I like money. I’m guessing you do too. You have probably landed on this post because you are looking for easy ways to make extra money. That is what I will deliver!

Money isn’t everything but it is a critical aspect of our lives. Making more money can be a game changer.

When we don’t have enough, it creates a lot of stress and anxiety.  Who needs that!

I know this feeling. After being off work on maternity leave for the second time for a full year, we ended up in debt. What! How could I let this happen? We are too smart for this.

The reality was I had no idea how to plan for this new reality and the result was we went into some debt. 

It wasn’t an earth-shattering amount but enough to scare the crap out of me and start researching how I could prevent this from happening again. I started searching for things like simple & flexible ways to make extra money because well we have two kids now.

ways to make extra money for normal people

We needed to set goals. Not just budgeting goals but income goals as well.

Basically, I needed to bring in more money.  But I needed flexible ways to make money so I could be flexible for our kids.

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At this time, I also decided not to go back to my full-time human resources job. Instead, I went into HR Consulting – working for myself. It was a huge risk but I really wanted more flexibility to spend more time at home with my kids. However, it did prove to be a good choice but at this time, I had no idea how it was going to turn out. 

Not long after going into consulting, I also came across the idea of starting a blog when googling things like “ideas to make money” or “how to to make money from home.” However, like many people I am not overly techie. For instance, creating this Blog has been a huge challenge for me. I don’t know anything about coding, web design, etc. I mean, I’m an HR Professional. Not a lot of technical requirements beyond knowing my way around Excel. 

Because I know there are a lot of people like me out there, I focused on side hustles that don’t require a ton of technical knowledge, three degrees, and 45 years of experience. If there is technical knowledge or training needed it is within reach of learning relatively easily.


What can a little extra money do for you?

Could it mean you will:

Whatever your “why”, making more money is a good feeling and can provide many opportunities in life. Don’t let this pass you by!

Here are a bunch of Flexible & Easy Ways to Make Extra Money. 

1. Sell stuff lying around on Facebook, eBay, Kijiji, Craigslist, etc.

Obviously, this is one easy way to make extra money.

Even if you only get $5 for something, it adds up fast. Keep a container of the money you bring in from your sales and save it. In the last year, I have sold a ton of stuff lying around the house and I have made over $1000!

At this point, you might be in a situation where you really need to make extra money. You can do it!

2. Have a garage sale.

If you get together with some neighbors and advertise as a multi-family garage sale, you will have higher traffic. This is such a simple and flexible way to make extra money because it only takes a weekend of your time. Get your kids involved! Who can say no to kids? Haha. Just kidding. Well, not really.

3. Sign up for Ebates (unless you don’t like free money).

Ebates is basically a big referral program. It drives consumers to order online from participating companies. In exchange, the company gives Ebates a portion of the sale and then Ebates gives you a bit of their commission.

Ebates is totally legit! I use it all the time and it is so simple. All you have to do is create an account and when you are shopping online, activate before you purchase. You can choose your money from Ebates to go into your Paypal account or they will send you a check.

The variety of stores somewhat depends on the country you live in. I mostly use it for Amazon, Zulily, and Old Navy.

Caution: make sure you don’t buy anything unnecessary.

4. Freelance.

According to a study conducted by Upwork; “Freelancers predicted to become the U.S. workforce majority within a decade, with nearly 50% of millennial workers already freelancing.” 

Ten’s of millions of Americans are choosing to freelance over traditional jobs to make their desired lifestyle a reality. Hiring freelancers is catching on big time due to the flexibility it provides not to mention the low costs compared to employing someone, tax benefits, and so on.

I have been a freelance HR consultant for the last couple of years and have made more working less hours than when I was employed. 

Think about your talents and/or education. What are you trained/experienced in and good at?

