15 Side Jobs to Make Some Extra Money
Are you short on extra cash? Do you have to stretch from paycheck to paycheck to get the bills paid? If you’re not ready to look for a higher paying full-time position or don’t want to commit to adding a permanent part-time job to your schedule, consider a flexible side job.
You can work as much, or as little, as you’d like. You’ll be able to set your schedule based on how much you want to boost your earnings, and you will end up with some new skills to bolster your resume.
6. Get a Freelance Gig
If your paycheck isn’t cutting it, and you’ve got the right skills and the time, you could freelance to help boost your bank account and your resume. You may even have thought about freelancing full-time. If that’s the case, doing some side gigs is a good way to see if a transition to self-employment makes sense. Review these tips for how to become a freelancer to get started.
7. Rent Your Extra Space
Another self-employment option is to rent your extra space. Do you have a spare room, a garage or storage space you’re not using? Use Craigslist or one of the sites dedicated to rentals to market your property.
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8. Sell Your Stuff
If you have a closet full of clothes, shoes, bags, and other accessories you can free up some space, downsize your wardrobe, and earn money by selling what you don’t need.
Use eBay or one of the online sites dedicated to selling used clothes, or use an app like Poshmark or Vinted, for example, to sell those clothes you haven’t worn in forever.
9. Get Some Micro Jobs
Even though little jobs only pay a little money, your earnings can add up over time. If you’re looking for something that’s quick and easy to do, with no commitment, consider a micro job. A micro job is a small, task-oriented temporary position, and here are 35 places to find them.
10. Participate in Research Studies
Depending on where you live, you may be able to participate in a paid research study. Some are ongoing, others pay by the hour or pay a flat rate for your time. For some positions, you’ll need to participate in-person. Others can be done online. Search Google for “research studies” to find opportunities in your area.
Are you organized? Does cleaning out cabinets and closets sound like fun? Whether it’s for someone who needs help staying organized or for someone who is downsizing their home, you can get paid to help clear out clutter.
12. Party Planner
If you have a knack for planning parties, this is a side job you can easily get started doing. Offer your services to everyone you know and you’ll soon have a list of clients who can attest to your abilities. You can start small with events like kids birthday parties and expand as you build your experience. Here's information what's involved in event planning.
13. Work for a Caterer
One of the benefits to working for a caterer is that you don’t have to commit to a regular schedule. You can work events when you’re available. Typical positions that caterers hire for include servers, bartenders, and other event staff. Search Indeed.com to find jobs in your area. Also, check with local caterers to see if they are hiring.
You don’t have to have an advanced college degree to become a tutor. College students are often hired to tutor elementary and high school students or as peer tutors, and, for older candidates, a bachelor’s degree in a subject area can help you line up tutoring jobs for after school, evenings, and weekends. Check with the guidance office in your school district for high school and elementary jobs, and with the career or student employment office for campus positions. Or use a site like Tutor.com to tutor online.
15. Work at a Market or Festival
Many communities have weekly Farmers Markets and some also have Flea Markets that are held on a regular basis. If you’re available weekends, signing up for a job at the market can provide some additional income, and you may be able to get a deal on produce and the other items that are being sold. When you live in a resort area, check the calendar for upcoming festivals, concerts, and fairs. You’ll find a variety of fun jobs you can pick up, and you’ll get free admission to the event.
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