When there doesn’t seem to be enough cash, taking on some part-time work — even starting your own business — can be a great way to earn some extra money. And the good news is that there are plenty of things you can do that don’t require going back to school. Try these five easy things so you can begin making some extra money right now.

Put Your Car to Better Use

There are several ways to make money from your car. Working as a driver or delivering goods are obvious choices, but you can even make money when you aren’t using your vehicle. Here are some popular options:

  • Rideshares: You can become a driver for a company like Uber or Lyft, if they operate in your area, and pick up fares in your spare time.
  • Advertising: Another option that can be profitable is to cover your car in advertisements — though how much you stand to make depends on your city and how much you drive. If you work for Uber or Lyft, you can collaborate with advertising companies to show ads to your passengers inside the car and pull in some extra money.
  • Deliveries: Delivering groceries, dropping off Amazon items, dropping off kids from school, and other options are available depending on the services provided in your city.
  • Rent Your Car: You can rent your car to other drivers when you aren’t using it. This is a wonderful way to at least cover your car and insurance payments each month.

Selling for Amway

Running your own business provides independence and an incredible degree of self-fulfillment, and you don’t even need to switch careers to become an entrepreneur. You can be self-employed and run your own business as a second source of income. This might seem like a major task, but selling for Amway is a practical, simple solution if this is your goal.

Running your own business will also provide plenty of skills for the future, and there are many education opportunities for Amway agents in particular. For example, Amway offers an online education program to help its IBOs succeed. Leverage this experience to continue succeeding as an Amway IBO, or use it in the retail world or to expand your enterprise.

Become a Tutor

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Are you an expert in your field, or do you know a foreign language? Or do you know how to play an instrument? If you’ve mastered these crafts or excel in an academic subject, consider tutoring on the side. If you have the credentials, you could teach a course at a community college or publish some instructional videos online through a site like Lynda or Udemy. You could also go local and teach one or two students at a time in your home.

Become a Pet Sitter from Home

A great way to pull in some extra money is to watch people’s pets. This service is in demand during the holidays, but it’s also a good opportunity if you need steady additional income. The owners will bring all the pet food, toys, and supplies — you just have to worry about feeding the pets, getting them some exercise, and making sure they’re happy during their stay in your home.

Rent Your Home — Or Just a Spare Room

Any space in your home that’s unused is money left on the table. If you have an unattached guest room you want to rent out, post the space on Airbnb. You can also rent out your entire home if you leave for the weekend or go on vacation, allowing you to make some extra money with minimal effort on your part. This is another service that’s especially popular during the holidays. If your home is in a good spot in a major city or nearby a popular destination, you can make quite a bit by renting it out.

These are just a few of the many ways to boost your income. Think of these the next time funds are getting a little tight, and remember that you don’t need any additional experience to make some extra cash.


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