According to CNN.com, over 44 million Americans have a side hustle. It is a huge number, but it’s not all that surprising. Especially for young adults, massive student loans combined with a tough job market make having a side job a necessity for many (that’s one of the reasons I have this blog).
A side hustle is a job that you work in addition to your main job. To make that work, having the ability to work from home in your spare time, or at least set your own hours, is very important. So you are probably wondering…
How can I work at home and earn money?
Well, that is a great question and one that I have asked myself several times. For me, the answer was blogging. It has become a very rewarding and profitable side job for me. But if writing is not your thing, here are some of my favorite guaranteed ways to make money in your spare time.
14 Guaranteed Ways to Make Money
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1. Start a Blog
Blogging is how I make money from home. It took me awhile to actually start making money with my blog, but I want to include it in this list because it has been such a blessing in my life.
Blogging may seem like an impossible dream – something that only the super tech-savvy or glamorous people can achieve. But let me tell you this… it’s NOT impossible. I didn’t know anything about creating websites or writing for profit when I started almost 8 years ago. Blogging is hard work, but if you are dedicated and willing to learn, it’s something almost anyone can do well.
2. Affiliate Sales
Everyone has products or services they know and love, but did you know you can make money just by recommending those products? You absolutely can! That is exactly how many bloggers make a good portion of their income.
When you sign up to be an affiliate for another company, they will give you a special link to share with friends, on social media, or wherever you want. When someone clicks on that link and makes a purchase, you earn money. Super cool, huh?
If you have tried affiliate marketing before and failed, I highly recommend the course, Affiliate Marketing – Everything You Are Missing by Carly Campbell. I took this course a few months ago, and it really helped me improve my affiliate marketing strategy and results.
3. Become a Lyft Driver
When you drive for Lyft, you get to choose your own hours which makes this the perfect way to make some extra cash on the side. Plus for a limited time, you’ll get a $250 bonus after your first 100 rides. (Terms apply).
4. Grub Hub
Don’t want to drive people around? Here’s another option for you – become a GrubHub driver and deliver food instead. Some of the perks of being a driver include:
- competitive pay
- you keep all of your tips
- you can set your own schedule.
Apply to be a driver at GrubHub.
5. Be A Virtual Assistant
I absolutely love Fiverr! It’s like having a whole team of virtual assistants at your fingertips!
As a seller, you can provide many different services. You could offer to write resumes, proof-read papers, design logos or graphics, transcribe audio or video recordings, the list of things you can offer is almost endless. It’s a convenient way to earn money from home.
Sign up to offer your services on Fiverr and make money today!
6. Online Surveys
Let me start by saying that online surveys won’t make you rich. However, they are a great way to make some extra cash while you sit on the couch and watch your favorite shows. By completeling surveys or other simple tasks (like watching a short video or printing coupons), you will earn cash or gift cards – it’s an easy way to supplement your income.
My two favorite survey sites are:
1. My Points – On MyPoints you earn point by shopping online, taking surveys, watching videos, reading emails and more. You can then exchange your points for gifts cards or cash paid through PayPal.
Swagbucks – Swagbucks is an easy way to earn free gift cards to your favorite retailers. Simply sign up and install the browser extension. You can earn points just for searching the internet. Save up your points and then redeem them for gift cards.
Love animals? Consider signing up to walk dogs or even become a pet sitter and board dogs while their owners are away.
Set up a profile on Rover.com and start making money as a pet sitter.
8. Teach Online
Teach English online to kids in China through the extremely popular site, VIPKID.com. I have many teacher friends who just rave about VIPKID. Because of the time difference, the hours are little inconvenient (early in the morning), but it’s a great way to get paid to teach from home.
Apply to VIPKID here.
9. Test Websites
Get paid to test out websites. This is another simple way to make money quickly. All you have to do is visit a website or app, complete a set of easy tasks, and then get paid. At UserTesting.com, testers make $10 for every website test they complete!
10. Sell Stuff
If you want to know how to make money fast – here is my top tip. Look around your home for stuff to sell. I usually sell through Craigslist, but you could definitely go through eBay or other online places as well. If you find quite a bit of stuff to sell, consider having a yard sale. They can be a great way to earn money fast.
11. Clean Out Your Closet
There are several ways to get money for your used clothes – it all depends on the type of clothes you are selling (maternity or kids clothes for example). Check out this article with my top 6 places to sell you clothes for cash.
12. Teach Private Lessons
If you have a special skill, consider teaching private lessons or becoming a tutor. I taught private music lessons after graduating college and made almost a full time salary. It’s a great way to earn extra money fast!
13. Rent Out a Room
Do you have a spare bedroom? Or maybe you’re going on vacation and your house will be empty for a couple weeks. Why not rent out your home with a service like Airbnb? It’s an easy way to make some decent money without much effort.
14. Sell Photos
Love photography? Consider selling your photos to a stock photography site like, Alamy.com. While they do have strict quality requirements, they will accept photos of almost anything. They will pay you 50% of every sale plus Alamy is non-exclusive so you can sell your photos to other sites as well.
I hope this list of 14 guaranteed ways to make money has helped you in your search for the perfect side job. If you are interested in earning money with a blog like I do, sign up for my FREE Jump! Into Blogging email course. During this 7 day course, I teach you everything you need to know to set up a profitable blog.
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