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7 Simple Ways to Make Extra Money

Make Extra MoneyAre you currently looking to make extra money? Stupid question, I know, as who doesn’t want to make more money when they can? There could be many number of reasons why you’d want to make some extra money from paying off debt to having a little extra to put away for retirement.

The sad thing I’ve found is many don’t want to take the effort to earn more. It can go back to a number of things really from lack of desire to believing they don’t have the skills needed to do something on the side. Regardless of what your various skill levels are, I believe that most of us have at least something they can do to make money on the side. The jobs might not be the most glamorous, but money is still money. You can even make money shopping online, through sites like Swagbucks, so even if you feel like you don’t have the skills to make extra money you can do so through shopping – so why not get something back for what you’re already doing anyway?

If you’re racking your brains over some simple ways to make extra money hopefully you’ll find something on this list to get you started.

1) Clean Houses

People are busy these days. Between work, kids, and evening events, many people just can’t find the time or energy to clean their own house! This is where you can swoop in and save the day. For $20 or $25 per hour, you could offer your cleaning services. There are a variety of ways you can advertise your services, but you can also start out by working for some neighbors or friends and get some word of mouth going to help you.

2) Dog Sit/Walk the Dogs

Again, since people are so busy (and because they love their pets) they are willing to pay someone to walk their dogs during the day. Each dog could net you $3 to $5 per walk, if not more. Gather up a few dogs from the neighborhood and you could be making $25 an hour in just over an hour.

And, if these dog owners end up leaving for a week at a time, you can step in and offer to watch their dog’s full time. The amount you can make from something like this will vary, of course, but could be a nice way to make a little extra money

3) Baby Sit

If you have experience with children then you can certainly find a few gigs babysitting once in a while. Offer your services to friends and neighbors and quickly earn some extra cash. This, of course, is the common standby for many but speaking as a parent – you can make a nice little chunk of change as a babysitter.

4) Become a Census Worker

If you are in need of money when the Census Bureau is polling the country for the yearly stats, you could get hired part-time for a pretty decent pay (and reimbursement for miles) to gather data for them. A good bit of this work will require going door to door talking to people, so make sure that’s something you’re cool doing.

5) Deliver Pizza

This might not be the most glamorous way to make extra money, but if you are able to deliver multiple pizzas on each outing, the pay is actually pretty good – often times upwards of $20 per hour. Plus, you might even score yourself some free pizza from time to time!

6) Help People Move

If you own a truck (or have access to someone else’s), many people would gladly pay you to help them move all of their stuff from point A to point B. After a few hours of work, you could leave there with some exercise and money in your wallet.

7) Mow Lawns/Shovel Driveways

Have you ever mowed your own lawn or shoveled a driveway? If so, then you are qualified for this line of work. All you have to do is walk around your neighborhood and let your neighbors know that you would like to earn some extra money mowing lawns. If ever they just don’t feel like doing their own or are going to be away, just have them give you a call. More than likely, you will get a few customers like this and could potentially earn $20, or more, to mow a relatively small yard

Make Extra Money With A Goal In Mind

Personally speaking, I’ve found that I’m more successful when I attach a goal to what it is I’m doing. Not only does that challenge me to work harder to accomplish whatever that goal is, but I also find that it helps the process go by smoother. That’s not to say that it doesn’t require hard work, but anything worth having requires a little hard work from time to time.

 

What are some of your favorite ways to make extra money? Do you pair it with a goal, or are you motivated otherwise? What excuses do you commonly hear from those frustrated that they can’t make extra money?

 

 

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John Schmoll is a Dad, husband and veteran of the financial services industry. He's passionate about helping people learn from his mistakes so that they can live lives free from the shackles of debt and empowered to make their money work for them. You can check out his other sites: Frugal Rules, for ways to improve your financial literacy; and Sprout Wealth for tips on different ways to make more money. John has been featured on Forbes, Lifehacker, Yahoo Finance and US News & World Report and more. If you're wanting to grow your blog, check out my blog coaching services to see how I can help you take your site to the next level.

12 comments

  1. For the physically lazy out there, there are lots of online jobs, writing jobs, etc that pays really good money.
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  2. I think there are tons of seasonal retail jobs out there during this time of year. You could also make good money doing holiday catering if you’re a good cook. There is also a lady in our town who goes around to businesses and paints holiday decorations on their windows. She did it for our office once, and I see her work all over town. I have no artistic talent, but if I did that would be a fun way to make money.
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  3. These are great tips! Babysitting during Black Friday time while parent shop is a great way to make money. If you are planning on staying home and want to make cash let your family and friends know you can baby sit while they shop the night away.
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  4. Those are really good ways to earn extra. My hustle is I do video editing for our school. I get paid much. And I get to work at an office there, so everything is provided from computer to snacks. I’ll be assisting to distribute survey questionnaire at a school, which I am paid in advance.
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  5. Good ideas to make some extra cash and I like the goal mindset behind doing them. There’s a ton of opportunity available if you just have the desire and the drive.
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  6. As a former pizza delivery guy I like #5. Real easy way to make extra money. If you’re looking to spice up your weekend life (and you don’t have a wife or kids) making extra money as a bartender is probably also a good idea. You get to have fun and work at the same time…never did it though so maybe it’s not as glamorous as I think.

  7. When I am looking at ways to make extra money, I focus in the time to income ratio. I want to do something that is going to earn me a good hourly wage. There are lots of things you can do that don’t pay that well. The key is finding something that pays well and you can do quickly/efficiently and enjoy it at the same time.
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