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If you are looking for ways that you can make a few extra dollars off a side business, you are likely to come across hundreds of strategies to make some cash. However, depending on your unique needs and skills, it may well be within your reach to make a respectable amount of money and get it done quickly.

Regardless of where you are from or what you do for a living, making money is no longer a constant and never-ending struggle thanks to the conveniences that the internet offers us. With the proverbial world at our fingertips, as long as you know how to harness the vast possibilities of the digital ether of cyberspace, you can still make extra income even if you are in a close bond.

Some of the strategies listed below offer a quick fix to making money; others require a substantial investment of your time. Either way, choose a method that suits your skills and make sure you get serious value added. Ultimately, that's what it is about.

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1. Sell items on Ebay or Craigslist.

One of the safest ways to make money when you are in trouble is by selling items on Ebay or Craigslist. Any used items like furniture, appliances, collectibles or other things that you are not currently using or that collect dust can be sold online for some cash. Even if you're serious, you can do it professionally for others and collect a small commission on every sale. Take good quality photos and write a good description. You are in great shape.

Related: 8 Places to Sell Stuff Fast When You Really Need the Money

2. Recycle used smartphones in Gazelle.

I've sold a couple of used smartphones at Gazelle and it's a hassle-free way to make money having an old iPhone or Samsung smartphone or other device around. While you won't get a top dollar for it, you will be able to get a little bit of money that can only help you depending on your financial situation.

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3. Drive for Uber or Lyft.

One of the most common ways to make money is by driving for Uber or Lyft. The sharing economy has literally exploded and both Uber and Lyft are at the forefront. The best part? You can toggle your availability on and off through these networks with a simple click of a button, so you can start making money regardless of the time of day or night.

Related: These Are The Best Cities For Uber And Lyft Drivers (Infographic)

4. Deliver for PostMates.

Another way to get an extra income is to deliver for PostMates. Similar to Uber and Lyft, you can work whenever you want. While the pay may not be huge, there is an opportunity to earn tips. If you're in a high-traffic area like Los Angeles or New York City, this is a great way to make money and you don't even need a car.

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5. Rent your guest room on Airbnb.

AirBnB provides a great resource for people ready to rent a guest room or even their entire home. If you want to make some quick money, AirBnB gives you a way to make an income. You are paid 24 hours after a guest is checked in to avoid any problems or potential scams. Some people earn their main income only from renting rooms or apartments on AirBnB.

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6. Manage social media for small business.

Many small businesses need a social media manager and don't have the time or expertise to constantly post on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter. Take it upon you to contact local businesses and offer your services for a contracted monthly fee. This is an easy way to make money no matter where you live.

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7. Answer questions about JustAnswer.

Sites like JustAnswer pay you to answer professional questions. If you have high-level skills such as legal, medical, or information technology experience, you can be paid to help others navigate specific issues or areas of contention they may face in life.

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8. Sell services on Fiverr.

Fiverr helped birth the gig economy. Although services start at $ 5, some Fiverr sellers have six-figure sales annually. You can sell just about anything on this platform, but to be successful and become a Super Seller you need to generate tremendous added value even at these lower prices.

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9. Do micro jobs on Mechanical Turk.

Amazon's Mechanical Turk platform is a way to make money, but it doesn't make you rich in any way. However, if you want to take on micro jobs that can be done in minutes by lining up them, you can make some money that can help you out when you are in trouble.

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10. Tutor on Skype.

You can teach people on Skype no matter where you live. This is great especially if you are a digital nomad and want to make more money than the local job market can possibly provide. Private tutors from the US or UK if you are traveling through Asia or any other country with a low cost of living around the world.

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11. Get a part-time job.

Okay, maybe you need some cash and you already have a full time job. You just don't feel comfortable making money online or trying to get into a web-based project. You could get a part-time job. You can kiss goodbye to your social life, but it is certainly a guaranteed additional stream of income.

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12. Start a blog.

Okay, you won't be making money anytime soon on a blog. However, if you start a blog and deliver tremendous value, you can set up a platform for yourself to end a tremendous amount of passive income. This is something that you can easily build on the side with just a few hours of work per week, but you need to stay consistent and post great content on a regular basis.

See also: 17 Tips for Entrepreneurs Who Blog

13. Create an online course.

Create an online course with a platform like Udemy or Teachable and use some of your skills to make a healthy income. Depending on how much time you invest in your course, you can generate significant extra income by creating courses that deliver tremendous value.

