When my wife and I moved to Los Angeles she told me that she didn’t want to work a corporate job ever again. I was okay with that decision because I know how draining working a 9-5 can be but she still needed to bring in money.
What she did for a while was nanny a kid. She got the job pretty quickly through Care.com and was making $15/hr. Of course, this was in Los Angeles where prices are probably higher than other parts of the country but she loved the job because she loves kids.
However, I didn’t think it would be a long-term solution and I really felt she would do great running her own business so I suggested that she start a dog walking business since she loves dogs.
3. Dog Walking
Depending on where you live dog walking can be an extremely lucrative business. When my wife started things were moving kind of slow but eventually word of mouth spread after she setup a tent at the local farmer’s market and watched dogs for free while people walked around.
Before we left LA she was making between $3,000 – $5,000 a month walking dogs and pet sitting.
Just like kids, people want to make sure they can leave their pets with someone that they can trust.
Ride-sharing seems to be taking over the world. While taxis can be inconvenient because you have to worry about if the cabbie is going to try and pretend their card reader doesn’t work or how much you should tip. ride-share companies make sure you don’t have to worry about all of that.
What’s great about driving a Lyft or Uber is that you get to pick and choose your own hours.
5. Taking Online Surveys
If you just want to sit down in front of your computer and fill out forms then this is the route to take. Online surveys don’t pay much but for the minimal work, you have to do it’s not a bad way to make some extra cash.
You can start a YouTube channel around anything today.
Do you know what the top earners on YouTube do?
They open toys.
I kid you not. The top earners on YouTube are channels that feature people opening up toys.
Take a look at this video that has over half a billion views. 500,000,000+ people have watched this video.
Who thought that you could make more than a million dollars a year filming your kid opening toys?
What a world.
8. Become a Social Media Manager
What is a social media manager? It’s someone that handles the social media accounts for a company. For example, your local Italian restaurant might be interested in getting on Twitter and Instagram but aren’t quite sure how to utilize those platforms and don’t have the time to do so.
That’s when you step in to let them know you will take care of all of that.
9. Test Websites
Can you believe that there are sites that will pay you to test out other sites? It’s pretty crazy. Essentially you are being paid to surf the web and complain about what isn’t working.
Some people love Fiverr and some people completely hate it. The controversy surrounding it is that people shouldn’t offer their services for such low prices but at the end of the day if you nee dot keep a roof over your head then you do what needs to be done.
12. Take Photos
As more and more people look to start their own businesses and websites they need photos. This means they have 3 options:
Use free stock photography
Use licensed stock photography
Hire a professional photographer
You can make money with 2 & 3 assuming you figure out how to take decent shots.
What’s amazing is that with the camera technology in phones you don’t need to buy super expensive camera equipment to get started.
Upwork is similar to Fiverr but the jobs are usually higher paying.
People go to Fiverr looking for cheap work to get done. People go to Upwork when they want a higher quality of work done.
17. Sell Stuff on Craigslist
Good ol’ Craigslist. The best way to make money is to sell something.
Odds are you have a number of things that some people would love to take off your hands at the right price.
Just be careful of shady characters.
18. Become an Online Proofreader
There are a lot of words written every single day online by companies and they need to make sure that those words are tidy.
That’s where proofreaders come into play. In fact, you can make up to $75/hr being a proofreader at home.
19. Sell Custom Designed T-Shirts
I always had the dream of being a fashion designer even though I can’t design clothing. However, I’m not too bad with Photoshop and Teespring makes it so anyone can get up and running quickly with their own t-shirt business.
Even if you suck at design.
20. Invest Your Savings
Odds are if you’re reading this you might not have extra money to invest but if you do and you don’t mind tucking it away for a bit, investing can be a great way to earn passive income.
21. Peer to Peer Lending
Instead of going to the bank, more and more people are using services like Lending Club to find extra money to help them out.
These services allow you to offer loans to other individuals.
This might seem scary but the services handle all of the background checks for you and do their best to ensure that you make a return on your investment.
22. Sell Gift Cards
How many gift card do you have that still have a balance on them or maybe you never used them at all! Sites like Raise allow you to sell your gift cards so at least you can get something out of them.
23. Participate in Paid Research Studies
Companies are always looking to test new products and understand their consumer base better.
To do that they use Paid Research Studies. This happens a lot especially for clinical trials of new drugs.
Just do a Google search for Paid Research Studies in your town.
Every penny that I earn starts with my blogs. I’ve put together a free 12-day blogging bootcamp for you that goes through every step that I take to build a successful blog.
While this blog post isn’t going to give you the information you need to learn about trading options, if you like to have a bit of excitement in your life with regards to making money, then this could be a route you take.
26. Install the Nielson Digital App
Remember, companies love to pay people to help them with research.
You also earn regular entries for the $10,000 monthly sweepstakes.
Not too bad.
27. Install the ShopTracker App
Pretty much the same as above.
