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52 Ways to Make Extra Money


									52 Ways to Make Extra Money

by Christopher Sunday ·

I’ve written a lot lately about getting rid of debts and reducing expenses. I thought it was
time I address the flip side of your finances: Ways to make extra money.

Thanks to suggestions by my Twitter followers, readers, and other bloggers I’ve been
able to put together a solid list of 52 ways to make extra money. Most, if not all of
these ways to make money, can be done even with a full-time job.

I obviously haven’t tried all of these methods, but when possible I’ve tried to (link) to an
example of the opportunity actually making money. You should be able to find
something here that fits you and your skills.

1. CashCrate – There’s some money to be made with completing the
free offers, but the real cash comes from the referral program. Earn extra money at by taking part in daily research surveys, doing your shopping online,
and referring other members to their program.

2. Waiting Tables – This is the perfect job for nights and weekends. That’s when all the
big tips are made anyway. Pick the nicest place in town.

3. Bar Tending – Even better, I think, than waiting tables is tending the bar at nights in
a busy bar. Typically at least $1 for every drink you serve.

4. Teaching Swimming Lessons - If you’re a good swimmer you might be able to pick
up a weekend swim teacher gig at your local recreation center. Keep in mind that some
places may require a special certification or that you be a lifeguard.

5. Car Valet – If you hook up with a for-hire car parking service (the type hired out for
fancy neighborhood parties) you can make some nice cash tips in just a few hours at
night and on the weekend, when parties are held.
6. Check Your Credit Score – One of the quickest ways to save yourself thousands of
dollars is by checking your credit score and fixing errors on your credit report. The three
major credit bureaus have big influence on your current interest rates (mortgage, auto,
etc.) and improving your credit score could save you thousands a year in interest
payments. Right now, Credit Sesame and Credit Karma provide you your credit score
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7. Blogging – This isn’t quick money, but you can make decent money with a little luck
and a few months of solid, consistent effort. Believe me, it can be tough and a bit time
consuming, but it can be done. Get started with a nice domain and cheap hosting plan
from the provider I use Or consider the services of a more notable
provider like

8. Write an eBook - I hesitate to put this one in here because an eBook by itself usually
doesn’t make money unless you’re an excellent marketer. What a great eBook can do
though is act as a sales lead to one of your other online businesses.

9. Design Web Logos – If you’re good with Photoshop and can work quick, you might
could make some decent cash with this online business.

10. Re-write Poorly Written Ads - Search the ad listings at and for big items like cars. Email the seller and offer to re-write their ad for a
1% commission.

11. Write Reviews - There are many websites that will pay you a little cash to write product
reviews. If you’re knowledgeable and can write fast, this may work for you.

12. Delivering Pizzas – If you have a car and a decent driving record then you qualify for this
easy extra money maker. You’re likely to get some free pizzas too.

13. Freebie Trading – Freebie trading is a real money maker. But it takes a special person to
master the techniques and be consistent with the process. See how The Freebie Guy made over
$28K in his First Year

14. Freelance Writer – Right now on they are looking for more writers. Set up an
ad and start offering up your fast writing skills.
15. Sell Digital Photos – (Digital Photography School) – Take nice pictures. Get them up on the
web at a broker, or Microstock site. Make some money. It’s not as easy as that, but those are the
basics. If you need a better guide, check out Photo Nuts and Bolts: Know Your Camera and Take
Better Photos

16. Sell Yourself Online – Get creative and sell you and your time online in a fresh, new way.
It’s not what you think: Make money on

17. Sell Micro Ad Space Online – Start a website and sell tiny ads. Can this be duplicated? Or
can you take the concept and make it fresh?

18. Start an Online Store – Setting up an online store is extremely easy with sites like Amazon,
eBay, and CafePress. Once you learn how to market that site you can begin making some cash.

19. Focus Group Participant – Researchers need people to help them develop their results.
Become a member of a focus group in your area and get your share of their research funding.
Call your local university, museum, or look in your local paper for opportunities.

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

21. Sell Your Body – Not talking about the oldest profession here. I’m talking about your
plasma, hair, eggs, and sperm.

22. Have a Car Wash – 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 very little. People usually do this to
raise fund for an organization, but there’s no reason you couldn’t do it for the You Foundation.