Related Topics: How to Start Developing Your eLearning Courses

14. Create a sales funnel with ClickFunnels.

As an online marketer and software engineer, I'm obsessed with sales funnels. However, many people struggle to create the right funnel that converts. It requires a high level of technical and marketing skills. However, ClickFunnels, a SaaS company with over 40,000 customers founded by Russell Brunson, takes the guesswork out of the way. Create a sales funnel and automate your sales with such a platform.

Related: 5 Steps to Building Your First Online Sales Funnel

15. Write an eBook.

I've long been drawn to the passive income that comes from creating an e-book and publishing an escorted print-on-demand paperback. Using platforms like KDP and CreateSpace, both from Amazon, makes it easy to create and sell an e-book that costs nothing to make and a paperback that only makes money when it is published.

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16. Create an audiobook.

Use a platform like ACX to create and sell audiobooks on platforms like Audible and iTunes. If you have a great idea for a nonfiction book that teaches you difficult skills like stock trading, foreign currency investing, accounting, online marketing, or others, then with the right audiobook volume, you can easily make a five-figure monthly income with ease.

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17. Become a personal chef.

Are you a good cook You could become a personal cook preparing meals for other people. You can easily market your services on social media or create your own website. There are also many websites that you can use to market your services such as HireAChef.

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18. Do mystery shopping.

Companies of all types are looking for test buyers. Test buyers shop in secret and document their experiences with the retailer. This can be done in a physical store or an online store. If you do a simple search to become a mystery shopper, you can likely find several services to help you out. Or, you can just reach out to companies directly to have your mystery shopping services ready for them.

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19. Walk dogs.

Almost everyone can walk dogs. If you live in a dog-filled neighborhood, make some flyers on your computer and put them in mailboxes. Identify yourself as a dog walker and include your price. Build a steady stream of customers and your dog walking service will grow over time.

Related: Meet Wag, an app to help you find a dog walker

20. Become babysitting or nannies.

If you need to make money quickly, you can always start babysitting or even become a part-time nanny. You can do this using a variety of websites such as or SitterCity, or even publish your services on social media websites. You will be reviewed and rated for your services. So make sure you have a top notch experience.

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21. Clean houses.

Housekeeping is always an option. There are many private families and homeowners who rent their homes on short notice and need housekeeping or housekeeping. You can list your services on a website like and many others to promote yourself.

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22. Participate in marketing focus groups.

Marketing companies always hold focus groups to study consumer response to products, services, and advertisements across a variety of media. I took these studies many times in college, and so did you. You don't need any special training for this.

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23. Have a garage sale.

You could always hold a flea market to make some cash cleaning up excess clutter in your home. This is great if you have kids who have outgrown toys, or if you just have a large number of items that you want to part with. Put up some signs around town or advertise on Craigslist.

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24. Create YouTube tutorials.

While this isn't the fastest way to make money on an extra income, creating YouTube tutorials can help you make a respectable income, as long as what you deliver is engaging and people keep people interested long enough. You can also use free tutorials to educate viewers about products and services that you may offer.

Related: Here's How You Can Actually Make Money On YouTube

25. Sell technical services for Upwork.

I've used Upwork as a platform for hiring graphic and web designers for a long time. But Upwork also offers a platform for accountants, lawyers and other professionals to make money. Keep in mind that you work with thousands of other service providers so it will take time to get this off the ground.

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26. Design logos on 99Designs.

If you're graphically inclined and get programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, you may be able to compete for design work on 99Designs. However, you will not be paid until your design is selected as a winner. This means you have to be a very good designer to make an income that's worth it here.

Related: How Much Should a Quality Logo Really Cost?

27. Become a personal shopper.

Do you want to shop for others? You could effectively become a personal shopper. If you live in an urban metropolis with concentrated wealth, personal shopping services are in great demand in your area. Search the internet and other online resources like ThumbTack to find people looking for personal buyers.

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28. Use TaskRabbit.

TaskRabbit connects you with people who want to do specific tasks near you. Duties include things like lifting heavy furniture, assembling furniture, and so on. You need to register and get verified, but it's an easy way to make a little extra cash.

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29. Sell products on Etsy.

Use Etsy to sell crafts or other homemade items. Etsy is one of the greatest resources for selling handmade goods on the internet. You can also sell digital items, such as digital posters, that can be printed out.

See Also: This Teen Got Paid To College By Selling On Etsy Here are 5 ways she did it.

30. Teach a language.

If you know and are good at a second language, you can teach it to others. You can even teach English to students, or if you are traveling as a digital nomad you can teach English as a second language in the country of your choice.

Related: 4 Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Learn Another Language

31. Wash and detail cars.

Wash and detail cars in your area. Hand out flyers in your neighborhood or post them on social media to advertise your services. Washing and detailing mobile cars has become a relatively lucrative business in upscale neighborhoods.

