One question that I receive a few times each month from new readers is what they can do to make extra money each month. They’re not sure where to start, or even if it’s possible.
I understand this.
Before I started side hustling, I didn’t know much about it. Then, I started blogging and came across so many side hustlers I couldn’t believe it.
They opened my eyes and showed me that side hustling and making extra money above and beyond my day job was possible.
Back in November of 2013, I published the post My Motivation For Side Income. As a refresher, I started working on my side income for many reasons.
These reasons included:
- We wanted to pay off my student loans quickly. I knew I didn’t want to be paying my student loans 20 years down the line.
- The fact that we weren’t saving as much as we would have liked. We were saving a little, but not enough where it actually mattered.
- We knew we wanted to travel. With the income we had at the time, traveling just didn’t seem possible.
- We wanted to pursue our passions and not feel stuck in a job that we didn’t love.
These side hustles completely changed our lives for the better, and we still can’t believe how different our lives are from just a few years ago.
We feel incredibly lucky, but I do attribute how far we’ve come to all of the hard work that was put into side hustles.
There are many different ways for you to make extra money each month. You may not be able to make $1,000 from just one side job (you may need 2 or 3), but depending on the amount of time and effort that you put into it, it may be possible.
If you say “Oh, $1,000 is NOT possible,” then I want you to think again. There are plenty of other side hustlers out there sharing their journey about how they are making extra money, you just have to look. They are proof that it is possible.
Here are different ways for you to make an extra $1,000 each month:
Of course, this one is going to be the first on my list. I started writing online because I knew I didn’t have time to physically go into a place and work. I also knew that working a part-time job would probably be too draining, and I would probably have hated my life.
I needed a flexible schedule because when I started my website (Making Sense of Cents), I was working full-time on my Finance MBA, and I was also working as a financial analyst full-time.
I didn’t start this website to make money. I came across blogging and became obsessed with it. Then, I started reading about how others were making money online by writing, and I decided to give freelance writing a shot. Everything started from there!
There are a few different ways that you can make money by writing online. You most likely won’t get rich from it, but it can be a good side income that you can make from the comfort of your home. You can staff write for another website, write articles for advertisements, start a blog, and more.
The amount of money that you can make from writing online varies greatly.
You may be able to make $20 an article starting out, which would mean that you would need 50 articles each month to make $1,000. However, for certain subjects and/or experience, you may be able to demand a higher price which would mean less articles that you would need to write each month.
If you are further interested in freelance writing, I have several articles about it:
- So You Want to Be a Freelance Writer?
- Staff Writing is the Perfect Side Hustle
- How To Become A Successful Staff Writer for Blogs
- Writing and Working From Home
Babysit or nanny.
When I was in high school and before I could drive, I watched a child who lived in my neighborhood. I worked around 40 hours per week in the summer, and a little bit less when school was in session.
I found a flyer on my neighborhood bulletin board, called them, had an interview, and was hired. The pay was $10 an hour, which definitely was not bad for a 14-year-old, and for me to walk just a few homes down the road.
The kid was also amazing and was not once ever a terror, even though I started watching him when he was around 8 months (his name was Wesley, funny enough!).
Does anyone know what the average pay for babysitters is now these days? That $10 an hour I received was around 10 years ago…
Mowing lawns can actually be a quite profitable business. I know of a few people who constantly have mowing jobs. They make somewhere around $30 to $50 per lawn, and do around 20 to 30 lawns a week.
If you’re already doing lawns, then there may be other services that you may be able to add as well. You could also clean gutters, do Spring or Fall yard cleanups, garden, and more.
There is one drawback though. Depending on where you live, there may not be grass all year-long, which means that there might be a period of around 6 months where you don’t have any work. Usually during this time though, many lawn companies switch to being snow-related companies – such as shoveling snow or plowing snow.
Become a photographer.
I don’t think that photography is a job where you can just pick up your camera and start making money. You do need to have talent, and in some cases it definitely doesn’t hurt to go to school for it (or at least take a few classes) if you want to make it a lifelong career.
There are different types of photography that you could get into:
- Stock photography.
- Newborn photography.
- Wedding photography.
- Family portraits.
- And more!
Pay can vary greatly with photography. For example, some photographers charge $500 for a whole wedding, whereas others charge $10,000 and up. Of course, you get what you pay for though.
Other jobs you could do include:
- Walk dogs.
- Sell services on Fiverr.
- Teach another language.
- Substitute teach.
- Sell items online.
- Part-time retail job.
- Take part in research studies.
- Take surveys.
- Mystery shop.
- Coach at a school.
What do you do for extra money? Why do you do it?