We could all use a little extra money, but sometimes getting another job to fund our (many, many) expenses just doesn’t seem feasible (and definitely doesn’t sound appealing). But if all you need is a little side hustle to top off your monthly income, there are a ton of routes to go that can help boost your earnings. Most of the odd jobs on this list don’t require much time or effort, but you should be prepared to do some pretty random stuff. Give this list a read, and take your pick of easy ways to become a little richer this week.
If you have a computer and know how to listen to a recording and type at the same time, look into signing up with a transcription site. Options like TranscribeMe are a good way to make up to $20 an hour transcribing audio and video files, and it doesn’t require a whole lot of brain power and can be done right from the comfort of your own home.
Is this even really considered a “job”? You can actually get paid to play with people’s dogs! (Well, you have to walk them, but still.) Hello, dream job. There are even plenty of apps that can help make it easier to find people in need of dog walkers near you.
Become a Driver
Driving for Uber of Lyft may seem like more of an actual job, but it’s a great option for people looking to set their own hours and work in their spare time. Plus, you get to use your own car. Drive for a few hours on a Friday night and come away a little richer and with a lot of interesting stories.
Flip Thrift Store Finds
A trip to your local thrift store is always interesting. If you’re into bargain hunting, go thrift store hopping in search of some quality vintage items. After you’ve made the rounds, gather up your findings and sell them for profit on Craigslist or Ebay.
Write Freelance Articles
If you enjoy writing, you can always find publications in need of freelance writers. This is especially true if you’ve got expertise in a specific field, like nutrition or fashion, since publications will always value someone who has niche knowledge. Get in touch with your favorite website, or your local newspaper, and see if they have any freelance articles that need writing. Better yet, reach out with a few pitches. Chances are, you’ll be able to make some cash while building your portfolio.
It’s basically just like giving blood, but you get paid for it. You can get $75 for your first time donating, and all you have to do is fill out some paperwork and sit in a chair for 20 minutes. If blood and needles aren’t your thing, this might not be the best idea, but if you’re comfortable with it, it’s one of the easiest ways to get quick cash and help a good cause.
This is possibly the easiest way to earn a good amount of money. Tons of websites can offer you housesitting and petsitting jobs near you, and all you have to do is stay in their house and take care of basic tasks, like watering plants or feeding the cat. It’s kind of like a vacation, except you’re getting paid instead of spending money.
If you like being around kids, babysitting is a great way to make a little extra cash here and there. If you have friends with kids, offer to babysit so they can go out one night. They probably have other friends with kids that they can connect you with, too.
Sell Your Old Stuff
It’s time to clean out that closet you’ve been dreading going through for years. Sorting through old clothes and other belongings may be a pain, but you’ll be surprised how much stuff you have that’s still in perfectly good condition. If you’re not using it, put it up online and watch the offers pile up. You can also head over to a secondhand store near you that pays for pieces in good condition.
Become a Tutor
If you still remember basic math or english from high school and college, you could make money off your knowledge by tutoring people online. Sites like StudyPool and CheggTutors offer tons of opportunities to tutor in different subjects, so pick your best and work from the comfort of your own home.
Take Online Surveys
Next time you’re procrastinating at the office or are sitting around at home about to start up that Netflix binge, take a few minutes to fill out one of the many online surveys that offers money for your answers. We take Buzzfeed quizzes for free, so this should be a breeze, right?
Help People with Unwanted Tasks
Running errands isn’t the most enjoyable thing in the world, but if someone’s paying you to do it, it’s not the worst either. Take a look at apps like TaskRabbit and Field Agent to see who’s offering cash for completing a few easy-but-slightly-odd jobs in your area. This is the perfect way to make a few extra dollars while getting a few interesting stories in the process, too.
Join a Focus Group
If you have an extra hour or two in your day, check out this site to find a focus group near you. You might not be able to participate from home, but most groups offer upwards of $50, and can even get up to $300.
If you’re already browsing online, you might as well make some money while you’re at it. This site allows you to review websites and offer your feedback. The tests are quick and you can make up to $30 an hour.
Scan Your Old Emails
If you’re one of those people who never deleted their emails, you’re in luck. This app will scan your emails looking for online shopping receipts from any stores on their list, including Amazon and Target. If they see that there’s been a price drop for any item you’ve purchased, they’ll give a refund.