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25 Different Ways to Earn Extra Income – Part 2


25 Different Ways to Earn Extra Income – Part 2

Here is part 2 of 3 of my “Ways to Make Extra Income” posts! I hope you are able to find something that helps you out. I tried to find something that could work for everyone.


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Secret Shopper

This is something I have done in my free time. It isn’t a get rich quick scheme by any means! It usually isn’t much more than $15-$20 at a time, but you’re only going to be in the store for a minimal amount of time! The longer the visit, the more money offered.

It’s a lot of fun, and sometimes you will get a free lunch or something! I know that in my area, a lot of car companies are looking for people to go to their dealerships and check out their service department. Most offer a free oil change AND compensation for your time. Can’t beat that!

The one I go through is Best Mark. They’re a great company and it’s easy to grab a gig with them! While $15 isn’t that much, do that three times a day three times each week and you’ve earned yourself an extra $135 that week! Depending on the gigs, it wouldn’t take you but more than two or three hours a day tops to get that!

Do hair/makeup for proms and weddings

Even if you’re not a cosmetologist, you can still do this! With the average prom hair and makeup sessions running anywhere from $75-$150, think of how much you could make! Many stylists book up months in advance for prom and wedding seasons.

What I would do is find a few friends and use their hair and face to practice your looks on. Then make sure to take excellent photographs to build a little portfolio. Now you have something to advertise on your social media pages and around town. Since you’re not a licensed cosmetologist, I would not recommend charging $75-$150 per person. I would say $50 for hair and makeup would be a great rate that many would pay! This way your clients don’t have to deal with waiting so long and you get a nice chunk of extra income.

Pick up dog poop

No one likes to pick up dog poop! If the smell or idea of it doesn’t gross you out, this is a great way to earn some extra money! I know a lot of people who would pay $20 to not have to pick up poop! Depending on the yard size, it wouldn’t take you longer than 30 minutes to an hour! You could even set up a weekly/bimonthly/monthly schedule with your customers to have repeated business! Dedicate evenings or a Saturday to this and you can bring in a nice extra chunk of change!

Vlogging (video games, beauty, etc.)

Are you an expert at something? Is there something you could talk about all day long? Why not start a vlog? With social media these days, it’s so easy to get started! I’m not entirely sure how YouTube works (on the uploader side), but it’s still such a huge area in social media. Learn how to work SEO properly and have some interesting content with a good camera. In time, the followers will follow!

Make toys

Not like Santa’s elves, but close! There are so many different toys you could make to sell for money! Personalized kitchen, work/tool bench, doll houses, teepees, baby toys, stuffed animals, etc. If you make it, there will be parents who want to buy it for their children.

A great place to sell these are on Etsy, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and more!

Lead workout classes

You can get trained and certified to be an instructor for different workout classes. Zumba is a popular one! Step, HIIT classes, etc. I really don’t know what type of classes are offered at the gym! Ha! Although, I do have a friend who is a Zumba instructor and she hosts her own classes at her gym in town. I am not really sure how it works, but I know she makes a good extra bit of money on the side and good exercise by doing this every other morning!

Personal trainer

Becoming a personal trainer can be lucrative as well. I know a few people who do this and some are trainers at gyms and some are contracted. The ones who are contracted make more money than the ones who work at the gym. If you like working out and are good at it, you can build up a clientele and make your own schedule! Prices range anywhere from $15-$100 an hour as a personal trainer. It isn’t uncommon to charge $50/hour!


Nannying on the side can be a great source of income, especially if you love kids! The average going rate is $16/hour for short term babysitting. The average for full-time, live-out, nannying is $700/week. If you are on summer break in high school or college, this is a great summer gig!

Let’s say you watch two kids 15 hours each week…that’s an extra $240/week minimum! You can also discuss rates for extra kids. For example, $5/hour extra per kid. That’s an extra $75/week but doesn’t sound like much extra for the parent at a rate of $5 more!

Play music outside or at local places

“Smelly caaat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you? Smelly caaat, smelly cat, it’s not your faaauulllttt!”

Any Friends fans out there? One of my favorite shows! Any who, make extra money by playing guitar and singing at coffee shops, in the park, or at local fairs. If in Vegas, rent a spot on the strip and have your own little show going on! Street performers make a good chunk of change, actually!

Advertise for other businesses

Ever heard of Fiverr? This is the perfect place to start finding clients! Make ads, offer advertising towards your social media followers, develop commercials, hang up flyers around town, etc. Go to different businesses and talk to them about what kind of advertising tasks they need to accomplish and show them how you can help.

Freelance writing

This is another great task for Fiverr or if you’re a blogger. Freelance writing is a great way to earn extra income! You can do this by offering your services and talking with other bloggers about what content they are looking for and what you can do for them. They will also link back to your blog. So you get free advertising of your blog AND paid for your writing.

Even if you aren’t a blogger, you can still do this task! Join groups on Facebook, look on Fiverr, and set up your own personal ads. You’ll be surprised at what kind of attention you’d get if you have the right content.

