80+ Brilliant Ideas for How to Make Extra Money for Christmas

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How to Make Extra Money for Christmas!

Are you looking for easy ideas for how to make extra money for Christmas? Given that the average family in America spends close to $1,000 for their Christmas shopping, finding ways to make extra money before the holidays is a great way to help avoid Christmas debt and the undue stress that comes from the pile of Christmas bills come January!

When you need extra money for the holidays, there are so many options available today! And the majority of them allow you to work from home if you would like to and choose your own hours so that you can work on your own schedule! That is so amazing! You will find dozens of ideas for how to make extra money is this article!

With these ways to earn money for Christmas, you can easily make $1,000 or more to help you have the best Christmas ever!

In this article I discuss some of the best ways to make money for Christmas!

Be sure to also check out this awesome article with my best tips for how to save money during the holidays!

 

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The beneifs of making extra money for Christmas

What would your family be able to do with $1,000 extra for Christmas? Could you use that money to help you pay for Christmas without going into debt? Could it help you to have a stress-free Christmas that your family will love? Could it help you to do more of the activities that you would love to do as a family?

And think of what you could do with the extra money if you earned money above what you used for Christmas! Think of how quickly you would be able to get out of debt, build up your emergency fund and save up to pay cash for large purchases if you kept up your side gig(s) or side hustle(s) to make extra money! That extra money earned could be the thing that could help your family finally be able to make ends meet or stop living paycheck to paycheck!

You could even use that extra money just to have as blow money, so that you could take vacations, splurge on dinners out, give to causes you care about, and more without pinching your budget!

There are so many ways that you can make extra money for the holidays! And many of them are really simple, many of them you can do at home, and many of them you can do on a flexible schedule around school, another job, or your kids or other family obligations.

 

 

Where can you find opportunities to make extra money for Christmas this year?

Many of the opportunities I will list below are great for those who want to be entrepreneurs and start a small business of their own, but you can also find opportunities for many of these jobs by checking out websites like indeed.com, monster.com, ziprecruter.com, and linkup.com,

Indeed.com is the one that I use the most (though I have used Monster as well). Another great place to find job opportunities is your local online classifieds and sites like Craigslist (just be careful of scams!).

So, like I said just above, you have to be careful of scams, but in years past I have found freelance editing and writing gigs through Craigslist, so it can be a good way to get the word out there that you are looking for work opportunities.

You can also post your gigs on websites like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.com. I have used both Upwork and Fiverr to hire freelancers, and I have had overall good experiences with both. In the past Fiverr was initially a place to find gigs for a fairly small fee (originally, just $5), but now you can definitely post rates a lot higher than that.

All of these are great options when you are looking for legitimate ideas for how to make money for the holidays!

 

 

What do you need to have to make extra money for the holidays?

Fortunately, for many of the jobs below, your initial investment can be very small! Many of them require very little equipment, and many of them require little to no training.

If you do not have much money at all to invest to start a business, that is OK! Many of the jobs below require very little money, such as dog walking and pet sitting, baby sitting, house sitting, getting a job at a restaurant, working retail at the mall, and many, many other opportunities listed below.

Read on to learn more about many of the job opportunities available today to make money for Christmas with a side hustle or part-time or even full-time job.

80+ Legit Ideas for How to Make Extra Money for the Holidays

In this list I include some of the best ways that you can make money before the holidays to help you have the best Christmas ever (without breaking the bank)!

1. Make extra money for the holidays delivering packages.

One great seasonal job that you can do to make extra money for Christmas is to get a job delivering mail and packages during the holiday season. There is a great demand for extra mail carriers and postal workers during this time of year, so this can be a great way to boost your income during this time.

Companies hiring for these kinds of positions during the holidays generally include the postal service, companies like FedEx, and companies like Amazon who do a ton of online business during the holiday season.

 

2.  Clean houses to make money for the holidays.

The holidays could be a great time to find a gig cleaning homes. Many people who might not pay to have their home cleaned during the rest of the year might be willing to part with their money during the holidays, just to have it taken care of and have their house looking sparkling clean for all of their holiday guests. 

You can make good money cleaning homes if you are efficient and know how to hustle. I know of people who charge $25 an hour and more to clean homes.

You do not have to have much money to start this business and you do not have to have a degree, which makes this job a great option for virtually anyone who wants to earn some extra money or make a change in their career path.

 

3. Play the part of Santa.

If you have the right disposition for it, playing the part of Santa during the holidays to make some extra money for Christmas can be both rewarding and fun and also help you save money for your own financial goals.

 

4. Shovel snow.

If you are just looking for seasonal work for the winter, then snow removal could be a great opportunity for you to earn extra money for the next month or more.

You can get by with a snow shovel, but you will probably want to invest in a snow blower, as well. But other than that, the equipment needs are minimal.

 

5. Do yardwork or landscaping to prepare homes for winter.

If you enjoy working outdoors, you could do yardwork or landscaping in the months before Christmas to earn extra money for the holidays. Help people get their yards in tip-top shape for the holiday season!

And if you live in an area that doesn’t get too cold or get too much snow during the winter, you could do yardwork and landscaping all winter long, even beyond the holidays, if you chose to.

Doing yardwork or landscaping does require a little bit of equipment, but if you are a homeowner or rent a home, you likely already have much of this equipment. Of course you will need a lawn mower, as well as possibly an edger, pruning shears, shovels and rakes, and so on.

None of this equipment has to be too expensive, though, and if you enjoy working out in the sunshine rather than being inside a building, then this might be a great option for you!

 

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6. Walk dogs.

Walking dogs is an even easier way to earn $1,000 or more a month. You do not have to have any equipment at all, as virtually all pet owners will have leashes for their pets. And, as with many of the jobs listed in this article, you can set flexible hours that work with your schedule.

 

7. Offer pet sitting services.

If you love pets but are not in a position in your life where you want to make the long-term commitment of owning a pet yourself, then pet sitting is a great way to both earn extra income and get your furry fix, as well! A great place to find pet sitting opportunities are Rover, PetSitters.org, Fetch, and Care.com.

Since so many people typically travel for Thanksgiving and throughout the holidays, this can be an especially good time to make money pet sitting.

 

8. Scoop dog poop.

Though this is definitely not a glamorous job, there are people who are willing to pay to have others scoop their pet poop.

 

9. Be a pet groomer.

If you love animals, this can be another fun way to earn extra money for Christmas. You do need some basic equipment and supplies, but you do not have to run a pet salon where you rent out space in a building or lease a building space. You can work out of your home or even offer a mobile service that you run out of your van or minivan.

You will need to spend a little bit of money on equipment to be a pet groomer, such as buying shampoos and conditioners, scissors and shears, clippers, nail clippers, and bows and bandanas. But none of the supplies have to be overly expensive.

 

10. Do house sitting.

Another opportunity where you can make good money (or save good money) is to offer house sitting services. When I was in college my husband and I house sat for my grandparents, and we were able to have free rent for over a year because of it. Pretty sweet! If you are interested in this opportunity, you can check out housitter.com and trustedhousitters.com, for example.

 

11. Offer moving services.

If you have a van or truck, or if you are willing to rent one, then offering a moving service is another option to make extra money during the Christmas season.

Many people do not want the hassle of of having to rent a moving truck that they load and drive themselves, so if you are able and willing to do the physical labor, you can make good money serving others in this way.

 

12. Sell stuff around the house.

Selling your stuff is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make money!

If you have sports equipment, kitchen appliances, electronic equipment, toys, books, DVDs, and so on that you or the family do not use anymore or that you rarely use, then selling that stuff is a great way to both declutter your home and make some extra money for Christmas!

You can sell your stuff on your local online classifieds, on Craigslist and Facebook Marketpalce, on eBay, and by using apps like Decluttr.

 

13. Do freelance editing or proofreading to make extra money for the holidays.

One great option for freelance work is freelance writing and editing. I’m a full-time editor and I’ve been doing freelance writing and editing since before I graduated from college. In the first few years after I graduated from college and before we had children and while we were working to pay off a lot of debt, I was making close to $1,000 a month doing freelance work.

Most of that work I was doing on the commuter bus (my daily commute was more than an hour each way) to and from my regular job, so it was really great to have something to be doing during that time that felt really productive.

In addition to freelance editing, you can also do freelance proofreading. If you enjoy reading and are a detail oriented, conscientious, and thorough person, proofreading could be a great option for you!

If typos in memes and blog posts make your toes curl, then proofrading would likely be an awesome side hustle (or career!) for you!

Sign up for this excellent, free 60-minute workshop by my friend Caitlyn Pyle from Proofread Anywhere to learn more about becoming a professional freelance proofreader. Discover how you can get started and begin earning money as a proofreader today!

Check out Upwork or indeed.com to see the many opportunities available. Turn your passion or hobby into extra income!

 

14. Wash windows.

Window cleaners wash the outsides, and sometimes the insides, of commercial and residential buildings.

Especially while the weather is good enough to wash the windows outside in your area, this can be a pretty good paying gig.

The pay can be pretty good, ranging from $15 to $20 an hour or more, especially for really tall buildings. Of course with those tall buildings, having the right equipment to wash windows safely is key!

 

15. Style or cut hair.

If you love talking to people and have the proper training or adequate experience and have adequate space to set up a salon in your home, being a work-from-home hair stylist could be a great opportunity for you. You can work around your own schedule, and you may even be able to work while your children are napping or playing.

Or you can work in a salon already set up, if you do not want to set up your own salon in your home or a rented space.

 

16. Do junk removal.

If you have a truck or van and are willing to do some physical labor and possibly get a little dirty, you can make good money hauling away trash.

One of the benefits of this job, like many of the others in this list of ways to make money for Christmas, is that you can set your own hours and work as much or as little as you want.

  

17. Do computer tech work.

If you have the skills to repair computers, then this can be a great way to make extra money for the holidays (and throughout the whole year!).

As a computer technician, you might service and repair hardware, install software, or service computer and related equipment. You can receive training and certifications quickly (such as Google’s IT Support Professional Certificate), so this is a great way to start earning a good income quickly.

And the job growth for computer technicians is projected to be faster than average in the next 5+ years at least, as well.

 

18. Do some freelance writing.

If you love to write, then there are so many freelance writing opportunities available these days! From writing ad copy to working in public affairs or being a communications specialist to being a blogger to writing blog articles for others, you can definitely find something that you love!

Another great option is ghost writing articles or even books for others, and if you have a technical bent or background, technical writing can be a great way to earn money, as well. 

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19. Do freelance virtual assistant (VA) work.

If you enjoy doing administrative work or helping to run social media setup and campaigns, for example, then being a virtual assistant (VA) may be the perfect opportunity for you.

As a VA, you work remotely doing tasks such as online research, business writing, data entry, basic bookkeeping, creating or updating databases, preparing presentations, creating infographics, editing in PhotoShop, marketing, setting up or managing webinars or podcasts, creating graphics or Pinterest pins, and so on.

To learn to be a virtual assistant, you may want to get some formal training. If you choose to go that route, I recommend taking a course like 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success, which has excellent reviews. Another good option is Introduction to Running a VA Business, available through Skillshare. And if you love Pinterest, the excellent course Become a Pinterest VA Today! by Kristin Larsen and Gina Horkey might be a great option for you.

 

20. Do graphic design.

If you have experience as a graphic designer or graphic artist (or just have a knack for it that you have developed from doing it as a hobby) and the necessary software, put your skills to use working for yourself as a freelancer or as a contract or off-site employee.

 

 

 

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21. Do some freelance photography work.

This is another area where you can make good money as a skilled freelancer or off-site employee.

Many families love to get photos for the holidays, so the Christmas season is a great time to do freelance photography work.

Though this can be a more expensive side gig to get into because of the cost of the equipment, starting with entry-level or used equipment can help keep startup costs in check.

 

22. Work as a freelance or part-time accountant or bookkeeper.

If you studied accounting, business management, finance or a related field, then this job of working to track and manage companies’ finances is a natural fit. Visit indeed.com or a similar site to find job postings in your area.

 

23. Work as a customer service representative or in a related job.

Working as a customer service rep can be another way to make money before the holidays. Some companies need extra help during the holidays because of increased business, so this is a good time to find this type of work.

Some companies, such as JetBlue, have some of their customer service representatives work from home.

To find current job opportunities, check out your favorite job search site, such as indeed.com or monster.com.

 

24. Do data entry.

If you have a good eye for detail and are a good typist, a data entry position (where you enter information, generally by using a computer, into a company’s data system) may be a good choice for you.

Many job opportunities are available in this area, so check out indeed.com or your favorite job board site to see what positions are currently available.

 

25. Be a home daycare provider, babysitter, or nanny.

If you love children and love to spend time taking care of them, and if you have your own little ones that you want to be able to take care of at home as well, then doing daycare or being a nanny or babysitting in your home can work really well.

If you decide to do home daycare, there are generally state and local regulations that have to be followed depending on the number of children you want to care for, so be sure to do your research beforehand.

Babysitting and nannying are generally a lot easier to get into, and they can still pay quite well.

 

 

26. Be a virtual teacher.

If you have expertise in a particular topic and love to teach but don’t want to work in a traditional brick-and-mortar school or need more flexibility (so that you can teach as a second job, for example or teach around your schedule with your kids), look for opportunities to be a virtual teacher for an online school.

With online charter schools and completely online colleges and universities, opportunities are more available than they ever have been.

I have heard great things about VIPKid, where you teach English online to younger Chinese children. The pay is good, and you do not have to have prior teaching experience (but a bachelor’s degree is required).

 

27. Tutor online.

Online tutoring is another option that can pay well, from $25 and up if you have the right skills and are in the right area. Share your expertise with others and get paid to do it!

