Do you want to make extra money but not sure where to start? There are so many easy ways to make money. Last year, I made over $4500 from side income!
There are different ways to make money, but some of these can be done from home. These are great money making tips for stay at home moms, college students, professionals – basically everyone who wants to side hustle!
When I read The Penny Hoarder's in depth article on 29 Smart Ways to Make Money on the Side in 2015, I realized there were so many more ways to make money!
While I have done a few items on their list, it really got me thinking how I need to expand my money making.
The article went into detail about all the various side hustles and I plan on implementing several of them!
My best money making tips
The best lesson I have learned from making extra money is the importance of diversifying my income.
I don't like to be dependent on just one source of income. I never know when something will happen to that source and it will disappear!
In the month of March, I had several different sources for earning extra money. This included:
- multiple mystery shopping companies
- pet sitting
- multiple phone apps
Some of my payments last month ranged from $2.50 to my largest check to date, which was for over $200!
Here are just a few of the payments I received last month:
Here are 5 ways I make extra money
Mystery shopping and Panel Studies
Mystery shopping and completing panel studies are a great way to make money! I even wrote a book about it, as this can be extremely lucrative source of income. I made over $7,000 in the past two years doing some side hustling.
I made it work into my schedule and never did anything too difficult. I could do a lot from home and then I made money going out to dinner, shopping at places like Bed, Bath and Beyond, going to the movies, etc. The best part was I could bring a friend with me for most of these and their purchase was reimbursed too!
If you love animals, this is one of my favorite money making tips. I made thousands of dollars last year walking dogs on my lunch breaks and dog sitting.
I also got paid to visit and play with cats while owners were out of town. Each gig lasted around 20 minutes and I was paid between $17 – $20 a pop.
If you are interested in becoming a pet sitter, do a google search for pet sitters in your area. This industry is booming and most companies can't keep up with the demand.
Cell Phone Survey Apps
Ibotta is a super easy way to earn rebates and cash back from the grocery store and drugstore. After I finished a shopping trip, I would scan this app to see if any of the products I bought offered a rebate. The best part about Ibotta is that the rebates aren't always brand specific. This means you can scan a rebate for something generic, like “50 cents of any brand of eggs” or something.
You even get $10 after you scan your first rebate, and all the money is put into your PayPal account! Sign up here to get started.
I do all my shopping online via Ebates. Basically you use their website first, and then you earn a percentage back off every purchase you make at pretty much every store. So for example, when I shop at Macy's, sometimes I'll earn 8% cash back. This money goes into a PayPal account!
You also get a $10 gift card to Target or a few other stores of your choice when you sign up and make a purchase. Hello, free money!
Start a blog
This blog has changed my life! I've been fortunate to have so many new, lucrative opportunities thanks to blogging for the past year. I am able to earn income from ads, affiliates, sponsored posts, partnerships and more.
In less than a year, I made over $13,000 from blogging. That's a lot of money to make in my spare time! If you have been thinking about starting a blog, you should go for it! I never though in a million years I could make money from this.
If you are thinking about starting a blog, this tutorial will help you start a blog today. You’ll also get a FREE domain name for a year! I was able to quit my job and blog full time, all within my first year of blogging. I am really glad I took a chance and started a blog! I invested a small amount of money to start my blog using Bluehost, and I made $13,000 in 6 months of blogging. That’s the best return of investment ever!
Start saving, even if it’s only a few dollars a week
Whether you want to start an emergency fund or a vacation fund, you have to start setting some money aside. If you’re like most people and struggle with saving, you should consider using Digit.
I’ve just started using this free program and love it. Digit lets you save money each week from your checking account. What I really like about Digit is that it analyzes my bank account and determines how much I can really save per week. Some weeks it might be $5 and other times it might be $20. You don’t have to worry about overdraft and can contribute less or more if you need to. As of now, I don’t know an easier way to save money! You can learn more about Digit here.
Ebates is my absolute favorite company to use when I’m shopping online. Hello, it’s free money!
Every time I shop online, I always start at Ebates. They have a list of all the places you normally shop at and you just click on the store you want to visit online.
After you make a purchase, you earn a percentage of the sale! They literally give you cash back on every purchase you make. The cash back ranges from 1% to 14%. The money is then deposited into your PayPal account.
I’ve made over $700 from shopping online and earning cash back. Join Ebates here!
This cell phone app helps you make money off your grocery receipts. Yup, for real! You use it after you go grocery shopping and use your receipt. It’s basically a rebate app, so you can earn anywhere from 50 cents to $5 off everything you buy.
My favorite part about Ibotta is that it’s not always brand specific, like a lot of coupons are. So you’ll be able to scan “any brand of bread” for 50 cents off, etc. If you do coupon – you can STILL use Ibotta and get a rebate.
For the diehard couponers out there, this will often result in getting an item for FREE. When you sign up, you will receive a $10 cash bonus when you make your first scan. Join Ibotta here!
I have made thousands of dollars over the past few years from taking surveys online!
There are a handful of companies that I love to use and earn cash back into my PayPal account, as well as reward points that I can use at places like Target, Walmart and Macy's.
Start a blog
I went from making $40/month to over $4,000/month in the span of six months. That’s crazy! Here is a tutorial that walks you through how to start a blog.
Blogging has totally changed my life. I even share my online income reports so other people can see how I got started and how I am growing.
Become an Uber or Lyft driver
Work your own schedule and make mad cash! I know plenty of drivers that work all kinds of different time shifts, whether it's working during rush hour, happy hour or in the evenings. Uber even offers bonuses and extra incentives all the time.
Start saving, even if it’s only a few dollars a week
Whether you want to start an emergency fund or a vacation fund, you have to start setting some money aside. If you’re like most people and struggle with saving, you should consider using Digit or Qapital.
Qapital is a totally free app that let's you decide how much money you want to save every time you make a purchase. You can pick from $1 all the way up to $5.
So let's say I spend $24.05 at the grocery store. Qapital will then transfer $1 to my savings account.
You can link as many debit cards or credit cards as you want to Qapital. So even if you use a credit card to make a purchase, you can pick one bank account to transfer the $1 to your Qapital saving account. Click here to learn more about Qapital.
Digit lets you save money each week from your checking account. What I really like about Digit is that it analyzes my bank account and determines how much I can really save per week.
Some weeks it might be $5 and other times it might be $20. You don’t have to worry about overdraft and can contribute less or more if you need to. You can learn more about Digit here.
The only downside to Digit is they charge $2.99 per month to use their service. I don’t mind the fee though since it’s helping me save money every week. If the fee stressed you out, use Qapital!
Rent out your space on AirBnB
Over the past couple of years, I have stayed at a handful of AirBnB's and saved a ton of money. I've been able to rent an entire house, condo and apartment instead of a room at a hotel. Have you ever thought about renting out your home for a weekend?
You can learn more about how to use AirBnB here. Using the link, you will also get a coupon for $40 off your first stay anywhere!
What are you favorite money making tips? Do you have any side hustles?
Kristin, is the creator behind Believe In A Budget. She teaches others how to start a blog and how to side hustle. Her course, Pinterest Presence, helps bloggers + businesses drive traffic to increase their website's profitability. Click here to learn more!