Whether you want to pay down your credit card debt or save money for your dream vacation, we could all use a little extra cash. Of course, that can be challenge when working 40 hours per week at your full-time job. Thankfully, there ways for you to earn an additional income while still working full-time. In fact, most side gigs can earn you an extra $500 a month easily. And, here are 101 different ways for you to achieve that goal.
Make Extra Cash At Your Current Job
Since you have a full-time job, you can use that to your advantage to make some extra cash. Because of the convenience, this is one of the best places to start.
1. Volunteer for Overtime
You've already spent more than enough time at work, but volunteering for overtime is one of the easiest ways to earn extra money.
2. Refer New Employees
Some places of business will offer a bonus if you refer a new employee. If you know someone who needs a job, take advantage of this referral program.
3. Customer Referral
Just like an employee referral program, some companies offer a referral program if you bring in new customers.
4. Do a Job No One Else Wants
Are there any tasks or projects that no one wants to be part? Offer to complete these unwanted assignments for a fee, of course.
5. Use the Suggestion Box
If your employer pays for awesome suggestions, then put your thinking cap on and start filling that suggestion box.
Cash in On Your Skills or Hobbies
Most of us are skilled and experienced, or have an interest in another area, that we don't usually get paid to do. If that's the situation, you can finally part your talents or hobbies to work if you need some additional dough.
6. Launch a Blog
No matter your interest or talent, you can write on about it on your blog and make money by selling ad.
7. eBook Publishing
Another way to make extra cash through your writing is to publish eBooks in either your field of expertise or whatever you're passionate about.
8. Coaching or Consulting
If writing isn't your cup of tea, you can offer your services to individuals or businesses either in person or via Skype or Google Hangouts.
9. Public Speaking
If you have an inspiring or can motivate others while sharing your knowledge, public speaking is a lucrative side business where you could make anywhere from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand dollars per gig.
Do you have an eye for capturing moments? Put those skills to work and start a side gig as a photographer. Instead of trying to be a jack-of-all-trades, focus on a niche like weddings.
11. Sell Pictures
Another way to make cash from photography is to sell your images to sites like Shutterstock.
12. Become a Gym Instructor
Whether you're trained as a personal trainer, yoga instructor, or weight lifter, you can find some part time work at the local gym.
13. Become an Umpire/Referee
One Ump told Business Insider, "I umpire softball/baseball games for USSSA. There's also Little League, ASA, and others. I make $30 for an hour-and-10-minute game. Ten games in a weekend, and that's $300. You can also maybe pick some games up after work. It's not so bad if you don't mind a little yapping in your ear."
Love golf and being outside? Caddie on the side. You'd be surprised at how much money you'll be able to rake-in.
15. DJ Events
If you're a music lover and have the gear, charge people for your deejaying services.
16. Run a Photo Booth
Unlike photography, you don't need a whole lot of experience in running a photo booth. Once you get the basics, it's pretty easy and you can pocket around $1,000 per weekend if you work a couple of events.
17. Become a Session Musician
Talented musicians can sit-in during concerts or recording sessions and actually get paid for their talent.
18. Write Music
You can offer to write and record music on sites like Fiverr and Craigslist.
You can turn this hobby into a nice little side business by selling your crafts on sites like Etsy or at local flea markets.
Here's another creative hobby that you can start cashing in on. Chron.com has a simple step-by-by guide in getting this business started.
If you're an excellent cook then you should start catering events on the side. Here are a few tips to getting paid along the way.
If you're a better baker than chef, then start selling your baked goods, such as birthday or wedding cakes, during your spare time.
23. Movie or TV Extra
If there's a major network or studio production in your town, you may be able to bring in a quick $200 per day just by being an extra.
24. Watch TV
If you're a TV junkie who binge watches their favorite TV show, then you may be able to start earning some extra money. You can download the Viggle App, which doesn't pay much, or become a Netflix 'tagger,' which has only launched in the UK and Ireland.
25. Create or Edit Videos
If you have the talent and equipment, you can either start creating your own YouTube videos or editing them for others.
26. Draw Caricatures
Artists can sell caricatures at fairs or local parks.
27. Make Jewelry
There's a demand for handmade jewelry on sites like Etsy.
28. Knit or Crochet
There's also a market for handmade knit items on Etsy.
29. Build Websites
You don't necessarily have to be an expert at web design or development, although that does help, to build simple websites for individuals and small businesses. You might be able to fetch $100 per site.
30. Build an App
If you love to code and have an awesome idea for an app, then you can absolutely cash-in on you app.
31. Social Media Manager
If you're social media wiz, then start charging individuals and small businesses to manage their social media accounts.
32. Repair Computers
If you love to fix computers, or even the latest, start a little repair business during your downtown.
33. Auto Repair
Whether it's changing oil or repainting a vehicle, use your talents and garage as a new side gig.
