15 Creative Ways to Make Money

Getting a handle on your finances is an important aspect of living a financially free life. Most often, the emphasis is usually on cutting back expenses in order to make ends meet, but what if I told you there was another way? Yes, cutting back on expenses is a great place to start. But, adding more money to your bottom line will not only give you the financial freedom you seek, it will also allow you the freedom to maintain your current lifestyle. The following are 15 creative ways to make extra money:


1. Sell Free Stuff from Craigslist

Craigslist is a great place to exchange goods and services and, for the most part, it is usually done for money. However, a little known fact is that craigslist is also a great place to get freebies. Whether someone is getting rid of something because they no longer have room for it or they have to abruptly leave their home, city, or state; there are some rare gems that you can resell for a decent return. The key is to look for free stuff on Craigslist that is currently selling on Craigslist or elsewhere. Some items will be in great shape but if not, spruce it up and resell either on Craigslist, a flea market, or a garage sale.


2. Sell Your Photos

Do you have a keen eye? Are your photos museum-worthy? Well, if you answered yes or no to any of those questions then you can sell your photos to stock photo agencies like Shutterstock, iStock, Adobe and other similar companies. It really doesn’t matter if you are a professional or novice; you still have the opportunity to make some money. Most work on a per download basis where you get paid a percentage every time someone downloads your picture.


3. Rent Out Your Room

If you have a spare room in your living space and want to generate some side income, consider renting it out. Use Airbnb to put your home to work for you, whether you wish to rent out your entire home or a single room. Think about this…If you’ll be traveling a lot this year, rent out your home to make some money while you’re away that can help pay for all of those adventures. That sounds like a great way to make some extra cash and travel for near free, if you ask me. And don’t worry, there are security protections in place that help make this option less terrifying than most would think.


4. Sell Your Skills

Do you have a voice that Simon Cowell would pay a compliment to? Are you a talented graphic designer that can take any concept and bring it to life? Are you an artist who can give Michelangelo a run for his money? If so, sites like Task Rabbit and Thumbtack are great platforms to sell your skills. These aren’t only limited to those with creative skills; you can sell editing services, research services, typesetting, and the list goes on.


5. Teach Classes Online

Whether you are just starting out or a seasoned professional, there is something that you are good at! I am stating this as fact because even if it’s something you have never gotten credit for, chances are you have a skill that others may find valuable. Using this skill to make some extra income is possible thanks to platforms like SkillShare, Udemy and Teachable.com. Many top experts use this as a lucrative way to earn passive income but you don’t have to be a top expert to take advantage of this option.


6. Become a Field Agent

You may think I’m talking about the FBI, but I am actually talking about the Field Agent app. You simply sign up for an account and do small tasks around town for different clients. Your task can range from checking prices at the local supermarket to conducting surveys. You get paid based on the assignment and you get to choose which you want to participate in.


7. Become a Secret Shopper

If you have a great memory, can pay attention to details, and report on what you see and experience, then making money as a secret shopper will be a cinch for you. Becoming a secret shopper is as simple as you registering with a company that provides that service, then going undercover to different stores and reporting your experience as a customer. You are paid for your insight and while you are at it you can enjoy some free meals, traveling and shopping. Not only are you earning money and perks but you are also helping to set the tone for how real clients should be treated.


8. Offer to Babysit for Busy Professionals

Babysitting may seem like an obvious place to start when wanting to make some extra money and you may be thinking that you are not cut out to babysit, but here’s the twist. Look for moms and dads who are busy professionals who have small children under five. They will most likely tell you that they don’t remember the last time they were able to enjoy a quiet night out. Offering your services to this niche population will not only be a lucrative undertaking, but an easy job to do as well because chances are you will be simply house-sitting as the children sleep. If you have extensive experience in child care, consider signing up for sites like Care.com where you can set your schedule of availability.


9. Give Your Opinion

When you were a child, you might remember your parents telling you to “mind your own business,” but as an adult taking heed to this advice can cost you. This is because you can get paid to mind other people’s business. There are companies that will pay you to participate in focus groups, phone surveys, online surveys, and even product trials.


10. Join a Direct Selling Company

Companies like Avon and Mary Kay have stood the test of time and they allow you to start your own business for very low money. Becoming a sales rep for a direct selling company is one of the easiest ways to earn some money, especially if you’re selling something you use and/or love.


