Many people ask the question: “How Can I Make Extra Cash?” This article will help you find out how to make more money on the side.
You can do many of these things even if you already have a full-time job. My main piece of advice is to stick to one thing and work hard on it. One great money-making system is much better than 3 small ones that struggle to be consistent.
Some of the things on this list are general guidelines or courses of actions you can take in order to save or make more money.
For example, I use a cash-back credit card, and by the end of the year I will cash out and pay for my expenses. However, things like affiliate marketing can help you set-up a stream of income.
The earnings potential with affiliate marketing are tremendous, and some marketers will make an extra $10,000 per year while others will make that much per week.
25 Ways to Make Money Online
1. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate Marketing is when people or businesses allow someone to market and sell their product. For every sale, an affiliate marketer receives a commission.
There are four main players: the network, merchant, publisher, and customer. The network will handle all payments while also connecting merchants to publishers. The merchant is the person/business that has created a product to be sold.
Merchants handle all customer service issues and any problems with sales. The publisher will market and try to sell this product, usually through a website.
Lastly, the customer is the person looking for this information. You must get customers to go to your offer and buy in order for you to make money.
Thousands and maybe even millions of people are currently involved in some type of affiliate marketing. Some make thousands of dollars per day and they are considered gurus.
Many will only make enough for some extra spending and saving money. This is my number 1 method to make money online because although it is hard to get started, the right business plan can help you towards long-term results.
2. Become an SEO Expert
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of making a website and its content rank higher in the search engines.
This is done by doing on-page SEO, creating high quality content, and building backlinks. Experts in the field of SEO easily make 6 figure incomes.
People will pay you a lot of money if you know how to help them rank higher for certain keywords.
3. Start a Blog
Blogs became huge in the early 2000′s. People loved the idea that they could spread their pictures, ideas, adventures, and knowledge with the rest of the world.
Over the years, thousands of blogs and bloggers have created massive followings. Through their followers, bloggers have been able to make a lot of money by selling products and displaying advertisements.
One of the perks to building a profitable blog is that you can write about things you are interested in.
When I first started creating websites, I had a movie blog. I actually made my first check online through this and it was only worth $51.
However, this showed me that I could control the potential of my blog and the income it generates.
4. Do Freelance Work
There are many people online (including myself) who are looking for content writers, programming help, designers, and consultants.
Luckily, there are number of freelance sites that will connect employers to freelance employees for many different ventures.
Although there are dozens of freelance jobs but the largest sector of this work is currently in freelance writing. However, freelance programming and design have much larger payouts.
5. Invest and Create a Diverse Portfolio
This I recommend to everyone, but especially for those who are under 25. Creating a diverse portfolio of investments early can generate HUGE income when you retire.
Many people always say that they cannot afford to be investing at all. I say, save $25 a week, and at the end of the year you will add $1,200 to a portfolio. As you earn more, start investing more per week.
There are studies done that show you can make almost $200,000 more by investing at age 20 rather than age 30 by the time you are 65 (if you are investing same amount of money per year, each year). So, you see that it is worth the investment.
6. Binary Options Trading
*Carries risk – Binary Options Trading can help you make some extra money by investing. This is not a get rich quick scheme or any type of quick riches (those don’t actually exist).
Binary Options Trading allows you to take a stance against a certain assets underlying price. If you are correct, there is a set payout. If you are incorrect, you will lose your investment.
I do not recommend Binary Options Trading for people who do not have money to lose. Some people try to do trading but end up only losing money. However, it is possible to make good money with a strategy that works for you.
7. Sell things you do not use on eBay
Got a garage or an attic full of crap? Sell it! People will pay for your old stuff that you are not using anymore.
This can be very profitable for people who have antiques, collectibles, and items that can be restored. You would be surprised at how much people will pay for coins they are trying to collect.
My simple solution is to gather up everything you want to sell and make a profit on eBay.
9. Start a web-based business
Ever heard of eCommerce websites? Or even how profitable email marketing can be? There are many different web-based businesses you can start. There are also a variety of ways to make money online with a business.
One of the best perks of a web-based business is that start-up costs can be extremely low. Registering a domain name only costs $10-15/year and you can get good hosting for under $100/year.
This is basically your storefront and you can potentially get it for under $200/year. You might have to pay for design unless you have a lot of experience there but I believe you can be up and running with an investment under $2,000 for a basic web business.
10. Earn Cash Back When Shopping
There are actually websites out there that will give you cash back when you shop at certain retailers. Websites like eBates will give you 10% or more back on purchases made during a certain time period with a specific company.
For example, you might get 15% cash back at Target for all purchases made today. This can easily help you make money online by saving cash on things you would have bought anyway.
If you want to make a large purchase like a TV, then this can come in handy.
11. Write an eBook and promote it
People make thousands every single day by doing this. Although not easy, with the right resources, right marketing, and a quality product you can net large profits.
This method involves some type of expertise on a topic in health, relationships, money, or moods. You must develop an eBook that provides a solution to peoples problems.
For example, how to get six pack abs will sell to almost everyone. However, you must learn how to market and sell this product in order to maximize your income.
12. Revenue Sharing Article Websites
Did you know that you can simply write articles and be paid for every person that visits them. Oh, and you do NOT have to have a website or do serious promoting either.
