52 Ways to Make Extra Money is a practical and proven list of ideas that will help you bring in
extra income. That's one idea for every week of the year. Lucky you. It began as a post on my
blog, PTMoney.com, but soon became widely popular and even hit the front page of MSN.com.
I thought it would be valuable to revisit this list in the form of an e-book in hopes that it can be
shared to a wider audience and help a great number of people. You will find additional guidance
(from some expert friends) on a select number of these ideas.
If you're serious about making some extra money, my advice is to pick an idea that sounds good
for you and find someone already making money with that idea. Then, learn from them how to
make the most of your efforts. You should be able to find something here that fits you and your
skills. Alright, enough yapping. Here's the list:
1. 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.
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 you can find.
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.
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. This was one of the most enjoyable jobs I had during graduate
school. Who doesn't like to drive nice cars?
Create Websites - Businesses will pay you to take them online. People that do this
well: Empty Cabin Media and Blog Crafted. Even I do a bit of this. Check out Hire PT Money.
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.
Write an e-book - I hesitate to put this one in here because an e-book by itself usually
doesn’t make money unless you’re an excellent marketer. What a great e-book can do though is
act as a sales lead to one of your other online businesses. You should see all the stuff I'm going
to sell you once you get to the end of this e-book. ;)
Design Web Logos - If you’re good with Photoshop and can work quick, you might
could make some decent cash with this online business. A friend of mine, Pete, does this. His site
is Logos for Websites. Here's more about how he does his thing:
Are you a graphic designer or do you have some artistic talents that you know others are looking
for? Why not make some extra money for your bottom line by designing logos or other graphics
for people's websites, for their newsletters or for other print applications?
Designing web logos obviously isn't for everyone. It will help you quite a bit if you've got some
background in graphic design or if you're relatively proficient in design tools like Adobe
Photoshop, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Illustrator or other like products. You don't necessarily have
to have a degree in graphic arts, as long as you're able to put together eye pleasing designs that
others will love and pay for.
So how do you get started designing logos for others? Can you just put together a website and
hope that the business will start rolling in? Unfortunately it will take a little bit more work than
To get my logo design business started I first started networking with people that I know on the
internet that would have a need for design work. Bloggers, IT developers who put together
websites for others and people I've met through social media. Next I designed a few logos for
free or for extremely cheap rates. A few of these logos for were high visibility bloggers who in
turn trumpeted my design services on their sites.
Once I had built up a small portfolio and a bit of a buzz I launched a WordPress portfolio site for
my design work, showing examples of my logos. I also put up a logo purchase page where
people could order different logo and design packages, and pay for them directly through
PayPal. I put up questionnaires on the site so people could tell me exactly what they were
The website was setup to make the process of ordering a logo and giving design instructions as
easy and hands off as possible. That way, I could spend more time doing the important work of
design. Of course I did still have to to do the work of promotion for the site through networking,
through writing of design related blog posts to bring in search visitors and through setting up a
Customer Service Is Key
Now that I've been doing design work for a while word of mouth does the best job of bringing in
new work. When you're doing your design work for your customers, remember that customer
service is key. Make sure to maintain good communication, keep your turn around times as short
as possible, and to always remember that the customer is always right. If you do those things,
you'll be on your way towards having a nice secondary source of income.
Re-write Poorly Written Ads - Search the ad listings at Ebay.com and
Craigslist.org for big items like cars. Email the seller and offer to re-write their ad for a 1%
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.
CashCrate – There’s some money to be made with CashCrate.com completing the free
offers, but the real cash comes from the referral program. Here's more about CashCrate:
The way that CashCrate works is companies need consumers to try and review products,
services, and websites and are willing to pay money to have them do so. Most of the time you’re
asked to do this without any compensation, and sometimes without even knowing. What
CashCrate does is take the money that companies give them for your participation through
offers, and give you back up to 75% of it!