23. Cleaning Houses – This is a job with flexible hours, but requires a bit of elbow grease. Some
homes would provide their own cleaning supplies and tools.

24. Get a 2010 Census Job - Work opportunities begin in the Spring.

25. Sell Your Baked Goods – Are you skilled at a few special recipes? Contract your items out
for parties, meetings, etc.

26. Rent Out Your Truck or Van – If I had a truck and needed extra money this is one of the
ways I would do it. Nothing seems much easier to me.

27. Drive People to the Airport - Another good gig for someone with a reliable car and the
ability to be on-time all the time. Once you have a few happy clients and word gets out, you’ll
find you have to turn business away.

28. Lawn Care – I grew up doing this job on the side and loved it. But it’s not just a teenager
gig. Obviously better for warmer climates.
29. Be a Mystery Shopper – Get paid to shop and share your experience.

30. Become a Ticket Broker – No special permit required. If you know sports or entertainment
enough to pick the right events, and have access to purchase the tickets at face or below, then
you can use a service like or to re-sell the tickets for a profit. I’ve
done this both out of necessity and just to make some extra money.

31. Paper Route - This job will likely take up only your early morning hours. You can also
search for a paper that only comes out once a week.

32. Walk Dogs – If you love animals and live in an urban area then consider this job.

33. Pet Sitting – Take dog walking a step further and actually be paid to watch someone’s pet
for a few hours or days. This may just entail checking in on the pet a few times a day.

34. Baby Sitting – If you enjoy kids and are good with them, this can be a fun and easy way to
make a little cash. Advertise your baby sitting services for free online with In
need of a baby sitter, browse their website for free.

35. Tutor – Have a knack for a certain subject and live near a college? Consider offering up your
brain power and teaching skills for some quick cash. Grade school kids need help too, and
parents pay better than college students.

36. Play Music in Church or at Weddings - Some churches don’t have volunteers for their
music. A talented pianist can make pretty good money doing this on the weekends.

37. Teach English to Adults - Go through your local schools and colleges to find classes where
teachers of English are needed.

38. Collect Aluminum Cans – I collected cans in my teens and made a few extra bills for
spending money. Some woman saved up $73,000 collecting cans.

39. Sign in the Yard – In our local neighborhood we’ve seen this service hired out to place signs
in people’s yards for announcements or funny pranks. Ha!

40. Stage Homes – People are having trouble selling their homes these days and could use a
second pair of eyes to stage their home for the quick sale. If you’ve got the designing skills, offer
up your services.

41. Sell Stuff on - is the first place I go to sell something. It’s best
for items you think will appeal to everyone (therefore justifying the smaller audience) and large
42. Sell Your Stuff on eBay -eBay
Should be used for those items that are unique (you need a larger audience) and that are easily
shipped. Signing up for eBay is simple and can be done at

43. Sign Up with Upromise – Upromise puts money in your kids college funds while you do
your normal spending.

44. eBay Arbitrage- Find items that you know are selling below their full value (either online or
through a deal website like buy them and sell them oneBay

for more. Once you find your product niche you can set up a system.

45. Re-sell Computers – This is slightly different than eBay Arbitrage. Find a distributor that will
sell to you at their discounted prices. List these items online. Buy and ship to your hearts content.
Basically, you become a reseller.

46. Look for Odd Jobs on - People in your town need your help and they will pay
you for it. Seriously. The jobs are there on

47. Have a Garage Sale – The stuff you can’t sell online, you could sell from your garage on the

48. Put Stuff on Consignment - This is great for clothes and other items that aren’t easily sold

49. Bank Account Opening Bonuses – Many bank accounts will give you a cash bonus to open
an account with them. I’d start with an online savings account that will pay you higher interest.
50. Credit Card Bonuses – Like the bank accounts, you can sort through the many best credit
card bonuses available just for opening an account.

51. Rent Out A Room – If you have an extra room in your house, consider renting it out to a
friend, relative, or random person you find using what else,

52. Paint Street Numbers – With just a few paint and stencil supplies you could walk the
neighborhoods with curbs and solicit your curb number painting services.

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