In-home daycare

This one takes a bit of extra work and upfront costs, but this is a great way to work from home, especially if you have your own children. The average price per child in daycare is around $900/month give or take. This is one of the more lucrative gigs! Granted, this would be full-time instead of a side gig though.

Vinyl printing

Everyone loves personalized items, especially here in the south! Monograms are everywhere. You can create vinyl prints for t-shirts, tumblers, wine glasses, car stickers, notebooks, laptops, tote bags, and so much more! Etsy and craft shows are definitely the way to go with this side gig. People will pay so much more money if they are able to have it personalized!

Serving tables

My sister has been serving tables since she was 18. She makes a full-time income with only working part-time hours. She used to work at Ballpark Village in St. Louis and on opening night for the Cardinals, she would easily bring home $2,000 that day and another $1,000 the next! On any home games, she would bring home anywhere from $350-$500 that night.

Now she works for a bar in Chicago and still makes great money there as well. Even if you work during the day, moonlighting as a waitress during nights and/or weekends is an awesome way to make extra income!

Selling food/canning/ baked goods

Farmer’s markets will be your bread and butter here. Learn how to can and make jams, jellies, preserves, and more! Many people will pay a premium for homemade canned goods, especially if it’s a unique flavor! Seriously, I just paid $8.00 for a small jar of homemade peach maple syrup for my father-in-law!

Host your own bake sale and sell your baked goods there along with a few other people! People love homemade goodies and have no problem shelling out one or two dollars for a treat like that!

Become a life coach

This requires a certification you must first obtain, but a life coach helps other people to see the positives in their life and helps them to overcome negative situations. You wouldn’t be a therapist, so you can’t necessarily give advice or diagnose people or anything, but you can help to guide them in the right direction. An average life coach session runs anywhere from $100-$300 an hour after certification and depending on location.

Be a clown/princess/character for children’s parties/events

If you love kids and have no problem dressing up in costumes, you can easily charge $100-$150 per party. You get to spend a few hours making a child’s birthday wish come true and make a nice bit of income on the side! You could easily do two parties every Saturday, if you really wanted to! That’s $200-$300 every Saturday! That’ll add up to be a nice chunk.

Work with commission based items/direct sales

Everyone knows about direct sales companies (MLMs) and everyone runs and hides when they see a seller coming their way. If done tactfully, you can make decent money doing this. I know a girl who is a cosmetologist and she sells Monat, a direct sales hair product, on the side. This makes sense and is done right – why? Because people are already coming to her for a service. Cosmetologists sell haircare products all the time! This is something that people want when they go to their stylist. She has developed a nice sized team and has even earned a free car through the company!

Different retail stores that pay commissions: Any car dealership, any furniture store, Best Buy, Victoria’s Secret, Verizon, Sprint, Hertz, and many more

My sister worked at Victoria’s Secret and would easily make $2,000-$2,500 a month there! She made so much commission that they had to cap her sales. That’s one of the lesser paid commission places! I used to sell furniture at Ashley Homestore and would regularly bring home $4,000 a month.


I don’t know too much on drop-shipping, but from what I’ve seen, it’s a pretty good gig! You need to team up with a wholesaler and then you can upload the images of the item on Amazon, eBay, etc. and upcharge the item some. Then when the item sells, you use the money to buy the product from the wholesaler and have it shipped directly to the person’s home! The leftover money goes straight into your pocket!

Really easy, just not too sure how to get started. Here’s a link that explains it a little better.

Event planning

Birthday parties, graduations, weddings, holiday parties, family reunions, etc.. Any type of get together you think of can be done by an event planner. You can develop packages that you offer or charge by the hour, whichever you find to be more beneficial to your time and wallet.

Decorate for people

Some people despise decorating or just don’t know what looks good. If this is something you’ve got an eye for, I’d suggest this one! You can charge $50 per hour and use whatever budget they have allocated on spending to find the dΓ©cor that would make their house a home. The average income for an interior designer with a degree is $75-$110 an hour.

Closet organizer

I used to do this in high school. If you have a great fashion sense, charge people $20-$40 to come organize their closet and put together outfits for them to wear. You can make this a bimonthly thing and build up clientele as well.

I would do this bimonthly. I would put together two weeks worth of outfits for friends twice a month.

Car detailing

It costs a lot of money to get your car professionally detailed! So much so that many people where I live have started up their own MOBILE detailing business! That means they come to you, wherever you may be. They have different packages ranging anywhere from $40-$250 depending on the amount of detailing you are looking for. Saves you time and money rather than taking it in to get it done by a car dealership and waiting for who knows how long.

Learn how to fix phone screens/jailbreak phones

My cousin fixed iPhone screens for a while and she would charge $100 to replace a screen. It took her maybe 30 minutes to do so. I have no idea how to jailbreak phones, but I know this is something many people want done. I’m horrible with anything technologically based, but I do know that it brings in a bit of money! Technology is definitely the field to get into, if you know what you’re doing.


Are there any other ways that you like to earn extra income that haven’t been listed? Let me know below in the comments for a chance to be featured in part 3 of this series!

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