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There is an unexpected expense. You want to earn side money from home. You’ve got some debt to pay off. You’re tired of living paycheck to paycheck.
There are many ways to earn extra money these days, but it seems like they are often linked to a certain skill set, a degree, or are dependent on location. Most require electronics. We all need a break now and then from our computer or phone!
I’m here to help you out! I’ve done some research and rounded up some creative and doable ideas to earn extra cash when money is in short supply. Some ideas are a one time option, others you could develop a side hustle out of them with zero start up cost. You can even work some of these if you are handicapped.
Ways you can earn money living anywhere
Sell your hair
There are several places online where you can sell your hair! People buy hair for various reasons. The hair can be used for extensions or to create a wig. Sometimes you can sell it to a local salon. Pros: It’s a renewable resource and grows back! It might be the perfect opportunity to try out that new cut you’ve been thinking about. Cons: It’s a “one time” way to earn, but might be lucrative depending on your hair type! Places to sell your hair:
This is something that is close to my heart. My husband John needs to receive an IVIg infusion every three weeks intravenously due to his auto immune disease. Amazingly, it takes approximately 1,000 donors to produce just one of his therapy infusions! This is a great way to make extra cash while truly helping to save lives. Donating plasma can take up to 2 hours, and can be donated up to 2 times per week. Each local company determines it’s own compensation scale, but I have heard those who donate on a regular basis earn an average of $400 a month. It is time consuming, so while you are “donating” plasma, they do compensate you for your time. The video below explains in detail how the process works and what exactly you can expect. Check here to find a local plasma center where you can donate. And if you choose to do this, a special thank you from my heart. (Please consult with your physician before donating.)
Rent out your RV or vehicle
Have a camper or RV you only use a few weekends a year? You may be able to rent it out and earn an extra $5,000-$30,000 a year with it! At RVShare, you will receive:
- A free listing
- 1 on 1 support and training
- Free 24/7 roadside assistance
- Rental insurance coverage
- Renter verification checks
- And the potential to earn between $120-$365 a day!
I like Doug & Jody in this video because they are just your regular Americans living in a ho hum town, yet they have had great success with using RVshare! (They had me convinced….) Also, he goofs off like my husband.
Doug and Jody made an extra $10,000 renting their RV when they weren't using it.If you want to make some extra cash renting your RV instead of watching it sit unused check this out: http://rvshare.com/list-your-rv
Posted by RVshare on Sunday, June 21, 2015
Places to rent your car:
Now, I’ve not utilized either of these, but this cute little video sums up how the latter company works!
Singing for a local band
Don’t let that purdy voice go to waste! As a singer myself, I know nothing is more fun than singing with others who love and know how to sing. See if you can find a local band to join up with or fill in for and make some money while having fun! Imagine: fairs, festivals, weddings and parties!
Book Scouter is the best. You simply type in your ISBN number near the bar code on the back of your book, and they search online and list for you who will buy back your books, and what they will pay you. We did this on a major decluttering spree we went through about 5 years ago. It felt good to get some money back for those books that had just been sitting around gathering dust.
Find a place to set up a car wash station on a hot Saturday afternoon and clean some cars while working on your tan!
My friend Abbi is a very successful woman who has created a full time income with her side gig as a freelancer. She has several courses available, but you can start out with her FREE five day course to find out if freelancing is the right choice for you! Abbi says all you need is your brain and a computer.
In this day and age, people are so busy with their careers that housework often falls behind. Why not start up a laundry service for your neighbors? Be sure to charge appropriately so that you cover the cost of electricity and water, and soap, if they do not provide it. Let the machines do the work for you while you rake in the money! Want to bump it up a bit? Add in ironing services!
Tutor with Cambly
You will be paid $10.20 per hour to chat with students from around the world! You can log on whenever you have a free moment and will be connected with someone within minutes. No experience necessary. What a great opportunity for someone who is lonely or has a lot of down time. You are paid weekly, so this can be a great way to quickly earn extra cash!
Personal grocery shopper
I don’t know about you, but as a busy mom with young children, grocery shopping has begun to look like a marathon to train for. Here’s why. My choices consist of either juggling all of the kids and the stroller while moving groceries 4 times until it’s in my fridge, or, I have to schedule babysitting and figure in time for drop off and pick up. I LOVE the grocery stores that offer personal shoppers! It’s totally worth the $5 fee to me. Places you can connect to become a personal shopper:
- Local grocery stores
- Advertising yourself on Facebook marketplace or Craigslist, perhaps even a retirement living home!
