Side Hustles - Money Done Right Personal Finance, Investing, and Tax Blog Sun, 30 Apr 2023 15:40:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Side Hustles - Money Done Right 32 32 40 Business Ideas for Women Fri, 17 Mar 2023 20:03:38 +0000 As we age, the more we want the flexibility to work our own hours. We start dreaming about being our own boss.

You might be surprised to know that some small businesses have a relatively low start up cost.

Also, consider: what are you passionate about? What comes easy to you? What subjects do people ask your advice on?

Before reading through different business ideas for women, consider the steps to walk through:

General Steps To Starting Up A Business

  1. Write your business plan, including how you will fund your business.
  2. Pick your location.
  3. Choose your legal business structure for business registration; this will affect how much you pay in taxes and your own personal liability.
  4. Register your business. Get federal and state IDs. Apply for licenses and permits.
  5. Open a business bank account and get a business credit card.
  6. Build a website.
  7. Protect yourself with business insurance.

Here are some business ideas to start you brainstorming!

1. Beauty Products

  • beauty products
    Beauty Products
      • Pros: You get to help people with skin problems or insecurities.
      • Cons: Sometimes filling up orders can give you a late night.
      • Start Up Costs:


      • How to Begin:

        You can develop your own product or you can start your own beauty business with another company’s products.

      • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

        You enjoy beauty and are natural at sales.

    Knock, knock! It’s the Avon lady!

    If you sell beauty products, you can benefit people who struggle with eczema, dry skin, or acne, and then rejoice with them when your products clear the issue away. You can also help them beautify themselves and gain more confidence.

    Beauty Products You Can Sell:

    • Skin care
    • Press-on nails
    • Makeup
    • Fake eyelashes
    • Makeup brushes and sponges
    • Hair extensions
    • Essential oils

    One of the best parts is that you can set your own work schedule. Read here for more information.

    “For over twenty years, I have enjoyed the most important job I’ll ever have: stay-at-home mom. While keeping my responsibilities as wife and mom as priority, I started a home-based business selling Rodan & Fields skin care products.” – Hayley Silverman, representative of Rodan & Fields

    2. Bed and Breakfast Owner

    • bed and breakfast owner
      Bed and Breakfast Owner
        • Pros: You get to meet new people from all over the world and work from home.
        • Cons: It’s hard to get a weekend off and you’re constantly cleaning.
        • Start Up Costs:

          $$$$ (depending on if you own property already)

        • How to Begin:

          Own property and have your interior designed and photographed.

        • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

          You enjoy people and the art of hospitality.

      Perhaps you enjoy practicing hospitality and having people over. To start a Bed & Breakfast, you would first need to have property for people to stay at and then beautify it, so it’s aesthetically pleasing.

      In your common areas, you’d want to offer coffee and tea. You’d have to be on top of a delicious breakfast menu, cooking, baking, and cleaning.

    • Meeting new people from around the world
    • Enjoying interior decorating your place
    • Running a business at home
    • Making your own schedule
    • If your business is successful, it’s hard to get a weekend off.
    • On the flip side, you might not get customers at times.
    • Constant cooking and cleaning
    • Inconsiderate guests who cause damage to your property or leave late

      Getting customers largely depends upon if your location is central to where they want to go. Someone can get injured on your property, so you will want to get liability coverage.


      Set check out time 30 minutes before you need them out.

      Running a Bed & Breakfast will require constant cleaning. Most customers also want a private bathroom. If you’re successful, you might be able to shave off that unpleasant duty of cleaning by outsourcing it.

      3. Beekeeping

      • beekeeping
          • Pros: You get endless free honey.
          • Cons: You will get stung, and the first year is tough.
          • Start Up Costs:


          • How to Begin:

            Get beekeeping education, order your honey bees and beekeeping tools, and install your bees with their hives.

          • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

            You enjoy honey and beeswax and aren’t afraid of bees.

        If you enjoy honey, beeswax, and have crops to pollinate, beekeeping might be a great business for you to start. Bee pollination will make your crop value multiply.


        Honey is the one food that never spoils or goes bad.

        Read books or watch online videos on beekeeping to get educated; and find a location with good airflow. Beware that sometimes you can get unhealthy hives with diseases and parasites.

        As for the cons, because this is an outdoor business, you will have to go outdoors in rain or sweltering heat; but on the plus side, you’ll be getting exercise and sunlight on good days.

        Unfortunately, stings will happen. Make sure you’re not allergic before starting.

        You might make about $600 per beehive per year, so unfortunately the first year, you might put in more money than you get back.

        4. Bookkeeping

        • bookkeeping
            • Pros: Your income is generally dependable and predictable.
            • Cons: If you make an error and aren’t insured, you can get hit hard.
            • Start Up Costs:


            • How to Begin:

              Learn to work with accounting software.

            • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

              You enjoy working quietly and remotely.

          If you want to give business owners their hours back by taking care of their invoicing, running payroll, and preparing financial statements, then bookkeeping might be an excellent business for you.

          Learn to work with accounting software, such as QuickBooks or Xero. You’ll need to be careful to keep client data safe. Insurance is recommended as it could be extremely costly if you make an error in your books.

          Your job will be flexible with time and location; your income predictable. And don’t forget – you have to bookkeep your own bookkeeping business too!

          One other positive is that you normally get to avoid office drama. Read here for more information.

          5. Boutique or Shop Owner

          • botique shop owner
            Boutique or Shop Owner
              • Pros: You get complete control over everything – from your inventory to your window displays.
              • Cons: A giant named Amazon may gobble you up.
              • Start Up Costs:


              • How to Begin:

                Find a niche that needs to be filled within your own community.

              • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                You like to be in charge.

            With Amazon eating up all the small businesses, there’s not a lot of people who want to risk opening up a storefront. However, if you can find a need in your community that lacks a specialty store, you might be able to have great success.

            Specialty Store Ideas:

            • Scrubs for nurses
            • A souvenir store near a tourist spot
            • A pet store
            • A skincare store
            • A craft store
            • A scrapbooking store

            There is still a portion of society who like to try on clothes in stores before they purchase them. 

            The fun part is that you get complete control over inventory. The con is that you are in charge of everything – from having to fire employees to possibly having to scrub the toilet.

            To begin, find your niche and then make a business name and logo. Get a business license and a storefront to rent. It will cost a lot to begin purchasing your inventory, hangers, mannequins, etc.

            Enjoy the process and look forward to meeting your customers!

            6. Catering or Running a Food Truck

            • catering or running a food truck
              Catering or Running a Food Truck
                • Pros: You can share your passion for food with others and help others in important events.
                • Cons: There’s a lot of stress to make sure it all happens perfectly in the end.
                • Start Up Costs:


                • How to Begin:

                  Get proper permits, a business license, and equipment. Market yourself.

                • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                  You enjoy providing meals and servicing others.

              When I was younger, I thought that running a catering business would be fun, until I threw a five-course meal bridal shower. Trying to serve mass amounts of food in perfect condition to a large party was exhausting.

              Luckily, there are many people who are much more skilled than I am. If shopping, meal prep, cooking, and clean up sound like something you can do with ease, the catering business might be for you.

              There’s a lot of flexibility on how many jobs you want to take and how large or small you want your business to be.

              However, reviews are everything. Everyone is bound to get demanding and grouchy clients. But if food is your passion, it might be worth it.

              Go mobile and run a food truck!

              Make sure you get the proper licenses and insurance. Before taking on a client, make sure you have them sign a clause to pay for the food and labor in the case of last minute cancellations or a massive reduction in the guest count.

              Make a menu and market yourself with social media and promotions.

              7. College Prep

              • college prep
                College Prep
                  • Pros: Help kids to get into the college of their dreams.
                  • Cons: Seasonal income
                  • Start Up Costs:


                  • How to Begin:

                    Build experience and a portfolio showcasing students you’ve helped get into college.

                  • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                    You enjoy working with teens and colleges.

                I remember the rigorous, stressful process of helping my kids apply to colleges. There was so much data to collect and input in the correct format.

                When there were questions that were unclear on the applications, I had to call and ask clarifying questions to the college admissions departments – which were often manned by oblivious college kids.

                There are hundreds of thousands of parents who have great anxiety about this process – most with teens who don’t want parents meddling in their applications – and you can start a business guiding these kids with their college applications.

                The one speed bump is that you need success with kids’ college acceptances in order to gain more business, but usually the kids who need help are the ones who aren’t on top of things. It helps if your own kids get into higher ranking colleges.

                For a college prep business, you don’t need a storefront; you can work from home. It’s extremely lucrative once you earn the trust of parents around you, but keep in mind that it’s a seasonal business.

                8. Cottage Food Business Owner

                • cottage food business owner
                  Cottage Food Business Owner
                    • Pros: You can constantly make people happy by gifting them food.
                    • Cons: You have to initially jump through hoops – getting a business license and kitchen inspections.
                    • Start Up Costs:


                    • How to Begin:

                      If you’re a good baker or chef, word will naturally get out.

                    • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                      You enjoy baking for others.

                  If you love blessing people with food, you can start your own food business within the comforts of your own kitchen. All you need to get is a Cottage Food Operation license.

                  Two Different Types of Cottage Food Operation Licenses:

                  • A Class-A license to sell to customers and farmers’ markets
                  • A Class-B license to sell to restaurants, retail stores, and other vendors

                  Though you can’t sell items with meat in them, here are some items you can sell in most states:

                  • Muffins
                  • Cookies or cookie mixes
                  • Cakes or cake mixes
                  • Bread
                  • Gluten-free baked goods
                  • Dried Fruits
                  • Syrups
                  • Jams
                  • Roasted coffee
                  • Dried Teas
                  • Herbs
                  • Dry nut mixes
                  • Granola
                  • Popcorn
                  • Pies

                  In order to get a Cottage Food Operation license, look into your own state laws. Usually you have to get a business license and a kitchen inspection. Public Health will probably want you to take a few hours course in food processing for food safety.

                  My friend’s daughter Bethany Chan got her Cottage Food Operation license as a teenager:

                  “I’m self-taught on how to make and decorate my cookies. I’d just say that practice makes perfect! I went to Legal Zoom and picked a DBA for my business name “cookiesbybethanychan” and filled out paperwork for the food handlers and cottage food permit. It was easy because of Legal Zoom.” – Bethany Chan, owner of Cookies By Bethany Chan (Facebook)

                  Begin having fun considering packaging and labeling! Market yourself as much as possible, like in social media; offering promotions helps.

                  9. Crafter

                  • crafter
                      • Pros: You can work from home and have flexible hours.
                      • Cons: Getting a high listing on websites like Amazon Handmade and Etsy usually requires you paying more for marketing.
                      • Start Up Costs:

                        Varies depending on your craft

                      • How to Begin:

                        Begin making your craft and then you can begin selling.

                      • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                        You enjoy crafting.

                    If you enjoy crafting and producing quality handmade goods, then this might be the business for you!

                    Items You Can Sell

                    • Clothes (T-shirts, knitted scarves, beanies, etc.)
                    • Jewelry
                    • Art or printables
                    • Food
                    • Candles
                    • Woodwork or cutting boards
                    • Pottery
                    • Soap or bath bombs
                    • Stationary or journals
                    • Skincare
                    • T-shirts
                    • Mugs

                    Since a lot of artists don’t care to deal with customer complaints or shipping, Amazon Handmade offers Amazon FBA where they deal with your storage, shipping, and customer care, so you can happily just deal with your craft.

                    Keep in mind you will be paying for the fulfillment costs per unit, which varies according to the size and weight of your goods.

                    EtsyAmazon Handmade
                  • $0.20 per item listed, which they will leave up for 4 months, 6.5% transaction fee, and a 3% + $0.25 payment process fee on all items sold

                  • 15% Offsite Ads Fee (You only pay the fee when you make a sale off the ads.)

                  • Usually attracts buyers who are willing to spend more on well-crafted goods
                  • 15% fee per sale

                  • You pay $39.99/month to sell on Amazon as a professional for more than 40 units sold a month; this also pays for advertisements, for which they will charge you a small referral fee (when you make a sale off their ads).

                  • If you plan to sell fewer than 40 units a month, you can get an individual plan for $0.99/item sold.

                  • Almost 10x more visitors than Etsy

                    The con of selling on Etsy or Amazon is that these companies are also businesses that want to suck you dry. One of the best ways you can sell goods is to sell within your own community through word of mouth.

                    10. Daycare Owner

                    • daycare owner
                      Daycare Owner
                        • Pros: You get to spend time with adorable babies and toddlers.
                        • Cons: You occasionally get a difficult parent or child.
                        • Start Up Costs:


                        • How to Begin:

                          Pick a location to babyproof and make sure you have a business license and proper insurance.

                        • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                          You love being around babies and toddlers.

                      If you enjoy being around children, opening up a daycare business will be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for you.

                      You want to begin by picking a facility. If you want to work from your own home, you get to write off electricity, water, and other supplies on your taxes.

                      Here are some pros and cons to consider before starting off:

                    • Working with children
                    • Always a demand for your business
                    • Rewarding and fulfilling
                    • Nights and weekends off
                    • Predictable income
                    • Possible holidays and summers off
                    • Don’t have to dress up for work
                    • Mostly indoor work
                    • Can charge a lot; if work from home, can write off home expenses
                    • Late pick ups
                    • Late payments
                    • Difficult, tantruming children
                    • Difficult, demanding parents
                    • $ for supplies, furniture, jungle gym, etc.
                    • Spreading of germs
                    • If you work from home, no separation from work and home
                    • Your own children can get jealous.
                    • The sadness when a loved child grows out of your daycare

                      Make sure you get liability insurance for a child who possibly has an injury.

                      You also might be able to get government grants to help fund the beginning of your daycare.

                      Perhaps you only want to start an afterschool program, read here under “Afterschool Programs.”

                      11. Dog Walker, Sitter, Groomer, or Trainer

                      • dog walker trainer groomer sitter
                        Dog Walker, Sitter, Groomer, or Trainer
                          • Pros: You can spend time with lovable dogs.
                          • Cons: Each dog has their own personality and some can be difficult.
                          • Start Up Costs:


                          • How to Begin:

                            You can begin listing yourself on Rover or Wag or put out advertising on social media.

                          • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                            You enjoy dogs.

                        So many children want to become veterinarians until they find out they will have to put dogs down. There are several other jobs around dogs that don’t require putting dogs down – dog sitting, walking, grooming, and training.

                        There is always a need for dog care. Dog owners have to go on trips, and some dogs require care during work hours. Dogs need to be groomed and trained. Some dog owners can’t or don’t want to walk their dogs daily.

                        If you begin a dog care service, you get to be self-employed and love your work while you do it. You might want to take a dog first-aid class to be prepared for emergencies.

                        Keep in mind that every dog has their own personality, some easy and some difficult. I once met a man whose new dog ate through his wood floor, and my friend had a dog that ate a hole through her couch.

                        You need to be stronger than the dog. If you’re out walking a dog and the dog decides to fight another dog or chase after a rabbit, you, the dog, and others can get hurt if you’re not stronger than the dog.

                        Be sure to interview your clients; they’ll want to see you love their dog and take great care to watch them. As for cons — sometimes the salary is not that great, and you can have rude customers.

                        List yourself on Rover or Wag; work on getting the word out and you’ll have a business in no time. For more information about dog walking or dog sitting, read here.

                        12. Editing and Proofreading

                        • editing and proofreading
                          Editing and Proofreading
                            • Pros: You can work from home with flexible hours.
                            • Cons: You have to read bad writing.
                            • Start Up Costs:


                            • How to Begin:

                              Educate yourself on grammar; list yourself on LinkedIn as an editor or proofreader and build a website for yourself, listing your portfolio.

                            • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                              You enjoy reading and grammar.

                          Most writers nowadays use Google Docs or Grammarly to correct their grammar and spelling mistakes. However, they always need someone to double check their writing.

                          While writing this article, I wrote, “Bee pollination will make your crap value multiply” instead of “crop value.” Google Docs did not highlight any spelling mistakes; that’s why proofreaders still have jobs.

                          To get started, first educate yourself on grammar rules and the different styles a writer can write in (e.g. AP Style, Chicago Manual of Style, APA Style, or MLA Style); read a lot. Set your own hourly or per-word rates.

                          Then list yourself on LinkedIn and create your own website listing your portfolio. Publishing houses will often outsource proofreaders and editors. Here are other ways to get paid to read books.

                          Proofreading for scientific or academic material will require you to understand the jargon. Keep in mind that even though you may enjoy reading, reading a lot of bad writing may ruin the hobby for you.

                          13. Freelance Illustrator

                          • freelance illustrator
                            Freelance Illustrator
                              • Pros: You can work remotely and have flexible hours.
                              • Cons: The work is unstable and your creativity is limited to the needs of the assignment.
                              • Start Up Costs:


                              • How to Begin:

                                Build an online portfolio and send it to potential clients and art reps.

                              • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                You enjoy drawing and you aren’t sensitive about your art.

                            If you’re gifted at drawing, creating, and designing, there are many companies that would hire you as a freelance illustrator. Some of these companies will hire you just for conceptual ideas; others for illustration.

                            Types of Companies that Hire Freelance Illustrators:

                            • Animation studios
                            • Movies
                            • Video game company
                            • Fashion design
                            • Toy Company

                            In order to become a successful freelance illustrator, great communication and listening skills are vital. You also need problem-solving creativity to try to achieve what your client’s requests.

                            The pros are that you can build your own schedule and work remotely or onsite. The cons are that the work is insecure and unstable; your success is subject to your client’s taste.

                            They may not understand the masterpiece you’ve created, so be prepared to have thick skin as your art will be critiqued. Also, your creativity is limited to the needs of the assignment.

                            How to Get Started:

                            Build an online portfolio; send postcards to potential clients and/or art representatives directing them to your portfolio.

                            It would be helpful for you to learn some kind of design software, like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, and Corel Painter. It helps turnaround edits and revisions quickly.

                            14. Freelance Photographer and Videographer

                            • freelance photographer and videographer
                              Freelance Photographer and Videographer
                                • Pros: Enjoy a fun, creative outlet that gets you outside!
                                • Cons: Some clients can be difficult to deal with.
                                • Start Up Costs:


                                • How to Begin:

                                  Take as many pictures as you can and learn from experts.

                                • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                  You enjoy taking pictures.

                              There’s always a demand for photographers at weddings, graduations, school photos, and special events, so the work is plentiful!

                              Hear it from professional photographer Jenna Kim (Instagram):

                            • Fun, creative outlet
                            • Flexible scheduling
                            • Gets you outside, exploring the beautiful spots around town
                            • Clients can be challenging to work with
                            • Inclement weather can require rescheduling
                            • Cost of business can add up

                              The start-up costs can be rather expensive as you need to purchase a camera body, lenses, computer, editing software, website hosting, etc.

                              How to Get Started:

                              “Shoot as much as possible! There’s an abundance of free resources online to understand all the technical elements, but there’s nothing like going out and shooting until you like what you see. Follow professional photographers’ work on socials, identify what styles you like, and try to imitate their work until you land on your own style.” – Jenna Kim, photographer (Instagram)

                              15. Ghostwriter or Freelance Writing

                              • ghostwriter and freelance writer
                                Ghostwriter or Freelance Writing
                                  • Pros: You can work from anywhere and at any time.
                                  • Cons: Your income might not be dependable.
                                  • Start Up Costs:


                                  • How to Begin:

                                    Read a lot and educate yourself on how to write well.

                                  • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                    You enjoy writing.

                                Everywhere you go, you’ll see work done by freelance writers – the words on your Starbucks tea box, the cursive words on the walls of a restaurant, or the scripted words coming out of your customer service agent’s mouth.

                                You might enjoy working privately and enjoy the flexibility of being a freelance writer. You can work anywhere – during your trip to France, in your local coffee shop, or in the comforts of your own bed. You also get to set your own rate.

                                Businesses in Writing

                                • Copywriting
                                • Speech writing
                                • Technical writing
                                • Journalism
                                • Script writing
                                • Content writing
                                • Fiction writing

                                The cons are that it can get repetitive and burnout can happen. Also, you can get lonely if you don’t make it a point to see people. But there is nothing like seeing your name authoring a piece or on the credits of a big screen.

                                If you want to read more about making money from blogging, read up on it here or here. Look on Fivver for job opportunities.

                                16. Graphic Design

                                • graphic design
                                  Graphic Design
                                    • Pros: You can work from home during flexible hours and be creative.
                                    • Cons: The competition is fierce.
                                    • Start Up Costs:


                                    • How to Begin:

                                      Take some design courses or do an internship to learn design software and tools.

                                    • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                      You enjoy being creative in the privacy of your home.

                                  There are tons of job opportunities for graphic designers to be creative with artistic skill with pictures and graphics.

                                  It’s a nice business to begin at home because you can work remotely and have flexible hours. Though your work is subjective to being liked or not according to a client’s taste, generally, you receive appreciation for the work you do.

                                  Some Fields They Hire Graphic Designers In:

                                  • Magazines
                                  • Newspapers
                                  • Brochures
                                  • Websites
                                  • TV shows
                                  • Movies
                                  • Private businesses
                                  • Advertisements
                                  • Musicians
                                  • Education

                                  You get to work indoors and your job isn’t physically demanding, but you might not enjoy working at a computer all day as it can get lonely.

                                  Begin by learning graphic design principles and tools – like Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator, and InDesign – through design courses or do an internship. Develop a portfolio.

                                  A con is that though there is a regular demand for graphic designers, there is limited upward movement for your business as your job can be outsourced to someone from another country who will do it for pennies.

                                  The good news is that it’s easy to use social media to become well known in your field.

                                  17. Hair Stylist

                                  • hair stylist
                                    Hair Stylist
                                      • Pros: Building dear friendships with clients.
                                      • Cons: You need to be on your feet for hours a day.
                                      • Start Up Costs:


                                      • How to Begin:

                                        Complete 1,600 hours of training at an approved school.

                                      • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                        You love to be around people and enjoy beautifying them.

                                    In order to become a hairstylist, you usually need to take a cosmetology program which runs around $6,000 to $10,000. A full-time program takes about 9 months.

                                    An average salon chair rental price is between $400 to $600 monthly. After that, the job can become lucrative quickly, especially if you’re with clients who tip well.

                                    You can choose your own hours and build great relationships with customers, who are usually happy to be there.

                                    “It’s a great creative outlet and you get to do what you love!” – Brooke Ciuffitteli, hairstylist from Evolve Hair and Nail Salon.

                                    Be aware that running your own business has its own set of difficulties. Communication skills are necessary for being able to understand what your clients want. On the rare occasion when someone doesn’t like their haircut, it’s sad.

                                    You also need to be prepared to be flexible with rescheduling.

                                    18. Influencer

                                    • influencer
                                        • Pros: You get to join a supportive community and have flexible job hours.
                                        • Cons: You have to constantly think of new content and deal with haters.
                                        • Start Up Costs:


                                        • How to Begin:

                                          Start filming yourself and posting.

                                        • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                          You have a passion for a subject and you don’t mind attention – both from fans and haters.

                                      One of the best things about influencers is that they have passion about their work; they wouldn’t be able to continually post new material if they didn’t.

                                      In order to become an influencer that brings in money, you’d need to develop a big following and that takes time. You get to work whatever hours you want and you don’t have to be confined to an office!

                                      Since influencers make more money if they have more followers, you get to connect with a supportive, gifted community worldwide.

                                      Pros About Being an Influencer:

                                      • Free products
                                      • Meeting other influencers
                                      • Earnings
                                      • Being a celebrity
                                      • Getting a creative outlet to share your passion

                                      As for the negatives, you’ll need thick skin to repel all the haters. Also, in a sense, “eyes” will always be on you in public, so you need to be careful to not do anything stupid or rude in public.

                                      “Being consistent is key.” – Chef Rosie Godycki, influencer

                                      Probably the hardest part is that algorithms demand you to create new content every day. There’s also not much job security as the rise or fall of your income can fall on your fickle creativity and the whims of popularity.

                                      As an influencer, you might want to think about being a brand ambassador to make more money.

                                      19. Interior Designer

                                      • interior designer
                                        Interior Designer
                                          • Pros: While working with color, patterns, and space, you get an outlet for your creative side.
                                          • Cons: Dealing with difficult clients or undependable subcontractors
                                          • Start Up Costs:


                                          • How to Begin:

                                            Build a portfolio and a website, and then promote yourself.

                                          • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                            You enjoy transforming space into something beautiful.

                                        Are you able to see a room and envision what it could be if it had the proper paint colors, drapes, textures, and borders? Think of the fun you would have spending other people’s money to transform those rooms!

                                        One of the most amazing moments is you get to reveal the final product of your interior design and see the happiness on your client’s face.

                                        “The thrill of transforming dull, uninteresting spaces together, with the client, into cohesive beautiful rooms that reflect their personalities and values is what authentic designers strive for.” – Lori Manthei, interior designer (Instagram, Facebook)

                                        To begin an interior designer business, start a website filled with beautiful pictures from your portfolio. Market your business with social media, ads, or email.

                                        The negatives are that it can be stressful at times, especially with difficult clients or unreliable subcontractors. It also takes a lot of time to build clientele.

                                        Sometimes interior design has much more to do with convincing your client to buy what you know would be worthwhile, so surprisingly it helps to have a gift in sales.

                                        20. Jewelry Brand

                                        • jewelry brand
                                          Jewelry Brand
                                            • Pros: The flexibility to work whenever you want
                                            • Cons: Running your own business means that everything falls on your shoulders.
                                            • Start Up Costs:


                                            • How to Begin:

                                              Educate yourself and purchase a butane torch, a jeweler’s saw, and some metals.

                                            • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                              You enjoy being creative and blessing people with beautiful, unique creations.

                                          If you enjoy creating beautiful jewelry and making someone else happy when gifting it, this might be your dream job.

                                          Not only does this type of business take little room in your household, you also get the flexibility of running your own business.

                                          “So much is online now, that it’s quite easy to learn how to do just about anything. For jewelry making, all you need to start are a butane torch, a jeweler’s saw, and some metals. From there, look into online jewelry courses or YouTube videos from other metalsmiths.” – Jessica Na, creator of Petit Anjou (Instagram)

                                          Sometimes having to wear all the hats and do everything yourself can be overwhelming, but if you love that creative outlet and making something unique, nothing beats the pride of seeing someone wear it and knowing, “I made that!”

                                          21. Makeup Artist

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                                            Makeup Artist
                                              • Pros: It’s flexible in hours and you get to be with people who are usually happy to see you.
                                              • Cons: Sometimes you have super early mornings, and it can be competitive to find work.
                                              • Start Up Costs:


                                              • How to Begin:

                                                Educate yourself on makeup and practice on others.

                                              • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                You enjoy makeup and the art of beautifying others.

                                            As an artist, you may enjoy the skill of sculpting and blending while you’re working with colors. Being a makeup artist isn’t physically demanding, and most people feel good after you work with them.

                                            Being a makeup artist is fun, creative, and you get to work in diverse environments – e.g. editorials, theaters, haunted houses, theme parks, kid birthday parties, makeup counters, movies, tv shows, proms, and weddings.

                                            “It’s a fantastic avenue to express yourself creatively! You also get to make new friends.” – Caroline Allec, makeup artist and owner of Blush and Braids

                                            You can get a cosmetologist certification or a license but those are only necessary in certain fields and certain states; you can also learn on your own and also from other makeup artists. You also get flexible hours.

                                            Sometimes you have to work or communicate during early mornings. There’s also a lot of back and forth communicating and scheduling. Sometimes work is seasonal or there could be a lot of competition for work.

                                            As for cons, clients can get upset if they don’t like what you’ve done, like if a bride doesn’t like her makeup. Most of the time, they’re absolutely thrilled and filled with new confidence.

                                            22. Landscape Artist

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                                              Landscape Artist
                                                • Pros: You can work outdoors and get exercise.
                                                • Cons: If you live in a state that snows, your workflow might be seasonal.
                                                • Start Up Costs:


                                                • How to Begin:

                                                  You can get a degree in landscape architecture or horticulture.

