15 Side Gigs to Make More Money Today

15 side gigs to make more money

Marching out of debt requires a lot of energy, there’s no doubt about it.  As we discuss here on And Then We Saved, working towards a debt-free lifestyle is not just about reducing your spending.  It’s about creating additional income for yourself by getting resourceful… or let’s just go there – downright scrappy.  The key is to find ways to monetize the activities that you naturally enjoy doing.  Take the “free” out of your free time by sharing your passions to help benefit others and earn extra cash.

15 Side Gigs to Make More Money…

1.  Take care of pets

Try dog walking, pet sitting, or even pet boarding, meaning you host pets at home.  Dog walkers can make anywhere from $10 to $30 per 30 minute walk. The rate is typically negotiable and depends on a variety of factors, like whether or not you utilize a dog park. Dogwalker.com can help you find dog walking opportunities, and Care.com  offers resources for pet sitting and related efforts. DogVacay is a prime website for dog boarding–participants set their own rates, and many make up to $200 a week.

2.  Lend a hand

No one can be two places at once.  Many corporate professionals need help with the tasks that they can’t accomplish from the office; such as running errands, making small deliveries, or grocery shopping. Sites like TaskRabbit help people to find personal assistant work in their neighborhood or community.  Apply and get going.   

3.  Babysit 

If you enjoy children, I can’t stress this gig enough.  Get silly!  Some childlike enthusiasm never hurt anyone, especially when we’re stressed out with adult troubles like finances.  Interacting with happy children can help put things in perspective.  We have enough, and that’s a lot to be thankful for.  If you don’t know of anyone personally to approach about babysitting, sites like Care.comSitterCity.com, or babysittingjobs.com can get you in touch with families in your area.

4.  Water plants in your neighborhood

We’re not all cut out for landscaping, this is true.  However, we’re quickly approaching summer and those lovely yards you pass by every day need TLC to maintain their allure.  People work late and travel often.  Create a flyer for assistance with watering and put it on your neighbors’ doorsteps.  My favorite kinds of side gigs are the convenient ones.  Not to mention, there’s something truly therapeutic about spending time in the garden.

5.  List your apartment on Airbnb

Do you live in a destination city?  Do you have an inviting and comfortable living space?  Do you enjoy meeting new people?  If so, you’ll probably have great results by listing your extra bedroom on Airbnb.com.  Hosting travelers in one’s home is definitely more of a European concept, but us Americans are coming around! It’s lucrative and social.

Read about Design Love Fest blogger Bri Emery’s AirBnB experience in Barcelona to see what you can offer guests.  After that, watch the company’s video about hosting.  If you live in a one-bedroom, that doesn’t necessarily have to be a problem.  In Paris I stayed in an apartment where the hosts opened up their bedroom to guests and slept on the pull-out sofa while it was rented.  Get resourceful.  Make money.

6. Online Tutoring 

Once a smarty pants, always a smart pants.  Put that gifted learning curriculum from your high school days back to good use.  Finds clients using tutor.com, an online service that connects tutors with students. The pay ranges typically from $10 to $14 an hour, with monthly bonuses for positive reviews from clients. As long as you have a degree or in the midst of earning one, you are eligible  The process isn’t just sign-up-and-start, though–there’s an online application, followed by an exam, a tryout session, a background check, and another exam. The upside: You only have to test in the area you’ll be teaching, from math and science to writing and job-interview prep.

7.  Teach

Nurture your creativity by instructing painting classes or by giving guitar lessons.  Relieve stress and socialize by teaching fitness classes.  Sharing is caring, people. There are fitness teacher certifications offered through gyms all the time, read the flyers in the locker room to get involved.

8.  Carpool for cash

Companies like Lyft help make our carbon footprint look a little bit better.  Download the app and sign up to be a driver to earn extra cash.

9.  Bake 

If you are inclined in the culinary department, share with your friends and family that you want to start baking.  Next time they need some Salted-Caramel Squares for a baby shower, they’ll go to you instead of the bakery 15 minutes down the road.  All it takes is a few memorable bites and you have yourself a burgeoning side business.

