Whether you have a job and are looking for extra cash or you are a stay-at-home parent, side gigs are more common than you think. You can make extra money either online or offline by opening a small business based in your home.
Online Ways to Make Extra Cash
The internet is more than just scrolling through Facebook and chatting with friends. You can accumulate a decent amount of extra cash with several options.
Sell Your Photography – If you have an eye for photography and can capture appealing photos, you can sell your photography online at popular websites like Shutterstock and iStockPhoto. For a complete breakdown on how to get started with selling your photos, visit the Shutterstock contributor section for a free guide on how to market your content.
Create an Etsy Store – Become a business owner online by starting an Etsy store. You need a good idea of what you want to sell. Etsy is popular; you need a niche or you blend in with other sellers. For example, if you want to sell stationery items, specialize in wedding-related invitations or birthday invitations only.
Freelance – If you have a skill, why not put it to good use? Several freelance options exist that can get you on the path to raking in some extra money. It's even possible you can quit your full-time job and make more money freelancing. Don't go rushing off to put in your two-week notice just yet though. Check out some of the freelance opportunities, pick a field where you have experience, and wait until you have success before dropping your day job.
- Graphic Designer
- Freelance Writer
- Influencer or YouTube Sensation
- Social Media Manager
To find these types of freelance gigs, search Google and type in your desired skill with the word freelance next to it. Additionally, you can check internet job sites:
- We Work Remotely
- Indeed (choose the "remote" option)
- Virtual Vocations
- Cloud Peeps
Offline Ways to Make Extra Cash
Dog Walking – Do you have a love for dogs? If so, you can be paid for caring for them. Place an ad in your local newspaper, post on Facebook, or distribute fliers announcing you are taking on new clients for dog walking. Another option is to use websites like Rover or Wag to find people who are actively looking for someone to walk their dogs.
House Cleaning – This can be a lucrative side job if you find the right clients. People work or go on vacations and can't give their house the cleaning it needs. Put the word out via the people you already know and check out the Care and Indeed websites to look for housekeeper jobs. Be prepared to go into this. Just because you like tidying up your own home doesn't mean you will enjoy cleaning others. You never know what you're getting into. Think of all possibilities to determine if this is the right side gig for you.
Be Paid to Drive People Around – With apps like Uber and Lyft, you can gain some serious extra cash. Your location depends on the success of this side job. If you live in a busy city, you have plenty of opportunities if you have a reliable car and clean driving record.
Heather Burdo has been personally involved in business for six years. Her passion is to help small business owners and entrepreneurs through engaging and insightful content.