                                                • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                  You enjoy working outdoors.

                                              You might be able to envision how an outdoor space needs to be designed both for beauty and usage; you might envision this wherever you go, from a business building to a private yard.

                                              You can get a degree in landscape architecture or horticulture.

                                              Some Things to Learn About:

                                              • Plant care
                                              • Irrigation
                                              • Maintenance
                                              • Fertilization
                                              • Landscaping
                                              • Which plants work well for your clients’ environment.

                                              Usually the start of this business can be expensive since you need to purchase landscaping equipment, including trucks, tools, herbicides, and fertilizers. You might be able to rent equipment until you can afford your own.

                                              The pros are that you get to work outdoors and get physical exercise. Your mind gets to work creatively. The cons include possible injury and having to work in all weather – hot or inclement weather; and sometimes a deadline is stressful to meet.

                                              Depending on the state you live in, your workflow might be seasonal.

                                              23. Massage Therapist

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                                                Massage Therapist
                                                  • Pros: You can really help a person in pain.
                                                  • Cons: Your fingers, muscles, and feet get worked hard.
                                                  • Start Up Costs:


                                                  • How to Begin:

                                                    Go to massage therapy school.

                                                  • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                    You enjoy helping people out.

                                                Apparently massage therapists have unusually high levels of job satisfaction. You take a customer in pain and slowly ease them back into being relaxed and rejuvenated; their gratitude is great.

                                                Tips are an extra nicety. You get to make your own schedule as well, so this can be a job after your normal work hours.

                                                As for possible negatives, usually your body gets taxed – your fingers, your muscles, and your feet; you are standing for several hours. You can physically only work so many hours before you can’t work anymore.

                                                Going to a certified massage school ranges from $5,000 to $20,000 and takes on average 500 hours. On top of that, you’ll have to purchase massage tables and equipment. There might be a program at your local community college.

                                                As for cons, sometimes you work really hard and end up with a dissatisfied, rude customer. I suppose that’s in any line of work though.

                                                24. Nutritionist

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                                                    • Start Up Costs:


                                                    • How to Begin:

                                                      Get a BA degree in a relevant health field or get an entry-level certificate.

                                                    • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                      You have compassion on people struggling with personal health issues and enjoy helping them.

                                                  Being a nutritionist is a rewarding and fulfilling job. You can help people with eating disorders and counsel clients on nutritional issues; you give them healthy relationships with food.

                                                  They might need to cut down on their weight or develop healthy muscle mass; they might have to learn to adjust to a new health issue, like high blood pressure or diabetes. As a nutritionist, you offer them short-term and long-term realistic goals.

                                                  Some Things to Learn About:

                                                  • Hospitals
                                                  • School districts
                                                  • Nursing homes
                                                  • Long-term care facilities and clinics
                                                  • Sports programs
                                                  • Physician’s office (consulting patients)
                                                  • Food manufacturing center (to make sure the products meet standards)

                                                  Keeping up with ever changing regulations by The U.S. Department of Agriculture is an additional labor. Another con is that it might take an emotional toll to work with people who might be sick or terminally ill.

                                                  Usually, the reward of benefiting people outweighs any of the cons.

                                                  25. Online Store

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                                                    Online Store
                                                      • Pros: You don’t have to deal with a brick-and-mortar store or all its costs.
                                                      • Cons: You gain a new set of customer disputes.
                                                      • Start Up Costs:


                                                      • How to Begin:

                                                        Start a website and have great photos.

                                                      • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                        You dream of starting a business from home.

                                                    The younger crowd does much more shopping online. People don’t want to be inconvenienced with wasting time in a real store anymore.

                                                    You too can start an eCommerce business; you can also sell on eBay, Amazon, Etsy, or Shopify.

                                                    Here are Some Online Business Ideas:

                                                    • Pet items
                                                    • Specialty food like ethnic food, hot sauce, or wine
                                                    • Hobbies
                                                    • Art
                                                    • Music samples
                                                    • Freelance writing
                                                    • Your own clothing line

                                                    Presentation and packaging is what draws the crowds, so you’ll need to get high quality photos. Pay for online advertising on Google ads or Facebook ads.

                                                    The pro is that you will no longer need to rent a brick-and-mortar store or hire a huge staff to maintain cleanliness or man the store. You also don’t have a lot of overhead like electricity, A/C, heat, and water.

                                                    The con is that a whole set of disputes will arise because of shipping, such as delivery time or if it arrived damaged or not. Customers will also complain about issues with the accuracy of your photos compared to what they get.

                                                    Every business has its pros and cons, so weigh carefully if the reward of your business is better than the cons.

                                                    26. Personal Chef

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                                                      Personal Chef
                                                        • Pros: You don’t have to do as much heavy lifting as in a restaurant.
                                                        • Cons: If you’re sick or injured, you won’t get paid.
                                                        • Start Up Costs:


                                                        • How to Begin:

                                                          Get formal chef training and get experience making all types of food.

                                                        • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                          You enjoy cooking for others.

                                                      A plus about being a personal chef is that it also brings about the wealth and prestige of your client; you also get to cook for other wealthy people. You’ll have to do less strenuous work than in a restaurant kitchen, with reliable hours and usually better pay.

                                                      The cons are that if you’re sick or injured, you won’t get paid. You also might have to take care of a lot of different appetites, from little kids to feeding the other staff members.

                                                      You will most likely get a lot of solo time in the kitchen, so you can use that time to catch up on podcasts or music.

                                                      27. Personal Trainer

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                                                        Personal Trainer
                                                          • Pros: You get to exercise and be around people.
                                                          • Cons: Unsteady income and strange hours
                                                          • Start Up Costs:


                                                          • How to Begin:

                                                            Though you don’t need to be certified as a trainer, it helps you a lot.

                                                          • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                            You enjoy being around people and helping them with their health.

                                                        Personal trainers can have a huge sense of pride in their work because they can improve someone’s health greatly.

                                                        The con is that when you succeed, your client no longer needs you. Luckily, word of mouth will usually give you more clients.

                                                        It’s hard to keep the job the older and frailer you personally get; you have to work odd hours when other people aren’t working – early mornings and evenings.

                                                        Clients can also lose patience losing weight because it takes time. You can inspire them by showing them how to make money by losing weight!

                                                        Though you don’t need certification in order to practice as a personal trainer, it definitely helps to gain knowledge and experience; certification will also open more doors. After that, advertise yourself and offer deals.

                                                        28. Pilates or Yoga Instructor

                                                        • pilates yoga instructor
                                                          Pilates or Yoga Instructor
                                                            • Pros: Flexible hours and the reward of helping people feel better.
                                                            • Cons: It can take a long time to gain clientele.
                                                            • Start Up Costs:


                                                            • How to Begin:

                                                              Find an accredited certification program.

                                                            • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                              You enjoy solving puzzles for improving someone’s quality of movement and quality of life.

                                                          With a rise in celebrities and influencers jumping on the Pilates and yoga bandwagon, you can begin a Pilates or yoga business to benefit from this new trend, helping people with everything from physical pain to anxiety struggles.

                                                          You get to set your own schedule and get paid to stay in shape. The best part is getting to help people feel better physically, many times with a physical therapy bent.

                                                          “You need to be able to start with a fresh client, often in pain, and have vision where they need to be. You want them to have a positive Pilates experience.” – Christy Mallut, Polestar Pilates instructor in training

                                                          To get started in Pilates, research an accredited certification program, classical or contemporary; Balanced Body, Basi, Polestar Pilates, Peak Pilates, and Stott are some of them, Stott being the Cadillac of all the choices.

                                                          These certification programs can be rigorous and expensive, as much as $4,000 to $8,000.

                                                          It can take up to a year to complete your courses, several mat hours, and apprenticeship hours to finally get certified.

                                                          29. Podcast Producer

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                                                            Podcast Producer
                                                              • Pros: It’s fun to conversate with friends on important topics.
                                                              • Cons: It’s sometimes hard to find good topics to discuss.
                                                              • Start Up Costs:


                                                              • How to Begin:

                                                                Find people you want to work with and purchase a recording app.

                                                              • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                                You enjoy a creative outlet and being in publicized conversations.

                                                            Do you enjoy lively conversation and inspiring people around you? One of the businesses you might want to begin is podcasting.

                                                            What are the pros and cons of being a podcaster? Hear it from Brynn Bangit of Wine Thursday Podcast:

                                                          • Being able to carve out time to be with friends and talk about topics we care about
                                                          • Having a creative outlet
                                                          • Being able to create a community with our listeners
                                                          • Inspiring conversations amongst our peers
                                                          • Scheduling time so it fits everyone. Our co-hosts all live in different locations, so we record our podcast through Discord.
                                                          • Finding good topics to talk about

                                                            The start-up costs for a podcast varies, depending on the quality of the podcast; the cost correlates to the quality of the podcast. You will need to purchase a quality microphone, camera, computer, and you will need to spend money on advertisements to get news about your podcast and new episodes publicized.

                                                            Find the right people to do your podcast with and plan on what you want to talk about. Learn to use video recording and editing apps.

                                                            Wine Thursday uses OBS and StreamLabs to capture video audio, GarageBand to edit audio, and Anchor to automatically upload to streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, etc.

                                                            Words from a pro:

                                                            “Don’t be afraid to go out there, take the leap, and try new things! My co hosts and I had always joked about having a podcast but it was only until we put work into creating our podcasts that we could see our dreams become reality.

                                                            “Let your creative side soar! Being your authentic self can lead to great connections and someone out there is eager to listen to what you have to say.” – Brynn Bangit, co host with Avery Balasbas, Aya Morales, Mario Valenzuela, and Jessica Teruel on Wine Thursday Podcast

                                                            Be aware that many podcasters do not podcast for lucrative amounts of money. In order to make podcasting lucrative, you would have to secure a large following and gain sponsorships and ads.

                                                            30. Professional Organizer

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                                                              Professional Organizer
                                                                • Pros: You can help to change someone’s life for the better.
                                                                • Cons: Sometimes you work super hard to get someone’s clutter under control, and then they don’t keep up with your new system.
                                                                • Start Up Costs:


                                                                • How to Begin:

                                                                  You can get a CPO (Certified Professional Organizer certification), but it’s not necessary.

                                                                • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                                  You enjoy organizing, problem solving, and being around people.

                                                              If you’ve ever seen an episode of “Hoarders”, you understand that there are a lot of people out there that need help to organize their lives.

                                                              “I have a passion to help others reduce stress and increase productivity simply by organizing key areas in their home.” – Chantell Dennis, owner of Simply Organized Company (Instagram)

                                                              You understand the damaging effect that clutter has on their mental health and efficiency as well.

                                                              Products, such as baskets and containers, can sometimes be expensive so clients can complain; in a sense, you need to function as a salesperson as well to help them understand how these purchases will benefit their lives.

                                                              31. Tailor

                                                              • tailor
                                                                  • Pros: You can usually enjoy a nice work-life balance.
                                                                  • Cons: Tailors usually don’t get paid much.
                                                                  • Start Up Costs:


                                                                  • How to Begin:

                                                                    Learn to sew and gain tailoring skills by working under other tailors.

                                                                  • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                                    You enjoy working with clothes and servicing others.

                                                                One day, I tried on a dress that I loved, but it made me look 20 pounds heavier. My sister-in-law, who used to work in fashion, pinched the back of my dress, pinned it in place, and viola! It was like magic!

                                                                Tailors experience a lot of pride in their work because they can usually see the happiness on their client’s faces when outfits fit them so much better. Your clients will keep you up to date with fashion.

                                                                The work has a good work-life balance as it’s not that strenuous. You can also exercise your creative side with fashion – how to make that outfit look the best with the figure your client has.

                                                                As for cons, the pay is not that great, and it’s hard for most tailors to retire well.

                                                                But if you think you’ll enjoy this line of work, buy a sewing machine, measuring tape, and other supplies so that you can start! Learn from another tailor with experience.

                                                                32. Teaching Music

                                                                • teaching music
                                                                  Teaching Music
                                                                    • Pros: Getting to share your love for music with students
                                                                    • Cons: Occasionally you get a difficult student or parent
                                                                    • Start Up Costs:


                                                                    • How to Begin:

                                                                      Find a good curriculum to take your students through for their instrument and advertise yourself.

                                                                    • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                                      You enjoy music and teaching students.

                                                                  In order to teach music, you will need your own musical instrument, but if you are able to teach the instrument, you probably already own it. You also must have a decent amount of knowledge about how to play your instrument.

                                                                  A music degree is not necessary but very helpful and validating.

                                                                  If you are only an intermediate musician, don’t let that stop you. Especially if you are gifted with kids, you can always teach your instrument up to a certain level and then graduate your student to a more knowledgeable, more expensive teacher.

                                                                  “Everyone loves music. Getting to impart the knowledge of how to play piano is giving the student the gift of learning and a fulfilling skill that would ideally enrich the rest of their lives.” – Lyle Michaud, piano teacher

                                                                  Teaching piano from your home can be inexpensive and easy income.

                                                                  “Playing piano engages the entire brain all at once in ways that no sport, game, or other instrument does. It combines art with history, mathematics, science, and language. Teaching piano makes both the instructor and the student smarter and more well-rounded.” – Lyle Michaud, piano teacher

                                                                  Keep in mind that you’ll be dealing with a broad spectrum of students – ages and skill levels – so you’ll need to be flexible and understanding, while also challenging your students to practice so your lesson is worthwhile.

                                                                  33. Tour Guide

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                                                                    Tour Guide
                                                                      • Pros: You can spend time with people and show them a good time.
                                                                      • Cons: A lot of times, the schedule will change and you will have to be flexible.
                                                                      • Start Up Costs:


                                                                      • How to Begin:

                                                                        Figure out what type of tour guide business you want; plan an interesting tour.

                                                                      • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                                        You enjoy being with people and don’t crack under stress.

                                                                    If you enjoy getting to meet new people and share your knowledge of your town, you might truly enjoy opening a business as a tour guide. You know the food and the history in your town.

                                                                    Tour Guide Businesses You can Begin:

                                                                    • Walking Tour Guide
                                                                    • Bus Tour
                                                                    • Adventure Tour Guide (hiking, rafting, rock climbing, etc.)

                                                                    You need to be a clear communicator and even an entertainer with your stories. You also need to have energy and be super flexible when all your plans fall apart.

                                                                    A lot of times things go wrong and it’s out of your control – weather changes, collision traffic, or a reservation that wasn’t written down. You need to provide clear leadership and be pleasant and calming when people are frustrated.

                                                                    Have a good time meeting new people and helping them to enjoy their visit to your town!

                                                                    34. Travel Agency

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                                                                      Travel Agency
                                                                        • Pros: You can work remotely with your own flexible schedule. There are endless business opportunities as travel keeps on expanding.
                                                                        • Cons: There can be intense competition with other travel agencies and only a seasonal flow of business.
                                                                        • Start Up Costs:


                                                                        • How to Begin:

                                                                          Know your area of expertise in travel and build a strong network.

                                                                        • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                                          You enjoy traveling and giving people a wonderful experience in travel.

                                                                      If you love traveling to distant lands, starting your own travel agency can be lucrative and also give you the opportunity to work remotely from home.

                                                                      Hear It From A Pro:

                                                                      “The travel industry is constantly growing and evolving, and especially now that borders have opened after COVID, “revenge travel” has been common as people want to make up for the lost time during lockdown.

                                                                      “With so many options currently available in every city, it is becoming increasingly difficult for travelers to drown out the noise and understand how they can have a unique trip. Whether that is finding boutique hotels in London, or one-of-a-kind experiences in Thailand, there are so many areas to focus on and provide curated recommendations.” – Eric Singh, owner of Reverie

                                                                      Since certain destinations attract more visitors during certain seasons, your business might not have a steady cash flow at first.

                                                                      “The travel industry is highly competitive, and it can be difficult to stand out and attract clients. With so many travel agencies and online travel sites vying for customers, it can be tough to get noticed."

                                                                      "To be successful, you'll need to have a strong network, marketing or content strategy, and build a solid reputation to attract and retain clients. In some cases, it may be useful to join a pre-existing travel agency to help with all the logistics of becoming a travel agent.” – Eric Singh, owner of Reverie

                                                                      Starting your own travel agency can be rewarding, but be aware of the costs and challenges that come with it.

                                                                      35. Tutor

                                                                      • tutor
                                                                          • Pros: Getting to spend time with students and helping them learn
                                                                          • Cons: Sometimes you have a difficult student or parent.
                                                                          • Start Up Costs:


                                                                          • How to Begin:

                                                                            Make sure you have curriculum to take them through and publicize your business.

                                                                          • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                                            You enjoy teaching and explaining things to people.

                                                                        If you have a passion for a certain subject, you might be able to become the next Bill Nye the Science Guy!

                                                                        The pros are that the hours are pretty flexible, you get to set your own pay, and there’s not a big start up cost. Overall, it’s rewarding to see kids learn!

                                                                        The cons are that unless you teach homeschool kids, chances are that you’ll have to work evenings and possibly weekends. Your success also largely depends on word of mouth. Also, you aren’t being paid for any preparatory time for your tutoring time.

                                                                        Students can also be difficult at times, as sometimes it’s their parents who are forcing them to be there. But if you find these cons easy, consider which subjects you can teach:

                                                                        Subjects to Offer Tutoring In:

                                                                        To begin, set a reasonable price and begin marketing yourself. Make sure you have a curriculum to take them through so that you aren’t spending extra hours figuring out the most systematic way to teach them the material.

                                                                        Read this article for more ideas on how to earn income as a tutor.

                                                                        36. Video Editor

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                                                                          Video Editor
                                                                            • Pros: It’s a great creative outlet that can be done from home.
                                                                            • Cons: Your work is mostly done in isolation.
                                                                            • Start Up Costs:


                                                                            • How to Begin:

                                                                              Educate yourself on how to use video editing software.

                                                                            • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                                              You enjoy shaping narratives through video.

                                                                          Video editing is creative work that can be done remotely.

                                                                          “There’s such a large variety of work; you can do video work for any industry. It can also be very generalized unless you niche it down. Use YouTube for tutorials to learn both basic and niche skills, and find free trials of editing software or free software in general.” – Noel Lay, owner of Jlaymedia

                                                                          You’ll want to learn how to work video editing software such as Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro. You can also take classes (and pursue a degree) or take a class from Apple.

                                                                          It takes about $1,000 to $4,500 to get the right equipment to get started. There are a lot of companies that want to hire video editors just for YouTube alone. Your job is to edit and cut in order to keep people engaged past the first thumbnail.

                                                                          To get started, you’ll want to create short videos so you have a portfolio. Look up on social media “video editor” and a number of jobs will pop up.

                                                                          Keep in mind that it can be isolating, especially if you’re not working directly with a client or team.

                                                                          “Editing is a career that constantly refines and pushes your knowledge and skills. It’s both challenging and fulfilling!” – Noel Lay, owner of Jlaymedia

                                                                          37. Virtual Assistance

                                                                          • virtual assistance
                                                                            Virtual Assistance
                                                                              • Pros: You can work from home and have a flexible schedule.
                                                                              • Cons: Since you are running your own business, you don’t have the benefits that companies give.
                                                                              • Start Up Costs:


                                                                              • How to Begin:

                                                                                You’ll need a computer and working internet; begin to market yourself.

                                                                              • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                                                You are naturally administrative and good with details.

                                                                            Working from home as a virtual assistant (VA) is one of the ways to juggle all your responsibilities as a mom and work from home. You can stay in your pjs all day; all you need is a computer and good internet service.

                                                                            Some Duties that Businesses Hire VAs For:

                                                                            You do NOT need to offer all of the services above. You can offer whatever services you want to do and say “no” to whatever you don’t; likewise, you can say “yes” to whatever clients you want and say “no” to the less desirable ones.

                                                                            For cons, working from home can be pleasant but there can also be a lot of distractions, which can push your work into the night. You also won’t have insurance or paid vacation days. Some VAs also complain about the lack of social interaction.

                                                                            If you want to work in the field, you can join an exercise class or grab coffee with a friend for some adult time.

                                                                            38. Voice Acting

                                                                            • voice acting
                                                                              Voice Acting
                                                                                • Pros: The hours are flexible and you can have a lot of fun.
                                                                                • Cons: You can have unsteady work as competition can be fierce.
                                                                                • Start Up Costs:


                                                                                • How to Begin:

                                                                                  Purchase an at-home recording setup that is soundproof.

                                                                                • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                                                  You enjoy inflecting your voice in creative ways.

                                                                              Are you someone who enjoys mimicking other people and the art of changing your pitch and volume? You might enjoy voice acting!

                                                                              Fields They Hire Voice Actors In:

                                                                              • Animation
                                                                              • Audiobooks
                                                                              • Commercials
                                                                              • Video games
                                                                              • Educational content
                                                                              • Museum audio narrations

                                                                              Though the work can be isolating at times, as you often create fresh deliveries in your own private recording room, you don’t have to be on camera so there is less pressure.

                                                                              You’ll find a lot of flexibility both with hours and location, as you can work from anywhere. It’s also tons of fun playing different roles and having credits to your name gives you a boost in confidence.

                                                                              “You get to play different roles and can work from home if you have a home studio!” – Caleb Jeon, voice actor

                                                                              Competition is fierce, audition rejections are common, but it is quickly lucrative when work and residuals do come in.

                                                                              In order to start, begin by signing up for acting classes; listen and learn from professionals; become a master at breathing, pronunciation, articulation, and delivery. Record a demo of yourself and begin to send it out to agents.

                                                                              For more information, read “How to Find Voice Over Jobs From Home and Online.”

                                                                              39. Web Design

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                                                                                Web Design
                                                                                  • Pros: You can work creatively and remotely.
                                                                                  • Cons: The work can be isolating and extremely dormant for your body.
                                                                                  • Start Up Costs:


                                                                                  • How to Begin:

                                                                                    Learn about web design and start a portfolio.

                                                                                  • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                                                    You enjoy constantly learning more about technology.

                                                                                A good graphic designer understands the significance of images, fonts, structure, design, shapes, texture, and color; they understand how and why one website is more attractive than another.

                                                                                If you want to start your own business where you can practice creativity and work remotely, web design opportunities are growing.

                                                                                Look into online courses and offer to help a friend with design so you can begin a portfolio. A lot of web developers are also computer programmers – where you learn your coding language like Python or Java.

                                                                                Keep in mind that you will constantly have to keep up with the new technology in this field – which might be a pro or con, depending on your personality. The work can also be isolating and dormant, where you are sitting for several hours a day.

                                                                                You can purchase an under-the-desk bicycle and keep fit while you work!

                                                                                40. Wedding Planner

                                                                                • wedding planner
                                                                                  Wedding Planner
                                                                                    • Pros: For the most part, you can set your own hours (just not on the wedding weekend); you get to meet new people and travel to new places.
                                                                                    • Cons: Sometimes you get an inconsiderate person in the bridal party or family, or a vendor you hired makes a blunder.
                                                                                    • Start Up Costs:


                                                                                    • How to Begin:

                                                                                      Intern or work with another planner or industry person (e.g. floral designer, venue rep, caterer, or rental company).

                                                                                    • You Know You’ll Enjoy This If:

                                                                                      You are administrative, enjoy working with people, and are able to smile under great stress.

                                                                                  Though you may think that planning a friend’s wedding might be the start to a wedding planner business, it might actually get you stuck in that “friend circle” and make it difficult to branch out to professionally paid work.

                                                                                  When starting a business, it’s vital you build a team you can trust. When you start, you can pay for your wedding day team or any administrative assistance you need day-to-day.

                                                                                  Hear it from an expert, Nancy Park, co-owner with Paean Wang, of So Happi Together:

                                                                                • Working on your own schedule – with the exception of the wedding weekend.
                                                                                • Creating something new with every event. Great for people who are more inspired by project-based work, rather than a traditional 9 to 5.
                                                                                • Getting to choose your clients, co-workers, and vendor team!
                                                                                • Being surrounded by love and beautiful things all the time
                                                                                • Traveling to new places and having new experiences all the time
                                                                                • Meeting new people, becoming lifelong friends with your clients
                                                                                • Having reunions with your clients and their guests every time they refer you to their friends or family members!
                                                                                • Hours of work that you put in are usually not compensated for, especially in the beginning of starting your business.
                                                                                • You’ll need to educate couples on real budgets and costs, because so much false information exists.
                                                                                • Sometimes a random guest or bridal party member can be problematic.
                                                                                • Some people may confuse a wedding planner with a personal assistant or hired help.
                                                                                • You feel responsible for every shortcoming of every other vendor. So, make sure you choose your team wisely.
                                                                                • You’ll have a lot of driving, especially in the beginning, to meet a lot of vendors, see different venues, and meet clients, etc.

                                                                                  “Do it your way. Find your own style and voice and trust that you will attract the clients who are right for you. I was told early on that I would only be taken seriously and be able to produce luxury weddings if I got my own studio space, but that would defeat the fact that I wanted to be able to work from home with my kids. So, I didn’t take that path and am proud of where our business is now!” – Nancy Park, owner of So Happi Together, Instagram

                                                                                  Start up costs for this type of business is relatively low, though your branding and logo are very important and can cost a lot of money. You need an online presence – a well-designed website and an instagram account.

                                                                                  If you don’t have a portfolio yet, you can consider hiring models, florals, and rentals to do a photoshoot to show off your aesthetics.

                                                                                  “Wedding planning is all about relationships – not just the obvious relationship between the bride and groom, or planner and couple – but the planner’s relationship with their team, vendors, venues, etc. A lot of hard work, time, and energy goes into producing a picture perfect day where you have to manage timelines, high emotions and people. It isn’t for the faint of heart, you have to be able to thrive in high-pressure and high-stress situations with a smile.”

                                                                                  “In the end, nothing is more rewarding than the joy of seeing everything come together for your clients and their beloved guests. Just know that wedding planning is HARD WORK. So make sure you are compensated fairly and don’t bring down the value of all wedding planners by charging too little!”

                                                                                  – Nancy Park, owner of So Happi Together

                                                                                  In conclusion

                                                                                  If you’re tired of working for your boss or dealing with co-worker drama, one of the exit strategies would be to open up your own business. You’ll love having flexibility and only answering to yourself.

                                                                                  If you’re interested in even more ideas and want to start cautiously with a side business, read the following:

                                                                                  How to Make Money as a Teen Fri, 24 Feb 2023 22:19:39 +0000 As a teen, life is so much more fun when you have spare money to go out with friends. With a part-time job, you can have financial freedom, and even better, save money to buy a car! Financially wise teens can also save for college.

                                                                                  What Age Can I Start Working?

                                                                                  The U.S. Department of Labor says you can start working at the minimum age of 14 for a limited number of hours if you’re under the age of 16.

                                                                                  In some states, your school has to issue you a work permit until you turn 18 years old.

                                                                                  However, exceptions to these laws exist.

                                                                                  Children Under the Age of 14 May Be Employed in the Following Fields:

                                                                                  • Family businesses
                                                                                  • Agriculture
                                                                                  • Newspaper delivery
                                                                                  • Acting
                                                                                  • Minor chores around private homes
                                                                                  • Casual baby-sitting

                                                                                  The U.S. Department of Labor says:

                                                                                  under 14 years of age department of labor

                                                                                  If you are a parent reading this article, you will be surprised at how many jobs your teen can work to gain excellent work ethics. It only benefits them to understand the value of money and labor at an earlier age.

                                                                                  Read below to find out all the different jobs you can do to start earning money today!

                                                                                  1. Act

                                                                                  • act
                                                                                      • Pros: It’s fun to act and be on the screen.
                                                                                      • Cons: When you are younger, your ability to act is dependent upon a parent driving you and helping you navigate Hollywood.
                                                                                      • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                        No age limit

                                                                                      • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                        $29/hour (U.S. average)

                                                                                      • What Do you Need:

                                                                                        The ability to act on screen or on stage

                                                                                    You can begin acting as young as an infant, as long as your doctor gives a thumbs up to you being healthy enough to work. In California, if you’re a minor working in the entertainment industry, you’ll need to register for a permit.

