There’s almost nothing better than free cash … but it’s certainly hard to come by. In most cases, you’ll have to earn your cash in exchange for hard work. But just because your day job isn’t making you a millionaire doesn’t mean you can’t make some spare change on the side to help you reach more of your financial goals. And there’s no better time to earn extra cash than now.
That’s why I thought it’d be fun to put together this list of 21 things you can do now that’ll have you earning cash before the end of the summer! Out of the 21, you should be able to find at least a few that you’re able to start now:
1. Start a side hustle
This is probably one of the more common pieces of advice that people get who are looking to earn some extra dough. But the thing people get tripped up on the most is where to start. I think the best advice is make a list of the things you’re good at, and that you like to do. That’ll help you find your passions. Once you’ve found that, a little online research should help you be able to find out how to monetize those passions. There’s plenty of market out there, you just need to figure out how to sell your hustle to them.
2. Contribute to a blog
Are there any online blogs that you go to because you’re either interested in their product offering or you’re looking for advice? Think you’d enjoy writing on those same topics as this particular publication? Great! Now write to them to see if they’d be willing to make you a paid contributor.
3. Write product reviews for extra cash
If you’re interested in a specific niche – like video games or tech for example – you may be able to get paid by reviewing new and upcoming products on a blog. Blogs often have affiliate arrangements for R&D or in preparation for product launches where they’ll pay for your feedback.
4. Start a podcast
Don’t like writing but think you’ve got the chops to host your own audio experience? Then podcasting might be for you. It’d take some work not only to write, record, and produce the podcasts – but also to build an audience and attract advertisers. But if you’re passionate enough about it, it could be a lucrative channel.
5. Start a YouTube channel or create and edit videos as a service
YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine out there (2nd only to Google), and the largest for video. Music, comedy, how-to videos … it’s all on YouTube. And believe it or not – you need both great content and quality production quality if you want to better your chances of making it to the top. That’s why if you’ve got the chops to create or edit videos, you can offer your services up to small businesses.
6. Invest in the stock market
The old adage is that it takes money to make money. That’s true to some extent. But even a little can go a long way in the stock market – especially if you follow Warren Buffet’s strategy to bet on the jockey not the horse. Buying now and holding on to a winner for a while could earn you some cash in the future.
7. Invest in your future (401k, IRA)
The great thing about having a retirement account is that you rarely see the money. Before your net payout hits your direct deposit, your employer (in most cases) has already redirected a portion of your check into a long-term investment account. Whether your employer offers this as a benefit or not, it’s a good idea to start investing in a retirement account today. Your future self will thank you.
8. Drive for Uber/Lyft
Need cash now but don’t have a lot of time to earn it? Driving for Uber, Lyft or another ridesharing company can put quick money into your pocket – just watch out for the fees and expenses that come along with it.
9. Deliver for Favor, Instacart, PostMates, or join TaskRabbit
Being a delivery driver is sort of like driving for Uber, but without the whiny passengers. It gives you the freedom to work when you want, and pick up some quick cash on your time.
10. Get a part-time job
Some people prefer a more traditional route. No shame in that game! Picking up a part-time gig as a bartending or waiter on the weekends can earn you some extra cash quick! Not to mention the extra workout you’ll get from being on your feet 6-8 hours a night! Hospitality industry not for you? No problem! Here are a few other part-time job ideas:
- Lawn servicing/cutting grass
- Helping people move
- Construction/demolition work (good option if you can hack it)
- Referee kid’s sports games
11. Become a tutor
Summertime is a great time to get the kids prepped for the upcoming school year. But it’s not only grade school or high school kids who need tutors. College and grad students need it too — and some are still in session. Do you specialize in a certain discipline? Consider earning some extra cash this summer as a tutor.
12. Sell your artwork to get extra cash
Talented artist? Use it to earn some extra cash. With sites like eBay or Etsy, you can sell your artwork online pretty easily. Not tech savvy or interested in selling online? The local farmer’s market or an in-person meetup is a great way to help earn you some extra cash to support your passion. Another option is to check with your local restaurants or bars to see if they’ll host your art on their walls.
13. Teach a course
Whether you’re a digital marketing expert or a long-time guitar player, you can now teach your skill using the power of the internet. There’s plenty of sites online where you can go and set up your online course – Udemy and Teachable are a two.
14. Sell your spare photos to stock photo sites
There’s tons of great stock photo sites out there that will allow you to post and sell your photos online for a fee (Shutterstock is great one that comes to mind). Think of it as something like eBay for photos, it’s a great alternative to sell your photos and clear out that hard drive.
15. Become a part-time photographer
If your photos are Shutterstock worthy, there’s a good chance you’ve got a ‘must-have’ perspective. Leveraging it can earn you some part-time work as a wedding or real-estate photographer. And if you’ve seen the prices of a professional photographer these days, it can be quite a lucrative side hustle.
16. Trim your expenses
A great way to earn back your money is to not spend it all. Audit your spending – you’d be surprised at how much those happy hours and brunches add up to.
17. Earn extra cash participating in online surveys
There’s plenty of sites online and apps in the app store that will pay you for your opinions – MySurvey or InboxDollars are just a few of the many that a quick Google search will show you. The amount you can make varies but if you’ve got something to say, it can earn you some extra cash pretty quickly.
18. Sell your specific skillset on site like Fiverr
Are you a graphic designer? Web designer? Copywriter? Other freelancer? Set your price and your hours and earn some extra cash by selling your freelancing talents to the world!
19. Become a sitter
Let’s face it, everyone needs someone to take care of the baby, house, or pet from time-to-time. Heck, parents just might need a night off once in a while. Can you say date night? Being a reliable sitter is a great, flexible option to make some extra spending cash this summer.
20. Become a mystery shopper
This is a great way, not only to earn extra cash, but also get some free goodies along the way. The trick here is avoiding the scammers and making sure you have enough jobs lined up. A source like MSPA can help keep you on the right track.
21. Rent out that extra space for extra cash
Whether it’s a garage or an extra room, renting out that extra space is a great way to earn some extra cash quickly and easily. Air BNB, among others, is a good source to get you started.