Do you need ideas to make money outside of your job?
Since I left the corporate world and started blogging full time I realize how lucky we are to live in today’s world.
Thanks to the internet it has never been easier to make money outside of work — sorry 9 to 5! With apps, social media, and the gig economy it has never been easier to make money outside of your job. A lot of these are one-off jobs but are quick and easy ways to make money quickly.
They also didn’t exist a decade ago.
Some of them, however, have the potential to make you more than your full-time job with consistent effort and hard work. I’ve been using these strategies to make over $1,000 a month with my best month being $1,600 in September.
Will all of these money making ideas work for everyone? Is it easy to make money outside of your job? Sometimes but not always. Hopefully, they get you thinking of ways to monetize the skills you already have.
When you earn more money outside of work you can pay down debt, save, invest, and give yourself more options.
The opportunities are endless!
Check out these 40 different ways to make money outside of your job:
Walk Dogs or Pet Sit
Who doesn’t love dogs? It’s never been easier to use your love of animals to make money outside of your job.
Check out these sites to get started dog walking or pet sitting:
Be a Tasker with Task Rabbit
TaskRabbit is a site that connects you to people to help them get with a specific task.
Do you like putting together furniture from Ikea? Well, I’m not sure anyone “likes it” but some people are much better than others. It’s not just furniture installation there are tons of “tasks” available:
- Mounting TV’s
- Grocery Shopping
- Help Moving
- Furniture Assembly
- Virtual tasks such as calendar organizing, event planning or setting appointments.
If you’d like to try Task Rabbit here is a free $20 using my link to get started. I’m also going to try random “tasks” as a side hustle. Currently, I am in the review process (background check) and will be starting soon.
Grocery Shop For People
Instacart is a way to grocery shop for people and get paid to do it. I personally love grocery shopping, some people hate it so this is easy money. You can apply to be a shopper, delivery driver, or both.
Temp Staffing @ Events
Another great way to earn money is signing up for events where they need temporary staff. Think about conferences, sporting events and take a look on Craigslist to learn more.
I will say I did this in the past and it was a weird experience but I did make close to $500 after six or seven visits. Usually, you have to do a quick physical and then you donate plasma like you do with blood. In my experience, I was paid with Visa gift cards.
Again kind of weird but paid well, avoid this side hustle if you don’t like needles or blood.
I recently signed up for a few website testing services and can say it is super easy. All you do is test websites as your screen is recorded and talk into your microphone.
Check out these three sites to get started now:
- Usertesting.com – $10 per test.
- Whatusersdo.com – $8 via Paypal for each test.
- UserTest – $10.50 per test.
I recently started using Upwork to start my freelance writing career. There is a ton of different options other than freelance writing.
Be aware they do take 20% but they do connect you with a ton of potential clients.
Sell a Course
Udemy is another option to create paid courses, I have only used as a student but loved the courses.
Set Up Websites
If you already use WordPress and know about installing themes you can charge well over $100 to set up for small businesses. The entire setup won’t take you more than 15-30 minutes using Bluehost to setup and install WordPress.
Sell Books and E-books
I’ve now published two books using Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing. One book, Advice For My Younger Self, is also available in hard copy format from Createspace.
These books aren’t crazy long or require years of hard work. By creating short, how to guides or manuals you can create these relatively quickly and earn royalties for the rest of your life. Check out my post on 10 steps to creating your first e-book to learn more.
Start a Blog
People make a ton of money online and most of them usually started with a blog. I started publishing income reports this year to show people how I make money blogging.
If you want to set your future self up to potentially make money outside of your job at an enormous scale I recommend a blog. This is not a short-term game like some of the other hustles listed.
Check out these five ways to make money outside of your job blogging:
I make a few hundred dollars each month through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is when an online retailer will pay you a commission for traffic or sales leads from its referrals. It’s not as simple as slapping some pictures or links and seeing the money roll in. You need to refer readers to quality products that you believe in.
If you are a blogger I recommend learning more about making money from your blog from Michelle Schroder of Making Sense of Cents. Her blog routinely makes six figures per month with a majority of income from affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is great because, for the most part, it is passive income. For more passive income ideas check out Katie’s “Laundry Method” to earn an extra $500 per month!
When you have a blog you can offer paid posts or product reviews for products you believe in. These can range in price but I’ve seen anywhere from $50 – $200 per post. The best part? You don’t have to write it.
You can also post advertising on your site with a ton of different platforms like Google Adsense, Media.net, or Adthrive. The more views you get to your blog the more advertising revenue you can earn every month.
Once you create a successful blog, companies will reach out to partner with you and promote their product or website on your blog. This can be big money!
Sell Your Blog
If you’ve ever started a blog you understand how attached you can become after working on it for so many hours. After reading about “Budgets Are Sexy blog” being sold for over a million dollars know that it is possible!