Check out indeed.com, monster.com, upwork.com, or your favorite online job site for for current openings.

Again, one company that hires people to teach English online is VIPKID, and I have heard good things about them.

 

 

28. Be an audio transcriptionist.

As a transcriptionist, you type recorded meetings (such as conference or seminar sessions or workshops) and other audio material. If you are a fast and accurate typist, you can make good money with this career.

 

29. Be a translator.

Translators are in high demand for many languages, and skilled translators of these languages can charge great rates. Some of the most high-demand and highly compensated languages include Spanish, French, German, Arabic, and Russian. Check out Upwork and indeed.com for opportunities

 

30. Teach a foreign language.

 

Another potential job, besides working as a translator, for those who speak another language is to teach that language to others.

If you have this skill, teaching soming another language can be a fun and rewarding way to (virtually, or in person) meet other people and also keep your language skills sharp.

 

 

 

31. Build websites.

Virtually every business now has a website, so if you know how to create websites, this is a great opportunity to help businesses (and to make a lot of money!). And the pay is good, as well. The average web developer makes $45,000 to $100,000 a year.

 

32. Design websites.

Related to building websites (and in some cases the same thing) is to design websites. Many people initially bootstrap their business by building their website themselves, and then when they are making a little bit of money they are able to go back and hire someone to redisgn it for them. If you enjoy being creative and working with people, then this can a great job for you!

 

33. Write resumes.

Writing resumes is a specialized area of copywriting. Because the resume is the first look an employer has into a job candidate’s skills, getting the resume right is important. And for that reason, many people in professional careers are willing to pay to have their resumes written or refined.

 

34. Manage vending machines.

Managing vending machines can be another great (largely passive) part-time or full-time income stream. Though you do have to take the time to restock the machines once or twice a week (or more, depending on how much traffic they get), this is a great way to make some mostly hands-off income.

And you do not need any particular education to run a vending machine business.

My brother does this as a side hustle, and they are able to make a good side income from it.

 

35. Rent wedding furniture and decorations.

This business requires more up-front expenses to get started than many of the other opportunities listed here, but it can be another good way to make money for the holidays. And it is something that you could do primarily on weekends if you have a full-time job.

But you will need to foot the initial cost of buying the furniture and decorations and you will need a truck or van to haul the furniture and decorations, so this is a business I would not recommend starting unless you have some money saved that you can put into buying the needed equipment.

 

36. Rent out your car, or rent out ad space on your car.

Another way to earn extra income as a side job from home is to rent out your car. Especially if you have a vehicle that doesn’t get used very much, this could be an option for putting it to good use through car-renting services such as Turo.

And if you don’t want to rent out your car but don’t mind turning your car into a portable billboard, you can use a service such as Carvertise to earn some extra cash.

 

37. Rent out space in your home.

If you have extra space in your home, you have a couple of great options for earning extra income for Christmas.

Rent out spare bedrooms for guests to stay in. If you have one or more extra bedrooms in your home (or have a second or vacation home), renting them out on Airbnb, Booking.com, and similar sites can be a great way to earn extra income.

We’ve been using Airbnb for the last couple of years for virtually all of our travel accommodations (when we’re not camping), and they’re awesome. The hosts have been so great, and we’ve really felt welcomed and at home. And of course the savings can be substantial! Sign up for Airbnb here and receive $40 off your first stay with them! 

Rent out storage space. Referred to as the “Airbnb of storage,” places like Neighbor, Store with Me, and Store at My House can be another great way for you to earn extra income from your home. If you don’t want to have to worry about being a host for guests but have empty bedrooms in your home, you should look into this peer-to-peer storage option.

Get a roommate. You could also do a more long-term rental arrangement by getting roommates. Depending on where you live and the rental situation in your area, this might not earn you as much as renting your bedrooms out to Airbnb guests, but you might like the lower-maintenance, more passive income better. So why not get some help paying that rent or mortgage payment and potentially gain a close friend (or more than one) at the same time?

 

38. Work at a hotel.

There are many different jobs that you can do at a hotel, from the hotel manager to the housekeeping manager to the concierge to the front desk receptionist. Then there are also the general housekeeping staff, the maintenance crew, the night auditor, the sales manager, and more.

Check sites like indeed.com, Monster, ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, and SimplyHired for opportunities.

 

39. Drive for Uber or Lyft.

Driving for Uber or Lyft is another great gig when you want to set your own hours. This is a great way to be your own boss, meet lots of new people, and see new places.

 

 

 

 

40. Be a delivery driver.

There are many opportunities for being a delivery driver these days. You can drive for Amazon, DoorDash, Instacart, Shipt, Dominoes or Pizza Hut, and many, many small local businesses, including furniture and electronic stores, hospitals and medical facilities, restaurants, and more.

Many grocery stores are also starting to deliver their groceries, so if this type of work interests you, be sure to check with your local grocery stores to see if they are hiring for the holiday season.

 

41. Detail cars.

If you love to make cars look nice and clean, then detailing cars is a great job option for you, if your climate allows you to do that kind of thing during the winter.

Detailing cars includes washing and waxig the car, vacuuming, cleaning the windows, and washing and polishing interior surfaces.

 

 

42. Paint rooms or houses.

Painting the interior or exterior of homes can be a great job option, especially when the housing market is booming.

 

43. Be a substitute teacher.

If you love working with children or youth, being a substitute teacher can be a fun, flexible, and very rewarding job option! 

 

44. Be a teachers assistant.

Being a teachers assistant is another great option for those who love to work with children.

 

45. Coach or referee sporting events.

If you are a sports enthusiast, why not make a little extra cash enjoying something that you love?

 

46. Work as a lifeguard.

Opportunities to work as a lifeguard are available at rec centers in cities throughout the country, at water parks and beaches during the warmer months and even in winter in warmer climates, and sometimes at resorts or fun destinations like hot springs.

 

47. Sell handmade items on Etsy.

If you are crafty and can make beautiful handmade items, you can make a good living selling them on online stores like Etsy. 

Selling Christmas crafts in the months leading up to December might be particularly good way to make some extra money for the holidays!  

 

48. Sell printables on Shopify or SendOwl.

Maybe sewing and crafting aren’t your thing, but maybe you can make beautiful printables that you could sell, instead. The great thing is that some design sites like Canva and PicMonkey offer either free or very inexpensive design platforms.

 

49.  Do freelance work as a computer programmer.

Another job that can be performed online remotely is to work as a  computer programmer. If you enjoy coding, you can make good money (and often really good money) as a software engineer.

Software engineers build software products, develop computer games, and run computer network systems.

 

50. Do multiple smaller side hustles to make extra money for Christmas.

Another way to earn extra money for Christmas is to do multiple side hustles like those listed below. You might not be able to earn a ton of money by doing any of these items only, but by combining them, the money can add up quickly and could definitely become $1,000 or more a month.

 

Use money-saving apps to get cash back, gift cards, or similar rewards when you shop!

An easy way to make a little money for Christmas buying is to use apps like Ibotta and Rakuten.

I’ve been a member of Ibotta for years, and they are a fun and easy way to save money whenever you shop! With the free Ibotta app, you earn cash back on purchases you make every day from your favorite grocery and other stores such as Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Dollar Tree, Sam’s Club, Amazon, and many, many more! With the easy-to-use Ibotta app you can get cash back when you shop not only for groceries but also for clothing, home improvement supplies, travel services, and more!

I can even use Ibotta at several of our smaller, local grocery stores, which I love! 

Signing up takes just a minute, and then you can start to save money whenever and wherever you shop, at physical stores and online! Sign up for your free Ibotta account here!

 

 

Take online surveys.

If you’re looking for ways to earn a little extra money online and also like to voice your opinion about products and services and potentially influence future products, you might want to try doing online surveys as a side hustle you can do from home. I’m a member of MySurvey, an online survey site where you can earn cash and gift cards for taking short surveys and doing product testing. InboxDollars is another good, reputable survey site. And I have heard good things about SurveyJunkie, as well. Other option that I have seen good review for are Prize Rebel and Vindale Research.

I have to admit, though, that even though I’ve done a few surveys, since there are ways that I can make more money for the time spent (like blogging), I decided pretty quickly to turn to other options.

However, if you like that kind of thing and can do it while you’re watching TV or something like that and you don’t want to spend the time finding ways to earn more income for the time spent, it could be a good option for you.

Swagbucks is another similar option. With Swagbucks, you earn gift cards or cash when you shop online, watch videos, answer surveys, search the web, and find great deals.

Again, as with taking online surveys, I have to give the caveat that you can make more money doing freelance work or doing one of the many other side hustles suggested above. However, if you like taking surveys and doing that kind of thing and you can do it while you’re doing something else such as watching TV and you don’t feel like trying the other options listed above (or you do it in addition to trying one or more of them), then it might be a good option for you.

 

Charge electric scooters.

If you city has the electric scooters that people can rent and ride around, then you can actually make money by gathering them up and recharging them overnight. You will need to check in your own city, but you can likely make $3 to $5 or more per scooter per night.

 

Donate plasma.

As a recent college graduate while we were working on getting out of a lot of debt, I would regularly donate plasma a couple of days a week. This is an easy way to make pretty good money; in our area you could make about $200 a month. You can watch a movie or listen to a podcast or do other things while you donate, too.

 

 Mystery shop.

I have never mystery shopped, but I have heard from others who have, and they say it can be pretty fun. But know that, as far as I understand, you will be paying the money up front to do the shopping, and then you are reimbursed when you are paid after the fact. So if you do not have the cash to spare to do the shopping, this probably is not the right opportunity for you. You can check out volition.com or jobslinger.com to find a list of opportunities. Individual mystery shopping companies with a good reputation (as of this writing) inclulde BestMark, SecondtoNone, and Market Force.

 

 

51. Do freelance work as a personal trainer to make extra money during the holidays.

If you love physical fitness and love working one on one with other people and would enjoy helping them to reach their physical fitness goals, then working as a personal trainer could be a great opportunity for you.

Most gyms likely will require you to have a certification to become a personal trainer, but many can be earned in just a few months.

 If you want to keep this gig going after the holidays, you will likely have the opportunity for many new clients come January.

 

52. Do freelance work as a life coach.

If you love helping people and enjoy helping others to look at and work through challenges or obstacles, then being a life coach could be a great fit for you. Life coaches encourage and counsel clients on a variety of personal and professional matters. Life coaches help others work toward goals and make changes in their lives.

Similar to other coaching positions, you will also generally need a certificate to become a life coach, which you can obtain through organizations like the International Coach Federation. There are different levels of certification available. Depending on the certification program you choose, it could take from 16 to 100 hours or more to earn a certificate.

 

53. Be a health and wellness coach.

Health and wellness coaches work with people to help them make positive and lasting changes to their health. This might include helping them to eat better, exercise more, lose weight, develop a healthy mindset and habits, and more.

Health and wellness coaches work side by side with their clients to help them achieve their goals.

This is another job that likely does really well if you want to continute doing it into the new year.

 

54. Be a personal finance coach or counselor.

This is a role that is near and dear to my heart. 🙂 I very seriously considered becoming a personal finance coach at one point. Personal finance coaches help people to learn sound financial principles on topics like saving money, paying off debt, investing, and more. They teach clients how to manage their money well so that they can build wealth over time.

Depending on your time frame, your interests, and the amount of money you want to spend, there are different certifications available that take varying amounts of time to complete.

This is another opportunity that may provide a lot of additional opportunities come January, if you want to continue earning extra money past the holiday season.

 

55. Be a job coach. 

As a job coach, you help other people to find a career path that they will love and excel at. Depending on your interests, becoming a job coach may require certification or a license.

For example, if you want to work as a job coach at a school, you will have to complete requirements determined by the state where you live.

 

56. Do maintenance work.

If you have a knack for fixing things, then doing maintenance work could be a great fit for you. Depending on your interests, you could work for yourself and do repair jobs in people’s homes, or you might work for one or more companies and do repair work at office buildings or apartment complexes.

  

57. Do some car mechanic work.

Another good option if you are mechanically inclined is to work as a car mechanic. There are classes you can take at school to earn certifications, or you could learn on the job or from working on your own vehicles (and I have heard YouTube is a great resource!).

You could work for a shop, set up your own shop (though there are of course costs that would go along with doing so, like buying tools and other equipment), or have people bring their vehicles to your home if you have a way to do your work there.

 

58. Do catering.

If you enjoy cooking or baking (or both!), catering may be a fun option for you. If you are just getting started and do not have a ton of money, you can work out of your home (as long as you meet local requirements for doing so with food handler’s permits and so forth), or you could get hired working for someone else.

If you want to start your own catering business, you will need money for a vehicle (if you do not already have one or want a separate one for the business), the supplies, and more, so this is another opportunity where it is best to have money saved up beforehand before starting your business.

 

 

59. Sell baked goods.

If you enjoy baking and do not want to have a full-fledged catering business or bakery, you could make baked goods and sell them to local stores, or you could sell them from your home (as long as you met local requrements for preparing food and such as mentioned above, of course).

If you enjoy making birthday cakes and wedding cakes and have an eye for good design, then this could be a fun way to make good money selling baked items, for example.

 

60. Work as a personal chef.

Another option if you enjoy cooking is to work as a personal chef. Personal chefs are responsible for planning, purchasing ingredients for, preparing, and cleaning up after meals for their clients. They have to consider the food preferences and dietary needs of their clients.

Depending on the opportunities you pursue you may not need a special certification, but degrees, certifications, and apprenticeships in culinary arts are available. You can also get experience by working at restaurants or in similar work.

