In today’s economy, it seems like no matter how much money you earn, you could always use at least a little more to put toward your financial goals, like getting out of debt, saving for a house or maybe just taking a vacation. But what holds most people back from taking the plunge to find ways to make money is the notion that they have to have some kind of special skills to do so.
If you are looking for a few ways to put a little more cash into your pocket, here are seven ways to make money that require little skill.
1. Make Money Through Online Surveys
Did you know you can get paid for your opinions? If you do a little searching on the Internet, you can find many sites that will pay you to tell them what you think of their products. Some, such as Swagbucks, Opinion Outpost, Harris Poll and Reward TV pay you to complete surveys or give your opinion on a certain topic. You won’t get rich quick, but who’s going to complain about having a little more spending money?
2. Become a Taxi Driver
Sign up to drive your own vehicle and get paid to transport people from point A to point B. One popular site that has gained a lot of traction in the past couple of years is Uber. Uber and another popular service, Lyft, have safety protocols for both drivers and riders for the protection of all.
Like a cab, the price of a ride varies according to the distance and time traveled, as well as there being extra charges during “peak” times, so you may not know exactly how much you’ll make driving your car. Don’t forget that you’ll also have to spend more on gas and maintenance for your vehicle if you start driving more often too.
3. Help Someone Move
Look around on the Internet and you will find several companies who will allow you to list your services so you can be hired to help people move. Even if you do this on a temporary basis, you can make money you need to help bolster your budget. You might also be able to find people looking for moving help on Craigslist.
4 Sell Your Stuff
This one is a no-brainer. Almost everyone has stuff sitting around they aren’t using or no longer need. Sell it online on Craigslist, Ebay, or a local Facebook Buy/Sell/Trade group, or you could have a yard sale. Either way, get it out of your way and get something out of it. Getting money back for stuff I no longer need is one of my favorite things about decluttering my home.
Yes, that’s right. Take care of someone else’s children. No, you don’t have to be a teenager to do it. There are plenty of places to advertise – your local newspaper, bulletin boards at local stores, or the Internet, just to name a few. But whatever method you choose, get the word out about your services. You should also ask for referrals if the parents of children you’ve cared for in the past feel you did a good job. A referral based business is a good way to keep it growing without having to spend time or money on advertising.
6 Pet Sitting or Dog Walking
There are plenty of people out there who have to travel from time to time and can’t take their pets with them. Advertise your desire to take care of their fur babies while they are unable to do so, and make extra money while having fun. It’s kind of like being an aunt to a human baby, you get all the fun of having a pet for a few days without the hassle and expense of owning pets full-time.
7 Be a Mystery Shopper
Practically everyone has heard of this, but do you know anyone who had done it? Be that person. There really are companies out there willing to pay people to do this because they care and they want to know what is working well and what isn’t working at all within their company. There are a lot of sites to choose from, but some popular ones are Market Force and Best Mark.
No matter what kind of experience you have, one of the above side hustles could be exactly what you are looking for to help plug the hole in your budget. Another plus is that you don’t have to have any special skills to get started working with these ideas today, so you have no excuse as to why you can’t pick up one of these side hustles.
Have you ever done any of these things to make money? What other ways can you think of to make money without any special skills?
Photo courtesy of: Ted Van Pelt