70 Best Ways to Make Extra Money on the Side in 2021: $500+


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It’s never been easier to make extra money on your own time and on your own terms.

Whether you’re looking for a side hustle idea you can turn into your primary source of income, or just for a way to make a few extra bucks, I’ve got you covered.

There’s gold in this list. While I haven’t personally tested ALL of them, I’ve used several of the ideas below to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past decade.

Seriously.

Yes, we live in exciting times!

They won’t all work for you, but I’m confident something will. And remember, reading is great but results only come from taking action.

Ready? Let’s do it!

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1. Online and In-Person Research Studies: Up to $140 an Hour

There are a couple online research companies I think everyone should sign up for.

User Interviews is a great resource for connecting with remote consumer research studies. I made $40 in about 40 minutes — here’s my full User Interviews review.

make extra money with user interviews

Respondent is one of the best paying online survey companies I’ve found. Usually the surveys are one-on-one interviews either in-person or over the phone / video chat, and they pay an average of $140 an hour.

respondent online focus groups

2. Online Surveys: $1 a Day

No list of money-making ideas would be complete without including an old favorite: online surveys. Power users of these apps earn $30 a month or more.

Here are some of Side Hustle Nation’s favorite options:

  • Swagbucks – Earn up to $35 a survey with this mega-popular app, and get a $10 bonus just for signing up!
  • InboxDollars – Get a $5 bonus just for signing up!
  • Survey Junkie – Earn up to $40 a month and cash out beginning at just $5.
  • YouGov - Long-running survey panel, with data often cited in the media.
  • American Consumer Opinion – Join millions of free members and earn up to $50 per survey.
  • Springboard America – Earn up to $5.00 for 20 minute surveys from home.
  • Opinion Outpost – Cash out at just $5 via PayPal or Amazon gift cards. Each survey enters you into a $10,000 quarterly drawing.
  • Pinecone Research – Earn $3 for each 15-20 minute survey. They'll send you a $3 check after your first one.

Don’t expect to earn an amazing hourly rate with these options, but you can earn gift cards, cash, and other rewards by answering surveys, watching videos, playing games, and shopping online with several reputable apps and services.

3. Delivery or Rideshare Gigs: $15-25/hr

You’ve probably heard of “driving for dollars” with services like Uber and Lyft, and it doesn’t get much simpler than this. One Lyft driver of mine on a recent trip put it this way: “When I want to make money, I turn on the app.”

In fact, these so-called “gig economy” apps have helped create a multi-hundred billion dollar a year industry. Here are some options to get your piece of the pie.

Options include:

  • DoorDash Earn up to $25 an hour* as a food delivery driver for. For more, here’s our full DoorDash review.
  • Instacart – Enjoy weekly payouts and a flexible schedule. Check out our full Instacart Shopper review here, with insights from a side hustler earning an extra $450-500 a week.
  • Uber Eats – Make local takeout deliveries in your town with and earn up $25 an hour doing so.
  • Shipt – A membership-based grocery marketplace, enabling delivery of fresh foods and household essentials. Drivers can earn up to $22 an hour shopping for and delivering these products.

*For illustrative purposes only, actual earnings may differ and depend on expenses. Hourly pay is calculated using average Dasher payouts while on a delivery (from the time you accept an order until the time you drop it off) and includes compensation from peak pay, tips, and other incentives.

If you choose any of these driving-related side hustles, it might make sense to tack on an app like Hurdlr to automatically track your mileage, expenses, income streams, and tax deductions in real-time. On average, Hurdlr helps users find $5600 in deductions!

4. Flexible Part-Time Work: Up to $25/hr

Steady is a cool app and website that consolidates all sorts of “gig economy” opportunities. For example, you can find work from home gigs, flexible “anytime” options, and even regular full- and part-time jobs.

steady app screenshots

In browsing through the listings, I found the usual array of delivery and rideshare gigs, but was pleasantly surprised by some of the other offerings. There were a number of local opportunities I’d never heard of in brand ambassadorship, political advocacy, mystery shopping, transcription, and more.

Steady acts as a portal to all these gigs and gives you a convenient central location to browse. After you create your account, you’ll be able to see everything available online and in your local area.

5. Loan Signing Agent: $100 per Appointment

Notary publics like Brian Schooley can make up to $100 an hour for completing loan signings for new home buyers on their own schedule.

Check out the resources at Loan Signing System to learn more.

6. Virtual Bookkeeping: Up to $70/hr

Remote bookkeepers can earn $20-70 an hour and up for their work. This can be a great option for people with an accounting background from school, your day job, or just for people who aren’t afraid of math.