61. Get a job at the mall or do other retail jobs.

If you enjoy working in retail and meeting a variety of people every day, then you might enjoy getting a job at the mall. And many stores need extra help during the holidays, so this is a great place to go to earn money for Christmas.

Many shops do offer employee discounts, so if there is a store that you really love, then this might be a good option for you.

 

62. Get a job at your favorite restaruant.

Similarly, many restaurants offer their employees a discount, and some even let you take leftover food home after your shift at the end of the day. So if there is a restaurant that you love, then this might be a good opportunity for you. And many restaurants hire frequently, so if there aren’t opportunities immediately available, there likely will be within a few weeks, so check back.

 

63. Get a job doing fast food.

Working fast food is a common first job. It can be a fun way to make friends and earn money. And it is almost like a rite of passage into adulthood! 🙂

 

64. Drive an ice cream truck or other food truck.

If you enjoy driving, another option for making money is to drive an ice cream truck, in parts of the country where it is warm enough during the winter.

And if you enjoy cooking (and are good at it) and want to own your own gig, then driving a food truck might be a good option for you. For this one, though, you have to have (or purchase) a truck, get licensing from the city, and meet other requirements. I would not pursue this opportunity unless you have the cash up front to fund it and get it going.

 

 

65. Get a job at your favorite store or business.

If there is a store or business that you just love because of what they sell or how they run their business, consider applying for a position with them. If you love shopping there, you may love working there, as well, and you might really enjoy some of the potential employee perks, like discounts or even free merchandise or products.

 

66. Be a search engine optimization (SEO) evaluator.

 A search engine evaluator is someone who reviews search engine results to determine if they are relevant to a particular search term that a person types into a search engine.

If that sounds like something you would enjoy doing to make extra money for the holiday, then you can read this article about how to become a search engine evaluator to find out more.

 

67. Do consulting.

If you work or worked in a job that lends itself to doing so, becoming a consultant or coach in the same field is an excellent fit and can be very lucrative. It’s another great possibility for a side job you can do from home. Put all of that experience and knowledge you gained to good use!

Or turn one of your hobbies or passions into a side job by offering consulting related to that topic. Check out indeed.com and similar sites for opportunities.

 

68. Work as a social media manager.

Working as a social media manager could be another great option for making extra money. If you are good at social media, this could be the perfect job for you.

As a social media manager, you manage social media accounts for one or more clients. You might publish (and even write) content for various social media platforms, as well as work in other ways (such as through advertising) to increase social media reach and followers. Check out indeed.com and Upwork for opportunities.

 

69. Be a virtual job recruiter.

Virtual job recruiters work remotely online to find and screen job applicants and perform job candidate interviews in order to help companies find the best new hires.

They often post jobs, review resumes, negotiate salaries, check references and do background checks, and do other related tasks. If you have a background in human resource or business, you may want to explore this career.

 

70. Do custodial work.

Working as a custodian may be a great option for you if you need (or want) a job where you work in the evenings, where you do not have to work with a lot of people, where you might be able to have a somewhat flexible schedule where you can come and go when you need to, or where you just really enjoy helping to keep things clean and orderly.

 

71. Decorate people’s homes or hang lights for Christmas.

 If you love to decorate for the holidays and string lights and things like that, you can make some extra cash for Christmas that way!

 

72. Wrap Christmas presents.

If you have a talent for wrapping gifts, why not make some money doing it? Many retailers offer gift wrapping for a fee (or sometimes for free with purchase) during the holiday season, so check with local retailers for job opportunities.

 

73. Do freelance illustration.

If you love to draw and are good at it, you can make good money as an illustrator for books or movie production or the like. Most illustrators do have a degree or certification.

 

74. Do videography.

If you would rather be behind the camera than in front of it, videography might be a fun gig for you. You can make a good living recording documentaries, trainings, commercials, short films, seminars and workshops, weddings, birthday parties, sports events, and similar events.

 

75. Buy and resell stuff.

A great way to make some quick cash, where you can make good money especially if you have a good eye for deals, is to buy and resell stuff. You can even start with much of your own stuff around the house that you no longer use!

Some great places where you can buy and sell stuff online include the following (and of course there are many others, as well):

  • Local online classifieds
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Etsy

 

76. Work as a valet for holiday events.

 In many big cities, you can find venues that hire valets, such as hospitals, sporting event centers, holiday parties and activities, and more. You can also work as a valet for private individuals during their holiday parties and other events.

 

77. Trade in stuff to Amazon to get gift cards.

Another way to earn a little extra money (or its equivalent) during the holidays is to trade in some of your electronics and such like smartphone, tablet, laptop, and so on to Amazon through Amazon Trade-In, and get Amazon gift cards in return.

 

 

78. Sell your photos to make some extra cash for the holidays.

You do not necessarily have to be a professional photographer with a super fancy camera to make money taking photos. You can also sell the photos you take just on your smartphone for easy cash for Christmas. I have read that Shutterstock, Scoopshot, Etsy, Fotomoto, and Snapped4u are good places to sell your photos online, to name a few.

 

79. Have a garage sale or yard sale.

 Especially if you live in a place with a warmer climate, having a garage sale or yard sale (or even a virtual yard sale through a page on Facebook, for example) can be a great way to bring in some quick cash for the Christmas season.

80. Start a money-making blog!

I include this opportunity last in my list of ways to make extra money for Christmas because blogging generally takes a little time to start bringing in a good income, but blogging is my personal favorite way to earn money!

If you started blogging now, it could definitely be making an awesome side income by next Christmas!

I love blogging (what I really mean to say is, I love, love, love blogging because it’s one of the best jobs ever! 🙂) because of the limitless earning potential and, even more, because I love to write and to share my thoughts about personal finance and help people win with their money!

And I love blogging because you totally work on your own schedule, from home or from anywhere you want! I started my blog a little over a year ago, and it can take some time before you are making a significant income from it. But for the last several months now I have made $1,500 to $2,000 a month consistently, and that is working part-time on top of my full-time editing job, while raising three young kiddos!

If you think blogging might be a fun and rewarding job for you, read this article to learn how to create a profitable blog. You can also read about some amazing income reports of bloggers here. I personally know bloggers who make $10,000, $20,000, $50,000, $100,000 and more a month! It’s incredible! With blogging, the sky really is the limit as far as income potential.

There are several ways that you can earn income as a blogger, including the following: affiliate marketing, guest posts, advertising, subscription or membership fees, and selling products.

If you’re interested in creating a profitable blog, I recommend the Blog by Number course and ebook by Suzi Whitford. It’s the inexpensive (it costs less than $100) course that I took to get started as a newbie blogger. You can complete the course in less than three hours (but not all in one sitting, unless you want to! :)) and have an excellent introduction to how to start a blog and how to begin monetizing it in order to earn money.

 

Would Blogging Be a Good Fit for You?

 

Are you looking for a possible change in career? Are you burned out or tired of the corporate grind or looking for a new (and awesome!) career path? Do you like to discover and try new things? Are you looking to learn and grow in new ways or looking for a new challenge? If you are ready for a change and for a potentially fun way to make extra money for Christmas or at any time of the year, then check out this article on how to start a profitable money-making blog.

Would you love to have more control over your earning potential and be able to make an incredible income? Do you enjoy writing or communicating with others? Have you ever thought about becoming a blogger to earn some extra income from home or even perhaps as a full-time, work-from-anywhere career? (I know bloggers who make between $10,000 and $100,000+ a month from their blogs.)

Would you like complete autonomy in your work and a more flexible work schedule? Do you long to work from home in order to be with your children or be able to help take care of your parents? Would you love to teach others about something you are completely passionate about? Do you enjoy helping others to make positive changes in their lives and really succeed? If so, then blogging could be a great career for you!

If you are interested in learning about making money as a blogger, read this article to find out how to start a profitable blog.

 

Final Thoughts on Making Extra Money for Christmas

As you can see, the opportunities for making  extra money for Christmas are pretty broad (and I really probably just scratched the surface here!).

There has likely never been a time when there have been so many great options for being able to earn extra money. So try one of these jobs or side hustles today to help you reach your financial dreams, such as paying off your debt, saving an emergency fund, or beginning to invest for retirement.

For more information related to finding side hustles or side jobs you can do from home, check out these articles on the best online jobs, the best ways to increase your income, and the best work-from-home jobs. And for an informative and entertaining podcast on this topic, I recommend Nick Roper’s Side Hustle Nation.

 

What opportunities have you pursued to make  extra money for the holidays? What would you recommend that others to to make money for Christmas?

I would love to hear your ideas, so leave a comment below and let me know!

 

Would Blogging Be a Good Fit for You?

Are you looking for a possible change in career? Are you burned out or tired of the corporate grind or looking for a new (and awesome!) career path? Do you like to discover and try new things? Are you looking to learn and grow in new ways or looking for a new challenge?

Would you love to have more control over your earning potential and be able to make an incredible income? Do you enjoy writing or communicating with others? Have you ever thought about becoming a blogger to earn some extra income from home or even perhaps as a full-time, work-from-anywhere career? (I know bloggers who make between $10,000 and $100,000+ a month from their blogs.)

Would you like complete autonomy in your work and a more flexible work schedule? Do you long to work from home in order to be with your children or be able to help take care of your parents? Would you love to teach others about something you are completely passionate about? Do you enjoy helping others to make positive changes in their lives and really succeed? If so, then blogging could be a great career for you!

If you are interested in learning about making money as a blogger, read this article to find out how to start a profitable blog.

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14 Best Tips to Help You Get the Job You Love!

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How to Get the Job You Love

In this article I am going to help you know how to get the job you love!

Maybe you are a recent college graduate looking for your first “real” job. Or maybe you’re a few years (or maybe many more) into your career but you just want to find a career or a company that ignites your passion and gives you the opportunity to learn and grow and feel rewarded for a job well done.

 

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Best Tips for How to Get the Job You Love!

According to a recent study, more than two-thirds (67 percent) of American workers are not engaged at work, and another 18 percent are actively disengaged. This means that close to 90 percent of employees come to work and put in their time, but not necessarily their best work or best ideas.

That makes me really sad. I’m very fortunate—and blessed—that my full-time job is something that I love, editing for a really good company that has a message that I wholeheartedly endorse and that I want to share with the world. If that weren’t the case, I would have looked for something else long before now.

But my priorities have shifted since I started working there more than a decade ago. I have young children now, and I want to be able to be home with them full-time and to have a work schedule where I can work around my day with them, rather than the reverse. So that’s why I have grabbed this opportunity to start a blog (about something else I’m totally passionate about—personal finance!) with both hands and am determined to make it work.

If you want to find a job that you look forward to going to every day and that energizes you rather than drains you (though no job is perfect and few days are perfect—so don’t set yourself up for disappointment by having unrealistic expectations, either!), you’re going to need to have that same determination and drive and motivation to succeed. Whatever your situation, the suggestions below will help you to land a job you love.

 

1. Make finding your dream job a full-time job (or dedicate as much time to it as you can).

If you want to find a great job, you’re going to have to put in the time and effort to make that happen. If you are a recent graduate and not yet employed or if you are in between jobs or are working only part-time, then you should make finding your ideal job your current full-time job—until it happens. The more time you can put into it, the more quickly you are likely to see results.

 

 

2. Network! Talk to as many people as you can about your job search.

Now is not the time to be humble or shy! Now is the time to be bold and confident. That doesn’t mean you should brag or be arrogant, of course, but you can’t be afraid to promote yourself. So let all of your friends and family know what kinds of opportunities you are looking for. Post it on social media. Send an email. Text. Call. And ask if anyone knows of anyone in the industry or company that you are interested in and if they could write you a letter of reference, make a quick call on your behalf with an inquiry about potential job openings or leads, or even introduce you to the person they know over lunch or a similar setting. Network with everyone you can as much as you can. Remember Kevin Bacon and the six degrees? Put that principle to good use. You really probably are not very far from where you want to be and landing the job you seek—you just have to find the right person to help you make it happen.

 

3. Cold call companies directly to find out if they are hiring or if they will be in the future and to ask for an informational interview.

Finding people that you know to help you and put in a good word is the most effective job search method, but if you are not able to find anyone with a connection to the company you want to work for, then find the contact information that you need online and call their HR department or the department you want to work for, if you know, and ask about future hiring and request an informational interview with someone in a position to make hiring decisions or to influence hiring. It’s just possible that during the informational interview they will be won over and offer you a job, even when they don’t have any current openings. Or if not, at the very least you can leave a great impression for the future.

 

4. Search on job search websites and industry-specific online job boards.

There are a lot of good job search engines. I personally prefer indeed.com. Industry-specific online job boards are another great option. Here are 10 industry-specific job boards worth checking out.

 

 

5. Make sure your resume is accurate, up to date, and clean (no grammatical errors or typos!).

When you begin your job hunt, make sure to update your resume so that it is accurate and current. And this should go without saying, but don’t make anything up!

Also make sure that the text is clean. As a professional editor, I understand how easy it is to overlook a typo! But I’m also a little surprised at how many grammar problems and typos I’ve seen in resumes over the years. This is one of the most important documents you will ever create—so take the time to make it as good as possible.

Ask a friend or family member with a good eye for detail to read it over for you and not only help make sure it’s clean but also give you pointers for what you might improve (passive voice you could make active, less important information you could cut, ways to reorganize the information to be more powerful or logical, how you could make the text more persuasive or interesting, and so on). You might also want to hire a professional editor or proofreader to review your resume for you. Upwork and Craigslist are good places to look for help.

 

6. Include measurable accomplishments on your resume (include concrete numbers and percentages whenever possible).

To help you show the value you would bring to their company, be sure to include (but again, don’t embellish!) numbers and percentages wherever you can. Don’t just say “Helped to reduce overhead and increase profits.” Instead, say “Helped to reduce overhead by 22 percent over two years by contracting with a new shipping vendor. Helped to increase profits by 14 percent last year by introducing a new streamlined product review process that was adopted by my department.”

