47 Easy Ways to Make Money on the Side This Year
Almost every person would do with some extra income. Earning some money on the side can help you clear your debts, help you pay some bills or even allow you to go on that trip you’ve always wished for.
Unfortunately, many do not have ideas on how they can supplement their main source of income.
The good thing is that there are hundreds of ways to earn some money on the side. To help you get off the rut and start supplementing your regular income, we have curated for you a list of 47 easy ways to make money on the side this year.
Go through the list, find an idea that is best suited to you and implement it to start earning.
1. INVEST IN REITS
If you have some money to invest, you can easily start earning a passive income by investing in the real estate through Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).
When many people think about real estate investing, they assume that you need to have a lot of money. However, you can invest in REITs with as low as $500. Many REITs will give you average returns of about 8% – 11% per year.
2. BECOME AN EVENT PLANNER
Organizing an event is no small task, and many people will willingly pay someone to help them out with planning the event. If you enjoy planning out activities, you can make a tidy side income as an event planner.
Some of your responsibilities will include finding venues, organizing for entertainment, finding caterers, and so on. You can earn even more money by specializing on certain kinds of events, such as weddings or corporate events.
3. INVEST ONLINE WITH A ROBO ADVISER
If you do not have the expertise required to invest in the stock market and do not want to pay a financial manager, you can still make money in the stock market by investing with the help of a robo adviser.
Robo advisors are algorithms that autonomously analyze the markets and make investment decisions for you. Robo advisors come with lesser fees than financial managers, which means more profits for you.
4. OFFER BOOK-KEEPING SERVICES
If you have some decent computer skills, you can build a side hustle by providing part-time bookkeeping services. You don’t even need to be a certified accountant to become a part time bookkeeper.
All you need is some little knowledge on how to use spreadsheets and some little math. This is something you can do remotely, therefore it doesn’t interfere much with your regular job.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you can make an average of $19 per hour as a bookkeeper.
5. BECOME A REMOTE CUSTOMER SERVICE REP
In a bid to keep expenses low, many businesses are abandoning call centers and hiring customer service reps on a work-from-home model.
If you have an internet connection, a landline and do not mind speaking with people, this is a perfect way to make money in your spare time, such as evenings and weekends. You can expect to make anywhere between $8 and $15 as a remote customer service rep.
6. OFFER PROOFREADING SERVICES
If you are conversant with different formatting requirements and have an eye for detail, you can make money as a freelance proofreader. All you need is to sign up to a freelancing website such as Upwork to market your services and find clients.
You can make about $17 per hour as a proofreader, which is not a bad way of spending your spare time. However, you will need to learn how to read fast, since proofreaders are usually paid on a per page basis.
7. BECOME A REPAIRMAN
Can you diagnose and solve computer problems? Do you know how to replace broken smartphone screens? Can you repair a leaking sink or a shorted electrical circuit? If you have some handy skills, why not make some money out of them?
All you need to get started is a few tools and you will be ready to start marketing your business. Depending on how good you are and how well you advertise, you can make a decent side income as a repairman.
8. BECOME A FACEBOOK AD SPECIALIST
Social media has become a force to reckon with, and most businesses today have a social media presence. With 2.23 billion active monthly users, Facebook is the biggest social media platform by far, and businesses are looking for ways to reach all these people and advertise their products and services to them.
However, many business owners are not very good at creating and running Facebook ads. Therefore, if you can run effective Facebook ad campaigns for businesses, you have a great money making opportunity on your hands.
9. RENT OUT YOUR CAR
Do you have a car that you only use a few times every week? Instead of letting it sit on the driveway the entire time, why not rent it out and make some money passively? To get started, you will need to join a car renting service such as Getaround, Zipcar, Turo, RelayRides, Silvercar, or CarRentals. T
hese services allow you to find people who are looking to hire a car. They also screen drivers and insure your car for each trip, so you don’t have to worry about your car being totaled or stolen.
10. RENT OUT YOUR BELONGINGS
Your car is not the only thing you can rent out to make some money. You can rent out your other belongings as well. Things like your bike, your scooter, your camera, your boat, your sound system and so on.
For instance, if someone wants to take some professional photos but does not have the money to buy a DSLR, they will happily pay you a couple of bucks to use yours for a day.
There are a couple of peer to peer websites that allow you to rent out different items, such as PeerRenters and Zilok.