                                                                                    Your parent(s) need a lot of time, energy, patience, and excellent people skills to work with a WIDE variety of people in the industry.

                                                                                    You might find a lot of fun being filmed, recorded, or on stage. However, the one huge need younger teens have is a parent who is willing to drive them around. Hollywood is filled with a lot of strange people, so an adult should help you navigate this.

                                                                                    If you don’t have parents to drive you around, you can consider getting your own recording studio and voice acting.

                                                                                    What is the hard part?

                                                                                    You can get called last second to audition or play a part, so you might have to give up your friend’s birthday party or that fun event you’ve been planning to attend with friends.

                                                                                    Though the national average wage for actors is $29/hour, keep in mind that there are actors that get paid in the millions who are pulling the average up. Begin by finding an agent or consider Kids Casting.

                                                                                    2. Babysit

                                                                                    • babysit
                                                                                        • Pros: You can play with kids.
                                                                                        • Cons: There’s always the possibility you may be placed in an emergency situation and will need to navigate yourself and the young children through it.
                                                                                        • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                          Varies per state

                                                                                        • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                          $17.50/hour (U.S. average)

                                                                                        • What Do you Need:

                                                                                          Common sense

                                                                                      If you have a reputation among your parents’ friends for being responsible and mature, then parents will naturally ask to hire you as a babysitter.

                                                                                      You can expand this business by putting yourself out there on babysitting apps or getting hired by babysitter businesses.

                                                                                      Parents appreciate it if you know first aid and how to administer CPR. Your personality needs to be able to exert authority over children.

                                                                                      How Do You Prepare?

                                                                                      You need to have a lot of common sense – know what to do if the child has a seizure, breaks a bone, or begins to choke on something. Know what to do if an earthquake hits or a fire breaks out. Know where the first-aid kit is and how to call 911.

                                                                                      Other than that, have a good time playing games with some kids and making money while you do it!

                                                                                      3. Be a Golf Caddy

                                                                                      • golf caddy
                                                                                        Be a Golf Caddy
                                                                                          • Pros: You can learn a lot about golf naturally and get exercise as you earn money.
                                                                                          • Cons: You have to be out in the sun and it can be physically taxing.
                                                                                          • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                            14 years old, though some golf clubs allow 13 year olds

                                                                                          • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                            $20 - $25/hour plus tip

                                                                                          • What Do you Need:

                                                                                            A positive attitude, the ability to carry a golf bag, standard golf attire, scorecard, pencil, towel, extra tees, and knowledge of the course

                                                                                        One of the ways you can make money as a young teen is as a golf caddy. Golfers pay $20 – $25 per hour for beginner kids, but if you have your future in mind, you have potential to make as much as a few thousand dollars per week as a professional caddy.

                                                                                        Generally, a professional caddy makes 5% – 10% of what your golfer makes. If a professional wins $10 million, the caddy will make around $700,000.

                                                                                        You should know the basics of golf. Some golfers might ask you for counsel. You should also know the clubs by name when the golfers ask you for them.

                                                                                        Be prepared with:

                                                                                        • A positive attitude
                                                                                        • The ability to carry a golf bag
                                                                                        • Standard golf attire when at a golf club
                                                                                        • A scorecard
                                                                                        • A pencil
                                                                                        • A towel
                                                                                        • Extra tees
                                                                                        • Water bottles

                                                                                        Know the course well and where bodies of water on the course are. Rake a sand trap when your golfer is done and fix divots.

                                                                                        It’s best to be silent while they play. You’ll want to keep a careful watch on where the ball goes as the golfer will sometimes ask you where it fell.

                                                                                        4. Car Washing

                                                                                        • car washing
                                                                                          Car Washing
                                                                                            • Pros: You can exercise and meet people as you work. If you do this with a friend, it’s even more enjoyable.
                                                                                            • Cons: If you do this regularly, it can be physically exhausting. If you wash cars in the heat without shade, you can get sunburned.
                                                                                            • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                              Depends on if you’re getting hired by a company or washing cars for neighbors

                                                                                            • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                              $13.80/hour plus tip (U.S. average)

                                                                                            • What Do you Need:

                                                                                              Soap, a hose, and towels

                                                                                          Car washing is a job you and a friend can have even as young teens. Walk around your neighborhood and ask people if you can wash their cars for a certain fee. Many neighbors would be happy to pay you.

                                                                                          If you want to work at a car wash, you may need to be of driving age in your state. Most car washes need the washers to move the cars when they are finished.

                                                                                          This is one job where you can enjoy flexible hours and get school work done at the same time. Be ready to exercise as this line of work is physically taxing.

                                                                                          If you work at a car wash, you can gain knowledge on the workings of the business and open one up for yourself in the future.

                                                                                          5. Cottage Home Business

                                                                                          • cottage home business
                                                                                            Cottage Home Business
                                                                                              • Pros: You can enjoy working within your own home. It’s also fun to sell what will bring others happiness.
                                                                                              • Cons: You gain all the stress that a normal business has.
                                                                                              • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                No age limit; you just need identification (a passport or school ID will suffice).

                                                                                              • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                Varies, depending on what you sell

                                                                                              • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                A kitchen

                                                                                            Perhaps you are a teen who has a gift for baking or making delicious food. One of the ways you can make money is to start your own home business.

                                                                                            Here are some item you can sell:

                                                                                            • Cakes or cupcakes
                                                                                            • Dry cake mix
                                                                                            • Cookies or bars
                                                                                            • Crackers
                                                                                            • Dry cookie mix
                                                                                            • Donuts, tortilla, kale chips
                                                                                            • Pies (except custard pies)
                                                                                            • Breads, rolls, biscuits, muffins
                                                                                            • Dry bread mixes
                                                                                            • Jams, jellies, preserves
                                                                                            • Dry nuts or trail mixes
                                                                                            • Dry cereals
                                                                                            • Granola
                                                                                            • Popcorn or kettle corn
                                                                                            • Candy, chocolate, caramels, fudge
                                                                                            • Dry herbs and seasonings

                                                                                            You would need to obtain a Cottage Food license. Read here to find out the information on how to get a license within your state.

                                                                                            There is no official minimum age limit to obtain a Cottage Food license. You only need to have identification of some sort; a passport or school ID should suffice.

                                                                                            In general, you normally have to follow these steps:

                                                                                            • Fill out an application.
                                                                                            • Get zoning clearance or a permit.
                                                                                            • Get a kitchen inspection by the public health department.
                                                                                            • Get a business license within your state.

                                                                                            Some states mandate that you take a food processor course for a few hours.

                                                                                            If you want to start small and market to family and friends, you can get your business started by word-of-mouth.

                                                                                            The hard part about starting a business is you need to handle all this on your own:

                                                                                            • Customer service
                                                                                            • Logo-creating
                                                                                            • Packaging
                                                                                            • Labeling
                                                                                            • Pricing
                                                                                            • Mailing
                                                                                            • Marketing

                                                                                            Read 31 Things to Sell to Make Money under “Food” for more information.

                                                                                            6. Code

                                                                                            • code
                                                                                                • Pros: You can choose your own schedule.
                                                                                                • Cons: If something is wrong with the game, hundreds or millions of players will tell you what they think and quite brutally.
                                                                                                • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                  14 years old to legally work at a company

                                                                                                • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                  $33/hour (U.S. average)

                                                                                                • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                  A working computer

                                                                                              Perhaps you enjoy working on your computer at home and prefer solitude over office politics. Coding would be an excellent job for you.

                                                                                              You simply need computer programming software to get you started. It helps to have knowledge of computer programming languages, such as Java, Python, or C++.

                                                                                              Jake Silverman began coding at the age of 15. Soon afterwards, a company began to pay him to code – first $15/hour and then $25/hour. Now at the age of 19, he is a game programmer at a game studio, Simple Games Inc.

                                                                                              “I enjoy coding and I get to choose my own schedule!” – Jake Silverman


                                                                                              Coding can be more stressful than other jobs because if it doesn’t work perfectly, you have a bunch of harsh critics who tell you exactly what they think.

                                                                                              You also have to interact with people of different skill sets who communicate quite different than coders do, like the creative or artistic department.

                                                                                              However, it is a job with excellent pay and flexible hours, so if you can do it, enjoy it!

                                                                                              7. Crafts

                                                                                              • craft
                                                                                                  • Pros: You can work from home and do what you enjoy.
                                                                                                  • Cons: You might not enjoy the shipping and packaging aspect; also, customer service can be a bear.
                                                                                                  • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                    13 years old

                                                                                                  • How Much Can You Make:


                                                                                                  • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                    Supplies for your craft and packaging materials

                                                                                                If your giftedness lies with your hands and being able to create art or sew amazing items, then you might be happy to know that you can make an income on Etsy or Amazon Homemade.

                                                                                                Some items you can sell:

                                                                                                • Art
                                                                                                • Jewelry
                                                                                                • Prints
                                                                                                • Trivets
                                                                                                • Decorated notebooks
                                                                                                • Sewn projects (clothes, pillows, totes, etc.)
                                                                                                • Leather purses
                                                                                                • Anything knit
                                                                                                • Soaps
                                                                                                • Cards and stationary
                                                                                                • Candles
                                                                                                • Stickers
                                                                                                • Pottery
                                                                                                • T-shirts

                                                                                                Where do you sell?

                                                                                                EtsyAmazon Handmade
                                                                                                You can sell on Etsy when you are 13 years old with an adult as a manager. An adult must be the owner of the account.
                                                                                                All financial information such as a credit card or PayPal account, and Etsy Payments has to be the parent’s information and accounts.
                                                                                                The minimum age to sell on Amazon is 18 years old, so you do need a parent’s account to sell if you are any younger.

                                                                                                One positive is that Etsy has a low listing fee: $0.20 per item for four months.

                                                                                                Etsy’s commission and processing fee:

                                                                                                6.5% transaction fee, 3% + $0.25 payment processing fee

                                                                                                The average person makes $44,000 on Etsy, but keep in mind, that’s with a lot of hard work given over to marketing and hours spent building clientele.

                                                                                                Be forewarned that it’s hard to get noticed when surrounded by millions of active sellers. There are just as many failure stories as success stories of Etsy stores.

                                                                                                Unfortunately, some people end up in the negative after buying supplies and packaging materials.

                                                                                                8. Do Tasks

                                                                                                • do tasks
                                                                                                  Do Tasks
                                                                                                    • Pros: You can help out people that you love while making money.
                                                                                                    • Cons: You will probably be doing what they don’t want to do.
                                                                                                    • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                      Any age

                                                                                                    • How Much Can You Make:


                                                                                                    • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                      A positive attitude

                                                                                                  Your parents and your grandparents are probably willing to pay you good money to do projects that they can’t get to – clean the garage or basement or hang pictures.

                                                                                                  Pros of doing tasks for your family and friends:

                                                                                                  • You probably feel the most comfortable haggling your wage with your family.
                                                                                                  • You’ll be helping out loved ones.
                                                                                                  • You might not have to leave home to get paid.
                                                                                                  • Your grandparents love to see you around their home.

                                                                                                  Sometimes your grandparents need someone to fix their computer or reset up their television. They might need someone to clean their house and would prefer you over a stranger.

                                                                                                  Though it can sometimes require you extra patience, spending time with your grandparents is one of the best things you can do.

                                                                                                  9. Dog Walking

                                                                                                  • dog walking
                                                                                                    Dog Walking
                                                                                                      • Pros: You can spend time with furry loves!
                                                                                                      • Cons: Some dogs can be difficult, aggressive, or whine a lot.
                                                                                                      • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                        You need to be old enough to handle the dog and not get lost walking.

                                                                                                      • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                        $33.86 (U.S. average)

                                                                                                      • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                        A love for animals, poop bags, an extra leash and collar; possibly waterproof clothing

                                                                                                    If you begin a business as a dog walker, you can easily make enough money to buy yourself a used car.

                                                                                                    At the same time, you would be helping clients who love their dogs but can’t walk them; some people are physically challenged or ill; others are much too busy.

                                                                                                    First, market your business on social media, around the neighborhood, and on neighborhood apps. If you can drive, you can market yourself in a wider range – such as at the dog park or the pet store. You could even place yourself on a dog walking app, like Rover.

                                                                                                    What do I charge?

                                                                                                    Set your prices for 15, 30, 45, 60 minute durations and let the client request what they need.

                                                                                                    You need to be at an age and maturity to handle a dog, but if your business expands beyond neighbors, you’ll need to be old enough to travel by car to get to some dogs.

                                                                                                    Though it’s nice you don’t have any office drama, the con is that sometimes you need to deal with difficult clients, like ones who don’t pay you on time.

                                                                                                    Also, be ready to walk dogs in all types of weather, rain or shine.

                                                                                                    10. Draw Caricatures and Face Paint for Parties

                                                                                                    • draw caricature
                                                                                                      Draw Caricatures and Face Paint for Parties
                                                                                                        • Pros: You can be creative and work with children.
                                                                                                        • Cons: You might get a child who is unhappy about how you face painted them.
                                                                                                        • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                          Any age

                                                                                                        • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                          Average $125 - $200 per party

                                                                                                        • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                          A face paint kit; paper and art supplies for caricatures

                                                                                                      draw caricature for parties

                                                                                                      Teens who are gifted at art can offer their services to do caricature drawings or face painting at parties.

                                                                                                      You get very creative and have a lot of fun with this. Most of the time, your clients will be thrilled with whatever you produce.

                                                                                                      You get to work with all sorts of people and kids. The only con might be when a kid doesn’t like how you face painted them and the meltdown that might ensue. But you can look around at all the happy kids and know you did well.

                                                                                                      11. Get a Paper Route

                                                                                                      • get a paper route
                                                                                                        Get a Paper Route
                                                                                                          • Pros: You get great exercise as you work.
                                                                                                          • Cons: There might not be days off and you have to deliver in all weather.
                                                                                                          • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                            No age limit; up to the discernment of the newspaper

                                                                                                          • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                            $9.84 (U.S. average)

                                                                                                          • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                            Rubber bands and plastic bags

                                                                                                        Delivering papers is one of the handful of jobs that you can have as someone under the age of 14 to make money.

                                                                                                        Though most people think that newspapers are going out of fashion, there are many people, like the elderly, who don’t have the internet or still prefer to read the newspaper with a hard copy in hand.

                                                                                                        If you’re interested in a job, call the circulation department of your local newspaper. Mention if you plan to deliver on bike or with a car.

                                                                                                        Your job may start as early as 3 a.m. and finish around 6 a.m. Your job may also include folding papers.

                                                                                                        Here are some of the pros to delivering papers:

                                                                                                        • Don’t have to think hard
                                                                                                        • Great exercise
                                                                                                        • Builds self-confidence
                                                                                                        • Teaches you to be on time
                                                                                                        • No boss bothering you
                                                                                                        • Tips

                                                                                                        Here are some of the cons of delivering papers:

                                                                                                        • Possibly no weekend or any days off
                                                                                                        • Need to deliver in all weather – including rainy days
                                                                                                        • Wear and tear to your car
                                                                                                        • Some newspapers dock your pay if you deliver a wet newspaper or get a customer complaint.

                                                                                                        Lastly, if you ride a bike, remember your bike safety — flags, headlights, reflexive tape, and you’ll need a basket for newspapers.

                                                                                                        It’s dark outside, and you’ll be delivering during hours that criminals are out, so be careful.

                                                                                                        12. Help Seniors

                                                                                                        • help seniors
                                                                                                          Help Seniors
                                                                                                            • Pros: Things usually move slowly in the home of a senior, so you won’t feel as stressed as in an office.
                                                                                                            • Cons: You might need patience to work with the elderly. Some seniors can be difficult.
                                                                                                            • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                              No age limit

                                                                                                            • How Much Can You Make:


                                                                                                            • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                              A positive attitude

                                                                                                          The elderly need a lot of assistance to live a regular life. If you enjoy the company of older people and have the patience for the slower pace that they move in, this might be an excellent job for you.

                                                                                                          You can list yourself on or market yourself on social media.

                                                                                                          Here’s a list of some of the things they might need you for:

                                                                                                          • Helping them with household chores
                                                                                                          • Meal prep
                                                                                                          • Keeping them company
                                                                                                          • Vacuuming, sweeping, mopping
                                                                                                          • Washing dishes
                                                                                                          • Doing laundry
                                                                                                          • Shopping
                                                                                                          • Cleaning the bathrooms
                                                                                                          • Picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy
                                                                                                          • Grocery shop for them
                                                                                                          • Taking them to their doctor appointments
                                                                                                          • Yard work
                                                                                                          • Bathing, dressing, feeding
                                                                                                          • Mobility assistance
                                                                                                          • Being a friend

                                                                                                          If this is something that you might enjoy, they surely would enjoy having a teen around them to add some youthfulness to their lives!

                                                                                                          13. Lifeguard

                                                                                                          • lifeguard
                                                                                                              • Pros: Enjoy a day at the beach instead of at the office. Your job is usually relaxing.
                                                                                                              • Cons: You have to risk your life when people drown. Other times, it can be very boring.
                                                                                                              • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                14 years old (However, most certification courses have an age 15 minimum.)

                                                                                                              • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                                $14.17 (U.S. average)

                                                                                                              • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                Lifeguard certification

                                                                                                            Lifeguarding is easy money. Though there are some cons, like needing to risk your life on rare occasions, most of your time is spent lounging by the pool or beach.

                                                                                                            If you want to become a lifeguard, you’ll first need to get your certification through YMCA, local Red Cross, or other organizations.

                                                                                                            Usually the classes are 2-3 days long over the weekend. Students must be at least 15 years old by the last day of class.

                                                                                                            You’ll learn CPR training, First Aid, and AED training. You’ll learn about strange waves and tides, like riptides. They call drowning the “silent killer,” so you’ll learn to recognize swimmers struggling and how to use floatation devices.

                                                                                                            Next, pass the certification test. Here is an example of what you need to pass in order to get certified through the YMCA:

                                                                                                            lifeguard prerequisite

                                                                                                            After you pass the certification test, call around local pools, beaches, lakes, community centers, and water parks to see who is hiring.

                                                                                                            If you want to be a beach lifeguard, you must be in great shape and also be a strong swimmer. You might want to practice running on sand.

                                                                                                            Lifeguarding can sometimes get boring, especially when there are no swimmers, and you do risk getting sunburned.

                                                                                                            Every two years, make sure your certification is up to date and doesn’t expire.

                                                                                                            14. Make a YouTube channel

                                                                                                            • make youtube channel
                                                                                                              Make a YouTube channel
                                                                                                                • Pros: You can help people and have fun with it.
                                                                                                                • Cons: You’ll have to deal with haters along the way.
                                                                                                                • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                  13 years old

                                                                                                                • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                                  $5 for every 1,000 video views

                                                                                                                • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                  A camera, editing software, a computer

                                                                                                              Almost every teen has watched YouTube now and might have considered starting their own channel; you get to be creative and express yourself, and it doesn’t cost you any money to start a channel.

                                                                                                              But beware – you will have to deal with haters. On the flip side, you also get to enjoy befriending people around the world. Video making is time consuming and there will be difficult lulls in your creativity.

                                                                                                              Most YouTube channels fail, so chances are that you probably won’t be famous, but if you are, you will have to deal with privacy concerns.

                                                                                                              You’ll need a good camera, editing software, and a computer. If you’re filming yourself, a mic, and ring light would help.

                                                                                                              The following information is from Mint:

                                                                                                              How Much Does a YouTuber with 1 Million Subscribers Make a Year?

                                                                                                              The average YouTuber salary for those with at least 1 million subscribers is $60,000 per year.

                                                                                                              How Much Do YouTubers Make for 1 Million Views?

                                                                                                              A video with advertisements and 1 million views can pay a YouTuber between $2,000 – $3,000.

                                                                                                              Who is The Richest YouTuber?

                                                                                                              MrBeast is now the richest YouTuber, earning $54 million in 2021.

                                                                                                              How Much Do YouTubers Make with 100k Subscribers?

                                                                                                              On average, YouTubers with 100,000 subscribers can make between $600 – $1,000 per week, bringing in between $2,400 – $4,000 per month.

                                                                                                              Study How to Boost Your Algorithms:

                                                                                                              • Study SEOs.
                                                                                                              • Be consistent so your audience will grow.
                                                                                                              • Market your channel through other sources.
                                                                                                              • Make your thumbnail and title click-worthy with multiple-word tags.
                                                                                                              • Be engaging.

                                                                                                              If being on the screen doesn’t bode well with you, you could also make money as a social media manager.

                                                                                                              15. Make Dog Treats

                                                                                                              • make dog treats
                                                                                                                Make Dog Treats
                                                                                                                  • Pros: If you love dogs, this can be a passion for you.
                                                                                                                  • Cons: It might be a pain dealing with your state’s regulations.
                                                                                                                  • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                    Any age

                                                                                                                  • How Much Can You Make:


                                                                                                                  • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                    Dog recipes, ingredients, and packaging materials

                                                                                                                Before you get too excited about making dog treats, know that each state and county has different regulations when it comes to selling dog treats.

                                                                                                                You also need to check with your own city and county to see if they allow minors to get a business license.

                                                                                                                Some states require a commercially licensed kitchen; others don’t. You will need to get a business license and have to deal with things like taxes. If all of the above makes your eyes glaze over, then read on for different ideas.

                                                                                                                Other than the initial hoops you have to jump through, you can enjoy creating dog treats, helping dogs stay healthy by avoiding fillers and preservatives.

                                                                                                                You can also have fun with the shapes and presentation of your treats, earning momey while keeping flexible hours.

                                                                                                                Don’t forget to build a website and have cute packaging. Find a way to let customers pay online.

                                                                                                                16. Office Work

                                                                                                                • office work
                                                                                                                  Office Work
                                                                                                                    • Pros: You can work sitting down in an air-conditioned or heated room.
                                                                                                                    • Cons: You have to deal with office politics and personalities.
                                                                                                                    • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                      14 years old, unless it’s a family office

                                                                                                                    • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                                      They’ll usually offer you minimum wage for your state.

                                                                                                                    • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                      Some basic computer skills and people skills

                                                                                                                  If you are polite and respectful towards your parents’ friends, it could land you a job. A lot of them need someone to work in their office.

                                                                                                                  You could work as a receptionist, office clerk, administrative assistant, or in the field of customer service.

                                                                                                                  The great positive is that it’s not physically difficult. You routinely walk into an office for a set number of hours and get your work done.

                                                                                                                  The difficult part is the possible office drama with difficult personalities. You also may not enjoy being stuck indoors with a computer and phone.

                                                                                                                  As a teenager, I had a job like this during the summer, and it was pretty easy money.

                                                                                                                  17. Organize a Bake Sale

                                                                                                                  • organize bake sale
                                                                                                                    Organize a Bake Sale
                                                                                                                      • Pros: If you’re naturally gifted at baking, this will be fun for you.
                                                                                                                      • Cons: If you do this regularly, you might need a permit.
                                                                                                                      • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                        Any age

                                                                                                                      • How Much Can You Make:


                                                                                                                      • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                        Recipes, the ingredients, and the ability to bake

                                                                                                                    Every city is different when it comes to allowing bake sales without permits. Call your city council to see if you don’t need a permit and mention if it’s for a fundraiser, as different rules apply.

                                                                                                                    Or risk it for 1-2 hours; the worst that can happen is you get told to pack it up and leave.

                                                                                                                    If you’re going to do this regularly, it’s better for you to get a permit and insurance in case someone gets food poisoned.

                                                                                                                    More problems arise when you try to sell near public events and leech off of other businesses or if you cause any traffic by causing cars to pull over in busy intersections.

                                                                                                                    You can set these up at schools or on street corners with your lemonade stand.


                                                                                                                    Be sure to list ingredients to make sure that no one has an allergic reaction to anything you bake.

                                                                                                                    One of my friends had an entrepreneurial son who started selling bags of popcorn and other candy at school to friends. When he popped popcorn, other kids smelled it and wanted some; he made a lot of money off of schoolmates!

                                                                                                                    Have a tip jar available to make even more money!

                                                                                                                    18. Painting Interiors

                                                                                                                    • painting interiors
                                                                                                                      Painting Interiors
                                                                                                                        • Pros: Flexible hours
                                                                                                                        • Cons: It’s physically taxing and you can’t make mistakes.
                                                                                                                        • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                          14 years old, unless it’s for a family

                                                                                                                        • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                                          $18/hour (U.S. average)

                                                                                                                        • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                          Paint, brushes, rollers, pans, painter’s tape, tarp, etc.

                                                                                                                      Painting is a lot more difficult than it looks. The preparation usually takes more time than the painting. People want exact, straight lines on their ceilings and baseboards.

                                                                                                                      You need to be able to tape up and cover everything that is not going to be painted. If you get paint on furniture or on baseboards, then you’re going to be ruining someone’s property.

                                                                                                                      The pro of painting is that you get a lot of job flexibility; you can take jobs you want and say no to others.

                                                                                                                      The difficulty is that it’s pretty physically tiring and dirty, and you are dependent on referrals if you want more work.

                                                                                                                      Also, depending on your fear of heights, you might not enjoy painting an area with high ceilings when you need to balance on a ladder.

                                                                                                                      You will need the following supplies. You can ask the homeowner to pay for these, and since you are a teen, they might agree to it!

                                                                                                                      • Paint
                                                                                                                      • Brushes
                                                                                                                      • Rollers
                                                                                                                      • Pans
                                                                                                                      • Painter’s tape
                                                                                                                      • Tarp
                                                                                                                      • And possibly more

                                                                                                                      If you do find the work easy, you might want to think about starting a business. You can also break into wallpaper installation.

                                                                                                                      19. Teach Music

                                                                                                                      • teach music
                                                                                                                        Teach Music
                                                                                                                          • Pros: You can make money in a short amount of time and share your passion for music.
                                                                                                                          • Cons: Dealing with difficult parents or kids. Most hours are in the afternoon and evening.
                                                                                                                          • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                            No age limit

                                                                                                                          • How Much Can You Make:


                                                                                                                          • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                            Knowledge about a musical instrument and the ability to teach

                                                                                                                        There is always a shortage of piano teachers, and if you are a teen, you can charge a lesser fee than professionals for teaching beginning levels.

                                                                                                                        In order to teach your kids a holistic approach to music, be sure to find a systematic curriculum to take them through. For piano players, Faber’s Piano Adventures comes highly recommended by many professionals.

                                                                                                                        The great benefit of teaching music is sharing your passion for music with students who are eager to learn. You gain a great relationship with kids and don’t have to deal with office drama.

                                                                                                                        The hard part can be dealing with difficult parents or kids. Most hours are in the afternoon after school and in the evening.

                                                                                                                        20. Tutor

                                                                                                                        • tutor
                                                                                                                            • Pros: You can earn good money in a short amount of time.
                                                                                                                            • Cons: Dealing with difficult parents or kids
                                                                                                                            • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                              No age limit

                                                                                                                            • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                                              $24.84 (U.S. average)

                                                                                                                            • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                              Knowledge on a certain subject and the ability to teach

                                                                                                                          If academia is your forte, you can help people of all ages by tutoring them in fields that they struggle with. As a teen, you could charge less than professional tutors and gain more business.

                                                                                                                          The best part about tutoring is that you can build relationships with students and be their encouragement during hard times.

                                                                                                                          Subjects Students Need Help With:

                                                                                                                          • Math – early math, Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, etc.
                                                                                                                          • SAT and ACT
                                                                                                                          • Science – physics, chemistry, earth science, astronomy, etc.
                                                                                                                          • English, Spanish, or French as a language
                                                                                                                          • English – reading, writing, ESL, spelling, vocabulary, grammar
                                                                                                                          • College essays and applications

                                                                                                                          The difficulty might be in dealing with difficult parents, like those who pay you late or cancel last second. Sometimes a student might not want to learn but are being forced to by their parents.

