5 Ways to Earn Extra Money When You Already Have a Job

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dollar-837378_1280Do you have a job that pays a sustainable wage but could pay more? If you can’t get a raise right now, there are plenty of ways to earn extra money outside of your day job.

While your time might be limited, I’m sure you could use some extra money in your bank account in addition to your steady paychecks.

Here are 5 ways to start earning extra money today even though you already have a main job.

1. Sell Your Old Clothes

Go through your closet and see how many clothing items you no longer wear but are still in good condition. You can even ask family members for old clothes or go through your children’s closets as well.

Many people make a nice profit from selling clothes on sites like eBay, Poshmark, Threadflip and Tradesy. All you have to do is take appealing photos of the clothing and write a brief description as you list each item for sale.

It will be nice to declutter your closet and earn some extra money at the same time. You can also even create a side business out of selling clothes by taking the profits you earn from your first sales and using it to invest in purchasing thrift store finds and flipping them for profit.

2. Rent out Space in Your Home

If you have an extra bedroom or a basement that you don’t use, you can rent it out to someone for a monthly fee. As long as you choose a family member or someone you know well who is courteous and reliable, it may turn out to be a pleasant experience and an easy extra stream of income for you.

If you prefer not to rent out extra room to someone else or if you don’t have any space inside your house, you can rent out your shed or garage to someone who needs storage. Storage units can be expensive to maintain each month so if you can over someone a much lower rate, you can earn some passive income easily this way.

3. Freelance Your Skills

If you have specific skills and talents, odds are someone out there is willing to pay you for your services. Start a blog or website to promote yourself and reach out to potential clients who may be looking for a freelancer whether it’s writing, editing, graphic design, photography, consulting, interpreting, etc.

4. Join a Focus Group

Did you know that you could get paid to give your opinion? Market research companies pay participants top dollar to discuss products, services, community and personal issues and more. Participants usually receive a minimum of $50 to $100 or more per hour depending on the company and the topic. Most focus groups are conducted in person but some may be conducted over the phone as well.

If you like to talk and share your honest opinions, this could be the perfect option for you to earn extra money.
I happened to find my first focus group opportunity on Craigslist.org, but you can check out sites like FindFocusGroups.com and FocusGroups.com to search for opportunities that interest you.

5. Walk Dogs on the Weekend

If you enjoy animals, you might like becoming a dog walker or pet sitter in your spare time. Ask neighbors if they need any help with their animals or sign up with Rover.com which is a pet sitting service. Most clients on Rover will come to you for your services and you can work whenever you have free time.

For day and overnight visits, pet watching services range from $35-60 per day/night and 20 minute walks usually pay around $20.

What better way to get some exercise in and make money than getting paid to walk dogs?

Do you have any strategies for earning money on the side of your day job? Which one of these options would work best for you?

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