 

7. Work on your interpersonal skills as you work to get the job you love.

If there are areas that you feel you could work on to improve your interpersonal skills, work on them! If you are naturally more reserved, for example, make a conscious effort to put yourself outside of your comfort zone so that you will gain experience in those kinds of situations. On the other hand, if you have heard from friends or family that your personality is a little abrasive or your behavior is overall a little overly loud or boisterous, work on toning things down a little. If you haven’t had as much actual in-person interaction as you would like because you do most of your communicating electronically, find ways to reverse this trend.

 

8. Research companies before you interview so you will be better prepared.

Spend a good amount of time Google-stalking your prospective companies to find out more about them and their place in the industry and company culture and so forth. When I applied for my first job out of college, I spent at least a few hours reviewing the company’s website to learn about them so that I would be well prepared for my upcoming interview. And I think it showed, by the kinds of thoughtful questions I was able to ask and the responses I was able to give. (I got the job. :))

 

9. Do practice interviews to help you get the job you love.

To prepare for upcoming interviews, ask a friend or family member (or a few of them) to ask you potential interview questions and give you feedback on what you can say or do to improve (for example, to let you know if you have any strange mannerisms, such as tapping your fingers or feet or looking down when you are talking, that you should avoid doing). Even if you don’t get asked many of the same (or any of the same, for that matter) questions as you answer during practice, the most important thing is that the practice can help you be confident preparing and giving answers.

 


10. Seek an internship (paid or unpaid) or even volunteer with the company you really want to work for.

If there aren’t any immediate openings available, or if you perhaps don’t quite yet have the experience needed to land the job you really want, then ask if there are internship or volunteer opportunities at the place you really want to work. If they don’t currently have an internship program, express your heartfelt and sincere interest, and ask them if they might be willing to start one.

If that isn’t a possibility, then ask if volunteering is an option. I know of at least one case where someone worked as a volunteer for an organization with the hope that she might show her worth in order to be hired for a full-time position, and it worked.

And even if you complete the internship and the company you really wanted to work for long-term still doesn’t have any openings, you will have gained invaluable experience that you can use to boost your resume and find a great position with another company. And in the meantime, you can ask that the company that you interned with keep you in mind for future opportunities.

 

11. Consider relocating if needed.

If there is a career field you really want to enter or a career path you really want to pursue, you may need to be willing to relocate. If the labor market is a little oversaturated where you are in the industry you work in or just in general, you will have an easier time looking for other opportunities in different communities or even out of state or across the country.

 

12. Don’t give up.

If you aren’t successful in finding a job that really lights your fire, don’t give up! Set a reminder in your phone to look again in three or six months. Or set a reminder in your phone to look one evening a week, if you’re really serious about making a switch. You can also set up alerts on websites like indeed.com so that you will be notified when new job opportunities come up that meet the criteria you set. Some companies also have their own job search sites, so you might be able to set up email alerts directly on the job search sites of the companies you really want to work for.

 

13. Consider if you might need to receive more schooling or training to get the job you love.

If you are applying for positions but not being invited for interviews or not getting the job after the interview, you might need to consider if you are getting passed over for other more experienced workers. It might be time to look seriously at increasing your education by going back to school or arranging for other job-related training. There may be online courses available through Lynda.com, Skillshare, Udemy, or Teachable that might help you gain the skills you need. Just try to ensure that whatever money you spend will have a good ROI (return on [time and money] investment).

 

14. Consider if self-employment might be your best option in order to get the job you love.

When I graduated from college, I had no interest in being self-employed because of the inherent risks of not having a steady paycheck from a relatively stable company. Now, 15 years later, both of the companies I have worked for have had layoffs, and because of that and other experiences I’ve had, I believe that working for a company might be the riskier venture.

If you are in a career field or have the needed skills and training where you can work for yourself, consider if that is a viable option. When you are self-employed, you can have many “employers,” so if one of them drops you, the result isn’t so devastating as it would be if you got laid off and suddenly lost all of your income. Not to mention, there are many other benefits of being self-employed.

 

Conclusion

You may be working in your career for 20, 30, or 40 years—or more. So take the time to find a job you love!

If you don’t currently have a job, then find the best one you can for now in order to pay the bills and keep the electricity on, but then keep working in the meantime to find the job you really want. And then find the job you were called to do. Find the job that you love so much that working doesn’t feel like work because you would pay to do what you are instead being paid to do. Those jobs exist. So don’t give up on that dream!

 

What are your best ideas for how to get the job you love? What have you done in the past to get the job you love? Leave a comment below and let me know!

 

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13 Best Work from Home Productivity Tips {Get More Done in Less Time!}

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Best Work from Home Productivity Tips

You can use these work from home productivity tips to be successful whether you work from home just temporarily or whether you work from home all the time!

Are you a parent who wants to be able to work from home so that you don’t have to send your children to daycare? Or are you an introvert who prefers to work from home rather than in a corporate office? Or do you have an entrepreneurial spirit that calls you to work for yourself, and you work from home so that you can control your own income, schedule, and destiny?

In this post I am going to answer the question, How can you improve productivity when working from home? Fortunately, there are many quick and simple fixes that you can do right away, starting today, that cost no money at all!

Whatever your reason for working from home, you can find helpful tips for success! Read this article to find simple steps for how to be productive working from home!

 

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How Can I Work from Home Effectively?

To be able to work from home effectively, I think a big part of your success lies in your mind-set.

The tips in this article will help you to work effectively from home and be as productive as possible, 

But in order for these tips to work, you do have to start first with your mind-set. You have to decide that you can work well from home.

You have to be willing to make the changes that you might need to in order to be successful. You may need to develop new habits and get rid of old, bad ones. You will want to try new things and experiment to find out what works best for you in your unique circumstances.

Whether you are working from home because you want to (like me; love it!) or because you have to, I believe that deciding that you will be successful and then committing to do what you need to to be successful is more than half the battle. 

 

Is Working from Home More Productive? 

I think that the question of is working from home more productive is one that each person has to answer for herself or himself. I 100% believe that working from home can be more productive. For me, I am even more productive at home than I am in the office.

But each person is different and the situation of each person is different. If you are disciplined (or if you are willing to become disciplined), than working from home can work out great, and you can be more productive working from home than working in the office.

For one thing, you will not have the distraction of all of your other coworkers. You will not have all of the water cooler chit chat that often goes on in the office.

You will probably not have as many meetings working from home as you do in the office (even when options like Zoom or Microsoft Teams are readily available).

And with fewer meetings, you can time block more effectively, as well. By designating specific time to get done the main tasks that you need to, you are prioritizing and making sure that you get done the most essential things.

Read on to find the list of my best work from home productivity tips!

The Best Work from Home Productivity Tips

These 13 tips will help you to stay focused and productive while you work from home (or anywhere :)).

1. Make a conscious, dedicated effort to give your best to your job.

Decide that you are going to work while you’re at work (even when that’s figurative, while you’re working from home).

 

 

2. Minimize distractions.

Try to have as few distractions as possible. For example, use headphones with white noise (waves from YouTube work great!) or noise canceling headphones when you really need to focus, if that’s a feasible option for you.

3. Prioritize tasks.

Do your most important tasks or those that require the most focus while children are napping or keeping themselves entertained playing. If your schedule allows for the flexibility, you may even want to get up early in the morning and do your most important tasks before the kids get up or do them after the kids go to bed at night, if you can. 

 

4. Do the most important things first.

Related to the item just above, try to always get the most important things done first. And try to get those most important things done without them being a casualty of getting the most urgent things done.

In other words, if the most urgent things are not the most important things, try to spend less time on them so that you can focus on the most important things as much as possible.

Realize that there will likely be many days where you simply cannot get done all that you need to or would like to. So you have to not only prioritze your time, but you have to be OK with not getting everything done on your to-do list.

Each day, create a prioritized to-do list, with the tasks listed from most important to less important. You can do this by simply putting a number 1 by the most important task in the list, a 2 by the second most important task, and so on; you don’t have to create a whole new list unless you want to. (If you do want to, scratch paper is great for this. :))

Then start your day by tackling the most important thing. Then move on to the next, and then the next.

At the end of the day, for whatever you did not get done, decide if it really still needs to get done. If it does, move it to a new to-do list for tomorrow.

 

5. Know what your major goals are.

Another important work from home productivity tip to make the most of the time you have is to know what it is you really want to accomplish. Like the Cheshire cat says in Alice in Wonderland, if you don’t know where you want to go, it doesn’t really matter which direction you head in.

Similarly, if you don’t know what you really need to accomplish most in your work or what you really want to do in your life, then it doesn’t really matter that much what you spend your time doing, in the grand scheme of things.

So always keep your big, overarching goals in mind as you plan your work and your life.

6. Consider using productivity apps like Focus@Will, Focus Booster, or Rescue Time.

These apps are great for helping you to know where your time is being spent so you can improve your overall productivity or to help you stay on task to get your work done.

 

In addition, apps like Google Keep, Evernote, and MyLifeOrganized are great apps to help you make sure you can easily manage and conquer your to-do list.
 

7. Make sure you are comfortable.

Find ways to be comfortable while working at home. That might mean trying different rooms in your house, different furniture, different lighting, and so on that you have available to you at home.

If you are uncomfortable and don’t have any furniture that is ergonomical, consider looking into purchasing some economical ergonomic office furniture. You might be able to find some secondhand furniture that works well, for example.

8. Take short breaks or give yourself little rewards.

If it helps you to stay focused and be able to work better or for longer stretches of time, work short breaks into your schedule where you stretch, get up and take a short little walk, check social media, or do other nonwork activities.

If rewards will motivate you, you might allow yourself a little midmorning or midafternoon snack after you complete one part of a project or a particular task, for example.

9. Set up a routine and find easy ways to keep the kiddos entertained.

If you are working from home with young kiddos underfoot, then this one is huge!

You have probably heard that kids thrive on routine, so when working from home, set up a routine for all of you who are home. If you can keep the same kinds of activities happening at roughly the same time of the day each day, that will help your children to both know what to expect and to feel more secure in their environment.

Part of that routine is finding simple and fun ways to keep the kiddos entertained when needed.

As I mentioned above, it is a great idea to get your most important work done while the kiddos are sleeping, if you can.

 

But there are also lots of things (so many things!) you can do to keep the kiddos entertained while you work when they are awake!

 

Are there toys your kiddos haven’t played with for a while? Bring them out, and they’ll feel like new again! (I love this one!)

Bring out the large mixing spoons and spatulas and your pots and pans, and let your young kiddos beat away on these fun makeshift musical instruments!

You might also buy inexpensive toys, coloring books, and other books at the dollar store to spark their interest.

Puzzles, wooden blocks, and Lego and MegaBlock building-type blocks are another great option.

If you have a whiteboard or chalkboard, let the kiddos doodle away for hours of fun!

Also let the kids play outside while you work outside, if you can. Then there are even more viable options, like letting them blow bubbles, play with play dough or molding clay, draw with chalk art on the back patio, paint with water colors, swing, play in the sandbox or dig in the dirt, and more!

If all else fails, if you are in a dire situation where you are up against a rigid tight deadline or have another extenuating circumstance, a little extra TV or time watching kids movies won’t kill them. 🙂 I used to watch quite a bit of TV as a kid after school, and now i rarely watch TV at all. I definitely don’t think that I was damaged for life.

So even if your kiddos watch a little more TV than you would like right now, that does not mean they are destined to be couch potatoes later in life. 🙂

10. Take advantage of quiet time.

 I have heard this tip from other bloggers, and you can bet that when I am able to work from home all of the time, I am going take advantage of this!

With quiet time, once your children are a little bit older, so probably around the age of 4, you have a set amount of time, say two or three hours in the afternoon, where your children have to stay in their room or a playroom, or another area that you designate (it could even be in the same room with you, if that works), and they have to keep themselves enterained. They can play, read, color, draw, or even sleep, but they are on their own to entertain themselves for that set amount of time.

Like with any new routine, this may be a bit of a struggle at first, but as you are consistent, it will become easier!

 11. Plan and prepare for your next day of work.

Each day, take just a few minutes to plan and prepare for the next day. This is potentially one of the most powerful items on this list.

Before you end your work for the day in the afternoon or evening, take just a few minutes to make a list of the most important things that you need to get done the next day.

This will ensure that you can hit the ground running tomorrow morning right when you begin to work, and you will not have to exert the mental effort to try and remember what you were doing the day before. 

12. Do prep work the night before to save yourself from a hectic morning.

Similarly, in the late evening when your energy and perhaps your brainpower are perhaps at their lowest and you don’t want to do tasks that tax your brain too much, you can still do simple things to prepare for the next day.

Accomplishing simple but important to-dos the night before can really help set you up for a productive and successful start to your next day, such as choosing what you will wear the next day (and also preparing your workout clothes, if you are wanting to exercise sometime during the day) and preparing your make-at-home lunch (<< find more than 20 ideas for inexpensive lunches in this awesome article!).

Pro tip: Learn how taking a few minutes each day and preparing an inexpensive lunch to eat at home (rather than buying lunch) can turn you into a millionaire. Really!

13. Get up earlier.

I know I mentioned this earlier as part of getting the most important tasks done first, but it is so important that I think it merits its own place in the list, as well.

Getting up earlier is perhaps my very best work from home productivity tip. If you want (or need!) a few hours of uninterrupted, quiet, super productive time, get up earlier, before everyone else in the house.

How many times have you wished that you had an extra hour or two in your day? Well, by waking up earlier, you will!