Here’s a free training on how to get started.

7. Resell Flea Market Finds: Up to $5000 per Flip

My buddy Rob Stephenson is “the Flea Market Flipper” and makes a great living finding odd items to resell. He told me the story of finding a prosthetic leg for $40 and turning around and selling it on Ebay the next day for $1000.

The pioneering auction site is still going strong and can be a good place to get your products in front of 180+ million potential buyers.

There are profitable deals everywhere!

flea market flipping family

Rob and his wife Melissa consistently earn thousands of dollars a month doing this part-time. They put together a free training on how you can get started and make your first sales as fast as 2 weeks.

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8. Make Extra Money Playing Online Games

As someone who probably played more than his fair share of Windows Solitaire growing up, Solitaire Cube got my attention.

solitaire cube

The well-rated game app for iOS and Android pits you against similarly-skilled players, where everyone receives the same virtual deck of cards, and the players who finish with the most points win. Of course, I recommend practicing for free first!

Solitaire Cube is free to download and play, but “real prize” tournaments aren’t yet available in AZ, AR, CT, DE, IN, LA, ME, MT, SC, SD, and TN.

The popular Blackout Bingo game app turns classic bingo from a game of luck into a game of “speed and skill.”

blackout bingo

While the app has mostly positive reviews (players call it fun and addicting), others call their ads — which apparently claim you can win big money with little effort — misleading.

Each game only takes about 2 minutes to play, and you can earn real-world rewards and cash prizes (except in AZ, AR, CT, DE, IN, LA, ME, MT, SC, SD, and TN).

As with all gaming apps, my recommendation is to practice for free first. Then, never put more money at risk than you can afford to lose.

9. Become a Virtual Assistant: Up to $40/hr

Virtual assistants provide administrative support to clients from their home office.

To learn more about starting your own virtual assistant company, check out the free video training from my friend Abbey Ashley, who started her VA business on the side and shares:

  • Where to find thousands of potential clients.
  • How to make a full-time living working from home.
  • What clients are really looking for in a VA. (hint: it’s not prior VA experience)

Click here to learn more about becoming a virtual assistant.

10. Get Paid to Lose Weight: $500+

Before you start your next diet, you might want to check out HealthyWage. This cool service that lets you put a friendly wager on your weight loss.

If you meet your goal, you can cash in — to the tune of $500 or more! (Here’s our full HealthyWage review.)

Click here to see how much your prize might be.

11. Start an Online Business

This probably isn’t the right path if you need to make extra money quickly, but can build into a full-time income stream over time.

My primary revenue stream is affiliate marketing, but website creators can make money in lots of different ways, including selling their own products and services, advertising, live events, end even donations.

Click here to check out my free video course on how to start a blog.

12. Self-Publish on Amazon

Thanks to Amazon’s Kindle platform, you can publish your work and tap into a massive audience of buyers, especially if your book solves a problem in a unique way.

Self-publishing is one of my favorite and longest-running side hustles.  I remember my first royalty payment from Amazon of something like $42 and being thrilled, thinking “I did it! I’m a professional author!”

Since then I’ve earned over $70,000 in author royalties, and I think books are a pretty awesome way to build both authority in your niche and earn passive income along the way.

make extra money self-publishing

Related: My Amazon author profile and book listings

13. Become a Mystery Shopper

Field Agent presents a list of tasks you can do based on your location. If you happen to be driving around somewhere and the store in the list is near, just accept the task and start earning money.

Most of these gigs involve evaluating product displays or checking on inventory. They typically pay $3-10 apiece, depending on complexity and the time involved.

field agent mystery shopping

For more info, please see my full Field Agent review.

14. Craigslist Gigs

There’s a section in the lower right side of Craigslist where companies and individuals post jobs and gigs.

craigslist gigs

15. Rent Out Your Extra Space

You’ve heard of people renting their spare rooms on Airbnb, but what if you don’t want strangers in your house?

The Neighbor self-storage platform connects people with storage needs with those who have extra space. If you’ve got some excess storage capacity in your garage or elsewhere, list your space here to fill it and get paid.

make extra money on Neighbor

According to the site, hosts are earning up to $10,000 a year running their own mini self-storage operations.

16. Pet Sitting

Rover.com is “Airbnb for dogs,” and I’ve heard from several dog sitting hosts earning thousands of dollars a year through this site.

(Meowtel is leading platform for cat-sitting.)

