Need Easy Extra $250+/Month For Free?
We all like extra money, and most of us are always trying to find ways to make extra money on the side from home.
Thankfully, if you know where to look, you can earn extra money on the side.
Whether you want to make money from home or out in the world, I have compiled a list of 75 ways to earn extra money on the side in 2021. Keep reading since there is something for everyone here.
VIPKID: Teach English online
There are many ways to earn money by teaching English online, but one of the most reputable and highest paid ones is VIPKID.
The only things you need to work for VIPKID are a bachelor’s degree and a desire to teach Chinese kids.
With VIPKID, you can set your own schedule and work from anywhere.
You can earn anywhere between $14 to $22 per hour.
Reddit’s r/forhire: Freelance work
Whether you can keep your full-time day job and work as a freelancer on the side, or work full time as a freelancer, you can do it.
Reddit is one of the biggest sites in the world. Here you will find specific jobs and a platform for you to sell your services.
Check out these:
You have the potential to find long term clients on Reddit’s platform.
Amazon Flex: Deliver packages for Amazon
Amazon is one of the biggest companies in the world.
Have you ever thought about making money with Amazon?
Because Amazon is trying to improve their delivery time, they came up with Amazon Flex for local drivers to deliver packages.
You can set your own schedule and earn anywhere from $18-$25 an hour.
Amazon Home Services: Sell your local services with Amazon
Speaking of Amazon, here’s another way for you to make money from this company. Amazon Home Services is a newer feature of Amazon that makes it easy to sell your local services.
What skills or trade do you have to offer? Plumbing? Landscaping? Housecleaning? The list is endless.
Apply to Amazon Home Services, and once your application is approved, you will see new jobs in your local area. You can apply to any jobs that you are qualified for and make money.
Amazon FBA: Sell stuff
Amazon has many different ways to make money. On Amazon FBA, you can pay a fee and sell your items.
You can either sell items and ship them yourself or use their Fulfillment By Amazon program (FBA) where they will store your inventory for you, and send it out. Either way, this is a simple, easy way to make money online.
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Become an Amazon customer service associate: Work from home
Love Amazon? Want to work for them?
Amazon employs thousands of CSA’s, or Customer Service Associates each year. Basically, you will be a customer service representative for Amazon.
You do need to live in one of the following states:
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
With this job, you will be in constant communication with customers or potential customers, on the phone, email, or through chat windows.
Pay starts at $10-$11 an hour, and you can be eligible for referral and seasonal bonuses.
Etsy: Make & sell arts and crafts
This is a great way to make cash on the side fast. Have you heard of Etsy? Etsy is like eBay for handmade crafts.
If you are good at making handmade stuff—jewelry, woodwork, metal objects, painting, etc—you can make money selling it on Etsy.
Some people make a living selling their handmade stuff on Etsy!
Bill and Amy Mowat earn $25,000 to $45,000 a month by selling wooden cheese boards on Etsy.
Alicia Shaffer makes $80,000 a month selling handmade legwarmers, scarves, and headbands on Etsy.
If you want to sell part-time, you can earn a sizable side income by just putting in an extra few hours a month making and selling handmade goods on Etsy.
ClinicalTrials.gov: Participate in medical studies
Schools, research organizations, and hospitals are always looking for people to participate in research studies, and the pay can be good.
Some pay $10,000-$20,000 for a single study.
There are also many open paid clinical trials that pay anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
Just sign up, search your local area, and see what is available.
GigWalk: Do small tasks for money
Have you heard of GigWalk? It’s a website (and app) where businesses and companies pay individuals for doing random tasks.
Just pick the gigs that interest you. You can make up to several hundred dollars for some of these gigs, and what’s even better—you can set your own schedule.
GoTranscript: Transcribe audio files and videos
Do you type fast?
Are you looking for a work from home job?
GoTranscript may be an opportunity for you. It is one of the most reputable transcription platforms where you can set your own schedule, work from home, and get paid weekly.
You can earn up to $0.60 per audio or video minute.
GoTranscript’s top earners make an average of about $1215 per month while working only a few hours a week.
Do you enjoy giving your opinion by taking surveys?
As I’m sure you know, there are plenty of legit survey sites out there, but one of the best and highest paid ones is SurveySavvy.
Their surveys pay anywhere from $1 to $5 on average for a ten-minute survey.
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The pay as much as $60 or more for other surveys that are more time-consuming.
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SwagBucks: Get paid to search
Swagbucks is one of the highest paid rewards sites.
Swagbucks rewards you for taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, referring friends, and more.
