Ways to Earn Extra Income: Over 100 and Counting

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by Alex on August 19, 2011

We wanted to share with you ideas on how to make money on the side! As we learned first-hand, one way to reach your financial goals is to find ways of increasing your income. Whether your goals are to get out of debt, start your own business, be self-employed, or even have a nice savings with an inheritance to one day leave your children, extra money is going to help you and your family get there faster!

With that in mind, we have a quick list with currently over 100 ways to earn a little bit more and increase that income.  Keep watching as we will continue linking each one to a more extensive article including ideas on how to make that particular money making opportunity work! A few of the jobs listed below already linked to an article with additional information – just click on the link to learn more.

Many of these things we have done ourselves to bring in extra money! Those ways that we have done personally, we put a “*” next to it.

With this list, many of the ideas below do not require extra training or skills, just the willingness to put forth the effort.  Some of the ways to earn below will require minimal training, but the time invested could be worth the pay off as a part time endeavor and could maybe even turn into a full-time job if you love it!  Even better, some of these items might include hobbies you already have which means you will be well suited for turning the time you enjoy into a money-making venture!

Selling through classifieds *Finally, we want this list to KEEP GROWING with your help.  Please share ideas on additional ways to to earn that extra income so that we can keep adding to this list for all to utilize!

Plus, if you are looking for extra CASH right NOW, then read up on our article on How To Find $780 Cash Right Now and a good way to get a nest egg going!

Have you done any of these yourself?  Let us know if you would like to write one of our featured articles on tips and tricks on how you made this job work for you – if you have the experience we would love you to share it with all of us!

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Emily Potter March 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Awesome ideas…I am a stay at home mom and some of these ideas I would have never thought of! Thanks for sharing!


Dueley Lucas March 11, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Really great ideas for making extra money. Ready to try a couple of them myself!


thriftycas March 12, 2012 at 7:39 am

Please let us know how it goes or if you have anything to add to the list! We hope it is a big help to get some ideas going!


Pam @ Ramblings of a Happy Homemaker March 12, 2012 at 5:35 am

Great article with awesome ideas I’d never considered! Especially when I was a teenager I would do anything I could to make some extra cash. My big 3 were babysitting, crafting for sale (mop dolls and padded photo albums) and singing at weddings.


thriftycas March 12, 2012 at 7:39 am

If you would ever like to write a short guest post (with a link back to your site if you would like) about any money making ideas you have done to help inspire others, we would love to hear from you!


Sheila April 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I am really interested in mystery shopping but don’t know where to start or anu good site… Do you have any suggestions??
I am in Fl


Vicky October 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Mystery Shopper Providers Association http://www.mysteryshop.org/ then click on become a shopper – there is a listing for each company and lots of good info, If you go to walmart – and see those people giving samples that is also a company – and if there is a slow moment – you can ask how they got started, etc.
So just check out the site. You will need access to the internet, and be able to scan your receipt and upload it all depends on the job – you are an independent contractor. You will also have to purchase upfront while doing the job and then you will get reimbursed once paperwork and receipts are submitted. I have done McDonalds ~ I purchased what they told me to purchased. Took note of description of employees, timed them (all without them knowing I was a mystery shopper) paid for my order. You will also be assigned time limits to do these jobs and also a day/time to do the job. The longer you do these jobs and get some certifications the better the job assignments get because they realize you will stick with it and not be gone in a year.
I haven’t done any for a while – due to a personal crisis but plan on getting back to it in 2013.
Also check out MarketForce https://www.certifiedfieldassociate.com/
This is the one I have worked for.
You should never have to pay to sign up as a Mystery Shopper or to receive info. You can be and independent contractor for several companies not just 1.


Trisha SUTHERLAND February 11, 2013 at 9:12 pm

I am in Canada. Will the deals etc on your site work for me too, It is so frustrating to fill in forms and the find out at the end that they are US only



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