Who says you need a job to make money? Today there are thousands of ways to earn extra money doing odds and ends to save money fast. Some tasks can even be done on your phone in a matter of minutes, while others take more time (more like a job but not a real job).
We’ll show you how to make money without a job below – and maybe even have a little fun too.
How To Make Money Without A Job
1. Earn Cash Back For Normal Spending
Do you earn credit card rewards just for spending? It’s great right? You get paid to buy things. Now you can take it a step further with apps that pay you to shop.
Rakuten and Ibotta, for example, pay users cash back for purchases made at their partner stores. You shop in the app at the stores you’d normally shop and earn money back.
If you want promo codes and cashback, check out Honey. ‘Standard’ Honey finds promo codes for you automatically when you shop online if you install the browser extension. Honey Gold, combines the promo codes with cashback rewards. You earn ‘gold’ which you can turn into gift cards once you have 1,000 coins ($10).
2. Share Your Opinion Online
Companies pay consumers for their opinion. It helps them create better products and services and learn what others think about what they offer. Today there are thousands of paid online surveys all vying for your opinion.
Taking online surveys is a great way to earn a little cash on the side. We love Swagbucks and MyPoints for their survey opportunities and other bonus opportunities, such as playing games or watching videos.
But definitely keep a look out for Pinecone Research invites too. This exclusive survey company only invites new survey takers periodically, so jump on the opportunity when you see it because they are one of the highest paying survey companies out there.
3. Play Games On Your Phone
If you have an Android phone, you can download Mistplay and earn money too. At Mistplay, you choose the games, and earn as you play. The more you play, the more money you earn.
Honestly, playing games is one of our favorite ways to make money on our list of how to make money without a job.
4. Get Healthy and Start Walking
Walking makes you healthy and now it can earn you money too. Some apps pay you to walk – talk about incentive! Whether you want to get paid for the steps you take or the weight you lose, there are apps out there that motivate you to keep going by paying you for your efforts.
One app in particular, HealthyWage, has been piquing interests everywhere. HealthyWage pays you to lose weight, but only if you ‘bet on yourself.’ Rather than wasting money paying for a gym membership you’ll never use, bet yourself that you’ll lose weight. What better carrot to dangle in front of your face than cash earnings, right?
5. Start A Blog or YouTube Channel
Blogging or ‘vlogging’ requires some work, but we’re willing to bet it’s a lot more fun than sitting at your desk from 9 to 5.
Start a blog or video channel on YouTube about something you love. It could be something professional or completely personal. Find your niche audience and market it. Before you know it, you can make money blogging.
Use advertisements whether affiliate marketing (you get your own links and when people buy off your link you earn commission) or sponsorships. You’d be surprised to learn how many companies pay bloggers and YouTubers to talk about their product. Now’s your time to shine and start making money online.
6. Invest in Real Estate
On DiversyFund, all you need is $500 to start, and you too can be a real estate investor and begin earning passive income. DiversyFun invests in multi-family commercial real estate.
YieldStreet connects accredited investors (with at least $5,000 to invest) with alternative investments including litigation finance, real estate, and commercial finance.
7. Squirrel Away Extra Change
Did you ever think about investing your spare change? Us either – it sounds crazy that you can save for a home, college, or any other financial goal with spare change, but Acorns makes it possible.
Link your debit or credit card to the Acorns app and they round up each purchase to the nearest dollar, sweeping the change into your Acorns account. Once you have $5 accumulated, they invest it. Now there’s no excuse to not invest!
8. Rent Out Your Stuff
Do you have stuff lying around that no one uses? Rent it out and make money!
You can rent anything out today. You’ve likely heard of Airbnb where you can rent out your home or space in your home. There are apps to rent out your car, like Getaround, and even sites where you can find parents that want to rent baby gear like strollers and carseats.
Look around your house – chances are if you have things you don’t use, there’s someone that will and will pay you for it.
9. Walk Dogs
Introverts rejoice – you can get paid to spend time with furry friends. Why not get exercise, have fun with dogs and make money?
Rover Sitters matches pet owners with pet walkers. Think of it like the Uber of pet walking. Once matched, you set up your schedule with the pet owner and get paid to have a little fun with dogs.
Dog walkers make an average of $15 an hour, but you set your rates and your schedule. You may even walk multiple dogs at once (with owner approval) and make money fast.
10. Open an Etsy Shop
Are you crafty? Maybe you make digital goods. Etsy offers a great platform for people like you to start your own side hustle.
You set up your shop using the Etsy platform and market to Etsy’s audience of millions, making sales doing what you love.
Etsy charges low rates and makes it easy for anyone to start a shop and begin earning money fast.
