101 Ways to Make an Extra $500 a Month While Keeping Your Full Time Job

101 Ways to Make an Extra $500 a Month While Keeping Your Full Time Job
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Whether you want to pay down your credit card debt or save money for your dream vacation, we could all use a little extra cash. Of course, that can be challenge when working 40 hours per week at your full-time job. Thankfully, there ways for you to earn an additional income while still working full-time. In fact, most side gigs can earn you an extra $500 a month easily. And, here are 101 different ways for you to achieve that goal.

Make Extra Cash At Your Current Job

Since you have a full-time job, you can use that to your advantage to make some extra cash. Because of the convenience, this is one of the best places to start.

1. Volunteer for Overtime

You've already spent more than enough time at work, but volunteering for overtime is one of the easiest ways to earn extra money.

2. Refer New Employees

Some places of business will offer a bonus if you refer a new employee. If you know someone who needs a job, take advantage of this referral program.

3. Customer Referral

Just like an employee referral program, some companies offer a referral program if you bring in new customers.

4. Do a Job No One Else Wants

Are there any tasks or projects that no one wants to be part? Offer to complete these unwanted assignments for a fee, of course.

5. Use the Suggestion Box

If your employer pays for awesome suggestions, then put your thinking cap on and start filling that suggestion box.

Cash in On Your Skills or Hobbies

Most of us are
, or have an interest in another area, that we don't usually get paid to do. If that's the situation, you can finally part your talents or hobbies to work if you need some additional dough.

6. Launch a Blog

No matter your interest or talent, you can write on about it on
by selling ad.

7. eBook Publishing

Another way to make extra cash through your writing is to publish eBooks in either your field of expertise or whatever you're passionate about.

8. Coaching or Consulting

If writing isn't your cup of tea, you can offer your services to individuals or businesses either in person or via Skype or Google Hangouts.

9. Public Speaking

If you have an inspiring or can motivate others while sharing your knowledge,
is a lucrative side business where you could make anywhere from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand dollars per gig.

10. Photography

Do you have an eye for capturing moments? Put those skills to work and start a side gig as a photographer. Instead of trying to be a jack-of-all-trades, focus on a niche like weddings.

11. Sell Pictures

Another way to make cash from photography is to sell your images to sites like

12. Become a Gym Instructor

Whether you're trained as a personal trainer, yoga instructor, or weight lifter, you can find some part time work at the local gym.

13. Become an Umpire/Referee

One Ump told
, "I umpire softball/baseball games for
. There's also Little League, ASA, and others. I make $30 for an hour-and-10-minute game. Ten games in a weekend, and that's $300. You can also maybe pick some games up after work. It's not so bad if you don't mind a little yapping in your ear."

14. Caddie

Love golf and being outside? Caddie on the side. You'd be surprised at how much money you'll be able to rake-in.

15. DJ Events

If you're a music lover and have the gear, charge people for your deejaying services.

16. Run a Photo Booth

Unlike photography, you don't need a whole lot of experience in r
. Once you get the basics, it's pretty easy and you can pocket around $1,000 per weekend if you work a couple of events.

17. Become a Session Musician

Talented musicians can sit-in during concerts or recording sessions and actually get paid for their talent.

18. Write Music

You can offer to write and record music on sites like
and Craigslist.

19. Woodworking

You can turn this hobby into a nice little side business by selling your crafts on sites like
or at local flea markets.

20. Scrapbooking

Here's another creative hobby that you can start cashing in on.
has a simple step-by-by guide in getting this business started.

21. Cater

If you're an excellent cook then you should start catering events on the side. Here are a

22. Bake

If you're a better baker than chef, then start selling your baked goods, such as birthday or wedding cakes, during your spare time.

23. Movie or TV Extra

If there's a major network or studio production in your town, you may be able to bring in a quick $200 per day just by being an extra.

24. Watch TV

If you're a TV junkie who binge watches their favorite TV show, then you may be able to start earning some extra money. You can download the
, which doesn't pay much, or become a
which has only launched in the UK and Ireland.

25. Create or Edit Videos

If you have the talent and equipment, you can either start creating your own YouTube videos or editing them for others.

26. Draw Caricatures

Artists can sell caricatures at fairs or local parks.

27. Make Jewelry

There's a demand for handmade jewelry on sites like Etsy.

28. Knit or Crochet

There's also a market for handmade knit items on Etsy.

29. Build Websites

You don't necessarily have to be an expert at
or development, although that does help, to build simple websites for individuals and small businesses. You might be able to fetch $100 per site.

30. Build an App

If you love to code and have an awesome idea for an app, then you can absolutely

31. Social Media Manager

If you're social media wiz, then start charging individuals and small businesses to manage their social media accounts.

32. Repair Computers

If you love to fix computers, or even the latest, start a little repair business during your downtown.

