1. Offer some space on AirBnB
Whether you have an open room or you would like to rent out your entire home, AirBnB and sites like it give you the chance to rent out your living space for short periods of time. You can often get the best prices on the weekends, or if there is a major event going on in your town.
2. Become an Uber/Lyft driver
For those with a clean driving record, becoming an Uber or Taxify driver can bring in a lot of money in a short period of time. Those who do the best on these ride-sharing websites are available for driving right after big events in populated areas.
3. Sell things at consignment stores
Consignment stores work by allowing you offer your items for sale at their brick and mortar location and taking a percentage of the selling price. Most consignment shops mainly deal with clothes but everything from major appliances to decorative trinkets can be found in bigger stores.
4. Lead groups on tours
If you live in an area that is popular with tourists, you can either start your own guided tour, or become a tour guide at an already established tour company. The best tour guides are those who have both lived in the area for a long time and know a lot about its history.
5. Put your resume on job sites
Job hunting can be difficult but most major job sites allow you to upload a resume so that potential employers can get in touch with you. This usually only takes a few minutes and can result in good job opportunities being sent right to your inbox.
6. Be a mystery shopper
Retail stores and restaurants frequently use mystery shoppers to gauge how their employees perform when they do not know they are being tested. Often, the mystery shopper will get to keep whatever merchandise they purchase, or they will get a free meal if they are testing a restaurant.
7. Sell DVDs, CDs, etc.
With streaming services becoming so popular, getting rid of physical pieces of media makes sense from multiple perspectives. You may not get a lot for each individual DVD or CD but if you have a lot, it can add up. By selling these things, you also give yourself less to pack up if you move or re-arrange your home.
8. Become a tutor
A good tutor will often find themselves swamped with work since it is hard to put a price on higher test scores, especially on college entrance exams. Even those who tutor one specific class can bring in $30+/hr. if parents see a marked improvement in their child’s grades. Many individuals start by signing up with a tutoring company which will assign work based on the tutor’s specialty and their availability.
9. Give a speech/presentation
Becoming a paid speaker does not mean taking classes or giving seminars, often local businesses or even the Chamber of Commerce look for speakers who can inform and motivate a group of people. If you have extensive experience in a certain field, you might want to think about reaching out to businesses, or making yourself available as a speaker on job-hunting websites.
10. Join a car-share group
Renting out your car for a few hours or days at a time can be an easy way to make so10me extra cash without needing to do much in return. As long as your insurance allows you to do this, all you need to do is sign up with a car-share website and have the car cleaned before your first customer arrives.
11. Sell photographs
Selling images to stock photo companies can be a great way to make a side-income without the need for a substantial upfront investment. The camera on most of today’s smartphones are of a high enough quality that it is difficult to tell the difference between a picture taken with a phone and one taken with a DSLR camera. If you can capture unique images or pictures that a stock photo agency might find useful, it’s possible to get paid fairly well for what might only take a few minutes of your time.
12. Help train animals
Pet training can be a great way to make some extra money if you are good with cats and dogs. Getting a cat to use a litter box or a dog to only go to the bathroom outside is worth a lot of money to pet owners who have a hard time doing it themselves. For those who have experience with horses, being an assistant trainer can be very good money, even if it is done on a part-time basis.
13. Hold a garage sale
One of the easier ways to make some quick cash, a garage sale can help you both clear out your home or garage of things you do not want anymore while making it worth your while. Coordinating your garage sale with others will likely end up getting more people into your neighborhood to see it, especially if you hold it on a weekend.
14. Become an officiant
Being able to legally conduct wedding ceremonies can be done relatively easily by getting registered as an officiant online. There is usually a small fee in order to do this, but one wedding should be all it takes in order to make up this initial payment. Many people do this at first to oversee a friend’s wedding, but make themselves available for a small fee for other couples afterwards.
15. Utilize extra space in your home
Unused space, such as a garage, can be better than climate controlled storage units for someone looking to store enough furniture to fill a home. If you are not going to use your garage space, consider renting it out to someone who could store their stuff there either long or short-term. Some storage units require at least a three month contract, making a private residence an attractive choice for someone who only needs a place for their things on a month or two basis.
16. Start a detailing business
Detailing a vehicle involves more than just washing the outside and vacuuming the inside. The end result should make the car look like it just came off of a dealer’s lot, which can involve a lot of work, but the pay is relatively good. All you need to get started are regular cleaning products and a few lessons from car detail professionals who post on the internet.
17. Turn your yard into a temporary parking lot
If you live close to an area that sees a lot of festivals or other outdoor events, you may be able to make money allowing people to park in your driveway or on your lawn. Vehicles driving around your grass, especially if it has recently rained, can potentially rip up your lawn, meaning it’s a likely trade off between bringing in extra cash and having a yard full of healthy grass.
18. Referee/Umpire sports
Becoming an official can take anywhere between two weeks and three months depending on the sport. After your training has finished, you will want to either contact schools directly in order to make yourself available, or go through a sports agency that will assign you to certain games in your chosen area.
19. Rent out extra land
Land next to your home can be used for a variety of purposes depending on how much you have available. If you have half of a building lot that connects to your home, you can rent the space out to someone who wants to store their RV or trailer there instead of paying a lot for a storage unit. Pieces of land that are several acres in size may be able to be used for light agricultural purposes, giving you several hundreds of dollars a year, if not more.
20. Work over the summer
This is mainly for high school and college-aged individuals but a summer job can help bring in money from a job that might otherwise be hard to do during the school year. Most places of employment will start looking for summer help early in the spring, making it important to start looking for job openings as soon as it starts getting warm outside.