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20 Low-Stress Ways to Make Extra Money in 2017

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Hey friends!

The New Year is here!

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I put together 20 ways to earn extra money for the holidays that can carry over to 2017.

I specifically selected opportunities for this list that:

a. You could start and make money from within a few weeks.

b. Are low-stress types of jobs. Who wants more stress after working their full-time job?

Let’s dig in!


1. Start at your current job.

The easiest and fastest way to earn more money is right at your present full-time job. Ask for more hours or ask to take on additional work for mo’ money.

The end of the year may not be the right time to ask for a raise since reviews and raises typically happen in the New Year. But, if you deserve one and believe receiving one is a possibility, ask!

How soon can you get cash?

Quick. If you get approved for overtime or a raise, you may be able to see extra cash as soon as your next paycheck.


2. Sign up for AmazonFlex.

AmazonFlex is something my cousin currently does on his off time and he loves the extra cash. He makes several hundred dollars extra each week. As an AmazonFlex contractor, you go to the Amazon stock warehouse near you and deliver packages to Amazon shoppers. The beauty of this is you get to chill in your own car and work flexible hours.

The pay is nice, $18 to $25 per hour. You can learn more about AmazonFlex here.

How soon can you get cash?

AmazonFlex is looking to hire people in certain cities, so this may or may not be an option open to you. Current AmazonFlex-ers report the process of getting hired and starting can take a few weeks. Although AmazonFlex can provide a flexible part-time hustle with nice income, it may not be the quickest way to earn money on this list.


3. Try ride sharing.

Ride sharing is when you sign up for an app and the app shows you people that need rides near you. It’s similar to running a taxi service with your own car except you choose the people you’ll pick up.

The downside to ride sharing is you probably need to live in an area where a lot of people need rides to make money. However, one lucrative aspect of ride sharing is you can earn a premium for driving on holidays. Again, this will also offer you a flexible schedule.

So, sign up now and keep your plans open on holidays.

Check out ride sharing services Uber, Lyft, and Wingz for gigs.

How soon can you get cash?

It can take a week or more to get approved for ride sharing because you have to undergo a background check before you can start giving people a lift.


4. Take surveys.

For supplemental cash, taking free surveys is one way to earn extra money. American Consumer Opinion will pay you to share an opinion. Surveys can take 10 minutes or more.

For the very short screener surveys, you earn 5 to 20 points. For longer surveys and research projects, you can earn 100 to 5,000 points. 1 point equals 1 cent in cash redemption.

After hearing some not so great things about American Consumer Opinion it’s been axed from the list. I’ll have another survey company for you to consider as soon as I find something that’s better!

How soon can you get cash?

How much you make will depend on how many surveys you take a month.


5. Sell items from home on Ebay.

My friend Jason Butler of The Butler Journal makes a good amount of side income buying items from thrift stores and reselling them on Ebay. Thrifting for valuable stuff is always an option. Or, for a lower stress options, you can look through your home and sell stuff you no longer need.

Are there clothes, furniture, heirlooms, antiques, or shoes you can sell? Instead of taking the time to host a yard sale, you can put the stuff up on Ebay.

How soon can you get the cash?

It all depends on the demand for what you’re selling. If someone really wants what you have, you can make a sale within minutes.


6. Freelance write online.

If you have no experience online and don’t have a blog, this is likely not an area that you’ll be able to make money quickly or without a good amount of hustle. However, freelance writing online can be a big money making opportunity for current bloggers.

Websites and business owners will pay writers to write for their site as a contributor or to ghostwrite other online content and marketing material.

Making a Living Writing has a super awesome list of 79 sites that pay writers more than $50 for an article.

How soon can you get the cash?

If you don’t currently have a blog or writing samples, getting work as a freelancer will probably not be something that you can start making money from right away.

But, if you already have a blog with even a small following, it’s possible to make money from writing in a few weeks.


7. Sell used electronics.

Do you have old smartphones, computers, or tablets laying around? Gather them all together to resell. Some online companies that pay for electronics give a shipping label so you don’t have to worry about shipping costs including uSell, Gazelle, and MaxBack.

How soon can you get the cash?

If the companies above are willing to pay for your electronics, you can get cash in less than 7 days.


8. Do petsitting or babysitting.

When I began freelancing and blogging full-time, I took up dog-walking for extra cash. If you like pets, dog-walking, and petsitting is a fun way to make money. If you work from home but like the outdoors, dog-walking is also a good low-stress way to make money away from a computer screen. Babysitting may be more stressful than dog-walking depending on your experience with kids.

To land a dog-walking gig, I looked up and applied to dog-walking services in my area. You’ll be surprised, there are many companies out there.

However, the more lucrative way to dog-walk, pet sit, or babysit is finding your own clients. When you work with another company, they get a cut of the profit. Care.com is a site where you can create a profile and look for people who need your services.

How soon can you get cash?

You can earn cash within a week or two depending on how soon you can find your own clients or go through a background check to do contract work for another company.


9. Do housesitting.

When families go on vacation or leave home for long periods of time they may need a house-sitter to make sure all is well on the home front. This is also a no-stress job that could be an awesome second source of income for people who work from home or stay-at-home moms.

