8 Easy Ways to Put Some Extra Cash In Your Pocket

As we ramp up financial plans and resolutions for the new year, we’re all looking for ways to make extra money.  It’s no secret – if there’s debt to be paid, there’s money to be made.  Check out the following ways to make extra money while putting a dent in your debt or better yet saving for a rainy day.

Pet Sitting, Especially Overnight Pet Sitting

Pet sitting is a great money maker as pet owners are willing to shell out the cash to make certain their pets don’t lose their furry minds while they are gone on vacation or just away for the weekend.  The hours are convenient for someone who already has a 9-5 as the overnight portion typically starts late evening and goes into the next morning.  The rates for this can run upwards of $50 per night if you own your own pet sitting business.  If you go through a pet sitting service then you can expect to net around 25%-50% of the total fee paid by the owner.  If you have the time to attend to the pet during the day then there’s extra cash in this as well: walking, cleaning the litter box, administering medication etc

Mystery Shopping

Mystery shopping is a great way to earn money during down time since it requires very little effort.  Many companies allow you to sign up and get started on the same day which is great since you get the cash within 1-2 weeks after your assignments have been completed and verified.  EMPSonline.com has always been a consistent place which lists “shops” that pay $40 per shop.  The best part?  They offer direct deposit and the ability to submit your reports online.  This streamlines the process and lessens the time between starting a shop and getting paid.

Sell Old Stuff On Ebay And Craigslist

Ebay and Craigslist are great for selling old stuff.  Your trash is another man’s treasure and they are more than willing to pay you for it.  Go forth and list your items there and get your money!  Another tip?  You may sometimes come across an item that is grossly under-priced on Craigslist and sell it on Ebay if you’re willing to ship it to someone in another state.  This tends to be the case with so computers and other electronics if the person is desperate to get rid of it.  This is also found this to be the case with exercise equipment.  Ebay tends to pull bidders into a frenzy towards the end of the auction so if you have an item that most people are searching for then buying low on Craigslist and selling high on Ebay may be the way to go.

Date Night Childcare

If you love children, then this is a great option!  Market yourself to local parents as the date night solution.  Parents of young children are always looking for trustworthy and reliable people to babysit so that they can have a few needed hours to themselves.  Offer overnight babysitting and you’re in it to win it!  Parents appreciate it and you will certainly be passed around to their friends to do the same.  Tip:  It helps if you’re CPR and first aid certified.  Parents want to know that if something happens that you know how to tackle the situation with skill.

Get a 2nd Job

Right now it may seem that jobs aren’t plentiful but there are indeed many lower paying jobs that you’d be surprised aren’t being filled.  This is to your advantage as you may be able to negotiate better hours in exchange for filling a position, especially during the holidays.

Make Your Hobby Your New Money Maker

What do you spend most of your time doing?  Take that and make some money doing it!  This isn’t always immediately obvious, so take some time to think about how you can combine 1 or a few of your passions into something that can net you some cash for a rainy day.  For example, if you have a Type A personality and love organizing spaces then advertise yourself to friends and family as an organizer.   The same goes for make up.  If you happen to do makeup really well then market yourself to local brides as the makeup guru to get their faces done on the big day.

Start A Bath and Body Products Company

Don’t gloss over this just yet.  There’s a huge market for naturally made soaps, creams and perfumes.  If you can find a good supplier for unique and quality scents with a fresh base then you are set. The drawback of this is of course becoming too popular and then falling behind on orders since they are handmade and made to order.  Research this opportunity carefully and thoroughly.  One should only enter this arena if they truly have a heart of creating lovely smell goods!


This is pretty self-explanatory.  Put flyers up at local schools and post and ad on Craigslist detailing your specialties and rates.  It helps to have great references and the ability to coach children through difficult topics while helping them learn the information in a way that they are unable to in class.

Earning extra money may seem difficult, but put some thoughts into where your energy will be most profitable prior to jumping in.  What are your best money makers when you need extra cash?

  • Anonymous

    These are perfect ideas for absolutely anybody, it applies to children looking for a way to make pocket or even adults who want to earn an extra rand or few more. This blog has definitely given me motivation to make extra money as a student by giving ideas that are simple but i was too lazy to think of

  • MaverickAshley Lenartson

    Do you want to make money? The only thing that is reasonable is getting a job that is reliable or starting your own business provided that you have the skills to keep it going. Selling things on E-Bay or Craigslist or elsewhere is a very nice idea but the thing no one tells you is that people go to these places because they want the cheapest prices available. They don’t want to pay Market Price for anything! Cheap IS as Cheap Does!

