Who wouldn’t like to have some extra cash lying around? You could use it to pay off some bills, buy yourself something nice, or even take a well-earned vacation. But how to go about getting that extra cash?

It isn’t going to just appear in your bank account unfortunately, so you’re going to have to work for it. Luckily, these days there are plenty of opportunities to bring in some extra cash, you just have to look around a bit.

Here are just 6 suggestions to get you started.

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Become a Driver

Do you like driving around? Do you have a reliable car, and a clean driving record? If so, you can start using your car to earn a little extra money.

For starters, you could become a driver with a company like Uber or Lyft. With this job you’re essentially a taxi service, picking people up and bringing them to their desired destination. Everything is handled through the respective apps, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with cash or chasing down customers who run out of the car.

If that doesn’t appeal to you, you could become a delivery driver. Local restaurants are always looking for people to deliver food to their customers, or you could look into something like Amazon’s package delivery service if it’s available in your area.


Do Some Manual Labor

Another option you have is to do some manual labor. Rake leaves, plow driveways after a snowstorm, mow lawns, or help move furniture and boxes.

There are plenty of people who are either unable or unwilling to do their own manual labor around their home and would be happy to pay you for the service. Make sure you have the necessary tools to get the job done, and that you don’t mind working long hours doing strenuous work.

To get started, check your local classified listings, or post some ads up around town.


Teach Something

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For a lot of people, they know something that other people don’t. If this is you, why not teach it? Maybe you know how to play the piano, or speak another language, or you’re really good at math.

Local students are likely in need of tutors, or you can tutor people online. Teaching English online is a great option, as there are plenty of people around the world looking to learn. And since you’re already fluent in English, you likely won’t have much trouble teaching some simple lessons to others.


Offer Some Other Services

Maybe your skillset doesn’t lie with teaching or with manual labor. No problem, there are plenty of ways to offer other services to people.

For example, if you’re good at web design, you could find some local businesses who are in need of a good website. Or perhaps you’re really good with pets, in which case you could start walking dogs in your area. The idea is to come up with the things you’re good at, then find people who are willing to pay you to do it.

Even if you think your skill is obscure or not in demand, you’d be surprised at what other people are willing to pay for. Check out TaskRabbit if you live in a major metropolitan area for some jobs you can do.


Sell a Product

One option a lot of people go with is selling their own product.

Let’s say you are someone who is really into crafting. It wouldn’t be difficult to set up a website, or a social media page, and start showcasing some of the things you’ve made. You can then offer to create something similar for other people, and sell it to them.

This is a great way to start a small business on the side, and the best part is you get to determine when you work and how much you charge.


Sell Your Stuff

Finally, if all else fails, consider clearing your house of some clutter. Chances are there are some things around the home that you no longer need that you can get some quick cash for. Maybe you have an old car sitting in the driveway, in which case you’d want to search online for “sell my junk car”. Or maybe there’s some old computers or televisions sitting in your basement that you could sell for parts. If you only have a few things, post some ads online. When you have a lot of stuff, consider hosting a garage sale to get rid of a lot of it at once.

Hopefully these few suggestions will get the ball rolling. There are plenty of ways to make some extra cash, provided you’re willing to think outside the box and put in the extra work. Once you do, you can start putting that money to work. Good luck!


This post is a contribution by Charles Dearing.

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