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9 Ways to Make Extra Money

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Have you ever thought about making extra money, but you’re not sure where to start? There are tons of things that you can do. If you’re not sure where to begin, you are in the right place. In this article, we will show you 9 ways to make extra money.

9 Ways to Make Extra Money

We’ve studied it all, from easy gigs on the side to start-up businesses. Earning additional money, clearly, is something that can really change your life. Money can buy you freedom in more ways than just one. Making that extra side hustle cash doesn’t have to be so difficult.

For someone who has been engaged in the field of generating extra income for several years now, I will tell you that it takes some effort to get started. However, there are some simple steps to move forward. It all comes down to what your priorities are at the end of the day and just how much you’d like your income to be automated.

Just in a bind? Need to have some cash for quick? So here we are talking about small amounts of extra money, not millions.  You may need enough just to meet your monthly expenses or get the nagging lender to stop calling you.

The proverbial bank may not be broken by any of these 9 techniques listed here to get some money quickly. Some are simpler than others, but almost all of them can be started. They are supposed to get you through tough times.

Let’s dive into and explore the 9 ways to make extra money.

Sell Your Photos 

Do you have experience in photography or live in a place where photos are always in demand? International Living advises, “Stock photography websites are massive collections of photos, covering almost every conceivable subject you might imagine.”

Photographers can upload their photos to a variety of massive databases, enabling them to be purchased by magazine editors, designers, or any website organization. As well as the beauty of stock websites: pictures can be sold any amount of time, so you can proceed without any effort to make money. Istock Photos, Shuttlecock, and Getty Images are some photography sites to check out.

Start a Blog

Blogging is another way where you can make money online.  There are many people that are full-time bloggers. There are many guides and videos out there that can show you how to get started. I want to stress with you that this is not the easiest side hustle on the list. It takes time to make money blogging, but it can be worth it.

Get Paid to Do Online Surveys

In order to get inside the heads of customers, businesses are willing to pay good money. Look no further if you’re looking for how to make extra money easily. They are free to participate and free to use.

Pro Tip: It’ll help you gain the most money by signing up for multiple survey companies. You have the chance to register for more surveys which would allow you to select the ones that pay the most cash.

Sell Your Gently Used Clothes

A fast way to make some money is to sell clothes you no longer wear. You can start with local consignment stores or you can use sites such as ThredUp and Poshmark to find a buyer. Be sure to take simple, nicely-lit pictures of your parts if you’re using the online route, and study similar products to set reasonable prices. I suggest starting with Poshmark. It’s one of my favorite sites to sell clothes on.

Start a Successful Podcast

The growth of audio content is greater than ever as a viable content marketing path. 32 percent of Americans listen to podcasts on a monthly basis, which is the same number of people who regularly go to church. You get to make your own show, explore subjects that are fascinating to you, build a community. You can monetize your podcast with advertising and sponsorships.

Start Freelance Writing

The next way to make extra money is to start freelance writing. If you love to write, then this may be the one for you. Some clients pay you per article, while others pay by the word.  In the beginning, you can shoot to make an additional $500 -$700 a month. Once you get the hang of it, you can shoot for an even higher goal.  As a freelance writer, the trick to succeeding is by finding the high paying clients that require less amount of work. Many freelance writers underbid, with little payout, resulting in fast burnout.

One of the best places to look for freelance opportunities as a beginner is Problogger. It’s a forum where several of my friends find their freelance opportunities. If you’re just starting out, however, you may want to concentrate first on improving your portfolio and skillset. You use sites like Fiverr, Craigslist, or Upwork to find jobs. It’s simpler to land your first few customers on such platforms. I’ve had success with Upwork and Fiverr back in my freelance days.

Affiliate Marketing

Have you considered some of those other ways to make money, but realize that they might not be for you? You may not want to create your own thing. If yes, you need to consider selling other products by becoming an affiliate. Affiliate marketing would be where you refer customers to established goods or services, and a small fee is charged to you by those businesses in exchange. Michelle from Making Sense of Cents is known for being a top Bluehost affiliate, for instance.

She generates a whopping $30,000-$40,000 each month by sending individuals to Bluehost from her web. Yeah, that isn’t the usual outcome. But it’s not difficult to imagine how one could make five figures pretty quickly with businesses like WP Engine (affiliate link) paying out $200 per referral. You just have to do the work.

Write a Short Book

Melissa Faulkner is a writer turned author who, through Amazon, has self-published several short novels. With residual sales from her novels, she now makes over $3,000 a month. You may also want to consider writing books, whether you have a storyline to share or a topic to teach.

Keep in mind that the books really don’t have to be a certain duration or design. It needs to be something that people will like and pay for. Make sure that it provides some kind of value.

Start Teaching

Everyone has at least one unique skill that they can share with the rest of the world,’ says Chris Haroun, one of Udemy’s online learning platform instructors and CEO of Haroun Education Ventures, based in San Francisco. Experts don’t even need to go to the classroom these days to share their knowledge. Through sites such as Udemy or Teachable, Haroun says, instructors can monetize their courses.

To post instructional videos, lecturers can log onto sites such as YouTube, but consider the fact that making money on YouTube will be a slow process as you continue increasing your subscribers. If you’re good with coding, you can also add videos to your own website.

I hope you enjoyed this list of 9 ways to make extra money. I’m sure there is something that you can try. I haven’t tested ALL of them as for myself, but I have used several of the ideas below to earn some money over the years. I’m confident you can use at least ONE of these ideas to make some extra money. All you have to do is get started.

This was a guest post by Jason Butler

Jason Butler is the owner of My Money Chronicles, a website where he discusses personal finance, side hustles, travel, and more. Jason is from Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Savannah State University with his BA in Marketing. Jason has been featured in Forbes, Discover, and Investopedia.


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