33. Auto Repair

Whether it's changing oil or repainting a vehicle, use your talents and garage as a new side gig.

34. Tutor

If you're proficient in subjects like math, science, English, history, or pretty much any other subject, then
after work or on the weekends.

35. Teach English

There are plenty of people from around the world looking to learn English as a second language. You help them out on a part time basis.

36. Install Software

If you have a knack for installing software, then reach out to local businesses who need someone to do this this task for them.

37. Bookkeeping

This isn't the most exciting side gig, but there a plenty of businesses and individuals who could use someone to keep their paperwork in order.

38. Tax Preparation

Everyone could use a little assistance when preparing their taxes so that they can claim the right deductions and have filed in-time. (note:
when you do this)

39. Office or Home Organization

Both busy business and home owners could hire someone to come-in and organize their office or home.

40. Interior Design

If you have an eye for design, then spend your weekends decorating the homes of people in your neighborhood.

41. Event Planning

If you're organized and enjoy making plans, then start charging others to plan out the events that they don't want to.

42. Build Furniture

Handmade furniture is another craft that is in-demand. You can sell your work on Etsy, at flea markets, or maybe even a local furniture store.

43. Personal Shopper

Not everyone enjoys shopping. But, if you're a shopaholic, then take advantage of this and become a personal shopper for those you do not it.

Offline Hustling

If you don't have any skills or talents that you can convert into a side business, then you can make additional money by doing on the following offline side gigs.

44. Babysit

Do you have friends, family, or neighbors who have children? Watch their children whenever they need a sitter.

45. Dogsit

The same goes with man's best friend. Personally, I would rather hire someone to dogsit my dog than brooding her in her a kennel.

46. Housesit

This also applies to watching the homes of people who know when they go on vacation.

47. Mow Lawns

If you have a mower, and other basic landscaping tools, and like being outside, then mow lawns in your neighborhood when you have free time.

48. Shovel Snow

Whether you have a truck with a plow or are willing to shovel by hand, people will gladly pay you to remove the snow in their driveway.

49. Painting

If you some painting skills, then provide this service to anyone who needs a room, fence, or even large job like an entire house.

50. Moving

Does anyone really enjoy moving? Probably not. That's why they hire moving companies to do the legwork for them.

51. Hauling Service

If you have a truck, van, or trailer, you can offer to pick-up and deliver larger items.

52. Pool Cleaning

This is another perfect seasonal side gig if you love being outside.

53. House/Office Cleaning

Whether people are too busy or don't the have the physical ability to do, there is a demand for house and office cleaners.

54. Clean Gutters

This job can get pretty grimy, but it also require ladders and not being afraid of heights. If you have both, you'll find plenty of people to hire you for this dirty job.

55. Set-up Holiday Decorations

If you're extremely festive and enjoy decorating, then offer your services to people who may be more on the Scrooge-side.

56. Handyman Work

If you're decent enough at basic home repairs, you could launch a steady side business for those who aren't as handy.

57. Be a TaskRabbit

If you don't mind running errands for people or assisting them with chores around the house, then you can become a
for some extra cash.

58. Find Odd Jobs on Craigslist

If you just browse through Craigslist you'll easily stumble upon a number of odd jobs that you can do on you free-time.

59. Deliver Pizzas

This is a great weekend gig where you could easily make $500 in a month if you're reliable and have the right personality.

60. Bartend

If you have the skills, both at mixing drinks and being a people person, who could make hundreds of dollars by bartending on the weekend.

61. Paint Curbs

This is an out-of-the-box job. But, you could paint the house numbers on street curbs with just some spray paint and stencils.

62. Detail Cars

Who wouldn't want a nice, clean car? Use that to your advantage by detailing automobiles during your downtime.

63. Recycle

Whether it's cardboard or scrap metal, you can make a pretty penny by recycling on the side. I recommend you read
before getting to work so that you know what you and can not recycle. If you don't have any metal of cardboard, there are still plenty of other

64. Work Sporting Events or Concerts

Sporting events and concerts need plenty of bodies to make an event run smoothly, such as security. If you
, for example, you maybe able to bring home $100 per game.

65. Donate Plasma

If you donate blood plasma, you could almost make $500 per month - depending on the rates and how much you can donate.

66. Participate in Medical Studies

If you don't mind being a guinea pig, then you can partake in medical studies for some quick cash.

Hustle Online

If you want to stay in the comforts of your own home, then start hustling with the following online gigs.

67. Freelance

There are literally
that range from writing to web development to becoming a translator. Just search these sites for opportunities that you enjoy are good at.

68. Virtual Assistant

You can also those websites to locate virtual assistant jobs if you're an organized and reliable person.

69. Tech Support

If you have a landline and internet service, and don't mind dealing with customers, then you can provide tech support on nights and weekends.

