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15 Creative Ways to Make Some Extra Money on Your Own Terms



No one likes being broke.

If you happen to be going through it right now, there’s a lot you can do to turn the tide.

Even if you don’t have time for a full-time job, here are some side jobs you could pick up to make a little extra scratch.

1. Babysitting

Have any babysitting experience? Sittercity is a free way to start landing great babysitting jobs that fit into your schedule. Just create your profile, search and apply for the jobs you think fit you the best. Be sure to mention special skills like CPR certification or anything else that will increase your chances. Prior experience is a huge plus. Nanny jobs are available too if you’re looking for a more regimented schedule.

2. Delivery Driving

When you dash for DoorDash you make your own schedule. Before work, after work, you might even be able to fit in a trip or two into your lunch break. Make sure you meet the dasher requirements:

–    18+ years old

–    Own an iPhone or Android smartphone

–    Have a valid Driver’s License

–    Have insurance

–    Have access to a vehicle

–    Have a clean driving record

There may be additional requirements depending on your location, but the above are musts.

3. Uber

When you partner with Uber you get to set your own hours and make money on your own time. No prior professional driving experience is required. The standard requirements include:

–    21+ years old

–    1 year driving with a license in the U.S. (3 years if you’re under 23 years old)

–    A valid U.S. Driver’s license

–    Proof of vehicle registration and insurance

–    Use of an eligible four-door vehicle.

Depending on your region you may need to meet other requirements.

4. Surveys

If there’s an easier way to make money than taking surveys online, it doesn’t immediately come to mind. All you have to do at sites like Toluna and Swagbucks is sign up, start taking surveys, earn more and more points and then cash them in for great prizes like gift cards and cash. You’re getting paid for your opinion. Does it get any better?

5. Property Management

Buying property may seem like a pretty outrageous way to make money. However, if you can swing it and rent out rooms to people in need of temporary housing, you could put yourself in a really good position. Not only could their rent cover your living expenses; if you do it right, you might even be able to make some extra money on the side. Link up with Airbnb to find renters and you might just have a great new revenue stream.

6. Smart Shopping

Get money back for things you were going to buy anyway with Ebates. Not only will Ebates give you up to 40% of what you spent back on items you buy through them, many of those items are also available at a discounted rate!

7. Tutoring

This is an oldie but goodie. If you are good in a particular subject, you can rent out your services to someone who is not so good is said subject. You get paid, they get the grade. The best part is you don’t need a third-party company to make it happen (though, they exist and can help you make connections if you need).



8. Finding Clinical Trials

Many drug companies will look for healthy test subjects to monitor the effects of drugs they are trying to bring to market. Because there may be unforeseen side-effects involved, they are willing to compensate people to take part. Universities will also perform these paid studies, so that’s a good place to look as well. I can understand if the idea of getting experimented on is an off-putting one. On the bright side, you might get super powers!

9. Game Shows

You might be surprised how easy it is to get on a game show. The process usually consists of little more than an online test and an interview. Depending on your talents, there are quite a few to choose from as well. The prizes are typically in the tens of thousands. Bye Bye, credit card debt.

10. Giving Blood

Selling your blood is a quick, easy, relatively painless way to make an extra couple bucks. Obviously, you can’t do it all the time, and it certainly won’t replace a job. But, if you need a quick $20 for a movie it’s not the worst way to make it. If you happen to have a rare blood type, you can make even more. You’ll probably even get cookies and juice!

11. Mystery Shopping

Companies will literally pay you to shop at their stores. Granted, they aren’t doing this out of the kindness of their hearts. They’re doing it to check up on their customer service and legal compliance. But whatever, you get paid either way. You will also need to provide a detailed account of the shopping trip. If you don’t mind being a professional narc, pay a visit to a site like TheSourceAgents.com.

12. Freelancing

There’s no shortage of online gigs you can find online. If you have writing or design skills there are sites dedicated to hooking you up with employers in need. Freelancer.com is one of that is particularly aptly named. A client will set up a job. The potential freelancers will bid. The client will pick a freelancer and the agreed upon fee will go to the site. That way you don’t have to worry about getting screwed later.

13. Selling Books

If you have old books laying around your house, try selling them online. You can set the price and actually make a profit. Also, there are sites that will buy the books from you at a much better price than the bookstore. BookScouter.com will tell you how much online bookstores are willing to pay for a specific book so you can choose the one willing to pay the most.

14. Testing

Testing products online is a lot like being a mystery shopper, only you don’t have to leave the comfort of your room. All you have to do is explore a site, complete a set of tasks like watching a video or playing with an app, talk about the experience while you’re doing it, and earn some cash for your time and thoughts. At UserTesting.com you can get 10 bucks for watching a 20-minute video. Not bad, right?

15. Start a Startup

Have you ever heard of Dropbox? What about Dell? Facebook? Google? What do all of these companies have in common? They were all startups created by people with little to no professional business experience. They say the most lucrative jobs are the ones that don’t exist yet. Well, maybe they don’t say that. I just did, though… Because, it’s true. If you have an idea, find a way to make it a reality. It could literally change your life.

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