I have found that doing offers is the quickest way to get money through CashCrate. There are
two different types of offers. 100% free offers make up the majority of the offers available. Most
of these offers take only minutes to complete and require no further action on your end.
Completing 100% Free Offers with CashCrate
An example of a free offer that I have recently completed is titled “Free Blackberry Phone.”
Next to the name of the survey will be a description stating what you need to do to fulfill the
requirements to receive credit. In this example the description states, “Participate in the survey.”
You DO NOT have to do anymore than what is in the description. Once in the survey there may
be several different offers, only sign up for these if you are interested, otherwise you can keep
pressing skip until you get to the end.
This offer took me just over a minute to complete and I was credited $0.50 to my account. This
may not seem like much but it adds up extremely fast. Once completed, the offer will move into
a ‘Pending Offers’ category until CashCrate receives credit for it.
Completing Trial Offers with CashCrate
Another type of offers are trial offers. Most of these are also initially free. All of the trial offers
require credit card information to verify the account and for after the free trial is done. I suggest
only signing up for the free trails if you are truly interested in the product or service because if
you do not cancel within the trail period you will then be charged for normal member price.
I have good luck with these by putting a reminder in my phone the day before the trial is up to
decide whether or not I would like to keep the product or service. An example of this is “Google
Home Business.” I had to pay $2.95 for the service but was then credited $15.00 to my
Earning Referrals with CashCrate
The final way to make money is through referrals. This may take a while to get your referral
numbers up there but once you do it is the way to make the most money. CashCrate gives you
20% of whatever people that you refer make, plus 10% of whatever people that they refer make.
As you can see, if you have a lot of referrals this money can add up very quickly.
Final Thoughts on CashCrate
I recommend CashCrate for anyone that wants an easy way to make some extra money. If you
are still skeptical, you can sign up and message me with any questions you may have. I would be
glad to help out as would the wonderful CashCrate community readily available through the
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.
Freelance Writer – There's good money and good exposure to be had by offering up
your freelance writing services. Someone that knows a lot about this service is my friend, Baker
from Man Vs. Debt. Check out what he has to say:
The more and more digital our world becomes the easiest it is to start freelance writing online.
Freelance writing can be a great opportunity to get started in the blogging world, make a little
side cash, and hone your professional writing and editing skills.
If you think you'd like to try your hand at writing either part or full-time, the only question left
is... where to start? Finding opportunities is actually the easy part. Finding the right
opportunity is a bit harder. Assignments can vary drastically in length requirements, topics, and
pay rates. Like any job it's best to search around a little to get a feel for the market in the given
topics you'd like to write about.
For starters, you can search some of the most popular job posting sites for online writers:
Another tip is to simply approach the blogs and sites you are already a fan of. First off, you'll do
better and last longer writing about a topic that you enjoy and/or are passionate about. Second, if
you are an active member of the community, the blogger or editor of the site might recognize
your name, which could open doors.
If you aren't already an active member, become more involved in your favorite site. Join the
forums, comment on your favorite posts, or reach out to bloggers on Twitter.
I've used networking to open doors to opportunities to blog at huge personal finance sites like
GetRichSlowly.org and WiseBread.com. Through these two sites alone, my writing is viewed
over a million times a month. It also helped my gain exposure for my own site, Man Vs. Debt.
In addition to being paid to write my contributions, the larger audience and traffic from the
exposure will lead to many more income opportunities, media mentions, and more prestigious
writing opportunities down the road.
Starting to do freelance writing was one of the best decisions I've made in a long time. I love it,
am building great connections, and making a little cash to boot!
Sell Digital Photos – Take nice pictures. Get them up on the web at a broker or micro
stock website. Make some money. It’s not as easy as that, but those are the basics. Selling real
estate photos is also a good idea. Here's my friend FFB from Free From Broke with more:
We recently closed on the sale of our home. Selling a home is a tricky process. So many factors
go into presenting your home to prospective buyers: Price, listings, open houses, dressing your
home, getting the best real estate brokers, where the market is...I can go on! One aspect you can
control is how your place is presented to buyers. One thing we noticed is many people don't have
good pictures of their homes online in their listings. I'm talking bad picture angles, terrible
lighting, pictures of clutter, old dates showing on the pictures, blurry shots, you name it. And
why? Many don't understand the importance of dressing their home for sale and putting their best
image out their to attract buyers.