There are tons of ways a person can make money freelancing. A few examples are web design, bookkeeping, graphic design, marketing, recruitment, illustration, copywriting, writing, etc. Check out these websites where you can find work:

5. Virtual Assistant.

A type of freelancing but it deserves its own category. There are dozens of areas you could become a virtual assistant in such as Pinterest, email management, social media management, content creation, etc, etc.

You can do this all from the comfort of your home or where ever you happen to be. If this is of interest to you but you think you need some training Check out this course on how to become a Virtual Assistant. This one of the best options for making money on the side from home.

6. Proofread.

Do you like catching typos? Do spelling and grammar mistakes drive you crazy? If you want to be sure you know you have all the necessary skills, Caitlin Pyle has a very popular course that teaches you how. Proofreading can be done from anywhere! Check out this course to get you started.

7. House sit.

Stay at people’s homes and keep an eye on things. There are tons of websites you can sign up for or advertise on your local sites. You can earn approximately $20-45/night! Here is a list of sites you can promote your side hustle. Easy peezy.

8. Pet sit.

If you love to take care of animals on a short-term basis, this side gig is for you. Offer your services when you are available. Not to mention you can offer your services out of your home. Talk about one of the best ways to make extra money from home because you can literally be doing other work at the same time as pet sitting! Similar to housesitting, you can earn around $30-50/day. There are tons of sites you can sign up for.

Now this is a simple and flexible way to make extra money!

9. Walk dogs.

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This is a pretty easy way to make extra money obviously. The question becomes “how do I get my name out there?” I recommend that you create a Facebook page and share it in local groups. You can also post to Craigslist, etc. You should be able to get about $10 per walk. If you are able to get a few clients in the same neighborhood you could walk a few dogs at a time.

10. Child Care.

Parents are always looking for mature individuals to take care of their little ones. Believe me! You can post on your local sites such as Facebook, Kijiji, Craigslist, etc. You can also set up a profile on Care.com.

NOTE: Another thing to keep in mind that I think is even more important than this list of easy ways to make extra money, is really understanding your financial situation. With that being said, I recommend that you read some of my other articles related to focusing on your whole financial situation such as How to Financially Conquer your Twenties or How to Financially Get Ahead in your Thirties. Lastly, we all spend a lot on food. This category of your spending can likely be decreased. Therefore, I recommend reading my articles How to Eat Healthy on a Tight Budget and Meal Planning for Beginners.

11. Before & After School Care.

Many parents are just looking for someone to take care of their children before and after school for a while. Bonus points if can take them to school too! Post on Care.com, your local Facebook groups, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Kijiji, etc. If you already have kids you are taking to school, this is a very easy way to make extra money. People usually charge around $10/hr. 

12. Tutor.

Become an online tutor. If you have a college degree and can commit to a minimum of 5 hours per week, check out tutor.com! You can tutor online from wherever you are.

13. Do jobs Through Task Rabbit.

Ok, this website is pretty cool. 

You can sign up for a number of tasks you are able and willing to do then Task Rabbit matches you with customers.  Here are the categories:

  • Handyman
  • Help Moving 
  • Interior Painting
  • TV Mounting
  • Light Installation
  • Hanging Pictures & Shelves
  • Furniture Assembly
  • Yard Work
  • Furniture Delivery 
  • Delivery Services
  • Grocery Services
  • IKEA Services

Task Rabbit is in most major U.S. Cities, Vancouver, CA, and Toronto, CA. 

You set your price.

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14. Shovel snow.

Pretty self-explanatory. You can post your service on your local sites like Facebook Groups, Kijiji, Craigslist, etc.

15. Clean houses.

Ok, this can be backbreaking but you don’t need any special qualifications. All you need are some cleaning products. I have seen moms in my area post on the local Facebook Moms group countless times looking for a house cleaner that is accepting new clients. You can charge up to approximately $25/hr.

16. Teach English online to kids through VIPKID.

As long as you have a degree you can apply. VIPKID gives you all the training and materials that you need. Sessions are 25 minutes long and you can earn up to $22/hr.