Create a Youtube Channel
When you create a Youtube channel you also have the ability to make money outside of your job with unlimited potential. Here two popular ways:
Similar to with a blog you can have Google Adsense on your Youtube Channel. The money won’t be much until you have a ton of traffic but still easy money.
Product Placement & Endorsements
You will sometimes see Youtube stars promoting products online as long as you disclose this to viewers.
Become a Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants are growing each year with more people needing help managing their business or website. Make sure to know what your niche is and start making money from your house!
People always want to learn new skills quickly. If you have skills in anything you can become a coach in person or online.
You can coach people in person for athletics, music, fitness, or photography. Whatever you are great at and have passion for you can teach!
Sell Old Books
Personally, I’m a hoarder of books but I’ve read about people using Half Price books for selling used textbooks.
Create an Instagram
Instagram has been growing at an incredible rate and has a ton of opportunity to make money. Work on building a following with consistent posting, great hashtags, and responding to your followers.
Here are a few ways you can monetize your Instagram:
Brands will pay you to promote their products in front of your audience. A good way to get on brands radar is tagging them in your posts.
Unlike a sponsored post an affiliate will be more invested in making sales for a particular brand in exchange for a commission. You will usually do this with a trackable link or unique promo code.
Do you take great photos or think others would love the photos you are already taking? There are a ton of websites and apps that will help monetize your photo skills:
Sell on Amazon FBA
Amazon has created a service to help you create products and sell products with their advanced fulfillment networks. There are more upfront costs as you have to buy the product (usually from China) but there is an unbelievable amount of potential.
Start An Etsy Store
Etsy is another great way to make money with an online store. It also is a great way to channel your passion into creating something you love and sharing with others. By setting up an Etsy shop you will able to sell much more than on Craigslist or eBay. Tons of people use the platform to make a full-time income!
Drive For Uber or Lyft
This side hustle will make you get out of the house but you can make some good money driving for Uber or Lyft. The payment is weekly and you are able to work only when you want. The revenue share is 80% to you, 20% to Uber or Lyft.
If you do drive try to find times where there might be a surcharge to ensure you make additional money.
Sell on Craigslist
Craigslist is one of the easiest ways to sell things from your house. Some good examples include old TV’s, golf clubs, home decorations, furniture, and almost anything in a storage unit.
Become a Part-Time Photographer
While you can make money selling your photos online it will pale in comparison to taking pictures at weddings or events.
Rent Out Your Car
Drive for Uber Eats or Postmates
UberEats is similar to driving for Uber but you don’t have to worry about people being in your car. Other options included Postmates and Grubhub.
Rent Your House or Room
With sites like Airbnb and VRBO, you can rent out your entire house or specific room nightly or weekly.
People Per Hour
Similar to Upwork, People Per Hour is another great way to find freelance jobs for design, marketing, or writing.
Become a Personal Trainer or Group Trainer
If you have a passion for fitness you should look at different certifications to become a personal trainer or group trainer. If you do training in a big gym like LA Fitness or 24 Hour you will have to split your money.
Instead, see if you can find a small gym and pay a monthly fee or even work out with clients in-house. If you do this make sure to get a legal document signed to prevent yourself from any liability.
Invest in Dividend Stocks
When you invest in dividend stocks you can make money monthly, quarterly, or annually. Some top dividend stocks include Philip Morris, Kraft Foods, or Chevron.
Deliver Items With Your Truck
If you have a truck you can use Dolly to help people move or use to transport large items.
You don’t even need to have a website to sell products anymore. With Zazzle and Shopify you can create products online and sell through Facebook or your website if you have one. You can create products like custom shirts, coffee mugs, signs, hats, or tons of other options.
The best part? You don’t have to worry about shipping, product creation, and inventory!
Fiverr is a great site for freelance designers, website design, and tons of other tasks. If you only charge $5 for every skill you probably will spend more time than it’s worth. But don’t be afraid to charge more if you are expert in something.
I’ve had poor luck with these but some people swear by them. Check out these sites to start earning money from surveys:
Make Money Outside of Work
It’s time to start your journey!
Even if you take away one of these 40 ideas from this post I will be happy. If you want even more ideas here is another great article from fellow blogger Ladies Making Money on how to make an extra $500 per month.
Remember, the average millionaire has seven streams of income. How many do you have?
There are 24 hours in the day, eight to ten are at work, another six to eight sleeping. That means you have six to eight hours each day of additional time that you have to work on a side project.
Don’t limit yourself to just making money from your job, there is so much opportunity.
Learn how to make money outside of your job to earn more, give yourself options, and diversify your income.
Whether you start a blog, a social media channel, or one of these other options you will love earning more money.
Are there are any ideas I left out, what else do you do to make money outside of your job?
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