If you’re looking to increase your income and you’re ready to take action, the side hustles covered in this article could all be started this weekend.
Some side hustles allow you to start making money immediately and others involve building a business with excellent long-term income potential.
Regardless of your situation, you’re sure to find something that’s a good fit for you.
make an extra $500 per month, and that’s realistic with a blog.
The downside to blogging is that you’ll need some patience. Growing a blog from scratch takes time, and most bloggers make very little money in the first 6-12 months. However, once you’ve gained some momentum, it’s a great way to make money online.
Why You Might Want to Start a Blog:
- Unlimited income potential.
- Flexibility to work around your existing schedule.
- You can start a blog on the topic of your choice.
- Potential to make money on your own without the need for client services.
- Easy and inexpensive to start.
How to Get Started
The first step is to decide what you’re going to blog about. While you don’t need to be passionate about the topic of your blog, it helps if you at least have some interest in the subject. Working on the blog will be a lot more fun if it’s something you enjoy.
Next, you’ll need to sign up for a web hosting account to get your blog set up. I recommend Bluehost for new bloggers because their prices are among the lowest in the industry, and it’s straightforward to get set up. The article How to Make Money Blogging as a Side Hustle is a great guide you can follow.
2. Start a YouTube Channel
Starting a YouTube channel is another enticing option that offers many of the same benefits as blogging. It’s a flexible opportunity that offers significant income potential. The difference is, you’ll be creating content in video format instead of written format. If you enjoy being on camera more than you enjoy writing, YouTube may be a better opportunity than blogging for you.
The highest-earning YouTubers are making tens of millions of dollars per year, and the numbers keep growing each year. As the amount of video content consumed by the average person continues to increase, the earning potential for YouTubers will also increase.
Like starting a blog, growing your YouTube channel will take time, and you aren’t likely to start making money right away. The most common way to monetize a YouTube channel is through the YouTube Partner Program, which allows you to make money from ads on your videos. You’ll need at least 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours to be eligible for the program. Those numbers may seem high, but many active YouTube channels can reach that level within a few months.
Why You Might Want to Start a YouTube Channel:
- Unlimited income potential.
- Surging demand for video content.
- Less competition than blogging.
- Can be a lot of fun.
How to Get Started
YouTube for Beginners is a course from Skillshare that was created by an experienced and successful YouTuber. It teaches everything you need to know to start and grow your channel.
3. Online Surveys
The first two options I’ve mentioned offer excellent long-term income potential but will take some time before you start making money. Taking online surveys is the exact opposite. You’re not going to get rich by taking surveys, but this is a highly flexible side hustle, and you can start making money immediately.
If you’re looking to make an extra $100 per month, or maybe a few hundred dollars per month, taking surveys could be a good option. There are several survey websites and money making apps you can use to start making money right away. Some of the best choices include:
Surveys are appealing because anyone can do this side hustle. You don’t need any particular skills or experience to make money in your spare time.
Why You Might Want to Take Online Surveys:
- Extreme flexibility: take surveys whenever you have a few minutes to spare.
- Anyone can do it. No specific skills or experience required.
- Start making money right away.
- Sites like Swagbucks offer lots of ways to make money in addition to surveys.
How to Get Started
Getting started is quick and easy. Create a free account at the top sites like Swagbucks and Survey Junkie, complete your profile, and begin taking surveys. Each site will have different rules regarding the amount of money or points you need to earn before withdrawing the cash or redeeming points. Swagbucks allows you to redeem points as soon as you have enough for a $3 gift card, making it one of the best options.
4. Flea Market Flipping
If you enjoy finding amazing deals at yard sales, flea markets, auctions, estate sales, or thrift stores, becoming a flipper could be the right choice for you. This side hustle involves buying underpriced items and reselling them for a profit.
Finding valuable items at places like yard sales and flea markets is pretty easy with a little effort. Many people are simply looking to get rid of their stuff, and you can find some great deals. Most flippers resell the items online through eBay, the Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or other similar sites and apps.
Flipping is a flexible side hustle you can do whenever you have the time or need to make some extra money. It’s also possible to start earning a profit very quickly.
Why You Might Want to Become a Flipper:
- Can be fun if you enjoy finding great deals.
- Good income potential.
- You can learn the skills quickly.
- Great fit for people who don’t want to spend all of their time online.
How to Get Started
To get started, all you need to do is head out to some yard sales or flea markets this weekend and look for underpriced items to buy. It’s best to start with products that you know well. With a little bit of experience, you’ll get more familiar and more comfortable with a broader range of products. See this list of the easiest things to flip for profit as a guide for getting started.
5. Furniture Flipping
Most of the items you buy at yard sales or flea markets to flip will involve minimal work to get them ready to sell. You might clean up an item or make minor repairs, but in most cases, you’ll be making money primarily by finding things that are worth more than they’re selling for.
Flipping furniture is different because it requires putting in several hours of work to restore the item before selling it. The idea is to find a low-priced (or free) piece of furniture that has the potential to be much more valuable if it is restored or refinished. Solid wood furniture is ideal because you can increase the value simply by painting or staining it. Upholstered furniture can be reupholstered for a completely new look, increasing the value relatively quickly.
If you enjoy working with your hands and turning something old and unwanted into something valuable, this could be the perfect opportunity for you. Learning how to repair or restore furniture is not that difficult, and there are plenty of YouTube videos that will teach you for free.
You can find items to flip at yard sales or drive around and look at pieces out for the trash. Once your item is ready to sell, the Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist are ideal for reaching people in your local area.
Why You Might Want to Flip Furniture:
- Work whenever you have time or whenever you need money.
- High demand for restored furniture.
- Anyone can learn the skills.
- Start making money quickly.
How to Get Started
To get started, you’ll need to find your first piece to flip. Take a look around your home or apartment, and you may already have an ideal item. Working on a piece of furniture you already own is a perfect way to start. It means that you won’t have to spend any money buying an item, and it gives you a chance to make a profit quickly. If you don’t have anything, head to some yard sales this weekend and see what you can find.
Over the past year, investing as a side hustle has become increasingly popular. Stories of part-time investors making huge sums of money have been in the news a lot. Of course, the stock market’s trajectory over the past year made that more manageable, but this is a side hustle you might want to consider if you enjoy personal finance and investing.
It’s critical to remember that investing comes with risk, and you shouldn’t invest money that you can’t afford to lose. However, there’s also a substantial upside if you have success with it.
Platforms and apps that are ideal for new traders include:
Of course, investing in the stock market isn’t the only option. You could also invest more passively in real estate or other types of alternative investments. Some platforms you might want to consider include:
You can also find plenty of alternative investment options here.
Why You Might Want to Start Investing:
- Excellent long-term potential.
- Opportunity for exponential growth.
- Valuable skills to learn.
How to Get Started
To get started, decide which type of investing you want to do. This beginner’s guide is a good resource for anyone who wants to get started with the stock market.
Are you a hobbyist photographer? Would you like to start making money from that hobby?
There are several different ways to make money with photography, but we’ll look at two great options for getting started as a side hustle: client photo sessions and stock photography.
No matter where you live, there are people in your local area looking for a photographer. You could take photos of families, engaged couples, high school seniors, sports teams, and much more.
Making some part-time money by offering photography services is relatively easy. Scaling it to a full-time income is much more challenging. If you’re looking for a way to make a few hundred dollars per month on the side and you have some photography skills, consider offering your services to others.
Another option is to upload your photos to stock photo websites like Adobe Stock, Shutterstock, and many others. You’ll be able to earn money every time a customer downloads one of your photos.
The stock photography market is highly competitive, so it’s not easy to make a considerable amount of money. But if you’re looking for a way to make a few hundred dollars per month, it’s very realistic. To have success, you’ll need to upload many photos and keep taking and uploading new pictures all the time.
Why You Might Want to Become a Photographer:
- Monetize your existing hobby.
- Variety of ways to make money.
- Potential to grow into a full-time business.
How to Get Started
Choose whether you want to offer services to clients or upload your photos to stock marketplaces (or both).
For client work, the best way to get started is with friends and family. Talk to everyone you know and offer a low price to begin to get some business. With a little bit of experience, you’ll get to build up your portfolio and benefit from word-of-mouth advertising.