If you feel like you do not have enough time in the day or you just want or need to get more done, then make a commitment to yourself to get up earlier every. single. day (except Sundays, if you take that day off; I don’t work on Sundays and instead dedicate that time to church and family and taking the day off from the pressing demands of the rest of the week, and I recommend that you do, too :)).

I know it can be hard to get up earlier. I know it means you may feel tired in the morning after you get up. But one of the best ways to create more time in your day (it works like magic!) really is to have the self-discipline to get up earlier. If you normally get up at 6 or 7, for example, get up at 3 or 4 or 5.

Believe me, I know that that might sound kind of crazy! Before I started blogging, I definitely thought that getting up at 5 was plenty early enough! And I rarely got up that early. Once I ditched my hour and a half long commute each way (oh, happy, happy day!), I generally got up between 6 and 7 (and 6 only during the summer months, when I would get up earlier to go running outside).

But once I got really serious about blogging to make money and learned about the early morning—or sometimes late night, or both (that’s now me!)—habits of many pro bloggers, I gave up my blissful sleep to have a few extra hours in the morning to myself, where the house is quiet and there are no distractions.

And if you really want to get more done, no matter what it is you have or want to do, then getting up a couple of hours earlier each day is one of the very best ways that you can do it.

 

And here is another awesome benefit of getting up early:

If you are having a hard time making ends meet and could use some extra income (and who couldn’t?!), getting up earlier is also an excellent way to have time available to spend on an awesome side hustle (learn about 19 awesome side hustles you can do from home!) to make more money!

I have been doing freelance writing and editing since before I graduated from college, and doing a side hustle it is a great way to increase your income. You  can also learn the simple steps to start a side hustle here.

Are you interested in making some extra money from home? Have you thought about starting a money-making blog from home? Blogging has changed my life, and I really do believe that blogging is the best job ever!

Curious and ready to learn more? You can learn about many of the amazing benefits of blogging here!

 

Conclusion

There are so many things you can do to increase your productivity; I have really probably just scratched the surface here. But these simple productivity tips for working from home really can help you to have a more successful (and therefore enjoyable and less stressful) day.

As with so many things in life, the key to managing your time well is to have a solid plan. And with that plan, you really can (and will!) accomplish amazing things every day. And over the years, you will be astounded at what you have been able to achieve.

 

What are your best work from home productivity tips? Are there any of these items that you have already been doing for years? If so, what have been the results? What have you been able to achieve? I would love to hear about your successes (or your challenges)! Leave a comment below and let me know!

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27 Awesome Freelance Writing Jobs {You Can Do from Home, or Anywhere!}

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Freelance Writing Jobs

In this article I am going to discuss some of the best potential freelance writing jobs available for those who love to write and who are looking for awesome freelance opportunities.

 

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27 Amazing Potential Freelance Writing Jobs

As an English major and a professional editor and freelance writer (and now blogger!), writing is something that is near and dear to me. If you are able to write (and therefore communicate) effectively, there are many job opportunities that are available to you as a freelance writer.

Many of these job opportunities are directly related to writing, like the majority of the freelance writing jobs that I will mention in this article, but they don’t have to be. Freelance writers can work in any job where effective and persuasive communication is a must. If you’re a writer at heart like me, there are some great freelance writing jobs available in today’s job market. Read below to learn about more than 20 of them.

 

1. Become a professional blogger.

My favorite freelance writing job is blogging. 🙂

I admit that I put this potential freelance writing job first because it’s my personal favorite! I love blogging (what I really mean to say is, it’s one of the best jobs ever!) because of the limitless earning potential and, even more, because I love to write and to share my thoughts about personal finance and help people win with their money! And I love blogging because you totally work on your own schedule, from home or from anywhere you want!

And I love blogging because you totally work on your own schedule, from home or from anywhere you want! I started my blog a little over a year ago, and it can take some time before you are making a significant income from it. But for the last several months now I have made $1,500 to $2,000 a month consistently, and that is working part-time on top of my full-time editing job, while raising three young kiddos! 

Read this article to learn how to create a profitable blog. You can also read about some amazing income reports of bloggers here. I know of bloggers who make $10,000, $20,000, $50,000, $100,000 and more a month! It’s incredible!

There are several ways that you can earn income as a blogger, including the following: affiliate marketing (see below), guest posts, advertising, subscription or membership fees, and selling products.

If you’re interested in creating a profitable blog, I recommend the Blog by Number course and ebook by Suzi Whitford. It’s the course that I took to get started as a new blogger. (And it is super affordable; less than $100 for the both the course and ebook!) You can complete the course in less than three hours (but not all in one sitting, unless you want to! :)) and have an excellent introduction to how to start a blog and how to begin monetizing it in order to earn money.

 

Would Blogging Be a Good Fit for You?

Ae you looking for a possible change in career? Are you burned out or tired of the corporate grind or looking for a new (and awesome!) career path? Do you like to discover and try new things? Are you looking to learn and grow in new ways or looking for a new challenge?

Would you love to have more control over your earning potential and be able to make an incredible income? Do you enjoy writing or communicating with others? Have you ever thought about becoming a blogger to earn some extra income from home or even perhaps as a full-time, work-from-anywhere career? (I know bloggers who make between $10,000 and $100,000+ a month from their blogs.)

Would you like complete autonomy in your work and a more flexible work schedule? Do you long to work from home in order to be with your children or be able to help take care of your parents? Would you love to teach others about something you are completely passionate about? Do you enjoy helping others to make positive changes in their lives and really succeed? If so, then blogging could be a great career for you!

If you are interested in learning about making money as a blogger, read this article to find out how to start a profitable blog.

 

 

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2. Do freelance editing.

 

Another great potential freelance writing job is to do freelance editing.

 

I earned my degree in English and did a minor in editing (now they even have the major available in editing!), and I have worked as a professional editor for my full-time job for 15 years and have also been doing freelance editing and writing for 15 years. I really enjoy the work because I get to learn a lot of cool things and learn about subjects I probably never would otherwise. To find freelance editing and writing jobs, check out Upwork or indeed.com to see the many opportunities available. Turn your passion or hobby into an awesome part-time or full-time income!

 

 

 

3. Do freelance proofreading.

 

In addition to freelance writing and editing, freelance proofreading is another great option! If you have an excellent eye for detail, being a professional freelance proofreader might be just the job for you! If you’re interested in this line of work but don’t have any former training as a proofreader, check out this excellent, free 60-minute workshop by my friend Caitlin Pyle from Proofread Anywhere to learn more about becoming a professional freelance proofreader.

 

Discover how you can get started and begin earning money as a proofreader today! If you enjoy reading and are a detail oriented, conscientious, and thorough person, proofreading could be a great career for you! Sign up for this excellent, free 60-minute workshop now to learn more!

 

 

 

4. Become an affiliate marketer.

 

You can earn an amazing income through affiliate marketing! It’s another awesome potential freelance writing job. It was actually through reading the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, who makes more than $50,000 a month through affiliate marketing, that I first realized the incredible earning potential of blogging in general and affiliate marketing in particular.

 

And when I decided that I was going to go all in and give blogging my best effort to see if I could become a full-time blogger, Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing was the first course that I bought. In the course, Michelle walks you through the basics of affiliate marketing and the best ways to make money through affiliate marketing.

 

If you believe that starting a blog (or even using Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest or other social media sites) to earn affiliate income is something you would enjoy and be good at, then I strongly recommend that you take Michelle’s course and incorporate affiliate marketing as one of your methods of generating income.

 

Read this article for more information on what affiliate marketing is and how it can be used by freelance writers to earn an amazing income.

 

 

 

5. Write books or ebooks.

 

Writing books or ebooks is another great freelance writing opportunity. These days, it is easier than it has ever been before to self-publish books and ebooks! You can self-publish and sell your books on Amazon or another site, or you can sell them on your own website or blog. And you do not need any fancy software to do it. You can create the text in Word and use a free tool like Canva to design your cover, add images, and more!

 

Because I graduated with an English degree (though this is apparently true of most Americans—I read a statistic recently that 81 percent of Americans want to write a book someday), I’ve always had the idea of writing a book in the back of my mind. And because I love personal finance and have for almost 15 years now, I have definitely thought about writing a book about personal finance.

 

And that’s one of the reasons that I started writing on this blog, was to have a way to work to put out great content and gain an audience so that I could write personal finance books that will really help many people to change their lives. You can do the same thing in the niche that you are passionate about!

 

For a great resource for how to publish your first ebook, I highly recommend the course Ebook by Number, by Suzi Whitford. In the course, she teaches you how to write, design, and launch your first ebook! I have taken several of Suzi’s courses, and they have all been excellent. She teaches in a fun, personable way that makes the content easy to learn. And she really cares about her students and helping them to be successful!

 

You can also turn your ebook into an audiobook with Audible so that it is available in another format, which can broaden your reach (and your revenue) even farther.

 

 

 

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6. Develop online courses.

 

Creating online courses can be another great freelance writing job. If you have something that you are passionate about and know a lot about, then developing a course on that subject could be a great way to monetize your know-how!

 

One easy way to do that is to take your content from a book or ebook and develop it into a course. Once you have written one or more books, you can look at expanding that content into online courses using platforms such as Teachable, Udemy, and Thinkific. One great thing about these platforms is that you can build your course for free and then pay a percentage of your earnings as people actually buy the courses, so there is not a lot of up-front costs.

 

To learn how to create your first course, I recommend Course by Number by Suzi Whitford. This course, like all of her courses, is an easy to understand, engaging resource that walks you through the process of creating your first course step by step!

 

 

 

7. Do email marketing.

 

Email marketing is still one of the best ways to generate sales. You can do email marketing to promote your freelance writing, as a way to make money blogging, or to promote any online or brick-and-mortar business that you already have or that you create.

 

One effective method of email marketing is to create a product funnel using a series of emails that provide helpful information to your audience, where you teach them and encourage them and also gently lead them to buy products or services (either your own or someone else’s, in which case you get a commission through partnerships or affiliate marketing).

 

For a great resource on how to do effective email marketing, I recommend Suzi Whitford’s course List by Number.

 

 

8. Be a content strategist.

Content strategists plan, create, and manage online content for businesses. They use search engine optimization (SEO) techniques and study site analytics to determine what kind of content is working and to adapt content as needed.

 

9. Become a copy writer.

Copy writers write advertising copy in order to promote sales of a company’s products and services. You can find many available freelance writing jobs for copy writers on sites like Upwork and indeed.com.

 

10. Work as a technical writer.

 Technical writers create user guides, instructional manuals, handbooks, and similar technical publications. They are able to take technical jargon and write it in a way that makes sense to average readers. They work with subject matter experts to gather information and document and explain often complex processes. Technical writers are in fairly high demand and generally make very good salaries. Check out indeed.com or your favorite job board website for opportunities. 

 

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11. Teach college or private high school English and related courses.

Even without a teaching degree, you can teach English, literature, and related courses at colleges and private high schools if you have adequate experience and education (such as a master’s degree, for community colleges). To teach in many private high schools, a bachelor degree in a related field is often sufficient.

 

 

 

 12. Be a speechwriter.

Another great freelance writing job is to be a speechwriter. Speechwriters often work with government officials and politicians, business leaders, celebrities, and other public figures to help them craft their public messaging. They can also work with public relations firms. They often have degrees in English, journalism, communications, or political science.

 

13. Be a screenwriter.

Do you love the film and video industry? Then you may want to explore working as a screenwriter. Screenwriters develop movie and television show scripts, adapt novels and nonfiction works for film, write episodes of TV shows, write commercial scripts, and more.

 

14. Work as a journalist or columnist.

If you enjoy keeping up with current events and interviewing people, you may make a good journalist or columnist. A journalist is someone who writes for newspapers, magazines, or news websites. A columnist is similar to a journalist, but generally does not write for just one news outlet. The number of these professionals has declined in recent years, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pursue this career if you are interested in it.

 

15. Work as a communications specialist.

Being a communications specialist is another great career option for freelance writers. Communications specialists represent companies and organizations in their correspondence with others. They often work with public relations specialists to craft messages such as press releases and to respond to media requests. They can also help to manage public events on behalf of the organization they represent. They often work with marketing teams and PR representatives to ensure a positive and consistent message that accurately represents a company and helps to build their brand and build customer loyalty.

 

16. Become a web content writer.

As a web content writer, you work for a company (or possibly more than one, as a contract employee or freelancer) to research and write content for the web such as articles, landing page content, and blog posts. Being familiar with search engine optimization techniques is a must.

 

17. Be a grant writer.

Grant writers use their persuasive skills to write to potential donors to secure funding for their nonprofit or other organization. Many organizations use them as one of their primary means of receiving funding. Check out indeed.com or similar sites for opportunities.

 

18. Be a proposal writer.

Proposal writers often prepare written materials to persuade businesses to buy products or services, generally by preparing documents related to pricing and marketing. They review requests for proposals (RFP) in order to develop solid proposals to secure business contracts.

 

19. Become a ghostwriter.

Ghostwriting is another great option for finding freelance writing jobs. Ghostwriters work behind the scenes to write material for books, blogs, or social media content. As a ghostwriter, you help take someone else’s ideas, research, or history and turn it into compelling content. It can be a lot of fun!

 

20. Become a travel writer.

If you love to visit new places, look into becoming a travel writer, where you create content for publications such as travel magazines and guidebooks, blogs, and articles. Bon voyage!

You can also become a travel blogger, and make good money that way! Heather and Pete Reese of It’s a Lovely Life make over $30,000 a month from their travel blog (not to mention they get to go to amazing places with their girls!). 

