15 Clever Ways to Earn Extra Cash

Sep 17, 2021 11:24:59 AM

Looking to earn some extra income but feeling like there’s just not enough time in the day to hold down multiple side gigs? We’ve all been there! Luckily there are a number of fast (and often fun!) ways to supplement your income without completely disrupting your life or giving up too much valuable time.

From selling things in your home you no longer use to taking a few spare minutes to complete online surveys, there are plenty of ways to bring in that extra spending money and hopefully relieve some financial burden — side hustles on your terms! Here are 15 quick and easy ways to earn some extra cash without overextending yourself!

  1. Complete online surveys

Survey sites like Survey Junkie offer points for completing online surveys or reviewing products and services. Once you earn enough of those points, you can trade them in for money or gift cards — yes, really. Also check out sites like Swagbucks and MyPoints.

  1. Sell household items and gently used clothing

Channel your inner Marie Kondo and get rid of unused household items and clothes; As Marie advises, if it doesn’t bring you joy, it’s time to go. Start by visiting consignment shops to sell your things to, or for clothes, try online stores like Poshmark or ThredUp.

  1. Rent your belongings

You can rent out everything from your home or spare rooms (with sites like Airbnb or Vrbo), to your car (with services like Getaround or Turo), to household tools like your lawn mower or electronics like camera equipment. Try rental companies like Fat Llama to find out what items are popular to rent and get started.

  1. Sell unused gift cards

Have any gift cards lying around that you know you’ll just never use? You can sell those cards on sites like CardCash or Raise!

  1. Turn in old electronics for cash

When you’re ready to upgrade your phone or other electronics, don’t let your old devices just sit around collecting dust. You can both sell them and save valuable space in that junk drawer. There’s even an aptly named app to help you sell your old tech products: decluttr.

  1. Start a garden

Have a green thumb? Try growing produce to sell!

  1. Invest

This one requires a bit more financial risk, but if you have some room in your budget, then investing is a smart way to start making a profit. If you’re interested in stock trading, read this first!

  1. Get Creative

If you have a creative idea or hidden talent, you can turn to platforms like Etsy to start your own business! Growing a new company may be time consuming, but there are also other creative avenues to make some extra cash that require a little less commitment, like selling your photos on Shutterstock or other stock photography sites.

  1. Freelance

Freelancing is a great way to earn money on your own terms; many positions, like copywriting, transcribing, or proofreading, will have the benefit of being remote and are perfect to do in your spare time or potentially turn into a full-blown career. Tutoring and nannying are other great options. If you’re a native English speaker, you could use a site like TeachAway to earn a steady paycheck and work fully remote. TaskRabbit is another great site to find people willing to pay for everything from handywork to moving help.

  1. Start a blog, podcast, or YouTube channel

Turning your interests into a successful blog or podcast is a rewarding way to monetize your hobbies! If you’re not sure where to start, try making instructional videos for YouTube. If you start to draw a big enough audience, then you can use Google AdSense to earn money from advertising around your content.

  1. Join a focus group

You can earn cash for testing products and giving your honest opinion. Check out focusgroup.com to find local groups in your area! If you’d rather stay remote, you could also get paid to test websites and apps through a site like UserTesting.com.

  1. Earn money through ridesharing and delivery services

Apps like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart are monetizing convenience — you can get paid to drive people around, deliver food, or go grocery shopping. The best part is, you make your schedule.

  1. House/pet sit

Housesitting can be a great side hustle, and if you’re willing to also take care of someone’s pets (or even just plants), even better!

  1. Put ads on your car

Companies will pay you to place an ad on your vehicle — especially if you’re already part of a rideshare program. Check out Carvertise to get started!

  1. Download cash-back apps

There are lots of apps available that give you money or rewards just for completing simple tasks. For example, Dosh gives you automatic cash back on certain purchases at participating retailers, and OnMyWay promotes safe driving by rewarding you for every mile you drive without using your phone.

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