To get started with stock photography, choose a platform you want to use. Ultimately, you’ll want to upload your photos to several different sites to maximize your income potential, but it can be helpful to start with just one, so it’s not overwhelming. Each stock photo site will have an application process to become a contributor. You’ll probably need to upload some samples, so get ten of your best photos ready to go.
You can offer many different services as a freelancer, including writing, editing, proofreading, web or graphic design, coding and development, marketing, and more.
Freelancing is a great way to make money because you can use the skills you already have to start making money quickly. You’ve probably developed some skills at a previous job (or maybe your current job), or even through a hobby.
The income potential with most freelance services is also outstanding, making it ideal for growing to a full-time income if that’s something you want to pursue.
Why You Might Want to Start Freelancing:
- Lots of possibilities and many services you could offer.
- Monetize the skills and experience you already have.
- Excellent income potential.
- Flexible working hours.
How to Get Started
My article How to Make Money Online for Beginners covers the steps to follow if you want to start as a freelancer.
9. Virtual Assistant
Working as a virtual assistant or VA is one of the best opportunities available in 2021. Many businesses are looking to outsource more work, and as a VA, there are numerous different services you could offer.
Many VAs do things like general administrative tasks, blog editing, moderate forums or Facebook groups, management of social media profiles, and much more.
Working as a VA is a very flexible side hustle that fits around your existing schedule. It’s something you could do part-time or work on growing your client base and turn it into a full-time business.
Why You Might Want to Become a VA:
- High demand for talented and reliable VAs.
- Work as much or as little as you want.
- Monetize your existing skills.
- Good income potential.
How to Get Started
Gina Horkey’s Fully-Booked VA is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to make money as a virtual assistant. There’s training for all aspects of running your business, and you’ll be able to learn from an experienced and successful VA.
10. Self-Published Author
If you like to write, you might want to consider becoming a self-published author as a way to make some extra money. With print-on-demand platforms like Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), becoming an author has never been easier. There’s no need to send your writing to a bunch of publishers hoping to hear back.
Through KDP, you can sell e-books and paperbacks without the need to spend any money on inventory. The paperbacks are printed as they’re purchased, and Amazon handles all of those details.
You can write whatever type of book interests you, covering any topic or genre you choose. You probably already have some experience you could use to write a book that others would buy.
Why You Might Want to Become a Self-Published Author:
- Make money doing something you enjoy.
- Making money as an author has never been more realistic.
- Completely flexible. Work whenever you want.
- Potential for passive income.
How to Get Started
From First Draft to Bestseller is a detailed and thorough course that teaches how to make money as a self-published author.
11. Sell on Etsy
If you’re crafty, you might enjoy selling on Etsy. You could sell handmade or vintage items, or even design and sell digital products like printables.
Selling on Etsy is a side hustle that may take some time to become profitable because you’ll need to work on getting exposure and growing your shop. The long-term potential is solid, but you’ll probably need to put in a lot of work early on.
Why You Might Want to Start an Etsy Shop:
- Monetize your crafty hobby.
- Work around your existing schedule.
- Excellent income potential.
How to Get Started
The course Building an Etsy Shop That Sells is an excellent starting point. Beginners will learn all of the necessary details related to getting started on Etsy.
The opportunity to make money with microtasks is very similar to taking online surveys. You’re not going to make a lot of money per hour, but what it lacks in income potential, it makes up in terms of flexibility.
Several websites like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and Clickworker pay people to do small, simple tasks that take no more than a few minutes. Some survey websites like Swagbucks also offer a variety of tasks you can do for money or rewards.
You can work on microtasks whenever you have some spare time, as much or as little as you want. And like surveys, anyone can do the work. You don’t need skills or experience, aside from fundamental computer skills.
Why You Might Want to Do Microtasks:
- Extreme flexibility. Work whenever you want, as much or as little as you want.
- Anyone can do it. No skills or experience needed.
- Start making money right away.
How to Get Started
To get started, create a profile at a microtasking site like MTurk or Clickworker. The signup process is easy, and you’ll be able to start completing tasks very quickly.
13. Rental Business
One of the more overlooked side hustles involves renting out your stuff. There are many different things you could rent, including:
- Baby gear
- Car, truck, or bike
- Storage space
- Room or unit in your home
- Parking space
With a rental business, you’ll be making money because of your assets, not because of the amount of time you’re working. If you have things that people are willing to pay to use, you might be able to make a decent amount of money on the side without working many hours.
Why You Might Want to Start a Rental Business:
- Turn things you’re not using into income-generating assets.
- Make money from your assets, not trading your time for money.
- Lots of different things you could rent out.
How to Get Started
Take a look at the things you already have. Try to find anything that might have value that you’d be willing to rent out. You can use a website like Fat Llama to list just about anything for rent or use a specialized platform like RVshare to rent out a specific type of item. Use Airbnb to rent a room or vacation home.
If you’re interested in making some extra money outside of a job, why not take action right away? This article covers 13 good side hustles you could start this weekend, and most of them involve minimal startup costs or no cost at all.
Pick one that seems like a good fit for you and commit to taking action this weekend!
Free money sounds too good to be true, but there are actually a number of different ways to get your hands on money with no cost and very low effort on your part.
Here, we’ll take a look at more than 20 free money apps that will put some extra money in your pocket with minimal time or effort.
While you’re not going to get rich or generate a full-time income from these apps, you will be able to get a little bit of extra money that you can spend, save, or invest. And best of all, anyone can do it.
Swagbucks. This popular website and app gives you several different ways to make money including:
- Taking short surveys
- Watching videos
- Playing games
- Downloading and installing apps
- Taking advantage of special offers
- Cashback for your online purchases
- Using the Swagbucks search engine
Most people know Swagbucks as a survey app, and while that’s true, you can make more money with Swagbucks than most other survey apps because there are so many different ways to earn.
Each task or activity will earn you a specified number of points (referred to as “Swagbucks” or SB). After you’ve accumulated some SB, they can be redeemed for your choice of rewards, including cash via PayPal or a wide variety of gift cards.
The best way to earn significant amounts of money with Swagbucks is to take advantage of special offers. When you’re logged in to the dashboard, click on “Discover” to see the offers that are currently available. You might be able to earn Swagbucks for creating an account at a website, opening a bank account, starting a free trial, or any number of other things. The offers change frequently and if you take advantage of the highest-paying offers while they’re available, you can do pretty well with Swagbucks.
One of the many reasons to love Swagbucks is because you can redeem your rewards very quickly. While some sites/apps don’t allow you to cash out until you’ve earned $20 – $30 in rewards, Swagbucks allows you to redeem your rewards for as little as $3. They also run a lot of sales, which allows you to get a higher value gift card for your points.
Get Swagbucks here | Read our Swagbucks review
Best for: Supplementing Swagbucks as another way to make money with easy tasks.
InboxDollars is very similar to Swagbucks. As an InboxDollars user, you’ll be able to make money by:
- Taking surveys
- Watching videos
- Playing games
- Printing coupons
- Shopping online
- Claiming special offers
Like Swagbucks, the best way to earn money quickly with InboxDollars is through the special offers. The available offers will change periodically, but as an example of what you’ll find, right now here are a few of the offers that I see in my dashboard:
- $10 to get a free insurance quote
- $2 to enter a competition/giveaway
- $1.50 to download an app and create a free account
- $2 to get a free credit score and credit report analysis
Those are just a few examples of what’s available. If you take advantage of these easy offers, you can earn a decent amount of money with very little effort.
Unlike Swagbucks and many other similar sites, InboxDollars doesn’t work on a point system. Instead of earning points that will be redeemed for prizes, you’ll earn real cash. Each task or offer has an assigned dollar amount that you’ll earn.
InboxDollars requires you to have a balance of at least $10 in order to redeem your cash.
Get InboxDollars here| Read our InboxDollars review
3. Survey Junkie
Best for: Making money with simple online surveys.
While you can make money by taking surveys with both Swagbucks and InboxDollars, Survey Junkie is a bit different. Instead of offering surveys plus several other ways to make money, Survey Junkie focuses exclusively on surveys.
If you want to earn cash through online surveys, the best approach is to use a few different websites and apps. If you’re really active, you may run out of available surveys from a particular app, until new surveys are added. Using a few different sites or apps gives you more possibilities. Plus, you can pick and choose the surveys you take since you’ll have more selection. You can opt to take only the surveys that allow you to earn the most money for your time.