Enter taking real estate photos!
If you have a good eye with a camera and understand what makes a good home-selling photo
you can sell your services to people and real estate brokers selling homes. What equipment is
necessary? If you already own a DSLR camera and a good lens then you probably have most of
what you need.
Let me tell you our situation. We hired a real estate broker to sell our home. They said they
needed some pictures to put on the multiple listings site for people to see. Their plan was to stop
by one day and take some photos. I was a little suspicious of the photos they were going to take.
I already had my own DSLR and had an idea of what might work. I told them to stop by to hear
out their ideas and see what they would do. Lo and behold, they come by with a dinky little point
and shoot camera and they planned to snap a few quick shots and upload them. Not for us! I said
I would take the pictures. With them watching I went room to room taking various photos with
Now if you are a really good photographer then maybe a point and shoot camera would do but let
me tell you my photos were exponentially better then what the realtors started to use. And did
our listing look good! Compared to other homes like ours our place looks incredible. And I'm no
pro photographer! I just had a good camera and had an idea of how to make our place look good.
This easily helped to get people to come see our place. We were told time and again how clean
our home looked and that was reflected in the photos.
What is a service like this worth? What could you charge to help people get their home sold?
Maybe $25 for a set of pictures on a disk? Perhaps $50? If it helps sell a home isn't that amount
more than worth it? In all it took maybe an hour to take my photos and put them on a disk to give
to the realtors to upload.
Here's how you could find customers for your service - Look online for some listings that look
like they could have better photos. Contact the realtors and propose taking new photos for their
listing. Sell them on the fact that a bad photo can make a person move on to the next listing. For
the first time you could even offer your service for free. If it works there's a good chance they
will come back for the next listing they have. This time you can charge them a reasonable fee for
their time. Get the word out to other realtors and speak with friends and family who may be
putting their homes on the market. You can quickly build up a nice word-of-mouth customer
Things to do for better photos:
You need a good camera for this. That can be a huge expense. I don't suggest you go out and
buy an expensive DSLR and start up a photo business. But if you already own one and you have
a good eye then I think you can make some relatively easy money taking real estate photos!
Sell Yourself Online – Get creative and sell you and your time online in a fresh, new
way. Check out this creative idea by Jason from I Wear Your T-Shirt.
Sell Micro Ad Space Online – Start a website and sell tiny ads just like The
Million Dollar Home Page. Can this be duplicated? Or can you take the concept and make it
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
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.
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.
Sell Your Body – Not talking about the oldest profession here. I’m talking about your
plasma, hair, eggs, and sperm.
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
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. Here's more from FFB who
blogs at Free From Broke:
How many of you enjoy cleaning your house? I mean really love scrubbing all the dirt and
grime that accumulates in places like the bathroom? I know I don't but it's something that needs
to be done! But these days it's hard to find the time to really do a super thorough job cleaning
the house. What's a person to do? Hire someone! Do you know there are companies and people
out there that make some pretty good money offering their cleaning services to households and
companies? They'll come in and charge you either a set fee per room or an hourly fee to clean
up. They can come weekly, monthly, or whenever you think you need an some extra scrubbing.
What's the point? Why not have the person they hire be you? You can easily build up a small
little business for yourself with little start-up costs. For most household jobs you will probably
need cleaning supplies which you can pick up in bulk somewhere such as BJ's Wholesale or
Target. Some households may even provide the cleaning materials for you.
This isn't a passive income job where you sit at home while you make money. That's a given.
This will take some elbow grease on your part. But you get paid for that elbow grease and you
can easily make more than $100 per job depending on the type of work you do. Think about it,
one job for a couple of hours or so a weekend can net you $400 more a month.