If you're proficient in subjects like math, science, English, history, or pretty much any other subject, then start tutoring after work or on the weekends.
35. Teach English
There are plenty of people from around the world looking to learn English as a second language. You help them out on a part time basis.
36. Install Software
If you have a knack for installing software, then reach out to local businesses who need someone to do this this task for them.
This isn't the most exciting side gig, but there a plenty of businesses and individuals who could use someone to keep their paperwork in order.
38. Tax Preparation
Everyone could use a little assistance when preparing their taxes so that they can claim the right deductions and have filed in-time. (note: make sure to file a 1099 when you do this)
39. Office or Home Organization
Both busy business and home owners could hire someone to come-in and organize their office or home.
40. Interior Design
If you have an eye for design, then spend your weekends decorating the homes of people in your neighborhood.
41. Event Planning
If you're organized and enjoy making plans, then start charging others to plan out the events that they don't want to.
42. Build Furniture
Handmade furniture is another craft that is in-demand. You can sell your work on Etsy, at flea markets, or maybe even a local furniture store.
43. Personal Shopper
Not everyone enjoys shopping. But, if you're a shopaholic, then take advantage of this and become a personal shopper for those you do not it.
If you don't have any skills or talents that you can convert into a side business, then you can make additional money by doing on the following offline side gigs.
Do you have friends, family, or neighbors who have children? Watch their children whenever they need a sitter.
The same goes with man's best friend. Personally, I would rather hire someone to dogsit my dog than brooding her in her a kennel.
This also applies to watching the homes of people who know when they go on vacation.
47. Mow Lawns
If you have a mower, and other basic landscaping tools, and like being outside, then mow lawns in your neighborhood when you have free time.
48. Shovel Snow
Whether you have a truck with a plow or are willing to shovel by hand, people will gladly pay you to remove the snow in their driveway.
If you some painting skills, then provide this service to anyone who needs a room, fence, or even large job like an entire house.
Does anyone really enjoy moving? Probably not. That's why they hire moving companies to do the legwork for them.
51. Hauling Service
If you have a truck, van, or trailer, you can offer to pick-up and deliver larger items.
52. Pool Cleaning
This is another perfect seasonal side gig if you love being outside.
53. House/Office Cleaning
Whether people are too busy or don't the have the physical ability to do, there is a demand for house and office cleaners.
54. Clean Gutters
This job can get pretty grimy, but it also require ladders and not being afraid of heights. If you have both, you'll find plenty of people to hire you for this dirty job.
55. Set-up Holiday Decorations
If you're extremely festive and enjoy decorating, then offer your services to people who may be more on the Scrooge-side.
56. Handyman Work
If you're decent enough at basic home repairs, you could launch a steady side business for those who aren't as handy.
57. Be a TaskRabbit
If you don't mind running errands for people or assisting them with chores around the house, then you can become a TaskRabbit for some extra cash.
58. Find Odd Jobs on Craigslist
If you just browse through Craigslist you'll easily stumble upon a number of odd jobs that you can do on you free-time.
59. Deliver Pizzas
This is a great weekend gig where you could easily make $500 in a month if you're reliable and have the right personality.
If you have the skills, both at mixing drinks and being a people person, who could make hundreds of dollars by bartending on the weekend.
61. Paint Curbs
This is an out-of-the-box job. But, you could paint the house numbers on street curbs with just some spray paint and stencils.
62. Detail Cars
Who wouldn't want a nice, clean car? Use that to your advantage by detailing automobiles during your downtime.
Whether it's cardboard or scrap metal, you can make a pretty penny by recycling on the side. I recommend you read this guide before getting to work so that you know what you and can not recycle. If you don't have any metal of cardboard, there are still plenty of other common household items that you can recycle for cash.
64. Work Sporting Events or Concerts
Sporting events and concerts need plenty of bodies to make an event run smoothly, such as security. If you work at an NFL stadium, for example, you maybe able to bring home $100 per game.
65. Donate Plasma
If you donate blood plasma, you could almost make $500 per month - depending on the rates and how much you can donate.
66. Participate in Medical Studies
If you don't mind being a guinea pig, then you can partake in medical studies for some quick cash.
If you want to stay in the comforts of your own home, then start hustling with the following online gigs.
There are literally hundreds of websites where freelancers can find gigs that range from writing to web development to becoming a translator. Just search these sites for opportunities that you enjoy are good at.
68. Virtual Assistant
You can also those websites to locate virtual assistant jobs if you're an organized and reliable person.
69. Tech Support
If you have a landline and internet service, and don't mind dealing with customers, then you can provide tech support on nights and weekends.
70. Fill-Out Surveys
You won't make a fortune taking online surveys, but the more that you take, the more you can earn on sites like Survey Monkey, Nielsen Digital Voice,Opinion Outpost, or Survey Spot,
71. Join a Virtual Jury
Defense attorney will hire people to test their case on sites like http://www.ejury.com/ or http://www.virtualjury.com/.