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32. Open a mobile animal care service

Try your hand at pet care. Buy and equip a mobile van so you can care for pets on the go. This requires a small investment, but it is a side job that you can enjoy when you have free time.

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33. Start a food truck.

Buying a food truck requires significant investment, but the food truck business is growing significantly. The location and choice of cuisine are important. Make sure you do enough research before you begin.

Related: Why Food Truck Companies Are Gathering Up (Infographic)

34. Become a freelance article writer.

Write articles for other people. If you're passionate about writing, you can help other bloggers or even ghostwriting for a well-known author. Use websites like Freelancer, Upwork, and others to promote your services.

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35. Personal training.

Find clients who can help you achieve their weight loss or fitness goals. Create meal plans or create exercise routines and you could make admirable income for your endeavors.

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36. Give music lessons.

If you play the piano, guitar, or other instrument, consider teaching others in your area. Advertise online through social media or through your personal or professional networks.

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36. Become an affiliate marketer.

Affiliate marketing is an extremely enticing industry. However, many affiliate marketers don't make a lot of money. If you have the skills necessary to succeed in this arena, you can literally make a small fortune. But be careful not to get drawn into high hopes or dreams of making money without making great efforts.

Related: Affiliate Marketing Is Broken, But Ecommerce Businesses Can Adjust

37. Do email marketing.

Email marketing is one of the most profitable forms of online marketing. However, attracting subscribers and creating a personal connection with them takes a lot of work. Use platforms like LeadPages, Aweber, Constant Contact, MailChimp, and ConvertKit to get things started.

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38. Write resumes.

Good at writing résumés? Use sites like LinkedIn and other professional sites to promote your resume writing services. Do a few for free and get some rave reviews. Then watch your sales skyrocket.

Related: The Do's and Don'ts of the Modern Resume (Infographic)

39. Be something extra in movies.

If you want to make a few extra bucks without making a major investment on your part, try being an extra in a movie. There is a lot of sitting and waiting, but the pay is good if you are in a manufacturing city like Los Angeles, New York, London or Vancouver.

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40. Cut down on your expenses.

Sometimes you can make extra money by cutting costs. When was the last time you checked all of your monthly expenses? How much is the gym membership that you don't use or the expensive lunches you have every day?

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41. Start a GoFundMe page.

Try to raise personal funds using GoFundMe. You can promote your page on your network through social media. If you can create a sufficiently compelling story, you may only have enough takers who will choose to help you.

Related Topics: How To Promote Your Crowdfunding Campaign

42.Sell your hair.

Have long hair? Why not sell to make a few extra dollars? Promote your hair for sale on a website like HairSellOn or any number of others that are out there.

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43. Become a house sitter.

Become a professional house sitter and house watch for people who are going on vacation or have a second home and don't spend much time there. and both offer home sitting jobs.

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44. Teach students to take driving lessons.

Are you a great driver Why not be approved as a driving instructor? You can advertise your services online or offline, or search for part-time driving instructor jobs on a website such as

Related: This app helps students find the way to get their driver's license

45. Become a local tour guide.

If you live in a vacation destination, consider becoming a local tour guide. They can even offer your services for free and ask for a tip at the end to get more people to tour with you.

Related: The Key Factors To Consider Before Becoming a Tour Guide

46. ​​Become a virtual assistant.

Virtual assistants are in great demand, but from an income perspective, it only makes sense if you have a lot of free time and are very well organized. It doesn't hurt either to live in an area with a lower cost of living.

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47. Make the interior.

If you have an eye for design, you should consider home decorating for clients. Use a website like Houzz to bring your services to the masses.

Related: Starting a business as an interior designer or decorator

48. Sell on CafePress.

CafePress has the ability to sell digitally designed items. If you are a great graphic designer there are a number of designs that you can create that fit different formats such as shirts, hats, and mugs, and earn a commission on sales.

Related: 7 Ways To Relieve Boredom By Looking For Extra Cash

49. Invest with LendingClub.

LendingClub is a peer-to-peer lending service that you can invest in. If you have extra cash and want to take advantage of it, this platform can be used to invest in companies from a wide variety of industries. The risk is calculated for you using algorithms. The higher the risk of an investment, the greater the potential return.

Related Topics: Why Peer-to-Peer Lending Could Be a Good Investment Decision

50. Create a smartphone app.

If you have an understanding of app development and are familiar with Swift or Android-based development platforms, you can try creating a smartphone app. Obviously, this isn't a quick or easy way to make money, but it could pay off with the right idea.

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