I know, you’ve thought about making extra cash in the past but put it in the too hard basket. Right?
If your budget’s being squeezed, frugal living will only get you so far. Sometimes, you need to make extra cash and cut your expenses.
When there’s nothing left to cut, it’s time to look for opportunities to either increase your main source of income (more hours or a raise) or add new income sources to your budget.
When your budget’s in the red and you’re stressing about money, you need to find easy ways to earn extra cash. In the early stages of looking for a side hustle, it makes sense to keep things simple
Making extra cash is good. Making extra stress is bad.
Extra income sources can have a huge impact on your life, even if you’re not struggling to make ends meet. For example, when you make extra money you can:
- Pay off debt
- Get ahead on your bills
- Protect yourself against underemployment
- Give yourself more control over your life
- Create security for your family and your finances
- Pay for some of life’s luxuries like travel, or
- Retire early.
Whether you can commit just an hour or two per week or whole days to making extra money, there are plenty of opportunities out there, and there’s bound to be one that will suit you perfectly.
Here are 21 easy ways to make extra cash to get you started
Start a blog
As far as money making potential, this method of making extra money definitely deserves its place at the top of the list. And, it can be easy.
I started my first blog at the beginning of 2015 but only really began to view it as a money making endeavour in the second half of that year. Since viewing that blog as an opportunity to make extra cash (about 18 months), I’ve made over $7,000 from Google Adsense alone.
Here’s my caveat:
Building a successful and profitable blog takes time, effort and a dream. Don’t believe the click bait articles that tell you how that particular blogger makes thousands per month and only works five hours per week. Or, even 20 hours a week.
Firstly, the income is usually from freelance earnings, which aren’t a bad thing but they’re also not passive. You want your blog earnings to be as passive as possible.
Secondly, when you’re starting out, there’s a huge learning curve and you need to spend a lot of time learning about blogging resources, promotion, social media and networking not to mention finessing the craft of writing good blog posts.
So, yes, building a profitable blog so you can make extra money takes work but, I can safely say that starting my blog has been the best thing I’ve ever done for myself and my (growing) income.
It’s definitely not a get rich quickly idea but completing online surveys is a great way to accrue some extra dollars with very little outlay of energy. It’s the sort of thing you can do while watching TV or on your daily commute which means you get to add a bit of value to otherwise wasted time.
Child care is expensive. If you enjoy being around kids this could be a lucrative service to offer. Lots of busy working families find they’re so busy working outside the home that they need an extra helping hand with their kids. This is a chance for you to earn extra money.
A baby sitting can involve everything from covering Date Night to providing before and/or after school care, covering school holidays or just emergency care when a child is sick.
Make your service a no-brainer for those busy people by having a first aid qualification, a police check and references. Or, just market your services within your social group.
Are you handy with a hammer? You can probably bring in a nice little side income by providing a home maintenance service.
Oftentimes, homeowners struggle to find tradespeople who are willing to even quote for, let alone take, small maintenance jobs. You might be surprised at the opportunities available just in your neighbourhood alone.
Test the market by doing a letter drop in the area offering free quotes.
Older folks, especially, need this kind of service for those little jobs that don’t require special skills like:
- Changing the battery in smoke detectors
- Changing light globes
- Cleaning gutters.
Housework is my least favourite activity around the house, but apparently, some people get a real kick out of it. Go figure! If you’re one of those people who loves cleaning you can benefit from those of us who’d rather do anything other than vacuuming!
Cleaning other people’s homes is only one option to consider. If you’re thinking of offering cleaning services, there’s also commercial opportunities, like small offices suites or buildings.
House sitting is becoming very popular. Some people do it full-time!
House sitting comes in various sizes; from living in the house and caring for the owner’s pets to visiting each day to make sure the mail is collected and pets and houseplants fed, watered and walked (the pets, not the plants).
Pet sitting can include living in, so it’s combined with house sitting, caring for the pets in your own home while their owners are away, or visiting every day to ensure they’re fed and watered. Not all pets can go to a boarding kennel or cattery. Rats, mice, hamsters, etc. are the perfect critters to care for in your own home.
Dog walking service
if you’re an animal lover, dog walking is another great way to make extra money (and get in some extra exercise). But, like the postie, you need to be willing to do it come rain, hail or shine.
With their busy lives or long commutes, some dog owners find it very hard to allocate sufficient time to get their four legged friend out in the fresh air for a nice long walk or a good ball chasing session. Not sure where to start? There are agencies (like this one) that help put canine and walker together.
Not just for teachers! University students can offer their knowledge and skills as a tutor, too.
Put flyers on community noticeboards (and social media) and contact the schools in your area to offer your services. They might keep a data base of tutors for specific subjects areas.
If you’re like me and leave it a bit too long between washes, a quick run through the automatic car wash sometimes isn’t enough.
If you’re a car enthusiast, you might enjoy detailing cars as a simple side hustle.
Some people spend a lot of money on their car and are more than happy to spend top dollar to keep it in pristine condition. Plus, it’s quite common for cars to be detailed prior to being put up for sale by their owners.
Washing windows and washing down houses are two jobs that require more stamina than skill. And, very little in the way of equipment. That makes it a very simple and cheap to set up side hustle. Especially if you live in an area with lots of weatherboard or clapboard houses.