Start off small by doing some friend's places. If you do well then there's a good chance they will
hire you again and tell their friends about it. I have a friend who started out working for a
cleaning company and now does her own cleaning jobs. She worked on another friend's place
and he was so impressed that he hired her to take care of his mother's place a few times a month.
See, this is the type of job you can easily build up through word of mouth and networking from
friends, family, and organizations you may be part of.
Now imagine this: You build up a good number of jobs to do a month. In fact it's getting tough
to keep up with all of them. What's the next step? Hire someone to help you! Now you are
taking something that earned you some extra money and you are turning it into a small business.
The sky is the limit as to how far you can take it. Have a friend that lives in an apartment
building? Maybe you can talk to the building's management and do their vacuuming?
Again, this is work. You'll be scrubbing grimy bathroom tiles and cleaning behind people's
toilets. But you can also make good money doing this. These days people have less time to take
care of their homes which leaves you an opportunity to make some extra money!
Get a 2010 Census Job – Work opportunities began in the Spring of 2009.
Sell Your Baked Goods – Are you skilled at a few special recipes? Contract your
items out for parties, meetings, etc.
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.
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. Check with your local laws regarding doing this.
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. Jason, from One Money Design is back with some
more advice about this idea:
Another great way to help your local community, connect with others and make some extra
money is by starting a yard mowing business. Did you know that many neighbors are now
paying $30 (more or less) for lawn care service per week? For various reasons, people are just
too busy to take care of their lawns and if you have the right equipment you can make some
money. Consider this approach:
How much extra money could this amount to for you? Well, 3 lawns each week at ½ the price of
a $30 lawn mowing service would be $15 per lawn or $45 total per week. That amounts to an
extra $165 per month (minus the free mowing). Your money making possibility increases based
on the number of lawns you want to mow each week and also how much you charge. For
someone who is serious about getting out of debt, mowing one lawn per day may just give you
the extra boost on your debt snow ball that you need.
Be a Mystery Shopper – Get paid to shop and share your experience.
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 Stubhub.com or Craigslist.org to re-sell the tickets for a
profit. I’ve done this both out of necessity and just to make some extra money.
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.
Walk Dogs – If you love animals and live in an urban area then consider this job.
Pet Sitting – Take dog walking a step further and actually be paid to watch some one's pet
for a few hours or days. This may just entail checking in on the pet a few times a day.
Baby Sitting – If you enjoy kids and are good with them, this can be a fun and easy way
to make a little cash.
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.
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
Teach English to Adults - Go through your local schools and colleges to find
classes where teachers of English are needed.
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.
Sign in the Yard – In our local neighborhood we’ve seen this service hired out to place
signs in people’s yards for birth and graduation announcements or for just a prank.
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.
Sell Stuff on Craigslist.org - Craigslist.org 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 items that can’t be shipped. Thanks to my boy J. Money from Budgets are Sexy for this
idea. Here's more:
Selling things on Craigslist is like crack (not that I'd know what that's like). You unload a whole
bunch of stuff you could care less about, and in return get cold hard cash! And if you're real
good, usually within 24 hours. I've sold cars, beds, jackets, and even random art I've found on
the street. The trick is spending a few minutes and getting a formula down. In fact, it's a lot like
You have to come up with a killer headline! One that's packed with both umph! and a lot of
searchable keywords. If you're selling a bike, for example, don't just put up, "Bike for sale". Try:
"Mongoose Maxim 24" Mens' Bike for Sale! Green, Awesome, and Barely Used." Just enough
details to get someone excited, but also friendly to the searches.
And, naturally, killer content. Put all the biggies in the first couple of sentences, and then add
another paragraph or two to show WHY it's such a great bike, and why you're getting rid of it. Is
it because you're moving? Won it as a prize? Let people know you're human and you can be
trusted. Throw up as many details as you can - even if it makes it look long. By adding in
measurements and characteristics (which you can often find on google) you've now opened it up
to those who might not have originally wanted it. And if the item is broken/scratched/worn out?