11. SELL YOUR SMARTPHONE PHOTOS
Almost everyone has a smartphone these days. However, not many know that you can make money using your smartphone. All you need is an eye for great photography and picturesque sceneries.
To get started, sign up on a crowd photography app such as Foap. Using your smartphone, take amazing photos and upload them to the Foap marketplace.
Every time someone buys your photo, you will make $5. The best part is that a single photo can be bought several times, allowing you to make more money from a single photo.
12. SELL CUSTOM T-SHIRTS ONLINE
If you have some artistic skills and an eye for fashion, you can make money on the side selling T-shirts from the comfort of your home.
There are many websites that allow you to sell your custom t-shirts online, such as TeeSpring, Spreadshirt, Printful, Cafepress, and so on.
All you need to do is to come up with some cool t-shirt designs and upload them on the website. Clients can then buy and print these designs on their T-shirts, putting money in your pocket.
13. BECOME A SEARCH ENGINE EVALUATOR
Search engine companies constantly evaluate their search engines to ensure that they provide the best results for users. If you are internet savvy, you can make some money from home as a search engine evaluator.
Your role as a search engine evaluator is to conduct research and give feedback to search engine companies to help them measure how relevant and useful search results are in relation to search queries. You can get started as a search engine evaluator by signing up on a service like Leapforce.
14. BECOME A FREELANCE WEB DESIGNER
Today, majority of businesses and professionals need a website. However, many of these people and businesses do not have the skills to build their own websites. If you have some web design skills, this is an opportunity for you.
To get started, you will need to build your own website and then use various means to advertise your services. You can also use freelancing marketplaces such as Upwork to find clients.
15. OFFER DATA ENTRY SERVICES
Data entry is a great side hustle for a number of reasons. It does not require any special skills or training to get started. You don’t need any academic or professional background to get started.
Finally, while it is not fun, it is easy. Since it is easy, sometimes they pay is not that great. However, if you are fast and accurate, you can make enough money on the side to help you pay some of your bills. A good place to find data entry clients is to search on freelancing websites.
16. OFFER TRANSLATION SERVICES
Thanks to the internet, the world has become a global village, and businesses have gained access to marketplaces all over the world. Since people from different parts of the world speak different languages, this has created a need for translation services between different languages.
If you can speak two or more languages, this is an opportunity for you to start making some money on the side. To get started, you can use freelancing websites to find clients.
17. START A YOUTUBE VLOG
Create a YouTube channel and use it to regularly share new things with your followers. You can vlog about anything – how to become better at making friends, how to save money, how to become a better lover, travel, or anything else that tickles your fancy.
Once you have built a significant following on your channel, you can then monetize it through various ways, such as revenue sharing, YouTube rentals, the YouTube Partnership program, selling advertising space in your videos and video descriptions, doing paid reviews, and so on.
18. OFFER LOGO DESIGN SERVICES
Logos are an important part of a business’s brand, and many businesses and companies will pay handsomely for a quality logo to represent their business. If you have some design skills and access to design software, you can start a side hustle as a logo designer.
The best part is that this is something you can do at home during your spare time. To get started, use websites such as upwork and Fiverr to advertise your services and find clients.
19. BECOME A TRANSCRIPTIONIST
In recent times, transcription has become very popular as an opportunity for making some money on the side. All you need to do is to listen to some audio clips and then type down whatever is being said in the clip.
There are many websites offering transcription jobs, such as GoTranscript, Rev, TranscribeMe, Scribie, and many more.
20. BECOME AN EVENT DJ
DJs are a necessary part of virtually any kind of event, from corporate events to weddings, birthday parties, college parties, and so on. If you have good skills on the decks and a huge selection of great music, you can make some extra cash as an event DJ.
Since most events take place in the evenings and on weekends, it is unlikely to interfere with your regular job. The best part is that being a DJ is great fun. You literally get paid to attend parties.
21. RESELL COMPUTERS
If you know about computers, why not make some extra money as a computer reseller? You will need to find a distributor where you can buy computers and on demand computer parts at a discount.
List the computers and parts online and then ship them to customers as they place their orders. Since you will be handling the orders online, you can become a reseller without the time and financial resources required to run a physical shop.
