41 Ways to Make Extra Money on the Side Without Compromising Your Integrity

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Let’s face it. Income plays a tremendous role in quality of life.

You need money to travel, own a home, eat food, and give generously. Having enough financial resources gives you the freedom to enjoy the important things in life and help those in need. Lack does the opposite; it’s the enemy of creating lasting memories and hinders generous giving.

Fortunately, for some, it doesn’t take much to see a significant change. An extra $150-$500 a month can go a long way in transforming their situation. If that’s you, 41 Ways to Make Extra Money on the Side Without Compromising Your Integrity was put together to help you bring that change to your finances.

Whether you’re looking for a short-term solution or something more permanent, you can find something on this list to address your needs.

Utilize these tools to:

  • Boost your cash flow, especially when you’ve run out of ways to trim your expenses
  • Pay off debt to free up more funds for your next financial goal
  • Diversify your income as risk mitigation for your other source(s) of income
  • Build your net worth even faster

Want to get even MORE out of this resource? Check out  How to Manage Your Cash Flow Efficiently and Break Free From a Life of Compromise and observe the fruit of your effort.

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Now, without further ado, here are 41 ways to make extra money to resuscitate your budget and change your financial condition.

Conventional Ways to Boost Your Income

1. Get a Part-time Job

Depending on your situation, a part-time job might be one of the least demanding methods to make extra money. It usually doesn’t cost you money to start, and in many cases, this option is pretty flexible. It’s one of the quickest ways to increase your income, and risk is not a huge factor.

2. Pursue Overtime

Overtime is a great option as well. Instead of having to rearrange your life for a new part-time job or seasonal job, overtime is more flexible. You decide when you want to put in extra time.

Even thirty minutes to an hour a week can make a difference in boosting your cash flow. Not to mention, getting paid a time and a half! Unlike a part-time job, however, availability might be limited.

3. Work a Seasonal Job

Seasonal gigs are a great option when the budget is tight. One great aspect of a seasonal job is that you’re only committing for a season. But if it turns out to be better than your current source of income, see if you can make it permanent. Just remember, if you don’t enjoy it, you’re not locked in long-term.

4. Ask For a Raise

Studies show that the best way to increase your wage is by switching jobs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a meaningful pay increase at your current position. Check out how one lady boosted her income by a whopping $11,000 in one year. And from a raise?! If you want to make more money, ask for a raise!

Supplement Your Income with Your Handyman Skills

5. Painting and staining services (interior, exterior, deck staining, etc.)

6. General house repairs (fix drywall, door hinges, etc.)

7. Car maintenance and repairs (oil change, tune up, break pads, detailing)

Doing some house repairs and car maintenance for family and friends might be all your income needs. Use your skills to give your income a facelift. Family and friends might be more than willing to handover those repairs that don’t require a licensed contractor. If you’re a handyman and you could use some work, try Handy, a service that connects service providers with clients.

How to Make Extra Money Like a High School Student

The biggest requirement for these next methods is availability and desire (and maybe some humility :)…

8. Mow lawns
9. Shovel snow
10. Rake leaves
11. Baby sit
12. Dog sit
13. House sit

Your Property Can Also Help Stimulate Your Cash Flow

14. Sell unused items

Do you have unused stuff laying around? There are countless stories of people making a living utilizing eBay, Craigslist, or rummage sale sites.

Don’t stop there! You can easily diversify your income if you enjoy selling stuff on Craigslist. Ryan Finlay of ReCraiglist.com actually made a business out of buying and selling on Craigslist. And now you can too- he offers a course on how to do it!

15. Give others rides

With companies like Lyft and Uber, you can turn your vehicle into a cash-generating machine. Check their websites for more details.

16. Rent your car

Don’t like the idea of giving strangers rides? You don’t have to. Lend your car to bring in additional cash. GetAround and RelayRides can help.

17. Rent out a spare room

If you have an unused room in your home, you can rent it out to supplement your income.

Unusual Ways to Make More Money to Beef Up Your Income

18. Sell your hair

You can sell your hair. Find more details at HairSellon.com

19. Be an online juror

It’s not a joke. “Our online Mock Juries and Focus Groups allow large groups of people to help attorneys determine case value, develop case themes, find the facts to emphasize, and learn “public” attitudes.” -ejury.com. Interested? Get more details at ejury.

20. Donate plasma

I know a person making over $200 a month donating plasma. If interested, find out more information here.

Utilize Your Talent to Generate Additional  Money

Ever feel like your gift is too abstract to turn into revenue? Well, with a well thought-out process, even a unique talent can pay! Take a look…

21. Become a freelancer

Freelancing has the potential to be more than a side-hustle. You can easily diversify your income. If you have the skills or expertise, you can land lucrative projects with some companies that can last for many months.

And because you don’t have large expenses (like building or employee expenses) cutting into margins, you can easily out-bid companies and still make a good profit. Find jobs at Outsource and Fiverr.