17. Babysitting

One of my original income streams as a teenager, babysitting and child care is still a viable way to make extra money.

Sites like Care.com and Sittercity can help match you up with families.

18. Knife Sharpening

One of my favorite Side Hustle Show episodes featured a guy who taught himself how to sharpen knives on YouTube, and turned it into a $250-500 a month side business.

19. Online Tutoring: Up to $60/hr

Tutoring and test prep is more than a billion dollar a year industry. If you were a decent student or have some subject matter expertise, you can start your own tutoring business to earn extra cash and help students at the same time.

Wyzant (pronounced “wise ant”) is a popular online and in-person tutoring platform helping students in a wide variety of subjects and grade levels.

As a tutor, you set your own schedule and rates. For example, when I searched for math tutors nearby, Wyzant found several tutors from $40-60 an hour.

20. Create an Outschool Class

Outschool is a marketplace for online small group classes for kids. I sat down with Jade Weatherington, who reported earning over $10,000 a month from her virtual writing classes.

21. Sell Lesson Plans and Material

It’s not one-on-one tutoring, but Teachers Pay Teachers is a popular marketplace for lesson plans and other educational materials by educators for educators. One blogger I know began putting some of her content on this site and now earns $5000 a month part-time.

22. Sell Used Books

Use the free BookScouter app to find out what books are worth — either the ones you have lying around collecting dust or ones you come across at garage sales or library book stores.

One Side Hustle Show guest reported earning up to $4000 a month flipping used books!

23. Sell Printables on Etsy

Etsy is the largest peer-to-peer marketplace for handcrafted items. You’ll find thoughtful pieces for your home, office, kids, closet, and more.

Plus, you can now use Etsy to sell printables. This is a great option if you have an eye for design and love researching new niches, like Rachel Jones, who reported earning up to $10,000 a month without any inventory.

24. Amazon Arbitrage

Amazon FBA is “fulfillment by Amazon” and is Amazon’s unique way to crowdsourcing its inventory from individual sellers like you and me. Not only can you take advantage of Amazon’s world class logistics network, but you can also tap into their massive audience of buyers.

Perhaps the easiest way to get started is sourcing profitable inventory locally and then selling it via Amazon. I sat down with a $1 million Amazon reseller to learn more about how it works.

(You can even do this all online — sourcing products from other e-commerce retailers!)

25. Software Consulting

Is there a software that you’re a relative expert in?

One of my favorite angles is to piggyback on the popularity of a particular software tool, like Brad Rice did with Salesforce (earning over $200k a year part time!). As adoption of the software grows, so too does the demand for qualified support.

With platforms like Clarity.fm, you can get started very quickly and earn $60/hour and up.

26. Parking Lot Cleanup

Brian Winch started his parking lot clean-up business as a side hustle in 1981, and has since built it into a multi-six-figure business. He says you can still earn $30-50 an hour part-time targeting local property management companies.

27. House Cleaning

Anthony and Jhanilka Hartzog grew their Dallas-area residential cleaning service to $25k a month in revenue — and hire other cleaners to do the work!

More and more homeowners are outsourcing this chore, and the industry remains highly fragmented, spelling opportunity for you to win clients.

28. Pet Waste Removal

It’s not the most glamorous gig, but it can earn $50 an hour or more. In just a few months, Erica Krupin had landed 80 recurring weekly clients at around $15 apiece.

29. Pressure Washing

Pressure washers cost around $300, but you could clear more than that on a single busy spring weekend cleaning driveways, decks, and patios in your neighborhood. Here’s more on how to start a pressure washing business.

30. Drop Shipping

With drop shipping, you can sell physical products online without having to buy any inventory upfront. Instead, you work out deals with the manufacturers or distributors to ship the items directly to your customers on your behalf.

On a popular episode of The Side Hustle Show, Rene Delgado broke down how he sold over $300k in his first year.

31. Refinishing Furniture

Flipping furniture is a popular side hustle for those with DIY skills and people who like to work with their hands. Solid wood dressers are the easiest pieces to start with, and if you’re going for the “rustic farmhouse” look, your painting doesn’t need to be perfect.

Aim to buy used furniture for $50 or less, and resell it for $150-300 on Facebook Marketplace.

32. Find a Virtual Job

FlexJobs is the leading work from home jobs site. With over 50 career categories, FlexJobs has jobs ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time.

flexjobs homepage

They charge a nominal monthly fee (save 30% w/ promo code FLEXLIFE) to access their listings, but you’ll easily earn that back and then some with one job.