16. Open an Etsy Store.

Are you crafty, can paint, sew clothes, make jewelry, knit, crochet, build things, create prints or printables? The possibilities are endless!

Check out this beginner guide for getting started with your Etsy Store.

17. Facepaint at kids birthday parties.

Parents are often looking for inexpensive birthday party entertainment ideas. There are lots tutorials on youtube to teach yourself.

Practice on your kids, friend’s kids, cousins, etc and take pictures to build a portfolio. Create a Facebook page and share with our local Facebook group sites, create an ad on Craigslist, Kijiji, etc to get clients. You can charge up to $50/hr.

Here is a great tutorial to get you started.

18. Clean and detail cars

I saw an ad for this on facebook. She was someone in my area who created a Facebook page for her business where she will come to your house and clean the inside of your car. Genius! This is such a simple and flexible way to make extra money. People were jumping all over this. You can charge up to $50/hr.

Here’s a great how-to for starting a car detailing business from home.

19. Amazon FBA

Sell products through Amazon’s FBA program. That stands for Fulfillment By Amazon. You find discounted products, ship them to Amazon to be stored, sell them on Amazon, and Amazon ships them. Check out the Selling Family

20. Start a Blog!

Starting a blog is definitely an undertaking! Oh my goodness! Particularly for people (such as myself) who know are not technologically gifted. However if you have a message, enjoy writing, and build a business that is totally flexible, blogging could be your answer! What appealed to me the most about blogging as a business was that it is one of the most create ways to make money, IMO.

Also, there are lots of amazing resources out there to help you. I invested a lot of money in blogging courses and found the best one to be Dare to Conquer.

I have been using DTC for about 1 year now and I am amazed by the value. There are tons of courses on SEO, Pinterest, affiliate marketing, email marketing, google analytics, content creation, and more. There is also a community of bloggers who help each other over Slack. Also, the owner of DTC is on Slack a lot to help. You get your questions answered often in minutes! 

So, if you have been on the fence about starting a blog, you can do it. I am not going to lie, it is a lot of work but it is very rewarding to see what you can build from anywhere in your spare time!

It is not a get rich quick thing either but you can build a blog to be a full time business with very little start up.

To get started you will need to select a hosting company. I use and recommend Siteground. It is amazing. A lot of bloggers recommend Bluehost but in my research by reading reviews, Siteground beats Bluehost every time. 

21. Be Someone’s Friend.

You are probably saying “wait, what?” Yeah, you can get paid to be someone’s friend! I know it sounds weird but there are lots of reasons people what to pay someone to be their friend. Go to rentafriend.com to check it out. From what I have researched, this is a totally legitimate website and some people make a lot of money doing it.

22. Ask for a Raise.

One of the easiest ways to make extra money is to ask for a raise! I know, simple right? Provided you deserve a raise, this is probably THE easiest way to start making extra money fast.

Check out my detailed article 7 Proven Steps to Learning How to Ask for a Raise. In this article, I will take you through the exact steps on how to ask or a raise successfully and you can download the perfect Script!

23. Do paid surveys.

This isn’t a huge moneymaker by any means but it is a simple and flexible way to make extra money or gift cards while watching TV. They are completely free and they pay you for your opinion.  Here are a bunch of legit survey companies:

  • Pinecone Research
  • Swagbucks
  • American Consumer Opinion
  • Survey Junkie
  • Clear Voice Surveys
  • VIP Voice
  • Harris Poll Online
  • Opinion Outpost
  • Survey Spot

Okay, one thing I will say about surveys is that if you are looking to do something to make extra money that is also fulfilling, doing surveys is probably not for you. It is a simple and flexible way to make extra money but it is also very boring and isn’t going to be a bigger money maker.

Bottom Line

If you want or need to make extra money, get started now! Set some money goals, write it down and look at it daily for inspiration and to keep yourself focused.

Pick what works for you and just get started!

Make it happen.

Please comment below with your successes! 

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