ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ideas for Making Extra Money

Updated on May 27, 2011

It seems like the cost of everything from gas to bread and everything in between is rising. With cost going up faster than pay many people find it necessary to make side money to make ends meet. An obvious way to make extra money is to get a part time job, but with work, school, or family responsibilities it is not always feasible to get a second job. So how do you make side money?

Start a Blog

Blogs have been steadily increasing in popularity over the last 10 or so years. You could create a blog on anything from personal finance to dating to sports or fashion. Blogs have essentially no startup cost and can be written and maintained in your spare time; which allows for a great deal of flexibility.


If you are an expert in a field, know web design, or can write reasonably well than you may want to consider freelancing. You can register at websites like or These sites allow you to create a profile, display a portfolio of your work, and bid on jobs. Both sites are relatively easy to get started with and typically the jobs you’ll get can be done on your own time as long as you meet the agreed upon deadline.

Odd Jobs

Another option is doing odd jobs like babysitting, cleaning houses, repair work, mowing lawns, or gardening. You can find these jobs in your local newspaper or on websites like


Sell Stuff

If you’re like me you probably have a lot of stuff around the house that you don’t use or could afford to part with. If so you have several options. You can sell your stuff online at sites like,, or If you have clothes to get rid of you can sell them at local consignment shops like Plato’s closet and once upon a child or whatever stores you have locally. If you have books to sell you can usually sell them to local used books stores, in my area there are several half price book stores that usually offer a pretty fair price of used books as long as they’re in decent condition. Another option is to have a garage sell. If you do decide to have a garage sell a great way to boost your profits is to baking some brownies or cookies and make a pitcher of lemonade to sell to your customers.

Sell Yourself

Well not actually sell yourself, but sell/ donate for money things like plasma, sperm or eggs, or take part in medical trials. A quick google search will yield the name of local blood/plasma donations centers and sperm banks. Egg donation is a little more complicated but if you meet the requirements it can pay $4,500-$10,000. If there is a local college or university in your area they may have various trials for new drugs or medical treatments usually you’ll be compensated for your time and travel. Also there may be market research firms in your area that will pay you to test products or be part of focus groups.

In this economy everyone is trying to save or make an extra dollar so the most important things to remember about making side money are to be creative, be persistent, and don’t give up.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)