Make An Extra $500 This Month With These 18 Side Jobs
Who knew making some extra cash could be so simple?
Who couldn’t use some extra cash, right? We’ve scoured the web to find you side jobs that’ll help fatten your wallet.
To make the full $500 you will have to accomplish multiple side jobs on this page. Hypothetically, let’s say you open a second bank account and make a quick $250, start delivering groceries twice a month to add another $50, be an automotive mystery shopper every other weekend and make around $120, and then in your downtime fill out some TV surveys and make up to $95, totaling to approximately $515! And that’s just using 4 out of 18 side jobs.
Here are 18 low-effort side jobs to help bring in some extra dough this month.
1. Help Doctors Find A Cure
Do you suffer from a health issue? You may be qualified to help doctors find a cure while you earn some extra cash at the same time!
According to The Penny Hoarder, here are a few of the health issues that have paid research opportunities tied to them:
- Migraines: Those who suffer from migraines can participate in local research studies and earn up to $350.
- Psoriasis: Your participation in this study will only require you to take online surveys, earning $5-$100!
- Arthritis: If you suffer from osteoarthritis, find out of you qualify to participate in this study, and earn up to $1,000.
2. Free $10 Amazon Gift Card
Who doesn’t want a free $10 Amazon gift card? Get your free $10 Amazon gift card by signing up for MyPoints (it’s free), and use the MyPoints portal when you shop online (because online shopping is a “side job,” right?!). The portal is connected to thousands of stores such as Walmart, Amazon and Target, to name a few. Spend $10 at one of their connected stores, and you will receive 17,500 points, which you can redeem for your free $10 Amazon gift card!
3. Become An Uber Driver
Becoming an Uber driver is a quick and easy way to make some extra money! Uber allows you to be your own boss and schedule flexible hours. As an Uber driver, you keep 50-80 percent of everything you earn (Uber doesn’t release the exact percentages, and the percentage the company keeps depends on the city, length of trip, etc.). According to The Penny Hoarder, you must be at least 21 years old, have at least 3 years of driving experience, an in-state driver’s license, a clean driving record and pass a criminal background check. In addition to this, your car must be registered in-state, be covered by in-state insurance and be a four-door car model.
Ready to hit the open road and start a career with Uber? Apply here.
4. Sell Your Old Stuff
Have some old books, jewelry, furniture or collectibles lying around? Clear out some clutter and make some extra cash by selling them via the online estate sale site Everything But The House (EBTH). The folks at EBTH will handle all the details, and they boast 3-5 times the profits compared to traditional sales. Learn more here.
5. Open A Second Bank Account
I know you’re probably thinking, “Why would I do that?” Some banks will pay you to open checking or savings accounts. Take a look at this list to figure out which banks pay you to open an account with them!
6. Simply Download An App
Many companies will pay you to download their apps, including: SavvyConnect, MobileExpressions, Smart Panel, Nielsen Mobile Panel for ages 45+ and Nielsen Mobile for iPhone users, to name a few. The best part is the money doesn’t stop at the download; you’ll be compensated for every month you keep them installed. Now that’s an app worth your time!
7. Participate In Healthy Activities
If you are already an active person, or maybe you need a little motivation for your workouts (guilty), download Achievement and start earning money today! Connect Achievement with other workout apps that you already use to earn money for completing healthy activities. Once you reach 10,000 points, you can choose to receive $10 in cash or an Amazon gift card.
There’s no limit to how much you can earn, so get going, get active and make some money!
8. Deliver Groceries
If you’re already the designated grocery shopper in your household this side job will be an easy task for you. Earn up to $25 an hour to deliver groceries to those in need of your help! Download Instacart and sign up to become a grocery delivery driver (see if Instacart is in your area). To apply, you must be at least 21 years old with reliable transportation. Start making extra money today while helping others at the same time!
9. Sell Your Smartphone Photos
Consider yourself an expert smartphone photographer? Download the free app Foap and turn your smartphone photos into quick cash. Here’s how it works, upload your best photos to Foap’s marketplace and wait for someone to buy the license to your photo. Photo licenses are sold for $10, and you make $5. Each time your photo is licensed, you receive $5, so that $5 could add up pretty quickly!
10. Watch TV
Why not make some money while you are watching TV? Be a money-making couch potato! We know surveys aren’t everyone’s forte, but how about a survey that will pay you $95 to fill it out while you’re watching TV? Check out Vip Voice and Ipsos Panel, a few of the only legitimate paid survey companies.
11. Sell Your Coupons
Are you a coupon guru? Sell your extra coupons or the ones you won’t use on eBay. People will pay crazy amounts for a coupon that they just have to have (think seasonal events like Black Friday). You’ll have to pay a seller’s fee, but it could definitely be worth it.
12. Download the TaskRabbit App
Download the TaskRabbit app and start picking up tasks today! TaskRabbit’s current price floor is $14 an hour so you won’t have to worry about being paid below minimum wage. According to TechCrunch, jobs generally range between $15-25 per hour, and most clients end up paying $40-60 per task!
13. Test-Drive Cars
Make a quick $60 for each dealership you visit as an automotive mystery shopper. As an automotive mystery shopper, you will be responsible for posing as a potential car buyer and test-driving vehicles. Sign up for this and other mystery shopping opportunities through BestMark.
14. Hang Onto Your Receipts
OK, this isn’t exactly a side job, but it’s too good not to include. Meet Paribus. This free tool gets you money back from your online purchases. Paribus scans your receipts and compares your purchases with their 16 retailers listed on their website (Target and Amazon are included in this list). If there is a match, Paribus will track the item’s price and issue you a refund anytime there’s a price drop. It’s that simple, and doesn’t require any effort on your end!
15. Rate Your Local Pizza Place (And Get Free Pizza)
Eat free pizza and make $5 dollars? Say no more! Papa John’s and Pizza Hut regularly participate in these mystery shopping exercises where you’re asked to do things like time their delivery service. Stop by your local pizza joint to learn more.
16. Download The SlideJoy App
Make up to $60 a year by simply downloading SlideJoy and allowing ads on your smartphone. SlideJoy will become your new lock screen, and will give you the inside scoop on ads for various products and services. If you like the ad, swipe left and be sent straight to the advertiser’s website, YouTube video or app download page. If you don’t like the ad, swipe right to use your phone normally.
17. Participate In “In-Theater Checks”
Do you enjoy going to the movies but don’t love the high ticket prices? Well, Certified Field Associates wants to pay you to attend movie premieres! You are able to pick and choose the movies that sound interesting to you, and you’ll make between $10-20 per hour for attending (we suggest choosing a long movie).
18. Be A Secret Shopper
Unleash your inner spy and become a secret shopper to receive gift cards for Amazon and iTunes. Download the app QuickThoughts on your smart phone, and become a private investigator for shops in your area. Get paid to slyly take pictures and give valuable feedback about your top-secret investigations!
So there you have it! Now you know the easiest and quickest ways to make some extra cash. Choose your favorites and see how many you can accomplish this month! Ready, set, go!
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[h/t: The Penny Hoarder]