Sometimes unfortunately your 9-5 doesn’t quite do it when it comes to paying the bills. Or maybe you are trying to make extra money to pay off debt, save up for a vacation, or send your kid to college.
There are some options out there for those who work and are looking to make some money working from home.
Not one of my favorites (as it’s pretty time consuming) and you definitely won’t get rich, but you could score $100 or more a month with sites like Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, Vindale Research, Inbox Dollars, MyPoints, etc. The more you fill out, the more you get – which means, the more money you can make.
Be Your Own Boss – with Your Own Hours
You don’t have to worry about a set schedule for your second job if you work for companies like Uber, Lyft, Postmates, DoorDash, UberEats, Shipt, Instacart,or even Amazon Deliveries. You can select when and how long you work – have a Saturday open? Work as many hours as you want. Need time off for the kids game, or someone got sick? No problem. These jobs are a great alternative to a typical part-time job.
Start a Blog
Though it will probably take some time, blogging can bring in income – all from the comfort of your couch. Don’t get me wrong; there is a LOT of work going into starting and writing a blog, and I really didn’t start making an income until about 2 years in. But with affiliate links, and ads, you can have a small steady income once you get going. (Be prepared to spend a lot of hours in it though!)
Clean Your Closet
Get rid of stuff that you don’t use anymore – clean out your closet, your basement, your kids room- and sell your stuff on websites like Poshmark or Mercari. You’d be surprised what someone will pay for that old Coach purse, or maybe someone has been looking to replace that sweater they had JUST like the one you’re selling. Kids clothes sell really well, so don’t forget to list their stuff too!
Be an Consultant
Consulting is an incredibly diverse field, and that means that consultant salaries can vary wildly across various niches, industries, specialties, and locations – but a lot of people do consulting part time, as an additional income.
Try and Free Up Some of Your Budget
I know it sounds ridiculous, but you’d be surprised how much you can save when you start making some phone calls regarding your current bills/subscriptions, etc. I called our cell phone carrier, and was able to free up over $100 a month there, called our cable/internet provider, and saved $65 there. Do you have subscriptions or services that automatically come out each month? We kept Hulu and cancelled Neftlix, we lowered our cable to basic, we called our insurance company and was able to get a few discounts for automatic payments, and paperless, and saved about $25 a month there. You’d be surprised how much ‘waste’ there is out there.
I have a friend who cleans local AirBNBs ; she cleans the properties after a guest stays, and prepares it for the next tenant. It’s a pretty regular income, and she has gotten more and more properties by word of mouth – she even has her kids come help her, so they get it done in half the time.
There are a lot of ways to make more money if you are creative, hardworking and willing to make a go of it.