25 Ways to Make Extra Money

By on Sep 16, 2011 in Make Money | 33 comments

& Side Hustle Round up

I was inspired by this CNNMoney Side Hustle Series to discuss ways folks are adding to their income. In addition toways to make extra cash, it seems my readers are really interested in “How to Get Rich,” as illustrated by the popularity of this Secrets of the Super Rich article.

The ways to make extra cash are only limited by your imagination and those that amass wealth over their lives are regularly thinking about creative ways to make more money. In fact, spend some time brainstorming and I’m sure you will come up with a few yourself. Here are some of the ways I’ve made some extra cash over the years:

  • Sold Avon
  • Sold books
  • Invested in real estate
  • Lemonade stand (well, haven’t tried this one in a few years :) )
  • Career Counselor
  • Blogger
  • Garage Sale
  • Author
  • Sold on Craig’s list
  • Taught English in Spain
  • Made and sold hippy shirts
  • Invested in dividend paying assets

For those creative types, Etsy offers a great opportunity to make some extra cash. In fact, a friend of mine has an adorable shop, Never Ending Knits. She showcases her knitted products and offers them for sale. It’s like having your own online store, only much easier. If you’re in the market for some knit wear, or want to see a college student’s side hustle, stop by Amy’s shop!

More Side Hustle Ideas From Across the Web

Sustainable Personal Finance-Making Money Online – 4 Decades of Deals

My Multiple Incomes–Selling Online for Income

Creative Ideas from Kyle-Make Money the Penny Hoarder Way

Narrow Bridge-How I Make Money Online – Part I and Part II – A look at my successes and failures generating income on the Internet

Mom’s Plans-My Experience as a Virtual Assistant

Frugal Confessions-Free Oil Changes for Life: My Experience with Mystery Shopping

My Personal Finance Journey-Ebay versus Amazon-part 1

Smart Family Finance-Optimizing Your Savings Account: How to Earn Interest Like You Have Money Even When You Don’t

PT Money-52 Ways to Make Extra Money

Stoopid Success-How to Make Money with Sponsored Posts

Addicted2Success-10 Creative Ways to Make Money Online

How I Make Money Online – Part I and Part II – A look at my successes and failures generating income on the Internet

Now, go on and count up the number of money making strategies listed, there really are 25!

Add to the conversation, how have you made extra cash?

image credit; dan olean




  1. Thanks for highlighting our article Barb!

    Sustainable PF

    September 16, 2011

  2. I loved investing in income property. It earns money and shelters a portion of the income. I owned a few businesses that sheltered income as well. Earning money and feferring taxes is a win/win!


    September 16, 2011

  3. Have you heard of 31 Gifts? It’s the new Avon that’s taking the US by storm and instead of makeup it’s bags and totes that can be personalized. Some are fairly cute, but it’s overpriced in my opinion.


    September 16, 2011

  4. Thanks for including my post. I would love to hear more about your adventures teaching English in Spain!


    September 17, 2011

  5. I like blogging and writing to make a nice side income. Selling on Ebay has worked for me too.


    September 17, 2011

  6. Thanks for linking!

    I’ve made quite a bit of money writing online myself. There’s a lot of demand for content writers out on the web.

    Shaun @ Smart Family Finance

    September 17, 2011

  7. Blogging is my side hustle. I loved writing in high school, but it fell my the wayside as I moved into college and out into the real world. I just sort of fell back into it by answering a post in the user community of my debt management company.

    Travis @Debtchronicles

    September 17, 2011

  8. I always consider the money from my side-husltes to be “get ahead money” and I save most of it. The great thing about extra money is that it doesn’t have to go for bills or food, so it’s very easy to save.

    Bret @ Hope to Prosper

    September 17, 2011

  9. Hippie T-Shirts. That’s great. Reminds me of when a friend and I partnered to make candles and sell them at a local market for extra cash. We didn’t make much money but the experience was priceless.