When you earn enough points, you can redeem them for Amazon gift cards or get Paypal cash.
Inbox Dollars: Get paid to watch videos
Like Swagbucks, InboxDollars is a reward site where you get paid to watch videos, take surveys, refer friends, etc.
You also get $5 just for joining Inbox Dollars.
SkillShare: Create instructional videos
You know how sometimes you need to know how to do something and fast, like change a tire or clean a fish tank? What do you do? You search Youtube, of course!
Have you ever thought about making an instructional video on something you know how to do well? People who design instructional videos can earn good money.
Everyone is an expert on something, and everyone can share their skills with others. Skillshare has guides to help you get started and plenty of examples.
Lyft or Uber: Give rides
If you own a car and have free time on your hands, this is a great way to make money with your car.
Both of these companies are pretty much everywhere. All you need is a car, a clean driving record and a few extra hours a week to be available to give rides. You can make your own schedule.
Zazzle: Design customized goods
I can’t say enough about this website. If you are creative and love customizing invitations, business cards, Christmas cards, etc, you will not want to miss this opportunity.
You can use this site to sell your homemade items, upload your creative designs and be paid royalties, or promote others’ products to earn money.
I used Zazzle to order last year’s Christmas cards and my wedding invitations, and they both turned out beautifully.
Postmates: Deliver Food
If you enjoy delivering things to people, this may be for you. Postmates advertises that you can earn up to $25 per hour as a food delivery person.
Here you will pick up food from a restaurant where it has been ordered and deliver it to the customer. Make sure that Postmates is in your area though since it is currently not available everywhere.
Fetch: Walk dogs
If you are looking to earn extra money, and you are a dog lover, this opportunity is for you.
Fetch is one of the biggest websites that connects dog owners with walkers.
Reddit and other forums show there are people who are making $1000 or more a month on a part-time basis.
Here are a few other dog walking side gigs:
Urban Sitter: Babysit
Love babies and kids? This is for you. Urban Sitter connects people who need childcare with potential babysitters.
It’s as easy as joining and completing your profile. You can set your own schedule and your hourly rate.
In just two hours a day, you can earn an extra $1000 or so a month easily.
HomeStay: Rent your spare room
Have a spare room or two that you don’t know what to do with?
HomeStay lets you rent your spare room out to someone who needs it.
According to the company, you can earn from $2,042 per month renting out your spare room in the United States!
Care.com: Clean houses
There are so many people who work full time and simply do not have time to clean their own houses.
If you enjoy cleaning, (which, yes, some people actually do!), Care.com is a website that where you can find local homes in need of cleaners.
Nomador: Get paid to stay in luxury houses!
This opportunity is fun! People will pay you to stay in their house while they go away on vacation.
All you do is sign up, create your profile, and look for people in your local area who need house sitters.
From what I have seen on online forums, sitters are making an average of $50 per night. That’s pretty nice considering all you have to do is stay there.
FocusGroup.com: Tell companies your opinion of them
If you love giving your opinion, you won’t want to miss this.
These sites pay you for sharing your opinion about products and services through studies done by market research companies.
According to some online forums I found, you can earn between $75 to $250 for an average study that takes between 40 minutes to 2 hours.
There are also higher paying studies that can pay $500 or more, but they are more time-consuming.
With FocusGroup.com, all you have to do is enter your zip code, and the site will then show you a list of studies in your area.
A Fine Parent: Write about parenting
If you are a parent, this one is for you. You can write about anything related to parenting. Some examples are personal experiences, tips for parenting, how-to guides, etc.
You get $75 for every post that gets published on their website.
If you’re interested in making money by writing online, check out the list of 101 sits that pay you to write.
ErliBird: Test apps
Love technology, games, and apps?
With this company, you will install an app/software, use it, and then give feedback about your experience and how you would improve the app.
ErliBird pays you $10 per test, and you will get paid via PayPal within seven days of giving your feedback.
TheSource: Rate food and services
Companies spend millions of dollars on looking for ways to improve their businesses. One important way is through customer feedback.
Through TheSource, you’ll be working as an Independent Field Agent to help local businesses improve their services.
You will visit local business – pizza shop, restaurants, fast food, movie theaters, mechanics, etc – and rate them.
You will get paid by the project, and the amount depends on the depth of the project.
The Source pays twice a month via direct deposit check for U.S. workers. For Canadian and UK Independent Field Agents, they pay twice a month via PayPal.
Achievement: Get paid for being healthy
This app will give you an extra incentive for being healthy and staying active.