33. Print on Demand Products

Merch by Amazon makes a great side hustle. You upload your t-shirt (and other product) designs, set your price, and then let Amazon do all the work of printing and shipping your orders.

Elaine Heney made over $50,000 doing this part-time and shared some of her tips on The Side Hustle Show. (My wife made over $2k in her first year doing this in her spare time too!)

34. Create a Local Experience

If you have a passion for your city and love meeting new people, a unique local tour could be a hit.

My friend Alex hosts hundreds of “urban hiking” tours a year on the side from her day job — at $49 apiece!

What unique experience can you offer travelers? It doesn’t even have to be a tour.

For example, Michele Mattix has made thousands of dollars hosting a guided meditation experience via Airbnb Experiences. You can create your own experience, set your price, and Airbnb will markets your experience to travelers visiting your town.

35. Create a Fiverr Gig

For me, Fiverr has been a fun and eye-opening side hustle experiment. Since I started on the site, I’ve earned over $13,000, met some awesome people, and found an interesting “Buy Buttons” platform.

How it works is you come up with a base “gig” — and then add relevant upsells or packages to increase your order value. One of my most popular podcast episodes was with a Fiverr seller who used the platform to launch a 6-figure freelancing business.

36. Start a YouTube Channel

Creating content on YouTube is a fast-track side hustle, especially compared with blogging. I believe it’s easier to “rank” videos for your target keywords, and once your channel reaches certain metrics, you can begin monetizing with ads.

(You can also use YouTube in other creative ways, like to sell a digital product or service.)

37. Build an Email Newsletter

The newsletter business model is one I’m particularly excited about right now. It’s low overhead, reasonably simple to manage, and can scale to a significant income stream.

For example, the popular daily business newsletter Morning Brew sold for a reported $75 million!

38. TaskRabbit Gigs

TaskRabbit is one of the largest gig economy platforms, and you can create a profile specializing in everything from running local errands, assembling furniture, local admin temp help, and even virtual support jobs.

Rates vary widely based on what service you’re providing, but I’ve seen tasks anywhere from $15 an hour all the way up to $100 an hour or more for specialized skills.

39. Go Look at Stuff

Earn $18 to $200 to go look at stuff like eBay purchases, cars, rental properties, or even vacant lots with WeGoLook. Take pictures, verify information, and report back what you find.

40. Rental Properties

Rental real estate is one of the oldest side hustles in the books, and is still viable today.

If your local market is too expensive, take a look at Roofstock, a cool online marketplace built for out-of-state-investors. Many houses listed already have tenants and property management in place.

My friend Dustin Heiner methodically built up his rental portfolio and was able to retire before 40 on the cash flow.

41. Commercial Real Estate

Fundrise was my first foray into “alternative” real estate investments (and I since joined their affiliate program). They have several “eREITs” that own or hold investments in commercial properties all around the country, and have paid consistently quarterly dividends in the 6-10% yield range.

fundrise homepage

Plus, there’s just a $10 minimum to get started.

42. Earn More Interest

I’ve been earning 8%+ interest with a BlockFi interest account. Your deposit is converted into “stablecoins” at a fixed rate of 1 to every dollar, and the loans BlockFi makes are backed by crypto collateral.

blockfi for passive income

Related: 79 Alternative Investment Platforms to Earn Stronger Returns, Build Cash Flow, and Diversify Your Portfolio

43. Rent Out Your Car, RV, or Boat

If you have an underutilized car, HyreCar will help you rent it out. Be prepared to rack up some miles though; this company caters to rideshare drivers who don’t have a vehicle of their own.

Listing your car is free, and HyreCar owners report earning an average of $720 a month.

What else could you rent out?

44. Donate Plasma

As long as needles don’t bother you, you can earn $20-50 per plasma donation.

45. Clinical Trials

The National Library of Medicine runs a database of studies all across the country you may qualify for.

46. Get $200 From a Bank

You’ve got to promise to use this strategy responsibly, but it’s made my wife and I thousands of dollars over the past few years.

Credit cards like the Chase Freedom Unlimited Card offer up to 40% cash back — $200 after you spend $500 in your first 3 months — with no annual fee.

chase freedom unlimited 2020

Learn more and compare this card to other cash back cards here.

If you know you’re gonna spend $500 in the next 3 months, that’s #freemoney. This card also gives you one of the highest cash back rates, with unlimited 1.5% back on every dollar you spend.

Related: Credit Card Rewards 101: How to Earn Free Cash and Travel by Spending Smarter

47. Transcribe Audio

Transcribe interviews and lectures on Rev.com and earn $9 an hour and up. Fast freelance transcriptionists can earn more though; as this free mini-course explains.

