10 Tips to Earn Extra Money in Your Spare Time

Finding ways to earn extra money in your spare time isn’t as hard as you might think. Just follow these 10 tips on how to earn extra money, and you could have more cash than you know what to do with in no time!

1) Pick a Skill

You don’t need a new degree or certification to start making money—all you need is a skill that you can use online. Consider teaching yourself how to code, do web design, or even sell your own handmade jewelry on Etsy. If you have a knack for something—anything—that you think other people would be willing to pay for, give it a shot and see what happens. You may be surprised by how easy it is!

2) Update Your CV

If you’re not earning much, look at updating your CV. Chances are there’s something on it that could be updated or replaced with a more recent and relevant accomplishment. In some cases, you may want to replace your entire CV with a new one that more accurately represents your experience and skills. Either way, investing time now into improving your professional profile can have a huge payoff down the road whether it’s nabbing an interview or landing an offer for a higher-paying job.

3) Take Classes

For many, a big hurdle when looking for ways to earn extra money is their schedule they don’t have time for a second job. But if you can’t make more time, you can work around your schedule. Take online classes at a community college or trade school during your lunch break most offer distance-learning courses and some even let you take video lectures online.

4) Volunteer for Free

Volunteers don’t get paid, but if you don’t have any work experience, a volunteer gig can help your resume stand out. It can also provide you with valuable skills such as budgeting and working with people who might one day become professional connections. And volunteering doesn’t necessarily mean giving up free time; if you offer skills outside of what your employer needs, ask if they would consider compensating you for them.

5) Start Taking Online Courses

Earning a degree or certification can help you land your dream job. Many companies require that employees hold an accredited certificate or diploma and companies often pay for their employees education. But, as everyone knows, it takes a lot of time and money to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. Earning a certificate or diploma through an online course is a great way to get ahead without sacrificing your career goals.

6) Research Positions at Companies You’re Interested In

If you want to earn some extra money, there are a few easy ways to do it. The first step is researching positions at companies you’re interested in and will be looking for work from soon. There are many websites that connect job seekers with open positions; if you don’t know where to start, check out Craigslist, Indeed, or Glassdoor.

7) Offer to Help Friends and Family

Whether you’re babysitting or walking a neighbor’s dog, offer your services to friends and family. Not only will you earn extra money, but you’ll also help people out at a busy time (and possibly make new friends).

8) Become an Uber Driver/Lyft Driver (Bonus Section)

Uber, Lyft, and similar companies are making it easier than ever for you to earn money with your own vehicle. You can become an Uber or Lyft driver as a side hustle or full-time gig. If you’re looking for ways to make extra cash, there’s no better option out there! It’s a great opportunity that you can truly do with just about any car type you don’t have to lease or buy a new one!

9) Work on Fiverr/Upwork

Freelancing isn’t just for skilled laborers looking for a way to pick up a few extra bucks. It’s also a great way for anyone who has an entrepreneurial spirit and a professional skill-set to earn some money on the side. There are hundreds of sites out there where you can sell all sorts of services, from design and translation work, to writing and data entry.

10) Use Mint/Personal Capital to Automate Savings, Investments, etc.

You don’t have to move your money from bank account to bank account. Use Mint or Personal Capital (both free) so you can create savings and investment strategies that are executed automatically. I have my retirement invested 50/50 stocks/bonds via Personal Capital, and it makes monthly investments automatically on a day that I specify each month. Free money is great!


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