Joining the ranks of the 9-to-5 employees isn’t the only way to earn a decent wage. From tutoring and transcription to walking dogs and watching movies, there are plenty of routes by which you can make money sans the cubicle.
Whether you want to quit your full-time gig or pick up a side job and make a few bucks, check out these 101 ideas to increase your income.
Take Online Surveys
Taking online surveys is one of the easiest ways to earn extra money. And plenty of companies are looking for consumer feedback to improve their products or develop new ones.
Brands hire survey sites to conduct online questionnaires on their behalf, gaining access to precious customer feedback. The sites in turn pay you for participating in their surveys. If you really want to rake in the cash, join several survey sites to maximize access to opportunities. SurveySavvy, GlobalTestMarket and American Consumer Opinion are just a few of the sites that will pay you to share your thoughts.
Many businesses pay people to visit their sites and test functionality and user friendliness. Fortunately, getting into website testing is relatively easy. Simply sign up for free on sites like StartUpLift, TryMyUI or UserTesting, which pays a $10 flat rate for each completed test.
Participate in Mock Trials
You don’t need to know insider lawyer secrets or have a law degree to make money in the legal sector. Websites such as eJury and OnlineVerdict pay users to participate in mock trials for their clients, who are mainly lawyers.
Online juries give lawyers the chance to “pre-try” their cases before presenting them in court. The lawyers gain experience, and you earn a little something for your effort: eJury pays $5 to $10 depending on the length of the case.
Get Paid to Search
Services such as Microsoft Rewards offer incentives to users who search and browse the web with Microsoft. You can then redeem the points for rewards like movies, games, gift cards and apps.
Another site where you can earn points while you search, shop and watch is Swagbucks, which has paid out over $280 million to its members to date.
You need your own website to take advantage of this nontraditional job opportunity. However, installing software is one of the easier ways to use technology to make money.
Sites such as PerInstallCash offer money to users in exchange for hosting software on their pages. You get paid when visitors download and install the software from you.
Rent Out Your Belongings
You might as well make the possessions you’re not using work for you. Sites such as Loanables enable users to rent almost anything to anyone — and for a good profit.
Rent Out an Extra Room
If you have a furnished bedroom in your home that you rarely use, you can make money by renting it out to travelers. Finding people to fill your spare room is easy when you sign up to host on Airbnb or VRBO.
If you don’t have extra space in your home, you can still make money by working as a neighborhood co-host with Airbnb. Co-hosts perform concierge-like services for people in their neighborhoods who have homes they want to share but lack the time or confidence to host. For example, co-hosts can screen and approve potential guests and organize other aspects of stays.
Rent Out Your Parking Spot
Parking spaces are prime real estate in big cities like New York or Chicago, and you can earn a good income if you have one to rent. Use Craigslist to list your spot for hundreds of dollars a month.
Have a driveway that sits empty? You can rent that out, too.
Rent Out Your Automobile
If you hardly use your car or are heading out of town for a period of time, renting out your vehicle is an easy way to make some extra cash. Apps like Turo and Getaround connect car owners to renters in their cities. Peer-to-peer car sharing is priced per vehicle on a per-day or per-hour basis.
Rent Out Your Boat
Don’t stop at renting out your car or bike. If you have a boat that is sitting idle, there’s an easy way to rent it out and help cover the costs of boat ownership. With the website Sailo, you can conveniently list your boat for rent; as a bonus, the site provides captains.
Sell Old Books
If you’re a devoted bibliophile, selling books can be a solid stream of extra income. You could even hit up your local thrift shop, buy used books for pennies and sell them for a profit.
However, these days, you don’t have to leave the house to profit off book selling. Apps like BookScouter and Cash4books.net make earning money online easy. Simply install the app, scan the book’s ISBN and discover the highest price you can sell it for online.