You earn points for things like exercising, tracking your food, and taking health-related surveys.
You can redeem your points for Paypal cash or free Amazon gift certificates. For every 10,000 points you earn, you will get $10.
Have you seen those trucks and cars wrapped in Monster or Red Bull energy drinks ads? The owners of those vehicles are getting paid to advertise those companies, and you can too!
Carvertise connects advertisers with drivers. You can sign up for free, and you will be notified whenever there is an advertiser in your area.
If you accept the job, they’ll put the vinyl wrapping on your car or truck, and you will keep it on there for a specified amount of time.
According to the company, you can earn between $300 to $650 per “car wrap.”
Kindle Direct Publishing: Publish your own eBook
Are you a writer? As you know, writing and publishing a book can be difficult.
Amazon’s Kindle Direct publishing platform helps with the publishing process. Instead of a book, you can write an eBook, and you can instantly publish it for free through Kindle Direct Publishing.
Amanda Hocking, a 26-year-old romance writer from Minnesota went through this process and became a millionaire thanks to her kindle books. Sure, you may not have this kind of success, but you could earn a few hundred dollars a month.
If you are interested in making money from publishing an e-book, read this awesome guide by CopyBlogger which tells you all you need to know about publishing your first eBook on Amazon’s Kindle platform.
BioLife: Donate Blood Plasma
Why not donate something your body makes naturally?
If you don’t mind a needle in your arm, donating blood plasma is an easy way to make some cash.
You can donate plasma as much as twice a week, and earn around $260 a month.
TaskRabbit: Do odd jobs
TaskRabbit is an app that connects people who need odd jobs done with people who will do them.
These tasks can be anything –giving a ride, installing a ceiling fan, painting a door, mowing a lawn, etc.
You can set your own schedule and select the gigs that interest you.
Fancy Hands: Become a virtual assistant
Most online companies hire virtual assistants to do tasks like answering calls and emails and setting up meetings.
As a virtual assistant, you can work from home, and earn money based on the tasks you do. On average, you can expect to earn between $2.50 to $7 and more per task.
In addition, you may receive bonuses the longer you work as a virtual assistant.
SinclairCustomerMetrics: Become a secret shopper
Secret shopping, or Mystery Shopping, is a form of market research where you will pose as a customer and gather information about the business.
You get paid based on the assignment you are assigned, and sometimes you get to keep what you buy for free.
However, in this industry, you need to be aware of scams. There are tons of mystery shopping scams out there to make sure you avoid.
DietBet.com: Get paid to lose weight!
Wouldn’t it be easier and more fun to exercise if there were more incentives? With DietBet.com, there are. You get paid for losing weight and working out.
To get started, you either join a current game, or start your own where you bet on losing a certain amount of weight in a certain amount of time.
At the start of the game, you weigh in and submit your pictures. At the end of the game, anyone who has hit their weight loss goal will split the money.
This is a fun way to keep yourself healthy and accountable.
If you’re knowledgeable about computers, you can use your skills to make side money.
All you need are your knowledge and probably a computer repair kit.
Start with your family, friends, and acquaintances, and advertise your services on social media. Word of mouth can be a beneficial way to gain clients.
Start a blog
Sure, there’s a lot of competition in blogging, but it is also a good way to make some extra money.
You can blog about anything you want; just remember that the more appealing the subject, the more people who will read it, and the more people who read it will mean more income.
Sell on eBay
I personally know a few people who make a full-time income buying things and then reselling them on eBay.
You could start by gathering up things around your home that you no longer want or need. Then you can search for items at garage sales and thrift shops and resell them on eBay to make a profit.
Buy and Sell on Craigslist
There are many ways to make money with Craigslist.
You can search your local community, and sell things through there. You can also offer services on Craigslist, like writing, computer repair, landscaping, etc.
Craigslist is often underlooked, but there is money to made on there.
If you have a subject you excel in, and you enjoy helping others, tutoring online may be for you. Online tutoring companies like Tutor.com, TutorMe, and Studypool hire tutors to help students in a wide variety of subjects.
Just make an account, apply, and if you get the job, you will be assigned students to help.
Get paid for your photos
Do you have photos of gorgeous sunsets and perfectly staged elegant dinners taking up space in your camera roll? You don’t have to be a professional photographer for this one. Foap will pay $5 for every picture someone purchases from you.
Of course, there’s no guarantee your photos will be purchased, but it’s still worth a try. This is a fun way to make some extra cash.
Do you love shopping? Do you love helping others? This one is for you, then!