Since Survey Junkie focuses exclusively on surveys, most people are able to make more at other sites like Swagbucks that have more options. However, if you’re looking specifically for surveys, there’s no better place to find them than Survey Junkie.
When you create an account and login to the dashboard, you’ll need to take a brief profile survey with some details about yourself so you can be matched up to the right surveys (you’ll also earn a little money for completing this intro survey).
Then you’ll see a list of the available surveys. Each one will list the amount that you’ll earn for completing it, as well as the estimated amount of time it will take to complete the survey.
Get Survey Junkie here.
4. Vindale Research
Best for: Supplementing Survey Junkie as a source of paid surveys.
Vindale Research is another survey website/app that allows you to earn money by:
- Completing short surveys
- Watching videos
- Opening promotional emails
- Referring your friends
Although Vindale offers a few different ways to make money, taking surveys is the primary offer here. You’ll earn real cash that can be redeemed by PayPal.
Vindale Research is a good option for anyone who wants to make money with online surveys. The income potential is not as high as Swagbucks or InboxDollars, but Vindale is worth including in your collection of sites/apps that you use for surveys.
Get Vindale Research here
Best for: Easy cashback for online purchases at thousands of websites.
Rakuten (formerly Ebates) is the most popular cashback website/app and you can save money on many of the purchases that you would be making anyway.
With a free Rakuten account, you’ll earn cash back at thousands of their partner stores and websites. While there are some options for cashback on in-store purchases, the majority of the offers are for online purchases.
Thankfully, using Rakuten is extremely simple. They offer a convenient browser extension you can install, and then whenever you visit a website that offers cashback through Rakuten, you’ll see a notice in your browser. All you need to do is click on that notification and Rakuten will track any purchases that you make and credit your count with the appropriate amount of cashback.
If you do any shopping online, using Rakuten is a no-brainer. It takes no extra effort and you can save money on a lot of the things you need to buy. The browser extension is awesome because you don’t even have to remember, it will notify you of opportunities. The browser extension will also automatically search for and apply coupon codes when you’re checking out, which will also save you a lot of money.
The amount of cashback you’ll earn will vary depending on the store and the specific purchase. It can range from 1% up to 50%.
One of my favorite things about Rakuten is the fact that you can stack these rewards on top of credit card rewards and other loyalty rewards to save even more.
Get Rakuten here | Read our Rakuten review
Best for: Cash back on grocery shopping.
Ibotta is another must-have cashback app. Unlike Rakuten, Ibotta is great for in-store purchase, as well as online shopping.
There are a few different ways you can use Ibotta:
- Claim offers in the app and then scan your receipt after purchasing.
- Link your store loyalty accounts from your favorite retailers to earn cashback faster.
- Buy gift cards for your favorite stores and restaurants to earn cash back on the entire amount.
- Earn cash back for online purchases that originate through the app or website.
With the help of Ibotta, you can save money on groceries, clothing, home goods, and more. Ibotta is easily one of the best ways to save money on groceries since they are partnered with many leading grocery stores and there are always a lot of offers available.
Before you go shopping, you’ll simply browse the current offers in the Ibotta app and claim the items that you want to purchase. After the purchase, you’ll scan the receipt using the Ibotta app and you’ll be credited for the offered items that you purchased. Alternatively, you can link your store loyalty account to Ibotta so you won’t need to scan receipts.
And just like Rakuten, Ibotta is great for stacking rewards on multiple levels. If you’re shopping for groceries, you can earn cashback through Ibotta, earn cashback or rewards through your credit card, and rack up loyalty points through the store’s program.
Get Ibotta here | Read our Ibotta review
7. Fetch Rewards
Best for: Supplementing Ibotta to save more money on groceries.
Fetch Rewards is another cashback app, but it was created specifically for grocery shopping. It works a little bit differently than Ibotta. You don’t need to claim offers ahead of time. You’ll simply do your shopping and then scan the receipt with your phone or submit the digital receipt for your online grocery shopping.
The best thing about Fetch Rewards is that it’s very easy to use since you don’t need to browse and claim offers before you go shopping. You’ll simply open the app and scan your receipts. At any time, you can browse the app to see the available offers and see what purchases will earn you money, but you don’t need to claim anything. The cashback will be automatically added when your receipt is scanned.
In general, most people earn more cashback with Ibotta, but Fetch Rewards is great to use in addition.
Once you’ve accumulated some rewards, you’ll be able redeem them for your choice of gift cards.
Get Fetch Rewards here | Read our Fetch Rewards review
Best for: Alternative to Rakuten, plus surveys and other ways to make money.
MyPoints has a cashback component that is similar to Rakuten. You’ll earn cashback for your purchases at all of their partner websites. MyPoints also has a browser extension you can install that will notify you of money-saving opportunities while you’re browsing.
In addition, you can also earn money in a few other ways like taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, and printing coupons. Like Swagbucks and InboxDollars, there are also special offers available through the dashboard that allow you to earn points quickly.
MyPoints uses a points system and then those points can be redeemed for gift cards or your choice of rewards. However, the conversion of points to dollars is not as straightforward as Swagbucks, so MyPoints can be a little confusing. For example, a $10 gift card might cost you 1,590 points. The fact that it’s not a round number makes it a little more challenging to know how much your points are worth.
If you’re looking to make money with surveys, special offers, or cashback, MyPoints is definitely and app that you should be using.
Get MyPoints here
Best for: Maximizing your cashback for online purchases (offers are sometimes better than Rakuten).
TopCashback is very similar to Rakuten and it’s one of the best ways to get easy cash back for your online purchases. They have a huge collection of more than 4,000 partner retailers offering cash back through their platform.
Rakuten is the most-well-known cashback program and probably the easiest to use, but TopCashback actually offers higher amounts of cashback in many cases. Of course, the details vary from one retailer to the next, but TopCashback has done a really great job of providing users with the best offers possible.
If you’re looking to maximize the cashback you earn, you should be using TopCashback in addition to Rakuten. Like Rakuten, TopCashback also offers a browser extension and mobile app that provide easy and convenient ways to save on many of the purchases you need to make anyway.
Get TopCashback here
Best for: Automated cashback from participating merchants, including local retailers and restuarants.
Dosh is a cashback app that provides automatic cashback. When you download and install the app, you’ll link it to your credit cards or debit cards and then whenever you make a purchase at a participating retailer, you’ll automatically earn the cashback for your purchase.
When you’re in the Dosh app, you can view the offers from retailers and restaurants that are near you. You can also shop online through the app and earn cashback.
One of the nice things about Dosh is that you’ll find cashback offers from many smaller businesses and local restaurants, not just the major retailers and chains.
After you’ve earned some cashback, you can redeem it by having it transferred directly to your bank account.
Get Dosh here | Read our Dosh review
Best for: Automated cashback, plus savings through the app/website.
Pei is another cashback app that allows you to link a credit or debit card to earn automatic cashback. You’ll earn cashback automatically from purchases made in-store at participating retailers, and you can also browse the app or website to find offers for shopping online.
You can even use Pei as a search engine to search for merchants or products and see if there are any current offers.
Pei is a great app for earning cashback on in-store purchases because it’s so simple to use and there’s really nothing you need to do after linking your cards.
One of the most interesting things about Pei is that you can claim your rewards in Bitcoin instead of cash, if you prefer.
Get Pei here
Best for: A chance at winning large prizes by playing games.
Lucktastic is a free app that allows you to earn money and rewards by playing games. You can win expensive trips and huge cash prizes (up to $1 million) with Lucktastic.
If you’re not lucky enough to win one of the big prizes, you can still earn tokens as you play and redeem those tokens for your choice of gift cards.
While hitting it big with Lucktastic certainly isn’t something that everyone is going to do, it can still be a fun way to try and make some money while playing games in your spare time. If you’re looking for something that gives you a more predictable way to earn money, the options covered earlier in the article would be more appropriate for you.
Get Lucktastic here
Best for: Earning smaller rewards, like gift cards, for playing games.
Mistplay is another app (available only for Android) that pays users for playing games. You can find and discover new games, earn units based on how long you play, and redeem those units for your choice of rewards.
As you use the app, you’ll be able to unlock different achievement badges and earn more units.
