I say it time and time again, my favorite thing about working from home and for myself is that I get to decide how much money I’m going to make. When the new Freebird by Steven seasonal line comes out, I don’t have to beg for overtime, apply for a part-time job, or pray that the Boot Fairy will stop by my house. I turn to one of the many ways to make extra money without an extra long-term commitment.
In today’s post, we are focusing on those opportunities that take only an hour or two to complete one job and allow for the utmost flexibility in scheduling. Pick up work when, if and where you want. Oh. And most of these don’t require any special skills or education.
Become a Reseller – One of the easiest ways to make extra money is to sell stuff. While you are eventually going to run through unwanted items of your own, there are thousands of people make great money on the side buying and selling stuff from others.
We have talked extensively about flipping recently. While many of our resellers are working their businesses full-time, you can certainly do it on a small scale as well.
Rent Your Stuff – So maybe you aren’t quite ready to part with your stuff quite yet. There is a big market for renting everything from tools to baby strollers. Check out our list of places to buy, sell and rent for more ideas.
Mystery Shopping – Even if you work from home, you have to leave the house eventually. While you are out and about, why not make a few extra bucks? Apps like FieldAgent or GigWalk will pay you for checking the price of a certain item in a local store or snapping a picture of a product display. This is so much easier than mystery shopping of years past.
Take a Few Surveys – While there tons of scams in this industry, there are also plenty of legit survey companies. Save up those rewards to finance your holiday shopping or buy yourself something special.
Sign Up for Rewards – If you regularly use a credit card to make purchases, make sure it’s a card offering rewards. While Discover is always a popular option, Credit Karma recently informed me the Capital One No Hassle Rewards card would get me the biggest return according to my spending habits.
Shop Online – I do a lot of my shopping online these days. I love getting cashback through programs like Ebates and SavingStar. These programs pay you cold hard cash. You may also be able to make a little more by referring your friends.
Tutor – This is one freelance gig that offers a lot of flexibility. Your students will likely be available nights and weekends. If you are going it on your own as opposed to working with a company like Kaplan, you can decide how many hours you want to put in each week.
Write an eBook or Online Course – I love passive income opportunities that keep earning you money hands-off indefinitely. Write an eBook for Kindle or sell your educational goods on Teachers Pay Teachers. If you have extensive knowledge in a certain field, you can venture into offering online courses through platforms like Udemy.
Pet Sitting – Make yourself available for a few fun-filled afternoons on sites like Rover.com.
Run Errands – There is no shortage of places to pick up local tasks in the on-demand economy. Sign up with sites like Instacart, TaskRabbit and more.
Make Deliveries – Sites like DoorDash offer a lot of flexibility in scheduling and many provide a guaranteed hourly minimum.
Micro-Tasker – Fiverr hasn’t gone away yet folks. In fact, it keeps getting bigger and adding more features. You decide what to offer, what you will be paid and when you will work. Check out these tips for making the most of Fiverr.
Focus Groups – These opportunities are typically one-off gatherings lasting just a few hours. Even though the availability is sporadic, you can make good money for providing your feedback. See this post by Real Ways to Earn for a list of companies to sign up with.
Become a Wedding Officiant – This is such a rewarding opportunity and one that doesn’t require more than a few hours per event.
Refer Your Friends – While this gig doesn’t always equate to cash, it can get you some free stuff you need anyway. Earn free credit when referring your friends to sites like Zulily or Groupon. You can also earn some cold hard cash for sending your friends to Ebates.
Become a Chauffeur – We recently talked to the Ride Share Guy about how he is making up to $30 per hour driving people around. You can also make money picking up and dropping off other people’s kids at their activities with a program like HopSkipDrive.
Clean – The awesome thing about the gig economy is that you don’t have to make something into a full-time business to profit from it. There are likely a few businesses in your area that could use someone on the weekends to clean their office space. Or, get one or two housecleaning clients through a site like those below. Five hours per week = $50 to $100
Flip Blogs – Flipping domains used to be a hot ticket. Today it’s selling done-for-you, income-generating websites and blogs. This works perfectly for me. Every year or two I spot a trendy topic I’d love to delve into and I start a blog. After a year or two I lose interest. Rather than letting the site die a slow death, you can sell it for a profit if it’s making money. This has netted me anywhere from $200 to $15,000 in the past depending on how much the site is earning at the time of sale. Made for AdSense and Made for Amazon sites tend to bring the best return. Flippa’s okay for selling, but if you are making five figures per year go with a broker like Latona’s or Empire Flippers.
Rent Stuff – We have talked about the profit potential of renting everything from a spare room to your bike in recent posts. Check out our big list of places to rent your stuff.