11. Deliver Food and Get Paid to Drive
You work your own hours. This is the best way to make sure it’s convenient for you. Uber and Lyft set the rates and pay peak pay during busy times.
If you’d rather deliver than drive people (perfect for introverts), there are so many services you can sign up for today. Shipt and Instacart are grocery store services. They both offer the option to deliver groceries to customers’ homes or you can shop in store, delivering the groceries curbside.
If grocery shopping isn’t your thing, consider delivering restaurant food with Ubereats or Doordash or being an Amazon driver on your own time and with your own vehicle with Amazon Flex.
12. Take Advantage of Free Stuff
A quick search online will turn up all the ways to get free stuff. Companies give away free stuff all the time. Follow your favorite companies on social media and you’ll see what we mean.
You can even find free stuff in your groups – local groups on Facebook often have people giving away furniture and clothing they no longer need. You can sign up for free books by mail and you can even earn free PayPal money by doing little odds and ends like shopping online, watching videos, or answering surveys.
13. Create a Course, Product or Book
Are you incredibly knowledgeable or passionate about a topic? Why not share your knowledge with the world? In today’s digital world, people pay for courses and books like crazy and the internet makes it simple to start.
Udemy and Teachable are two popular sites to create courses, and Amazon self-publishing is crazy easy. Anyone can be an author today! If writing a book has always been on your bucket list, make it a reality and show everyone how to make money without a job.
If you’d rather not teach, but you have a product you can make and sell – go for it. There are so many sites that make it easy including eBay, Amazon, and Etsy. You don’t even have to start your own website if you don’t want the hassle or expense.
14. Dropship with Shopify or Sell on Amazon FBA
If owning a store with inventory seems too overwhelming, but you love marketing and want to make money selling to people worldwide, consider dropshipping.
Shopify has a great platform for dropshippers, making it easy to set up your storefront and create a flow of communication between you, the customer, and the dropshipper.
If you want to sell your own products rather than someone else’s, consider Amazon FBA. You send your products to Amazon and they handle the order processing, shipping, and packaging.
All you do is the marketing and of course, creating the products, but you take the administrative headaches off your shoulders.
15. Babysit or House-sit
If you love kids or love empty houses, consider babysitting or house sitting. It takes a village to live life the way we need to. Everyone is busy and needs help watching their prized possessions whether it’s the children of the house. Set your rates, and market your services in your area and watch the requests fly in. You may even find this is a way to make $1000 a month.
16. Garage Sale
Do you have stuff lying around the house you haven’t touched in months or years? Your trash could be someone else’s treasure.
Set up a shop in your garage and price everything to sell. Advertise your garage sale in your local Facebook groups, Craigslist, and with signs out in the area. You’ll find people seeking you out as some people make a living shopping garage sales.
If you’d rather not have people at your house, you could even sell stuff online on sites like Facebook Marketplace for the same results.
17. Flip Stuff from Flea Markets
If you have an eye for a good deal, consider buying items and selling them for more at flea markets. Whether you grab a good clearance deal, you shop garage sales, or you watch Craiglist for deals, becoming a flea market flipper means you can make money having fun selling what other people don’t want.
18. Watch Ads or Movies for Money
Sites like InboxDollars, Swagbucks, and MyPoints pay viewers to check their email and watch ads or movies. Basically, they are paying for advertising, hoping that their product or service sticks in your mind, and you either spread the word or make a purchase.
You won’t get rich doing this, but a little extra cash never hurt anyone.
19. Private Tutoring
In today’s interesting school environment more parents want help outside of school. If you specialize in a particular subject, you’ll make even more money.
For example, did you ace the SAT or ACT? High school students are always looking for tutors to help them prepare for this important yet stressful test.
If you prefer tutoring elementary aged students, kids learning English as a second language, or you like a specific subject, such as math, advertise your services in your area. Many libraries also keep a database of tutors in the area.
If you want to tutor online, consider a site like VIPKid where you teach Chinese students English, or Tutor.com where you are matched with students in the US who need help with subjects such as chemistry, physics, calculus, or English.
20. Mow Lawns or Remove Snow
If you’re outdoorsy, consider mowing lawns or removing snow. Homeowners are busy and often don’t have time or don’t want to be bothered with these cumbersome tasks. They may not go out of their way to find a service, but if a flyer comes their way, they may just hire you.
21. Rent Out A Room on Airbnb
Do you have a room in your home you don’t use? Whether it’s a finished basement apartment or a bedroom in your home, rent it out on Airbnb.
You choose – you can rent out the room while you are home or you can rent out your home and go stay with a friend or family member while you make money letting someone else use your home.