To date, Mistplay has paid out more than $13 million in rewards. Try another app that pays you to game here: Gamehag
Get Mistplay here
14. Zap Surveys
Best for: A good source for surveys that actually pay out.
Zap Surveys is the #1 survey app, and by using the app you can get paid to share your opinion on a variety of topics. To date they’ve paid out over $30 million dollars in rewards to Zap Surveys members, and when you sign up with our link you’ll earn $6.25 on your first survey.
Types of surveys they have include:
- High paying surveys where you will not only be rewarded, but we will also donate to child starvation every completed survey!
- Logo polling – get paid to tell companies what design they should use for their next logo!
- Surveys that appear based on your location!
There is no limit to the number of times you can cash out, but the minimum cash out is $25.00. Cash out with PayPal, Amazon gift cards or Visa gift cards!
Get Zap Surveys here
15. Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel
Best for: A chance at monthly prizes, in exchange for your browsing data.
Nielsen is a data research company that’s willing to pay for your browsing data. Nielsen can be used on laptops in addition to mobile devices.
You’ll simply download it to your computer or device and let it run in the background. In exchange, you’ll be rewarded for leaving it active and have a chance to win the $10,000 that Nielsen gives away each month.
Get Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel here
16. Embee Meter CX
Best for: Passive rewards for your mobile browsing data.
Embee Meter CX is another mobile data research app (Android only) that rewards you for providing access to your device. Simply install the app on your device and you’ll earn “meter points” for leaving it active.
You can redeem the meter points for cash through PayPal or your choice of gift cards. Like Nielsen and MobileXpression, Embee Meter CX is an easy way to earn a little something extra.
Get Embee Meter CX here
Best for: Passive rewards for visiting websites you probably already visit.
UpVoice is another easy way to earn something for the things you’re already doing. You probably already visit websites like Amazon, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter on a daily basis, so why not get some rewards for it?
All you need to do is download UpVoice to your computer and let it run in the background. You’ll earn tokens whenever you visit these sites. After you’ve earned enough tokens, they can be redeemed for your choice of gift cards.
UpVoice obviously monitors your browsing, however, it’s anonymous and no personal data is tracked.
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Best for: Payment for sharing your internet access.
Honeygain is another option for earning money passively, but you don’t have to provide access to your data in order to do it. Instead, you’ll install Honeygain and it will allow users to access the internet from your location. There are a number of reasons why a business would want to do this, including testing to see what ads are being shown to a user at your location.
Other users don’t get any access to your data through Honeygain, and you’ll earn money for providing the internet access.
Like the other passive apps, you’re not going to get rich with Honeygain, but it does present an easy way to make a little bit of extra money.
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Best for: Bill negotiation services to lower your monthly payments.
Truebill helps you to manage your finances in a few different ways, but the most significant is by reducing your monthly bills through negotiation. You can allow Truebill’s professional negotiators to work on your behalf to get you the best deal cable TV, internet access, mobile phone service, and more.
If Truebill isn’t able to save you any money, you’ll be charged nothing. If they are able to lower your bills, they’ll keep 40% of the savings.
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Best for: Bill negotiation services to lower your monthly payments.
Trim is another bill negotiation service that’s similar to Truebill. Both companies offer some additional features and services as well, but the bill negotiation is the easiest way to save money.
Trim’s rates for bill negotiation are actually a little lower than Truebill. Just like Truebill, they won’t charge anything if they can’t save you any money, but they’ll take 33% of any savings.
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Best for: Monitoring price changes for low-price guarantees and monitoring shipments from Amazon.
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Paribus from Capital One helps you to get easy money that is owed to you. You’ll sign up for free and link it to the email account you use for online shopping. Whenever Paribus sees a receipt it will automatically go to work.
After you’ve made a purchase, Paribus will monitor price changes and notifies you if the price has dropped on a purchase from a retailer with a price-match guarantee. They’ll tell you exactly what to do in order to get the refund that is owed to you.
Paribus also monitors shipments from retailers like Amazon and helps you to get compensation when a shipment is late.
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Best for: Saving money on your gas.
GetUpside is a savings app that helps you to find the best prices on gas, and also to get additional cash back savings once you find the best price.
Not only can you get cash back on gas, but many local restaurants, grocery stores and convenience stores have cash back offers available as well.
GetUpside works with major gas stations like Shell, BP, Exxon, Speedway, Holiday Stations and more. See gas prices near you at 9000+ stations and earn fuel rewards with real cash back every time you fuel up.
I’ve found that the stations near me typically advertise around $0.25 cents/gallon savings on their gas prices. You can also save additional money off of the price by referring other users to the app.
We’ve been using the app quite a bit for Burger King and Wendy’s restaurants in our area as they give anywhere from 25-40% cash back on your order. That’s pretty awesome, and it usually stacks with cash back from other services like Dosh or Pei!
In checking our cash back history just now I realized we’ve earned $558.94 in cash back using GetUpside. I’ll take that!
You can cash out whenever you want in the app, and they pay cash back via PayPal, check, or gift card.
Sign up for the app through our link below, and use promo code: gas21 to get an extra 0.10 cents/gal cash back on gas on your first fill-up.
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Best for: Making money on all of your receipts, no matter where they come from.
ReceiptPal is a receipt scanning app, similar to Fetch Rewards mentioned above. Often you can use multiple apps like this to earn rewards at more than one service. I personally use ReceiptPal and Fetch Rewards for most of my grocery receipts.
With ReceiptPal you earn rewards points simply for scanning all of your paper receipts, along with getting points for linked Amazon or email accounts where additional receipts can be counted.
For every 4 receipts you can you’ll get 100 points that you can use towards a reward. You can redeem your points with as little as 2200 points for a $5 Amazon gift card, or a Target, Lowe’s Best Buy or Visa gift card, among a few others. You can also refer other users and earn 250 points per user.
While it takes a while to earn rewards with ReceiptPal, I like it because it’s easy, and you’re taking something that wouldn’t otherwise earn rewards, scanning receipts, and monetizing it.
I just started using it a few months ago and so far I’ve been able to cash in my points for several $5 and $10 Amazon gift cards.
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Make Money With Apps In Your Free Time
While these apps may not make you rich, even a small amount of extra money is a good thing.
These free money apps work in various ways, but they all help you to make or save money with little-to-no effort needed.
Have your own favorite apps that you’ve used to make money? Tell us what they are in the comments!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there apps that pay you cash?
Yes, there are countless apps that will pay you in cash, bitcoin and gift cards. I’ve earned thousands of dollars myself by using many of these apps, and you can too. Check out our full list of apps at Bible Money Matters for more information.
What apps pay you instantly?
Most apps allow you to earn points until you reach a certain payout threshold. Some secret shopper and gig apps like Field Agent, Gigwalk or Mobee will give you an instant payout. Uber and lyft will also allow you to do a same day cashout, although there are some limitations. Other services like DoorDash will offer an immediate payout once you’ve been with them for a while, but not before.
What cash back apps are the best?
My favorite cash back apps are Pei, GetUpside, Drop, Ibotta, Fetch Rewards and Dosh. Apps like Dosh, Drop, GetUpside and Pei even work automatically with no receipt scanning or anything else, once you link a credit card. I use them the most becaause they’re the easiest to use.
What apps pay you money to play games?
There are a lot of apps and websites that pay you to play games. Some of the more popular ones include Swagbucks, Mistplay, Gamehag, Inbox Dollars, Lucktastic, MyPoints, and Bananatic.
Can you make money from apps?
Yes, you can make money from apps. Some apps will pay you for doing your onlineshopping using their app. Others will pay you to fill out surveys, or to scan your receipts from your in-store purchases. Others will pay you to perform small tasks, or to partake in the gig economy (dog walking, ridesharing, etc). Others you can use to sell your stuff, and then get a payout when it sells. It just comes down to deciding how much time you have to invest, and how much you want to make.
Which apps pay the most?
The highest paying apps are probably going to be the ones where you’re actually engaging in a side hustle to earn income. Apps like Uber, Lyft, Rover and other gig economy apps can help you to earn close to a full time income. Other apps will have good sign up bonuses that it pays to take advantage of. Personal Capital has a $20 Amazon gift card to sign up, Ibotta has a $10 sign up bonus. Otherwise, other apps may take a while to earn as much as you want.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your job?
