Discover 50 Ways To Make Extra Money With Your Side Project
Do you enjoy waking up every morning, driving to a place where you spend most of your time invested in making someone else dreams come true? If you do, this piece is not for you. If you’ve been thinking about starting a side project for some time now, what’s holding you back from taking action?
Over the past years, I have researched and worked with over 150+ entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses in Los Angeles and around the world. After evaluated what really works, I found these 100 creative ways to make money with a side project that you can grow to become your full time gig.
Don't quit your day job just yet, start your own side project on your spare time and set short and long term goals. Once you start achieving your goals, then you can make a decision and how to move forward with your gig.
Side Projects Online
1. Create A Course Online & Help other
Do you have something valuable you can teach others?
You can teach something online at sites like Skillshare, lynda.com Udemy.com. There are courses online for just about anything, and you can charge whatever pricing you feel is right for your instruction based on your experience and course work.
2. Buy & Sell Domain Names
A domain name is just a website address (eg. 'dontbuyme.org' or 'ourway.com') and there are lots of extensions (.co, .com, .net, .co.uk, .au etc). You can partner with a vendor and start selling or become a domain reseller.
3. Sell Your Images & Beautiful Photos Online
If you think you've got a good shot and a little creativity in your bag, try uploading your photographs for free to photo stock websites. A good starting point is Fotolia or istockphoto. They will pay you if someone buys your images or you can use sites like pexel.com where you can make some cash through donations.
Make more money selling photo subjects that have fewer search results but you feel would have some demand. It might be a good idea to test them out in print first yourself (get free photo prints here).
4. Web Design Projects
Do you always know which colors complement one another best on a website design?
Can you put together an amazing book cover or website homepage in 15 minutes or less?
Is creating a beautiful blog header something you can do in your sleep?
Not only are you talented, but you could be making serious cash from your skills without the stress of doing the things you don’t like.
5. Web Developer
Depending on the project or specific job requirements, and your expertise - building a new website from the ground-up could haul in between $50,000 – $180,000 per year. So if you are skilled in developing a nice looking and high converting site, you might be losing out on opportunities.
6. Become An Application Programmer
If you like building software, apps, or websites?
It’s time to take that interest and turn it into a profitable side gig. Of course, you first need to have an understanding of computer programming and coding, and settle on a specific programming niche to gain traction. Once you do, you'll be on your way to joining a fast growing industry that allows you to work whenever and wherever you want. Here is a guide to programming to help you master your skills and know where to start as you get on your journey to victory.
7. Online Tutor & Help
You can apply to become an online tutor on sites like Tutor.com. Help kids learn and understand different concepts from the comfort of your home or set lecture appointments.
8. Create An E-Book & Publish Online
If you have years of Paid search experience and have maintained a blog that shares needed advice. You can put together your top blog posts as an e-book, such as The Ultimate Paid Search Guide for Small Business Owners, and sell it on your website or Amazon. If you don't have any experience that you want to cash in on but have a knack for writing, say, fiction stories, then you can author and publish your novel on Amazon as well.
9. Become An Avid User Testing
Companies want to know how user friendly their websites are going to be for visitors. That's why they're willing to pay people to test these websites out and see how they function. You can earn $10 per test through sites like StartUpLift, and User Testing.
10. Start Renting Your Things
If you don't want to part with any of your items, you can rent them out instead. Zilok is a site through which you can rent out anything from furniture and tools to video-game consoles when they're not being used by you. Besides the items floating around your house, you can also rent out your garage, parking space, or driveway--especially if parking is an issue because of a high-profile event. And don't forget to list your home or spare room on Airbnb.
11. Create YouTube Videos
According to recent stats we now watch more videos on YouTube than searches on Google. And with the recently introduced YouTube Partner Program you can now profit from making and uploading videos. You will receive a percentage of the advertising revenue collected per 1,000 views.
12. Data Entry
Inputting information for companies into a computer system can be tedious work. But, you don’t need any prior experience and can easily make more than $10 per hour from home.
13. Create Blog
For a freelance opportunity have you considered creating a blog?
Everybody’s doing it, which means there’s lots of competition, but if you’re passionate about the subject then it will come through, and people will start following you.
You might ask how you earn money from writing a blog – after all, people don’t pay to read your words, they are freely available on the Internet. The answer is through affiliate marketing.
14. Virtual assistant
If you are organized and have strong computer and communication skills, you can make some pretty good money as a virtual assistant.
Virtual assistants perform a variety of tasks ranging from setting up appointments to typing out emails and buying supplies — and it’s all done from the comfort of your own home! Another perk is that the tasks can typically be done outside of normal business hours — making it an ideal side job for someone looking to make extra cash.
