1. Create a smart phone app.
If you have some app development skills and you’re proficient at Swift or Android-based development platforms, you could try your hand at creating a smart phone app. Obviously, this isn’t a quick or easy way to make money, but could pay off big with the right idea.
2. Sell on CafePress.
CafePress allows you to sell items that feature a digital design. If you’re a great graphic designer, you could create a number of designs that would fit different formats such as shirts, hats and cups, and earn a commission when they sell.
3. Do interior decorating.
If you have an eye for design, consider doing interior decorating for clients. Use a site like Houzz to advertise your services to the masses.
4. Become a virtual assistant.
Virtual assistants are in high demand, but it only makes sense from an income standpoint if you have lots of free time and you’re very organized. It also doesn’t hurt to live in an area with a lower cost of living.
5. Become a local tour guide.
If you live in a vacation destination, consider becoming a local tour guide. You could even offer your services for free and then ask for a tip at the end, drawing more people into touring with you.
6. Teach driving lessons to students.
Are you a great driver? Why not get licensed as a driving instructor? You can advertise your services both online and offline, or use a site like Indeed.com to search for part-time driving instructor jobs.
7. Sell your hair.
Have long hair? Why not sell it to make a few extra bucks? Advertise your hair for sale on a site like HairSellOn or any number of others that are out there.
8. Start a GoFundMe Page.
Try raising some personal funds using GoFundMe. You can advertise your page to your network through social media, and if you can create a compelling enough story, you might just have enough takers that decide to help you out.
9. Be an extra in movies.
If you’re looking to make a few extra bucks without a major investment of your, try your hand at being an extra in a movie. There’s a lot of sitting around and waiting, but the pay is good if you’re in a production city like Los Angeles, New York, London or Vancouver
10. Write resumes.
Good at writing resumes? Use sites like LinkedIn and other professional sites to advertise your resume writing services. Do a few free and grab some raving reviews, then watch your sales skyrocket.
11. Do email marketing.
Email marketing is one of the most profitable forms of marketing that exists online. However, attracting subscribers and making a personal connection with them takes a good deal of work. Use platforms like LeadPages, Aweber, Constant Contact, MailChimp and ConvertKit to get things off the ground.
12. Become an affiliate marketer.
Affiliate marketing is an extremely alluring industry. However, many affiliate marketers don’t make much money. If you have the skills it takes to succeed in this arena, you could quite literally make a small fortune. But be careful not to get drawn into pie-in-the-sky hopes or dreams of making money without putting in much effort.
13. Give music lessons.
If you play the piano, guitar or another instrument, consider teaching others in your local area. Advertise online through social media or through your personal or professional networks.
14. Personal training.
Find clients that you can help out to achieve their weight loss or fitness goals. Create meal plans or construct workout routines and you could make an admirable income for your efforts.
15. Become a freelance article writer.
Write articles for other people. If you have a passion for writing, you could help out other bloggers or even become a ghost writer for a well-known author. Use sites like Freelancer, Upwork and others to advertise your services.
16. Open a Mobile Pet Grooming Service
Try your hand at pet grooming. Purchase and outfit a mobile van so that you can groom pets on the go. This does require a small investment, but it’s a side job you could enjoy when you have spare time.
17. Teach a language.
If you know a second language, and you’re well-versed enough in it, you could teach it to others. You can even teach English to students, or if you’re traveling as a digital nomad, you could teach English as a second language in your country of choice.
18. Sell products on Etsy.
Use Etsy to sell crafts or other home-made items. Etsy is one of the largest resources for selling handmade goods on the internet. You could also sell digital items such as digital posters that can be printed out.
19. Become a personal shopper.
Want to shop for others? You could effectively become a personal shopper. If you live in an urban metropolis with concentrated wealth, then personal shopping services are in high demand in your area. Scour the web and other online resources such as ThumbTack to find people looking for personal shoppers.
20. Design logos on 99Designs.
If you’re graphically inclined and you’re get a programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, you could potentially compete for design work on 99Designs. However, you won’t get paid unless your design is chosen as the winning design, meaning you need to be a very good designer to make income that’s worthwhile here.
21. Create YouTube tutorials.
Although this isn’t the quickest way you can make money with a side income, creating YouTube tutorials can help you earn a respectable amount of income as long as what you deliver is engaging and keeps people interested for long enough. You could also use free tutorials to up sell viewers on products and services you might be offering.
22. Participate in marketing focus groups.
Marketing companies are always holding focus groups to study the consumer’s response to products, services and advertisements across different mediums. I used to take part in these studies often in college, and so can you. You don’t need any special training to do it.
23. Clean houses.
Housekeeping is always an option. There are loads of private families and home owners that are renting out their homes on a short-term basis that need housekeeping or house cleaning services. You can list your services on a site like HouseKeeper.com and many others to promote yourself.
24. Babysit or become a nanny.
If you need to make some quick cash, you could always partake in babysitting or even become a part-time nanny. You use a variety of sites to do this like Care.com or SitterCity or even post your services on social media sites. You’ll get vetted and rated for your services, so be sure to provide a top-notch experience.
25. Walk dogs.
Anyone can walk dogs. Well, almost anyone. If you live in a dog-filled neighborhood, create a few flyers on your computer and slip them into mailboxes. Identify yourself as a dog walker and pitch your price. Build up a steady stream of clients and your dog-walking service will grow over time.
26. Do mystery shopping.
Companies of all kinds are looking for mystery shoppers. Mystery shoppers buy in secret, documenting their experiences with the retailer. This can be done at a physical store or an online store. If you do a simple search on becoming a mystery shopper, you can likely locate several services that will assist you. Or, you can simply contact companies directly to pitch your mystery shopping services to them.
27. Produce an audiobook.
Use a platform like ACX to create and sell audiobooks on platforms like Audible and iTunes. If you have a great idea for a non-fiction audiobook where you can teach a difficult skill like stock trading, foreign currency investing, accounting, online marketing or others, you can easily create a five-figure monthly income with the right volume of audiobooks.
28. Write an e-book.
I’ve long been drawn to the passive income supplied by creating an e-book and publishing an accompanied print-on-demand paperback. By using platforms like KDP and CreateSpace, both by Amazon, you can create an easily create and sell an e-book that costs nothing to produce, and a paperback that earns you money only when it sells, removing much of the prior friction it took to get published.