yard.

Odd Jobs - Repairman - Painter - Plumber

The job of a handyman is perfect for people who are good at fixing things around the home. Anyone good with tools and the works is ideal for this profession. Clever Workers can rake in serious money after making a name in their field and earning some loyal customers.

Furniture Refinishing

This profession is time-consuming but rewarding. To strip and sand furniture then paint or stain and varnish. Transforming something unpleasant to the eye and make it a masterpiece is and "awe" moment. Rather you work for the public or resale; these items are breathtaking.

Janitorial Services

Cleaning businesses, churches, and homes. Cleaning out garages and basements. You can even haul debris to the land field for the public.

Barber Shop - Nail Tech

Open a shop in your home to the public. You will need a license and space.

Chauffeur - Taxi Service - Transportation

When it comes to earning decent money, these careers suffice the need efficiently. This job might sound boring but it's not simple. Driving people to the airport, a group out of state, or someone to the doctor can be interesting.

Private Security - Bouncer

You will need to be physically and mentally in good shape. Know the proper use of weapons.


This job requires a big truck and a helper. You will be expected to wrap, pack and load items and furniture as well as unload these items.

Collect Aluminum Cans to Sell

Save your personal cans, pick them up on the side of a road, get cans out of trash containers, ask family and friends to keep you their's, and the list goes on. When you need a few dollars, cash them in.

Have a Car Wash - Mobile Car Wash Business

Find a business that’s willing to loan you their parking lot and gather up a few friends to wash some cars. Take donations or ask for a small fee. People usually do this to raise funds for an organization, but there’s no reason you couldn’t do it for yourself.

Operate a mobile car wash and detailing services. You provide a convenience to people by meeting them at their place of business or home to clean their cars. People love their cars and even more when they are shining brightly.

Chimney Sweep

This old profession has existed since before the Victorian age and still exists today. It’s still a dirty job since it deals with removing soot and ashes from chimneys, install, diagnose, and repair the full range venting systems.

Mascot - Clown - Party Figure

Wearing a costume may not be that comfortable, but it’s a great gig earning money by dressing up as a mascot for a college or professional sports team, a company or a child's birthday party.

Rent Out A Room

That is if you have extra bedrooms and bathrooms.

Farm Animals

Raise cattle, pigs, and chickens for sale. Have a chicken house and sell the eggs.


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      Misty Anderson 

      20 months ago

      You can also sell Avon or Mary Kay to make extra money


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