5 Ways to Earn Money on the Side

You’re busy. I get it. You want to earn extra money but don’t have enough time to dig through a pile of ideas to find the perfect one. Luckily, choosing a side job doesn’t have to be hard. You can and should do something you enjoy to bring in money on the side.

Here are 5 ideas to get you started.

Take Surveys

Taking surveys won’t make you rich. In fact, it probably won’t even come close to paying the bills. But if you’re looking for some extra pocket change or a way to help fund Christmas shopping, taking surveys could be for you.

There are several sites that you can sign up with. From my experience most surveys pay $0.50 to $3.00 and take about twenty minutes to complete.

Start a Blog

Blogging can bring in some serious money if you’re willing to put in the time. There are several ways in which you can earn money through a blog and there’s one sure to fit you.

The downside of blogging is that it takes a ton of time before you make any money. This can mean spending hundreds of hours working on your blog without being compensated. Blogging works best for those who truly enjoy it.


If you have the patience for it babysitting can be very lucrative. Depending on the area you live in babysitting could bring you a lot of money.

This works out especially great if you have your own kids. You could babysit in your free time, earn extra cash, and get a playmate for your child. If you enjoy babysitting you could even turn it into a full time job


If you have a special skill or extensive knowledge in a subject you could teach others. The better you can narrow down your skill the more success you’ll have with tutoring.

For example, a parent who has a child failing English class would prefer to have an expert on the subject help the child. You can use whatever knowledge you have to tutor on the side and bring in some extra cash.


I saved the best for last. Freelancing can bring in a lot of money and even has the potential to replace the income from your day job.

There’s a wide array of things you can do as a freelancer. You could write, consult, design, or something completely different. As a freelancer you get to set your own rates and choose your own hours.

While this does sound enticing there are some down sides too. You have to find your own clients and you have to do the work. Initially finding clients can take up a good chunk of time.


There are many ways that you can earn extra money on the side. The important thing is to choose something that you enjoy doing. When you pick work you enjoy you’ll work much smarter and the money will start to roll in.

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