That's fine too - just be 100% upfront and honest. You'll be amazed at the things people will buy
Add in pictures (max out the #)! People want to see pictures!!! We want to see what it looks like
at all angles, good & bad. We want to get a feel for what shape it's in and how pretty it is or isn't.
Even if it's all dingy and dirty - highlight it! Humor and honesty can go a long way here ("The
dirtiest bike you've ever seen! It could be all yours for just $___!". It may sound
counterproductive, but again it's all about honesty and not wasting any one's time. If it's jacked
up, they'll find out sooner or later believe me.
Price, Price Price - The same as location, location, location - it matters. List how much you paid
for it, but DON'T try and sell it for that! You're not tricking anyone, price it for what you think is
fair and they will come. Search around for similar listings and then go off those.
You're bound to sell stuff 10x faster by following these rules. And if you REALLY want to
impress your buyers, copy & paste the questions you're asked right back into the post! It may
take a few more minutes, but it only helps your cause that much more. And by "cause", I mean
"more money in your pocket!"
Sell Your Stuff on Ebay - Ebay.com should be used for those items that are unique
(you need a larger audience) and that are easily shipped.
Sign Up with UPromise – Upromise puts money in your kids college funds while
you do your normal spending. While this isn't instant money. It is easy money. Upromise is a
one-stop college service provider that helps families earn, save and pay for higher education.
With Upromise, you can automatically save money for college while making everyday purchases
at grocery and drug stores, gas stations, restaurants, retail stores and online shopping sites.
Earn Cash Back for Shopping Online - If you're already spending the
money online, you should at least get something back for it. My friend, Madison from My Dollar
Plan explains the details behind Ebates:
If you are like me, you shop online for convenience and the best prices. If you are going to be
making a purchase online, you might as well get some money back for your purchase!
Ebates gives you cash back on your online purchases at over 900 stores. We’ve used it in the past
for purchases from Target, Buy.com, and Zappos. The cash back rewards range from 1% to 25%
depending on the store.
How Ebates Works
You get a $5 bonus when you sign up and make your first purchase. It's that easy! Just sign into
your Ebates account and select the store you want to shop at. Ebates will track your purchase and
credit you cash back on your purchase.
Ebates sends rewards via check or Paypal quarterly. They send payments on August 15th,
November 15th, February 15th, and May 15th. You’ll get a payment every time you earn over $5
in rewards (excluding sign up and referral bonuses.)
Earn More Ebates Money
Referrals. You can make even more money by referring a friend to Ebates. You’ll each get an
extra $5 after their first purchase.
Daily double. Check out the Daily Double each day. Ebates selects one store each day and gives
double cash back for purchases between 12:00 AM and 11:59 PM PST that day. It's an easy way
to earn more cash back.
When I took a poll of readers' favorite cash back programs, Ebates was the most popular one. It's
easy to use and has great cash back percentages, making it the best cash back program out there.
Ebay Arbitrage – Find items that you know are selling below their full value (either
online or through a deal website like Slickdeals.net) buy them and sell them on Ebay for more.
Once you find your product niche you can set up a system.
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. Jeremy from Shoemoney.com did this for his
first successful business venture.
Look for Odd Jobs on Craigslist.org - People in your town need your help
and they will pay you for it. Seriously. The jobs are there on Craigslist.org. A good job that you
could perform for your neighbors would be changing oil. Jason from One Money Design shares
his thoughts on this potential money maker:
Most people don’t change the oil in their own cars these days because they either don’t have the
time or don’t have the skills. There are plenty of quick oil change services around that charge in
advance of $30 and that’s where most people in your neighborhood go each month.
