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101 Ways to Make an Extra $500 a Month While Keeping Your Full Time Job

02/16/2016 02:02 pm ET | Updated Feb 17, 2016
  • John Rampton Entrepreneur, online marketing guru and startup addict

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.

10. Photography


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."

14. Caddie


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.

19. Woodworking


You can turn this hobby into a nice little side business by selling your crafts on sites like Etsy or at local flea markets.

20. Scrapbooking


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.

21. Cater


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.

22. Bake


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.

34. Tutor


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.

37. Bookkeeping


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.

 

Offline Hustling


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.

44. Babysit


Do you have friends, family, or neighbors who have children? Watch their children whenever they need a sitter.

45. Dogsit


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.

46. Housesit


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.

49. Painting


If you some painting skills, then provide this service to anyone who needs a room, fence, or even large job like an entire house.

50. Moving


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.

60. Bartend


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.

63. Recycle


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.


Hustle Online


If you want to stay in the comforts of your own home, then start hustling with the following online gigs.

67. Freelance


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.

85.Rent Garage


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.


Sell Stuff


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.

 

 

101 Ways to Make an Extra $500 a Month
While Keeping Your Full Time Job was originally published on Due on February 8, 2016 by John Rampton.

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