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10 Side Income Ideas to Try

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What’s going on everyone? I know a lot of people are in the process of paying off debt so that they can do other things with their money. The economy isn’t the best right now, but there are still a ton of side income ideas to try. It can be done. I’m currently doing multiple things to bring in extra money. Below are ten ways that you can make more money to pay off debt.

Work 2 Jobs

The first thing on this list of side income ideas is to work 2 jobs. You can make a lot of extra money doing this depending on how many hours you work. It’s not always going to be easy but getting out of debt isn’t easy. My suggestion would be to get a delivery job or a server’s job part-time. You could do that on the weekends or evenings after you get off your full-time job. A few years ago, I worked a full-time gig and worked part-time for the Atlanta Braves three times a week. I was tired some days, but it was easy money. Sometimes you will have to sacrifice to get to where you want to be.

Find A Side Hustle

Finding a side hustle is vital when it comes to paying off debt. There are many side hustles out there. You can create things to sell online on Teesping, or you can sell items in a flea market. You can create websites or create gigs using sites such as Fiverr. One of my favorite side hustles is flipping items on eBay. I’ve been doing it for a few years now. I make at least $600 extra every month. For more ideas check out this list that features 40+ side hustle ideas.

Make More Money With Your Full-Time Job

The third thing on the list isn’t a side income idea, but it’s something that you can try. It’s to make more money with your full-time job. If you get paid hourly, you could ask your boss if you could get some overtime hours. You can also ask them for a raise. Depending on your tenure you just might get it. Most jobs should at least offer your the opportunity to get a raise within a year. Make sure you are confident when you ask for the raise.  Also, if your job gives you a chance to move up to a higher position, do it. You will get paid more the higher up you get. If none of those actions work, you could start looking for a higher-paying full-time job. There is no reason for you to stay someplace that is underpaying you.

Donate Plasma

Depending on where you live you can donate plasma to get some extra money. As long as you are healthy, you should be able to do this a couple of times a month. Any little bit helps when you’re paying off debt. From what I hear, donating plasma is virtually pain-free.

Lease out a Room in Your House or your car

We’ve made it to number five on the side income ideas list. If you have a room you are not using in your house; you can make extra money by leasing it out to people. You can try out Airbnb. You get to set your own rates. If a room in your house is just there not in use, why not make money from it?

If you have a car too, turn it into your money-making machine. You can rent out your car to people who need it. You get to choose your own rates, and they pay. Check out Turo for more information.

Walk Dogs

You can walk dogs in your neighborhood if you need extra cash. If you are a dog lover, you’ll find this fun. Just by playing with dogs and taking them for walks, you get paid. There are sites that allow you to set your prices and assign clients to you, like Rover. You could also start a dog day-care, boarding, or house sitting, not just walking the dog.

Sign up for Rover today!

Use your phone to make money

There are a lot of things you can do with your phone that will generate money. The internet is a country on its own. There are apps that will pay you for doing a few things such as playing games, watching online videos, and more!

8 Survey Sites That Pay Cash

You can do anything and earn money with your phone. Even playing games can earn you money now. But be watchful. There are lots of scan sites online, so you don’t fall victim to this.

Babysit children

This is another way to make extra cash. You get paid every hour babysitting children. You can set your own rates and work at your own time. If you decide to work for 40 hours a week, you can imagine how much you’ll be getting in a week. If you have extra skills like you clean, you can teach another language; you can pick up the children and take them for activities, you charge more and collect your money.

Write e-books and organize webinars

If you are a good writer and love sharing your thoughts and opinions with others, you can write e-books and monetize them. It would help if you made your writing unique and entertaining to your readers. Another way to make extra cash is to organize a webinar on topics you are good at. You get paid when people purchase the webinar, so, you are making money as well as improving your knowledge of things.

Monetize your hobbies

If you are looking for a way to make money while having fun, you should try monetizing your hobby. If you are into cooking, writing, reading, playing games, you can turn it into money. You can cook food and deliver it to people, and you collect your money. You can organize reading classes and book clubs and collect money from them. The goal is to make extra income while enjoying what you do.