22. Become a Transcriber
If you have an ear for detail and can type fast, consider becoming a transcriber. You convert audio to grammatically correct typed content. You can transcribe for a variety of industries including the medical and legal communities. Beginning transcribers earn around $15 an hour to start but work their way up to around $30 an hour with experience.
23. Market Your Freelance or Business Services
If you have a skill – market it. There are many platforms including Fiverr and Upwork that make the marketing easy. You set up your gigs and prices and the platforms advertise for you. In exchange, you pay them a portion of your earnings.
Some of the most popular freelance services today include:
- Designing t-shirts, mugs, and bags
- Freelance writing
- Graphic design
- Virtual assistant
- Social media management
- Photography / sell stock photos
- Create greeting cards
24. Test Drive Cars
Many car manufacturers pay you to test drive their vehicles. Visit the car manufacturer’s website that you want to drive and get on their mailing list.
When they have test drive opportunities, you’ll receive an email. Head to your local dealer, drive the car, and get a certificate from the dealer stating that you drove the vehicle and you’ll get paid.
25. Beta Test or Review Software and Apps
Software and app developers want to know what users think before they release their products to the public. Sign up to be a beta tester and you can have a say in how new software and apps operate.
You use the software and app as directed and the company pays you for your opinion. You may have to fill out paperwork about your experience and/or talk about it with a panel to discuss your experience, likes/dislikes about the products.
26. Mystery Shop
If you love shopping, consider doing a mystery shop. This works with both stores and restaurants. Companies hire you to go into the store and buy a specific item, noting the cleanliness of the store, friendliness of the employees, help you received, and the checkout process.
If you become a mystery shopper for a restaurant, you visit the restaurant, noting the cleanliness, service, and even the state of the bathrooms. You must note the speed of service, how long your food takes, and the quality of the food.
You’ll provide a review of your experience either written or spoken and get paid for your time in addition to reimbursement for your product or meal purchased. You may not earn a full time income, but I wouldn’t pass up a free meal.
27. Focus Groups
Companies put focus groups together to learn about your experience with their products or services. Basically companies pay to ask specific questions about products or services they already have out as well as opinions about upcoming products and services. Focus groups usually take about one to two hours and pay you $100 or more for your time.
28. Mock Trials
Mock trials are a twist on focus groups. Rather than reviewing products or services, you act like a juror and lawyers give their arguments to see how you’d vote.
You can earn $20 to $50 per case, and you just sit and listen to the arguments and give your thoughts. You get the thrill of jury duty without sitting through an actual trial. It helps lawyers out and you make extra money.
29. Officiate Weddings
We all loved it when Joey in Friends officiated Monica and Chandler’s wedding and now you can be just like Joey! It’s free to get officiated, but you may have to pay for a certificate from your county proving your ability to officiate weddings. You can make $500 and up per wedding, so it’s a lucrative way to make side cash.
30. Become a Voiceover Artist
If you love making funny voices, make money doing it as a voiceover artist. Before you’d have to wait to be ‘discovered’ but with the internet, it’s easier than ever to get paid to do this.
Whether you do voiceovers for podcasts, commercials, or even television shows, there are many opportunities. You can work for yourself, advertising your gig on sites like Fiverr or you can work for an actual company.
31. Be Someone’s Friend
Are you someone that everyone loves to be around? You could get paid for your skill as a friend. Services hire people like you to attend parties, concerts, or just visit with them. Rent a Friend is one of the popular sites offering this service, but there are others too.
You’ll make a profile, showcasing your talents, personality, and other factors that might make others want to choose you. Once chosen (this isn’t a dating service), you’ll spend time with the person that chose you, providing friendship and making extra money doing it.
32. Get Paid to Cook
You’ve heard of ridesharing, now there’s foodsharing. People hire you to come cook for them. This is the perfect gig for amateur chefs. Join sites like Cozymeal and EatWith are two popular platforms that match chefs with diners, helping you earn extra money doing what you love.
You can cook and host in your home or travel to other homes, cooking for them. There are even sites that you cook the meal and deliver it to the buyers, but aren’t on site while they eat.
A “Real Job” Isn’t the Only Way to Make Money
The term ’real’ job gets lost in translation these days, especially after the pandemic. Many people don’t work the traditional 9 to 5 desk job anymore and getting a real job is becoming more scarce.
Most people work a variety of jobs whether gigs, side jobs, or even tasks they work to bring in extra cash. The most important thing is that everyone is having fun and showing the world how to make money without a job.
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Samantha uses her BS in Finance and MBA to help others get control of their finances through budgeting, saving, investing, side hustles, and travel hacking. Due to following the FIRE Movement’s principles, she was able to quit her high-stress job in the financial services industry in July 2019 to pursue her side hustles. She is now a full-time entrepreneur and blogger. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her dog “Simba” and traveling with her husband, John.