With Shipt, you get paid to shop and deliver groceries to clients through their services. According to the company, their shoppers make anywhere from $16 to $22 an hour!
Sell unwanted stuff.
Do you have extra stuff laying around your house that you don’t want or need anymore?
Sell your items and make some more space in your home while you earn money!
Of course, you can always sell items on eBay and Craigslist. Then there are apps like LetGo, VarageSale, Poshmark, and thredUP that make it even easier to make extra money by selling your secondhand items.
Sell your children’s clothes
If you have children, you know how quickly they grow through their clothes. If you don’t want to save their clothes, you should sell these items for extra cash.
You could have a garage sale, donate them to a consignment shop, or post them on social media.
Apps like Kidizen are specially designed for selling your kid’s clothes.
Earn money through Dosh
Dosh gives members cash back on items they shop for everyday. All you need to do is shop at stores that are partnered with Dosh, and you will get a percentage of your sale back.
Just download the app and shop! You also get $8 for every friend you refer to Dosh.
Claiming your money is simple, too. Transfer your earnings to your bank account or PayPal.
Sell Gift Cards
We all have them. Gift cards to places that people thought we would like, but we don’t.
So instead of letting your unwanted gift cards collect dust, sell them on Raise and get some money back.
Become a Freelance Proofreader
Are you a grammar and punctuation Nazi? Do you enjoy finding mistakes in writing? This opportunity may be for you.
In 2014, Caitlin Pyle made over $43,000 by working as a freelance proofreader part-time. Sign me up, please!
After she had a ton of success in her new business, she decided to teach others to start their own proofreading business, so she started Proofread Anywhere. Sign up for one of her free workshops to learn more about making money as a proofreader.
Sell Custom Designed T-Shirts
Everyone loves custom-designed T-shirts that represent who they are.
On Teespring.com, you can design t-shirts and sell them online. If you are creative, and love making custom made stuff, you should check out this website. After all, everyone needs a custom designed T-shirt!
Affiliate marketing is how many websites earn an income each month without selling anything. It’s one of the easiest ways to make extra money online.
Setting up an affiliate-focused website is fairly easy, but it does take some time to bring traffic to your webpage.
This article, From 0-$100k: How Anyone Can Start Blogging is a great starting point!
Create an Online Course
If you’ve got expertise in a certain area, design an online course, showcasing your knowledge, and then sell it.
Creating and selling an online course has become very for online entrepreneurs over the past several years. The two big websites that are used to sell online courses are Udemy and Teachable. Check out this article on How to Create an Online Course that Sells.
Copywriting can be a very lucrative field to get into.
If you can persuade people to act on something with your writing, you can make really good money.
Copywriting is a skill that takes time and effort, but once you get some experience under your belt, you become a great asset to many companies. Here are 10 Ways to Find Your First Copywriting Clients.
Offer Web Design Services
Web design can be a lot of stress to some of us (myself included). Some people have a knack for web design or development.
If this is you, then you should offer your skills to the rest of us who need help. Check out this article: How to Make $5,000+ a Month Building Websites Part-Time
If you are detailed oriented and need to do something while you watch Netflix, data entry may be for you.
There is always money to made in data entry, especially if you are fast and efficient. You can find a lot of data entry jobs on Upwork.
Sell Crafts on Etsy
Love to make crafts and sell them? Use Etsy to sell your own handmade stuff.
It’s one of the most popular ways to make extra money online around.
Bet on your own weight loss and lose weight!
I did this recently. I need to lose a few extra pounds, but I also need the accountability and motivation to do so.
HealthyWage allows you to make a bet on how much weight you will lose and in what time frame. If you lose the weight by the assigned date, then you get all your money back plus some.
This is a great motivator for those of us who need an extra push!
Start Personal Training
Speaking of weight loss, if you have a passion for health and fitness and want to help others improve their health, you might consider becoming a personal trainer.
Here is a great article on The Economics of Personal Training.
Become a Wedding Planner
If you are organized, detail oriented, and love weddings, you could become a wedding planner.
Have a friend getting married? Help them plan it, get pictures, create your own portfolio, and market yourself as a wedding planner! Check out How to Become a Wedding Planner here.
Become a Photographer
If you enjoy capturing special moments on camera, becoming a photographer can be a great way to make extra money.
All you need is a decent camera and some photo editing software, which you can get for about $10/month.
Create a website to showcase your work, advertise your services on social media, and gain clients!
Sell Your Recycling
Instead of just throwing away your recycling, why not sell it? Your local recycling center may offer you a few cents per glass bottle. These quickly add up, though.