22. Sell your photos 

The number of blogs and websites being launched is well into the millions. They all need eye-catching and unique photos to enhance their content and set them apart.

Take advantage of this demand and sell some of your best shots. You can upload your works at sites like Photoshlter, istock, and Shutterstock.

23. Become an independent author

Enjoy writing? Have you always wanted to publish a book? It’s now easier than ever. You can cut through the lengthy process of traditional publishing and quickly get your book out to the public through Amazon.

There are a lot of useful and free resources that can help guide you through the process. Cathy Presland is one of the best. I recommend starting with her article, How to Write a Book Even if You Think You Don’t Have Time (21 Actionable Lessons from Working with Hundreds of Authors).

If you’re a blogger trying to take the next step in your writing career, becoming an author is the way to go. And the process is even easier. Check out From Blog to Book: The Simple Strategy Smart Authors Are Using in 2016.

24. Become a photographer 

Be a photographer for special events.

25. Craft to cash – sell your artwork 

Don’t underestimate the power of art. There is a demand for your craft. You can make money selling your art projects from painting, knitting, crocheting, hand lettering and more. Create your own website to showcase your artwork and or display them on Craft Foxes and Cargoh.

26. Become a professional organizer

Did you know you can make a career out of organizing? I didn’t know this until a few months ago. If you’re good at organizing, it’s definitely worth a look!.

27. Clean houses

If you enjoy cleaning, you can contract your service to the locals. Want even more work? Try Handy. It will not only help you get more jobs, but it can remove the headache of the payment process. And yes, you can still set your own hours.

How to Boost Your Income By Sharing Your Knowledge (Plus, it’s rewarding.)

Make extra money just by passing on your knowledge. Nobody knows everything, but everyone knows something. Find a topic that you have knowledge and passion about, and find people who need it. Here are few ways to turn your knowledge into revenue:

28. Coaching/consulting

Consulting is a billion dollar industry projected to grow even more. If you have passion and expertise in a subject, pursue coaching.

29. Tutoring

Tutoring is needed by high school students and adults. Start marketing your service.

30. Become a translator

Translating is versatile. There are many industries you can choose from (medical, government, social service, etc.).

31. Substitute teach

Do you have a degree in education? Put it to work. It’s flexible and rewarding.

Reap From Your Childhood Investment to Stimulate Your Cash Flow

Remember those hours you spent practicing that instrument? Maybe the saxophone, violin, or piano? Whatever instrument it was, it’s time to reap the financial benefit.

32. Become an instrument instructor

33. Play/perform at special events (weddings, funerals, etc.)

34. Become a dance instructor

It’s Not Just Hype, You Can Make Legitimate Money Online

35. Make real money blogging

Blogging is one of the most popular ways people are making money online. It alone has the potential to generate money in hundreds of ways. In fact, by using a blog, you can maximize the results of many of the methods covered here.

If you’re skeptical about making money by blogging, look up Blogger J. Money. Within 7 years, he increased his net worth from a little under $60,000 to $400,000 utilizing side-hustles like blogging.

Jon Morrow is not a stranger in the blog world either. A former senior editor of Probloger.com, Morrow launched a few successful blogs of his own, with one making $100,000… EVERY MONTH.

The potential for making money a living through blogging is there. However, beware of so-called “gurus.” They make it sound like it’s a walk in the park. The truth is, it takes work. Going in with wrong expectations will leave you disappointed and years of effort could be wasted.

If you’re even considering blogging, please read A Practical, No-Nonsense Guide to Earning Passive Income Online by Jon Morrow before jumping in. You’ll know right away if blogging to diversify or supplement your income is for you.

36. Manage a company’s digital front

Manage or maintain a company’s website and/or social media pages (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)

37. Generate content 

Produce content for a company’s website (articles, photos, video).

38. Become an editor/proofreader 

Content is in demand, which also means editing/proofreading skills is in demand. If you don’t enjoy the process of writing but have proofreading skills, generate income by refining and polishing others’ work. Create a website, showcase your work, and start marketing your service.

39. Teach an online course

Go from being an expert to an instructor. Create courses to pass on your knowledge. Udemy is an online learning marketplace that makes it easy to create courses and then market them to 10+ million students on demand.

40. Provide Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

If you know how content optimization works, this is the market for you.

41. Work on Search Engine Marketing (SEM)

There is a need for SEM as well. Try Outsource for jobs.

What Are You Doing to Diversify Your Sources of Income?

There are many opportunities to change your financial condition. If you’re looking for a side job to cover all of your expenses, pay off debt, or become more stable financially, diversify your income.

You might have to think outside of the box, but it’s worth the effort. Take advantage of this resource to make that extra money you need to boost your cash flow.

Have you had any success using any of these methods to make money? 

Contact me. I would love to hear about it. Your experience and expertise would be greatly appreciated.

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