All you need is expertise in one or more areas, a Google Adsense account, and an Amazon associates account. Using these things, you will be paid for your visitors.
Try to be consistent with this and you will definitely be able to generate readers. Provide quality information and you could be earning $20-50/day on the side.
13. Join CashCrate
This is a way of making money during your free time. Cash Crate will give you money if you sign up for certain offers, fill out surveys, refer people, or shop online.
For example, if you sign up to a free trial of a certain program they will give you money.
This is not a quick way to riches, but a lot of people make money through this program. If you see on the website, everyday different people are posting that they cashed out at $20 and above.
14. Design a Mobile App
There are so many different tools out there that let you create mobile apps without any experience programming.
You can literally use drag and drop tools and you will have your own app. After that, you need some advertising on it or a paid version.
Many developers have found a lot of money in mobile apps. People are continuously on their cell phones looking to waste time with their apps, why not make some money off of them?
Just remember that this is not an easy process and you will find some difficulties.
15. Become a Mystery Shopper
This as become a larger business over the past several years. Many businesses want shoppers to rate their experience so that owners can build a stronger company. They are willing to pay you to shop in their stores and critique your experience.
For example, restaurants will pay you to sit and eat, and then give an honest review. This can help business owners point out many of the flaws they have and do not realize.
There is usually no charge to become a mystery shopper but you will usually need some type of experience.
16. Donate Plasma
Okay so this is more of an older one but the option does still exist. Many people donate plasma and receive $10-20 each time they do it.
Also, remember that this is literally a way to earn extra cash, and not some long-term solution to wealth.
If you decide to go this route, consider learning affiliate marketing as well. You can use some of the money from donating plasma to buy content and request SEO jobs. The more work you can outsource the more work you can ultimately complete.
17. Become a Sales Rep
There are thousands of companies looking for qualified sales reps. They want you to sell their products and services, and you will receive a cut each time. This is one of the oldest methods of making money and is similar to affiliate marketing.
One of the best ways to find sales jobs is to look through your local craigslist or to read the newspaper classifieds.
Many companies are offering selling jobs because their employees can set their own compensation. As long as you meet your reserve sales, you will continue to have a job and make money.
18. Take on Jobs
There are many people that are not able to mow their lawn or shovel the snow out of their driveway. If you are capable of these things, you can easily earn some extra cash.
People will pay you a surprising amount of money to do manual labor type work for them on the side.
It is not hard to get started as all you have to do is set up some flyers around your town. List some of the things you can do (handy work, landscaping, lawn mowing, dog walking, wash cars, etc.) and people will call you to offer work.
Finally, create a set price you charge people and stick to it. (this depends on the income of people around you).
Take on Jobs
19. Spend less money
“A dollar saved is a dollar earned.”
Find ways to budget your money better. There are literally thousands of things you can do to spend less money.
However, it all basically starts with your entertainment budget. If you go out to eat once a week for $50, you are spending $200 at the end of the month. This adds up to $2,800 at the end of the year.
Find ways to save money you are already spending. You will find that you have larger sums of money from your paycheck and two years down the road you will find yourself with much more breathing room.
20. Get a cash-back credit card
So you go grocery shopping and spend $200 cash each and every time. Lets say at the end of the month you spend a total of $600 on groceries.
At the end of the year this adds up to $7,200. If you use cash, that will be the amount you pay. If you use a credit card with a 2% return, you will have $144 in your pocket.
Now, this isn’t going to save the day or be the savior to your finances, but why not get one free shopping trip per year? You can also build your credit at the same time and finally get that loan you were applying for.
If you tend to spend more money with a credit card than you do with cash, then skip this option. Some people are able to spend more on credit because they do not physically see the money leaving their pockets.
21. Become a personal trainer
You are in great shape and you need extra money, why not become a personal trainer?
Even if you do not have a license for training, many people will pay you to work out with them.
Some just need the motivation while others are looking for new workouts to add to their arsenal. If you have a body that men/women desire, then that might be all the experience you need.
On another note, it is not extremely difficult to become a certified personal trainer. Look online and take some classes and you will have your certificate before you know it.
22. Create webinars that are in demand
So the Internet Marketing niche is continuing to grow and clearly not going anywhere. Why not create a video (30-45 min) that demonstrates how to do something.
If you are capturing hundreds of leads per month through forums, then tell people how. Everyone from guru’s to beginners are interested in your information.
If you are able to create a series of related webinars, then you need to joint venture with someone who knows how to launch a product and offer them a cut. They will sell a large amount more than you would and the product is already made for them.
23. Become a Photographer
Stock photography is still a pretty large business. Imagine getting a cut every time someone purchased one of your images? Well this is now possible with some of the world’s largest freelance websites.
Also, there are many people looking for certain photos in certain geographic areas. If you live on a coastline, people will literally pay you to go outside and take professional photos.
It is recommended you have some type of photography experience and a camera that can take high quality digital photos.
Make money and save the environment at the same time. Many recycling centers will still give you money for each bottle and can you bring them. If you are able to save up your recycling over a month, it can help pay for gas and groceries.
Depending on how many cans and bottles you use, you can make a serious amount of money.
Also, many places are paying you for scrap metal. If you have any pieces of metal that may be valuable, they are probably worth bringing to trade in.
25. Get a part-time job
Although there are high unemployment rates around the world, many companies are still offering part-time jobs. I recommend going with a bartending or serving