This is a great need for many people, and if they can find an honest, animal loving person to care for their pets who gives them peace of mind, they will pay well. Places you can advertise:
Depending on the company you choose to work through, this can be both a money saver and a money earner. You can house sit to save on rent, or house sit while rent your home out on Airbnb so you’re making money double time! This can also be a fun way to affordably explore new states or even countries! Sites to connect with people who need a house/pet sitter:
Dogs, cats, canaries…people love their pets! If you are an animal lover, chances are you could make some good cash doing what you love. Pet raising and breeding can be a lot of work, but oh so rewarding when you see them go to a loving home.
So apparently I’m giving you more than 31 ideas because here are several cool summer jobs you could take on for extra cash!
- Life Guard
- Camp Counselor
- Lawn Mowing
- Pool Cleaning
- Renaissance Fair
- Create and sell planters and hanging baskets
Food to door delivery
Companies you can work for that offer this service:
You could also take on a part time job offering Pizza Delivery. Most large chain pizza restaurants offer delivery services and have openings for reliable drivers.
Love dogs? Love getting fresh air? This one’s for you. With some of these apps, you can simply log in when you have some free time and find a dog in a location nearby that you can walk for the owner. Make money exercising!
Ah, I’ve gotcha covered here. I wrote an entire post about our experiences with metal collecting and recycling. This is something that is benefiting the environment as well as padding your pocketbook. It can be really fun and lucrative. All you need is a vehicle, some spare time and a magnet. Be sure to check your locality for laws about scrapping.
I found this fun review and video from a guy who spent a day trying out Amazon Flex. He shares some great pros and cons regarding his two rounds with Amazon Flex.
Offering services on Nextdoor
Nextdoor is a great way to connect with your neighbors – you can get the latest updates on what is happening on the block, who is having a garage sale, whose mailbox was smashed, you get the drift. It’s also a great resource for finding and selling services. Want to babysit? Create a listing. Do you offer lawn mowing services? Start with your neighbors.
Put your chickens to work for you – if you have some and they are laying anyway, add a few more to your collection and sell some eggs – to your neighbors or the farmer’s market!
Rent out your space as a venue or for photo shoots
Many people would pay well to utilize your outbuildings for a photo shoot (hook up with a photographer) or even use your lawn or barn for weddings or other events. (You need to research insurance!) Not everyone has the privilege of living in the country, and your charming abode may be just the ticket to riches!
I have a few siblings who make a decent side income with this gig. It could be horses, dogs, whatever animal you love that makes the investment worth it for you!
This could be great opportunity, one largely untapped. You see, I have a few friends who farm full time, and it is SO HARD for them to find someone they trust to take care of things when they need to get away. If you are capable with a good reputation and experience, you could make some good money farm sitting and caring for livestock while giving the owners peace of mind that their farm is in capable hands.
Everybody needs a good “animal daycare” at some time or another, even those who usually travel with their pets. There are also people who own a horse that don’t have the capacity for it to live on their property. Others want to purchase beef and need a place to raise their cow.
Empty fields? See if a local farmer would like to rent it for crops.
Sell vegetables at a road stand
Do you have a green thumb? Do you want to learn about horticulture? How about growing some extra produce in your garden and selling it in a roadside stand or at the farmer’s market? I have some friends whose teens made a killing selling fresh sweet corn from their driveway and to local grocery stores! So easy to grow, so little upkeep, so good to eat.
Have you ever considered adding equity to your property by starting a berry farm? Many of our local berry farms sell strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, and while it can be a whirlwind in the summer months, some people can make a very very good income off of their plants. I personally have a few friends who make an income this way! It can be a big investment, but can pay upwards of $20k a year or more.
Pumpkin farm with corn maze
Make your farm the place to be this fall! Partner with a local farmer to create a fun corn maze and host a fall festival complete with hot cider and yard games. While you’re at it, why not plant some pumpkins and make your farm an autumn mecca?
Maple syrup – tap your trees
Our neighbors taps over 1900 maple trees in his woods, and after just one season is in the black and making good money from his maple syrup! It takes some hard work, but is a great way to “tap into nature’s resources.”
Are you in possession of a truck or tractor? Maybe a shovel and strong back? Why not take on some side shoveling/plowing jobs to earn some extra cash?
Many thanks to Restoration Acres for some country ideas!
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So what do you think? Did you get a revelation reading this? Anything you think you can try? What are some creative ideas you have come up with to make money on the side? Share in the comments, I’d love to learn!