This is the last post in in the make extra money series and I’ve summed up this last one as “odd jobs”. There are a lot of different things you can do to bring in extra money that may seem random or insignificant, but when you start to pay attention to this kind of stuff, you will be surprised at the abundance you have in your life. All you have to do is look around and notice it!
Today is part 10 of the 10 part money making series & we are going to explore how you can make extra money doing odd jobs, misc. things or one off things here and there to make extra money. (In case you missed read Part 9 – Make Extra Money by Renting Out Your Space). I’m going to give you some practical tips on how to do this and the exact steps you can take!
I love talking about the topic of making extra money with people and brainstorming ways this can be done. Oftentimes, making at least a little extra money is quite simple to do but for some reason does not come easy for people. Let’s change that!
The point of this series is to help you take small & incremental steps to start earning extra income. Earning extra income can come in many ways (some you might not expect) & some may surprise you! It can be hard to think outside of the box in your own situation, so that is where I come in. I’m doing this 10 part series on making extra money to help you think outside the box and bring some extra money in.
Once you do that, you’ll be able to use the extra money to build up your emergency fund, pay down debt, give back more or take a vacation (or anything else that excites you). So let’s have fun with this and work together to come up with ideas to make extra money! Let’s get started!
What Are Odd Jobs?
In this post, when I’m referring to odd jobs, I’m talking about seemingly random things you can do to make extra money. These might be seasonal activities based on the weather (think summer vs. winter months), things that come up only a few times a month or a few times a year or anything in between.
I summed this last post up as odd jobs because there are a lot of different things you can do to bring in extra money that doesn’t necessarily fit into a category like the other parts of this series. But don’t get too hung up on that.
The bottom line is this post will show you even more ways you can make extra money.
What Types of Things Can I Do?
I put the question out to the blogger community and asked other bloggers what they have done to make extra money. I got some really great responses so I wanted to share them with you. Here are some of the ways other bloggers have made extra money:
- Lauren from Becoming Wealthy suggests website testing. “Website testing with usertesting.com. I average about $80 a month but I hear some people make some serious cash! I like it, it’s easy and no test takes longer than 15 minutes really, and you get paid $10 per test!” Some other sites I found that do this are WhatUsersDo, Enroll, UserFeel, Analysia, & Trymyui.
- Allison from Eternal Arrival uses Upwork to create an amazing life that includes travel. “I’ve used Upwork since May 2016, and I’ve had great success with it. I’d estimate that on average, I earn around $800 per month between my three steady clients.” Allison wrote about how she does it in this post, How I Work From Anywhere & Travel Indefinitely Using Upwork.
- Ashleigh from Smart Cents Mom suggests becoming a search engine evaluator. “I work for Leapforce as a search engine evaluator and make around $500+ a month.” If you are not familiar with what a search engine evaluator does, here’s Leapforces’ description: “Search Engine Evaluators conduct research, evaluation and feedback on search engine results by, but not limited to, measuring the relevance and usefulness of web pages in correlation to predefined queries, by providing comparative analysis of sets of search engine results and various other techniques.”
- Jennifer from Internally Well suggests holding garage sales when the weather is nice. “From May through October I had garage sales. Higher quality, better items and made $4000 extra for 2016.”
- Debbie from Dynamo Marketers suggested becoming an Uber or Lyft driver. I use these services a lot when I go out of town. Every driver I’ve talked to say they absolutely love doing it because their schedule is totally flexible!
- Heather from The Academic VA suggests tutoring. “As a teacher, I tutored students after school, on weekends, and during the summer.”
- Alaya from Hope & Cents suggested being a census taker. “This only applies every ten years, but being a census taker is an excellent way to earn money. I did it during the 2010 census and earned around $3000 for the summer working evenings and weekends. Next one’s up in 2020. I highly recommend it!”
- Helen from Pyjama Lifestyle suggests mystery shopping. Which is a great one, I just did one of these for an oil change. I’ve done this in the past for Buffalo Wild Wings and a few other places. They are fun and you usually get what ever you are shopping for free!
Those are just a few ideas to get you started. Some other ideas that came up:
- Become an election judge – This obviously only happens when there is an election so contact your local election authority in order to get signed up for this. When I did it in the past, we were paid for the day we worked plus 2 training sessions.
- Task Rabbit – is a service that connects skilled taskers with people who need help so they are more productive. You are notified when there are jobs nearby for you to complete and you can pick the ones you want to do. It’s a very flexible way to bring in extra money.
- Freelance writing – If you like to write there is no shortage of freelance writing opportunities available. The trick with this one is getting paid what your worth. This article, How Successful, Work-From-Home Freelance Writers Find Work is a great overview and will give you some things to think about as it relates to pricing your services.
- Speechpad – Speechpad is a service that transcribes audio into text form. Their service allows you to apply for jobs to work as an audio transcriber. If you can type quickly, this is a great way to earn extra money because it’s totally flexible with your schedule.
I’ve listed some ideas to get you started but I know I’m missing some things. How have you earned extra money by doing odd jobs? Leave a comment below, your idea may help other readers!
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