You can look for people who need housesitting on care.com as well or you can hunt for your own clients through referrals.

How soon can you get cash?

You can earn cash within a week or two depending on how soon you can find clients.


10. Earn cash with UserTesting.

UserTesting is a neat site that helps website owners learn what people think about their site. As a UserTesting contractor you get paid $10 to give your opinion on the user experience of sites during a 20-minute video.

How soon can you get cash?

Once approved to start, you can sign up for available testing opportunities right away. You’ll get paid through PayPal within 7 days of submitting a review.


11. Sign up for Postmates.

Postmates is another gig service where you sign up to do deliveries for others. You can deliver by car, scooter, bike, or walk. The pay is $25 and up plus tips.

How soon can you get cash?

Depending on where you live, you may be required to go through an in-person on-boarding process. If you’re interested in Postmates, apply right away to get that process started.


12. Rent space with Airbnb.

If you have a guest room or couch in your home, you can rent out space to travelers using Airbnb. You set your own price with Airbnb. But, to get bookings, your space will need to be priced comparable to other accommodation options in your area.

How soon can you get cash?

Airbnb hosts report the process of setting up an account and booking your first guest can happen within 3 days. Hosts recommend pricing your space low at first to fill up your booking calendar and then increasing the price when you have more reviews and professional photos.


13. Join TaskRabbit.

TaskRabbit is another site where you can sign up to perform gigs. This is low-stress because you don’t need to hunt for your own clients. They’ll pop up in TaskRabbit. Popular categories for people who hire through TaskRabbit include:

  • Handywork
  • Cleaning
  • Delivery
  • Moving
  • Furniture assembly
  • Personal assistance

How soon can you get cash?

After applying for TaskRabbit, you have to attend an on-boarding session in your city. You can probably expect to start making money from this within a few weeks since orientation is involved.


14. Start tutoring.

If you’re gifted in a certain area, you can offer tutoring services to people who need extra help. You can sign up to be an online tutor with tutor.com. Although, you may earn more if you can build a network of your own clients.

How soon can you get cash?

The application process for tutor.com can take anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks depending on how quickly you submit the information needed. However, you can earn money right away if you can gain your own tutor clients from referrals.


15. Work in banquet serving.

I went to school for Tourism & Hospitality and worked for a short time in events and banquets. Banquet companies almost always have openings for servers and bartenders because employees are so transient. It’s also flexible part-time work. You can sign up to cover events on weekends or evenings when you’re available.

How soon can you get cash?

Reach out to banquet companies in your area. Some will hire servers right on the spot if they’re in a pinch, so you can get money in your pockets quickly.


16. Sign up for Fiverr.com.

Fiverr.com is a website where service providers post various jobs they’ll do starting at $5.

If you want to break into graphic design, writing, editing, proofreading, voice overs, and more, Fiverr.com is a way to connect with buyers.

How soon can you get cash?

Attracting your first few clients with Fiverr.com and similar freelance type job boards can be tricky because you don’t have any reviews at first. But, if you have something unique to sell that people want, you can make money right away. Find some tips on how to get started with Fiverr.com here.


17. Sign up for WeGoLook.com.

For niche professionals, WeGoLook.com offers an opportunity to get paid for various gigs like inspecting cars and properties. You can earn $15 to $200 depending on the complexity of the gig.

How soon can you get cash?

Since this gig site hires people for specialty tasks, you need to go through a background check plus your credentials have to be verified. It may take you a few weeks to get started. The plus side here though is the pay can be pretty good.


18. Look for gigs on Craigslist.

Craiglist has a gig section for each city. Now, there is often dodgy stuff in this section of Craigslist, but there may be some gems as well. Work like mowing lawns, cleaning out garages, cleaning leaves, moving, etc.

How soon can you get cash?

The good thing about Craiglist gigs is that you can get paid right away in cash. Most of the work posted on Craiglist is something that needs to be done ASAP.


19. Find temp work.

I worked for a temp company part-time and they gave me various assignments. It was probably the easiest part-time job I ever had. The jobs were always low pressure and low-stress since I was just extra temporary day and overnight coverage.

I worked at different concierge desks that required no real work so I could work on my own stuff a.k.a. freelance work in the down time. Plus, I could always fall back on the “I’m just a temp” excuse when I didn’t know what I was doing. LOL.

How soon can you get cash?

Quickly. I applied for a temp position, went through orientation, and was working in about a week.


20. Sell t-shirts or mugs.

If you have cool ideas and you’re a designer, shirts and mugs are another way to make money. Using sites like Teespring and Cafepress, you don’t need to manage stock.

You simply create a design and put it on a t-shirt. The website takes a cut of your earnings to manage printing and delivery. If you can design something unique that people like, you can make good money.

How soon can you get cash?

If you’re on touch with trends, memes, pop culture, and you can create a cool saying, the designs can easily take off. Sandy Smith of Yes I am Cheap is a boss at selling mugs. Her mug designs have even appeared in major publications and on TV. Find out more here.


 

New to side hustling or looking for some productive things to do?

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Taylor K. Gordon is a writer and money blogger. She writes on how to live your best life without going broke.

One Comment
  1. Reply Mike January 5, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Some good ideas on here I haven’t heard before. Great article!

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