You may not be a mechanic, but do you know how to change the oil in a variety of different
types of automobiles? Perhaps you’ve always changed the oil for your own automobile. If so,
there may be a great opportunity to save your neighbors money and make yourself some extra
As you marketed mowing yards, the same business model could be applied to changing the oil
for peoples’ cars. Personally, I’m not handy when it comes to auto maintenance, so I do end up
paying a mechanic much of the time to change my oil. I would definitely sign up if my qualified
neighbor would come to my house and change my oil for half the price, or even ¾ of the price
while also saving me a trip to the quick service!
Have a Garage Sale – The stuff you can’t sell online, you could sell from your garage
on the weekends.
We helped a family member out with a massive garage sale last summer. There were plenty of
negatives which could have got us down and produced a bad turnout: it was tax-free shopping
weekend, it was hot, and it rained. Still, we stayed positive, put in the hard work, and ended up
making around $500. More importantly, we got rid of a bunch of unused stuff. A few
suggestions for having a successful garage sale:
Rest Up – Garage sales mean early mornings. With all the stuff you’ll be moving around all day,
you’ll need a good night’s sleep before hand to get you started off on the right foot.
Advertise – Use online services (like craigslist.com or your community message board) the
week and day before to advertise your sale. Be as specific as possible about the items you’ll be
selling. Also consider placing an small ad in your local paper. Lastly, the night before you should
get signs out on all the major intersections leading to your house.
Prepare the Items – Don’t just have piles of clothes and stuff. Categories and organize your
things as much as possible. Get them up on tables for easy viewing. Try to make the sale
resemble a retail shop as much as possible. Consider pricing your items. I’m on the fence about
whether pricing is worth the time, as some people might be discouraged when they see a price
and not make a smaller offer; others may be discouraged by no price because they don’t like to
haggle. When in doubt, don’t price it. They’ll ask.
Have Help – Consider recruiting a friend or family member to help you out. It’s good to have an
extra hand in setting up your stuff, and a second pair of eyes for watching people while you do
Define Your Definition of Success – Be honest with yourself about what a garage sale is: you
getting rid of stuff you don’t need for a bit of extra cash. You’re not going to make a profit on
these sales because it’s used goods. Hopefully by now you’ve received your value from the
goods. If not, get ready to pay your stupid tax. Your main goal should be to just get rid of the
stuff. Whatever cash you make, in my opinion, is just a bonus.
Put Stuff on Consignment – This is great for clothes and other items that aren’t
easily sold online.
Bank Account Opening Bonuses – Many bank accounts will give you a cash
bonus to open an account with them. I’d start with a bank that will pay you higher interest. See
this list of the Top High-Yield Savings Accounts. There's usually a bonus to be had there.
Credit Card Bonuses Like the bank accounts, there are many credit cards that will
give you bonus cash for opening an account.
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, Craigslist.org.
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.
Bonus: More Ways to Make Extra Money
1. Create Content on Hubpages - I've never heard of this method, but my
friend Bob from Christian Personal Finance has. Here's the breakdown on how you can make
What is Hubpages? Before I start getting into detail, I should explain the basics. Hubpages is a
website that basically allows you to publish an article on their site. I use the term "article"
loosely because it can be as short as an article or more like a single page website. It is completely
up to the user. A hub (their lingo for article) can be about any topic you could possibly want to
write about. You could create a hub explaining 10 things you wished people knew about you,
how to play guitar with your toes, or facts about albino grizzly bears.
You do not need to be a great writer and honestly, I have seen some people who are terrible
writers do quite well. All you need is the ability to say a little bit about something.
So how do you make money with Hubpages?
There are actually a variety of ways, but the simplest and most effective way I have found so far
has been by using Adsense. After you finish your first hub you can install your Adsense ID and
you will begin sharing the revenue with Hubpages for your hubs.
If you pick good keywords (which I will get to in a minute) you will likely begin getting traffic
from the search engines within 24 hours of publishing it. If these visitors click on the ads you
will get a cut of that revenue (I think it is 60%).
My results during July
I spent most of July trying to create a hub every day or so and I am now up to 23 hubs. I didn't do
the best job with keyword research and did very little if any work after creating the hubs and yet
I still made $47.14 in July.