10.  Buy concert tickets for resale  

When you know the show is bound to sell out, buy four tickets instead of two.  Come time for the tunes, people (not us at And Then We Saved) are willing to pay up to three times face value for the sake of the experience.  Use Craigslist to get the tickets off your hands, or if you’re a little more easy going – just scalp them at the venue.

11.  Help cater the occasional weekend event 

A lot of people make the claim that once they leave the food service industry, they’re not going back.  The late hours and the inebriated customers leave much to be desired, yes, but catering presents a different angle to a very lucrative field.  Get in with a catering company and sign up for as much or as little work as you want.  It’s a tolerable alternative to waiting tables with the same opportunity to make fast cash.

12.  Write about it

If you are super knowledgable and passionate about a topic, odds are you can write about it.  Most freelance bloggers do not have a Journalism degree, they have life experience.  Trust in your abilities to communicate with others and start writing.  Pitch pieces to newspapers, magazines, or blogs that pay. Remember to agree on monetary compensation prior to completing any work.

13.  Advertise on your personal website 

Ok so maybe you are writing on your own blog, but are you advertising?  Promote products on behalf of others using space on your personal website.  Try ClickbankAmazon Associates, and Red Lemon Club, or any other place with affiliate programs to start earning now.

14.  Refurbish furniture

This side gig is not for the faint of heart.  It involves scouring yard sales, hauling furniture, sanding, painting, and polishing.  However, if you’re a design nut by nature – the payoff can be big.  Price tags are dependent upon the piece of furniture, but people are always looking for original home accents.  Facebook publicity is often most promising for this kind of venture, because you can add new pictures often and spread the word about sales and events easily.

15.  Photography

You don’t have to be a camera wizard to take a good shot.  The technicalities can be learned.  Why not study under the guidance of a professional while making money at the same time?  If you have the eye and the instinct for photography, you could be an asset to an event photographer.  Ads are posted all over Craigslist under “gigs” (crew/event/creative) for second shooters, meaning a photographer’s shadow.  Hold the extra lenses and shoot from slightly different angles to make the boss’s life easier.  Watch your hobby evolve into something greater.

Whatever side gig you decide to pursue, do not underestimate the power of publicity!  Print out business cards, create a Facebook page, have people write reviews on your behalf on websites like LinkedIn.  Continue to seek out exposure for ultimate gig gains.

 

What side gig makes you happy AND help you earn you extra cash? 

Pro-chance and fancy free, lifestyle blogger Lauren Mikus lives gratefully in the burgeoning city of Denver.  Soon, her website, The Serendipper will launch!

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31 Comments

  1. Sofia // May 6, 2013

    Hi! I love your blog and think you’ve had a lot of great ideas for people looking to save cash. However, I cringed when I read your idea about reselling concert tickets. Scalpers are the scum of the earth in my opinion; nothing irks me more than when my favorite artist sells out within minutes because others purchase extras in hopes of making extra money. I look forward to your future posts but was surprised by your suggestion.

  2. Cassie // May 6, 2013

    I have to agree with Sofia – buying tickets for the sole purpose of reselling at a higher value is scalping, and scalpers suck. Just because some people are willing to pay several times the face value of a ticket doesn’t mean they should have to. And for those of us who AREN’T willing to pay that price and can’t go because scalpers scooped up all the tickets? It’s hardly fair.

    I love the other suggestions here (and might just try a couple!) but please don’t encourage this kind of behavior! Bad karma!

  3. Melissa // May 6, 2013

    I thought all of your ideas are great – except #10. Please don’t suggest that people scalp tickets as a way to make extra cash on the side! Every time I’m logged in and trying to get tickets the second they go on sale, only to find them sold out in the first 20 seconds, I’m cursing those who do this. Its illegal and just plain wrong.
    I would love your list a lot more if that one wasn’t on there. Its just not something people should do.

  4. Tami Rebekah // May 6, 2013

    okay, its official.. you are my hero. Saving this website in favorites.

  5. Alex Renteria // May 6, 2013

    What a great read! I love what you came up with!!

  6. Kelly // May 6, 2013

    Just a heads up, scalping tickets is illegal or heavily restricted in many states. Make sure you know the laws where you live before you try it!