48. Narrate Audiobooks

I think we can all agree that getting paid to talk is a pretty sweet gig, and Voices.com is the #1 marketplace for voice over talent.

Otherwise, ACX, the Audiobook Creation Exchange, is an interesting platform to connect authors with professional narrators to — like the name suggests — create an audiobook version of their book.

49. Help Companies Name Their Products

Companies post naming and branding contests on SquadHelp and you can win cash for coming up with the best name or slogan. On Namestation, a similar service, top contributors earn up to $300 a month part-time.

50. Cut Your Ongoing Expenses

If it’s been more than 2 years since you last shopped for car insurance, you’re paying too much.

Here’s the dirty secret of the car insurance industry: your cars are worth less every year due to depreciation, but you keep paying the same amount.

Check out Insurify for a quick and painless quote process to find the best rates for car and home insurance. It’ll take just a few minutes (you can even do it on your phone) and users save an average of $489 per year! 

save on insurance with insurify

Similarly, I recently switched to Mint Mobile for my cell phone service. It runs on the T-Mobile network and costs just $15 a month (when you pre-pay)!

I was able to keep my current phone and phone number. Making the switch from Verizon saved my wife and I over $800 a year.

51. Build an Online Course

With Udemy, you can create a video course in your area of expertise, and put it up for sale on their platform of more than 50 million students.

Since late 2014, I’ve earned over $20,000 on Udemy from a course I created about self-publishing.

What could you teach?

Related: The 101 Best Udemy Courses for Entrepreneurs, Freelancers, and Side Hustlers

52. Thrift for Profit

Apps like Poshmark can help you clear out your closet or make money from your latest thrift store finds.

53. Online Coaching

The Coach.me platform boasts more than 1 million users and you can set up an online coaching practice in the areas of leadership, health, business, habits, and more. Earn $100 an hour or more working one-on-one with clients.

54. Yard Care Service

Both GreenPal and LawnGuru are building “the Uber for yardwork” and offer a cool new way for landscaping businesses to connect with customers. The average GreenPal vendor makes around $55 per hour mowing lawns on its system.

55. Get Cooking

The United States Professional Chef Association has put together this directory of personal chefs available for hire.

56. Photography Service

This is my wife’s side hustle of choice, which started as a hobby. She and her partner started out pricing low to build a portfolio, but now command around $4000 per wedding.

57. Moving Service

If you have a truck or van — and a strong back — you can earn money with Dolly’s peer-to-peer moving platform. Help your neighbors pack and move across town. Similarly, GoShare will help you put your truck or cargo van to work and up to $61 an hour.

58. Sports Coaching

Channel your athletic glory days and help young athletes level up their game. You can set your own rate and CoachUp private coaches report earning an average of $45 an hour.

59. Personal Training

Connect with clients through your gym, NextDoor, or through a marketplace like FindYourTrainer.

60. One-on-One Language Lessons

With Verbling, you can set your own hourly rate for online language lessons. Most tutors appear to be in the $10-25 an hour range, and Verbling says some are earning a full-time living on the platform.

61. Storage Unit Auctions

The hype over Storage Wars has largely died down, which means profitable storage unit auctions may be easier to come by today. You have to bid based on what you can see from the outside, and hope to find some treasures to flip for a profit.

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62. Help Friends Get a Job

When your referral gets a new job through Hired.com, the site will pay you $1000.

63. Sell Dirt

Mark “The Land Geek” Podolsky calls this “the best passive income model,” and broke down how it works on The Side Hustle Show. Later, I caught up with a student of his who was doing really well.

64. Sell Your Mobile Data: $20-50 Per Year

We give so much of our data away every day for free to companies like Facebook, so it may not be that far a stretch to actually get paid for what you share.

For example, Nielsen rewards you for sharing internet usage behaviors. Simply download the app to all of your registered devices. The app is non-intrusive and won’t slow down your devices.

As they track your usage, you earn points. Users can redeem points for prizes and sweepstakes entries.

Mobilexpression is a market research panel that pays you in exchange for data from your mobile phone.

make money with the mobilexpression app

Download their app and allow it to work in the background recording your browsing habits while on your phone. By participating with Mobilexpression, you’ll earn weekly credits redeemable for gift cards to popular retailers.

Realistically, this is an un-intrusive background app that will probably earn you around $20 a year in passive incomeAnd you’ll earn a free $5 gift card after your first week.

