Ideas for making money on the side

In this day and age with technology at our fingertips, it is easier then ever to make money outside of a typical a 9 to 5 job. Most people would love an extra second income without having to work too hard for it, isn’t that the dream. It is definitely possible to make money alongside your normal life, you just need to have the passion and drive to achieve it. Here are some of the best and easiest ways to make extra money on the side:

Selling your old Belongings

Selling your old clothes and electronics is a great and fast way to make money. Most people have old phones, laptops or clothes still with the labels on just laying around the house. Why keep them when you can sell them? There are many different websites you can use to sell your items quickly such as eBay, Amazon and Facebook marketplace.

Become a tour guide

Millions of people each year venture to a new city, wanting to see the sights and be a part of the culture. Become a tour guide and take tourists to the hot-spots in your own home city. You should know your home town like the back of your hand so why not share they knowledge with someone else and make some money from it.

There are a few different websites where you can upload your location and tour services like Airbnb experience and Vayable. Here you can upload images from your tours, describe what you have to offer, the price and customers can leave you reviews for others to see.

The price of your tour is completely up to you. Charge how much you think people would be willing to pay for your guidance and knowledge. You will also have flexibility to work whenever you want and be your own boss. Think about what your local area has to offer, architecture, celebrities, crime, traditional markets? Once you have decided what sights will be included in your tour, then you need to make your tour interesting and enjoyable for everyone. This will lead to good reviews, more customers and more money!

Selling crafts on Etsy

Do you have a passion for arts and crafts? Do you think people would be interested in purchasing your work? You will never know unless you try. Why not sell your products on Etsy? Etsy is the most popular website for selling hand-made goods and artwork around the work, if a shopper is looking for something unique and a bit different then Etsy is where they look. It is quoted that last year shoppers spent over $2.8 billion on Etsy.

It is very easy to open your own online store on Etsy. If you want to attract people to purchase from your store then you will have to put a bit of work into the pictures and description of your products. Then you can even consider doing a bit of advertising work so people can easily find your store.

Online Freelancing

There are many freelancing jobs available online, even if you lack experience there will be a job waiting for you. Websites such as Upwork and Fiverr list jobs such as blog and article writing, translation work, being a virtual assistant and programming just to name a few. When you first start and you're gaining experience the pay won’t be huge, but the more wok you do and reviews you gain the more you can charge for your work.

It might take a while before you land a gig on these sites, but just remember that they have many people on these sites and probably applying for the same work as you. Make yourself stand out from the crowd and provide good examples of previous work. The pay varies on the type of work and the person hiring you but the more you work the more money you will earn.

Teach English online

If you are native English and have a bachelor’s degree or a TEFL certificate, then teaching children online is an option for you. Children in other countries like China, India and Thailand require negative English speakers to help them learn and improve on their English-speaking skills. There are different websites and platforms available that you can do this through such as Dadaabc, VIPKID and Qkids.

Each company specializes in different countries and has its own requirements and wages, so search around for the platform that you feel would work best for you. Pay can be really good, up to $20 an hour and the schedule is flexible. It is also really good experience to put on your CV and has its own huge community of people in similar roles who help and support each other.

Become an Uber driver

There will be an Uber is almost every city you go to, it is an incredibly popular way of getting around without having to use public transport or spend ages trying to flag down a local taxi. People simply download the app and input their information. When you are ready to order an Uber, they put in their pickup and drop off location and the estimated time and then the driver accepts or denies it. If the driver accepts, they pick the customer up and drop them off at the location given and then driver gets paid.

You will have to apply for this job, and they will need to run a car inspection and a background check on you before you are given the job, and of because this you will need to own a car. The amount of money you earn ultimately depends on the number of trips you take on.

Become a delivery driver

No-one really wants to leave their house for boring tasks these days like food shopping. Why would you when you can order everything you need from shampoo, batteries, a new mobile phone or a cactus online from the comfort of your own home. You could make the most of this and sign up to be a delivery driver.

Most places these days do home delivery, such as Tesco, Amazon, and Nando’s, most likely whatever your thinking of or wanting can be delivered to your home for a price. There are different services that do home delivery’s and for some you don’t even need a car, you can deliver on a bike! Check out the different options to see which business requirements you match and apply.

Rent your driveway

A very easy way to make money is to rent out your driving space. If you own your own home or live in an apartment, it’s more than likely you have your own designated parking spot, be it a garage, a driveway or a spot in a carpark. If you don’t have a car then your space if going to waste! Why not list it online for someone to rent. If you live in a popular town or city or a location that attracts tourists then you could be making money right now.

All you have to do it list your parking space online (there are a few different websites that accommodate) and put down the dates the space is free and how much per hour you charge. Just make sure your parking spot is in a safe area and that you check the terms of your rental agreement to make sure you are allowed to rent the space. If you own the home, then you will not have any issues.

Baby/Pet/House sitting

If you're good with children, then babysitting might be the perfect side hustle for you. Ask around your friendship circles and see if anyone needs a nanny to look after their child, because everyone needs a few hours to themselves! Parents are mostly likely to hire someone they know and trust, once you have had a few babysitting reviews them you can apply for babysitting jobs on websites such as “Care.com”. The average babysitting rate is around $14 an hour but this can vary depending on your age and experience.

If your more of an animal person then good news, some people will pay you money to pet sit their animal! Sounds like a dream, right?! A quick google search will take you to a few different legitimate pet sitting sites, where you will be paid hourly to go to a persons house in your local area and look after their animal or take the animal to your house. That will depend on the owner and animal. If you love animals and have a free weekend here and there, this might be the perfect job for you.

People are traveling more often and for longer periods of time now a days but wanting to keep their home and make sure it’s safe. This is where house sitting comes in handy. Someone will pay you to go to their home and live there until they return from their travels. This is a great way to make extra money and take a holiday. You’ll be helping someone out while helping out yourself. They have houses available all over the world, how better to live then to live than to live like a local!

List your spare room on Airbnb

Do you have a spare room available in your house that is just storing all your junk and rubbish, clean it out and list the room on Airbnb. If your room is just sitting there empty you may as well be making some money back from it. You might not think your location is desirable for travelers but for someone else it could be the perfect location.

Make sure your house and spare room is clean and designed nicely, no-one wants to stay in a dirty, unattractive room. Being a good host will get you better reviews and more money in the long run, stock your home with items you would expect to see in a hotel such as toilet paper, shampoo, soap, towels, tea, milk and coffee. You should list your space on Airbnb during high-demand times like summer or if there are interesting events on in your area, as this will attract more people.

The money you can make from this depends solely on your location and house. Check out Airbnb’s in your local area to see how much they are charging. Do read the rules and regulations regarding Airbnb in your city before you list your house or spare room.

The Ideas listed above are all legitimate ways to earn money on the side. There are many jobs available on the internet no matter what your level of education or skill set is, you just need to look in the right places. In between the legit jobs you will come across some scams.

Be wary and don’t fall for them. If they sound too good to be true then they probably are, trust your gut! If a job requires an upfront free or needs your credit card number, then do not give it. There are many people in the world looking to make a quick buck, but some people will go the wrong way about it. Once you’ve decided on how to make your extra money, keep at it. You might not make money straight away, but you will eventually.