Whether you’re between jobs, saving for something specific, or simply a little low on cash, it’s always a good idea to make some extra money. While there are certainly a lot of scams out there waiting to take advantage of you, there are also a lot of legitimate ways to earn some money in your spare time. Here are 12.
1. Rent Stuff
Not someone else’s stuff…your stuff. There’s a website called Rentmyitems.com where you can rent out anything that someone else might want to use (sports equipment, costumes, game consoles, etc).
2. Sell Photos Online
You don’t need to be a professional photographer to sell photos online. In fact, a lot of people are willing to pay you for photos that they can use on their website, etc. If you have a decent camera, set up an account on Shutterstock to offer your pics for sale and take a cut of the price.
3. Work for This Amazon Site
4. Purge Your Device Drawer
How many old phones have you got in that junk drawer? What about MP3 players or cameras? You can list them on an auction site or sell them to companies who are looking to buy.
5. 5 Bucks a Pop
Fiverr lets you advertise many different services. Create a quick video, write a classified ad, create a testimonial, etc. It’s billed as a “5 dollar marketplace,” but you can actually charge up to $300.
6. Sell Stuff on Amazon
Got some books, DVDs, games, or other items collecting dust? Sell them on Amazon’s marketplace. If you set a good price, you might be surprised how fast your items sell.
7. Rent Your Garage or RV Pad
8. Write Reviews
Most of us have written a positive — or negative — online review. Did you know you can get paid to review music?
9. Survey Says…
You can make money filling out online surveys and participating in focus groups. Search for local market research firms, or for paid survey websites.
10. Rent a Room
If you have an extra bedroom or even some space in your yard you don’t mind letting people camp on, you can rent out that space on Airbnb.
11. Become an Artisan
If you love to sew, paint, knit, or have another knack for making stuff, try opening your own shop on Etsy.
You don’t have to possess a teaching certificate to show people how to do something you’re good at. Run classes in person by running local ads, or post your course on Udemy. From foreign languages to tying fishing flies, people want to learn.