                                                                                                                          But if you’re willing to deal with some difficulties, the reward of helping to change students’ lives is a joy you don’t want to miss out on.

                                                                                                                          21. Umpire or Referee

                                                                                                                          • umpire or referee
                                                                                                                            Umpire or Referee
                                                                                                                              • Pros: It pays well.
                                                                                                                              • Cons: When you’re dealing with angry coaches or parents, it’s hard to not let it get to you.
                                                                                                                              • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                                Some baseball leagues let kids as young as age 11 become umpires and referees.

                                                                                                                              • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                                                $26.07/hour (U.S. average wage)

                                                                                                                              • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                                You will probably have to take an umpire or ref class.

                                                                                                                            A lot of baseball leagues let kids begin umpiring as young as 11 and 12 years old. Your baseball league will usually have you sign up for a class to learn how to umpire.

                                                                                                                            You usually receive a pitch counter, plate brush, and official shirt. You’ll have to be at least a couple years older than the game you are umpiring.

                                                                                                                            You need a decent knowledge of the game and the ability to stand up to angry coaches and parents. You get yelled at a lot and work solo most of the time.

                                                                                                                            The pay is usually good for teens, and some places will still pay you if the game is rained out. Another great plus is that you get a lot of variety while you work. No game is the same.

                                                                                                                            Pam Hayashida, called the BoxingMaven, started to ref amateur boxing and slowly worked her way up to becoming a professional boxing judge. Though she wouldn’t recommend reffing boxing for teens, you too can work your way up to the pros in a different sport.

                                                                                                                            22. Work in an Afternoon Program

                                                                                                                            • work in an afternoon program
                                                                                                                              Work in an Afternoon Program
                                                                                                                                • Pros: You can make connections with kids. It’s fun playing games and doing crafts. You also get holidays off.
                                                                                                                                • Cons: You have to work every school day.
                                                                                                                                • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                                  14 years old

                                                                                                                                • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                                                  At minimum, your state’s minimum wage

                                                                                                                                • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                                  A love for children

                                                                                                                              More and more parents are working full time and can’t pick their kids up from school at 3 p.m. Parents love having their kids in beneficial afterschool programs like tutoring or art; other times, they just want their kids to have fun.

                                                                                                                              For the most part, your job will be enjoyable – playing with kids. Every once in a while, you’ll have to break up arguments, confront a bully, or deal with whiny, irritable kids.

                                                                                                                              “It’s super fun to bond with kids and supervise kids playing games! You also get to do crafts with them. It’s such a great transition from childhood into adulthood! I’m blessed to do this as a teen!” – Elena Bennett (age 17) who works at Legacy Christian Academy in an afterschool program.

                                                                                                                              afternoon program

                                                                                                                              The con is that you don’t get to work two or three days a week like most teen jobs. You have to work every school day, but the plus is that you get your holidays off! Who doesn’t want a part-time job with built-in vacations?

                                                                                                                              23. Work as a Camp Counselor

                                                                                                                              • work as a camp counselor
                                                                                                                                Work as a Camp Counselor
                                                                                                                                  • Pros: You can be outdoors in nature, enjoying peers and kids.
                                                                                                                                  • Cons: You will sometimes be assigned a difficult child.
                                                                                                                                  • How Old You Have to Be:


                                                                                                                                  • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                                                    At minimum, your state’s minimum wage

                                                                                                                                  • What Do you Need:


                                                                                                                                Some camp counselors are for day-time summer programs. Others are camps that parents send their kids off to.

                                                                                                                                My son will always remember his camp counselors taking him and his friends to the middle of Hume Lake at night and telling them scary stories.

                                                                                                                                The age range for working camp counselors varies, depending upon the age of kids you’re working with and if it’s overnight or not.

                                                                                                                                My sister-in-law was a camp counselor off of Catalina Island and she loved taking kids snorkeling at night through kelp forests.

                                                                                                                                Dealing with difficult or complaining kids can be hard and take an emotional toll. You do have to have the maturity to handle those situations with grace and ease.

                                                                                                                                You get to explore and make great new friends with your peer counselors. You create memories that will last you a lifetime.

                                                                                                                                24. Work at an Amusement Park

                                                                                                                                • work at an amusement park
                                                                                                                                  Work at an Amusement Park
                                                                                                                                    • Pros: Free entry into the park and discounts on food and prizes
                                                                                                                                    • Cons: It’s very loud, but some people might like that.
                                                                                                                                    • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                                      14 years old

                                                                                                                                    • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                                                      At minimum, your state’s minimum wage

                                                                                                                                    • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                                      A decent sense of good customer service

                                                                                                                                  An easy job for most teens would be to work at a local amusement park like Six Flags. You could also work at a carnival or state fair.

                                                                                                                                  Your jobs might entail taking out the trash, cleaning up, giving directions, instructing people with information like, “Lift up your hands so the lap bar can come down.”

                                                                                                                                  It’s often very loud near a ride so you’ll have to communicate with team members via hand signals. Standing on your feet in bad weather is also difficult.

                                                                                                                                  Probably one of the hardest things is dealing with customers who are angry about something you can’t do anything about – long lines, their long walk, or the bad weather.

                                                                                                                                  The fun part is that you get to go to the park for free and you can also bring a friend for free, with great discounts on food and prizes.

                                                                                                                                  “I got to take a friend into the park for free at any time; and when I stopped working there, they gave me more free tickets to wish me farewell.” – former Six Flags teen employee Charlie Song.

                                                                                                                                  If there isn’t a local amusement park, perhaps check out the bowling alleys and arcades near you.

                                                                                                                                  25. Work at Your Local Market

                                                                                                                                  • work at local market
                                                                                                                                    Work at Your Local Market
                                                                                                                                      • Pros: You get to talk to some nice people.
                                                                                                                                      • Cons: You can get bored during slow hours. Some customers are rude.
                                                                                                                                      • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                                        14 years old

                                                                                                                                      • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                                                        At minimum, your state’s minimum wage

                                                                                                                                      • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                                        The ability to be on your feet for several hours

                                                                                                                                    There are plenty of grocery stores who will hire young teens to work for them.

                                                                                                                                    Some Market Jobs for Teens:

                                                                                                                                    • Cashier
                                                                                                                                    • Cart gatherer
                                                                                                                                    • Order pullers for online orders
                                                                                                                                    • Bakery assistant
                                                                                                                                    • Bagger
                                                                                                                                    • Aisle cleaner (sweeping and restocking)
                                                                                                                                    • Floral assistant

                                                                                                                                    You get to meet some regulars and befriend them. You also get to be physically active as you work.

                                                                                                                                    The difficult part is that late night hours can get monotonous and dull. Some customers are demanding and rude. You might have to keep an eye out for customers that are high or stealing stuff.

                                                                                                                                    When the market is busy, the hours fly by quickly. It’s a great place to start your first job.

                                                                                                                                    The following grocery stores hire teens as young as 14:

                                                                                                                                    • Kroger (some locations)
                                                                                                                                    • Publix
                                                                                                                                    • Giant Eagle
                                                                                                                                    • Safeway (some locations)

                                                                                                                                    26. Work in the Food Industry

                                                                                                                                    • work in food industry
                                                                                                                                      Work in the Food Industry
                                                                                                                                        • Pros: Discounts on food
                                                                                                                                        • Cons: Rude customers
                                                                                                                                        • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                                          14 years old

                                                                                                                                        • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                                                          At minimum, your state’s minimum wage

                                                                                                                                        • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                                          Decent customer service skills

                                                                                                                                      A lot of teens start their first jobs in fast food, flipping burgers and making pizzas.

                                                                                                                                      You get flexible hours and whoopee – free fast food! On top of that, you usually work with peers so you can make friends. Most interactions with customers turn out well.

                                                                                                                                      A manager from In-N-Out once told me that he hires interviewees who come in smiling, so usually your co-workers are pleasant.

                                                                                                                                      The cons might be having rude customers, having bad ownership/management, low pay, no tips; it can also be very boring at times and very busy at other times.

                                                                                                                                      “I got discounts on food and was also able to take home any canceled orders.” – Elijah Hahm, former employee of Pizza Hut

                                                                                                                                      Here’s a list of restaurants in the food industry that hire as young as 14 years old:

                                                                                                                                      • Chick Fil A
                                                                                                                                      • Dairy Queen
                                                                                                                                      • Boba place
                                                                                                                                      • Coffee place
                                                                                                                                      • Some McDonald’s
                                                                                                                                      • Ben & Jerry’s
                                                                                                                                      • Baskin-Robbins
                                                                                                                                      • Dunkin’ Donuts
                                                                                                                                      • Bruster’s
                                                                                                                                      • Culver’s
                                                                                                                                      • Rita’s Italian Ice

                                                                                                                                      Usually for fast food places where you have to use more dangerous equipment like a deep fryer or a meat slicer, you will have to be at least 16 years old.

                                                                                                                                      27. Work in a Movie Theater

                                                                                                                                      • work in a move theater
                                                                                                                                        Work in a Movie Theater
                                                                                                                                          • Pros: You get to see movies for free and receive a lot of other freebies.
                                                                                                                                          • Cons: You have to clean up after people, and sometimes, it's vomit.
                                                                                                                                          • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                                            14 years old

                                                                                                                                          • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                                                            At least your state’s minimum wage

                                                                                                                                          • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                                            Decent customer service skills

                                                                                                                                        Do you want to enjoy free movies?

                                                                                                                                        If you work at a movie theater, not only will you get to see free movies, most theaters will also give you free popcorn and soda. You might also get free movie goodies like posters, pins, cups, etc.

                                                                                                                                        AMC hires teens as young as 14 years old.

                                                                                                                                        What’s the negative? With all customer service jobs, there’s the headache of dealing with ridiculous, angry customers. You may rarely have to clean up vomit and tell parents they can’t take their kids to rated R movies.

                                                                                                                                        If the pros outweigh the cons, then send in a job application to your local theater.

                                                                                                                                        28. Work in Retail

                                                                                                                                        • work in retail
                                                                                                                                          Work in Retail
                                                                                                                                            • Pros: Employee discount
                                                                                                                                            • Cons: Due to the tiring nature of the work, the burnout rate for retail is usually quick.
                                                                                                                                            • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                                              Usually 16 years old

                                                                                                                                            • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                                                              At least your state’s minimum wage

                                                                                                                                            • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                                              Basic customer service skills

                                                                                                                                          There’s nothing that will teach you how to fold clothes in box format like working for your local Gap. Most of your time is spent folding, cleaning, reorganizing, and facing products in the correct way; you’ll never be able to look at a shelf of products the same again.

                                                                                                                                          retail store

                                                                                                                                          Working in retail helps you learn a lot about business and sales. During work hours, you have to be outgoing and shed social anxiety. It’s usually not hard to get hired at a store, and your hours are flexible.

                                                                                                                                          On top of that, you gain an employee discount on anything in the store.

                                                                                                                                          Because you’re on your feet all day, the turnover rate for retail is high.  On top of that, CNBC Lauren Thomas reports that 40,000 – 50,000 stores are predicted to close by 2026.

                                                                                                                                          The following companies are said to set their hiring age at 16:

                                                                                                                                          • Abercrombie & Fitch
                                                                                                                                          • Aeropostale
                                                                                                                                          • Albertsons
                                                                                                                                          • American Eagle Outfitters
                                                                                                                                          • Banana Republic
                                                                                                                                          • Barnes & Noble
                                                                                                                                          • BJ’s Wholesale Club
                                                                                                                                          • Charlotte Russian
                                                                                                                                          • CVS
                                                                                                                                          • Food Lion
                                                                                                                                          • Forever 21
                                                                                                                                          • Gap
                                                                                                                                          • GUESS
                                                                                                                                          • H&M
                                                                                                                                          • Harris Teeter
                                                                                                                                          • Hollister
                                                                                                                                          • HomeGoods
                                                                                                                                          • Hot Topic
                                                                                                                                          • JCPenney
                                                                                                                                          • Justice
                                                                                                                                          • Kmart
                                                                                                                                          • Kohl’s
                                                                                                                                          • Levi’s
                                                                                                                                          • Marshalls
                                                                                                                                          • Meijer
                                                                                                                                          • Old Navy
                                                                                                                                          • PacSun
                                                                                                                                          • Ralph Lauren
                                                                                                                                          • Target
                                                                                                                                          • T.J.Maxx
                                                                                                                                          • Trader Joe’s
                                                                                                                                          • Walmart
                                                                                                                                          • Walgreens

                                                                                                                                          You definitely want to work in a retail store before they become obsolete.

                                                                                                                                          29. Work in a Restaurant

                                                                                                                                          • work in a restaurant
                                                                                                                                            Work in a Restaurant
                                                                                                                                              • Pros: Discounted food and tips (if waitressing)
                                                                                                                                              • Cons: Some customers are extremely rude.
                                                                                                                                              • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                                                14 years old

                                                                                                                                              • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                                                                At least your state’s minimum wage plus tip

                                                                                                                                              • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                                                Nothing but you may want good walking shoes

                                                                                                                                            My 17-year-old son was looking for a job and asked a restaurant owner if he had any job openings. The owner hired him on the spot without an interview to wash dishes.

                                                                                                                                            Restaurants are always looking for people who are willing to do dishes or bus tables. After you are hired, you can work your way up to being a greeter and a waiter.

                                                                                                                                            It’s hard being on your feet for several hours and dealing with cranky customers, but the tips might be worth it. You can also get discounted or free food!

                                                                                                                                            The customer service skills are transferable, as you can learn to deal with rude people with grace. You can also stay physically fit since your job is very active.

                                                                                                                                            30. Work as a Freelance Writer

                                                                                                                                            • work as a freelance writer
                                                                                                                                              Work as a Freelance Writer
                                                                                                                                                • Pros: Work from the quiet of your home
                                                                                                                                                • Cons: It might be difficult to write professionally on top of all the homework you have to do.
                                                                                                                                                • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                                                  13 years old

                                                                                                                                                • How Much Can You Make:


                                                                                                                                                • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                                                  A laptop or computer and writing skills

                                                                                                                                              On Fiverr, you can start writing professionally after you are 13 years old. You can start freelancing and ghostwriting for people.

                                                                                                                                              The benefit of working as a writer is that you can do it within the quiet of your own home and without office drama. You also get flexible hours and can even work at night.

                                                                                                                                              The negative might be that you have to write more after completing all of your writing homework for school. However, if creative writing is your niche, you might not get enough of that at school.

                                                                                                                                              It also might be a headache trying to figure out your taxes as a contractor on your own. But if your parents can help you figure that out, then go for it!

                                                                                                                                              31. Yard Work

                                                                                                                                              • yard work
                                                                                                                                                Yard Work
                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: You get to enjoy the outdoors in a relaxing environment.
                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: You have to work in all weather.
                                                                                                                                                  • How Old You Have to Be:

                                                                                                                                                    Mature enough to be responsible

                                                                                                                                                  • How Much Can You Make:

                                                                                                                                                    $15.82/hour (U.S. average)

                                                                                                                                                  • What Do you Need:

                                                                                                                                                    A lawnmower and possibly other gardening tools

                                                                                                                                                If you are willing to be a neighborhood kid who will mow multiple lawns, your neighbors will surely be happy to pay you rather than an expensive gardener. You would not be allowed to work any dangerous equipment until you are older.

                                                                                                                                                The pro of doing yard work for neighbors is that you get to spend your work day outdoors and that is always good for your mental health. You also can keep a flexible schedule and work around your school schedule.

                                                                                                                                                If you are working for an elderly neighbor, they might be willing to fund your curious green thumb experimenting with gardening in their yard.

                                                                                                                                                Depending on what you agree to do, it can get labor intensive. Though the sun is great for vitamin D and your general health, you do have to be careful about UV rays and skin cancer. Make sure to sunscreen yourself and cover up.

                                                                                                                                                Closing Tips:

                                                                                                                                                Working as a teen – managing your free time and school – can be difficult. Most teen friends want to play and live up their teen life, so it’s hard to be responsible.

                                                                                                                                                If you are punctual, mature, and do an excellent job, then not only will you gain valuable life lessons, but you will gain adult advocates for life. People who hire you will give you raving recommendations for future jobs.

                                                                                                                                                For more ideas, read How To Earn an Income in High School: 15 Best Jobs for Teens. If you can drive, you can also look into 23 Easy Ways to Make Money With Your Car. If you don’t want to drive to work, consider Bored? 25 Money Making Hobbies That Will Make You Richer.

                                                                                                                                                65 Side Hustles for Women Wed, 07 Dec 2022 06:41:30 +0000 Perhaps you’re in a tight spot financially and could use some extra cash, whether it be for a vacation or to pay for your child’s volleyball league. Maybe money is just tight. 

                                                                                                                                                I’ve been there, and though you might not want to commit to a second full-time job, there are a lot of other ways you can make money on the side. 

                                                                                                                                                Read below to help brainstorm for ideas, and look at the pros and cons before you try out something you might not enjoy. It’s such a joy when your side hustle is something you love doing with a passion!  

                                                                                                                                                1. Advertising on Your Car

                                                                                                                                                • advertising on your car
                                                                                                                                                  Advertising on Your Car
                                                                                                                                                    • Pros: You get paid to drive and do what you normally do - drive.
                                                                                                                                                    • Cons: Socially, you may not enjoy having an advertisement on your car.
                                                                                                                                                    • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                      $100 - $400 per month

                                                                                                                                                    • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                      Sign up with a car wrap advertising company.

                                                                                                                                                    • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                      You can make money without putting in much effort.

                                                                                                                                                  You can get paid while going about your regular tasks if you sign up with a car wrap advertising company.

                                                                                                                                                  In order to make money, you need to be someone who drives around and gains a good amount of miles on your car regularly.

                                                                                                                                                  Your earnings depend on how much you drive, the type of car you drive, and the size of your ad.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Afterschool Programs

                                                                                                                                                  • afterschool program
                                                                                                                                                    Afterschool Programs
                                                                                                                                                      • Pros: You get to spend hours with children.
                                                                                                                                                      • Cons: You have to spend time with children.
                                                                                                                                                      • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                        $17/hour (for tutors)

                                                                                                                                                      • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                        Look into getting a proper license for your area.

                                                                                                                                                      • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                        Relive your childhood by playing games with kids and doing art projects like finger painting.

                                                                                                                                                    There is always a need for afterschool programs. With the rising costs of living, more and more parents need to work, which means that their kids need a place to go after school.

                                                                                                                                                    Depending on your love for children, you may or may not thoroughly enjoy this.

                                                                                                                                                    If you can offer tutoring services or art lessons, the parents enjoy putting their kids in afterschool programs that are more beneficial than not.

                                                                                                                                                    Usually the programs are geared towards pre-K to lower elementary school kids, as older kids can usually stay home without supervision.

                                                                                                                                                    Since proper licensing can vary from location to location, look at your local area and their regulations for afterschool programs. You might be granted funding from your government for your program for snacks and art supplies.

                                                                                                                                                    3. Airbnb Host

                                                                                                                                                    • airbnb host
                                                                                                                                                      Airbnb Host
                                                                                                                                                        • Pros: Your property gains value as renters pay off your mortgage.
                                                                                                                                                        • Cons: People can trash your place or steal items. Especially if your location is far from your home, it can be a pain to deal with.
                                                                                                                                                        • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                          $200 - $10,000 per month

                                                                                                                                                        • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                          Sign up with Airbnb to host your home.

                                                                                                                                                        • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                          You can meet new guests and/or have extra income with little effort.

                                                                                                                                                      If you have an extra room in your house or you own extra property, one source of extra income could be to rent out your home.

                                                                                                                                                      Airbnb protects you with $1M liability insurance, $1M damage protection, deep cleaning protection, and so forth. People might damage your property by throwing parties, breaking items, or stealing things.

                                                                                                                                                      However, there is nothing like having guests pay for your mortgage as your property appreciates. Read here to find out more information on how to become an Airbnb host.

                                                                                                                                                      4. Babysitting

                                                                                                                                                      • babysitting
                                                                                                                                                          • Pros: Whether you are young and energetic or an old empty nester, you might find joy spending time with kids.
                                                                                                                                                          • Cons: Sometimes you see troubling patterns in how the parents raise their kids.
                                                                                                                                                          • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                            $21/hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                          • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                            Let your friends know that you are free to babysit or market yourself on social media.

                                                                                                                                                          • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                            You get to cuddle with babies and play with kids.

                                                                                                                                                        There is always a need for babysitters. Parents have to work in order to support their families, and before kids are mature, it isn’t safe to leave them at home. Parents also need date nights. If you love children, this will be a fun gig for you.

                                                                                                                                                        “I absolutely love caring for babies and toddlers!” – Hayley Silverman, nanny in Santa Clarita, California

                                                                                                                                                        Sometimes the gig is just staying in the house while the children sleep.

                                                                                                                                                        Sometimes you see parents doing things that can cause you concern; for example, some kids have a diet that entirely consists of chips; other times, parents let their kids get away with everything.

                                                                                                                                                        When children have no discipline, the gig becomes tiring quickly.

                                                                                                                                                        On the whole, when you have adorable children, the gig is absolutely enjoyable.

                                                                                                                                                        5. Be an Extra in Movies

                                                                                                                                                        • be an extra in movies
                                                                                                                                                          Be an Extra in Movies
                                                                                                                                                            • Pros: You can network and be a part of the film industry without a lot of extra stress.
                                                                                                                                                            • Cons: A lot of times you are on the set for several hours and have to deal with parking difficulties.
                                                                                                                                                            • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                              $13/hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                            • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                              Begin by making a profile on websites like ExtrasAccess, and they start sending you job listings via email.

                                                                                                                                                            • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                              You get to be on television and in movies!

                                                                                                                                                          All movies and television shows need extras in the background. Whether a scene is being filmed on the street or in a high school, they need more people walking around than the main actors.

                                                                                                                                                          You’re probably going to be responsible for your own hair and makeup; you need to be ready to spend the whole day on the set. Most of the time, no phones are allowed on set, so bring something to do.

                                                                                                                                                          If you’re lucky, you’ll get a speaking part or a casting director will notice you for future gigs.

                                                                                                                                                          6. Blogging

                                                                                                                                                          • blogging
                                                                                                                                                              • Pros: You get to be your own boss and have a flexible schedule.
                                                                                                                                                              • Cons: In order to make a lot of money from it, you need to gain a large following.
                                                                                                                                                              • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                $0 - $1 million+

                                                                                                                                                              • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                Read up on how to create a successful blog or take a course.

                                                                                                                                                              • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                You can make money quietly at home while sharing information you feel passionate about.

                                                                                                                                                            If you want to make money from blogging, have expertise on a particular subject, are ready to write content, and commit to a long-term game, blogging will be a great side gig for you.

                                                                                                                                                            There is a lot of competition in blogging, so in order to earn money from blogging, you do need to be patient and willing to create a lot of content without earning any money at first.  

                                                                                                                                                            You can tune into a blogging online course to learn about how to earn money, how to gain affiliate links, how to join ad networks, learn about SEOs, and how to advertise products such as mugs and clothing.

                                                                                                                                                            Even this blog you’re reading, MoneyDoneRight, brings in some income!

                                                                                                                                                            7. Bookkeeper

                                                                                                                                                            • bookkeeper
                                                                                                                                                                • Pros: You can work remotely with flexible hours.
                                                                                                                                                                • Cons: You don’t get to interact much with others, but this might be a pro for you.
                                                                                                                                                                • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                  $20/hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                  Though it would help, you don’t need to have a degree in accounting. You just need a strong attention to detail.

                                                                                                                                                                • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                  You can make money at home without office drama.

                                                                                                                                                              Bookkeepers keep track of the financial flow of a company’s finances. If you have a strong eye for detail and the ability to multitask, this is a good side gig for you. You can also work for multiple businesses at the same time.

                                                                                                                                                              Your hours are flexible and you can work from home. If you enjoy numbers and detective work, it’s a great opportunity to use those skills.

                                                                                                                                                              "You get to help others who want to run a business but don’t understand the numbers – helping them to do what they thrive at, while you do what you are good at!” – Lori Wellons, bookkeeper and head of training for UniFi

                                                                                                                                                              You do have to spend a lot of time at your computer, and you don’t get to interact with people much, but some people enjoy the solitude and lack of office drama.

                                                                                                                                                              8. Brand Ambassador

                                                                                                                                                              • brand ambassador
                                                                                                                                                                Brand Ambassador
                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: You can make easy money and earn free products by agreeing to be a brand ambassador.
                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: Your followers notice that you’re trying to sell them stuff and dislike it.
                                                                                                                                                                  • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                    $0 - $4,000 per contract (depending on the number of followers you have)

                                                                                                                                                                  • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                    Post regularly and have a public account. Gain followers.

                                                                                                                                                                  • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                    You get free boxes of fun stuff, like makeup, food, or new shoes!

                                                                                                                                                                You might be pretty nifty at social media and have thousands of followers. Companies will pay you to advertise for them – whether it be a food company or a makeup company.

                                                                                                                                                                Some brand ambassadors get paid thousands of dollars, but others are simply offered free products.

                                                                                                                                                                You post on social media or customer review sites and wear promotional clothing items or stickers.

                                                                                                                                                                The company is paying you for advertising. The more influence you have, the more a company will pay you to say good things about them.

                                                                                                                                                                9. Caregiver

                                                                                                                                                                • çaregiver
                                                                                                                                                                    • Pros: If you enjoy caring for the elderly, this job can be fulfilling.
                                                                                                                                                                    • Cons: You need to have a lot of patience when working with the elderly, especially those with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
                                                                                                                                                                    • How Much You Can Make:


                                                                                                                                                                    • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                      You can try volunteering at charity organizations to give free caregiving services and see how you like it. To pursue it for a side hustle, get a CNA license.

                                                                                                                                                                    • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                      You might enjoy the slow pace and wisdom of the elderly, while being a nurturing figure.

                                                                                                                                                                  Some caregivers are needed during the day, but if you want this for a side gig, night shifts are also high in demand.

                                                                                                                                                                  My friend needed a caregiver for her grandmother in the middle of the night, who only woke 1-2 times. If you did a gig like this, you would get paid for every hour they sleep.

                                                                                                                                                                  Other times, your job would consist of driving the elderly to appointments or keeping them company during the day. Sometimes they need assistance with hygiene and getting dressed.

                                                                                                                                                                  If you would like to be a skilled caregiver and get paid, then you would need CNA training, which is relatively cheap and takes about one month long. You can usually find a CNA training course at your local college or American Red Cross.

                                                                                                                                                                  10. Carpet Cleaning

                                                                                                                                                                  • carpet cleaning
                                                                                                                                                                    Carpet Cleaning
                                                                                                                                                                      • Pros: You can make your own hours and can work alone.
                                                                                                                                                                      • Cons: Buying your equipment at the beginning can get expensive.
                                                                                                                                                                      • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                        $19.16/hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                      • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                        Buy carpet cleaning equipment. Begin to market yourself.

                                                                                                                                                                      • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                        You can exercise while you work.

                                                                                                                                                                    Carpet cleaning can be a good side gig for people who don’t mind physical movement. It can be exhausting, but you can charge quite a bit per square foot.

                                                                                                                                                                    Start up can be expensive, depending on how expensive your machinery is; you may want to invest in equipment insurance. You will also need a way to transport your machinery.

                                                                                                                                                                    You will need to market yourself, as you need new clients every day to keep a steady income.

                                                                                                                                                                    11. Computer Services

                                                                                                                                                                    • computer services
                                                                                                                                                                      Computer Services
                                                                                                                                                                        • Pros: You can usually make a good amount of money, even as a side gig.
                                                                                                                                                                        • Cons: You have to deal with people who are angry and stressed out because their computers aren’t working.
                                                                                                                                                                        • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                          $22.94 per hour for IT support

                                                                                                                                                                        • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                          Get education in computers or engineering.

                                                                                                                                                                        • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                          You can feel like a superhero to someone's distress.