 

21. Work as a social media manager.

If you are good at social media, this could be the perfect job for you. As a social media manager, you manage social media accounts for one or more clients. You might publish (and even write) content for various social media platforms, as well as work in other ways (such as through advertising) to increase social media reach and followers.

22. Work as a virtual assistant.

Another great job opportunity for freelance writers is to become a virtual assistant. If you enjoy doing administrative work or helping to run social media setup and campaigns, for example, then being a virtual assistant (VA) may be the perfect opportunity for you. As a VA, you work remotely doing tasks such as online research, business writing, data entry, basic bookkeeping, creating or updating databases, preparing presentations, creating infographics, editing in PhotoShop, marketing, setting up or managing webinars or podcasts, and so on.

To learn to be a virtual assistant, check out 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success, which has excellent reviews. Another good option is Introduction to Running a VA Business, available through Skillshare. And if you love Pinterest, the excellent course Become a Pinterest VA Today! by Kristin Larsen and Gina Horkey might be a great option for you.

 

23. Become a historian or genealogist.

If you love history, two other great opportunities for freelance writing jobs are to be a historian or genealogist (family historian). Historians research, analyze, and record historical records and events. Genealogists do the same thing, but with a focus on the events and records as they relate primarily to people and to family relationships.

 

24. Work as a PR representative.

Freelance writers can also make great careers by working as public relations representatives. Public relations representatives or specialists work to establish and maintain a positive public image for the companies they work for. If you are an effective public speaker and persuasive writer who enjoys working with people and building relationships with influencers and others, then this may be a great opportunity for you. As a PR representative, you might work with business owners and shareholders, journalists, bloggers, political figures, and others.

 

25. Be a virtual teacher or tutor.

If you have expertise in a particular topic and love to teach but don’t want to work in a traditional brick-and-mortar school or need more flexibility (so that you can teach as a second job or work in the evenings so you can be a stay-at-home parent, for example), look for opportunities to be a virtual teacher for an online school. With online charter schools and completely online colleges and universities, opportunities are more available than they ever have been.

Online tutoring is another option that can pay well, from $25 an hour and up if you have the right skills and are in the right area. Share your expertise with others and get paid to do it!

Check out indeed.com or other job posting websites for current openings.

 

26. Do data entry.

If you have a good eye for detail and are a good typist, a data entry position (where you enter information, generally by using a computer, into a company’s data system) may be a good choice for you. Many job opportunities are available in this area, so check out indeed.com or your favorite job board site to see what positions are currently open.

 

27. Be a transcriptionist.

Another great potential freelance writing job is to work as a transcriptionist. As a transcriptionist, you type recorded meetings (such as conference or seminar sessions or workshops) and other audio material. If you are a fast and accurate typist, you can make good money with this career.

Conclusion

I’ve included here some of the most popular freelance writing jobs in this article, but there are many others. If you enjoy and are good at writing informative or entertaining content, then becoming a professional freelance writer may be a great fit for you.

For more information related to freelance writing jobs, check out these articles on best online jobs, the best ways to increase your income, the best side hustles you can do from home, and the best work-from-home jobs

Have you worked as a freelance writer? What freelance writing jobs have you had? Or which of the freelance writing jobs listed above would you be most interested in? I would love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment below to let me know!

Could Blogging Be a Good Fit for You?

Ae you looking for a possible change in career? Are you burned out or tired of the corporate grind or looking for a new (and awesome!) career path? Do you like to discover and try new things? Are you looking to learn and grow in new ways or looking for a new challenge?

Would you love to have more control over your earning potential and be able to make an incredible income? Do you enjoy writing or communicating with others? Have you ever thought about becoming a blogger to earn some extra income from home or even perhaps as a full-time, work-from-anywhere career? (I know bloggers who make between $10,000 and $100,000+ a month from their blogs.)

Would you like complete autonomy in your work and a more flexible work schedule? Do you long to work from home in order to be with your children or be able to help take care of your parents? Would you love to teach others about something you are completely passionate about? Do you enjoy helping others to make positive changes in their lives and really succeed? If so, then blogging could be a great career for you!

If you are interested in learning about making money as a blogger, read this article to find out how to start a profitable blog.

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How to Make Money Proofreading as an Awesome Career or Side Hustle!

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How to Make Money Proofreading

Read on to learn how to make money proofreading starting today!

 

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Make Money Proofreading from Home—or Anywhere!

Because I am passionate about parents being able to be home with their children if that is where they want to be (one of the main reasons that I started this blog was so that I could work from home and be with my young children), I often talk about the best ways to make money from home and the different ways to work for yourself.

And I believe strongly that for many people, one of the best ways to be successful in your career is to work for yourself.

When you work for yourself, you set your own hours. You are flexible. You can work around your children’s activities. You can work as much or as little as you want—when you want. And you can set your own rates and make as much money as you want.

One of the perhaps lesser known ways—but really one of the best ways, in my opinion—to be able to work from home for yourself is by doing freelance editing and proofreading. And that is why I want to talk about Proofread Anywhere.

Why Proofreading Is a Great Career Option

I earned a degree in English and have a minor in editing. I have worked as a professional editor for over 15 years, and I have done freelance editing and proofreading for even longer than that—since before I graduated from college.

I love editing and proofreading because I get paid to do something all day that I would do anyway for free given the choice—read! I love all of the things that I learn (sometimes really random, sometimes really relevant—but almost always very interesting)!

And there is an incredibly high demand for proofreading worldwide, and the best part is that you don’t need to be in any specific location to do the job . . . it’s all from your computer or tablet! That is where Proofread Anywhere comes in; they teach the skills to make becoming a highly skilled proofreader a reality.


What Proofreaders Do

Proofreaders really help keep the world going ’round when it comes to publishing by helping ensure that writing is high quality and accurate. When a document or article or book has many grammatical, punctuation, spelling, or other errors, credibility decreases or is lost altogether.

With proofreading, you take content that other people have written and review it carefully for grammatical, capitalization, spelling, punctuation, and other errors to make it perfect.

Is Proofreading Right for YOU?

This line of work is obviously for a very specific type of person who loves to correct grammar, hates when authors use a comma splice, or makes note of spelling mistakes on a restaurant menu.

It does take a certain “eagle eye” ability to be good at proofreading! But it is definitely something that anyone with the interest can learn to do!

Now, how much can you make as a proofreader? Quite a lot! There are proofreaders earning $40,000 or more per year (some of them quite a bit more) working for themselves and loving their jobs.

Interested?

How to Become a Professional Proofreader with Proofread Anywhere

Proofreading is an up-and-coming profession that is in high demand (and looks to become in even greater demand in coming years) due to the rise in popularity of self-publishing!

My friend Caitlin Pyle over at ProofreadAnywhere.com is one of the most talented proofreaders out there, and she has compiled all of her knowledge into a comprehensive course called General Proofreading: Theory & Practice.

She’ll teach you the basics of proofreading to make sure you’re a word-skills superstar. And in some ways even more important than that, after you master the proofreading skills, she’ll show you how to turn this newfound knowledge into a profitable business. As part of the General Proofreading course you’ll learn exactly how to find clients, structure your work days, and run a successful proofreading business. Pretty invaluable stuff, right?

And Who is Caitlin?


Caitlin Pyle is a former freelance proofreader who lives in Florida. That was her primary income ($40,000+ per year!)until she realized that she was just as good at teaching proofreading as she was at actually doing the proofreading itself (so pretty darn good!).

She then created an online transcript proofreading course which now has hundreds of graduates, and almost all of them have incredible success stories.

Her new General Proofreading course is similar to her first course but with a much broader appeal. While her Transcript Proofreading course focuses on proofreading legal transcripts, which takes longer to master, Caitlin’s General Proofreading course will set you up with the skills to grow a business proofreading more generaland fun!types of texts like books, blog posts, resumes, news articles, and more.

This is a perfect opportunity for someone with word skills who’s looking to start working for themselves.

Caitlin and Proofread Anywhere have been featured in everything from Business Insider to Forbes to other online blogs like The Penny Hoarder.

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If you are interested in making more money working for yourself and enjoy reading, check out Caitlin’s General Proofreading course. You won’t regret it!

You’ve got nothing to lose and a whole new world of opportunities to gain. If you have any questions about the course, you can learn more here.

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How to Make $1000 Extra a Month: 75 Awesome Opportunities You Can Start Working on Today!

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How to Make $1,000 Extra a Month!

Are you looking for easy ways to make $1,000 extra a month? When you need extra money to supplement your household income, there are so many options available today! And the majority of them allow you to work from home if you would like to and choose your own hours so that you can work on your own schedule! That is so amazing! You will find dozens of ideas for how to make extra money is this article!

Whether you have lost your job, are attending school or are a parent looking for a part-time job, or are looking for a way to supplement your income with a second job, you can easily make $1,000 a month or more to augment your income by pursuing one of the ideas below!

In this article I discuss some of the best ways to make $1,000 extra a month!

 

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The beneifs of making $1,000 extra a month

What would your family be able to do with $1,000 extra a month? Could you use that money to help you get out of debt more quickly? Think of how quickly you would be able to build up your emergency fund and save up to pay cash for large purchases if you were able to find ways to make extra money! That $1,000 or more might also be the thing that will help your family finally be able to make ends meet or stop living paycheck to paycheck!

You could even use that money just to have as blow money, so that you could take vacations, splurge on dinners out, give to causes you care about, and more without pinching your budget!

There are so many ways that you can make an extra $1,000 a month or more! And many of them are really simple, many of them you can do at home, many of them you can do on a flexible schedule around school, another job, or your kids or other family obligations.

 

 

Where can you find opportunities to make $1,000 extra (or more) a month?

Many of the opportunities I will list below are great for those who want to be entrepreneurs and start a small business of their own, but you can also find opportunities for many of these jobs by checking out websites like indeed.com, monster.com, ziprecruter.com, and linkup.com,

Indeed.com is the one that I use the most (though I have used Monster as well). Another great place to find job opportunities is your local online classifieds and sites like Craigslist (just be careful of scams!).

So, like I said just above, you have to be careful of scams, but in years past I have found freelance editing and writing gigs through Craigslist, so it can be a good way to get the word out there that you are looking for work opportunities.

You can also post your gigs on websites like Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.com. I have used both Upwork and Fiverr to hire freelancers, and I have had overall good experiences with both. In the past Fiverr was initially a place to find gigs for a fairly small fee (originally, just $5), but now you can definitely post rates a lot higher than that.

All of these are great options when you are looking for legitimate ideas for how to make extra money!

 

 

How much do you need to invest in your business to make $1,000 a month?

Fortunately, for many of the jobs below, your initial investment can be very small! Many of them require very little equipment, and many of them require little to no training.

If you do not have much money at all to invest to start a business, that is OK! Many of the jobs below, like blogging, require very little money. For example, when I started my blog, I paid just $15 for my web domain (the website name) and less than $4 a month for the web hosting. The only equipment you need is a laptop and internet connection, but virtually everyone already has that.

Blogging is a great example of a job you can start with virtually no money, but there are many others, such as dog walking and pet sitting, baby sitting, house sitting, getting a job at a restaurant, working retail at the mall, and many, many other opportunities listed below.

Read on to learn more about the many job opportunities available today to make $1,000 or more a month, as your side hustle, part-time job, or even full-time job.

 

75 Jobs Where You Can Make $1,000 Extra a Month (or More!)

If you are looking to bring in part-time money to increase your household income or are looking for a second job to help make ends meet, these are great options! Many of these opportunities below also are great opportunities to make a full-time income, as well!

Read on to learn some of the very best ways that you can earn an extra $1,000 a month! 

 

1. Start a money-making blog.

I admit that I had to start with this idea for making an extra $1,000 a month because blogging is my favorite way to earn money from home! I love blogging (what I really mean to say is, I love, love, love blogging because it’s one of the best jobs ever! 🙂) because of the limitless earning potential and, even more, because I love to write and to share my thoughts about personal finance and help people win with their money!

And I love blogging because you totally work on your own schedule, from home or from anywhere you want! I started my blog a little over a year ago, and it can take some time before you are making a significant income from it. But for the last several months now I have made $1,500 to $2,000 a month consistently, and that is working part-time on top of my full-time editing job, while raising three young kiddos! 

If you think blogging might be a fun and rewarding job for you, read this article to learn how to create a profitable blog. You can also read about some amazing income reports of bloggers here. I personally know bloggers who make $10,000, $20,000, $50,000, $100,000 and more a month! It’s incredible! With blogging, the sky really is the limit as far as income potential.

There are several ways that you can earn income as a blogger, including the following: affiliate marketing, guest posts, advertising, subscription or membership fees, and selling products.

If you’re interested in creating a profitable blog, I recommend the Blog by Number course and ebook by Suzi Whitford. It’s the inexpensive (it costs less than $100) course that I took to get started as a newbie blogger. You can complete the course in less than three hours (but not all in one sitting, unless you want to! :)) and have an excellent introduction to how to start a blog and how to begin monetizing it in order to earn money.

 

Would Blogging Be a Good Fit for You?

Are you looking for a possible change in career? Are you burned out or tired of the corporate grind or looking for a new (and awesome!) career path? Do you like to discover and try new things? Are you looking to learn and grow in new ways or looking for a new challenge?

Would you love to have more control over your earning potential and be able to make an incredible income? Do you enjoy writing or communicating with others? Have you ever thought about becoming a blogger to earn some extra income from home or even perhaps as a full-time, work-from-anywhere career? (I know bloggers who make between $10,000 and $100,000+ a month from their blogs.)

Would you like complete autonomy in your work and a more flexible work schedule? Do you long to work from home in order to be with your children or be able to help take care of your parents? Would you love to teach others about something you are completely passionate about? Do you enjoy helping others to make positive changes in their lives and really succeed? If so, then blogging could be a great career for you!