11. Drive People Around

You can really make a decent living becoming a driver for either Lyft or Uber. If a living isn’t what you are after, driving people around can still give you that needed boost in your finances by only working part-time.


12. Get Paid to Listen

If you love music, you’ll love this gig. Simply head over to Slicethepie.com and start reviewing unsigned artists and bands to earn some extra cash. Your payment per review is based on the quality of the reviews you turn out on the site, so it may take a little time to build up your reputation. But according to Slicethepie, “The better your review, the bigger the bonus payment.” The site also offers a referral program where if any of your friends sign up using your referral code and write reviews, then you’ll receive  bonus payments for every review they submit.


13. Deliver Meals

Join apps like GrubHub or Postmates and deliver to-go food on your free nights or weekends. You also have the opportunity to get tips and the freedom to make your own schedule.


14. Clean Out Your Closet

We’ve all stepped up to the conisgnment store counter to find out that the sweater from J Crew we never had the chance to wear is only worth $3. Womp. By selling your excess or used clothing on apps like Poshmark, you have the freedom to set your price and wait. Poshmark even provides the shipping label for you. If it doesn’t work out, you can always head back to your local consignment store or put the items on Craigslist.


15. Become a Dog Walker

Sign up with sites like Rover.com or Wag! to walk dogs or care for pets and earn some extra cash. Sign on at your convenience and help out local pooches whose owners are stuck at work or out of town on business. If the apps don’t service your area, contact local grooming and boarding to let them know you are available for pet sitting or dog walking.


This article was originally published on June 29, 2016

  • Simi Atanda Lindgren

    Such good tips! I really like the idea of selling images, it kind of lends a hand to the idea of blogging and photography…blogging could be a career path to explore as well, offering advice and opinion with potential commercial value?

  • Samantha Stauf

    I’ve been doing a bit of freelance writing on the side. If you’re not a web presence, it usually takes a bit to work up to paid gigs. But once you get a good relationship with a site, it can lead to getting paid anywhere from 20-300 an article.

    • Monica Harris

      Hi Samantha–where/what type of sites do you freelance write for?

      • Samantha Stauf

        The main site that I’ve been writing for recently is Wise Bread. It’s a personal finance site. Pays 75 per article. And even pays part of that if they decide not to utilize the article. It’s been a great experience.

        There are a number of lists out there designed to help people find sites that pay for content.

        Here’s one:

        Not sure if you’ve done much pitching blog ideas, but the main thing to remember is to not half-ass it. You want to lay all the cards on the table a little formally. What’s your credentials as a professional and writer. What sites have you written for in the past?

        And if you don’t hear back for the ideas you pitch. I’d recommend pitching a whole new set of ideas.

        • Monica Harris

          Thank you! Tremendous help!!

          • Samantha Stauf

            I’m happy to help. I know the entire process can be a little intimidating when you first start pitching blogs let alone move onto trying to pitch freelance opportunities.

  • Aryn

    If you are looking to get paid for your opinions, check out http://www.fieldwork.com to sign up in their database or check them out on Facebook!

  • I liked these tips, especially Slice the Pie and Poshmark. Definitely have to check those out 🙂 Thank you!


  • Love these tips! Especially 1, 2, 4 & 7. Also, I currently use Poshmark and have made over $300 back by selling items I no longer wear. I’ve found you can make more back on Poshmark than by taking your clothes to consignment stores. I’d highly recommend downloading the app!

    Natalie Was Here

  • Megan Murphy

    Refer your friends to jobs and earn cash if they’re hired! http://www.referralmob.com

  • Cupcake_1

    Thanks, been looking! Great suggestions 🙂

  • Gwen

    This is a great post, easy to follow and very helpful. Thank you.

  • Denise Morris

    I am so excited to see Avon on this list! Join my team! Go to: http://www.startavon.com and use reference code dmorris. We have an awesome support system.

  • Camille Fontaine

    Ok, this article is simply amazing. *Truely* creative and good ideas that seem NOT boring. Thank you for that.

    insta: @phoeniox

  • diana Ardeljan

    I love this organizer where can I get one?

  • Love the idea of selling images as well, this one didn’t cross my mind!

    Diana | thechicdiary.com

  • ceereejay

    These are great tips for making money.


  • So glad to see many fresh suggestions. Money tips do overemphasize cutting back while I’ve been all about adding to the bottom line as I’m frugal by default. Thanks for the ideas and thanks for not not including DS companies.