72. Download Smartphone Apps
Apps like Rewardable, CheckPoints and Gigwalk will assign you tasks either online or offline for a couple of extra bucks
73. Affiliate Marketing
If you plug a business on your website or blog, you can become an affiliate for them and earn a commission whenever someone leaves your site to make a purchase. If done correctly, you can have a nice little side business.
74. Flip Websites
This sounds a bit shady, but if you play by the rules, you can purchase a domain cheap and make it valuable by adding quality content to gain traffic. It gets even more lucrative when you purchase a domain that an already established business could use. I like using Flippa.
75. Investing and Lending
Thanks to sites like Lending Tree, you can join a peer-to-peer lending program and earn money through interest rates.
76. Facebook and Twitter Administrator
Some people have easily made $500 per month simply by being an administrator for someone else's Facebook and Twitter pages.
77. LinkedIn Profile Writer
If you're proficient at writing an amazing LinkedIn profile, and have a knack for writing resumes in general, you can write the profiles for professionals and bank an additional $1,000 to $1,500.
78. YouTube Personality
YouTube personalities can make money through advertisements that have been placed on their channels.
79. Create an Online Class
If you have knowledge in specific subjects, you can create an online class on sites like Udemy.
Renting Out Items You Already Own
If you don't want to part with anything, there are plenty of ways for you to supplement your incomes by renting out the items that you already own.
80. Host a Foreign Exchange Student
If you have the space, and meet the qualifications, you can easily earn $500 by hosting a foreign exchange student.
81. Become a Driver for Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar
One of the most lucrative side gigs right now is being a driver for either Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar. The average fares, depending on which market you reside, range from $11.48 to $15.97.
82. Rent Your Vehicle or Bicycle
Whenever you aren't using your vehicle or bicycle you can rent them out for the day, or longer, if you like, via sites like RelayRides and Spinlister.
83. Become a PostMate
If you're fond of transporting passengers, you can still use your vehicle to make extra by becoming joining PostMates where you deliver anything from groceries to dinner.
84. Rent a Home or Your House
Thanks to sites like AirBnb and HomeAway you can rent out spare bedrooms or entire house if you're on vacation.
Do you have a garage that is being unused? You could rent out someone who wants to store their vehicle.
86. Rent Parking Space
If you live in a busy part of town, like in close proximity to a stadium, you could rent out your parking space or driveway whenever there are events.
87. Rent Personal Items
Instead of letting unused items like tools or kitchenware gather dust, rent them out to people who need them to complete a project.
88. Become Someone's Friend
Yes. There are people out there who are willingly to pay other people to be their friend. If you like meeting new people you can do this by joining a site like RentAFriend.
Finally, you can always sell your unwanted junk or even new items to customers by going through the following avenues. Here are a few tips to eCash and getting paid for all the things you sell.
89. Have a Garage Sale
This can be hit or miss, but you could bring in some decent cash just by selling the your unused items in your front yard.
90. Sell Items on Craigslist
This is essentially the online version of a yard sale. No matter what you want to part ways with, you're bound to find a buyer on the popular classified site.
91. Sell Items on eBay
This site needs no introduction. It's one been one of the best places to sell your used items since 1995.
92. Sell Other People's Items on Craigslist or eBay
You'll have to give them a commission, but if you know anyone looking to sell their junk, make them an offer and sell it for them on Craigslist or eBay.
93. Drop Shipping
You don't have to sell used items online to make some extra cash. You can also start a side business through drop shipping. In this case, you would sell new items from a manufacturer or distributor online on sites like eBay and they'll ship the items to customers for you.
94. Sell Items on Amazon
Just like eBay, you can become an Amazon Merchant and sell both used and new items.
95. Direct Marketing
People can actually make a decent living by selling products for Avon, Amway, and Tupperware. But, there are hundreds of different direct marketing companies for you to join. Check out this of the Top 100 Global Direct Marketing Companies to find a direct marketing company that best suites you.
96. Set Up Shop at Flea Market
Instead of selling items in your front yard, you could take your used goods, homemade crafts, and even new items, to local flea markets.
97. Sell Items to Consignment Shops
Consignment shops are an option of you have an excessive amount of clothes of furniture to sell
98. Visit the Pawn Shop
If you're in a real pinch, you could sell you valuable items to the nearest pawn shop.
99. Sell Your Used Gadgets
If you don't have a need for devices like an old smartphone or tablet, you could sell them on Gazelle.com. You may not earn a lot, but if you could get a fair price for gadgets that are newer and in good shape.
100. Sell Your Old Gold Jewelry and Silverware
If you have expensive jewelry or silverware, you could sell them to a proper jewelry and silverware dealers to receive a decent return.
101. Resell or Return Unused Gift Cards
If you have any unused gift cards laying around you may be able to sell them on sites like CardPool or return them to the merchant.