I recently received an email from a distraught reader looking for ways to earn extra money. The reader lamented: “I am not sure if this whole being an adult thing is working out for me.”
Between paying bills, taxes, student loans, medical expenses and life in general, making ends meet was more difficult than she had anticipated.
I know she’s not alone in this. There might be times when you might feel like you’re spinning your wheels trying to juggle responsibilities that never seem to end.
Your first instinct to release your frustrations may be to take a vacation, but your bank account is like Nah, with what money? Trimming your budget will help, but you need a long-term solution. A little bit of extra money can go a long way in securing your financial future.
12 Ways To Earn Extra Money
The right side job can open doors to unlimited earning potential. Currently, over 45 million Americans pursue a side job.
There are several articles on the internet that give ideas on how to make money on the side. Unfortunately, most of the passive income ideas given are either vague, outdated or both.
I decided to curate a list of 12 proven, and updated side job ideas that will help kick-start your 2019.
If you are goal-driven, enjoy building relationships and making connections, then a job as a virtual recruiter on Relode may be an easy way to make extra money.
Signing up to Relode, a fast-growing healthcare staffing agency committed to bridging the gap between job hunters in the healthcare field and medical institutions, is pretty easy, secure and more importantly, free.
All you need to become an agent is an email address, and you’re good to go! You can scrutinize the positions and refer your friends and colleagues to jobs you find interesting.
A good thing about Relode is that you don’t need to be a healthcare worker with extensive recruiting experience to use the site. So long as you can find great candidates for different positions, you can earn extra money from home.
Relode gives you the freedom to choose when to work and how much work you want. Payment is via commission with the average referral amount being $3,500.
One of the surest ways you can earn extra money is by assisting other people with taking their medication as prescribed. According to Pleio’s website over 50 percent of Americans fail to take their medication as directed.
Medication non-adherence accounts for over 100, 000 deaths every year. Senior citizens are most affected as sometimes they can’t correctly read or understand the information on the labels.
That’s a worrying statistic, but luckily you have the opportunity to make it better and earn some extra money at the same time.
All you need to start providing services to patients and earning with Pleio is to be a US Citizen aged 18 years or older, have a dedicated phone line, a small office and the desire to help.
Another option for earning some extra money is to make same-day deliveries with Shipt.
You can deliver groceries to customers in your town from their favorite stores and earn an average of 15-25 dollars an hour. Paychecks are distributed weekly.
Here’s how Shipt works for buyers: they can use Shipt’s website or an app to order goods or household essentials from a local store, connect with shoppers in their area through text and schedule a delivery.
Similar to working for Lyft and Uber, Shipt allows you to work at a time that’s appropriate for you. While the pay may not be substantial, you may earn some extra money through tips.
The requirements are simple: be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license, have a little knowledge on product selection, a reliable car with auto insurance, the ability to lift 40 pounds, and own a smartphone.
With Roadie, you can deliver ‘just about anything’ in your area and earn extra money on your schedule. Oh, and you won’t have to worry about going to unknown destinations or keeping your ride super clean for nosy passengers.
How much money can I make on Roadie? Well, that depends on how much time and effort you want to put in. You can make up to $60 on local gigs and up to a whopping $650 on long-distance gigs!
Customers are given a shipping calculator to estimate the cost. Roadie uses a collaborative model to enable low-cost, fast and flexible delivery for senders and pays drivers for their service.
Since it was established three years ago, the company boasts a growing clientele of big brands in the airline, retail, and grocery industries. Notable mentions include Delta, Kroger and Macy’s.
According to their website, Roadie has delivered to over 11,000 towns and cities across America. Turn your road trips into a side job to make money.
This service allows you to deliver packages and be paid 18-25 dollars per hour. Once you become a delivery partner, you can track your earnings easily with the Amazon Flex app.
With Amazon Flex, you have the freedom of setting your schedule. Amazon Flex is currently available in 50 cities spread across the United States, and more cities will be added soon.
The only requirement is having your own car and a smartphone. A background check is required before you are cleared.
This service by Amazon connects you to customers interested in services in your area. The retail giant allows top electricians, plumbers, house cleaners, assemblers and more to advertise their professional services directly to people in their area.
With the Amazon app, you can browse through new jobs and pick the jobs that fit your schedule, pretty simple huh? It doesn’t stop there; you are not required to pay any monthly subscription or advertisement fees.
The only thing you pay is a revenue share for a job completed. To get paid, just show up, do the job, and that’s it!