22. BECOME AN ONLINE JUROR
You can make money helping attorneys prepare for cases as a mock online juror. When attorneys are preparing for a case, sometimes they may need feedback from people who are similar to the actual jury that will be present for the case.
All you need to do is to listen to audio or video presentations of a case and then answer a bunch of questions.
While the work may not be consistent, you can make anywhere between $10 and $60 per case, from the comfort of your house. To get started, sign up on online jury companies such as eJury, JuryTalk, JuryTest, Online Verdict, and so on.
23. BECOME A MASSAGE THERAPIST
You can make money on your weekends by offering massage services to clients. You can either offer the massage services from your home or operate a mobile spa where you go to the client’s home to provide your services.
Before getting started, you might need to get some training and get licensed. According to Payscale.com, massage therapists make an average of $19.65 per hour.
24. PICK PART-TIME BABY SITTING GIGS
If you like spending time around kids, babysitting can be a fun way to make some money on the side in your free time. All you need to get started is to keep your ears open.
Is there a colleague at work who needs to go on a date or some other event but cannot figure out where to leave their kid? Let them know you will sit their kid for them for a fee. Such clients will refer other clients, and in a short while it can grow into a booming side hustle.
25. YARD WORK
Many people either don’t like performing manual tasks or they don’t have time for it. If you don’t mind working with your hands, you can make some extra cash helping your neighbors with yard work.
This could be anything from watering plants to mowing the lawn, planting gardens or shoveling snow during winter.
26. BECOME A BARTENDER
Do you wish you had something to do during the evening and make some money while at it? Why not become a bartender? This can be a great side hustle especially if you live in a college town.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, bartenders make an average of about $10 per hour. In addition, you will make some extra money from tips.
27. BECOME A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER
If the thought of teaching appeals to you, you can make some extra bucks as a part-time teaching assistant.
The requirements for become a substitute teacher are quite low, and there is no shortage of schools looking for substitute teachers.
All you need is to get a permit and apply for jobs. A few evening classes each week can give your income a good bump.
28. BECOME A SPORTS COACH
Were you good at a certain sport during your high school or college days? Do you know the fundamentals and some great tactics of a particular sport? If you do, you can find some part-time work as a sports coach for the local junior team.
29. BECOME A CAR VALET
Do you fancy driving nice cars and getting paid for it? Hook up with a third party valet service company and you will get jobs helping park cars at fancy parties and weddings. While the money paid to you by the third party parking service might be little, you will make a lot more from tips.
30. OFFER GROCERY SHOPPING SERVICES
Some people have busy schedules to the extent that they don’t have time to perform important tasks like shopping for groceries. Such people will have no problem paying you to help them shop for groceries.
To get started, sign up with a service like Instacart, which links you up to people in your area looking to outsource their grocery shopping tasks.
31. BECOME A TECH SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL
This is another great way to make some money on the side if you have some computer skills. Many small businesses cannot afford to hire full-time IT departments. You can get into contract with such businesses and provide them with tech support when they need it.
32. OFFER TECH SUPPORT SERVICES TO BLOGGERS
Blogging has become a major source of income for many people. However, many bloggers are content creators, not technical people. They often need help with technical aspects of their sites.
If you have some knowledge of things like WordPress, HTML and CSS, you can offer tech support services to bloggers, helping them solve problems in case their sites crash or when they need to implement new features on their sites.
33. OFFER DATA ANALYSIS SERVICES TO COMPANIES
If you are skilled with numbers, you can start offering services to companies as a freelance data analyst.
Today, a lot of business operations are done digitally, which leads to a lot of data being produced. Companies will pay you handsomely if you can help them analyze this data and use it to make better business decisions.
34. WEBSITE FLIPPING
This basically involves buying already existing websites and selling them for a profit. To make money from website flipping, you need to be able to spot the websites that have a strong potential for making money. The amount of money you will make also depends on your ability to add value to the websites.
For instance, if you have some SEO skills, you can buy a website with low traffic, use your SEO skills to increase the amount of traffic on the site and then sell it for a handsome profit.
35. BECOME A SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING CONSULTANT
Today, any business needs to engage in digital marketing if it is to remain competitive. At the same time, many business owners are not conversant with digital marketing.
This presents an opportunity for you. If you are knowledgeable in different aspects of digital marketing, such as SEO, content marketing, social media marketing, email marketing, and so on, you can make money helping small businesses to gain maximum ROI from their digital marketing efforts.