For many people, a job is simply a necessity in order to cover the expenses of life, but it’s not enjoyable.
If your job is something that you dread each day, have you ever thought about making a change? There are a lot of fun jobs that pay well, offering a rewarding career rather than something that feels like it’s sucking the life out of you.
While we’re all different and no job will appeal to everyone, there are some good options out there regardless of your own interests and your own personality.
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Fun Jobs That Pay Well
Let’s take a look at a number of jobs that tend to be enjoyable, while also providing an opportunity to earn an above-average income.
For the purposes of this article, we’re getting the average salary details for each job from ZipRecruiter. Keep in mind that this is strictly an average and there are a lot of factors that can influence what you’ll actually earn.
We’re listing the jobs according to the average annual salary, with the highest-paying opportunities first. Of course, there is a lot more that goes into job satisfaction than simply how much money you make, so don’t choose a career based on income alone.
1. Video Game Designer
Average salary of a Video Game Designer: $130,000
If you like video games, what job could be more fun than working as a video game designer? Not only will you be able to work on projects that you enjoy, but you’ll also get the satisfaction of creating games that others love.
Like other design-related jobs, this is a career that allows you to utilize your creativity. If you’re naturally creative, this is the type of job you should have in order to find the most satisfaction in your work.
This is one career where your skills are likely to be more important than your education. Many video game jobs will require a degree of some kind, but it’s possible to start a great career with as little as an associate’s degree.
2. Ethical Hacker
Average salary of an Ethical Hacker: $119,289
An ethical hacker is hired by a company to test the security of a computer system, network, or website. The job involves attempting to hack the system and find weaknesses or vulnerabilities.
While there are certainly some unethical ways to make money as a hacker, this career path offers a lucrative option that will actually help companies instead of hurting them.
Of course, you’ll need plenty of technical knowledge and hacking skills. You may need a degree or certification, although the qualifications will vary depending on the job. You’ll also need to be constantly learning to stay on top of new technology and techniques.
Average salary of a pilot: $108,921
What could be more fun than flying a plane? Working as a pilot is not only enjoyable, but it’s also a very high-paying job.
Instead of sitting in an office, you can spend your working hours 30,000 feet above the ground. Naturally, this job will involve travel, although the specifics will depend on the routes that are assigned to you. Pilots also tend to work non-traditional hours, which may or may not be appealing to you.
The requirements will vary depending on the job. Pilots for major airlines are typically required to have a college degree, as well as extensive training.
4. Wedding Photographer
Average salary of a Wedding Photographer: $104,417
Photography can be a very competitive industry, as it seems like everyone has at least one friend or family member that does photography as a side job. But wedding photography stands out from other types of photography because it’s much more suitable for professionals than hobbyists.
Wedding photographers do face some pressure in their line of work (you only get one chance to capture the moment) but it can be highly rewarding. The cost of a wedding photography package can easily total thousands of dollars.
Not only are wedding photographers paid well, but they also benefit from enjoyable work. You’ll get to use your creative or artistic side, work with a lot of different people, and provide clients with photos that they’ll cherish for years to come.
Most wedding photographers are self-employed (although you could work for someone else as a second shooter) so there are no specific requirements in terms of education. The most important thing is that you’ll need a quality portfolio of photos in order to land clients. You may need to offer your services for very low prices in order to land your first clients and start to building your portfolio.
5. Software Engineer
Average salary of a Software Engineer: $99,729
If you enjoy working on your own and spending a lot of time at a desk, becoming a software engineer could be an excellent career choice.
Whether this job is fun or not will depend on your own personality and your interests, but for the right person, it’s a great job that is very rewarding.
Although you’ll be spending the majority of your time working on your own to code or develop software, you’ll also need to communicate and collaborate with teammates and colleagues.
Most jobs for software engineers or software developers will require a bachelor’s degree in computer science or some other related field. Of course, aside from the degree, you’ll also need skills in the particular coding language being used for the software.
Average salary of a Veterinarian: $96,624
If you’re an animal lover, a career as a veterinarian is likely to be both fun and rewarding. You’ll get to spend your time helping animals and pet owners, and you’ll probably work with a wide variety of types of animals.
As you might expect, the requirements to become a veterinarian are pretty significant. You’ll need a bachelor’s degree plus completion of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
If you’re interested in this type of job but you’re not able or willing to invest the time and money into the education, it’s possible that you would work another job in a vet’s office to get many of the same benefits, although you won’t be paid as well.
7. Physical Therapist
Average salary of a Physical Therapist: $89,349
Physical therapists help clients with rehabilitation or treatment of chronic issues. If you love working with people and you don’t want to sit at a desk all day, this could be a great career choice for you.
You’ll need a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in order to work as a physical therapist.
8. Air Traffic Controller
Average salary of an Air Traffic Controller: $84,103
Air traffic controllers are responsible for organizing planes that are landing and taking off, in order to keep everyone safe.
Working as an air traffic controller can be an exciting job, but it does come with a lot of responsibility. You’ll need excellent attention to detail as people’s lives will be in your hands every day.
You’ll need formal training in order to work as an air traffic controller, but there are a few different ways that you can get that training. You could get training through the Federal Aviation Administration, or gain experience in the military.
9. Art Director
Average salary of an Art Director: $78,781
If you enjoy using creativity in your work, becoming an art director could be a wise choice of career. Art directors are generally responsible for overseeing things like advertising, publication layout, photography, and more.
It’s similar to a design role, but you’ll be a manager and responsible for overseeing more than doing the actual design work yourself.
Art director jobs are typically senior level and require a combination of a degree and several years of design experience. If you have the relevant experience, this could be a job that you pursue now. If you’re in the early stages of your career, this could be a long-term goal while you build your experience and resume as a designer.
10. Voice Actor
Average salary of a Voice Actor: $76,297
As a voice actor or voiceover artist, you’ll be reading a script and recording audio to be used in a variety of different ways. Your projects could involve things like creating audiobooks, recording sales videos, creating commercials, and much more.
With the amount of audio and video content being produced these days, working as a voice actor is a great job and these skills are in demand.
Many voice actors work as freelancers, so there are no set requirements in terms of education or experience. If you have some skills, you may be able to start landing clients and building your portfolio. The clips in your portfolio will be the most important factor in your ability to land clients and make money as a voice actor.
11. Web Developer
Average salary of a web developer: $75,073
A job as a web developer is fairly similar to the opportunity that we’ve already discussed for software engineers. Instead of software, you’ll be coding websites or web-based apps.
The qualifications will vary depending on the job. Some development positions will require a degree, however, your coding ability will be more important. You may be able to land a quality job even if you don’t have a degree by having a strong portfolio.
Working as a freelance web developer is also an option. You can either focus on growing your own business, or freelance for the purpose of gaining experience and proving your ability in order to help with landing a job.
12. Helicopter Pilot
Average salary of a Commercial Helicopter Pilot: $67,540
Flying an airplane isn’t the only option if you want to work as a pilot. Helicopters can be even more fun to fly than jets, and the income potential is pretty good.
To work as a helicopter pilot, you’ll need training from an FAA-approved flight school, or you could get the necessary training in the military.
13. Virtual Assistant
Average salary of a Virtual Assistant: $67,115
A virtual assistant will perform administrative tasks remotely, from home or wherever you have an internet connection. The specific tasks can vary widely depending on what the client needs.
Most VAs will work for several different clients, so it’s possible to get a lot of variety in your work. One of the factors that makes this job so appealing is the flexibility. Not only can you work from home, but you can also set your own hours and work as much or as little as you want. This job is equally well suited for part-time and full-time work.
The best way to make money as a VA is to freelance and find your own clients. There are VA jobs available, but they tend to be lower paying. If you want to earn a better income, you should freelance rather than working as an employee.
30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success is a popular course that teaches you everything you need to know in order to start making a great income as a VA.
14. Freelance Writer
Average salary of a Freelance Writer: $63,213
Continuing with another job that can be done from anywhere, working as a freelance writer offers a lot of perks. It’s a flexible job that can be done part-time or full-time, you can use your existing experience or expertise, or choose to focus on topics that interest you.
There is plenty of work available and skilled writers are able to make a great income.