    Hunter @ Financially Consumed

    September 17, 2011

  10. I own my townhouse and rent out the individual room even though I can make the payments without the extra income from the roommates.

    It’s a great way to make money for sure.


    September 17, 2011

  11. Wow, great list! Tutoring and teaching classes are good too.


    September 17, 2011

  12. @Krantcents-Income from property is great, the repairs and maintenance, not so much.
    @Blogette-Sounds like it’s worth a look, bags and totes are fun!
    @Charlene,Dana,shaun,& Travis-Blogging is quite time consuming, but offers a fun road to some extra cash…yea :)blogging.
    @Hunter-I can totally relate. I made candles too, just never sold them!
    @Melissa-I’ve lived in Spain twice and visited many other times. I love the country, people, and culture.
    @Bret-Very smart to save the extra cash. Great way to get ahead.
    @Mike-good deal for you and the tenant.
    @Maggie-always a demand for tutors. They fill the library after school and in the summer.


    September 17, 2011

  13. Good list, Barb. Instead of increasing, we’re focusing on producing more, me with the garden and the Mrs. with her sewing machine.

    101 Centavos

    September 18, 2011

  14. @101-That sounds wonderful. I love to sew AND eat fresh produce!!! And no tax consequences.


    September 18, 2011

  15. That’s cool that you taught English in Spain. I’ve made extra money doing some of the things you mentioned, plus doing photography, cleaning, taking care of pets, re-selling things on eBay, investing, etc.


    September 19, 2011

  16. side hustles are great. i’m like a kid in a candy store when i get some extra income, fortunately i put it all towards my debt.


    September 19, 2011

  17. Look for opportunities to use your day job skills in a different way. I’m a CPA but I also write questions for the CPA exam on my own time for some extra cash.

    The $60K Project

    September 19, 2011

  18. Thanks for including my post Barbara. Congrats on the nomination. :-)

    Jen @ Master the Art of Saving

    September 19, 2011

  19. @1st step-thats the best place for the extra cash!
    @60$k-That is a great suggestion. El Carino has done that as well.
    @Jen&Freddie-Thanks for the props. I agree that all should be looking for ways to diversify their income streams.


    September 19, 2011

  20. My favorite ways to make extra money is by blogging, pet sitting, and renting my room out on Airbnb. I’ve never been one for selling my stuff. For some reason, I feel like it’s such a hassle. I usually donate it to the thrift store and move on. Maybe I should reconsider since so many others have had success selling things on eBay and Craigslist.

  21. Hi Shawanda, I totally get your feelings about selling stuff. I only sell the really big stuff on craigs list. Otherwise, I donate…. and take a tax deduction!


    September 20, 2011

  22. Don’t think the lemonade stands work any more. I’ve heard of at least 5 stories of cops closing down these little kid’s stands.

    Like the idea of making and selling hippie shirts. Tie Dye is back!

    Ben - BankAim

    September 20, 2011

    • @Ben-That’s just mean, shutting down kids lemonade stands. Those were some of my funnest times ever :)


      September 20, 2011

  23. Some awesome resources here and I reckon I need to go through all those posts and have a full read!

    Thanks Barb, take pics and write a post if you decide to try the Lemonade Stand again :).


    September 27, 2011

  24. @Forest, The lemonade stand was one of my annual favs as a kid :)


    September 28, 2011

  25. Babysitting or pet sitting can help makes a little extra cash. I remember when I was younger we would do a lemonade stand every summer. :) good memories. Great post!


    October 7, 2011

  26. Thanks for sharing the list. They all seem quite interesting. I’ll go check them out. Thanks.


    primelending dallas

    November 13, 2011

  27. Blogging has been the most profitable way for me to make extra money. I like that I can choose the hours and work from home.

    Russ Benk

    April 24, 2012

  28. Thank you for the tips. I never thought about investing in real estate I might just have to give it a try.

    Chris Farrell

    January 26, 2013


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