                                                                                                                                                                      There isn’t a shortage of baby boomers and Gen Xers who don’t know how to run a computer. Elderly people need help setting up their televisions and Wi-Fi. Others don’t know how to upgrade their computers.

                                                                                                                                                                      In order to do this as a side gig, get some additional education in computer science or engineering. Also, gain professional experience. IT certification helps to open up more doors.

                                                                                                                                                                      You do have to work alone and often with stressed out clients who are panicking about their computers.

                                                                                                                                                                      If you are young, even without education, you might be surprised to see how much you naturally know about computers compared to elderly generations who need your help.

                                                                                                                                                                      12. Cottage Home Food Business

                                                                                                                                                                      • cottage home food business
                                                                                                                                                                        Cottage Home Food Business
                                                                                                                                                                          • Pros: If you’re baking for yourself, it’s easy to mass produce and make money on the side. It’s also wonderful to bless other people with yummy food.
                                                                                                                                                                          • Cons: As with any business, you have to jump through legal hoops and deal with customers.
                                                                                                                                                                          • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                            $10 - $100 per item sold

                                                                                                                                                                          • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                            Begin by spreading the word among family and friends and through social media.

                                                                                                                                                                          • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                            You can share your love for food with others. It feels like giving out gifts for your job!

                                                                                                                                                                        If you are particularly skilled at making food items, check with your state laws to see what you can sell legally from your own kitchen with a cottage food license. Here are some items you might want to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                        Things to Sell With Cottage Food licenses:

                                                                                                                                                                        • Cakes
                                                                                                                                                                        • Cookies
                                                                                                                                                                        • Pies
                                                                                                                                                                        • Breads
                                                                                                                                                                        • Jams and jellies
                                                                                                                                                                        • Dry cake and cookie mixes
                                                                                                                                                                        • Dry nut mixes
                                                                                                                                                                        • Dry cereals
                                                                                                                                                                        • Granola
                                                                                                                                                                        • Popcorn

                                                                                                                                                                        With a Cottage Food license, your breads cannot have cream, custard, or meat fillings, nor can you sell anything that needs refrigeration.

                                                                                                                                                                        Look into your state laws to get a valid business license, zoning clearance, and a Cottage Food license.

                                                                                                                                                                        13. Crafter

                                                                                                                                                                        • crafter
                                                                                                                                                                            • Pros: If you have a handcrafting hobby that you enjoy during your leisure time, you can bring in extra income while relaxing.
                                                                                                                                                                            • Cons: Sometimes dealing with cranky customers, mailing, and returns can be a headache, so you can hire Amazon FBA to take care of this stress for you.
                                                                                                                                                                            • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                              $5 - $200 depending on the item you sell

                                                                                                                                                                            • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                              Begin by making your craft.

                                                                                                                                                                            • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                              You can unwind from a stressful day while making money.

                                                                                                                                                                          If you find it leisurely to craft when you have free time, you can easily turn it into a side business.

                                                                                                                                                                          Here are some crafts that people enjoy selling:

                                                                                                                                                                          • Printables
                                                                                                                                                                          • Bath bombs
                                                                                                                                                                          • Knitted scarfs or berets
                                                                                                                                                                          • Candles
                                                                                                                                                                          • Skincare
                                                                                                                                                                          • Soap
                                                                                                                                                                          • Apparel
                                                                                                                                                                          • Jewelry
                                                                                                                                                                          • Journals
                                                                                                                                                                          • Mugs
                                                                                                                                                                          • Pretty stationary
                                                                                                                                                                          • Woodwork
                                                                                                                                                                          • Pottery
                                                                                                                                                                          • Food
                                                                                                                                                                          • Art

                                                                                                                                                                          On Etsy or Amazon Handmade, you can sell your crafts with small service fees. Amazon Handmade also has Amazon FBA if you want someone else to take care of shipping or customer care issues. You can focus on your craft and let Amazon FBA deal with the rest.

                                                                                                                                                                          14. Dance Instructor

                                                                                                                                                                          • dance instructor
                                                                                                                                                                            Dance Instructor
                                                                                                                                                                              • Pros: You get paid to exercise!
                                                                                                                                                                              • Cons: You have to pay a monthly subscription to keep your teaching license active.
                                                                                                                                                                              • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                $17/hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                              • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                Attain the skills and certification to be a dance instructor and then apply for jobs.

                                                                                                                                                                              • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                If you love to dance, you don't have to pay money at a club. Instead, let people pay you to dance and meet people!

                                                                                                                                                                            If you enjoy dancing and would love to teach it as a side job, you can get paid to do something you love so much. Modern, jazz, tap, and ballet are a few various forms of dancing you might love.

                                                                                                                                                                            “You get to meet a variety of people so it’s great for your social life.” – Nikary Plaza who teaches Zumba at Crunch Fitness in Santa Clarita

                                                                                                                                                                            The negative is that you don’t get paid for your practice hours, but if you consider that more work out time for yourself, then you might not mind.

                                                                                                                                                                            You also have to pay a monthly subscription to keep your certified dance teaching license active.

                                                                                                                                                                            15. DJ

                                                                                                                                                                            • dj
                                                                                                                                                                                • Pros: You get to have fun and work with music and people.
                                                                                                                                                                                • Cons: You’re usually working evenings and weekends, but that’s what a side gig is. Start up can be expensive.
                                                                                                                                                                                • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                  $50 - $100 per hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                  Buy your DJ equipment and learn to work it.

                                                                                                                                                                                • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                  People light up when they hear a song they love, and the joy of getting a crowd up on their feet and dancing with happiness is high.

                                                                                                                                                                              Being a DJ can be an excellent side gig; you can bring in a lot of extra money. If you love music and working with people, you’ll have a lot of fun with this.

                                                                                                                                                                              Buying DJ hardware and sound equipment can be expensive. You’ll have to invest in music; learn DJ skills like mixing, EQing, phrasing, and beatmatching.

                                                                                                                                                                              If you want to gig at weddings, you should feel comfortable speaking into a microphone and hyping up a crowd.

                                                                                                                                                                              You’ll usually be in charge of shipping all your equipment and setting up; while you’re hard at work, if you throw in a photo booth, you’ll make even more easy money.

                                                                                                                                                                              16. Dog Walker or Dog Sitter

                                                                                                                                                                              • dog walker or dog sitting
                                                                                                                                                                                Dog Walker or Dog Sitter
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: If you love animals, you can earn money taking them along on a walk. If dog sitting, you can enjoy their company while you get other work done.
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: Dogs have their own personalities and some will destroy your property or fight with other dogs. Some dogs shed quite a large amount of fur.
                                                                                                                                                                                  • How Much You Can Make:


                                                                                                                                                                                  • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                    You can either start your own business or get hired by another company.

                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                    You can keep winning with this job because it takes little effort and you get to love on some adorable furry ones while making money.

                                                                                                                                                                                If you love spending time with dogs, you can make extra money while you exercise or work from home.

                                                                                                                                                                                Dog owners pay to make sure their dogs are in good hands when they go on vacation or go to work. Many dog owners don’t have the energy or the capability to walk their dogs every day.

                                                                                                                                                                                You can spread your business through word of mouth. You can also list your service on neighborhood apps, Facebook neighborhood groups, Rover, or Wag.

                                                                                                                                                                                Be sure to meet your client and the dog before committing. You don’t want a dog who will destroy your property or who is stronger than you.

                                                                                                                                                                                You need to be able to control the dog on walks or you (and other people) can get injured. Also, some dogs will shed quite a bit, so you need to be a little relaxed with fur.

                                                                                                                                                                                17. Donate Plasma

                                                                                                                                                                                • donate plasma
                                                                                                                                                                                  Donate Plasma
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pros: You can help people with serious health issues.
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cons: You will have general fatigue and pain as you do when you donate blood.
                                                                                                                                                                                    • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                      $50 - $100 per donation

                                                                                                                                                                                    • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                      Find a collection center near you. Bring your ID.

                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                      You feel like a super hero saving lives and make money at the same time.

                                                                                                                                                                                  If you enjoy helping people as a side gig, one of the most beneficial things you can do for your community is to donate plasma. You can help people with chronic health issues.

                                                                                                                                                                                  The process usually takes a little bit longer than normal blood donation.

                                                                                                                                                                                  You may experience these symptoms:

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pain from the needle site
                                                                                                                                                                                  • General fatigue
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Bruising
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dizziness

                                                                                                                                                                                  Eat a healthy meal so you don’t get lightheaded.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Be aware that you will probably get an initial blood test to check you for drug use or STDs. The positive side is you’ll get your health checked out at the same time.

                                                                                                                                                                                  In most states, you must be at least 18 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. To gain more information, read here.

                                                                                                                                                                                  18. DoorDash, Uber Eats, or GrubHub

                                                                                                                                                                                  • door dash uber eats grub hub
                                                                                                                                                                                    DoorDash, Uber Eats, or GrubHub
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pros: You can control your own hours.
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Cons: You use a lot of gas and gain a lot of wear and tear on your car.
                                                                                                                                                                                      • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                        $16.50/hour plus tip

                                                                                                                                                                                      • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                        Sign up with DoorDash, Uber Eats, or GrubHub

                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                        You get movement, no office drama, and money at the same time.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Perhaps you enjoy working alone and don’t want to deal with office drama. You also want to work during off hours. Delivering food is a good way to benefit from all of that.


                                                                                                                                                                                    • You aren’t stuck in an office chair. You move around and get some exercise.
                                                                                                                                                                                    • You work alone and set your own hours.
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Usually customers give a nice tip.
                                                                                                                                                                                    • During certain times, the companies offer bonuses.


                                                                                                                                                                                    • The companies do not help you with mileage

                                                                                                                                                                                    To learn more about food delivery, grocery delivery, and package delivery jobs available, read here.

                                                                                                                                                                                    19. Doula

                                                                                                                                                                                    • doula
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pros: You can pace yourself with the number of clients you want to take on. You can make extra money without being locked into a full-time job.
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cons: Being a doula is not a 9 to 5 p.m. predictable job. You can be called in the middle of the night or in the middle of your child’s birthday party.
                                                                                                                                                                                        • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                          $1,700 - $2,000 per birth (includes prenatal appointments to see if you’re a good fit with your patient)

                                                                                                                                                                                        • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                          Contact a school like Dona International and begin your training process.

                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                          You get to witness the birth of a human!

                                                                                                                                                                                      If you treasure the birthing process, you can get certified at places like Dona International, where they train doulas to work with the birthing mothers.

                                                                                                                                                                                      You get business training, classes on lactation, and do a lot of reading and writing on subjects like postpartum depression. A doctor and midwife need to sign off on your certification.

                                                                                                                                                                                      You would have prenatal appointments with your clients where you listen to their vision for birth and encourage their birth plan dreams.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Sometimes women are in and out of labor in five hours, but other times, it takes women several hours to give birth.

                                                                                                                                                                                      You can partner with another doula, so if two mothers give birth at the same time, you have a back up ready.

                                                                                                                                                                                      20. Farmhand

                                                                                                                                                                                      • farmhand
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pros: There are always crops to be picked and seeds to plant.
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cons: It is hard labor being in the fields and in the sun.
                                                                                                                                                                                          • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                            $16.62 per hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                          • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Contact your local farm or look on local job boards.

                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                            You can enjoy nature.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Every farm needs hands to help – whether it be picking fruit or milking cows. You might surprise them and know how to handle farm equipment and tractor trailers.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Every farm needs to move their animals and fix fences. Being outdoors might be a joy for you; and how wonderful would it be to see the birth of a baby animal!

                                                                                                                                                                                        21. Fill out Surveys

                                                                                                                                                                                        • filling out surveys
                                                                                                                                                                                          Fill out Surveys
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pros: You can do this during your spare time – in line at stores or while going to the bathroom.
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cons: It doesn’t pay much.
                                                                                                                                                                                            • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                              50 cents to $2 for each survey

                                                                                                                                                                                            • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                              Register with an online survey company.

                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                              You gain the satisfaction of monetizing the smaller moments of your day.

                                                                                                                                                                                          If you want to maximize every minute of your free time in a monetary way, you can fill out surveys whenever you have some down time, like during a break from work.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Companies pay you for your consumer opinion because they’re doing market research. This could range from giving your opinion on a product to stating your thoughts on a commercial.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Begin by registering with an online survey provider. They’ll want to know your demographics and information.

                                                                                                                                                                                          The more you fit the demographics they need, the more surveys you’ll receive. For instance, they’ll only send geriatric product surveys out to older people.

                                                                                                                                                                                          22. Freelance Writer

                                                                                                                                                                                          • freelance writer
                                                                                                                                                                                            Freelance Writer
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pros: You can work remotely and at whatever hours you’d like to.
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cons: If you need human interaction, you might not get much when you’re writing.
                                                                                                                                                                                              • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                $25/hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                              • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                Look on job websites for writing jobs.

                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                The art of communicating in effective, creative ways is always enjoyable.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Perhaps you find English and grammar easy. You can become a content writer or a copywriter!

                                                                                                                                                                                            Look on Fivver on possible gigs, or write your own self-published books.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Buy a Writer’s Market to learn how to write query letters, find agents, and submit your work to competitions; look for newspapers, magazines, and publishing companies that want submissions. Write greetings for cards or jokes for magazines.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Look into copywriting workshops and learn to advertise with your writing.

                                                                                                                                                                                            23. Hair Stylist

                                                                                                                                                                                            • hair stylist
                                                                                                                                                                                              Hair Stylist
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pros: You can be with people all day and become friends with your clients.
                                                                                                                                                                                                • Cons: You are on your feet all day and if you’re feeling introverted for a day, you don’t have a choice to hide away from people.
                                                                                                                                                                                                • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  $18/hour plus tip (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Look into cosmetology programs near you so you can learn to cut, color, and style hair. Get a license to practice in your state.

                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The enjoyment of having friends and clients come to you and beautifying them so they feel attractive is always a plus.

                                                                                                                                                                                              If you enjoy being able to beautify other people by doing their hair, being a hairstylist is an excellent job for you. You get to choose your own hours and run your own business.

                                                                                                                                                                                              “It’s great developing relationships with clients,” says Brooke Ciuffitelli from Evolve Hair and Nail Spa in Newhall, CA. “It’s a great creative outlet and you get to do what you love. People are happy to be there.”

                                                                                                                                                                                              Listening skills are vital for being a hairstylist because you have to know exactly what your client wants done.

                                                                                                                                                                                              You also have to be flexible with last minute changes in your clients’ schedules. Also, with the joys of running your own business comes the stress of running your own business.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Get a license to practice in your state and renew it every few years.

                                                                                                                                                                                              24. Handyman Services

                                                                                                                                                                                              • handyman services
                                                                                                                                                                                                Handyman Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: You will be helping people with things they can’t do on their own. You set your own flexible hours.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: All the cons of running a private business come with being a handyman.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    $24.47/hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Learn the skills you need to be a qualified handyman.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your job changes from day to day so you never get bored, and so do the clientele.

                                                                                                                                                                                                If you naturally know how to fix broken drawers, install garbage disposal systems, and put chandeliers in ceilings, there’s a plethora of people who will pay you for your help.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Your natural contractor skills can also grow in vocational schools where you learn more about plumbing, electrical, and/or HVAC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                The cons of being a handyman are the same cons as anyone running a private business – e.g. you need to bill on your own and be your own secretary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                25. Housesitter

                                                                                                                                                                                                • housesitter
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pros: You can travel and see other homes while getting paid.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cons: If you house-sit a lot, you might have the same cons as businessmen who travel a lot – travel fatigue. Also, it is during the holidays and summer months that most housesitters are in demand, so you'll miss your own holidays and summer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      $12 - $16 per hour

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sign up with a house sitting agency.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Travel around the world rent-free. You also meet some wonderful furry pets!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you enjoy traveling, visiting homes, and have a remote job, house sitting might be a fun side gig for you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Most people want a house sitter for their pet, so you do have to be pet friendly. You’ll need to make a good first impression and references help a lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Welcome the owners back with a clean house; make their bed with freshly cleaned sheets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  For more information, read here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  26. Influencer

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • influencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pros: You can be part of a supportive community and connect with a lot of people you normally wouldn’t have connected with.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Cons: There’s a demand to create content every day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        $40K - $100K for 10,000 to 50,000 followers

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Start developing a following and make entertaining or informative content. Post regularly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's fun being in the spotlight and trying new things.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Perhaps you don’t mind being in the spotlight. Perhaps it’s fun for you to share your thoughts on recipes or fashion with other people all over the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    “It’s such an amazing and supportive community. And I get a creative outlet to share my recipes,” shares influencer Chef Rosie Godycki.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    After you gain a good amount of followers by posting informative and entertaining content regularly; learn how algorithms work for social media and YouTube.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    For instance, the best times to post are between 2 and 3 p.m. Other good times are Wednesdays 11 a.m. and Fridays 10 a.m. Short entertaining reels are great for creating engagement.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Controversy over your post can be one of the greatest blessings as it skyrockets your algorithm. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                    27. Interior Decorator

                                                                                                                                                                                                    • interior decorator
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Interior Decorator
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pros: You can help people find their vision of what they’d love their home to look like.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cons: Sometimes you have to sell products to your own clients when they have doubts about how it’s going to help them achieve their goal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          $19.06/hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Begin helping to decorate your friends’ homes and see if you have a gift in interior decorating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tap into your creative and artistic side and have fun beautifying someone's home!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Some people have a natural eye for beauty and know how to decorate a home in the most eye-catching way. If this is you, this will be an easy and fun side gig for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      “The thrill of transforming dull, uninteresting spaces together with the client, into cohesive, beautiful rooms that reflect their personalities and values is what authentic designers strive for. From vision to reveal, the joy of the final product is priceless.” – Lori Manthei from Lori Manthei Design (Instagram and FB)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The negative part is you often have to act as a therapist or salesperson as you guide clients toward the end goal. Weeding out people who don’t trust you is key before getting yourself too involved.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sometimes you also have to deal with flakey or egotistical sub-contractors, so building a strong team is essential.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      It’s fun to decorate using other people’s money — you help to give birth to a dream that someone has and see the happiness they gain.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                      28. Local Tour Guide

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • local tour guide
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Local Tour Guide
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pros: You can be around people and show them around your area. You don’t have to stay in the office.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cons: Sometimes plans can fail due to no fault of your own, and you have to deal with unhappy guests.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            $16 per hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Plan a tour route for your own city; apply for jobs with travel agents.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Leading people and getting looked upon as the expert in your area is a highlight; and giving your guests a fun time is rewarding!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you communicate clearly, have a warm personality, and have a natural bent towards providing hospitality, being a local tour guide will be an easy side gig for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        You do need to be flexible and be able to solve problems; e.g. if the restaurant failed to make your reservations, you should always have a Plan B and be able to redirect your group with a cheerful attitude.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        It helps if you’re an enthusiastic story teller. You need to be on your feet for most of the time; some tour guides have mastered the art of walking backwards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Plan tour routes that will give your guests the proper amount of rest and meals; arrange your stops so that traffic will be the least cumbersome. Pre-buy tickets to events or museums.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you extend your skills to going abroad, you might be able to visit different locations and earn your keep for free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        29. Maid Service

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • maid services
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maid Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pros: Hours are flexible.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cons: Sometimes it can be lonely if you don’t work with a team.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              $13.50/hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can search job boards, put out an ad on social media or neighborhood apps, or get hired by a house cleaning company.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can get exercise while you work and spend your time without office drama.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you don’t mind vacuuming or mopping or cleaning showers, maid service might be a great side gig for you. Some people find it relaxing to work in a solo, quiet environment while getting exercise and movement in at the same time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          “A great pro is that they will work with your schedule as a student,” says Annie Miles who cleans homes as a side job.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you become a full-time housekeeper for a private home or a hotel, you can even get a room for free. You can also get to exercise as you do your job.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          A negative is if you have inconsiderate guests or bosses who don’t care about how much you have to clean up after them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          30. Makeup Artist

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • makeup artist
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Makeup Artist
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pros: If you enjoy doing makeup, it’s so much fun to beautify your friends on their special days.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cons: Jobs for creative makeup artists, who want to do cinema, are rare. The rest of the makeup artist jobs are usually on weekends.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                $31/hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                You don’t necessarily have to go to cosmetology school; practice a lot on friends and learn a lot from YouTube.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The thrill of transforming someone from their blank canvas face to a stunning beauty on their special day is priceless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you are skilled at doing makeup, there are many people who would love to hire you for special events like prom, family portraits, weddings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            “It’s a great creative outlet. You can choose your hours and meet people.” – Caroline Allec, makeup artist and owner of Blush and Braids (Instagram)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            However, if you’re doing a wedding, sometimes you have to reply to texts and calls early in the morning. There’s a lot of back and forth communication and having to adjust your schedule with clients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            College students studying cinematography might also want to hire you to do special effects makeup. Doing makeup for television, theater, or funeral homes can even turn into full-time jobs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Begin by doing your own makeup and friends’ makeup and posting photos on social media. Once you get a portfolio started, you can promote your skill more easily.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            31. Marketing Services

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • marketing services
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Marketing Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pros: Your hours are flexible, and you can work remotely.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Cons: Sometimes your hard work is ignored or deleted without a look.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $21.57 (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Figure out your niche and learn the skills to become an effective marketer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You can spread the good news about a business and get paid for it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Business owners usually want to spend their time running their business; so they’ll outsource their marketing to someone else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              A lot of people are skilled at making social media posts and reels, print advertising, or composing emails, while business owners aren’t.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Marketing is a wide field, so you can work in all the realms of TV, billboards, bus advertising, influencers, emails, social media, websites, colors/fonts, graphics, photo styles, and more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              You’ll want to pick a specific niche and stick with it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              32. Masseuse

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • masseuse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: You can help people to feel rejuvenated. You have a flexible work schedule.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: You have to be on your feet, and your hands can get tired.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $20.97 per hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Start to research how to give a good massage and get one yourself!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When people come in with pain in their bodies, and you are able to help them relax, it's very rewarding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you enjoy helping out people, as a masseuse, you help people relax and benefit their emotional and physical health.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The job is rather intimate and your muscles will get taxed, as well as your fingers. You’re on your feet the whole time. Sometimes you can work really hard and only get a dissatisfied customer at the end.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                For pros, you can make your own schedule. Tips are also an extra nicety.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Learn about giving massages from research and practicing on others. If you get certified, even more doors will open for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                33. Model

                                                                                                                                                                                                                • model
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pros: You can make a lot of money and travel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cons: Finding good representation is difficult. (If an agent wants you pay them for photos or classes, it's a scam.) The workflow is “feast or famine”.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $20 to $20K per hour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reach out to reputable agents in your area; see if they do an open call or allow picture submissions via email.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You get paid to look beautiful, and sometimes you have fun gigs like getting paid to play in the ocean waves!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you are not in the top 1%  to meet the physical criteria of being a model (5’9″ or 5’10” and less than 120 lbs.), consider being a different type of model: a hand or foot model, a hair model, or a fit model. Also if you’re proportionate, consider — plus size models are becoming in demand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Finding good representation can be tricky because most people get tricked into paying for classes or fake representation, while being fed false hopes that they can make it as a model. A real agent won’t make any money unless you’ve booked an actual job. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ask reputable agents in your area if they do an open call or allow picture submissions. These pictures don’t need to be professionally done. If an agent wants you to pay them for photos or classes, then run; it’s a scam.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The con is that modeling jobs are not steady. Also, depending on your personality, you might hate that you have to travel; or if you love to travel, that might be one of the best parts of the gig for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “You can make a lot of money – $10K per day!” says former model Pam Hayashida.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you are doing runway modeling, you will need to change your clothes several times in front of people. The pace is so fast that you need to feel comfortable being in front of people in a strapless bra and thong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Your worth as a model can be determined by how attractive or photogenic you are. People might feel free to criticize your body or face. This can have a damaging effect on models if they can’t separate work from their own self worth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  34. Music Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • music teacher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Music Teacher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pros: If you have a passion for music and enjoy teaching, you can have a great time sharing your passion.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Cons: Sometimes you need to market yourself and deal with young children.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $50 - $300 per hour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You can start by teaching a friend for free and see if you are a good teacher. After that, start to market yourself to friends, on social media, or get hired by music stores.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You end up connecting with your students and seeing them thrive is an absolute joy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I started teaching piano this year, and I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it was. There is always a shortage of piano teachers, so if you are skilled at teaching, then this might be a great side gig for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    First, research the best curriculum. All the professional piano teachers I knew loved teaching out of Piano Adventure books. Faber has worked to teach kids music systematically; it’s already mapped out well for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Some music teachers don’t enjoy the aspect of marketing themselves to the public to get more students. They also don’t like dealing with young children. Sometimes parents come over and I have to tell them that their child is not ready to learn piano.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Overall, it is a very satisfying job when you hear students expressing themselves beautifully through music.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    35. Notary Public

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • notary public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Notary Public
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pros: You get to make your own schedule, get paid instantly, and help people.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cons: You might be asked to enter a home alone, but you can always ask to meet somewhere public if this makes you anxious.You could also get called into court if someone criminally impersonates someone else.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $17.50 (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Check with your state to find out their requirements.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Everyone needs a notary public once in their life and if you are one, you can help out friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Becoming a notary public is generally an easy side-gig to make money part time. You’ll have to check with your state to find out their specific guidelines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      General State Guidelines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Complete an application form
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pay your state filing fee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Buy notary supplies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Possibly get educational training

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The heart of a notary public is to be an impartial witness, and if you do this wrong, unfortunately, this can land you in court. Some states require a background check.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You gain much more clientele if you’re willing to travel; however, meeting strangers in their homes might make you anxious, so if this is the case, arrange a way to meet them publicly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can gain business by publicizing on social media. One con about being a notary public is that the salary is not regular, so keep it a side gig. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      To find out more information, read here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      36. Online Real Estate Investor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • online real estate investor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Online Real Estate Investor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pros: It’s a solid investment that will almost always pay out in the end.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cons: You need to have a lot of patience.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            8% -12% of your investment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Look into real estate investing apps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You can make money without much effort.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You only need $500 to become an investor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Perhaps you want to do something with your savings besides having it sit in the bank. You can invest into real estate and have other people do your work for you. Check out these real estate investing apps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You can begin investing in real estate with as little $500 – $1,000. Read here for more information.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        37. Personal Assistant or Virtual Assistant