28. Do Affiliate Marketing for Companies
If you’re going to start a blog, then doing affiliate marketing can be a great way to make money.
What is affiliate marketing?
It’s when you promote a company’s products and when someone clicks on a link from your site and purchases a product on the company’s site, you get a commission.
Of course, you don’t need to own a blog to make money with affiliate marketing. Some people do well by purchasing ads that use affiliate links but I’ve always liked the idea of running my own sites and controlling everything.
29. Create Online Courses
A lot of the money I make every single month is from my online courses.
Online courses are a great way to make money because every day more and more people are looking to further their careers or learn new skills online.
If you don’t want to bother building up your own audience before launching a course, you can always join a course platform like Udemy which gives you the opportunity to have your course be put in front of millions of people.
30. Offer Resume Help
Who isn’t looking for a job right now?
When applying for a job you always need to submit your resume and some people just aren’t very good resume writers.
They need help.
You can be the person that provides that help by looking over their resume and tidying it up so that it is ready for their next employer.
Before you go off and help people though, make sure you understand résumé buzzwords.
31. Become a Pet Sitter
Most people when they go out of town don’t want to put their pets in a kennel. They feel better if the pet can stay in a loving home.
It’s like leaving their kids.
Pet sitting gives you the opportunity to be a temporary parent to a pet. It’s like being a grandparent, you get the short-term excitement without the long term responsibility.
32. Become a Personal Trainer
This one doesn’t work if you aren’t in shape so you might have to get your butt in gear first but because more and more people are wanting to get healthier, personal trainers are in high demand.
If this sounds interesting to you then check out this article by the National Association of Sports Medicine on becoming a personal trainer.
33. Become a Notary
To be honest with you I didn’t even know that notaries were still needed in this world but they are.
In most cases, becoming a notary isn’t that difficult and usually just requires a small application fee. If you’re curious to find out what it takes to become a notary in your state then check out this article on becoming a notary.
34. Start a Car-Washing Business
Who has time to go to the car wash anymore?
Getting a good handwashing for your car takes time but what if there was a company that came right to your door to wash your car?
That would be pretty handy, right?
35. Become a Copywriter
A copywriter is someone who knows how to use words to generate sales. Copywriting is definitely an art form and once you become good at it, you become in demand.
36. Start a Wedding Planner Business
When my wife and I were planning to get married I took a backseat and let her do all of the planning.
Not because I am lazy but because there is just SO MUCH going on with weddings. Thankfully, she had a wedding planner to help her out and make sure that the process was smooth.
If you are going to start your own wedding planning service you need to make sure you are organized, punctual, and understand all of the details that go into making a great wedding.
37. Become a Photographer
I’m not talking about being a family photographer that they have in department stores. I’m talking about being a photographer that goes outdoors and takes awesome photos.
There are so many stock photography websites out there that allow you to sell your pictures. You could even setup your own site and sell them yourself.
All it takes is a camera (even the one on your phone) and an eye for a good shot.
38. Start Building Websites
Websites are always going to be needed and therefore there will always need to be people around that can build them.
Building websites can range from slightly difficult to extremely difficult depending on the type of websites you need to build.
If you want to go this route I would look into starting with building WordPress sites. That way you won’t have to worry too much about crazy coding and instead focus on tweaking existing themes.
39. Flip Blogs
Similar to flipping houses, flipping blogs has been a business ever since the beginning of blogs.
How this works is that you find a blog that is undervalued in a marketplace like Flippa and then you spend a couple of months improving it and then selling it for a profit.
A blog that is making $1,000 a month in ad revenue can easily be flipped for $10,000 or more. That’s not a bad rate of return.
40. Interior Design Consultant
Have an eye for design? Do you know all about feng shui and what can make a room pop?
Then becoming an interior design consultant might be for you.
41. Edit College Admissions Essays
Nobody likes to write college admissions essays but they need to be done and when they are done someone needs to edit them.
You can become a college admissions essay editor and help the youth of the world get into the college of their dreams.
42. Develop Mobile Apps
Mobile apps aren’t going away anytime soon and it seems like every person around has an idea for the next Instagram.
Who is going to build it for them? It could be you.
43. Flip Domains
Similar to flipping blogs, flipping domains doesn’t require you build anything at all. You just have to have an eye for quality domains or a knack for predicting what a good future domain will be.
This can be slow going as you initially have to build up a portfolio of domains and often that means buying all of the TLDs (.com, .net, .org, .co, etc.) associated with your domains.
However, because everyone has the next greatest idea, they need a great domain to attach to it and you just might be the lucky holder of such a domain.
44. Start a Dropshipping Business
What is dropshipping? It’s when you put a product up for sale but you don’t touch the product at all. Instead, you simply tell the factory to make the product and ship it to the customer.
The only thing you have to worry about is how to accept payment and handle customer service.
Sites like Alibaba and AliExpress have made it so you can sell almost any physical good in the world. You simply need to find a supplier, set up shop and then find some customers.
