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8 Ways To Earn Extra Money

1. Become a Mystery Shopper

Signup to as many Mystery Shopping companies out there. Here you work an independent contractor and get paid to shop and eat. While you probably can’t replace your day job with your earnings as a Mystery Shopper this is a great way to earn some extra money. I have gotten paid to eat at some of my favorite restaurants, shop at shoe stores and I even get to evaluate associates at gas stations and convenience stores to see if I get ID’d when buying tobacco and alcohol.

You will have to sign up for these mystery shopping companies individually as each companies specialize in different niches and clients. I have found a lot of them by just performing a google search for “mystery shopping”. I would say that I do not do that much mystery shopping and I have made an easy $100-$200 per month in the past. Not too bad! If I was more active I could make much more money.

2. Sign up and Drive for a Ride Sharing Company

Sign up for a ride sharing company such as Uber or Lyft. They pay you to drive people around. I signed up and started driving. It seems worth it based on what they pay. The best part is it is all done through an app on your phone and all payments are electronic – no need to worry about cash. Accepting rides and all payments are done through their app. The best part is it is on your own time – you turn the app on and off as you choose.

3. Become a Freelancer

Sign up on a freelance job site and start freelancing. There are a bunch of jobs available from writing gigs, to online marketing to accounting, to IT gigs. Easy way to make some extra money. Sites have popped up that help you get gigs include Outsource.com , Elance and Upwork. Check them out.

4. Signup for Airbnb

Do you have an extra bedroom you are not using? List your space on Airbnb and rent it out. On Airbnb you can rent out your spare bedroom on a nightly basis and make money at the same time.

According to their website, Airbnb is a “trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world”. No matter what you want, it is on Airbnb. Whether that is an apartment just for one night, a house for a week or a villa for a month. Airbnb provides an easy way for people to monetize their extra space.

5. Signup for DogVacay

Ce.ate a profile and signup to take care of other people’s dogs. You charge a rate and all the payments and admin matters Dogvacay does for you. I charge $30/night for boarding. For instance if you did this for just 8 days that is $240 in your pocket!

6. Rent your car

Sites like Turo exist where you post an ad of the car you have to rent. People then inquire you to rent your car for a day or two or maybe even a week. You set the price of what you can accept. For instance if you charge $50/day for your car and rent your car for 7 days over the course of the month that is $350! This doesn’t really work for me since I rely on my car a lot throughout the month.

7. Sell Things on eBay

Create a free account on eBay and sell things you have that you don’t really use anymore.

8. Start your own blog or Youtube Channel

Create valuable conentent such as articles on a blog or videos on your own Youtube Channel. Once you gain enough interest and visitors you can start earning ad revenue by placing ads on your site or in your videos through Google Asense. Note, this is not a quick way to earn money. It takes time to get an audience. Once you build a big enough audience and interest there is a potential to make some considerable amount of money!

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