Anywhere there’s a need for something, there’s an opportunity to make some extra money. When we first decided to publish a list of some money-making ideas, we had no idea how many we would find—far more, in fact, than we could fit into a single article.
[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]So we’re happy to present a few more ideas that can lead to some extra holiday cash or even a good permanent income. Best of all, they don’t require a resume, application, or a new suit for the interview!

Start a "Business"

Sites such as Jobvana can help you turn your hobby, skills or expertise into a part-time business. They do this so by providing you with free tools to market your services and even offer specialized skills to those looking for assistance.
Direct Selling
We’re all familiar with companies such as Avon, who let you start your own business for just a few bucks. Direct selling is a great way to earn some extra cash, especially if you sell products you love.

Sell Your Photos

earn_extra_money.jpg Anyone can submit their photos to stock photo agencies like They’re subject to approval, but you get 25 cents whenever someone downloads one of your images.

Sell Your Books

There might be a good amount of money just sitting around on your bookshelf. College students are looking to buy your old textbooks, and there are even some retailers who will buy them directly from you. Try Hastings and Barnes & Noble, for example. First-editions are becoming more valuable, so it’s worth a look through your old classics, too.

Advertise on Your Vehicle

Sites such as AdverCar will pay you to drive around with an advertisement on your car. How much they pay depends on the ad and your car (nicer car= more money).

Be a Make-Believe Juror

Sites like eJury and OnlineVerdict are always looking for people to play jurors in mock trials. If they select you, they’ll pay you for your time, but attorneys, insurance adjusters and felons will not qualify.


Channel your “inner professor” by teaching a class at a local community college or professional school. These institutions are always looking for experts in a wide variety of subjects, and most of them don’t require special teaching credentials.

Cook Someone Dinner

Busy professionals are willing to pay big bucks for someone to help them manage their meals: just look at the take-out market! People with kitchen skills can often make money cooking up batches of food and delivering them to hungry customers.

Small-Scale Catering

Are you the next Iron Chef? Set up your own catering business that you can run out of your own kitchen on the weekend. Cook for company picnics, birthday parties and special events; or just bake a bunch of cookies and stand outside the nearest bar at closing time. Be sure to check with your local authorities about food safety laws.

Get Organized

If neatly arranging closets and storage areas is your idea of a good time, you can turn that into a part-time business. An easy way to start is to offer your talents to friends and family who are less organized. Once you have some endorsements, go out and find your first real client.

IT Consulting

If you’re the one people call when they crash their computer, perhaps you can get paid for your skills by setting up an IT consultancy on the side. Chances are you’re already doing it for free, so why not get paid for it?

Complete Simple Tasks for Businesses

Use your free time to help out a business. Amazon Mechanical Turk has a list of one-time jobs – research projects, product reviews, data entry, and so on that pay as soon as your work is accepted.


If you excel at mathematics, history, or any other subject, you can become a tutor and transform that knowledge into a paycheck. Advertise your services where parents are likely to look – on campuses or at the library, for example. There are also web sites like dedicated to matching students with tutors.


Your trash can or garage could be another source of money. Aluminum, steel and other materials can be recycled for cash. If you’re really motivated, there are many businesses that produce scrap, and if you give them a bucket they’ll be happy to fill it up for you.

Sell Your Old Phone

Amazon will trade gift cards for fully functional iPhones, while sites like Gazelle and Swappa will give you cash for your old cell phones.

Turn in Printer Cartridges

Many office supply stores will offer credits for empty printer cartridges. This is good for the environment as well as your wallet.

Rent out Your Car

If you’re going on vacation or have an extra car, sites like Getaround and RelayRides let you rent out your car by the hour. FlightCar arranges for an incoming traveler to rent your car rather than letting you pay for airport parking while you’re away.

Be an Online Travel Agent

Some people are better at finding the deals than others. If this is you, offer your services as a low-cost alternative to full service travel agencies.


It might sound more appropriate for a teenager, but reliable babysitters are hard to find and worth very good money. Get a few references and advertise wherever you can.

Pet Sitting

Most kennels are very expensive, and as long as you have a safe environment for animals, you can cash in on this. Like babysitting, you’ll want to gather a few good references first.

House Sitting

Web sites like Mind My House specialize in putting you in touch with people who need someone to watch their home while they’re gone. Craigslist is another good place to find clients.

Be a Tour Guide

If you know more about your home town than anyone, consider running your own personal tour guide business. Walking tours are becoming very popular, and you can advertise your services on TripAdvisor for tourists looking for an insider’s point of view.

Seasonal work

Snow shoveling, lawn care and gardening, carnival work, and lifeguarding are all seasonal work options that can help pad your bank account.

Be a Caretaker

The number of baby boomers retiring can also be a source of good income. Older people frequently need help with household chores, and this will let you earn extra money while contributing to your local community.

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