45. Help Improve Google
Did you know there is a job actually called search engine evaluator?
These people search different results on the search engines and check the accuracy of their results.
Why would this job exist? Because search engines want to ensure that they are showcasing the best results possible for a given search. They can’t do that on their own so they hire people to do it for them.
This is a pretty cool job that you can do at home but unfortunately, the pay is up and down depending how many hours you get assigned each week.
A brand ambassador is someone that represents a brand at different events.
Looking for a job as a brand ambassador is no different than looking for any other job. Most of the big job boards have listings for brand ambassadors and the majority of the jobs are only on weekends.
You might even get some free gear out of it.
55. Join a Focus Group
Focus groups are groups of people with similar traits that companies want to interview and get a better feel for how they view a product.
For example, you might be put into a group with other people your age to see how you view a new movie or soft drink.
56. Become a Translator
We live in a global economy where companies understand the importance of being accessible in many different languages to get the most money.
That means they need translators to ummmm translate.
Unbabel is a company that connects you with global brands to help them translate their work into other languages.
57. Start a Podcast
Podcasting is a pretty big deal now. It seems like every famous person has a podcast.
I guess people like listening to other people talk.
Why shouldn’t they enjoy listening to you?
But how does a podcast make money? Mostly through sponsorships and advertising. Companies love having the ability to get an uninterrupted 30-second plug from a podcaster to their audience.
Find something old with some value, make it better, and resell it.
A pretty simple formula.
59. Become a DJ
I don’t think the idea here is to become an International phenomenon playing festivals around the world unless that’s what you want to do.
The idea is to become a DJ for local events which is a pretty cushy job considering you’re playing from a pre-determined set list.
60. Meal Prep Services
Back in the day TV dinners were great because they were fast, easy, and convenient. However, TV dinners aren’t that healthy and more and more people are looking to eat healthy meals but those take time.
They don’t take as much time however if they are prepped ahead of time. Usually, this means the parts that can be cooked ahead of time are done so and everything else just requires being put on the stove or in the oven.
61. Train Dogs
Did you know that over 2,734,921 are purchased every single day to go to their forever home?
I just made that up but it seems like there is a ton of new dog owners every single day and they need obedient dogs.
Because they are new owners they probably don’t know how to train their dogs properly so they require an expert. That expert could be you.
At the park close to me there is a guy who trains dogs every single day. He must be booked solid because every day it’s a new dog. It’s pretty impressive.
62. Groom Dogs
For the longest time I thought that you had to go to a fancy place to get your dog groomed until I saw a crazy van with some terrible painting on it of a dog taking a shower.
It was a mobile pet-grooming shop.
They come right to your door to groom your pet. That’s pretty brilliant and obviously something people are willing to pay for.
63. Become a Referee
I’m not talking about becoming a professional referee but youth leagues all over the country need people to officiate their games.
And they pay.
You might have to watch out for crazy parents but that seems to be an occupational hazard that some people are willing to risk to have a bit of fun calling fouls and penalties on little kids.
64. Start Housekeeping Service
People like to live in clean homes but not many like to take the time to ensure their homes stay clean.
This is where housekeeping services come in.
65. Start an Electronics Repair Business
If you’re handy with electronics then you might be able to start an electronic repair business.
Considering how our lives are being run more and more by machines, it’s nice to have people around that can fix the gadgets when something goes wrong.
66. Window Cleaning Service
You can’t think small here like cleaning the windows of people’s homes. You have to think small businesses.
A clean shop is a profitable shop and it doesn’t get much easier than cleaning windows.
67. Cuddle with People
This one is not a typo.
There are people that will pay other people to cuddle with them.
Nothing wrong with that but it just goes to show there is money to be made everywhere.
True story, my grandma does this and she loves it.
You get to go into places and basically review them. She gets to go to Chilis, sit at the bar, down some margaritas, write about the service and then get paid for it.
What a life!
72. Real Estate Crowdfunding
Real estate will always be a nice way to make money if you know what you’re doing but it can be pretty expensive if you’re going into it alone and that’s why new crowdfunding sites are popping up to ease the financial burden.
Instead of taking on all of the risk yourself you can team up with others and buy a small portion of the real estate.
This way there is less risk to you and if you want to invest in multiple properties it becomes a lot easier.
73. Get a Promotion
If you have a job and want more money then ask for a promotion where the new role pays more.
74. Ask for a Raise
Same as the point above. You can’t get more money unless you ask for more money.
Plenty of Opportunities Out There
There are literally thousands of ways to make extra money out there just waiting for you. You simply need to keep your eyes and ears open along with not being afraid of trying new things.
If you come across any ways that aren’t on this list please let me know. I’m always looking for more!
Did you know that there are exactly 13,783 steps to building a successful blog?
I'm just playing, I have no idea how many steps there are but believe me there are a lot.
In fact, one of the biggest reasons why many bloggers don't even get off the ground is because they suffer from analysis paralysis.
The other ones simply don't know what the next step is supposed to be.