You don’t need any specific education or experience to work as a freelance writer, although writing skills are obviously important. There are entry-level gigs available for those who are just getting started, but you’ll need to build a portfolio and demonstrate your abilities to land the highest-paying jobs.
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15. Cruise Director
Average salary of a Cruise Director: $63,185
For those who enjoy traveling and entertaining others, working as a cruise director could be a dream job. As a cruise director, you’ll be responsible for the entertainment and activities on a cruise ship.
You’ll manage a staff of workers and organize events to entertain cruise guests. It’s a job that involves a lot of interaction with people, and it can be a lot of fun.
To work as a cruise director, you’ll typically need a bachelor’s degree as well as experience with event planning. You may be interested in gaining experience with other roles on the ship that would prepare you and help you to establish qualifications to be hired as a cruise director.
16. Web Designer
Average salary of a web designer: $60,202
Earlier, we talked about working as a web developer. While developers are responsible for the coding, web designers focus more on the visual aspects. Some web designers also do HTML and CSS coding, while others strictly work on the visual design.
Many web design jobs are remote, so this is another opportunity that can be done from anywhere, depending on the job.
Some web design jobs may require a degree, but your work experience and design ability will be more important than education to most employers. It’s also possible to freelance or even start your own agency, so you don’t have to wait for someone to give you a job in order to become a web designer.
17. Landscape Architect
Average salary of a Landscape Architect: $59,868
Working as a landscape architect is another creative job. You’ll be designing outdoor spaces that people use and love, so it can be a very fun and rewarding job.
You could be designing for residential clients, outdoor spaces for businesses, parks, or other outdoor spaces.
Typically, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in order to qualify for a job. Obviously, your experience and portfolio will also play an important role in landing this type of job.
Average salary of a DJ: $58,267
As a disc jockey or DJ, you’ll get to work at fun events and provide entertainment to people. If you love music and being at weddings, parties, and other events, this could be the perfect job for you.
There are no official requirements to become a DJ and since many DJs are self-employed, anyone can start a business and go into this line of work.
Average salary of a Sommelier: $56,061
If you love wine, what job could be better than working as a sommelier? As the wine expert, your responsibilities may include things like creating a wine list for a restaurant or making wine recommendations to customers.
There are some organizations that offer certification as a sommelier, although certification is not absolutely essential in order to work in this type of job. You’ll need extensive knowledge of wine and ideally some experience in the industry, which might involve working under another sommelier to gain that experience.
Average salary of a Librarian: $55,395
While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you consider fun jobs, working as a librarian can be a great choice for the right person.
If you love books and enjoy working in a quiet environment, this could be the job for you.
Most head librarian jobs will require a bachelor’s degree and possibly even a master’s degree. However, if you don’t already have the required education, there are other jobs at a library that don’t require a degree.
Average salary of a Magician: $54,071
If you love entertaining and delighting others, why not work as a magician? Performing magic or illusions can be a lot of fun while allowing you to use your skills.
There are no formal requirements to become a magician and no education is needed. Instead, you’ll need the ability to perform tricks and to entertain.
Many magicians are self-employed, but you might be able to gain valuable experience by working as an assistant for another magician.
22. Social Media Manager
Average salary of a Social Media Manager: $50,088
If you already spend hours a day on social media, you should consider working as a social media manager. You would be responsible for managing the social presence of your employer or clients on sites like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and other social networks.
A growing number of businesses rely on advertising on social networks like Facebook. You can get paid to set up and manage ads for clients, and this work can be quite lucrative if you’re good at getting results for your clients.
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If you’re looking for employment as a social media manager, you may need a degree. However, you could work as a freelancer or start your own agency regardless of your education. Ultimately, your ability to produce results is much more important (and valuable) than a degree.
23. Restaurant Critic
Average salary of a Restaurant Critic: $50,004
What could be better than getting paid to eat good food? You would be visiting different restaurants on a constant basis, trying the food, and writing your review.
Most food critic jobs will require a degree in journalism or a similar field. However, if you have the desire to become a food critic but you don’t have the education, you could start your own food blog and work on building up your audience. You may get to the point of being able to do it full-time, or the blog may provide you with qualifications that help you to land a job.
24. Event Planner
Average salary of an Event Planner: $49,992
As an event planner, you would get to work with other people planning events like weddings, conferences, parties, and other types of events.
If you enjoy planning and being around people, this could be a great career choice for you.
A bachelor’s degree in hospitality can help, but is not necessarily required. You could find employment as an event planner or start your own business.
25. Makeup Artist
Average salary of a Freelance Makeup Artist: $49,330
As a makeup artist, you may work at weddings or other events, with models, for theater and film products, etc. You could work as an employee or start your own business as a freelancer.
While there aren’t formal requirements to become a makeup artist, licensing or certification can help. Becoming a licensed cosmetologist will help to demonstrate your expertise.
26. Personal Trainer
Average salary of a Personal Trainer: $48,853
If you’re into fitness and you love working with people, especially one-on-one, working as a personal trainer could be a great job for you. You’ll be responsible for developing a training program to meet the needs of the client, as well as providing instruction, encouragement, and motivation.
You’ll need a high school degree and certification by an accredited program. You may be able to find a job as a personal trainer through a local gym, or you could start your own business and find clients on your own.
27. Graphic Designer
Average salary of a Graphic Design $48,283
If you’re artistic and you have some design skills, working as a graphic designer would be a natural choice. Graphic designers can work on a wide variety of projects like logo design, brochure design, advertising design, packaging design, and more.
While your portfolio will be the most important factor in landing work, many graphic design jobs will also require a relevant degree. If you don’t have a degree and you want to start using your abilities right away, you could work as a freelance graphic designer.
There Are Plenty Of Fun Jobs That Pay Well
As you can see, there are plenty of jobs that provide excellent income potential while also allowing you to enjoy your work.
It really comes down to your own interests and skills, so find a job that would be a good option for you and take action. With these fun jobs that pay well being listed, you should have at least a few options to consider.
Starting a business is a dream for many people.
Whether it’s the freedom to pursue something you love, the flexibility to be the boss, or the challenge of growing something from scratch that motivates you, many of us have a strong desire to start and own a business.
Although the thought of being a business owner is appealing, there are a few significant hurdles that routinely prevent people from pursuing these dreams. Most businesses require capital to get started. That means you’ll need to have a lot of money to invest in a building, inventory, equipment, or employees. Getting the money is a challenge and borrowing the startup capital comes with the risk of failing and not being able to repay the debt.
As a result, most people simply never pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. However, it’s possible to start a business with no money and avoid taking on debt.