65. Mechanical Turk

Earn a small fee ($0.01 to $3) for each micro task you complete on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.

It can be tedious work, but over the last few years, Mike Naab earned over $50,000 in his spare time completing surveys and other small jobs.

66. Proofreading and Editing

Editing for self-published authors was a side hustle for me a few years ago. ProofreadingServices.com is an online proofreading and English tutoring service that pays $19 to 46 per hour, depending on turnaround time.

To learn the necessary skills, Proofreading Academy may be worth a look. The online course offers a free trial and guaranteed work upon successful completion.

67. Solve Interesting Problems

MindSumo is a cool service that asks for your input on certain questions on behalf of its corporate clients. Rewards of $550-1600 are given to the best or most creative answers.

When I was browsing, I saw questions like “How would you improve the car buying experience?” and “How can we make laundry less of a hassle?”

68. Sign Up for Free Rewards Apps: $150+ Per Year

Saving money is making money! And it’s actually even more effective since it goes straight to your bottom line — meaning you don’t have to pay taxes on it like you would with extra income.

For example, the Fetch Rewards app gives you cash back just for snapping a picture of your receipts.

You can then redeem points for gift cards to retailers like Best Buy, Sephora, Staples, Gap, and more. (I’ve been cashing in for Amazon gift cards.)

It’s also kind of a cool tool to track your spending across time and across different stores:

fetch rewards app

Install through our referral link and get 2000 free points ($2)!

Rakuten is a long-running site that pays you cash back for doing your online shopping through their portal. A recent computer purchase from Dell netted me $160 cash back! (They were running a special offer.)

They’ll even give you a free $10 bonus when you create your account!

69. Be a Movie Extra

Are there movie extra jobs near you? Background actors normally earn minimum wage, but you may get a meal out of the deal — and perhaps a brush with celebrity.

70. A Friend in Need

According to Rent a Friend, you can earn up to $50 an hour on this strictly platonic match-making site. You might get hired to accompany new “friends” to the movies, dinner, the gym, or whatever you include in your free profile.

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Let me know which ones look the most compelling by leaving a comment below. Also feel free to chime in if I missed your favorite way to make extra money — I’ll strive to keep this resource as up-to-date as possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make extra money?

There have never been more ways to make extra money! For example, you can start freelancing, begin re-selling products, or even start your own blog or YouTube channel. Be sure to check the full list at Side Hustle Nation for the latest options.

How can I make money online?

The most common ways of making money online are through freelancing, selling advertising on content you create, such as a blog, podcast, or YouTube channel, or by selling physical or digital products. You can sell these through existing marketplaces like Amazon or set up your own store.

How can I make $200 fast?

If you need to make $200 fast, you have a couple options. The first is to provide some sort of freelance service, which could be anything from mowing lawns to babysitting to painting houses to dog walking to designing websites or managing Facebook ads. The second option is to sell something you already own. OfferUp and Facebook Marketplace are popular options to unload this unwanted inventory.

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  1. This is incredible! Thank you for taking the time to compile this. I wish I’d known about Scribendi 12 years ago when I was struggling to get clients for my freelance editing business. Now that I do know about it…
    Seriously, this is an amazing resource. Thanks, Nick.

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  2. As Nick notes, you can share pictures, music, and more on Pond 5. There’s also a decent market for real life sounds you record. I’ve sold things like the ambiance at an airport departure lounge and a subway train leaving! Your smart phone can probably capture the recordings!

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  3. Love this article! Have read numerous posts from sidehustle nation and constantly share them with friends. One tip that hasn’t been added is UserTest. You can earn £8 for every website you review. You can check it out at: https://usertest.io/

    Keep up the great work! Always on the look out for posts like these! :D

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  4. Hi Nick,
    At the risk of repeating what others have said, what an amazing/wonderful/fantastic list. Thank you so much – this will keep me busy investigating options for a while ! I have had some small success with Audio Jungle (part of the Envato group of sites) – uploading short music files that I have created once, yet they keep on selling. I like your Fiverr example too https://www.sidehustlenation.com/self-publishing-platform-outsold-amazon/ – I’ll have to try that one !
    Thanks HEAPS,
    Matthew
    (Melbourne, Australia)

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      • Sort of, kind of, yes, but….
        Audio jungle has been good to the tune of hundreds, but not thousands of dollars for me so far. But very passive, yes !
        Audio Jungle have an exclusivity clause, so putting exactly the same tracks up on another competitor site is not an option.
        However, modifying these tracks, or creating different tracks is certainly possible.
        Perhaps spreading things out a bit, like your Amazon Kindle to Fiverr experience with your book might be my next step.
        Thanks for getting my brain working and prompting some thought processes for me :-)
        Matthew

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    • Hi Matthew,

      Interested to know more about audio jungle, what kind of music files did you create? Are you a musician ?

