Looking for a way to make a little extra pocket money? Here are some ideas on how to earn money on the side – that don’t require any experience and can be done by practically anyone.
Why not earn some extra cash while watching some furry friends? When you offer your services as a dog-walker or pet-sitter, you can charge as much as $25 an hour, depending on the going rate in your area. To get started, check out pet sitting websites like Rover.com that match up pet-owners and sitters for a small fee – or hang up flyers in your area to advertise your services.
Taking surveys in your spare time can be a great way to earn some extra money. Sites like Inbox Dollars, Swagbucks and Survey Junkie are easy to use and will pay you as soon as you complete a survey – some even offer rewards and incentives.
Before signing up for any online survey work, be sure to research the company to be ensure it is legitimate.
Know your way around a lawn mower? Get paid for tending to people’s yards. You can charge by the hour or per job. To get a good idea of what to charge, check with other yard workers in the area or see what others advertise on Craigslist or landscaping company web sites.
Upcycle or Refurbish Furniture
If you’re crafty and love working with your hands, this one’s for you! Check garage sales, flea markets and thrift stores like Goodwill for inexpensive furniture that’s in decent condition, then get to work refinishing – painting, changing drawer pulls and more. When you’ve finished glamming up your treasure, put it up for sale at a local flea market or sell it on sites like OfferUp or eBay.
Ride-Sharing or Food Delivery
Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft allow you to set your own schedule and decide just how many hours you want to devote to driving passengers.
If you don’t like the idea of strangers riding in your car, food delivery may be a good option! Companies like Uber Eats, DoorDash and GrubHub will pay you to pick up meals from fast-food restaurants and deliver them to customers.
Are you a geometry whiz or science buff? Offer your services as an individual tutor for school-aged children and you’ll have a meaningful way to earn extra money. You can help a struggling student with homework or study for exams. You’ll be using your brains to make a difference in a child’s life while making good money on the side.
While it helps in some cases, you don’t need special training or credentials for earning extra pocket money. Use this list to find the side hustle that works for you and start boosting your income.
Your Turn: Do you have a side job you love? Tell us about it in the comments.