You only need two requirements: General Liability Insurance and Licensing for Trade Professionals if you are a General Contractor, Plumber, Electrician or HVAC Technician.
Do you want to show off your town to tourists? If you live in a vacation destination, you should seriously consider this option to earn extra money.
With headquarters in New York and San Francisco, Vayable allows you to become a local tour guide and make a living by sharing your knowledge with visitors.
This website has been featured in top media outlets like Fast Company, Forbes, CNN, CBS News, and The Wall Street Journal. The Online Travel Company boasts team members (insiders) in cities around the world (over 600), not just the United States.
All you need is some background knowledge of your area, have a friendly and outgoing personality and possess good oral communication skills. To join the other 5,000 people who enrich the lives of others by providing incredible experiences, join Vayable today!
Perks you will enjoy besides earning extra money include meeting new people, sharing your world, and building your portfolio. Depending on your availability, you can confirm or decline reservations as you please.
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Show around was created to change the concept of traveling by making visitors’ experiences more local and authentic. According to Showaround’s website, knowledgeable locals are better at showing you a more authentic version of their cities.
By tailoring your activities, you will have more fun on your trip. Available in over 200 countries and 10,000 cities across the world, Showaround boasts over 100, 000 locals.
You can be one too! No need to be an expert to sign up on this site; you just need to possess an understanding of your city, and have excellent communication skills. To use it choose your hourly rate, pick your offer, show around and cash out to your bank account.
Gigwalk was created eight years ago to help companies to identify and fix execution challenges. To start using Gigwalk, download the Gigwalk app and register your account.
You will be required to provide your email address and answer a few basic questions. You then need to link your account with PayPal and apply for gigs through Gig List or the map.
By creating projects, you can push them out to over a million Gigwalkers. Based on GPS locations, you can match people to work and effectively execute the work.
Gigwalk allows you to have a flexible working schedule by working when you want and only picking Gigs that interest you. How much you earn depends on the Gigs you choose, but you can make anywhere from 3-100 dollars or more.
If you are a teacher or lecturer, you will love TakeLessons. This website allows you to virtually or locally teach what you know and set your rate, availability, and subjects.
Subjects range from Language to Piano Lessons to Drawing. To use TakeLessons and earn extra money, you are required to create a professional profile complete with your skills and experience.
The site will handle booking and payments so that you concentrate on what you do best- help your students gain knowledge and learn new skills.
The company takes the responsibility of directly delivering fully paid students to you. Join other tutors across the world by signing up today. With over 2.5 million lessons taught, there is no reason why you can’t give TakeLessons a try.
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If you are looking for a low competition niche, try starting your own estate sale service. A lot of times people will hire an auctioneer to host a sale where a house’s belongings are sold.
But if you don’t want to become an auctioneer, there is another way. I have a friend, Marcy, who does something similar, she has a garage sale at the client’s house and keeps a portion of the sales.
Once everything is sold, Marcy cleans up the property and disposes of anything that’s left over. Word of mouth gets Marcy most of her business, but you could also set up a website or use Facebook.
The primary business model of an estate sale service is getting a commission based on your sales.
Most states require you to obtain certification to inspect homes. Real Estate is a budding industry, and in 2018 home inspection is a $2 billion a year business and growing.
Schedule inspections at your convenience and enjoy the flexibility of this side job. A few hours on a job site and preparing your report is all it takes to earn extra money.
You will be required to sit for a National Home Inspector Exam to demonstrate your abilities before you are recruited.
The exams entail Business Operations (12 percent), Analysis and Reporting (24 percent) and Building Science (64 percent). A test will cost you approximately $225. There are over 200 proctored test centers spread across America.
PRO TIP: When learning how to make money on the side, consider earning potential, scalability, and scheduling before settling on an idea. Avoid picking too many ideas at once.
The Best Way To Earn Extra Money
Believe it or not, a number of the world’s most successful companies began humbly as a side job. And the people who started them are just like you, they had drive and passion for being successful.
Best examples include Andrew Mason, founder of Groupon and Rob Kalin, founder and former CEO of Etsy. The beauty of our list is that none of the ideas require a specialized skill-set or substantial initial investment.
Earn extra money and achieve more freedom, while building your portfolio and developing new skills.
Maybe one day you will turn the side job into a full-time income. Don’t wait, pick a plan and start living life on your own terms today!
Meet you on the other side of success and financial freedom.
This list on how to make money on the side is by no means exhaustive; please feel free to add your own idea/s in the comments section if we did not cover it here.