We all know that taking on a side job can help us make extra money, but what if we told you that side job required no training at all? In fact, you would be an expert at it because you already do it everyday. Here are 8 ways to make extra money doing things you already do!
Do you have an eye for design and the skills to back it up? 99designs is a crowdsourcing platform for business owners to have logos, websites, mobile apps, ads and all sorts of other creatives designed by people like you. A business owner can post a project, then the website’s network of designers (you!) can post your idea. If you win the bid, you’ll develop the work and be paid for your designs. If all goes well, you can even continue to work with the same client on other projects through the site.
If you’re a savvy crafter who can make useful things out of wine corks and chandeliers out of mason jars, or if you’re a graphic artist looking to sell your work, Etsy might be your new best friend. On Etsy, you can set up your own little online marketplace and sell whatever you have to offer — from vintage clothes that are taking up space in your closet to original artwork.
If you happen to be good at really random things, like coming up with slogans or jingles, designing quick marketing collateral, or driving traffic to websites, take a look at Fiverr. On Fiverr, you can create posts for things that you’re willing to do for $5. And no, $5 doesn’t sound like that much, but there are plenty of projects that require very little work (like a 2-line voice over) and many clients may ask you to multiply your work, which means more money for you!
Do you have an affinity for putting together IKEA furniture? (It’s really not that hard, right?). Do you own a big truck that you hardly use? Put those assets to work! On TaskRabbit, you can become a Tasker and post tasks you are willing to do for a rate that you set. Common tasks are grocery shopping, assembling furniture, moving help, cleaning, and even things like “Bring my sick best friend lunch.” Essentially, you’ll be putting smiles on people’s faces by helping them out and making good money in the process.
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk
Similar to TaskRabbit, Mechanical Turk is part of the Amazon Web Services family. MTurk is an online marketplace with the goal of connecting with businesses to humans in order to complete specific tasks that are not currently able to be completed by computer, such as judgement-related tasks (i.e., determine the ages of the people in these 5 photos), or something as simple as “extract purchased items from a shopping receipt.” All HITs are completed online, are super simple, and are usually not time-intensive. MTurk is a great option for those who have a little extra time on their hands and may have an interest in tech-related tasks. Since they’re usually easy to complete, MTurk would make an excellent activity to complete during TV commercial breaks, or marathon laundry days.
Do you live in a city where you barely use your car? Or are you constantly out of town? RelayRides lets you post your car for rent, and travelers or other folks in need of wheels can borrow your car at a daily/weekly rate that you set. Through RelayRides, drivers are insured, so if something happens while your car is being borrowed, you won’t be at fault. If you rarely use your car, a few days of RelayRides rentals could even help cover your monthly car payment or insurance bill! Just make sure you do your research and carefully read your insurance policy before you start using RelayRides as there are likely important details regarding what is and isn’t covered.
Uber or Lyft
On the other hand, if you have time to spare and you want to make extra money off of your car, consider becoming an Uber or Lyft driver. That means going through the company’s onboarding process and using their software to connect you with passengers who need a ride. The company keeps a small percentage of the rider’s fare, but the rest is yours! This could be extra profitable if you live in a city with lively night life. Getting people home safe and making extra cash? What could be better? There are certainly some downsides to becoming an Uber or Lyft driver, such as repercussions with your insurance provider. As mentioned before, do your research to make sure there aren’t any surprises in store for you.
Now, I’m not suggesting that you start a blog and expect to be making money just for your unsolicited thoughts and opinions. However, if you already run a blog that gets a good amount of traffic to it, there are ways to monetize. That could mean banner and side ads, affiliate programs (especially great for food and fashion bloggers) or in-text advertisements. There are many options out there, so take a look and start making some cash!
In the internet age, there are so many options for making a little extra cash on the side. What have you done to supplement your income? Share with us in the comments!