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      • Lee, Matthew & Nick – I’m a musician how has used several of the stock music sites, and personally I’d recommend Pond 5 over Audio Jungle. I get into a WAY more detail about it here: http://www.stockmusicmusician.com/stock-music-site-reviews/. But the long and short of it is that Audio Jungle offers a lower royalty payments, no control over setting your price, and its upload and review policies are terrible. And I would strongly urge against signing an exclusive agreement with the landscape of music changing so quickly.

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        • Hi Evan,
          Thanks heaps and piles and lots for the suggestion ! I will have a look at your StockMusicMusician recommendations.
          I agree with your comments about Audio Jungle completely, however unfortunately it comes with the territory of being a musician. For example, a band I’m in has got a live gig coming up soon… We’ll get paid $10 each ($50 total) and a jug of beer to share if we’re lucky for almost four hours work….sigh.
          Thank you Evan once again.
          Matthew
          (Melbourne, Australia)

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      • Hi Lee,
        Yes I am a musician and a computer nerd. While I prefer playing funk / rock music, I have found a small success in the relaxation music niche. I have uploaded to Audio Jungle a few short relaxing instrumental songs (less that 90 seconds), one or two of which can be looped. And they keep selling. I know I need to do some more but finding the time is difficult. Audio Jungle do have very strict rules and policies, many of which are arguably restrictive and obviously in their favour, but they are easy to use and they certainly have the buyers/traffic. I would certainly recommend them if you have some old original music tracks of your own gathering dust on your hard drive that you know you’re never going to do anything else with. Good luck!
        Thanks,
        Matthew

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  5. This is hands down one of the bests posts I’ve ever seen on starting a side income. Most people say they don’t have any ideas. Your list is the best way to breakdown that barrier. Awesome post!

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  6. Great list! I’ve had my car wrapped with Wrapify for the past few months and have been earning about $400 per month — just for driving where I’d normally be driving!

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    • Hi

      I know there are legit car wraps but there are also scams going on as well so be careful about what info you give out and some issue cheques which later bounce.

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      • I totally agree Cathy, we have to do our due diligence for things like this. I’m very happy with Wrapify, they pay by direct deposit every two weeks and their customer service is great. Everytime I’ve had a question they’ve responded very quickly.

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  7. Great article, here is another way to make money In your spare time is being a Sports Official. I have a fulltime job and my sports officiating starts after 5pm during the season. An example football referee make around $55.00 per game, normally there are 2 games per evening, on the weekend a person can work 4 games, 1 hour each and make $200.00. Our state chapter in http://taso.org. Thanks just wanted to share this

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  8. Careful with Carvertise. Shady business practices for their drivers. Their wrap wrecked our paint job on our car and they are being extremely difficult working with us to get it fixed. I gave them a 1 Star rating on their Facebook page and they literally sent my husband an email saying if I didn’t change the rating he wouldn’t be reimbursed for the damages to the car. Shady business practices.

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  9. Anything to do with REFERRALS??? Like a kickback ( so to speak ) if you refer your favorite highly rately ( but lesser known ) incredible restaurant or Bakery or AUTO PLACE to tourists, neighbors, friends, people? Are there any apps or platforms or ways to make money from that? I do it ALL THE TIME!!!
    Thanks for all the Gr8 info Nick!!! Be well!!!
    Caren S.

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  10. Besides Verbling, there are other language sites where you can earn money for teaching languages. Some examples are italki or Langademy. In the first one you can apply as a teacher or tutor, and at Langademy you just need to have some reputation in the community to start earning money. Hope this helps someone.

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  11. Thanks for this exhaustive list. I have two teenagers that found several different jobs that want to do for spare money this summer.

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  12. Awesome list! I have been driving for Amazon Flex for about a year now and can comfortably say it’s a pretty decent gig in terms of pay. There’s a lot of confusion out there because Amazon gives a broad range of “18 to 25 dollars” per hour, and it ultimately depends on your driving costs (gas, depreciation) and how well you get tipped. I’ve been averaging about 20 dollars per hour, which is not bad for just driving packages around.