Those were ten ways to make extra cash. There are literally hundreds of things that you can do to pay off your debt.

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How is your debt repayment plan coming? What side income ideas have you tried?

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25 Comments

  1. Great post! I like to call myself the Queen of the Side Hustle as I am always on the prowl for income-producing opportunities. I like to have at least 3 side hustles/income streams going apart from my full-time job. Currently I started a cleaning business with a friend/biz partner, rent out my spare room on Airbnb and just bought a website selling a product.

    1. I think having at least 3 income streams is excellent.

  2. Hi Jason. All good advice on making extra money and paying down debt. I am fortunate to have no debt but always found it helpful to have more than one stream of income. My son certainly follows 3 of your guidelines… not being shy to ask for a raise, making additional money through side jobs, and developing income through sales on e-bay. For some people such as single parents I realize these are be difficult but for many others it is largely a matter of motivation. Previous generations worked very long hours and there is no natural entitlement to have a good lifestyle based on a shorter work week.

    1. I agree. So many people believe they are entitled to certain things. You have to work for it.

  3. I must say, I do not have debt. I have a passive income stream that is working very well. Your suggestions, though for making more money to reduce debt are good ones. And, as a side note, I love Fiverr, but have to have a lot of jobs to make good money there!

    1. There is money to be made on fiverr. You just have to find the right gig to promote.

  4. I have a side hustle and freelance write once a week for a startup. I definitely am not above having a second job. My wife works Saturday mornings and once a month an entire Saturday. We do what we need to do to pay the bills.

  5. Thankfully, I have no debt. My German father taught me that it was verboten!! However, all your suggestions are really good ones! Don’t know if I have the energy for a side hustle these days…I’m an old broad. But I guess if I had to, I would! Do whatever it takes, right?

  6. I love your tips Jason. Finding ways to making extra money as to pay down a debt is always a good thing. I have working to put myself in a positive no debt position for a while now and I am happy to say I am almost there. Some people find it difficult because they simply aren’t motivated. As they grow and age the motivation to be debt free is much stronger for many reason. 🙂

    1. I agree motivation is the key. There are so many things that I want to do. Debt is stopping me from doing that.

  7. These are good suggestions – and some are rather novel. I had a friend once, who figured out how to make money doing absolutely nothing! He would model for artists.

  8. Great ideas – you’ve got me thinking about what I could put on fiverr. I love that website!

    1. The ideas are endless. There are some crazy gigs on Fiverr.

  9. Shawn DeWolfe says:

    Years back, I had a job where I worked up North as a first aid attendant. I was up there for 20 days straight at $150 per day. The days were long and it was a remote camp. In my off-time, I came down and worked as a temp where I helped with a conference set-up 14-hrs. of work. Our labour laws say that cooks down into 8 regular hours, 2 hours at time-and-half and then 4 hours at double time. Because of overtime, even a poor wage turns into something. Up North, I was making okay money until I factored in that I was “out there” 24×7. I would suggest that long hours with overtime turn into decent money.

  10. Working more than one job is the approach that I used when I was a student. It was crazy, but I didn’t get bored and it took care of any money problems I might have been facing.

  11. Some commenters on my Washington Post article ribbed me for talking about side hustles saying they are just “second jobs” and side hustle is a fancy and useless word. In reality second jobs are just one of many, MANY types of ways to make extra income on the side. Seems like decades ago getting a second job was one of the only options for most but today there is truly an unlimited number of things you can do.

    1. I agree with you 100%. Side hustles are not second jobs. Some people just like to rib or troll for no reason.

  12. Cade James Davis says:

    Great read, always looking for extra ways to make extra cash around the office. I just wanted to share something I’ve been doing recently. I run an office and have noticed that unused toner was piling up in storage. Looked into returning but that was no good. Tried out the site http://www.tonerconnect.net/ and was impressed. They had quick service and that payout was nice.

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