These homes need a regular scrub down to keep their paint looking bright and shiny but it’s a big job for anyone not used to wielding a wet soapy broom. The same with washing windows it requires more strength and stamina, than skill.
Painting houses is another big job for homeowners that’s all about the effort rather than a particular skill.
If you’ve ever owned or lived in a weatherboard home, you know the dreaded task of freshening up the paintwork all too well. Weatherboards lose their gloss over time and you know you can only put off the task for so long before the boards themselves become susceptible to rot or other damage. It’s a job that needs to be done at least once a decade.
The technology incorporated in exterior paint in recent years is extraordinary, but you still need a human to apply it to your house. If you can offer this service at a reasonable price, the work will come to you.
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- 7 Reasons Everyone Needs a Side Hustle
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Freelance writing, editing, proofreading
The internet in general and blogging in particular provide lots of opportunities for the budding freelance writer. You don’t need to be another Hemingway or JK Rowling in order to make a decent amount of money from it.
There are a number of venues to look at for freelance jobs, like online job boards, but you can also pitch ideas for articles and blog posts directly to the editor of the publication whether it’s a magazine or a blog.
Freelance graphic design
Graphic design skills are always in demand and the tasks can vary from designing a logo to creating a complete look for a website. Much the same as freelance writing services, freelance design jobs are advertised on job boards.
Freelancers often use their own websites to showcase their skills and talents. Creating your own website can be an important investment in marketing your services. Not sure how? Start here.
Sell your clutter
Selling your clutter has to twofold benefit of clearing out your cupboards and putting cash in your wallet. It might not be sustainable over the long term but it’s a great way to make extra cash pretty quickly.
Or, you could sell someone else’s clutter for a commission. Put all that eBay and Craigslist experience to profitable use.
Flip thrift store treasures
If you have an eye for quality merchandise, you could flip thrift store, yard and garage sale finds.
But… This only works if you know what you’re looking for; particular brands and styles that demand good money or maybe items that just need a little TLC to bring them back to their former glory, and allow you to make a healthy profit in the process.
If selling your own stuff has given you the online retailing bug, consider starting an online shop. You can get a taste of the market by setting up a store on an existing platform like Amazon, eBay or Etsy, or build your own store with Shopify or BigCommerce but if you’re serious about building an online retail business on the side, you need your own site.
Regardless of where you choose to start, you’ll need to put effort into promoting your business so the best idea is to grow what you own; create your own eCommerce website using a self-hosted WordPress.org site with eCommerce plugins like WooCommerce.
Having your own site is more work in the initial stages, but it gives you control over your business.
Selling platforms are great and can help you get your business off the ground but, you have no control over anything and your thriving business can be gutted in a heartbeat.
Changes to their search algorithm can mean your traffic and exposure are gone, and so are your sales. I’ve been there, done that! If you’re serious about building an online retail business you need your own website.
Deliver catalogues and advertising material
Delivering advertising material is one way to combine fitness with finance. You get paid to walk around the neighbourhood and put sales catalogues and other advertising material into people’s letterboxes. Easy extra cash!
It has it’s challenges though, you might be allocated a really hilly suburb or the weather could be really hot or really cold or maybe really wet. In other words, it can be physically demanding.
There’s usually a deliver delivery so you can’t always wait for the weather to clear. But, when all things are working in your favour, it really is an easy way to make extra cash.
Make extra cash with your hobby
Knitting, sewing, carpentry or welding hobbies can all be turned into extra cash?
There are people out there who could use your skills or the products you make. You could take them to a local market or sell them on Etsy or maybe offer your skills via the notice board at your community centre or facebook group.
Lawn mowing and gardening
There are lots of gardening services you can provide even if you can’t keep a house plant alive for more than a week. Probably the most popular service is lawn mowing. But, pretty much any task that takes a bit of time and/or effort is probably going to be popular for busy people (with cash to burn) to out-source.
If you are a green thumb there are plenty more gardening services you can provide from weeding to pruning.
Promoting your service is easy, too. Take a walk around your neighbourhood and drop flyers in letterboxes.
Propagate plants to sell
Put your green thumb or garden surplus to good use and make extra cash by selling plants.
Gardeners are usually busy propagating plants for their own gardens or finding self-seeded plants in places they shouldn’t be. If that’s you, you could always sell the surplus plants.
This is especially easy if you live on a fairly busy road, just put the plants out by your front gate with a chalk board sign and when people stop and buy, they can put the cash in your letterbox. I’ve done this before and the honesty system works!
If you’re not is such a visible position, try your local community notice board or neighbourhood facebook group. You’ll be surprised at how much you can make.
21 easy ways to make extra cash
So, there you have it, 21 ways to make extra cash that don’t take a huge amount of effort let alone time or expense to start but will have a big impact on your budget and your life, too.
Starting a new venture can be a little daunting at first but taking action is the best way to get over any fears you have. Besides, what’s the worst that can happen? You print a bunch of flyers, deliver them and nothing happens? You’ve learned something about what’s NOT needed. Try again.
There are so many options available to you if you want to make extra cash on the side. Keep brainstorming ideas and testing the demand and before long you’ll be creating a regular side hustle income that provides you with security and choices. And that’s a feeling that’s hard to beat.
Have you tried any of these ideas for making extra cash? What else have you tried?
Please share your experiences in the comments.