If you are interested in learning about making money as a blogger, read this article to find out how to start a profitable blog.

 

2. Do editing or proofreading.

If your day job lends itself to freelance work, then you can get additional experience and earn additional income from something you’ve already been trained to do. And also consider whether you have a hobby that you are good at that people are willing to pay for. Chances are, if you have a passion for something and you do it well, there are people who will pay for it!

One great option for freelance work is freelance writing and editing. I’m a full-time editor and I’ve been doing freelance writing and editing since before I graduated from college. In the first few years after I graduated from college and before we had children and while we were working to pay off a lot of debt, I was making close to $1,000 a month doing freelance work. Most of that work I was doing on the commuter bus (my daily commute was more than an hour each way) to and from my regular job, so it was really great to have something to be doing during that time that felt really productive.

In addition to freelance editing, you can also do freelance proofreading. If you enjoy reading and are a detail oriented, conscientious, and thorough person, proofreading could be a great option for you!

Sign up for this excellent, free 60-minute workshop by my friend Caitlyn Pyle from Proofread Anywhere to learn more about becoming a professional freelance proofreader. Discover how you can get started and begin earning money as a proofreader today!

Check out Upwork or indeed.com to see the many opportunities available. Turn your passion or hobby into extra income!

 

3. Do writing.

If you love to write, then there are so many freelance writing opportunities available these days! From writing ad copy to working in public affairs or being a communications specialist to being a blogger like I mentioned above to writing blog articles for others, you can definitely find something that you love!

Another great option is ghost writing articles or even books for others, and if you have a technical bent or background, technical writing can be a great way to earn money, as well. 

4. Become a virtual assistant (VA).

If you enjoy doing administrative work or helping to run social media setup and campaigns, for example, then being a virtual assistant (VA) may be the perfect opportunity for you. As a VA, you work remotely doing tasks such as online research, business writing, data entry, basic bookkeeping, creating or updating databases, preparing presentations, creating infographics, editing in PhotoShop, marketing, setting up or managing webinars or podcasts, and so on. To learn to be a virtual assistant, I recommend taking a course like 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success, which has excellent reviews. Another good option is Introduction to Running a VA Business, available through Skillshare. And if you love Pinterest, the excellent course Become a Pinterest VA Today! by Kristin Larsen and Gina Horkey might be a great option for you.

  

5. Do graphic design.

If you have experience as a graphic designer or graphic artist and the necessary software, put your skills to use working for yourself as a freelancer or as a contract or off-site employee.

 

Check out these related articles:

11 Simple Steps to Start an Awesome Side Hustle
11 Best Ways to Increase Your Income
14 Must-Know Tips for How to Find a Job You Love
11 Amazing Benefits of Blogging
Why Blogging Is the Best Job Ever!

 

 

6. Be a virtual teacher.

If you have expertise in a particular topic and love to teach but don’t want to work in a traditional brick-and-mortar school or need more flexibility (so that you can teach as a second job, for example or teach around your schedule with your kids), look for opportunities to be a virtual teacher for an online school.

With online charter schools and completely online colleges and universities, opportunities are more available than they ever have been.

I have heard great things about VIPKid, where you teach English online to younger Chinese children. The pay is good, and you do not have to have prior teaching experience (but a bachelor’s degree is required). 

 

7. Tutor online.

Online tutoring is another option that can pay well, from $25 and up if you have the right skills and are in the right area. Share your expertise with others and get paid to do it!

Check out indeed.com, monster.com, upwork.com, or your favorite online job site for for current openings.

 

8. Be an audio transcriptionist.

As a transcriptionist, you type recorded meetings (such as conference or seminar sessions or workshops) and other audio material. If you are a fast and accurate typist, you can make good money with this career.

 

9. Be a translator.

Translators are in high demand for many languages, and skilled translators of these languages can charge great rates. Some of the most high-demand and highly compensated languages include Spanish, French, German, Arabic, and Russian. Check out Upwork and indeed.com for opportunities

 

10. Teach a foreign language.

 Another potential job, besides working as a translator, for those who speak another language is to teach that language to others. If you have this skill, teaching soming another language can be a fun and rewarding way to (virtually, or in person) meet other people and also keep your language skills sharp.

 

Check out these related articles:

11 Simple Steps to Start a Side Hustle
11 Best Ways to Increase Your Income
How to Quit a Job You Hate (to Find the One You’ll Love!)

 

11. Be a photographer.

This is another area where you can make good money as a skilled freelancer or off-site employee. Though this can be a more expensive career to get into because of the cost of the equipment, starting with entry-level or used equipment can help keep startup costs in check.

 

12. Work as an accountant or bookkeeper.

If you studied accounting, business management, finance or a related field, then this job of working to track and manage companies’ finances is a natural fit. Visit indeed.com or a similar site to find job postings in your area.

 

 

13. Work as a customer service representative or in a related job.

Some companies, such as JetBlue, have some of their employees work from home full-time. To find current job opportunities, check out my favorite job search site, indeed.com.

 

 

14. Do data entry.

If you have a good eye for detail and are a good typist, a data entry position (where you enter information, generally by using a computer, into a company’s data system) may be a good choice for you. Many job opportunities are available in this area, so check out indeed.com or your favorite job board site to see what positions are currently available.

 

15. Be a home daycare provider, babysitter, or nanny.

If you love children and love to spend time taking care of them, and if you have your own little ones that you want to be able to take care of at home as well, then doing daycare or being a nanny or babysitting in your home can work really well. There are generally state and local regulations that have to be followed depending on the number of children you want to care for, so be sure to do your research beforehand.

  

16. Clean houses.

You can make good money cleaning homes if you are efficient and know how to hustle. I know of people who charge $25 an hour and more to clean homes. You do not have to have much money to start this business and you do not have to have a degree, which makes this job a great option for virtually anyone who wants to earn some extra money or make a change in their career path.

 

17. Wash windows.

Window cleaners wash the outsides, and sometimes the insides, of commercial and residential buildings. The pay can be pretty good, ranging from $15 to $20 an hour or more, especially for really tall buildings. Of course with those tall buildings, having the right equipment to wash windows safely is key!

 

18. Be a hair stylist.

If you love talking to people and have the proper training and have adequate space to set up a salon in your home, being a work-from-home hair stylist could be a great opportunity for you. You can work around your own schedule, and you may even be able to work while your children are napping or playing.

 

 

19. Be a dog trainer.

People love their pets, and they are willing to pay good money to take care of and train them. My brother makes an amazing income as a professional (and award-winning) dog trainer. If you love working with dogs, you may want to obtain the training needed to be an effective dog trainer. It’s pretty demanding work, but it can also be very rewarding.

 

 

20. Be a pet groomer.

If you love animals, this can be another fun way to earn an extra $1,000 a month or more. You do need some basic equipment and supplies, but you do not have to run a pet salon where you rent out space in a building or lease a building space. You can work out of your home or even offer a mobile service that you run out of your van or minivan.

You will need to spend a little bit of money on equipment to be a pet groomer, such as buying shampoos and conditioners, scissors and shears, clippers, nail clippers, and bows and bandanas. But none of the supplies have to be overly expensive.

 

21. Walk dogs.

Walking dogs is an even easier way to earn $1,000 or more a month. You do not have to have any equipment at all, as virtually all pet owners will have leashes for their pets. And, as with many of the jobs listed in this article, you can set flexible hours that work with your schedule.

 

 

22. Offer pet sitting services.

If you love pets but are not in a position in your life where you want to make the long-term commitment of owning a pet yourself, then pet sitting is a great way to both earn extra income and get your furry fix, as well! A great place to find pet sitting opportunities are Rover, PetSitters.org, Fetch, and Care.com.

 

23. Scoop dog poop.

Though this is definitely not a glamorous job, there are people who are willing to pay to have others scoop their pet poop.

 

24. Do house sitting.

Another opportunity where you can make good money (or save good money) is to offer house sitting services. When I was in college my husband and I house sat for my grandparents, and we were able to have free rent for over a year because of it. Pretty sweet! If you are interested in this opportunity, you can check out housitter.com and trustedhousitters.com, for example.

 

 

25. Do yardwork or landscaping.

Doing yardwork or landscaping does require a little bit of equipment, but if you are a homeowner or rent a home, you likely already have much of this equipment. Of course you will need a lawn mower, as well as possibly an edger, pruning shears, shovels and rakes, and so on.

None of this equipment has to be too expensive, though, and if you enjoy working out in the sunshine rather than being inside a building, then this might be a great option for you!

 

26. Shovel snow.

If you are just looking for seasonal work during the winter months, or if you have a seasonal job already lined up for the summer and need something for the winter, then snow removal could be a great opportunity for you to make an extra $1,000 a month or more. You can get by with a snow shovel, but you will probably want to invest in a snow blower, as well. But other than that, the equipment needs are minimal.

 

27. Offer a moving service.

If you have a van or truck, or if you are willing to rent one, then offering a moving service is another option to make extra money every month. Many people do not want the hassle of of having to rent a moving truck that they load and drive themselves, so if you are able and willing to do the physical labor, you can make good money serving others in this way.

 

28. Do junk removal.

If you have a truck or van and are willing to do some physical labor and possibly get a little dirty, you can make good money hauling away trash. One of the benefits of this job, like many of the others in this list of ways to make an extra $1,000 a month, is that you can set your own hours and work as much or as little as you want.

 

29. Do computer tech work.

If you have the skills to repair computers, then this can be a great way to make a good part-time or full-time income. As a computer technician, you might service and repair hardware, install software, or service computer and related equipment. You can receive training and certifications quickly (such as Google’s IT Support Professional Certificate), so this is a great way to start earning a good income quickly. And the job growth for computer technicians is projected to be faster than average in the next 5+ years at least, as well.

 

30. Be a computer programmer.

Another job that can be performed online remotely is to work as a  computer programmer. If you enjoy coding, you can make good money (and often really good money) as a software engineer. Software engineers build software products, develop computer games, and run computer network systems.

 

31. Build websites.

Virtually every business now has a website, so if you know how to create websites, this is a great opportunity to help businesses (and to make a lot of money!). And the pay is good, as well. The average web developer makes $45,000 to $100,000 a year.

 

32. Design websites.

Related to building websites (and in some cases the same thing) is to design websites. Many people initially bootstrap their business by building their website themselves, and then when they are making a little bit of money they are able to go back and hire someone to redisgn it for them. If you enjoy being creative and working with people, then this can a great job for you!

 

33. Write resumes.

Writing resumes is a specialized area of copywriting. Because the resume is the first look an employer has into a job candidate’s skills, getting the resume right is important. And for that reason, many people in professional careers are willing to pay to have their resumes written or refined.

 

34. Manage vending machines.

Managing vending machines can be another great (largely passive) part-time or full-time income stream. Though you do have to take the time to restock the machines once or twice a week (or more, depending on how much traffic they get), this is a great way to make some mostly hands-off income. And you do not need any particular skills to run a vending machine business. My brother does this as a side hustle, and they are able to make a good side income from it.

 

35. Rent wedding furniture and decorations.

This business requires more up-front expenses to get started than many of the other opportunities listed here, but it is another good way to make an extra $1,o00 a month or more in income. And it is something that you could do primarily on weekends if you have a full-time job. But you will need to foot the initial cost of buying the furniture and decorations and you will need a truck or van to haul the furniture and decorations, so this is a business I would not recommend starting unless you have some money saved that you can put into buying the needed equipment.

 

36. Rent out your car, or rent out ad space on your car.

Another way to earn extra income as a side job from home is to rent out your car. Especially if you have a vehicle that doesn’t get used very much, this could be an option for putting it to good use through car-renting services such as Turo.

And if you don’t want to rent out your car but don’t mind turning your car into a portable billboard, you can use a service such as Carvertise to earn some extra cash.

 

37. Rent out space in your home.

If you have extra space in your home, you have a couple of great options for earning extra income.

Rent out spare bedrooms for guests to stay in. If you have one or more extra bedrooms in your home (or have a second or vacation home), renting them out on Airbnb, Booking.com, and similar sites can be a great way to earn extra income.

We’ve been using Airbnb for the last couple of years for virtually all of our travel accommodations (when we’re not camping), and they’re awesome. The hosts have been so great, and we’ve really felt welcomed and at home. And of course the savings can be substantial! Sign up for Airbnb here and receive $40 off your first stay with them! And I just have to include a shameless plug for my angel mother, who has been renting out spare rooms in their beautiful southern Utah home (not an affiliate link :D) for the last couple of years. If you’re in the area to play at Lake Powell or hike in one of the beautiful national parks or other scenic areas nearby and need a place to stay, look them up!

Rent out storage space. Referred to as the “Airbnb of storage,” places like Neighbor, Store with Me, and Store at My House can be another great way for you to earn extra income from your home. If you don’t want to have to worry about being a host for guests but have empty bedrooms in your home, you should look into this peer-to-peer storage option.

Get a roommate. You could also do a more long-term rental arrangement by getting roommates. Depending on where you live and the rental situation in your area, this might not earn you as much as renting your bedrooms out to Airbnb guests, but you might like the lower-maintenance, more passive income better. So why not get some help paying that rent or mortgage payment and potentially gain a close friend (or more than one) at the same time?

 

38. Work at a hotel.

There are many different jobs that you can do at a hotel, from the hotel manager to the housekeeping manager to the concierge to the front desk receptionist. Then there are also the general housekeeping staff, the maintenance crew, the night auditor, the sales manager, and more. Check sites like indeed.com, Monster, ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, and SimplyHired for opportunities.