As soon as you start making money, it’s ideal if you’re able to reinvest at least a portion of that money back into the business. You could use that money for: You don’t need to spend money just for the sake of spending money, but you should be willing to reinvest money into your business when it makes sense. Investing in your business may produce a huge return by allowing you to make much more money in the future. Now, let’s take a look at some of the best opportunities for service-related business that could be started with just a small investment, or even no investment at all. One of the best business opportunities out there today is to work as a virtual assistant (VA). As a VA, you could offer a wide variety of services, but the best option is to focus on the things that you already have experience with. Maybe you’ve worked in administrative roles in the past and you’re good at things like managing a calendar, setting appointments, making travel arrangements, or responding to emails. Maybe you have experience with blogging and social media and you could moderate forums or Facebook groups, respond to blog comments and messages on social platforms, write or edit blog posts, or create social media posts for your clients. In the current environment, many businesses are more interested in outsourcing work to freelancers as opposed to hiring full-time employees. There is strong demand for quality virtual assistants, and that demand is likely to continue to increase. While there are a lot of companies that offer jobs for virtual assistants, these jobs typically do not offer the best income potential. If you want to maximize your income as a VA, starting your own freelance business is the better option. If you’re interested in learning how to start your own VA business, Fully Booked VA by Gina Horkey is a great resource. With millions of websites and blogs publishing new content on a daily basis, there is a need for writers who can create that content. While the biggest companies may use full-time staff writers, most publications rely heavily on freelancers. One of the most attractive perks of working as a freelance writer is the fact that many of your clients will be ongoing. You may have weekly or monthly assignments for new articles from each client. That means that once you have enough clients, you won’t need to dedicate time or effort towards finding work. Instead, you’ll be able to devote all of your time to the work that actually brings in the money. There is work available in many different industries, so you can probably use your existing skills and experience to find work. You may even be able to turn one of your hobbies into a business by landing some writing gigs that cover the topics you enjoy most. Check out the great 30 Days Or Less To Freelance Writing Success, included in the VA Foundations Skills Course from Gina Horkey. If you have some design skills, you could put them to good use by working for clients. You could offer a wide range of services like: If you’re a designer, you probably already have the software that you’d need. If not, there are free alternatives to popular options like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Another way to put design skills to good use is to focus on websites. Obviously, every business and organization should have a website these days, so there are plenty of potential clients out there. Website builders like WordPress and Squarespace have definitely had an impact on the industry as it’s easier than ever for non-designers to create their own website. However, these tools have a learning curve and many business owners don’t have the time to create their own website. Many freelancers have responded by offering services to set up and customize a WordPress-powered website for a client who doesn’t want to tackle the project on their own. While web designers focus on the visual aspect, developers handle the coding and technical aspects. If you have coding experience, working as a freelance web developer could be a great fit. In addition to a strong demand for the services, developers also benefit from excellent earning potential. Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest can present outstanding opportunities for businesses. Unfortunately, most businesses are sitting on the sidelines and missing out on these opportunities. That’s where you come in. As a social media marketer, you could assist business owners by managing their social presence for them. This might involve posting regularly on select platforms, responding to questions or comments that arrive via social media, creating images and graphics to post, and even management of ad campaigns. In particular, managing Facebook ads is an excellent business opportunity with a lot of potential. Most businesses could benefit from Facebook ads, but they don’t have the experience or expertise to do it on their own. The Facebook Side Hustle Course teaches everything you need to know to start your own business running ads for clients. It’s a great option for a side hustle or a full-time business. There are a lot of hobbyist photographers out there, so I know that some people reading this article would love to be able to make money with their photography. If you have an interest in photography, you probably already have all of the gear you would need to get started with a simple photography business Really, you don’t need more than a camera, lens, and photo editing software to get started. Of course, you can invest in more gear as your business grows. There are several different types of photography that you could offer, including: Here is an extremely flexible option that could allow you to take advantage of your existing skills or expertise. Consultants and coaches can work in just about any industry. Think about your strongest skills and your past work experience. Is there a way to incorporate that into a consulting or coaching business? One of the main benefits of working as a consultant or coach is the income potential, since rates for these services tend to be high. If you’ve done any bookkeeping work at a previous job, you could start your own bookkeeping business. You don’t need to be a CPA or have accounting experience to work as a bookkeeper, and you can still earn a really nice hourly rate with this service. If you have strong grammar skills and keen attention to detail, working as a freelance proofreader could be a great fit for you. As a proofreader, you can work from anywhere with an internet connection. With the amount of content being published today, there is plenty of demand for quality proofreaders. Proofread Anywhere is the leading course for anyone who is interested in learning how to make money as a proofreader. If you enjoy shopping at yard sales and flea markets to find the best deals, perhaps you should turn it into a business. It’s possible to do really well as a flipper. Rob and Melissa from Flea Market Flipper run a six-figure flipping business and they offer a free workshop that shows how you can start your own reselling business. Getting started as a flipper could involve a small investment to purchase the initial products that you’ll be reselling. However, if you need to get started with no investment, you can find some items from around your house to sell. You’ll be able to start making money right away with no investment, and you can reinvest that money to purchase additional items. This is one of my favorite opportunities because it’s completely overlooked by most people, anyone can do it, and the income potential is outstanding. Brian Winch started a side hustle in the 1980s cleaning up trash in business parking lots and at shopping centers. In a very short time, he replaced the income from his full-time job. For more than 30 years, Brian has been earning a six-figure income cleaning trash. If you’re interested in starting your own business, be sure to check out Cleanlots, where Brian teaches the exact methods he uses. He refers to it as “America’s simplest business” because it requires very few tools and is so simple to do. A lawn care business will cost some money to start if you don’t already have the equipment. But if you do already have a mower, you could get started by simply canvassing your neighborhood and offering your service. Aside from mowing, you could also offer trimming, leaf cleanup, power washing, and other related services. Painting is a relatively simple service to offer. Many people prefer to hire a painter because they don’t have the time or they simply don’t want to do their own painting. You could be painting interior walls, or exterior projects like fences and shutters. The equipment needed is minimal, an you can build the cost of things like paint, rollers, and brushes into your estimates. If you’re good with your hands and you enjoy fixing things, working as a handyman could be the right fit for you. There’s always work available and you can get started by talking to your friends and family or simply posting an ad on Craigslist. A good opportunity for pet lovers is to work as a dog walker and/or pet sitter. There is a strong need for these services and you can make a pretty good income doing it. To get started, you can create a free profile on Rover and make it possible for clients in your local area to find you. Put your knowledge to good use by helping others. You could offer tutoring services in the subjects that you know best. Tutoring is something that can be done online or locally in-person. Don’t let a lack of capital stop you from pursuing your dreams of starting your own business. A service-related business is a great option to start a business with no money upfront, and here we’ve covered a number of realistic possibilities. Consider your own interests and experience to determine what might be the best fit for yourself. Take action and you could begin making money almost immediately. Source: biblemoneymatters.com
3. Invest Once You Start Making Money
Businesses That Can Be Started With No Money
Social Media Marketer
Consultant Or Coach
Flea Market Flipping
Dog Walking and Pet Sitting
Starting A Business With No Money Is More Possible Than Ever
As soon as you start making money, it’s ideal if you’re able to reinvest at least a portion of that money back into the business. You could use that money for:
You don’t need to spend money just for the sake of spending money, but you should be willing to reinvest money into your business when it makes sense. Investing in your business may produce a huge return by allowing you to make much more money in the future.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the best opportunities for service-related business that could be started with just a small investment, or even no investment at all.
One of the best business opportunities out there today is to work as a virtual assistant (VA). As a VA, you could offer a wide variety of services, but the best option is to focus on the things that you already have experience with. Maybe you’ve worked in administrative roles in the past and you’re good at things like managing a calendar, setting appointments, making travel arrangements, or responding to emails.
Maybe you have experience with blogging and social media and you could moderate forums or Facebook groups, respond to blog comments and messages on social platforms, write or edit blog posts, or create social media posts for your clients.
In the current environment, many businesses are more interested in outsourcing work to freelancers as opposed to hiring full-time employees. There is strong demand for quality virtual assistants, and that demand is likely to continue to increase.
While there are a lot of companies that offer jobs for virtual assistants, these jobs typically do not offer the best income potential. If you want to maximize your income as a VA, starting your own freelance business is the better option.
If you’re interested in learning how to start your own VA business, Fully Booked VA by Gina Horkey is a great resource.
With millions of websites and blogs publishing new content on a daily basis, there is a need for writers who can create that content. While the biggest companies may use full-time staff writers, most publications rely heavily on freelancers.
One of the most attractive perks of working as a freelance writer is the fact that many of your clients will be ongoing. You may have weekly or monthly assignments for new articles from each client. That means that once you have enough clients, you won’t need to dedicate time or effort towards finding work. Instead, you’ll be able to devote all of your time to the work that actually brings in the money.
There is work available in many different industries, so you can probably use your existing skills and experience to find work. You may even be able to turn one of your hobbies into a business by landing some writing gigs that cover the topics you enjoy most.
Check out the great 30 Days Or Less To Freelance Writing Success, included in the VA Foundations Skills Course from Gina Horkey.
If you have some design skills, you could put them to good use by working for clients. You could offer a wide range of services like:
If you’re a designer, you probably already have the software that you’d need. If not, there are free alternatives to popular options like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Another way to put design skills to good use is to focus on websites. Obviously, every business and organization should have a website these days, so there are plenty of potential clients out there.
Website builders like WordPress and Squarespace have definitely had an impact on the industry as it’s easier than ever for non-designers to create their own website. However, these tools have a learning curve and many business owners don’t have the time to create their own website.
Many freelancers have responded by offering services to set up and customize a WordPress-powered website for a client who doesn’t want to tackle the project on their own.
While web designers focus on the visual aspect, developers handle the coding and technical aspects. If you have coding experience, working as a freelance web developer could be a great fit.
In addition to a strong demand for the services, developers also benefit from excellent earning potential.
Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest can present outstanding opportunities for businesses. Unfortunately, most businesses are sitting on the sidelines and missing out on these opportunities.
That’s where you come in.
As a social media marketer, you could assist business owners by managing their social presence for them. This might involve posting regularly on select platforms, responding to questions or comments that arrive via social media, creating images and graphics to post, and even management of ad campaigns.
In particular, managing Facebook ads is an excellent business opportunity with a lot of potential. Most businesses could benefit from Facebook ads, but they don’t have the experience or expertise to do it on their own.
The Facebook Side Hustle Course teaches everything you need to know to start your own business running ads for clients. It’s a great option for a side hustle or a full-time business.
There are a lot of hobbyist photographers out there, so I know that some people reading this article would love to be able to make money with their photography.
If you have an interest in photography, you probably already have all of the gear you would need to get started with a simple photography business Really, you don’t need more than a camera, lens, and photo editing software to get started. Of course, you can invest in more gear as your business grows.
There are several different types of photography that you could offer, including:
Here is an extremely flexible option that could allow you to take advantage of your existing skills or expertise. Consultants and coaches can work in just about any industry. Think about your strongest skills and your past work experience. Is there a way to incorporate that into a consulting or coaching business?
One of the main benefits of working as a consultant or coach is the income potential, since rates for these services tend to be high.
If you’ve done any bookkeeping work at a previous job, you could start your own bookkeeping business. You don’t need to be a CPA or have accounting experience to work as a bookkeeper, and you can still earn a really nice hourly rate with this service.
If you have strong grammar skills and keen attention to detail, working as a freelance proofreader could be a great fit for you. As a proofreader, you can work from anywhere with an internet connection. With the amount of content being published today, there is plenty of demand for quality proofreaders.
Proofread Anywhere is the leading course for anyone who is interested in learning how to make money as a proofreader.
If you enjoy shopping at yard sales and flea markets to find the best deals, perhaps you should turn it into a business. It’s possible to do really well as a flipper. Rob and Melissa from Flea Market Flipper run a six-figure flipping business and they offer a free workshop that shows how you can start your own reselling business.
Getting started as a flipper could involve a small investment to purchase the initial products that you’ll be reselling. However, if you need to get started with no investment, you can find some items from around your house to sell. You’ll be able to start making money right away with no investment, and you can reinvest that money to purchase additional items.
This is one of my favorite opportunities because it’s completely overlooked by most people, anyone can do it, and the income potential is outstanding.
Brian Winch started a side hustle in the 1980s cleaning up trash in business parking lots and at shopping centers. In a very short time, he replaced the income from his full-time job. For more than 30 years, Brian has been earning a six-figure income cleaning trash.
If you’re interested in starting your own business, be sure to check out Cleanlots, where Brian teaches the exact methods he uses. He refers to it as “America’s simplest business” because it requires very few tools and is so simple to do.
A lawn care business will cost some money to start if you don’t already have the equipment. But if you do already have a mower, you could get started by simply canvassing your neighborhood and offering your service.
Aside from mowing, you could also offer trimming, leaf cleanup, power washing, and other related services.
Painting is a relatively simple service to offer. Many people prefer to hire a painter because they don’t have the time or they simply don’t want to do their own painting. You could be painting interior walls, or exterior projects like fences and shutters.
The equipment needed is minimal, an you can build the cost of things like paint, rollers, and brushes into your estimates.
If you’re good with your hands and you enjoy fixing things, working as a handyman could be the right fit for you. There’s always work available and you can get started by talking to your friends and family or simply posting an ad on Craigslist.
A good opportunity for pet lovers is to work as a dog walker and/or pet sitter. There is a strong need for these services and you can make a pretty good income doing it.
To get started, you can create a free profile on Rover and make it possible for clients in your local area to find you.
Put your knowledge to good use by helping others. You could offer tutoring services in the subjects that you know best. Tutoring is something that can be done online or locally in-person.
Don’t let a lack of capital stop you from pursuing your dreams of starting your own business.
A service-related business is a great option to start a business with no money upfront, and here we’ve covered a number of realistic possibilities.
Consider your own interests and experience to determine what might be the best fit for yourself. Take action and you could begin making money almost immediately.
Don’t let stains ruin your day…or your carpet. Prioritize carpet stain removal, from coffee stains, ink stains, wine stains, and more, with household ingredients like salt and glue.
salt on the area as soon as possible and watch it absorb the liquid almost instantly. Wait until it dries, then vacuum it up. Salt tends to provide a special capillary attraction that will work for most liquids. There are a few stains that salt will actually help set, however—never sprinkle it on red wine, coffee, tea, or cola!
If you have kids, you’ve had to clean up vomit. Baking soda can make the job a little less gross if you sprinkle some on top as soon as possible. It will soak up some of the mess and make the smell easier to deal with when you have to go at it with the paper towels.
Ink stains on the carpet? Make a paste of cream of tartar and lemon juice, and dab at the stain. Let it sit for five minutes or so, then clean with a damp cloth.
Red Wine Stains
What’s the easiest way to remove red wine spills from your carpet? Try applying a bit of shaving cream (after checking that the carpet is colorfast), and letting it sit for a minute before wiping away. Shaving cream will also work on grease stains.
Coffee and Tea Stains
Coffee stains can be frustrating, but you can get them out of your carpet by pouring beer on them. That’s right—just dribble a couple of sips onto the stain, and it should vanish. Dab up the extra beer with a paper towel, and if the coffee stain doesn’t go away completely, repeat the task a few more times. This trick works on tea stains too. Alternatively, to remove coffee stains from carpet or clothing, rub a beaten egg yolk into the spot, leave for five minutes, then rinse with warm water.
If you’ve got kids, you’re guaranteed to end up with a grease stain on your carpet. The big thing to remember is to not touch the stain at all—don’t sop it up, wipe it, or do anything else. Instead, pour a large amount of cornstarch on top of the spot and gently stir it with your finger. Let it sit for a day, and make sure no one walks on it. The next day, use your vacuum cleaner’s hose attachment (the plastic one, not the one with bristles) to suck away the cornstarch. The stain should be mostly gone, but if it’s not, repeat this action until it completely disappears. You can then use the brush attachment to clear away the last remnants of cornstarch.
Here’s how to eliminate cigarette burns in your carpet: First, cut away the burn mark. Then, cut a bit of carpet from an area that’s covered by a piece of furniture (such as under a couch), and glue it carefully over the burnt spot. Finally, yell at the person who caused the burn in the first place!
If your pet accidentally peed on your rug, and it still smells like urine after you’ve cleaned it, try deodorizing the spot with club soda, which contains odor-fighting minerals. Pour some on the area, leave it for five minutes, then blot and allow to dry.
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Painting can be very messy, especially when you’re a beginner. Use these interior designer tips to paint your home without all the cleanup.
messes with this great trick: Stick a magnet against the inside of a clean metal can. When you’re not using the paintbrush, attach it to the magnet (with bristles facedown) until you’re ready to use it again. Paint will drip into the bucket, not on your floor!
Rubber Band Trick
To keep your paint can and your workspace as clean as possible, wrap a rubber band around the height of the open can. The band should sit over the opening, so you can dab the paint-filled brush on the rubber to wipe away excess paint.
Milk Jug Paintbrush Holder
Finally tackling that room that needs to be repainted? Create your own drip-free paintbrush holder with a plastic milk jug. Cut a hole in the side large enough to fit your paintbrush, and you’re ready to go! The handle will allow you to easily carry it around the room and up and down ladders without making a mess.
Styrofoam Plate Drip Catcher
When painting a room directly from the can, it’s nearly impossible to keep paint from dripping down the side. So instead of stopping the drips, catch them! To easiest way? Affix a paper or Styrofoam plate to the bottom of the can with some glue or duct tape. That way, it go with the can wherever you move it, and you can just tear them off when you’re done painting.
Tennis Ball Drip Cup
To catch drips while you paint, try this makeshift drip cup: Cut a tennis ball in half and slice a thin slot in the bottom bowl of one half. Then slide your brush handle through the slot so the bristles stick out of the open side. A small paper plate or cup works, too.
Aluminum Foil Fix
Before you begin that big painting project, cover doorknobs, drawer pulls, and any other small object you’re worried about catching spills with aluminum foil. The foil easily molds to any shape and comes off when you’re done.
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