    This article does a good job explaining the details behind how your pay would be calculated: https://www.azflexinfo.com/how-much-can-you-get-paid-with-amazon-flex

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  13. Thanks for sharing such an informative post. This will be very helpful for those who want to earn extra money besides their study or job. I am also working in upwork as a freelancer beside my job. This list is very effective to find all of the sources altogether.

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  14. Excellent article, Nick!
    I’ve been heavily focused on the Print on Demand side of things for the past 8 months with Merch by Amazon being the #1 focus. It’s a great opportunity for everyone, and it’s cool to see it mentioned on your list. :)

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  15. You rock Nick,
    I really do like what you’re doing here, giving people so many ways they can make a living from the internet, that is totally princess man, please do keep it up.

    Now, if there’s one good thing picked from this post, and most of your other previous posts, it is the fact that there are a countless number of ways anyone, from anywhere can make a living from the internet.

    It has never been easier than now to make money online, and I’ll encourage everyone who cares to listen to get involved with this right now as it is getting more interesting everyday.

    I guess that most people that started online business started with Online Surveys. Myself for example, that was also how I started years back. And if I could remember vividly, I started with CashCrate and Survey Monkey which you mentioned here too. Honestly, I never knew that those guys are still in business, it’s been years man.

    Although, I didn’t really made anything significant from online surveys, but it was indeed a great experience. When it wasn’t favoring me as I thought it would, that was when I now ventured into blogging and affiliate marketing which I’m still doing today.

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    • You are doing pretty good in blogging Anil. Blogging has become a fantastic career option and many are opting for it to make passive income so that they can enjoy their life.

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  16. One more to add:
    AcaDemon – depending on how you feel about this ethically, you can upload college term papers. Students buy them for “research” (I mean, maybe they are?) and you get 50% of the sale. I made a few hundred dollars from it the first few years after college.

    I was also able to make like $200 a week with Rev doing transcriptions when I hit an unemployed patch.

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  17. Awesome list – I’ll definitely have to come back to this. I currently do Mturk and Merch by Amazon, along with a few other t-shirt platforms. I don’t do nearly was well on the other t-shirt platforms as I do with Merch by Amazon. I’ve made almost $1000 via Merch this year, whereas I think I’ve barely broken $10 on the others combined.

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  18. Thanks for sharing! I have worked with Homework Market and it has its perks. I am currently working with Genius Writings (https://www.geniuswritings.com) – the new kid on the block. I would definitely recommend it for people seeking to make money helping with assignments

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  19. I am a Survey Taker and earn a passive income for over five years. It is great though looking for more
    extra income. Can you suggest a bit more steady income online? I am a Home maker as well and do singing gigs. Thank you for you suggestions.

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  20. I just started buying and selling clothes, accessories and shorts. I really want to have a sideline income and I use apps like Olx and Yoox to sell.

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  21. Your number 2 on the list, Survey sites is definitely the easiest and fastest way to make money and that on your own terms and time. It takes some hard work at the beginning but one you become an expert doing them you get to finish them pretty fast and the good thing is that in no time you have your earned money once you cash out. I prefer Survey Junkie since they are pretty responsible and timely with payments.

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  22. As Nick notes, you can share pictures, music, and more on Pond 5. There’s also a decent market for real life sounds you record. I’ve sold things like the ambiance at an airport departure lounge and a subway train leaving! Your smart phone can probably capture the recordings!

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  23. I donated plasma at OctaPharma. I made $200 my first week. I’m working towards paying off my debts. It felt awesome to do something that will save lives and get paid as well. I highly recommend it.

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  24. Your number 2 on the list, Survey sites is definitely the easiest and fastest way to make money and that on your own terms and time.

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  25. This article is very useful. Actually, I was now earning thru Upwork right now working as an IT specialist virtually for several companies overseas.

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  26. Thanks Nick, for sharing this valuable article. I am a Photographer I promote my work on Instagram and Facebook and easily generate 1000$ with gigs. I have observed that when I used paid ads I was able to reach my target audience better & I was also able generate a good amount of revenue. Even I sell Photos on stock image website and I am happy that i generate good amount from stock website.

    Pro Tips if you want for earn 1000$ in a month
    1- Create Content ( Images, Videos, Blog )
    2- Use Paid Advertisement to Sell your product or service
    3- Create Website or a YouTube Channel and start sharing valuable content
    4- Be consistent
    5- Have patience

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  27. Thanks Nick,There are so many great ideas here. :D
    This is what i looking for, will try POD for next few years.

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  28. Hi Nick, I’ve been following you for the last 3 months. I just read your blog and it’s awesome. Keep sharing valuable content with us.

    Best Regards,
    Sanu

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