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • personal assistant or virtual assistant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Personal Assistant or Virtual Assistant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pros: If communicating clearly and being helpful runs in your natural personality, this might be an easy job for you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cons: You have to be patient with any personality defects that your client has, whether it be a cantankerous old woman or an impatient old man.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $15 (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Look on job boards for possible openings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can help people by being naturally administrative.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It isn’t only the rich and famous who need personal assistants. For example, the elderly, busy executives, and real estate personnel all need personal assistants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As a personal assistant, you need to screen phone calls, remind your client of people’s names, buy groceries, sometimes cook, write emails, or schedule appointments. You might have to travel with your client at times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Look on job boards for listings. If you want to be a virtual assistant, you would do all of this remotely – screening calls, setting appointments, working on social media content, proofreading, etc. You can work in several different industries at the same time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          38. Personal Chef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • personal chef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Personal Chef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pros: You can enjoy being creative in a field you enjoy and earn money. Sometimes you can get free room and board.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cons: At times, it can be a demanding job without a break.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • How Much You Can Make:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You can get certification, but it’s not necessary if by word of mouth, people are vouching for your cooking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You can share your love for food and create delectable meals that bring happiness to your clients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Do people often visit your home and rave at your cooking or baking? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to become a professional chef, but you didn’t like dealing with kitchen staff and the headache that it takes to run a restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A personal chef takes care of their clients’ customary diet, shopping for them, organizing the kitchen, cooking for them, and cleaning up. Though it’s not necessary, you can join the United States Personal Chef Association and gain certification there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you become a personal chef of someone with an extra room, you might be able to earn free room and board as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            39. Personal Shopper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • personal shopper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Personal Shopper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pros: You get to work flexible hours and care for others. You also get exercise, moving around to run errands.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Cons: If you work with the elderly, you will have to be patient.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $17/hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You can begin offering your services to friends and family and develop a resume.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When you help the elderly or disabled who can't shop for themselves, it's rewarding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A personal shopper buys groceries and shops for their clients. If you’re great at predicting the needs of someone and you enjoy caring for other people, this might be a great side hustle for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can choose to shop for the elderly. Shopping for the elderly will usually send you going to the grocery store, the pharmacy, and managing their requests and budget. This requires patience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can also become a personal shopper in the niche of fashion. There are a lot of people who want to keep their wardrobe up-to-date but don’t have the fashion knowledge or time to shop for clothes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Once you begin offering your services to friends and family and do a great job, word of mouth will begin to spread, and you can charge more per client.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              For more information and online sites to work for, read here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              40. Personal Trainer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • personal trainer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Personal Trainer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: Help people to achieve their fitness goals by helping them plan and motivating them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: If you’re successful with your client, you are out of a job.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $10 - $30 per hour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Obtaining certification may increase your earning potential; try setting up an online presence and offer group training sessions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your work pays off as your see your clients become healthier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Some people struggle to lose weight unless they are motivated by a real live person. If you’re a person who naturally enjoys staying fit and inspiring other people, this is a great side gig for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It’s naturally rewarding because you get to see your clients meet their fitness goals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The negative: if you help your client to achieve their goal and do your job right, they no longer need you. However, word of mouth should spread and you should gain more clients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Another con is that this side job might get harder the older you get.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you’re interested, start working with friends or inquire about jobs at your local gym.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                41. Pet Waste Removal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • pet waste removal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pet Waste Removal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pros: You can run your own business with flexible hours. If you enjoy working alone, this could be a great gig for you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cons: You have to pick up dog poop.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $15 - $20 per yard

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Get the word out and the business will come to you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can help people who physically find it difficult to pick up poo and exercise while you make money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Many people love their furry pets, but a lot of people don’t like going into the yard regularly to pick up their dog poo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If they don’t pick up the dog poo, then their dog can step in their old poo and bring it into the house. Also, gardeners might end up running their mowers into their poop and spreading it in their backyard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you have a rake and a bucket to pick up in a yard, then people will pay you to come regularly and pick up after their dog.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Advertise on social media, especially with pet lovers; ask your local pet stores and vets if you could give flyers or cards out; put a flier up at your local dog park.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  42. Photographer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • photographer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pros: If you have a love for photography, then it’s so much fun to memorialize the special moments of your friends’ lives – their senior portraits, weddings, and Christmas family portraits.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Cons: Christmas time can be especially busy, trying to get everyone’s Christmas pictures edited and finished.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $15 to $40 per hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Buy a camera and learn how to work it well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's fun to capture silly and endearing moments of your friends and their families.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    One of the best side gigs for a stay-at-home mom is photography. You can shoot weddings, senior portraits, or family portraits and set your own hours. Your only limitation might be wanting natural light from the sun.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It will get busy especially during Christmas card season, when you need to edit the photos of your family and friends while also preparing for your own Christmas season.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You don’t have to limit yourself to taking pictures of friends and events. You can explore whatever field you enjoy: stars, nature, animals, city life, etc. You can sell your photography online.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    First, buy a decent camera and learn how to work it; e.g. learn how to work aperture, shutter speed, and photo editing apps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Offer your photography for free with friends – senior portraits or weddings – and then start to charge once you establish an online presence and gain inquiries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    43. Professional Organizer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • professional organizer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Professional Organizer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pros: You get to help people transform their lives and homes in one session.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cons: Sometimes people don’t maintain the system that you worked hard to implement.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $22 - $150 per hour, depending on your state

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can earn a CPO certification (Certified Professional Organizer certification), but it won’t be necessary if you’re skilled and adept at creating your own clientele.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can help hoarders and disorganized individuals gain some sanity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You keep an organized home; you might have even helped friends to get their clutter under control.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As a professional organizer, you can help people organize a system with short and long term organization goals, maximizing the space in their homes to its greatest efficiency.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Great people skills are necessary so you understand the priorities of how your clients want to organize their home; you also need to be able to communicate how to effectively achieve their goals in the coming years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “You get to help people transform their homes and lives just from one session,” says Chantell Dennis of Simply Organized Company, “And as an added fun, I’ve been able to visit homes I never would have been able to before.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It can cost quite a bit to get supplies, pretty containers, and baskets to organize a home. Though the hourly fee isn’t outrageous, usually clients get surprised by how much the supplies cost.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Your work can also be undervalued; sometimes people don’t maintain the organization that you’ve worked so hard to set up for them. But if these cons don’t dampen your joy of organizing, then don’t let them deter you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      44. Proofread and Edit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • proofread and edit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Proofread and Edit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pros: You don’t have to deal with much office drama because you work remotely. You can have flexible hours.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cons: You have to sometimes read horrible writing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            $22.12 (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Make sure you have a good command of the English language, MLA format, and AP style.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You can earn extra money reclining in your home, doing what you might normally do - read.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Proofreading and editing is a great side gig for people who love to read, have a strong attention to detail – grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If this becomes a full time gig for you, you can avoid office drama by working remotely. Your schedule can be as flexible as you want.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Find a niche you have a skill at editing. You can try editing resumes or college essays and see where it takes you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        45. Read Books Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • read books online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Read Books Online
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pros: You can set your own flexible hours.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cons: It can be tiring to talk for hours. The initial cost for a quality microphone can be expensive.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $85 per hour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Buy a mic and set aside a soundproof place for you to read.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can enjoy reading books aloud and entertaining others.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You might have a naturally animated personality. As a homeschooler, I was surprised to find out that the thing I enjoyed doing the most was reading aloud to my children.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To begin, you’ll need to invest in a quality microphone for your demos and sound quality. You’ll also have to find a corner in your house that is soundproof. You don’t want the noise of your dog or the air conditioning vent in the background.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Find a niche in the realm of books that you can become well-known in. Begin by looking up jobs on websites like Fiverr.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you love reading books, read here to find out more side gigs you may enjoy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          46. Real Estate Agent

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • real estate agent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Real Estate Agent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pros: You get to help friends and others find their dream home while getting to have fun visiting other homes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cons: You always have to be “on” to sell your image and get new clients.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1% - 6% of the home sale price

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Get a real estate license.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When escrow closes, you will have helped friends find their future home, and in turn, you'll get a nice paycheck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perhaps you enjoy looking at properties and the different ways that people decorate. Being a real estate agent is a great side gig: you only have to take classes for 1 to 2 months and then pass an exam to get your real estate license.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “I love helping people find their dream home; it’s fun getting to know new people and listening to what they want. I like to negotiate; I’m there to help my clients and give them the very best service.“ – Denise Furmidge, real estate agent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The negative is that you always have to answer the phone, even when you’re on vacation. The positive is that you get to help people that you grow to care for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Clients can also get very emotional when transactions fall apart, such as when an inspector finds things wrong with the house like termites, mold, or roof issues or when appraisals are below asking price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On top of that, you have to maintain your image all the time without breaks to get new clients. But if you love doing real estate, it’s still an enjoyable gig for you. It is quite lucrative when everything goes right!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            47. Resell Items in Your House

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • resell items in your house
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Resell Items in Your House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pros: You can bring down the level of clutter in your home while making money.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Cons: You have to deal with strangers if you use Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, or eBay. Try to meet in public places.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It depends on what you are selling and the value of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Before you begin to deal with shipping, you might want to start with local listings on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  When all is said and done, you'll have a clean home and more money in your pocket.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You might be surprised at how much items are worth within your own household.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here are some items you can sell for money:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Extra clothing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Books
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Shoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Musical instruments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Camping equipment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Gently used kitchen items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Electronics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Video games
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Jewelry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Household decor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You might have hundreds or thousands of dollars that you can reap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Read here to find out more information on the best ways to sell individual items in your home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              48. Sell an Online Course

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • sell online course
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sell an Online Course
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: You can film once and then resell a product that you’ve made.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: You don’t have much social interaction with your students to see where they need help.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $50 - $250 per course sold

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Begin to think about what subjects you are knowledgeable in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's fun to create a lesson plan and include visuals within your video. Being in front of a camera can be exciting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Perhaps you find yourself talking passionately about a subject often. The ideas for classes are endless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here are some topics you might be interested in teaching:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Real estate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Taxes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • How to become an influencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jazz piano
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • A foreign language
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • How to become a creative writer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • How to do your makeup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Investing in stocks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With the help of technology today, you can create a video of yourself teaching your subject and earn money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here are some steps to pursue if this is within your interests:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Begin to think about what subjects you are knowledgeable in.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Organize your thoughts into lesson plans and curriculum.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Video tape yourself.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Learn video editing skills so that your videos and audio will be eye-catching and attractive to viewers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Either post them on YouTube with social media advertisements OR consider selling your course to educational companies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                49. Sell Beauty Products

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • sell beauty products
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sell Beauty Products
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pros: You can help people gain more confidence as they beautify themselves.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cons: The work fluctuates, so don’t have it as your main source of income.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You earn commission on what you sell, which grows in percentage the more you sell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Buy a starter kit for the company you want to begin selling for.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When you watch your friends transform as they use your beauty products, it's satisfying to know you helped them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Some people are natural at selling beauty products because they themselves receive a lot of natural compliments on how attractive they are.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Companies You Can Sell For:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Avon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mary Kay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Rodan & Fields
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Other companies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “I have been able to help many individuals and their families to solve many skin problems. I’ve earned a good extra income, and I can set my own work schedule and be as flexible as needed.” – Hayley Silverman, representative of Rodan & Fields.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sometimes, due to promotions, you will have to place a large chunk of orders on certain days and work a long evening here and there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For more information on different companies you can sell beauty products from, read here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  50. Sell Plants

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • sell plants
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sell Plants
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pros: You can help people enjoy horticulture while earning some money.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Cons: Packaging and shipping plants is always extra labor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $3 - $500 (depending on how rare your plants are)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Begin by growing plants and learning to ship them safely.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You can share your love for your plants with others; and your stock naturally replenishes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you love plants and love sharing them with friends, this can turn into an enjoyable side job for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You can start your side hustle locally through Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and with friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You also don’t have to limit yourself to local sales; you can start shipping plants on eBay, OfferUp, and Etsy. You simply have to make sure your plants can breathe while shipped, so don’t bubble wrap them too tightly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you have a garden and an expertise in orchids, succulents, carnivorous plants, or other types of plants, you have all you need to start your business.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    51. Sell Your Hair

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • sell your hair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sell Your Hair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pros: You can earn a shocking amount of money from selling your own hair.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cons: In order for you to earn more for your hair, you should keep it “virgin hair”, so keep it away from chemicals, blow dryers, or curlers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $25 - $4,000

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • How to Begin:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Enjoy chopping off your hair and rocking a new hairstyle!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On Hairsellon, you can also see how much your hair is worth on their calculator.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can put your hair on sale on their website.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Virgin hair is sold for higher amounts – hair that has not been chemically treated, dyed, straighted, curled, blow-dried, ironed, or permed. You’ll even have to stay out of chlorinated pools.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Read here for more information.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      52. Server

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • server
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pros: You earn much more than minimum wage with tips.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cons: You have to be on your feet and deal with rude customers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            $9 plus tip (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Apply for restaurant jobs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You can exercise and be with people while you earn money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Waitresses might begin with minimum pay, but once you add tip, servers can make quite a large amount per hour. Waitressing is an excellent night shift to add on after a day of sitting at a desk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you like to be around people and help them out, serving others might be something you enjoy. If you’re a stay at home mom, you’ll enjoy being around other adults.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “It’s easy, quick money. You always leave with cash, and shifts are short. You walk a lot so it’s good exercise. It’s usually very easy to either pick up shifts or get shifts covered if something comes up.” – Shayna Bray, former waitress at Salt Creek Restaurant in Santa Clarita, California

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        However, it can be tiring because you are on your feet the whole time. Sometimes you are working until late at night. Carrying heavy plates and trays can be hard on your back as well. Be sure to buy supportive shoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        After you get hired at a restaurant, you get trained to memorize the menu and their ingredients and learn to work the computers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        53. Sewing Service

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • sewing services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sewing Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pros: You can work indoors and comfortably.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cons: If you make a mistake on a garment that someone values highly, you’ll be facing a very distressed, angry customer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $19.90/hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Learn to sew and get further educated through your local community college or tech school.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can help people look the best possible in their clothes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I once sewed a loose button for a friend, and he soon came back asking if I could fix more clothing items. People enjoy the convenience of working with tailors who are friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can learn a great amount from working under a tailor or taking classes at your local community college or technical school. Practice truly does make you a better tailor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The con is that if you mess up, you’ll have to face a very distressed, upset client.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          54. Sports Coach

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • sports coach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sports Coach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pros: You can mentor kids in a sport that you enjoy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cons: You have to give up your free time, and usually the pay isn’t very much.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $17 (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Obtain experience by first volunteering in local park leagues.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It's fun to participate in the community and help kids to improve in their athletic skills.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            There are many adults who have a lot of knowledge in sports: some people are excellent at pitching and others excel in golf. If you enjoy mentoring other athletes, this will be a fun and rewarding side gig for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “A pro is that I’m able to give back to our local community and meet other families I would not meet otherwise.” – Brad Silverman, coach for Santa Clarita City Youth Basketball for the past seven seasons

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You can begin coaching for free and once you see your players improving, you have leverage for your prices going up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coaching a league requires a lot of time; organizing and leading team meetings, practices, games, and events. Most coaching is free and volunteer, but if you specialize in an area, you can become a coach that charges for private lessons.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            55. Stock Market Investor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • stock market investor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stock Market Investor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pros: You can earn a lot of money.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Cons: You can lose a lot of money.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $1,000 on a good day

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Open an investment account and deposit money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Though it's risky to invest, it's such a celebration when you invest in the right company and earn a lot of money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Previous to 2022 the stock market was everyone’s favorite game to jump into. Lately, the economy has taken a nose-dive, but there are still people who like to dabble in trading.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Stocks are time consuming. If you are looking for short term gains, you have to watch constantly. You can’t take time off; if you day trade, you need to watch patterns and research all the while, even if you don’t trade anything on that specific day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You aren’t always right and can lose money. However, it can also be lucrative.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “I made $2,000 in a few days on an AMC options trade. It was risky and luckily, it sky-rocketed. If you want to do long-term investments, you can set it and forget it for 8-10 years. However, you might want to wait until the economy is a little better before beginning your journey.” – homeschool mother Esther Kyong who dabbles in day trade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              People usually become profitable after 3 to 5 years of training. Before you get better, you usually have to get burned and learn to understand the trading system.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Open an investment account and deposit money. You can also learn how to get free stocks here. Read up on how to invest in the stock market so you can be rich.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              56. Substitute Teacher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • substitute teacher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Substitute Teacher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: You can create your own schedule and work on days you are free while not having the extra responsibilities of lesson planning and attending staff meetings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: Kids love to test their new substitute teachers by being extra disruptive.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $131 per day (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Contact your local school district and/or private schools near you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You can be around kids and enjoy them without the full stress of being a teacher.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After coronavirus, schools began to offer much more payment per day for substitute teachers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is an excellent side gig for people who have remote jobs or jobs with undependable schedules. You can list your days of availability on the school website, and teachers will request you when they need you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you do a good job, teachers will continue to request you more often. If you continue to come back, you can develop relationships with the students and inspire them to finish school with excellence.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “I can go anytime for any number of days or not take a job for weeks,” explained Donna Hahm, substitute teacher for Hart District, “I love being with kids. I love helping them and listening to them. It's cool; the more I sub, the more I get to see the kids grow in different stages and they remember me.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Contact your local school district or private school and they will begin you on your path. Some require certification or a bachelor’s degree while others do not.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • You can set your own schedule.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • You don’t have to do any lesson planning or attend staff meetings.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Depending on your school district, the pay might not be up to par.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Some teachers don’t leave any work for the kids.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Some teachers have horrendous class management so you are walking into a zoo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                57. Teach Students to Drive

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • teach students driving
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Teach Students to Drive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pros: It’s a quick side hustle that makes a lot of money per hour.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cons: Sometimes you are endangered because of their bad driving.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $40 - $100 per hour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reread your state’s drivers’ handbook so you can teach students basics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can take the stress away from a parent and teach a teen a life skill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How many parents get way too stressed out teaching their kids to drive? When I taught my third teenager to drive, my eye hemorrhaged twice because my blood pressure rocketed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It sure would be nice to have one of those cars with two sets of brakes!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you stay relatively calm in stressful situations, this might be a fantastic side hustle for you! Read your state’s drivers’ handbook to review all the basics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Some Things to Explain:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • How to turn lights on and off
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Dashboard basics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Mirrors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Windshield wipers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Turn signals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • A/C
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hazard lights
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Signals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • How to park
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Three point turns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • What to do when pulled over or if they get in an accident

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Get the word out on social media. When you get a new student, teach them in slow progress from a parking lot to empty streets to busy intersections to the highway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  58. Thrift Store or Flea Market Flipping

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • flea market flipping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thrift Store or Flea Market Flipping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pros: It’s so much fun to find something for relatively cheap and then flip it for a large amount of money.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Cons: You need to have storage for all the items you want to flip (and an understanding spouse).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $2 - $100+ per item sold

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Begin learning how to identify quality objects when you shop in thrift stores; do your research to see their market price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There's so much happiness and pride when you find a cheap buy and sell it for exponential amounts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you have a good eye for what is valuable, thrift store flipping might be the side hustle for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    People have given donated designer brands or valuable antiques to thrift stores, and if you have the time and storage space, you can flip these items and earn money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    After thrift stores, be sure to check out garage sales. Sometimes things are listed on Craigslist, eBay, and Facebook Marketplace for cheap amounts: surfboards, guitars, cars, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Research their market price and be sure to include shipping costs into your estimate on whether or not the object is worth flipping. Clean up your item as much as possible before posting a picture and selling online.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    59. Transcriptionist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • transcriptionist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pros: You can work remotely with flexible hours.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cons: Sometimes you can’t understand what people are saying.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $18.84/hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Be able to type fast – like 70 words per minute.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can make money in the quiet of your home and help people out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sometimes it’s hard to read doctors’ writing, but if someone can type out what they’re saying, doctors can spend their time with patients, while you transcribe for them. Surprisingly, many intelligent people struggle with grammar and writing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You need to have good listening skills as you type out what you hear in live audio files.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not only can you do this in the medical field, but you can also do it in many other fields, such as the legal field.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      There is software to help you along.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      60. Translator

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • translator
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pros: You are helping people by helping them communicate with others.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cons: Sometimes higher vocabulary, such as medical terms, are needed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            $15 - $40 per hour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Study your second language extensively, so you don’t make a serious blunder that could affect someone’s life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You can help people in the hospital or in other dire situations to communicate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Becoming a translator is an easy side gig for people with first generation families.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hospitals, government officials, business places, and police stations all need translators to help them out. The tricky part is that you will have to learn some difficult terms to translate effectively, especially in a hospital.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Market yourself as a contractor and let your local spots know you’re available.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Getting a certification in translation opens even more doors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        61. Tutor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • tutor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pros: You can enjoy teaching a student about a subject you’re passionate about.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cons: Usually your hourly wage is cut in half when you consider the time preparation takes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $25 - $125 per hour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can browse job boards, apply to local tutoring academies, post your availability on neighborhood tutoring apps, or publicize through social media and your friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Connecting with a younger person and helping them with a subject they struggle with is so rewarding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you’re a clear communicator, you’re probably also gifted at teaching.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here are some subjects that kids need tutors for:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • A foreign language
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Math
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • SAT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • English as a language
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Writing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Science
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • History
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Art
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • College essays

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you’re willing to work on off hours, there are a lot of international companies that would love to hire you to teach English to foreigners.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Be careful to take into account if the curriculum will be given to you or if you need to develop your own curriculum, which will take a great deal longer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also, will you be correcting assignments? Do the parents want the child to receive homework? Be aware that every extra hour that you spend on these items will cut into your hourly wage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          However, there is great joy when you are able to teach someone something successfully and see them improve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I began tutoring this year. I gave an hourly rate and added $10/hour for each additional child.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The moms were incentivized to get their children’s friends in the class because it brought down the cost per child, the kids were happier with friends, and I got paid more for my hour with group classes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The best part is seeing the kids excited to learn and improve.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          62. Uber or Lyft Driver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • uber lyft driver
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Uber or Lyft Driver
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pros: You can work any hours and give rides to people in the direction you are traveling. Payment is instantly given.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cons: You have to deal with Stranger Danger.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $90 - $140 per day

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sign up with Uber or Lyft.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You can earn money during the moments you have some downtime and meet new people.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you have some dead time while your child is in karate, you might want to cash in on driving for Uber or Lyft.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Some requirements you need to drive:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Meet the minimum legal age to drive in your city
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Have driven for at least one year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • A four-door car; but if you don’t have one, you can rent one from Uber
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Some documentation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Should you work for Uber or Lyft? You can compare the pros and cons here.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • You get to talk to a lot of different people that you would never meet.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • You can make money whenever you have free time, like when your child has sports practice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sometimes Uber and Lyft give you incentive to drive more in spots during peak hours, so you can make double or triple the amount.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • The money is instantly given to you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sometimes they give you tips.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • You put in a lot of miles and gas for driving your own car.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • You don’t know where you are going until you pick them up, so that can be stressful.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Money isn’t as good as in the beginning when you receive bonuses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • You can get sick of driving.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • You don’t make money while you drive to pick up someone or wait for someone to come to your car.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For more information on how you can make money with your car, read here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            63. Video Editor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • video editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Video Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pros: You can do video editing remotely and at any time of the day. It’s fun to be a part of the collaborative process of something amazing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Cons: Jobs aren’t steady so you have to work on shows you don’t enjoy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $40/hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Learn to edit videos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's fun to edit videos and transform a dull video to a riveting one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Are you interested in video editing and making videos more riveting to watch?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “When you get to collaborate with creative people, it’s great when you complete an episode or sequence that’s ‘demo worthy’.” – Ben Choo, Supervising Animatic Editor of Dreamworks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can start working with something as simple as iMovie – learn how to insert text and music, how to cut clips, and how to zoom in for certain shots.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This hobby can turn into a part time job if you can get a high-performance computer and excellent video editing software.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can start with part-time gigs, like the wedding of your friend, a corporate party, or a church retreat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The jobs aren’t always stable. Sometimes you have to work on shows you don’t enjoy. But other times, there’s great satisfaction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              64. Voice-Over Artist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • voice over artist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Voice-Over Artist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: It’s fun and you make a lot of money.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: You have to audition and often work on short notice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $30/hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Buy a studio microphone for your home. Either get an agent or check out websites with gigs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's entertaining to create voices and act!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you enjoy acting and making up silly voices, voice acting might be a great side gig for you. You can find jobs on websites like Fiverr.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “You have fun, earn a lot of money, and have credits to your name. You also gain residuals and get to play different roles. And since you don’t have to be on camera, there’s less pressure. You can even work from home if you have a home studio.” – voice actor Caleb Jeon’s mother

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                However, you do have to audition to book the job. For many actors, it takes several tries before they book anything. You also have to work on short notice and sometimes have to drop everything and be at the studio immediately.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Though a USB microphone is good enough, an XLR microphone is even better for the gig. Find a place to record your material that is soundproof; you don’t want to hear a noisy fan or the family chattering in the background.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                65. Yard Work Service

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • yard work services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yard Work Service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pros: If you love horticulture and being one with nature, you’ll love this.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cons: Gardening demands a lot of physical labor and strength. You are often in the sun.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $15.69 per hour (national average)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • How to Begin:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Learn about horticulture and get the word out that you’re for hire.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can enjoy the sunshine and being outdoors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yard work can take the form of gardening or mowing lawns. If you are mowing your lawn and you don’t mind mowing your neighbors’, you can make some side money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you’re more of an expert at gardening and tending to fruit trees, someone would love to hire you to keep their garden beautiful and productive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Being outdoors might be a plus for you, depending on your personality. You don’t have to sit in an office all day. And you can relax while doing work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The negatives are that there’s not much job security, and you might not make much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  66. Make a Rocket Ship (Humor)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • make rocket ship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Make a Rocket Ship
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pros: You can finally go to the bathroom without children bothering you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Cons: You will probably have to sacrifice your leisure time on social media and NetFlix to build it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • How Much You Can Make:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You will initially lose investment money, but you can gain beachfront property on Mars worth billions of dollars.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • How to Begin:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • The Fun Part:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The ability to blast yourself (or your neighbor's barking dog) into space.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tired of the interior decorating within your four walls? Building a rocket ship might be the side hustle for you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You too can finally experience the bliss and silence from hankering, whining children and a demanding spouse. On top of that, you’ll finally find a secret place to stash your dark chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You may think that blasting into space is beyond your skills, but have you ever really put your best efforts into building a rocket ship? Sky’s the limit! (pun intended)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It might be difficult to secure a means of oxygen; a visit to granny’s nursing home might be in order.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    31 Things to Sell to Make Money Wed, 05 Oct 2022 13:29:59 +0000 Do you have too much stuff? Well, you can purge your home of clutter, organize, and make money at the same time by selling all your used items.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do you enjoy baking cake pops, scented candles, or knitting berets? Believe it or not, people are willing to spend money to buy what you enjoy creating during your leisure time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Read below to find out the best ways to sell your items for the most amount of profit!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Appliances

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • appliances
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Subcategories: Refrigerators, washers, dryers, microwaves, vacuums, A/C units, juicers, stoves, air purifiers, dishwashers, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pros: You can earn some money and help out a poorer family or college student in the process.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cons: Appliances tend to be bulky, so waiting for a purchase can be tedious because of the room it takes up in your house. Especially if it is a large appliance, timing the sale with the arrival of a new appliance can be tricky.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $50 - $3,000

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, garage sales, and local appliance stores

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Broken or damaged appliances

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As odd as it is, you don’t have to throw away your old washer and dryer when you get a new one. People are willing to pay decent money for used washers, dryers, old refrigerators, microwaves, vacuums, A/C units, juicers, stoves, air purifiers, dishwashers, and much more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One of the best times to sell would be during semester breaks for college students. Since this is a time of transition, many collegians are looking for better deals on appliances and only need them to last 1 – 2 years.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A/C units are best sold in the summer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, garage sales, and local appliance stores are great places to sell appliances. Because of its high volume of visitors, Craigslist may be the quickest place to list your appliance if speediness is a main factor in your sale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Additional Tips:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Clean and inspect all items for defects and test them to see if they’re in working order.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Determine a fair price for your appliance by using handy websites like these.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Give an honest description about the condition and excellent pictures with bright lighting. You don’t want to disenchant the buyer when they come over and see scratches and dents and feel conned by you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Be sure to list why you’re selling it. People might be scared to buy your old appliance, so you want to explain that it’s because you’re going for a stainless steel look or because you need a larger appliance for your growing family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Another place to sell your appliance would be your local appliance stores. Most of these stores have a used or scratched/dented section of the store.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can also consider selling your appliance to a scrap metal recycler. The metal on your appliance might be worth money due to the metal it contains. Find a scrap metal recycler near you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you don’t want to sell, Best Buy will remove and recycle your old appliance for $199.99. They’ll remove and recycle your old appliance for $39.99 if you buy a replacement from their store.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lastly, if you don’t want to do any of the above, please consider donating to Salvation Army, Goodwill, or Habitat ReStore. Your local store may be willing to pick up your donation for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Bikes, Scooters, Bike Parts, Skateboards

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • bikes scooter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bikes, Scooters, Bike Parts, Skateboards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Subcategories: Road bikes, mountain bikes, electric bikes, kid bikes, hybrid bikes, commuter bikes, BMX bikes, scooters, bike parts, skateboards, roller blades, tricycles, little Tike cars
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pros: Sell your old bikes for money; either upgrade to a better bike that fits your needs or enjoy the extra garage space.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cons: Skateboards and scooters tend to be used so heartily that they aren’t usually resalable.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            $15 - $500+ for professional bikes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, and Craigslist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Skateboards and helmets

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Our kids grow out of everything – tricycles, bikes with training wheels, helmets, roller blades, skateboards, and little Tikes cars that your toddler waddled around in. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you are selling a bike (e.g. road bikes, mountain bikes, electric bikes, kid bikes, hybrid bikes, commuter bikes, or BMX bikes), first determine the value of your bicycle here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hear It From a Pro

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bike-enthusiast Zach Allen says, “If the bike is below $500 in value, it’s best to sell it locally so you don’t have to bother with shipping and finding a bike box. Sites like Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, and Craigslist seem to work best in that order. Clean the bike thoroughly and take great pictures of everything.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “If the bike is above $500, list it locally but also include it on PinkBike. It’s the largest used-bike selling site internationally. This would possibly require shipping, but it’s really easy to go to a local bike shop and ask for an extra box. They throw them away all the time.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There are also dedicated Facebook groups to selling and buying bicycles that you might have good luck with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Professionals will sometimes buy bikes and sell them off piece by piece.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Skateboards and scooters tend to be expendable items, so don’t bother selling them. Most people will buy a new skateboard if their child wants to start skateboarding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Books

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • books
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Subcategories: Textbooks, fictions, theology books, comic books, self-help books, biographies, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pros: You probably already have a lot of books laying around looking like clutter. Also, you might discover some rare and antique books in your or your family’s collection that sell for greater amounts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cons: Some genres, such as fiction, don’t naturally retain their value. (We’ve all seen romance paperbacks for sale at the library for ten cents apiece.) Also, some of the largest book reselling websites don’t necessarily have the best reputations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $0.01 - $1,000,000

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Amazon or eBay if it’s a rare book

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Fiction books, old textbooks, books in bad condition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Do you have a ton of books that you’ve bought on your bookshelves that are beginning to look like a mass of clutter?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you sell them in used bookstores, usually you can receive store credit for 50% of what books can sell for or 25% of their value in cash.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The sad news is that everyday, mass-market fiction doesn’t usually retain their value.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          However, rare books auction off for high prices on eBay, especially if the books are in high demand. In general, be ready to give eBay about 12.9% of your selling price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here are the types of books you can get a lot of money for:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Antique books
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Theology books
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • First edition hardcover copies of popular books
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Collectible books
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • In-demand comic books in mint condition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Amazon is another way to make money; you sell directly to buyers. However, it is difficult to make money on Amazon because of the huge number of sellers. A lot of them may be willing to sell their books for less than you are. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          However, Amazon FBA is an excellent way to have people sell your books for you.  