  • http://twitter.com/TheChickvestor The Chickvestor

    Great suggestions for boosting income! I especially like the idea of selling things you don’t use anymore on eBay and Craigslist. It’s a smaller time commitment and depending on the item, the payoff can really be worth the opportunity cost!

  • BillGuard_Blog

    Earning more money is a great way to boost your bottom line, and this article illustrates some great ways to earn extra dollars on the side, to supplement your day job. Just be sure to also make sure that money isn’t slipping through your fingers. Some people lose money as fast as they make it. The key with personal finance is to both earn more and save more — and the “saving” portion can be done through a combination of automated savings, frugality, and watching your bills for unauthorized or unwanted charges.

  • http://twitter.com/barbfriedberg Barbara Friedberg

    Craigslist offers some part time opportunities, but be careful, there are some unsavory folks around.

  • http://twitter.com/RFIndependence Pauline

    I never thought about pet sitting, those rates are high! I have looked for kids in the neighborhood to babysit before, it is very convenient for parents since I am two doors away anyway, to let me the kids at the last minute.

  • Grant

    If you drive a lot, you can also offer to give passengers a lift in your car. If you live in the mid-Atlantic area, there’s a website where you can offer seats in your car for a price. Not as cheap as the bike, but it should still help cut the gas bill. http://us.amovens.com/en/rideshare/washington-d.c./

  • Kristina @ My Diary Entry

    Hey Ginger these are great tips. I would love to tutor, I am going to look into it. I looked into Mystery Shopping a few years ago, but it is hard to get into in my area. I love the tip to make your Hobby Your Money Maker. That is exactly what I am doing and I am a lot happier for it. Doing what I love makes my life a lot easier.

  • http://eloquence-inc.blogspot.com/ Eloquence Inc

    What about for single parents with childcare constraints?  Getting a second job or running around making Avon deliveries or facials (basically anything that requires more time outside the house than what you spend at the day job) will require evening and weekend childcare whose costs are more per day and per hour than regular weekly childcare, and will make no sense financially as you can often end up spending the 2nd job money and more just in the childcare to be there.  

    I love these ideas though, my blog turned a hobby into a business…2 businesses, with 2 blogs actually…and the list is giving me some more ideas!

    • MrsGlam

      I think the article covers several good options for single parents that cannot afford to invest significant amounts of time and money. Ebay/Craigslist selling and pet sitting are perfectly good options for anyone that cannot afford to spend additional time away from their children. In fact, with the pet sitting job, children can assist with caring for the animals.

  • http://www.1wcafe.com/ Earn Extra Money

    What do you invest most of your energy and energy doing?  Take that and create some cash doing it!  This is not always instantly apparent, so take a while to think about how you can incorporate 1 or a few of your interests into something that can net you some cash for a stormy day.  For example, if you have a Kind A character and really like planning areas then promote yourself to household as an manager.   The same goes for create up.  If you occur to do cosmetics really well then industry yourself to regional wedding women as the cosmetics expert to get their encounters done on the big day.

  • Ramesh

    Hats off to your commonsense based ideas. Coming from India, I believe you are doing the right thing and helping others esp’ woman of USA to think out of the box and be more financial savvy. Keep up the good work…Cheers…

  • http://www.nextpay.com/offshore_processing.php Belinda @ Offshore Processing

    Getting a 2nd job now is relatively easier with proliferation of sites that provide online freelance workers. A few hours of work can be translated right away to income. Works range from transcription, designing, IT jobs or any possible work that can be done remotely. One could try out Vworker.com, Elance.com and  Odesk.com.

  • http://extracashfromcellphones.com/ cashfromcells

    Definitely consider selling things on ebay.  I know that some people might consider it sketchy but it works.  I have made plenty of cash that can be used to pay off debt without breaking my back with a second job.  Learn how to make extra cash with cellphones

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  • http://twitter.com/KelseyLibert Kelsey Libert

    These are all great ideas Ginger! I have always wanted to be a mystery shopper, but never trusted the websites that had it.

    I love dogs, so overnight pet sitting is a great option too! When you post for pet sitting/child care, do people want you to be certified in the industry first?

    I’d love to invest all the side money I make! I’m in my twenties, and it’s time to start building funds.

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  • Penny Pinching Pro

    That’s a good list. I hadn’t seen some of those suggestions before, and they all work for people who already have a day job.

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  • DebtEye

    Great tips right before the holidays! If you do some research, a lot of retailers are hiring for the Holidays.