 

39. Drive for Uber or Lyft.

Driving for Uber or Lyft is another great gig when you want to set your own hours. This is a great way to be your own boss, meet lots of new people, and see new places.

 

40. Be a delivery driver.

There are many opportunities for being a delivery driver these days. You can drive for Amazon, DoorDash, Instacart, Shipt, Dominoes or Pizza Hut, and many, many small local businesses, including furniture and electronic stores, hospitals and medical facilities, restaurants, and more.

 

41. Detail cars.

If you love to make cars look nice and clean, then detailing cars is a great job option for you. Detailing cars includes washing and waxig the car, vacuuming, cleaning the windows, and washing and polishing interior surfaces.

42. Paint rooms or houses.

Painting the interior or exterior of homes can be a great job option, especially when the housing market is booming.

 

43. Be a substitute teacher.

If you love working with children or youth, being a substitute teacher can be a fun, flexible, and very rewarding job option.

44. Be a teachers assistant.

Being a teachers assistant is another great option for those who love to work with children.

45. Coach or referee sporting events.

If you are a sports enthusiast, why not make a little extra cash enjoying something that you love?

 

46. Work as a lifeguard.

Opportunities to work as a lifeguard are available at rec centers in cities throughout the country, at water parks and beaches during the warmer months, and sometimes at resorts or fun destinations like hot springs.

 

47. Sell handmade items on Etsy.

If you are crafty and can make beautiful handmade items, you can make a good living selling them on online stores like Etsy.  

48. Sell printables on Shopify or SendOwl.

Maybe sewing and crafting aren’t your thing, but maybe you can make beautiful printables that you could sell, instead. The great thing is that some design sites like Canva and PicMonkey offer either free or very inexpensive design platforms.

 

49. Write ebooks.

If you are an expert in or passionate and knowledgable about a subject, you can make money by self-publishing and selling ebooks, workbooks, planners, and the like. Again, tools like Canva and PicMonkey make doing the page layout affordable, or you can even create books in Word and convert them to PDF from there.

 

50. Do multiple smaller side hustles.

Another way to earn an extra $1,000 a month is to do multiple side hustles like those listed below. You might not be able to earn an extra $1,000 by doing any of these items only, but by combining them, the money can add up quickly and could definitely become $1,000 or more a month.

Take online surveys.

If you’re looking for ways to earn a little extra money online and also like to voice your opinion about products and services and potentially influence future products, you might want to try doing online surveys as a side hustle you can do from home. I’m a member of MySurvey, an online survey site where you can earn cash and gift cards for taking short surveys and doing product testing. InboxDollars is another good, reputable survey site. And I have heard good things about SurveyJunkie, as well. Other option that I have seen good review for are Prize Rebel and Vindale Research.

I have to admit, though, that even though I’ve done a few surveys, since there are ways that I can make more money for the time spent (like blogging), I decided pretty quickly to turn to other options.

However, if you like that kind of thing and can do it while you’re watching TV or something like that and you don’t want to spend the time finding ways to earn more income for the time spent, it could be a good option for you.

Swagbucks is another similar option. With Swagbucks, you earn gift cards or cash when you shop online, watch videos, answer surveys, search the web, and find great deals.

Again, as with taking online surveys, I have to give the caveat that you can make more money doing freelance work or doing one of the many other side hustles suggested above. However, if you like taking surveys and doing that kind of thing and you can do it while you’re doing something else such as watching TV and you don’t feel like trying the other options listed above (or you do it in addition to trying one or more of them), then it might be a good option for you.

 

Charge electric scooters.

If you city has the electric scooters that people can rent and ride around, then you can actually make money by gathering them up and recharging them overnight. You will need to check in your own city, but you can likely make $3 to $5 or more per scooter per night.

 

Donate plasma.

As a recent college graduate while we were working on getting out of a lot of debt, I would regularly donate plasma a couple of days a week. This is an easy way to make pretty good money; in our area you could make about $200 a month. You can watch a movie or listen to a podcast or do other things while you donate, too.

 

 Mystery shop.

I have never mystery shopped, but I have heard from others who have, and they say it can be pretty fun. But know that, as far as I understand, you will be paying the money up front to do the shopping, and then you are reimbursed when you are paid after the fact. So if you do not have the cash to spare to do the shopping, this probably is not the right opportunity for you. You can check out volition.com or jobslinger.com to find a list of opportunities. Individual mystery shopping companies with a good reputation (as of this writing) inclulde BestMark, SecondtoNone, and Market Force.

 

51. Be a personal trainer.

If you love physical fitness and love working one on one with other people and would enjoy helping them to reach their physical fitness goals, then working as a personal trainer could be a great opportunity for you. Most gyms likely will require you to have a certification to become a personal trainer, but many can be earned in just a few months.

 

52. Be a life coach.

If you love helping people and enjoy helping others to look at and work through challenges or obstacles, then being a life coach could be a great fit for you. Life coaches encourage and counsel clients on a variety of personal and professional matters. Life coaches help others work toward goals and make changes in their lives.

Similar to other coaching positions, you will also generally need a certificate to become a life coach, which you can obtain through organizations like the International Coach Federation. There are different levels of certification available. Depending on the certification program you choose, it could take from 16 to 100 hours or more to earn a certificate.

 

53. Be a health and wellness coach.

Health and wellness coaches work with people to help them make positive and lasting changes to their health. This might include helping them to eat better, exercise more, lose weight, develop a healthy mindset and habits, and more. Health and wellness coaches work side by side with their clients to help them achieve their goals.

 

54. Be a personal finance coach or counselor.

This is a role that is near and dear to my heart. 🙂 I very seriously considered becoming a personal finance coach at one point. Personal finance coaches help people to learn sound financial principles on topics like saving money, paying off debt, investing, and more. They teach clients how to manage their money well so that they can build wealth over time. Depending on your time frame, your interests, and the amount of money you want to spend, there are different certifications available that take varying amounts of time to complete.

 

55. Be a job coach. 

As a job coach, you help other people to find a career path that they will love and excel at. Depending on your interests, becoming a job coach may require certification or a license. For example, if you want to work as a job coach at a school, you will have to complete requirements determined by the state where you live.

 

56. Do maintenance work.

If you have a knack for fixing things, then doing maintenance work could be a great fit for you. Depending on your interests, you could work for yourself and do repair jobs in people’s homes, or you might work for one or more companies and do repair work at office buildings or apartment complexes.

  

57. Be a car mechanic.

Another good option if you are mechanically inclined is to work as a car mechanic. There are classes you can take at school to earn certifications, or you could learn on the job or from working on your own vehicles (and I have heard YouTube is a great resource!). You could work for a shop, set up your own shop (though there are of course a lot of costs that would go along with doing so), or have people bring their vehicles to your home if you have a way to do your work there.

 

58. Do catering.

If you enjoying cooking or baking (or both!), catering may be a fun option for you. If you are just getting started and do not have a ton of money, you can work out of your home (as long as you meet local requirements for doing so with food handler’s permits and so forth), or you could get hired working for someone else. If you want to start your own catering business, you will need money for a vehicle, the supplies, and more, so this is another opportunity where it is best to have money saved up beforehand before starting your business.

 

 

59. Sell baked goods.

If you enjoy baking and do not want to have a full-fledged catering business or bakery, you could make baked goods and sell them to local stores, or you could sell them from your home (as long as you met local requrements for preparing food and such as mentioned above, of course).

If you enjoy making birthday cakes and wedding cakes and have an eye for good design, then this could be a fun way to make good money selling baked items, for example.

 

60. Be a personal chef.

Another option if you enjoy cooking is to work as a personal chef. Personal chefs are responsible for planning, purchasing ingredients for, preparing, and cleaning up after meals for their clients. They have to consider the food preferences and dietary needs of their clients.

Depending on the opportunities you pursue you may not need a special certification, but degrees, certifications, and apprenticeships in culinary arts are available. You can also get experience by working at restaurants or in similar work.

61. Get a job at the mall.

If you enjoy working in retail and meeting a variety of people every day, then you might enjoy getting a job at the mall. Many shops do offer employee discounts, so if there is a store that you really love, then this might be a good option for you.

 

62. Get a job at your favorite restaruant.

Similarly, many restaurants offer their employees a discount, and some even let you take leftover food home after your shift at the end of the day. So if there is a restaurant that you love, then this might be a good opportunity for you. And many restaurants hire frequently, so if there aren’t opportunities immediately available, there likely will be within a few months, so check back.

 

63. Get a job doing fast food.

Working fast food is a common first job. It can be a fun way to make friends and earn money. And it is almost like a rite of passage into adulthood! 🙂

 

64. Drive an ice cream truck or other food truck.

If you enjoy driving, another option for making money is to drive an ice cream truck.

And if you enjoy cooking (and are good at it) and want to own your own gig, then driving a food truck might be a good option for you. For this one, though, you have to have (or purchase) a truck, get licensing from the city, and meet other requirements. I would not pursue this opportunity unless you have the cash up front to fund it and get it going.

 

 

65. Get a job at your favorite store or business.

If there is a store or business that you just love because of what they sell or how they run their business, consider applying for a position with them. If you love shopping there, you may love working there, as well, and you might really enjoy some of the potential employee perks, like discounts or even free merchandise or products.

66. Be a search engine optimization (SEO) evaluator.

 A search engine evaluator is someone who reviews search engine results to determine if they are relevant to a particular search term that a person types into a search engine. You can read this article about how to become a search engine evaluator to find out more.

 

67. Do consulting.

If you work or worked in a job that lends itself to doing so, becoming a consultant or coach in the same field is an excellent fit and can be very lucrative. It’s another great possibility for a side job you can do from home. Put all of that experience and knowledge you gained to good use! Or turn one of your hobbies or passions into a side job by offering consulting related to that topic. Check out indeed.com for opportunities.

 

68. Work as a social media manager.

Working as a social media manager could be another great option for one of the best jobs for stay-at-home moms. If you are good at social media, this could be the perfect job for you. As a social media manager, you manage social media accounts for one or more clients. You might publish (and even write) content for various social media platforms, as well as work in other ways (such as through advertising) to increase social media reach and followers. Check out indeed.com and Upwork for opportunities.

 

69. Be a virtual job recruiter.

Virtual job recruiters work remotely online to find and screen job applicants and perform job candidate interviews in order to help companies find the best new hires. They often post jobs, review resumes, negotiate salaries, check references and do background checks, and do other related tasks. If you have a background in human resource or business, you may want to explore this career.

 

70. Be a custodian.

Working as a custodian may be a great option for you if you need (or want) a job where you work in the evenings, where you do not have to work with a lot of people, where you might be able to have a somewhat flexible schedule where you can come and go when you need to, or where you just really enjoy helping to keep things clean and orderly.

 

71. Be a vlogger.

If you love to be in front of a camera, consider becoming a vlogger. This is not something you will generally make money at right away, but if you stick with it and consistently make good helpful or educational or entertaining content, you can make really good money with it as you build up a following.

 

72. Be a podcaster.

Similarly, you can make great money as a podcaster if you would rather use an audio platform rather than video. Podcasting is another one where you probably will not make a ton of money at the beginning, but your income can grow substantially as you build up a base of loyal listeners and as you work with brands in sponsorship and other advertising opportunities. Doing a podcast can also be a good way to help build brand awareness for a company or blog or the like that you already have.

 

73. Do illustration.

If you love to draw and are good at it, you can make good money as an illustrator for books or movie production or the like. Most illustrators do have a degree or certification.

 

74. Do videography.

If you would rather be behind the camera than in front of it, videography might be a fun career path for you. You can make a good living recording documentaries, trainings, commercials, short films, seminars and workshops, weddings, birthday parties, sports events, and similar events.

75. Buy and resell stuff.

A great way to make some quick cash, where you can make good money especially if you have a good eye for deals, is to buy and resell stuff. You can even start with much of your own stuff around the house that you no longer use!

Some great places where you can buy and sell stuff online include the following (and of course there are many others, as well):

  • Local online classifieds
  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • Facebook Market
  • Etsy

 

 

Conclusion

As you can see, the opportunities for making an extra $1,000 a month are extensive (and I really probably just scratched the surface here!).

There has likely never been a time when there have been so many great options for being able to earn extra income. So try one of these jobs or side hustles today to help you reach your financial dreams, such as paying off your debt, saving an emergency fund, or beginning to invest for retirement.

For more information related to finding side hustles or side jobs you can do from home, check out these articles on the best online jobs, the best ways to increase your income, and the best work-from-home jobs. And for a very informative and entertaining podcast on this topic, I recommend Nick Roper’s Side Hustle Nation.

 

What opportunities have you pursued to make an extra $1,000 a month? What would you recommend that others to to make $1,000 extra a month to help make ends meet or as they work to reach their financial goals? I would love to hear your ideas, so leave a comment below and let me know!

  

Would Blogging Be a Good Fit for You?

Are you looking for a possible change in career? Are you burned out or tired of the corporate grind or looking for a new (and awesome!) career path? Do you like to discover and try new things? Are you looking to learn and grow in new ways or looking for a new challenge?

Would you love to have more control over your earning potential and be able to make an incredible income? Do you enjoy writing or communicating with others? Have you ever thought about becoming a blogger to earn some extra income from home or even perhaps as a full-time, work-from-anywhere career? (I know bloggers who make between $10,000 and $100,000+ a month from their blogs.)

Would you like complete autonomy in your work and a more flexible work schedule? Do you long to work from home in order to be with your children or be able to help take care of your parents? Would you love to teach others about something you are completely passionate about? Do you enjoy helping others to make positive changes in their lives and really succeed? If so, then blogging could be a great career for you!

If you are interested in learning about making money as a blogger, read this article to find out how to start a profitable blog.

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