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can use or for printing your own postage labels for home mail. If you sell books often, we recommend pre-purchasing postage and printing labels in advance. Make friends with your mail carrier and they might let you put outgoing parcels in your mailbox. USPS Media Mail is the cheapest way to ship books as the first pound costs a flat $3.49.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Smaller Companies to Consider:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          BookScouter and AbeBooks both sell textbooks, fiction, nonfiction, and rare books. Though AbeBooks functioned as a stand-alone business, it was acquired by Amazon in December 2008.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Keep in mind, however, that some customers have had poor experiences with both BookScouter and AbeBooks as indicated by their low scores on TrustPilot, so you may have better luck just selling your books on Facebook Marketplace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For example, I tried ordering a book from AbeBooks recently, and it canceled my order about two weeks later, saying that they had made a mistake in saying it was in stock.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In terms of how much you could make for your used books, it all depends on the book. Fiction books sell for pennies, while a rare antique book like the Book of Mormon can be valued at $35 million.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          These rare medical surgery textbooks were sold for $600 recently in Los Angeles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          textbooks to sell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          4. Camping Equipment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • camping equipment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Camping Equipment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Subcategories: Cots, stove and fuel canisters, sleeping bags, tents, hammocks, trekking poles, coolers, air mattresses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pros: If you bought camping equipment that doesn’t fit your family (e.g. too large, too small), then you can gain some money back and to help purchase the right equipment for your family.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cons: You have to list your items on most selling sites and deal with the buyers yourself.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $5 - $350 for bigger tents

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Craigslist, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Worn out or damaged gear

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How many families love camping and trying out new gear and equipment? My friend bought a huge 10 – 12 person tent for her family for several hundreds of dollars and then found out it was much too cold at night.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If for some reason, you bought camping equipment that you’re not using, you can sell it and use the money to buy the right equipment. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here are some items to search your garage for:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Stove and fuel canisters
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sleeping bags
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Tents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Hammocks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Trekking poles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Coolers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Air mattresses

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Make sure your equipment is clean and in working order; and take pictures in great lighting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You can list your items individually on Craigslist, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace. Facebook Marketplace is a nice place to list general gear that you don’t want to ship.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Below are other companies who are in the camping resale business:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            REIFor heavy duty campers, REI resells quality outdoor equipment for you. They have a brand new program where you can trade in used gear; they send you a trade-in kit along with a prepaid shipping label. You can get an REI gift card back. Search here to see if your brand and item qualifies. However, REI does have a low score on TrustPilot so sellers beware.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PatagoniaAt well-known brands such as Patagonia, you can trade in used clothing if it’s still in good condition, and they’ll give you credit towards a Patagonia retail store.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            North FaceAnother well-known clothing company for outdoors, North Face, also has a Renewed Program – where they even repair your used clothing so it meets their standards. Currently they are not accepting items for sale; they do hope to implement that type of program in the future. They are taking donations at select drop-off locations if you want to recycle your items.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you don’t want to go through the trouble of listing your items, consider donating to your local charity shop for the homeless population. They can always use sleeping bags, tents, and backpacks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            5. CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, VHS Tapes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • cds dvds bluray
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, VHS Tapes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Subcategories: CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, VHS tapes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pros: Sometimes you might be unaware of how rare your DVD or VHS tape might be and pleasantly surprised at what you can get back.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Cons: Due to streaming services, the common lot of these items aren’t worth much, which means that the buyers are usually remote (without Wi-Fi), and you’ll have to pay for shipping to get it to them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Now that streaming services have become a household regular, does anyone want to buy your old VHS copy of “Home Alone” or your old Beastie Boys cd?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Surprisingly, yes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There is still a considerable fraction of the United States that does not have broadband or Wi-Fi. Some towns actually have a ban on electromagnetic waves.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Most used common DVDs will sell for $1 to $10, but you may be surprised at the rarity of some of your dusty VHS tapes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Some valuable VHS tapes might be:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Diamond Editions of old Disney movies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Old Wrestlemania videos of popular fights
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Rare live performances of popular musicians
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Old horror movies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Children’s collections (e.g. Dragon Ball DVD set)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Unopened collectible DVDs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Complete TV or movie series (e.g. Simpsons season DVD sets)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • If your movie is banned, then your movie will actually be worth more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you live in the city, selling movies on eBay might be the easiest transaction for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you’re willing to ship to remote areas of the country, then you might make more money than selling locally on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and OfferUp. Sometimes remote hotels, churches, or clubhouses would be happy to buy them off your hands to have some entertainment around.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The payback of common items is usually miniscule, but it is better to receive a little cash back for your trash than nothing at all. This seller sells assorted random CDs for $17.99.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Don’t completely write off selling locally; you never know who might want a DVD copy of Nacho Libre so they can watch it several times in a row without paying for streaming services.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There are a lot of websites you can sell your DVDs at. Here are some other noteworthy smaller companies to sell your used items to:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Company NameTrustpilot RatingProsSell
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Decluttr4.4/5Free shipping labels

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Risk free quote
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DVDs, CDs, Blu-Rays, cell phones, tablets, MacBooks, entertainment, consoles, laptops, iPods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Eagle Saver4.5/5Free shipping labels

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Risk free quote

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1 day order processing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bulk check out

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              DVDs, CDs, Blu-Rays, video games, books

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you have a bunch of items to sell, one last option is to sell your CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, and VHS tapes at your yard sale. If you’re going to set up for a yard sale anyway, why not bring them out?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6. Clothes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • clothes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Subcategories: Baby and children’s clothes, regular clothes, designer clothes, Halloween costumes, ethnic outfits, job-related uniforms
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: It always feels great to declutter your closet. Online companies are making it easier for you to send them bundles of used clothes, and they sell them for you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: Regular clothes do not sell for much. You might make $50 - $200 for a bundle of them. Designer clothes sell for much more but you need to individually list them or send them off to a company who will take commission from you. Baby clothes aren’t worth much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “The average woman has $1000 worth of resale value in her closet,” says Tradesy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Those designer jeans that went out of style, your daughter’s old formal dress, your son’s pirate Halloween costume – all of these are resalable. Nurses sell scrubs they no longer wear. Women sell purses and kimonos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Think of all the clothes you’re not wearing that you can declutter from your closet and sell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Regular clothes bundles with 10 – 15 items sell for an average of $100 – $200 on Facebook Marketplace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vintage and trendy items do better in the resale market. Sometimes designer items can bring in as much as $1000+.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With resale becoming a buzz word with the younger generation who are more conscious about their environment, even Walmart is starting to get a foot into the resale scene.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With designer items, you have better luck charging a higher price by selling them individually on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Make sure your clothes don’t have stains or holes in them and post excellent photos of them. Sometimes buyers are looking for those designer jeans, so the search for them is easier if it’s listed individually.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you don’t want to bother with individually listing and selling clothing items, you can ship your bag of used clothes to different companies and they’ll sell for you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Smaller Companies to Use:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NameThe Lowdown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TheRealRealThey offer sellers pre-paid shipping labels for name-brand items and give you 85% of the selling price. They also handle product descriptions, photography, and shipments so you can rest as they do the work for you. Designer handbag shoppers love this site.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Vestiaire CollectiveA company for designer clothes lovers, reselling brands like Gucci, Dior, and Fendi. You list your item on their app and ship your items to them for free so the experts can check it for quality before shipping it to the buyer. You earn up to 80% of the selling price.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                TradesyAn excellent site to sell women designer goods and quality clothing. You take your own pictures, set your own price, and choose your own shipping method.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SwapAn affordable online thrift store as their most expensive items are being sold for $30. They do the processing, pricing, and photos for you as long as your clothes meet their acceptance criteria.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Smaller Companies to NOT Use:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                NameThe Lowdown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ThredUPA newer company on the scene that wants to help the planet by reselling used clothes, getting rid of new clothing carbon and water waste. Per your request, they will send you a clean out kit to mail them your used clothes, and then they will send you the money you make. Target has been tiptoeing into the resale market with ThredUP. However, many sellers and customers have given bad reviews (2.1 out of 5) to the efficiency of the company so beware.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PoshmarkAnother famous used clothes marketplace. However, their TrustPilot rating is a 1.4 out of 5 rating with almost 3,000 reviews, so beware.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                VintedAnother similar company with the same low rating (1.4 out of 5), which makes me wonder if many companies began with high ambitions and then drowned in mountains of used clothing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Children and Baby Clothes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Children grow out of clothes every few months, and then they grow out of one or two sizes of clothes every year. You can’t keep up – storing the clothes your child grew out of and buying new ones; some clothes in thrift stores still have an original price tag still attached because the child grew before they could wear it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sadly, baby clothes do not usually sell for much either, even if they are in good condition. People sell assorted baby clothing collections (about a trash bag worth) for $20 – $50 on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and Craigslist.  You can also look at these websites to sell them online.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Before you donate to Goodwill, be sure to sift through your clothes to see if you’re giving away anything valuable; once your clothes get to donation centers, there are sharks that will pounce on your valuable items and resell them for their own profit. Might as well be you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In all the fun of cleaning out your closet, just throw away anything with a stain or hole in it; not even in the donation centers will accept them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                7. Computers or Computer Parts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • computer parts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Computers or Computer Parts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Subcategories: Computers, iPads, tablets, MacBooks, iMacs, laptops, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pros: When you upgrade, you can help to mitigate the costs by selling your old electronics.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cons: If you fail to clean your hard drive, you may experience a personal security risk that can turn into a large nightmare.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $40 - $3000

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Amazon, Best Buy, Decluttr, BuyBackWorld

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Portable and solid-state hard drives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We all have old printers, old iPads & tablets, Macbooks, iMacs, and laptops gathering dust in the corners of our homes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If we throw them out, we all know that the e-waste is not beneficial for the environment. If you trade in your electronics, you can put that money you receive towards your upgrade.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  However, when considering selling electronics, you should also factor in how valuable your time is and how far you are willing to drive. You can sell them on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, or drive to a local Best Buy store and trade in your laptop for convenience, but will they give you a competitive amount of money?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  One way to double check is to look at online sites that buy electronics. You can sell used electronics on Amazon, and here is a comparison chart for Decluttr and BuyBackWorld so you can see how they compare:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Company NameWhat You Can Sell ThemHurrah for ThisHow They Pay You
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  DecluttrCell phones, iPads, Tablets, MacBooks, iMacs, Laptops, iPods, Entertainment, Apple WatchesFree shipping label

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Free estimation online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Paid day after they receive your items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Direct deposit, PayPal, or charity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BuyBackWorldCell phones, iPads, Tablets, MacBooks, iMacs, Laptops, iPods, Entertainment, Apple Watches, speakersFree shipping

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Instant upfront quote

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Paid day after they receive your items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Check, PayPal, Direct Deposit, BuyBackWorld gift cards, prepaid debit card
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  AmazonKindles, tablets, streaming media players, cell phones, gaming devices, home security devices, bluetooth speakers, Echos, wireless routersFree shippingAmazon gift card (10 days to process and 2 business days to accept or reject your offer)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Since all three sites give instant estimations, take the 5 minutes to find out what each site would offer you before dropping off your electronics at Best Buy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As for your own personal security, first wipe the hard drive clean of any personal data and also safeguard yourself by getting new credit cards. Overwrite your hard drive so that nothing is able to be obtained.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you decide after all not to sell, please remember that all those electronics have metals that you can recycle. Most counties offer e-waste collection events that you can send your electronics to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  8. Electronics and Cell Phones

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • electronics cellphones
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Electronics and Cell Phones
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Subcategories: TVs, speakers, Fire TV sticks, XBox systems, tripod stands, Kindles, fans, keyboards, cell phone cases, iPods, cell phones, Apple watches, cameras, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pros: When you upgrade your electronics, you can help mitigate the cost by selling your old electronics.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Cons: If you fail to clean your data off these personal items, you may experience a security risk that can turn into a horrendous nightmare.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $20 - $1000

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, GameStop, BestBuy, Amazon, Decluttr, BuyBackWorld

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Earbuds, baby monitors, smart home devices, video doorbells, fitness, bands, smartwatches

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We bought our TV for relatively cheap because someone won one from a Christmas workplace lottery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you’re looking to resell electronics or cell phones, Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist might be your easy go-to place to sell. Cameras resell so often that they have their own section on Craigslist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Let’s remember the negative, toxic environmental impact people make when they throw out old electronics. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you like the option of having a local store, GameStop and Best Buy also have a Buyback and Trade-in Program.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You can also sell on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist to go straight to the buyer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    While Amazon is well-known for its selling and buying of electronics, there are also reliable, smaller companies. Here is a chart comparing them to Amazon:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Company NameWhat You Can Sell ThemHurrah for ThisHow They Pay You
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DecluttrCell phones, iPads, Tablets, MacBooks, iMacs, Laptops, iPods, Entertainment, Apple WatchesFree shipping label

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Free estimation online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Paid day after they receive your items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Direct deposit, PayPal, or charity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BuyBackWorldCell phones, iPads, Tablets, MacBooks, iMacs, Laptops, iPods, Entertainment, Apple Watches, speakersFree shipping

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Instant upfront quote

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Paid day after they receive your items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Check, PayPal, Direct Deposit, BuyBackWorld gift cards, prepaid debit card
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AmazonKindles, tablets, streaming media players, cell phones, gaming devices, home security devices, bluetooth speakers, Echos, wireless routersFree shippingAmazon gift card (10 days to process and 2 business days to accept or reject your offer)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have an old iPhone 7 Plus that I was interested in selling. I saw that on Decluttr, it says that I would have to have 80% battery health and according to my phone, I have 81%.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here are the price estimates I received for my iPhone 7 Plus on 5 different websites.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BuyBackWorldDeclutterAmazonBest BuyGamestop

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    BuyBackWorld did give me the best offer. Input your items into those 3 websites to see if you get the same results for your specific electronic device.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Remember to swipe your cell phones of any personal data as you don’t want to create a security risk, especially with payment information. Some people might warn you to never sell a cell phone because criminals might know how to retrieve old data.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I do believe the chances of your electronics hitting someone with that expertise might be small, but you might want to change your credit card number just in case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    9. Exercise Equipment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • exercise equipment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Exercise Equipment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Subcategories: Ellipticals, treadmills, weights and weight lifting benches, punching bags, step machines, ping pong tables, exercise machines, dumbbells, stationary bikes, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pros: Because these items take up a lot of space, you’ll finally be able to free up some real estate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cons: You probably don’t want to pay shipping and deal with the hassle of boxing large items, so you are regulated to the demands of your local community and will possibly have to deal with strangers in your home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $15 for dumbbells to $100 for an elliptical/treadmill

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Facebook Marketplace, local retailers, eBay (Local Pickup Only option)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Larger pieces of equipment like treadmills and ellipticals

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Some people buy a lot of workout equipment and then find out they need the gym membership to keep them accountable. Other people realize that this is not a phase of life that they’re going to be using their equipment in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can sell your ellipticals, treadmills, weights and weight lifting benches, punching bags, step machines, ping pong tables, exercise machines, dumbbells, stationary bikes, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I bought my elliptical from a lady in Beverly Hills who thought she would use her elliptical and then finally realized that it was just taking up space.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Unfortunately, with exercise equipment, there is not a big return on your investment. According to the law of supply and demand, there’s more people who want to get rid of their equipment than people who want to buy them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      However, free weights do usually hold their value.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Which Site to Sell On

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you’d like to sell, Facebook Marketplace and OfferUp seem to have the most listings. EBay does not have many listings, but if you use their Local Pickup Only option, you can also secure payment through eBay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Facebook Marketplace and OfferUp do not have a means to secure your payment – so by all means, ask for cash payment if you use them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Craigslist seems to have the largest population of scammers when it comes to selling equipment; you may have to deal with people negotiating and not showing up, or people trying to convince you they can sell for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Additional Tips When Selling Exercise Equipment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Make sure your equipment is in good working condition, clean, and that you provide a thorough description and price you paid for it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also consider your timing when you list – people will want to get in shape before summer when they want to hit the beach.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The other two hot buying times are late November and early December before the holidays and a couple weeks into January due to New Year’s resolutions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A couple other options are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Private retailers, who offer less than private buyers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. A garage sale. (However, most people show up at garage sales wanting to buy cheap items, so you might not have much luck.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you can’t seem to find a buyer, consider donating exercise equipment to the Salvation Army or Habitat for Humanity if it’s 5 years or newer. Goodwill does not accept large exercise equipment such as treadmills, Bowflexes, and elliptical machines. However, they accept smaller items such as weights and resistance bands.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      10. Food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Subcategories: Muffins, cookies, cakes, bread, gluten-free items, dried fruits, syrups, jams, roasted coffees, dried teas, herbs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pros: You can start your food business without having to pay extra rent for a commercial kitchen. You can bless other people with the delectable food from your home kitchen and reap the monetary benefits.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cons: Initially, there are some hoops to jump through to make your business legal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            $10 - $100

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Publicize on social media so your friends buy from you. Depending on what license you get, you can also sell at farmers’ markets, retail stores, and restaurants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            With Cottage Food Laws varying per state, you might not be able to legally sell anything that is refrigerated or pickled.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Don’t we all love it when someone else bakes or cooks for us? And isn’t it easier to cook in bulk?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you’re the type of person who is always getting compliments on your baking and cooking, Cottage Food licenses let you get a jump start on your business on a microscale level.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To do this legally, you will need to read up on your state laws. Most states allow:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cakes, cookies, pies, and breads (without cream, custard, or meat fillings)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jams and jellies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dry cake and cookie mixes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dry nut mixes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Dry cereals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Granola
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Popcorn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cottage Food Laws don’t require a licensed kitchen. But they also do not allow you to sell acidified food like pickles, pressurized food like canned items, or anything needing refrigeration.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Though laws vary state by state and you need to look up your own state’s laws, here are the general steps for most states:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Obtain a valid state business license.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Get zoning clearance or a permit from the zoning department.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Get a kitchen inspection by the public health department annually.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4. Proof your kitchen meets sanitary regulations. No pets or children under the age of 12 in the kitchen area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Some states require that the budding chef take a food processor course (4 hours or so) approved by the public health within three months of becoming registered; you will learn to handle food safely both for yourself and your food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Some states have limits to how much you can make with your Cottage Food license. For example, California Cottage Food Laws limit annual sales to $50K annually, while Florida limits your income to $250K. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When getting a Cottage Food Operation (CFO) license, you can get one of the following:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • A Class-A license to sell directly to customers or farmers’ markets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • A Class-B license to sell your goods at restaurants, retail stores, and other vendors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Next you want to brainstorm for packaging, branding, labeling, pricing, and marketing. The FDA has regulations on how food needs to be packaged so that people are warned of allergens and have the best-before dates.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Marketing for Cottage Food items is best done on social media.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My friend’s teenager Bethany Chan (Instagram page, Facebook page) began her own cookie decorating company. She said, “I went to Legal Zoom and picked a DBA for my business name “cookiesbybethanychan”. Then I filled out paperwork for the food handlers and Cottage Food permit. It was easy because of Legal Zoom.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        11. Furniture and Outdoor Furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • furnitures and outdoor furnitures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Furniture and Outdoor Furniture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Subcategories: Couches, coffee tables, dining tables, patio furniture, side tables, bed frames, dressers, bookshelves, futons, nightstands, mirrors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pros: It’s always fun to get rid of furniture and redecorate!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cons: When selling used furniture, you normally have to let strangers into the house.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Free to $1000+ depending on the value of your furniture piece

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, eBay, Bonanza, Ist Dibs, Rubylane

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Used Mattresses

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You’re redecorating!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can sell counter chairs, couches, storage, dressers, desks, beds, futons, bookshelves, nightstands, mirrors, etc. And your resalable furniture is not just limited to the items within your home. Patio chairs, tables, and grills are all resalable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Generally mattresses do not go for much because they are often stained or have lumps within them after years of use.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Be sure to clean your furniture before selling it, offer a complete description citing any scratches or dents, take good photos, and kindly offer measurements of your furniture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When listing your furniture, you want to give a fair price, this is a good equation:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fair Price

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          70% – 80% of the purchase price

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          — 5% for every year you’ve owned the furniture

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          However, antiques go for more, so take a good look around when your grandparents pass. You can sell obscure statues, mirrors with ornate frames, and antique chairs made of real wood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          For speed and efficiency, you may want to sell locally. It is the cheapest and easiest way to go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Being the most visited online classified site, Craigslist is a great go-to. Facebook Marketplace and OfferUp are also great online listing sites for large items that you would have difficulty shipping. EBay, where you can either sell in auction or with a fixed non-negotiable price, is also a hotspot for selling furniture, but they will take a 12.9% commission from your final selling price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          While Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, and eBay usually hog up all the sellers, some other excellent websites get passed over.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Etsy, even though it’s mostly for crafts, also sells furniture. You will have to pay a small listing, commission, and processing fee. There you have a market for artistic and vintage furniture (which means at least 20 years old).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Also mentionable:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Bonanza, where any type of furniture can be sold with no listing fee, only a commission after the sale.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ist Dibs sells higher end, fashionable, used furniture in excellent condition.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Rubylane is a beautiful online shop for vintage and antique furniture. However, they do have a $100 set up fee and a monthly $43 listing fee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Online sites to avoid that have low Trustpilot ratings would be Sotheby’s, Apt Deco, and Chairish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you need to get rid of your furniture quickly and can’t seem to sell it, consider donating to Habitat for Humanity. They refurbish furniture, resell it, and use the money to build houses for the needy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          12. Jewelry (Gold)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • gold jewelry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jewelry (Gold)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Subcategories: 10k, 14k, or 24k gold jewelry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pros: You may have gold jewelry sitting around that you don’t wear, and you can exchange it for cash in the bank.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cons: It may feel like quite the headache to figure out how to sell gold while making sure you’re not conned, so read below to become more savvy!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            With gold at record-high prices per gram, it’s a great time to sift through your jewelry box and see what has run gaudy and old.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The value of gold fluctuates but today, you can make around $57.93 per gram of gold, which means you could be sitting on a treasure trove of spare cash!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gold has been recycled for thousands of years. You could even be wearing some of the same gold that Cleopatra herself wore. Unless you have a lot of sentimental attachment to it, there’s no reason to let it clutter your closet when you could have money in your pocket.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In figuring out how much your gold is worth, the first thing you want to consider is the purity of the gold label. You’ll find this etched on your gold piece: 10k, 14k, 18k, or 24k.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you are unsure about the purity of your gold, try this fun test: Anything that sticks to a strong magnet is not solid gold.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Below are the percentages of how much gold content is within your gold jewelry:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            10 karat gold41.7% gold content
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            14 karat gold58.3% gold content
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            18 karat gold75% gold content
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            24 karat gold100% gold content

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Want to try to appraise your gold before you hit the stores? Below is a handy calculator to get yourself an estimate beforehand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Equation for Finding Out How Much Your Gold is Worth

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Percentage gold content x Current gold price per gram x Jewelry weight (grams) x Percentage of buyer’s offer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For example, if you have a 18k gold chain, that means it is 75% gold content. Since the price per gram is $57.93 today, then you would get $43.44 per gram for that chain. If your chain is 6 grams, then it will be worth $260.69. After that, you need to factor in the melt value. A potential buyer will offer you between 50% – 80%, so your offer will be between $130.34 to $208.55. (Sometimes the appraiser will speak in “troy ounces”, so it’s good to keep in mind that 1 troy ounce = 31.1035 grams.)