  • Pear Phongsawad

    These are amazing tips! Never heard about some of these ideas before so I’m very intrigued to explore these options. Thanks for sharing!


  • The Sunday Mode

    Wow, what a great variety of ways ( I hadn’t though of before) to earn money. I might have to work my way through them and see where they take me 🙂


  • These are some really great tips! I think so many people just throw their hands up and complain about needing more money…but few actually “do” anything about it. Going to pin this one for later!

    Something About That

  • Nikki Laraja

    Such an insightful list, I never knew about task rabbit before?! Great suggestions!


  • Brittney Murray

    I’ve been wanting to make some extra cash so i can put in my savings account for a rainy day(for some reason I have very bad luck and it always happen when I need money) so I planned to sell some stock photos and I became a doordasher as well as babysit(parents love me because I do A LOT of arts and crafts.

    Thanks for sharing

  • These are great tips! Selling stuff on Ebay, Gumtree, etc is always great. I have so many clothes in my closet ready to be sold! I should really get onto that….

  • Thanks for this comprehensive list! I’ll definitely try some of your tips in the future! 🙂

  • Starting my own Rodan+Fields skincare business has been the best decision for me! I love connecting with people about products that work and partnering with an incredible team to go after goals and make new friends. Having the bonus paycheck for decorating the house, covering daycare, and Christmas gifts is a gamechanger, too! Would love to connect if anyone is interested.

  • Awesome post, thanks for sharing! Definitely going to look into selling photos 🙂

  • Catie Wark

    LOVE these! I’ve tried Foap, but now starting to blog instead. It’s a much better use of my time and I learn stuff too!

  • I’m currently selling art and photos online, which is making me a bit of money on the side 🙂


  • Hey Luvleen, these are great ideas – thanks for sharing.

    I’m currently working on creating an online course to teach people how to build a engaged following on Instagram. Although it requires a lot of work, it will somewhat be a source of a passive income.

    It’s incredible how many opportunities there are for people to do what they love and make money. Thank goodness for the internet! X


  • Alexa Curran

    Great article, going to be looking into quite a few of these!
    -Token Goth Chick

  • NDemoni

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  • Superb list for moms who wants to lend their hand in reducing family debt, but can’t go out because of small kids and also for those who are thinking of second source of incomes. Freelance jobs were always there, but these are more appealing to those people, who don’t want to get bored. Some other jobs like babysitting, having nursery garden, growing mushrooms, etc., can give you second source of income, and help you get rid of debt.

  • ケイちゃん

    I would have to warn everyone about #10. It’s been found that 99% of distributors of these direct sales/mlm companies actually lose money after expenses… and frankly they are deceptive and annoying.


  • Arava Glam

    Great article,
    I tried all kinds of websites to make money online…
    What works best for me it’s Koocam .
    I teach my hobbies,
    And sells my knowledge.
    Highly recommended !

  • Olivia Tchinnis

    I took this advice and set about researching DS company that I could get behind. I ended up choosing Young Living Essential Oils as I already used their products, and because they make it so freaking easy to succeed in this business! I started as a way to pay down some debt but within the next 6 months I should be able to leave my full time job to work my YL biz full time. Thanks so much for the suggestions!!

  • This is such a good post, thank you for sharing all of this!! Airbnb is such a good way to make a lot of money, specially if you live in a city like London or New York where hotels are super expensive anyway! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  • Selling photos online is a great option these days. There is such a high demand for quality photos everyone, you just have to find a great way package your photos for customers. Thank you for the tips!


  • Esther

    These tips are great. There is something for everybody.
    Thank you for sharing. Love, Esther


  • These are so interesting!

  • Aliya Hussain

    Great tips, especially now that I have all this free time with uni finishing, I need to make the most of it!

    Aliya x // http://www.aliyasabrina.com // https://www.bloglovin.com/people/aliyasabrina-10150959

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  • I need to try #15, become a dog walker.

    That way whenever people come up to me and the dogs when we’re out for a walk. I can say, “of course your can pet them, but they bark at racists”. That way, if the dogs bark. People don’t know whether to be scared or offended.

    lol so trying this for my blog now.

  • virginia reed

    Do you have good websites to sign up for secret shopping or focus groups? So many seem not legit and I want to make sure I’m confident in finding one that works well!

  • dog walker is really interesting but I prefer to play games and make money

  • Sophia

    Nice tips to move forward

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