70. Fill-Out Surveys

You won't make a fortune taking online surveys, but the more that you take, the more you can earn on sites like
, or

71. Join a Virtual Jury

Defense attorney will hire people to test their case on sites like

72. Download Smartphone Apps

Apps like
will assign you tasks either online or offline for a couple of extra bucks

73. Affiliate Marketing

If you plug a business on your website or blog, you can
for them and earn a commission whenever someone leaves your site to make a purchase. If done correctly, you can have a nice little side business.

74. Flip Websites

This sounds a bit shady, but if you play by the rules, you can
by adding quality content to gain traffic. It gets even more lucrative when you purchase a domain that an already established business could use. I like using Flippa.

75. Investing and Lending

Thanks to sites like Lending Tree, you can join a peer-to-peer lending program and earn money through interest rates.

76. Facebook and Twitter Administrator

Some people have easily made $500 per month simply by being an administrator for someone else's Facebook and Twitter pages.

77. LinkedIn Profile Writer

If you're proficient at writing an amazing LinkedIn profile, and have a knack for writing resumes in general, you can write the profiles for professionals and bank an

78. YouTube Personality

YouTube personalities can make money through advertisements that have been placed on their channels.

79. Create an Online Class

If you have knowledge in specific subjects, you can create an online class on sites like

Renting Out Items You Already Own

If you don't want to part with anything, there are plenty of ways for you to supplement your incomes by renting out the items that you already own.

80. Host a Foreign Exchange Student

If you have the space, and meet the qualifications, you can easily earn $500 by

81. Become a Driver for Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar

One of the most lucrative side gigs right now is being a driver for either Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar. The
, depending on which market you reside, range from $11.48 to $15.97.

82. Rent Your Vehicle or Bicycle

Whenever you aren't using your vehicle or bicycle you can rent them out for the day, or longer, if you like, via sites like

83. Become a PostMate

If you're fond of transporting passengers, you can still use your vehicle to make extra by becoming joining
where you deliver anything from groceries to dinner.

84. Rent a Home or Your House

Thanks to sites like
you can rent out spare bedrooms or entire house if you're on vacation.

85.Rent Garage

Do you have a garage that is being unused? You could rent out someone who wants to store their vehicle.

86. Rent Parking Space

If you live in a busy part of town, like in close proximity to a stadium, you could rent out your parking space or driveway whenever there are events.

87. Rent Personal Items

Instead of letting unused items like tools or kitchenware gather dust, rent them out to people who need them to complete a project.

88. Become Someone's Friend

Yes. There are people out there who are willingly to pay other people to be their friend. If you like meeting new people you can do this by joining a site like

Sell Stuff

Finally, you can always sell your unwanted junk or even new items to customers by going through the following avenues. Here are a few tips to
and getting paid for all the things you sell.

89. Have a Garage Sale

This can be hit or miss, but you could bring in some decent cash just by selling the your unused items in your front yard.

90. Sell Items on Craigslist

This is essentially the online version of a yard sale. No matter what you want to part ways with, you're bound to find a buyer on the popular classified site.

91. Sell Items on eBay

This site needs no introduction. It's one been one of the best places to sell your used items since 1995.

92. Sell Other People's Items on Craigslist or eBay

You'll have to give them a commission, but if you know anyone looking to sell their junk, make them an offer and sell it for them on Craigslist or eBay.

93. Drop Shipping

You don't have to sell used items online to make some extra cash. You can also start a side business through
. In this case, you would sell new items from a manufacturer or distributor online on sites like eBay and they'll ship the items to customers for you.

94. Sell Items on Amazon

Just like eBay, you can become an
and sell both used and new items.

95. Direct Marketing

People can actually make a decent living by selling products for Avon, Amway, and Tupperware. But, there are hundreds of different direct marketing companies for you to join. Check out this of the
to find a direct marketing company that best suites you.

96. Set Up Shop at Flea Market

Instead of selling items in your front yard, you could take your used goods, homemade crafts, and even new items, to local flea markets.

97. Sell Items to Consignment Shops

Consignment shops are an option of you have an excessive amount of clothes of furniture to sell

98. Visit the Pawn Shop

If you're in a real pinch, you could sell you valuable items to the nearest pawn shop.

99. Sell Your Used Gadgets

If you don't have a need for devices like an old smartphone or tablet, you could sell them on
. You may not earn a lot, but if you could get a fair price for gadgets that are newer and in good shape.

100. Sell Your Old Gold Jewelry and Silverware

If you have expensive jewelry or silverware, you could sell them to a proper jewelry and silverware dealers to receive a decent return.

101. Resell or Return Unused Gift Cards

If you have any unused gift cards laying around you may be able to sell them on sites like
or return them to the merchant.

101 Ways to Make an Extra $500 a Month
While Keeping Your Full Time Job was originally published on Due on February 8, 2016 by John Rampton.

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