Side Jobs That Can Make You Extra Money

Side Jobs That Can Make You Extra Money

Ready to earn some more money? Helping out your local community or the elderly, freelancing, writing, or offering to babysit are just some side jobs to pull in some extra income. Check your local community center, daily paper, or ask friends and neighbors in your town for contacts and suggestions. We have compiled some job ideas where you can be your own boss, deciding what you’d like to do and how much income you make. Sounds good, right?

Working for the Local Community

Make sure to check your local papers, online sites, or Craigslist for any part-time work. Some neighbors may need their yard mowed, a dog walker, a personal shopper, painting, general home maintenance, addressing of holiday cards, or someone to decorate their home for the holidays!

Helping the Elderly

Offering services to the elderly is a great way to give back while simultaneously making money. Many people need companionship and help in their elderly age. This is the perfect job for anyone with compassion and a big heart. According to the median hourly rate to be a companion is usually $10 per hour. Here are some ways to help:

  1. Driver: Some may need rides to and from appointments, general errands, groceries, or a visit to the doctor. Many may need help getting in and out of the car or require companionship in case of an emergency.
  2. Drop by Daily: If their family lives out out of town, daily check in’s can help keep their families at ease. Help make the bed, make sure they have taken medicine, or just to bring in the mail.
  3. Hot Meal Delivery: A hot meal for each day is a wonderful guarantee for someone that might have difficulty cooking for themselves.
  4. Yardwork and Gardening: Most do not have the energy to do any yard work. Raking up some leaves or planting a couple flowers in a window box will brighten anyone’s day.
  5. Buy and Wrap Gifts: With the holidays here, gift buying and wrapping can be very helpful to someone who has lots of family, especially grandchildren.  


Use Your Skills to Freelance

If you you are planning on freelancing with your acquired skills from your full-time job, make sure you are not crossing any lines. First, you’ll want to make sure you’re not competing with your current employer, using your company’s services, or poaching any of your company’s clients. You may want to run the idea by your boss to insure honesty and stay safe. A great way to freelance is to concentrate on something you have a talented skill for and that doesn’t interfere with your full-time job. If your boss is okay with you making money on the side, freelancing is a great way to increase your earnings by using your already acquired skills.


Are you great at creative writing and pitching ideas? Starting your own blog can be a great way to put your skills to work. Do some research on content sites, engaging blog posts, and websites that pay you to write. Make sure to read all the guidelines and pitch your blog to the editors of your target sites.

Babysit or Nanny

Parents always need a little time off, whether it’s for date night, an appointment scheduled, or just need a small weekend break. The plus side about babysitting is the immediate cash earned. You also choose your rate, availability and you are not required to include any other obligations. is a great website for specific work options, or you can check with your neighbors and friends for reliable leads and connections.

Make and Sell Arts and Crafts

Plenty of people make money off of something that started as a hobby. Art, jewelry, soap, clothing, or making holiday crafts are just some popular items. You can sell your gifts online in an Etsy shop and/or on your own website. Check online for conventions, flea markets, or local farmers markets for information on setting up a booth. Make sure your items are priced correctly so you’ve covered your costs for time and purchased materials.

Overall, there are multiple ways to earn some extra cash in your pocket. Earning income on the side is extremely helpful for unexpected expenses that you haven’t prepared for, especially around this busy holiday season. There’s something appealing about making extra money, especially if it fulfills a different passion in your life. You might find that a side job contributes to your professional happiness and helps others in your community, while giving you an extra paycheck.

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