15. Sell Clothes You Don't Need
Do you have a bunch of old clothes piled up in your closet, under your bed or in a dresser somewhere? If you haven’t worn it in two years, chances are you won’t wear it again. So start pulling it out and turn it into extra cash.
Depending on what you sell and the site you use, you can make some pretty good chunks of cash by getting rid of your old clothes. Even small amounts can start to add up quickly — giving you an extra payment toward your debt or some spending money on your next vacation. And a lot of sites include a free shipping label, which makes the process pretty easy.
Here are some sites that make it super easy to sell your clothes:
16. Get cash back
There are tons of free apps and website available that allow you to earn reward points for cash or discounts. This can be a great way to save on items you frequently purchase — and put some cash back in your pocket!
And it’s so easy! By shopping through websites like Ebates.com, you can earn cash back on any online purchase you make from a retailer the site has a partnership with. On top of that, the site also offers exclusive coupons and other deals.
17. Sell your old electronics
Swappa.com for Apple & Android devices
Glyde.com for Apple & Android devices plus video games
Gazelle.com for Apple products, plus Android, BlackBerry and other phones
Gizmogul.com lets you sell old phones for cash and donate to charity at the same time
NextWorth.com for phones, cameras, tablets and games
18. Sell your hair
Got natural hair other people would pay for? Check out BuyandSellHair.com to see how much you can make for it!
19. Become A Home-Based Travel Consultant
The grandfather of all home-based franchises, this type of business is long established and allows you to make money for booking and selling cruises and travel packages while also building a steady client base.
20. Become a Survey Taker
Do you have an opinion about everything? Then doing surveys as a way to earn extra money just might be for you. Various businesses rely on surveying their customers to decide which products are meeting their needs – and which aren’t. Many people even make a full-time income by doing surveys.
Companies like iPoll, My Survey, and E-Poll Surveys will pay you to do surveys about varying products and services. It’s the perfect telecommuting job – you decide when you work, you don’t have to leave home, and you have the opportunity to make a healthy side income. Pay for surveys ranges from $20 for a two-minute survey to $7.50 for a much longer survey. It all depends on the company.
Side Projects Offline
21. Lead Fitness Boot Camps
If you love being outside and working out, why not lead boot camps in a local park? For fitness buffs, this could be a simple way to earn a decent amount of cash in an hour or two on weekend mornings.
22. Run errands for people
TaskRabbit is a website where people pay other people to do small tasks for them. For example, someone in your local area may be looking to hire someone to run errands for them — like pick up their dry cleaning or help them move.
23. Rent Out Your House/Room
Many people have tried using AirBNB with a lot of success.
If you have a spare room that you don’t mind renting out, or you can even rent out your house, then list it on AirBNB.
They’ve been around for years, and connect travelers with people who have accommodation.
24. Lease Your Parking Spot
Parking spots can be a hot commodity, particularly in crowded areas. If you have a driveway or some other spot that you don’t use all the time, consider putting it up for rent on Craigslist or a service that specializes in this. In some situations, you may need to check if this is allowed, like if you’re a renter or belong to a homeowners association.
25. Recycle for cash
Get paid to save the environment! Check out local recycling centers to see what items you can recycle for cash.
26. Do Transcription
Rev is another online service, this time offering transcription services to the public.
If you can type proficiently, and would like to work independently transcribing audios, then you should check out their current job vacancies.
27. Be A Babysitter
Baby-sitting isn’t just for teens. Everyone from college students to recent retirees can make money watching other people’s children. Word-of-mouth referrals from friends and family are still a great way to get started, but you can also create a profile on Care.com or Sittercity to expand your reach. Note any specialized skills, such as CPR certifications or experience with special needs children, to make you yourself more marketable.
28. Legal Consultant
Those providing legal advice on a contractual basis can charge more than $68/hour. Here is a killer guide to consulting.
29. Auto Repair
Whether it’s changing oil or repainting a vehicle, use your talents and garage as a new side gig.
30. Redbox Field Agent
You know that you can rent out movies for only $1.50 from RedBox. How do you think the movies get there? Yes, you can be paid to stock the DVDs into the kiosks, and make sure the equipment is working.
31. Create & Run a Photo Booth
Unlike photography, you don’t need a whole lot of experience in running a photo booth. Once you get the basics, it’s pretty easy and you can pocket around $1,000 per weekend if you work a couple of events.