36. OFFER FILM AND VIDEO EDITING SERVICES
Today, video has become a major part of the content produced online. According to a Hubspot report, the average person spends about 1.5 hours per day watching videos, while 72% of people prefer learning about something through video. This shows that there is huge demand for video.
Therefore, if you have some video editing skills, you can easily start earning money on the side offering video editing services to advertisers as well as people hosting events such as weddings and graduations.
37. BECOME AN EDITORIAL CONTENT MANAGER
Businesses need to produce content regularly as part of their content marketing efforts. However, many businesses do not have the resources to hire an in-house content marketing department.
Therefore, you can make money by convincing small businesses to hire you as an editorial content manager. Your responsibilities as an editorial content manager would be to come up with content ideas, find content creators to produce the content and publish the content on the client’s website at the required time.
38. BECOME A LIFEGUARD
Are you a strong swimmer? Do you like the idea of getting paid to sit by the swimming pool? If so, you can make money on the side by moonlighting as a lifeguard. Even if you are not a very strong swimmer, you can get some training to get you started.
39. BECOME AN ONLINE NOTARY
Notaries are people who act as legal witnesses in legal affairs, usually the signing of documents. Previously, this was usually done in person. However, websites have emerged that allow people to act as notaries online, presenting you with an opportunity to easily make money from home.
Before getting started, you might need to pass a notary exam, get sworn in as a notary public by the Secretary of State and buy some equipment, such as a log book and an electronic seal.
40. OFFER HOUSE SITTING SERVICES
Sometimes, people who are traveling will look for someone to leave in their house so that the house does not appear to be empty (this is a security precaution).
If the idea of spending time in people’s houses does not bother you, then you can make some money on the side sitting houses.
Since you are only being for your presence, this could be the easiest money you will ever make.
41. RUN CORPORATE WORKSHOPS
Do you have some business skills that you can package into a workshop? Businesses are always looking for ways to improve the skills of their employees, and you can make money by holding online workshops to teach employees a thing or two.
Since the workshops are held online, you can sell your workshops to companies from all over the world. Your success depends on the quality of your workshops and how well you can market yourself.
42. SET UP A DIVIDEND INVESTMENT ACCOUNT
If you have some money lying in an account somewhere, why not place it in investment accounts that pay dividends and start earning a passive income from the money instead of letting it sit idle?
However, there are no guarantees with investing, therefore you should conduct proper research before placing your money in an investment account.
43. OFFER PAINTING SERVICES
While many people love beautifully painted homes, not many are willing to paint their homes themselves. You can make good money by offering painting services on weekends.
Even if you don’t know how to paint, this is a skill you can learn easily and start earning. According to Payscale.com, you can make an average of about $16.34 per hour as a painter.
44. BECOME A TOUR GUIDE
Are there some interesting attractions within your city? Do you like the idea of educating people about your city?
If so, you can make money on weekends by showing people interesting places around the city for a fee. Advertise your services on Facebook and other social media platforms to find clients.
45. BECOME A REAL ESTATE MANAGER
Many rental property owners do not like dealing with tenants, while others do not live in town. To help them manage their properties, such owners usually hire the services of a real estate manager.
If you do not mind having to deal with tenants, this is something that can earn you some money on the side. In return for your services, you get to earn a percentage of the monthly rent from the property.
46. START A PARTY RENTAL COMPANY
People will always throw parties to celebrate different things in their lives, and they will spend money to make sure their parties are a success. Parties require things like bouncing castles, cotton candy machines, snow cone machines, tables and chairs, cooking equipment, and so on.
However, people are not going to spend money buying these things when they are only going to use them occasionally. This is an opportunity for you. You can cash in on the opportunity by buying such equipment and renting the equipment out to people holding parties.
47. WORK RETAIL
If none of the ideas above works for you and you still want to make some money on the side, you can get a part-time job working at a retail store.
Many retail stores are constantly hiring people to work nights and weekends. If you don’t mid working on the weekends, this is an easy way to make money on the side.
You no longer have to complain about the lack of ideas on how to make some money on the side.
We have given you 47 awesome ideas that you can implement today and start earning some extra cash on the side.
All you need to do now is to pick an idea that works best for you, run with it and start earning some extra income today!
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