This breaks down to $2.05 per hub/month. Two dollars doesn't sound too exciting, but if you
consider that is probably completely passive income it is pretty exciting. In theory, that $2 per
hub should continue paying that each month - and to be honest most pages do better in the search
engines after they have been around a few months or more. So it very well could increase over
time as well.
I am going to continue to create some more hubs during the month of August and see what the
results are. I will try to keep this post updated with the new results each month.
Steps to get started
If you are interested in giving this a shot, these are the steps to get started:
Keys to succeeding
Keyword research - This is probably the most important part. The title of your hub needs to be
based on your keyword research. A good place to look is Google's Keyword Research Tool -
drop in some keywords that your article might be about and see what comes back at you. I
believe this is more of an art than a science, so just find a keyword phrase that is being searched
for and give it a shot.
But I do suggest looking for longer phrases, i.e. Don't title your page "ipods" but something like
"how to put music on your ipod" would likely work a lot better. But either way, you just have to
test to see what works. Sometimes your research will work just like planned and other times it
won't. But the good news is that even if you don't do any research, you still have a chance of
picking up some visitors on Hubpages. But, the more you plan out your keywords the better you
Get Links - Like I mentioned above, I didn't really get many links to my hubs, but if you can
link to it from your blogs and get other links it will definitely be helpful. Submitting it to social
bookmarking sites might be helpful as well. Linking your hubs to each other is a good idea too.
Content - Generally speaking the more content you put on your hub the better. I would say 400
words should be a minimum. Shooting for 600-1000 would probably be best. And add as many
of the widgets as you can. You can add a news widget, a poll to ask your readers a question, etc.
You don't necessarily NEED to add a bunch of widgets, but it will probably help.
Learn and adapt - Not all hubs will work. In fact, for me of the 23 I have created thus far 5 of
them are generating about 90% of the traffic.
All in all, while writing for Hubpages won't be for everyone, it can be a great way to start
generating a small amount of passive income in your spare time. As someone who is now
making a living from my blog, I can attest that creating content-generated income can take a
while, it beats working in a corporate office any day!
2. Search the Internets Using SwagBucks - Money just for doing what
you already do. Surfing the world wide webs. This is another idea where I'm not up to speed. But
my friend Madison, from My Dollar Plan, explains the details about SwagBucks:
Did you know you can make money just by searching the internet? I search all the time, so I
found this method to be a pretty easy way to earn money without spending any time or doing
All you have to do is sign up for a SwagBucks account. Once you sign up, you earn SwagBucks
using their search tool.
The search tool compiles results from Google and Ask.com, so I usually find what I’m looking
for, just as if I were using Google. I have found that the SwagBucks search tool is easy to use. To
save time, you can also download the Firefox plugin to make it your default search engine on the
How to Redeem Your Swagbucks
The SwagBucks are “digital dollars.” You can redeem them for gift cards. Amazon and Target
gift cards are two of the choices, which are almost equivalent to cash at my house, so that’s what
I redeem mine for. We've earned a ton of Amazon gift cards, which we'll use during the holiday
season to buy presents. In addition to the gift cards, they also have electronics, airline miles, and
a slew of other things.
More Ways to Earn SwagBucks
In addition to internet searching, here are some other SwagBucks earning opportunities:
Online Shopping. SwagBucks has an online shopping rebate program with stores like WalMart
Recycled Cell Phones. We have a whole drawer full of old cell phones, so I’m planning to check
out the cell phone recycling program soon!
Referral Program. You can refer your friends and you’ll get matching SwagBucks up to 100 for
each referral. This is an easy way to earn even more Swagbucks!
Final Thoughts About Making Money
I hope you've found something in this e-book that peaked your interest and inspired you to bring
in a little extra income. In my opinion, it's always easier if you pick an idea that's already of
interest to you, and then learn how to maximize your income from that idea. Good luck in your
future earning endeavors.
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