32. Become A Pool Cleaner
Swimming in a dirty pool almost never happens. Being a pool cleaner can be very lucrative and it really doesn’t take much equipment to start cleaning pools. If you live in a warm area where many houses have them (like in California or Florida), there should be no shortage of pool cleaning opportunities.
You can make up postcards or flyers to advertise your services in your city.
33. Start A Moving Service
Moving can be stressful. Does anyone really enjoy moving things? Maybe not. Start a moving company to do the legwork for them and make big bucks every time you book a move.
34. Deliver Food
Postmates advertises that you can earn up to $25 per hour as a food delivery person.
Once again, you need to check whether it’s in your area before getting too excited. It consists of picking up food from a restaurant where it has been ordered, and delivering it to the customer.
35. Airport Shuttle Service
As an alternative, use your car to provide a shuttle service to the airport for people going on holiday or without a ride. Advertise locally and mention your target locations and airports you frequent.
Make sure to charge a flat rate per area, so potential customers know what to expect in terms of pricing. Some customers will tip you, giving you extra cash in your pocket.
36. Become A House Sitter
If you’re willing to watch someone’s home — and maybe feed the pets, water the plants and take out the garbage — become a house-sitter.
Tap your personal network for referrals or try out HouseSitter.com, which connects homeowners with house-sitters. People often make between $25 to $45 per day, according to the company’s website but it will depend on the tasks you do when house sitting.
37. Motivational Public Speaking Gig
If you have an inspiring or can motivate others while sharing your knowledge, public speaking is a lucrative side business where you could make anywhere from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand dollars per gig when you put in the time. You can speak at colleges, small business, big business and in public spaces that offer event rental space.
38. Sell Your Unused Gift Cards
Still have those unused gift cards you don’t want, some sites like Cardpool (which also has kiosks and cashier-assisted locations) and Giftcard Zen will buy them, usually for a percentage of the balance, so you can get cash instantly.
39. Become A Bartender or Waitress
Mix drinks at your neighborhood lounge, serve food at a nearby restaurant or pick up shifts with a local catering company to earn extra fast cash (though tips) and a part-time paycheck that can go a long way.
Look for help wanted signs or contact businesses in your area to see if they need an extra set of hands.
40. Start A Cleaning Business Commercial Building or Homes
Cleaning is not for everyone but sanitation is needed. Do you find cleaning enjoyable, or maybe not completely out of the question? Then you can use this and trust me it gives.
Clean big offices and small businesses in the evenings and weekends. Work a couple of houses on Saturdays and your side hustle could really pay off big time.
41. Creating & Editing Videos
Today, video has more consumption than any other form of information. If you are talented and have the right tools and software, you can either start creating your own YouTube videos or editing videos for others.
42. Detailing Cars or Mobile Carwash
Cleaning cars seems simple but it can be hard work with a very nice change. Everyone wants a clean car but not all can wash or take their cars to get washed every week.
Fill that gap, use that to your advantage by detailing automobiles during your downtime, you can drive to the location by appointment or on a fix day of the week, this will help you maintain loyal clients.
43. Painting & Designs
If you have design and painting skills, then provide this service to anyone who needs a room, fence, or even large job like an entire house painted. This could be a lucrative business if you can market yourself well.
44. Computer Training & Tutoring
If you are knowledgeable on basic computers skills, you can tutor people in their homes and help them learn how to use their computers.
You don’t have to be an expert in computers or programming, you just need to know one thing more than the person you’re teaching!
Example: You can teach MS Excel or the whole Microsoft office suite to others.
45. Overtime Pay
You work 24/7 so getting some rest might be all you want. But if you want to earn more, overtime is one of the easiest ways to get some extra cash flow.
46. DJ Events & Night life Host
Being a great DJ comes with experience. But you can if you’re a music lover and have the proper equipments to pull it off. Charge people for your deejaying services or create great playing-lists people will live to remember and use in parties you host.
47. Event Planning & Business Meetings
If you’re organized and enjoy making plans, then start charging others to plan out the events that they don’t want to or charge a fee to plan events for small businesses around you.
48. Start A Mowing Lawn Service
If you love the outdoors and don’t mind getting those hands and feet dirty, get a lawn mower, and other basic landscaping tools.
Start offering your services and get busy mowing lawns in your neighborhood when you have free time, you can setup appointments to control the number of booking you get per day or week, keeping your hours flexible.
49. Participate in Medical Studies or Clinical Trials
Be part of a medical study or clinical trials in for some quick cash. This has to be based on specific studies that you know you can be used for as part of the trials.
50. Rent Your Home or Office Garage
Do you have a garage that is being unused or always empty?
You can start renting out spaces to people who need to store their vehicle in a save or secured place.