Sell Your Hair
If you have long hair and are thinking about a hair-cut, you may earn some money you’re your hair.
Check out HairSellon’s Hair Price Calculator here.
Maintain Yards in Your Neighborhood
Lawn mowing is not just for teenage boys.
Depending on where you live, there may be a need for consistent lawn maintenance. If you don’t mind being outside and getting a little dirty, this may be for you.
Here you can learn more about the Pros and Cons of Starting a Lawn Business.
Refurbish Antiques and Resell Them
If you love browsing around in antique shops, why not try buying a few things, refurbish them, and sell them on eBay?
This could be a fun and lucrative hobby. Here’s How to Start an Antique Restoration Business.
Weddings, parties, anniversary dinners. There are many events that need DJs.
Pretty much everyone has a phone, and many are living with cracked screens. If you love playing with electronics, this gig may be for you. With a little bit of training and the right equipment, you can easily start your own mobile electronics repair business. Here’s a great article from on starting a cell phone repair business.
Direct Sales Consulting
You have seen your Facebook friends advertise products: MaryKay, Beachbody, Advocare, Plexus, etc.
Becoming a direct sales consultant can be fun and lucrative. Here’s a helpful write-up on How to Earn Money as a Successful Direct Sales Consultant.
Rent out your car with Turo
Have you thought about renting out your car for money?
Turo marketplace that matches car owners with car renters. Car owners can list their cars for free and earn 65% to 85% of the trip price when it’s rented. Insurance protection is included.
Turo estimates you can make up to $6,500 a year by renting your car to others.
Sell services on Fiverr
You can sell anything from web design services, to digital marketing, writing and translation services, video and animation services, music and audio, programming and application development, etc.
Have you ever visited a website and wanted to give your opinion on it? Now you can get paid to share your thoughts.
For example, with User Testing, you can earn almost $30 for an hour. Here’s how it works:
- You get paid $10 via PayPal for every 20-minute video you complete.
- UserTesting pays you to visit websites or apps, complete a set of tasks, and record your thoughts.
Check out how to make quick money from home testing websites for a full list of companies that will pay you for testing their websites.
Become a virtual assistant
Virtual assistances are like personal secretaries for online businesses. A virtual assistant can do everything from checking emails and making travel plans to handling internet research or working for their small business. Some virtual assistants make up to $100 an hour.
Read how to become a virtual assistant and work from home.
Sell lesson plans
Are you a teacher who prides yourself in making lesson plans? You can sell your lesson plans, especially to new teachers.
Teachers Pay Teachers is a market of educators, where you can sell and share your teaching resources.
Do you love playing games online? Are you an arcade or a poker champion? Play some of your favorite puzzle or card games at InboxDollars. It is fun, you can play for free, and earn rewards including PayPal cash.
Sell your cell phone
Whether you have a newer or older model, you can sell your cell phone.
Amazon gives gift cards for working iPhones, or websites like Decluttr give you cash for that old phone.
You could always sell it on your local Facebook garage sale site too.
Request a raise
This is something you may not have thought of. Why not request a raise at your current job?
Getting a raise is a good move because it doesn’t require you to trade more time for more money. You do, however, need to make a strong argument on why you deserve the increase. Here are the top 10 mistakes to avoid when asking for a raise.
Get a bank account that pays better
Part of being responsible is showing that you care about your money. You can take 10 minutes out of your day and move your savings to an account that at least gets you a 1-2% return each year.
On $10,000 in savings, that is $100-200 each year, for free.
One of the highest paying savings accounts you can open right now is through CIT Bank.
The bottom line is make sure you know how much interest your accounts are accumulating, and if there are better options out there, move your money.
Sign up for TaskRabbit
If you enjoy putting together Ikea furniture or changing light bulbs, you may be cut out for doing tasks for others. Websites like TaskRabbit can connect you with people who need help with a variety of things. Moving, cleaning, delivery and being a handyman have the “highest earning potential,” according to the company. Read about how to get started on TaskRabbit.
Become an Instagram Influencer
Instagram influencers — people with large, dedicated followings on Instagram— can work for companies and businesses in order to promote their products.
Apply for opportunities on a marketing platform like Instabrand or Famebit, or by simply contacting the brands you want to work with. Read more about what it takes to make money on Instagram.
Make More Money in 2021
Try a few of these suggestions, and see if you can earn some good side money. What will you use your extra cash for?
You might be surprised at what you can do with a few extra dollars in your pocket.
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