  7. Liz // May 6, 2013

    Speaking about legality–only host on sites like airbnb if you own the property. If you rent you may be violating terms of your lease and face legal action from the property owner if it is discovered you are making money off of what technically qualifies as a sublease.

    • Anna Newell Jones // May 28, 2013

      Good to know… Also, if you own a place be sure to call your home owner’s insurance company to make sure your temporary tenants (& you) are covered in case something were to happen.

  8. Hope // May 6, 2013

    One thing I’ve been doing for over 15 years is mystery shopping. It helps pay for groceries, meals and earn some extra money.

    • Marie Vlasic // May 14, 2013

      Hope! I’ve always wanted to do the Mystery Shopper thing. I’d be great at it! Unfortunately there are a lot of bogus sights online for this. I’d be grateful if you’d share your legit employer’s info. Thank you! marievlasic@vlasicstudio.com

  9. Sherri // May 6, 2013

    Oh man, please don’t suggest that people resell tickets to sold-out concerts at higher prices. As someone who enjoys music, this is frustrating and awful. Same goes for the people who buy limited edition records only to put them up on EBay as soon as they get home (See: everything I have ever wanted that’s been released on Record Store Day).

    It’s jerky. Good for you if you are trying to save money, but don’t take advantage of people in the process.

    • Anna Newell Jones // May 28, 2013

      I understand that for the love of music this could be a frustrating option to consider but when you’re trying to get out of debt and make extra money here and there I you must think about each situation creatively.

  10. Cali // May 7, 2013

    I agree with the people above. Reselling tickets is, not only illegal (maybe not where you live?), but also awful.

    I would never buy a resold ticket, no matter how much I’d like to watch a show.

    Moreover, when you buy a resold ticket, you have no idea if it’s genuine or fake. Don’t do it!

  11. Jenni Sea // May 7, 2013

    I, too, cringed at the suggestion of scalping tickets to make some extra cash. I’m all for saving money, but not at the expense of being a jerk to someone else. That’s just mean and miserly — not to mention that selling marked up tickets is illegal in most states.

  12. Little House // May 7, 2013

    Great ideas! I’d add that in some areas, you can make more than $14 tutoring. If you tutor locally, you might be able to bring in $25 – $35 an hour. Just be sure to meet in a public place, like the library, if you don’t know the family.

  13. Vanessa@cashcowcoupl // May 8, 2013

    I am definitely going to try some of these out. Another tip about babysitting is try to get babysitting jobs where you babysit several kiddos at the same time. It sounds harder, but in fact is easier. They help to entertain themselves and you get paid more because there are more children. Use your time wisely and babysit to capacity!

  14. The Norwegian Girl // May 8, 2013

    these were great ideas! I´ve been thinking of offering dog walking, because there are sooo many dogs in the area I live in, AND it`s a superwealthy area, but most of the people are away all day working, so I know they both need it and can pay for it!

  15. Genine // May 8, 2013

    Great article! I may just have to be a piano teacher again for my side gig :)

  16. KC @ genxfinance // May 14, 2013

    There’s this time when one of our kid’s neighbor knocked on our door and said that he’ll mow our lawn for $25 bucks. I was quite impressed with that actually. I gave him the job of course and my wide made hi a sandwich after hes done. ;)

  17. Marie Vlasic // May 15, 2013

    Thanks Anna! We are now an official Puppy B&B! (been thinking of doing this for awhile, but didn’t know this site existed before your post, thanks! http://dogvacay.com/pro/theposhpup

    • Anna Newell Jones // May 28, 2013

      How cool! I didn’t know you were going to do that Marie! I’ll tell my dog-people friends about you.

  18. Ken // May 20, 2013

    I love buying a few extra tickets to what is expected to be a sold out engagement, than selling them to desperate, screaming fans. I don’t always buy extra tickets with the intention of selling…sometimes I buy them thinking friends may want to go. But if they don’t and I’m stuck with an extra ticket or two, of course I sell them and I naturally I want to get as much as I can for the hot commodity. Just because we are at the same concert or sporting event doesn’t mean we share some unspoken bond or camaraderie that entitles you to a discount . I have what someone else wants, of course they are going to pay top dollar for it. Sure, it’s illegal, but what isn’t nowadays.

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