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            75% (percent gold) x $57.93 (current gold price) x 6 g (weight) x 80% (buyer’s offer)= $208.55

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If your gold is a designer piece (like Cartier), you may want to shop around for other buyers who will value the name brand and not just melt the gold piece. (See Jewelry (Non-Gold))

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            With gold items, you can go to certain local jewelry stores to sell it there, but you may get more from an actual gold buyer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reputable gold buying companies are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cash For Gold USA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • They give you free trackable shipping through FedEx or USPS, insured up to $5,000, and appraises your gold within 24 hours. And if you decline their offer, they send back your jewelry for free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • They also buy all types of jewelry, such as sterling silver and diamonds, so if you enjoy working with them, send them different items as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • They usually offer 80% of the gold melt price, while jewelry stores usually pay around 70%. They also have a Gold Calculator if you want an easy way to get your estimate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Express Gold Cash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • They let you mail your items for free through FedEx and safely insure what you mail in up to $100,000.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • They appraise your items and you'll receive your payment in 24 hours or less of accepting it. If you don’t like their offer, they’ll return your items free of charge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • They allow you to sell your gold in exchange for cash.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • They offer 90% of the value of gold bullion and up to 85% of the refined value of gold jewelry. They also buy many other types of jewelry, watches, and metals such as silver and platinum, even your dental gold!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Read here for more information. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            13. Jewelry (Non-Gold)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • jewelry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jewelry (Non-Gold)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Subcategories: Rings, wedding bands, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, watches, loose diamonds, and gems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pros: When selling jewelry, you can receive a lot of money in the bank instead of letting something gather dust in your home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Cons: Sometimes it takes a lot of time to look around for the highest bidder for your jewelry and your time might not be worth that.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $10 - $14,000

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Local jewelry stores, Craigslist, pawn shops, Diamonds USA, and Worthy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Common jewelry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Unfortunately, most jewelry items are like cars; the second they’re used and driven off the lot, they lose a lot of their value. Common used jewelry doesn’t sell for much: $10 – $30 for a big lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sometimes costume designers will buy large sweeping bundles of out-of-fashion jewelry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But how do you know if you’re sitting on something more expensive? When your grandma or grandpa has an estate sale, you might discover all sorts of old jewelry that can be resold for a price. Though an estate sale will be easy and quick money, if you spend more time visiting stores where you can sell your expensive rings and necklaces, you’ll find you can make more money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In order to get your money’s worth, there are three things to consider:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Three Things to Consider:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The first is if your jewelry has gold intermixed with gems and other metals, consider the gold karat rating and weight.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Second, if it is a diamond, you want to consider the carat size, cut, color, and clarity. Be certain it’s not a fake stone, like a cubic zirconium. Most buyers do not loosen your stones for free, so you might have to pay extra to get them loosened.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Third, you want to consider the jewelry manufacturer. A designer piece, like a piece from Tiffany’s, can get you 85% – 90% of its value back on eBay or other buyers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you are certain of how much your jewelry is worth, you can easily sell on eBay, Craigslist, FB Marketplace, or OfferUp. With eBay, be aware of fraud. It’s always a little tricky trying to navigate how to receive cash before mailing your jewelry, so you may want to consider posting your jewelry as Pick Up Only and meet in a safe public environment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Local jewelry stores are one of the best places to sell used jewelry but beware – they may only give store credit. American Gem Society can help you find a local jewelry store that buys jewelry. Shop around and you’ll quickly notice the difference in the offers you get. Check out their business with the Better Business Bureau or with Trustpilot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My friend sold her jewelry at a local store like this one and this one, and they offered 20% more than the store with glowing reviews on the radio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pawn shops will sometimes low ball you, and some will pay you high. It depends on if they can recognize what your jewelry is worth. Yet one thing is for certain: They will give you quick cash. They will usually offer around 20% – 50% of the final sale price to you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              When receiving an appraisal from a store, not only should you receive the appraiser’s credentials to verify their reliability, you should also get back details about your jewelry weight, grade, measurement, metal type, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sometimes you might want to get a neutral appraiser for your high end jewelry to make sure you’re not swindled by a buyer, but you will lose money paying for that appraiser.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here are a some well-rated online shops to sell your jewelry at:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Company NameWhat You Can Sell Them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Diamonds USADiamonds
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              WorthyRings, diamonds, necklaces, earrings, watches, bracelets

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jewelry looks best when sparkling clean, so make sure you clean your jewelry properly before you try to sell it. And if you don’t know how to clean it, let a professional do it so you don’t damage it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              14. Handmade Goods

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • handmade goods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Handmade Goods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Subcategories: Apparel, jewelry, art, foods, candles, handmade cutting boards, pottery, soaps, stationery, skincare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: By selling crafts and other homemade goods, you can make money while you enjoy your leisure time. Signing up with programs like Amazon FBA can allow you to let others take on the stress of customer service, shipping, and returns so you can devote yourself to your craft alone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: Even if your product is amazing and original, unless you get a high listing on websites such as Amazon Handmade or Etsy, your product will never reach the eyes of shoppers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $5 - $200

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Etsy and Amazon Handmade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Items that don’t follow Etsy guidelines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do you enjoy knitting scarves while you watch TV? Are you gifted at etching pretty lettering on wood? The public would love to purchase what you make during your leisure time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Some homemade goods to sell would be:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Apparel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Jewelry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Art
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Foods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Candles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Handmade cutting boards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pottery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Soaps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Stationery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Skincare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • T-shirts


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Etsy is the king of handmade and crafted goods; you won’t be competing against waves of low-value junk, and it attracts a clientele that’s often willing to spend more money for something well-crafted. Etsy charges $0.20 per item listed (which they will leave up for 4 months), a 6.5% transaction fee, and a 3% + $.25 payment processing fee on all items sold.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Amazon Handmade

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Amazon Handmade charges a 15% fee per sale; they offer a pro selling fee plan as high as $39.99/month if you want help with advertising and top placement on product detail pages. Amazon Homemade also makes each artisan ensure they’re only listing genuinely handcrafted goods. With Amazon Handmade, sellers can also use Amazon FBA for shipping and customer care issues. You can focus on your craft and let Amazon FBA deal with the rest.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When selling handmade goods, one of the best things you can do is market yourself on social media such as Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and be sure to link your website on your profile.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                15. Health Items

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • health items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Health Items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Subcategories: Toilet chairs, walkers, lumbar support pillows, wheelchairs, foot baths, massage rollers, scales, unopened boxes of face masks, blood pressure monitors, massage chairs, exercise balls, bottle sanitizers, shower stools, saunas, Pilates chairs, massage tables, heat mats, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pros: Sometimes you buy these items because you’ve read how they can benefit your health, but after you try them, you realize it’s not as beneficial for you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cons: People don’t naturally think about buying health items online, so you might have to be patient until you find a buyer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $10 - $2000

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Craigslist, OfferUp, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Items that cannot be sterilized or cleaned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My husband once brought a portable sauna home, thinking he would greatly benefit from it, and then after several months of it collecting dust in the corner, he finally resold it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You might also have a grandparent who passed away who has left behind a toilet chair, a wheelchair, lumbar support pillows.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You can list all of these online at Craigslist, OfferUp, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace and gain a profit back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Be sure to clean your item as thoroughly as possible. Take clear pictures and give a thorough description. Here is an example of a Craigslist seller who listed a good amount of details:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  16. Household Decor and Items

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • household decor and items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Household Decor and Items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Subcategories: Drapes, bathtub spouts, lamps, rugs, candle holders, decor, duvet covers, folding screens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pros: You are able to redecorate your home while also pocketing some money.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Cons: Before you sell, give your items a thorough look for dirt or stains on cloth items.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $10 - $60

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, and OfferUp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Used throw pillows

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Do you have an extra panel of drapes lying around? Do you have home decor like a fireplace screen or an old Christmas tree? Sellers list everything from bathtub spouts to desk accessories online.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    During the pandemic, everyone started to notice their home decor a little bit too much and wanted a fresh scene. You might have an old lamp, decor that you’ve grown out of, or blankets; Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, and eBay are all fantastic places to sell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Be sure to list a thorough description – is there anything special about your item? Like is your rug machine washable?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Explain Yourself

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    People who don’t have much interior decorating experience feel insecure about buying other people’s home decor, especially when they question if it’s outdated. If you explain in your description that you are “moving and not wanting to ship out decor” or that your “child moved out and you’re converting his room to an office”, then people will feel much more comfortable buying your items.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AptDeco is a website that sells higher end, pre-owned furniture and decor; however their Trustpilot rating is 2.6 out of 5 so proceed with caution. Reviewers share nightmare stories about damaged furniture and headaches with payment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Another quick way to sell these items would be in a yard sale. Another man’s junk is always another man’s treasure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    17. Kitchen Items

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • kitchen items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kitchen Items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Subcategories: Crockpots, plates, tea cups, mini fridges, blenders, juicers, Instant Pots, toasters, waffle makers, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pros: You can get rid of clutter by selling your extra kitchen items.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cons: Kitchen items tend to have stains or food residue left on them, so most buyers shop for new kitchen items.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $10 - $200

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Craigslist, eBay, OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, garage sales, pawn shops

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Items that do not look clean or new in their pictures

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You might have extra pots, plates, or a mini-fridge lying around. Why not post them on selling sites to see if you can get a little bit of cash back before throwing them away?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can sell your items on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, eBay, or OfferUp. Keep in mind that eBay and OfferUp charge a 12.9% service fee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Garage sales are also excellent places to sell these types of items.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When you take pictures, make sure your item is as clean as possible. People do not like buying kitchen items with stains or crumbs on them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Also, when you take a picture, make sure that you don’t have a lot of clutter surrounding it. It gives the impression that your item isn’t in good condition. Here are examples of cluttery and clean pictures:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      kitchen items to sell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If all else fails, pawn shops are a good place to drop off all your items and get a minimum collection amount.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      18. Motorcycles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • motorcycles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Subcategories: Motorcycles, cruisers, dirt bikes, electric motorcycles, mopeds, scooters, sportsbikes, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pros: You can gain some coveted garage space, gain a generous amount of cash, or upgrade your current motorcycle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cons: It might break your heart to admit you are done with riding.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            $2K - $24K

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Cycle Trader

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Motorcycles that are listed incorrectly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Did you once have a fancy for speeding along on your motorcycle past tons of traffic or riding with a group of buddies, only to later find that passion waning as you’d rather sit in a safe, air-conditioned car?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mike Augusta, who used to run Jim Grubbs Motorsports, says, “Motorcycles are typically sold locally. In the past, the Recycler was the one-stop shop, and then came the Auto Trader, which took off. Trader branched off to sub-categories, such as Boat Trader, the RV Trader, and of course the Cycle Trader.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Proper categorization is key to capturing the right buyer for your motorcycle. Good photos of the side view, front view, rear view, and top view are helpful. Editing photo colors for clarity can be very advantageous.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “There should also be a detailed description – including the year, make, and model of the bike and all of the upgrades added to the equipment.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “The key to selling them is to have them priced right so proper research and pricing is essential.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Remember it is easier to lower the price but difficult to raise it! With the asking price, cite a “Firm” if the price is non-negotiable or “OBO” if the price is negotiable.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “Facebook Marketplace and OfferUp are also very good resources but tend to not categorize as well for buyers to filter down to their particular needs.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        "Motorcycles sell best in the summer with a little resurgence near the holidays.” — Mike Augusta, motorcycle enthusiast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There are also Facebook groups that are dedicated to buying and selling motorcycles that you might have good luck with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        19. Musical Instruments

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • musical instruments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Musical Instruments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Subcategories: Basses, drums, music stands, amps, keyboards, guitars, violins, horns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pros: You can sell your unused instrument to an eager musician. Sometimes you can get quite a large percentage of their worth back.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cons: You might have to let a stranger into your home to try out an electric instrument (e.g., amps, electric guitars, basses, keyboards, etc.), so if you don’t have a garage you can open up, think of ways to meet them in public locations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $50 - $500

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Damaged instruments

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, there’s a plethora of musical equipment and instruments being sold: music stands, amps, keyboards, guitars, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you bought an instrument during the quarantine that you no longer have time to use and want to sell, first begin by cleaning up your instrument and taking good pictures from all angles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My husband often buys and flips guitars.  He advises to offer a thorough description so the buyer doesn’t feel cheated when seeing defects.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Here is an example of a thorough description, expressing the rarity of this guitar, the wood it’s made of, and the details of its fret and saddles:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When selling instruments, it’s better to sell them on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace so that you don’t have to pay for shipping.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But if your instrument is super expensive, the flat shipping rate will be worth a smaller percentage of your selling price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you are not too thrilled about inviting someone into your home to try out a new instrument, as some instruments require electricity to sample, then try meeting them at Starbucks, the library, the bank, or the sheriff station.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          20. Office Supplies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • office supplies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Office Supplies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Subcategories: Office chairs, book shelves, scrapbooking supplies, desk organizers, filing cabinets, printers, staplers, stamps, paper organizers, laminators, calculators, paper, dry erase supplies, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pros: When you are moving, upgrading the fashion of your office, or cleaning out your house, you can make some extra cash.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cons: Most people aren’t on the search for used items when it comes to office supplies. They usually enjoy new products.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $15 - $10,000 (for latex printers)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Facebook Marketplace or OfferUp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Worn down items with scratches or dents.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perhaps you have a child who has grown and gone to college. You no longer need their desk and office supplies. What should you do with them?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The best way to sell office supplies would be through Facebook Marketplace or Offerup. Craigslist and eBay seem to have search engines that don’t necessarily turn up a lot of items when a general “office supply” search is done, should a shopper be shopping in that manner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When listing, be sure to share a lot of pictures from different angles. It helps the sale if you also have an original picture of the furniture when new from where you bought it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Name brand furniture also sells well. This elegant Ethan Allen Ebony Hitchcockwriting desk and its matching detailed chair sold for $455 on eBay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pawn shops and garage sales are also another way to sell office furniture or supplies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you can’t seem to sell them and want the extra space in your house, consider donating them to a non-profit organization.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            21. Pet Supplies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • pet supplies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pet Supplies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Subcategories: Dog bowls, playpens, pet carriers, pet gates, dog crates, dog houses, dog pens, pet stairs, fish tanks, reptile tanks, bird cages, cat towers, hamster cages
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pros: You can test out products to see what works best for your dog and then resell them to get some of your money back.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Cons: Pet supplies that have fabric are difficult to resell because they can carry diseases and parasites.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $10 - $1000+ for a luxury dog house or a dog treadmill

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, or Craigslist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Dog beds or anything with fabric not washable in a washing machine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pet owners go through fads too; it’s just too much fun to dress up our furry pets and try out new leashes on them. We try out different pet carriers, dog crates, dog houses, dog bowls, and playpens, and then we find out what our dogs like or don’t like.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Unfortunately, it’s not considered safe to buy pet items that have any sort of fabric on them, so it will be difficult for you to sell pet beds or anything else with fabric. Pet diseases, fleas, and parasites can last as long as 30 days without thorough cleaning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The only items that are hygienic to sell are things you can wash or disinfect. Be sure to state that your dog clothes and costumes have been washed thoroughly in hot water and are in good condition.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Here are a list of pet supplies that are safe to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dog bowls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Playpens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pet carriers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pet gates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dog crates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dog houses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dog pens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pet stairs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Fish tanks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Reptile tanks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Bird cages
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Non-fabric cat towers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Hamster cages

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Most of the people who want to buy these items will be people other than first time dog owners (such as pet sitters), because just like with babies, people like to buy their first pet the new stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              However, if you have a luxury dog house or dog treadmill, then it might be fun to see how much money you can get back!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              22. Photos

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • photos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Subcategories: Professional to amateur photos
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: You might have a photogenic family or be pretty nifty with your camera, and this way, you can get a little bit of pocket money for what you do anyway.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: Photos don’t sell for much. Depending on your personality, you might be horrified or amused to find pictures of your family posted publicly in other realms.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $0.02 - $500 per image

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On your own blog or several other online photo companies

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Bad photography

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Did you know that you could turn your family photos into money-makers? Sites like Shutterstock are always looking for new photos to license for other people to use in articles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The payout per picture can be pretty low. So be sure to regularly upload new photos to the site.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You will want to find your niche – your area of expertise that you excel at photographing. What are the types of photos that sell? 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • City
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Architecture
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • People
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Food
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Nature
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Travel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Animals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Business

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you sell your photos on your own blog or website, then you can set your own prices and display them however you want. However, your buyers are then limited to the number of visitors on your site. Network through social media and LinkedIn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Unfortunately most of the big players in photo shops have poor TrustPilot ratings, including Etsy, Shutterstock, SmugMug, Adobe Stock, and WordPress. Though some of these complaints might be due to poor customer service, rather than complaints from the photographers, proceed with your eyes wide open.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also, the larger the photography site, the less control you have over your own prices and the more competition you have with other photographers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here are a few smaller photography sites that have higher TrustPilot ratings:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Company NameProfit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                123RF30% - 60% for each license
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Foap50% profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                PixiesetSet your own price

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                23. Plants

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • pl
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Subcategories: Succulents, house plants, fruit trees, orchids, potted flowers, faux plants, Aloe vera plants, privacy plants, plant stands, pots
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pros: You get to share your joy for horticulture while also earning a little bit of money.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cons: Unless your plant is very rare, plants usually do not get sold for a lot of money. If you’re serious about your business out of your home, you might make about $1000 for one season as a side hustle, but that would require selling, packaging, and mailing around 300 plants.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $3 - $500

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Craigslist, OfferUp, and with friends

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Since some people are willing to give away plants, the average plant isn’t going to sell for much. You may enjoy gaining $10 on a potted plant though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Are you moving out of the country and you don’t want to trash your plant? Do you have a talent for succulent art or have a plethora of pots? 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All of these items are sellable. However, some people who want to redo their gardens are willing to give away plants and dirt for free, so you won’t gain a lot of money selling plants unless your plants are rare.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You aren’t limited locally. As long as you have layers of protective paper or tissue paper (while also making sure your plant can breathe), you can ship seeds and plants safely. As long as buyers have it in writing that you’re not selling the pots, you can send plants in coffee cans or even styrofoam cans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As long as you have the land and garden to grow plants, you can make a side business of selling them. First, consider what area of expertise you would like to be in – e.g. orchids, succulents, or carnivorous plants?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Whenever you grow something in your garden, you tend to have an overgrowth of them and you have your supply right in your own home. And then do you research so you sell them with optimal quality.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Different States, Different Plant Laws

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Be sure to look up your state laws to make sure that you can legally sell your plants. In California, you can sell produce that you’ve grown in your own home, but you need a license if you want to sell it at a farmers’ market.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you discover or invent a plant, you can even patent your plant for 20 years and become the only person legally allowed to sell it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Etsy is pretty well known for being a great place to sell plants on the web. They have a $0.20 listing fee, a 6.5 % transaction fee, and a 3% + $0.25 payment processing fee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You can also sell them on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, or eBay. Keep in mind that OfferUp and eBay do charge a 12.9% service fee for each item sold.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As with all home businesses, your sales will multiply if you advertise on social media with a lot of colorful pictures.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lastly, Shopify is touted as one of the online sites to sell plants, but I would veer away from it as it has a low Trustpilot rating of 1.7 out of 5 and plenty of negative reviews.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  24. Shoes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • shoes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Subcategories: High heels, sports shoes, running shoes, loafers, work-related shoes, dance shoes, snow boots, rain boots, trekking shoes, wedges, booties, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pros: You can get some money back for the shoes you’re not wearing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Cons: People tend to not buy shoes in bad condition so if your shoes have a lot of wear and tear, you might as well donate them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        $10 - $500

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Places to sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, and OfferUp, TheRealReal, Vestiaire Collective, Tradesy, or Swap

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Used and worn shoes, shoes with scuff marks, or shoes with holes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your daughter wore those recital shoes once and then grew out of them. You still have your wedding shoes and designer high heels that were comfortable when you were younger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is there a demand for used shoes? Surprisingly, yes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With Payless Shoes Stores going out of business and barely beginning to make a climb back, parents love cheaper ways to buy those one time recital dress shoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Also, there are shoe collectors out there that own thousands of pairs of shoes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Brand Names are $$$

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With shoes, brand names are definitely worth a lot more than regular brands. People will pay more money for pricey names, like the latest Jordans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you have shoes to sell, first make sure they are in good condition and do not have any smell to them. Clean your shoes as well as you can before taking a photo. If you’ve only worn them a few times, it’s better to write that in your description and describe them as gently used.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Strange Sales

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Can you sell smelly shoes? Oddly, there is a bizarre market for smelly shoes for buyers who have a foot fetish. These buyers prefer you to post pictures of your shoes with your feet in them. Don’t ask. Just sell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    EBay is a great place to sell expensive designer shoes because people can bid higher and higher for them. Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and OfferUp allow you to set a price and not budge from it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Keep in mind that timing and location matters. A fashion designer friend listed some Azzedine Alaia shoes on eBay and had a hard time selling them – until Alaia passed away. After that, she gained 175% of the original cost she paid in Europe! Now that Issey Miyake has passed, she has shoes from his Pleats Please Collection to profit from.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Smaller Companies to Use:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameThe Lowdown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TheRealRealOffers its sellers pre-paid shipping labels for name-brand items and gives you 85% of the selling price. They also handle product descriptions, photography, and shipments so you can rest as they do the work for you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Vestiaire CollectiveA company for designer shoes lovers, reselling brands like Gucci, Dior, and Fendi. You list your item on their app and ship your items to them for free so the experts can check it for quality before shipping it to the buyer. You earn up to 80% of the selling price.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    TradesyAn excellent site to sell women designer goods and quality shoes. You take your own pictures, set your own price, and choose your own shipping method. They charge $7.50 for items less than $50 and 19.8% for anything above $50.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SwapAn affordable online thrift store as their most expensive items are being sold for $30. They do the processing, pricing, and photos for you as long as your shoes meet their acceptance criteria.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Smaller Companies to NOT Use:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    NameThe Lowdown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ThredUPA newer company on the scene that wants to help the planet by reselling used shoes, getting rid of new clothing carbon and water waste. Per your request, they will send you a clean out kit to mail them your used shoes or clothes, and then they will send you the money you make. However, many sellers and customers have given bad reviews (2.1 out of 5) to the efficiency of the company so beware.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PoshmarkAnother famous used clothes marketplace. However, their TrustPilot rating is a 1.4 out of 5 rating with almost 3,000 reviews, so beware.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    VintedAnother similar company with the same low rating (1.4 out of 5), which makes me wonder if many companies began with high ambitions and then drowned in mountains of used clothing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    25. Sports Equipment

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • sports equipment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sports Equipment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Subcategories: Balls, tennis racquets, golf clubs, bicycles, skiis, hockey equipment, ice skates, rollerblades, boxing gloves, pads, helmets, hockey sticks, fishing poles, billiard equipment, pools, bowling balls, scuba diving gear, exercise equipment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pros: You can finally gain some space in your house from all those unused pieces of sports equipment. You’ll also be benefiting your buyer because they won’t have to pay full price for gear.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cons: Most normal sports equipment will be banged around by your kids, dented, or stained, and no longer in a resalable condition.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $5 - $500

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Where to Sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Play It Again Sports, Geartrade or Sideline Swap

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Any equipment not in good condition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How many times does your child start a sport and then veer in a new direction? Sports equipment is costly, and you can resell all of them to parents who want to buy them at a cheaper price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      First, make sure they’re in good condition and clean – minimal wear and tear, no rips and stains, and no stench.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Here’s some fantastic sports items to resell: golf clubs, bicycles, skiis, hockey equipment, ice skates, rollerblades, boxing gloves, etc. Some exercise equipment is easier to sell than others.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It might be easiest to list locally and sell to someone who lives near you. Great photos and a thorough description can make your sale go quicker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Even though OfferUp and eBay are easy to list on and have a large number of visitors, they both charge a 12.9% service fee, while Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist have no listing or seller fee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you’re putting together a garage sale, that’s another excellent place to sell used sports equipment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Another option would be to find a Play it Again Sports store near you. You can enter their store with your used items, no appointment necessary, and receive cash, check, or store credit within 10 to 15 minutes. They sell used items for about 40% – 60% of what they would sell for new, and you receive about 30% – 60% of that amount.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reliable Smaller Companies to Sell Through:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • There are two ways to sell through Geartrade (3.6 out of 5 Trustpilot rating): 1) You can ask for a free shipping label, send them your gear, and let them take care of the rest. They’ll assess the value, and when it sells, you can cash out anytime. OR 2) You can list your gear yourself and mail the gear to your buyer using their prepaid shipping label. Geartrade charges a 15% selling fee plus a 2.9% + $0.30 payment processing fee.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Through Sideline Swap (4.4 out of 5 Trustpilot rating) you would send them some pictures and give a detailed description. They list your items for free. Buyers pay for shipping. Sideline Swap charges a 12% selling fee plus a 2.9% + $0.30 payment processing fee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      26. Strollers and Baby Items

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • strollers baby items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Strollers and Baby Items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Subcategories: Strollers, cribs, playpens, Bumbo food seats, baby gates, high chairs, step stools, baby bathtubs, baby jumpers, toy chests, doll bookshelves, children’s desks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pros: After your children grow out of baby items, you can sell them and get rid of clutter.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cons: Most car seats, drop-side rail cribs, and baby mattresses cannot be resold. Used baby clothes are sold for little profit. (See Clothes.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            $10 - $200

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Where to Sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Crib mattresses, old car seats, or drop rail cribs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I’ve seen this happen countless times – you have your baby shower and receive the expensive gifts – the ergonomic stroller ready for the race tracks and the pricey baby monitor capable of picking up space messages.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Then your child doesn’t want to sit still in their stroller after they start walking. You stop using your baby monitor because your child keeps throwing it out of the crib.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Can't Sell These

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The bad news is that most car seats expire. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, if your car seat does not have an expiration date, you can mark six years as a general expiration date. Find out if your car seat has been recalled by signing up for email notification on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Starting on June 28, 2011, new federal safety standards made it so drop-side rail cribs are prohibited from being sold. Crib mattresses also have to be bought new, so you won’t have much luck selling those.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Here are just a few examples of baby items you can sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Strollers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Playpens
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Bumbo food seats
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Baby gates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • High chairs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Step stools
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Baby bathtubs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Baby jumpers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Toy chests
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Doll bookshelves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Children’s desks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not all baby items will be sold for equal revenue off the original price. Strollers usually sell for a quarter of the original price. Playpens sell for around $20 for plastic or fabric ones and $100 for wood ones. Baby bathtubs sell for $10 – $30. Used high chairs sell for $30 – $60.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Facebook Marketplace is a quick place to sell items like these; it’s a teeny safer than Craigslist, as it’s a lot easier for scammers to create a fake persona on Craigslist than Facebook Marketplace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        27. Surfboards

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • surfboard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Subcategories: Surfboards, kayaks, surf boards, boogie boards, and beach umbrellas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pros: Most people enjoy buying new surfboards because they can advance to a higher performance surfboard, while letting a lesser experienced surfer use their beginner boards.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cons: You might be letting go of some sentiment when you let go of a surfboard, as well as 30% - 50% of the original cost.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $50 - $1000

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Where to Sell:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Old surfboards may not sell well for surfing, but they do sell for decor purposes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Your garage might not be able to fit your car because it’s stacked with unused kayaks, surf boards, boogie boards, and beach umbrellas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Even old, weathered surfboards can be sold, as sometimes people like to decorate their homes with them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Avid surfer Cletus Lancelot advises, “If you’re going to sell a surfboard, the best place to do it would be on Craigslist, where most of the advanced surfers go for performance surfboards.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Facebook Marketplace usually lists starter surfboards for beginning surfers. OfferUp may have surfboards, but if they are listed there, they usually are a double listing from Craigslist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What You Can Get

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In general, when you sell a surfboard, be prepared to lose about 30% – 50% of its original cost, depending on the quality of the brand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can take your surfboards to a surfboard shop near the beach, but they do take on average 20% commission from their sales, and surfers usually shop on Craigslist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There are dedicated Facebook groups for surfers who want to sell and buy surfboards, but these are usually a waste of time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          28. Tools

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • tools
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Subcategories: Hammers, wrenches, drills, screwdrivers, pliers, drills, sanders, circular saws, tool boxes, shovels, rakes, gardening tools, shears, ladders, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pros: If you’re cleaning out your garage and you find out that you have two sets of tools, or if your husband is a contractor who is retiring, you can sell a lot of your tools to get some cash in your pocket, while benefiting from a clean garage!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cons: Used tools don’t resell for a lot of money, especially old, crusty ones.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $10 - $600

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Where to Sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, OfferUp, pawn shop

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Damaged or broken tools

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Did you get an extra tool box for Christmas? You can sell your extra tool box and also all your extra screwdriver sets, drills, and hammers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The better the condition, the higher of a percent you can charge of the original cost.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • If your tool is in excellent condition, you can get 5 to 15% off the original price.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • With tools in bad condition, you should take more than 50% off the original cost.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Name brands mean $$$

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Name brands do matter with tools. Milwaukee and DeWALT drills will be more recognized than drills without a reputable brand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Before listing your tools, be sure to clean them thoroughly before taking a picture. Tools look dirty and old when they’re brought out of the garage with work dust on them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, and OfferUp are great places to sell your tools, but remember that eBay and OfferUp charge a listing fee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Another option might be to take your tools down to a pawn shop and see what they’ll offer you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you don’t have any luck reselling your tools, or if your tools are damaged, you can always sell them to a scrap metal recycler to squeeze some money out of them. Find a scrap metal recycler near you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If all else fails, please do consider donating your tools to Habitat for Humanity or a local charity instead of throwing them away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            29. Toys and Games

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • toys and games
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Toys and Games
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Subcategories: Stuffed animals, dolls, rare and antique toys, collectible cards, collectible action figures
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pros: You might get surprised at the reselling value of rare toys or your child’s Lego set!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Cons: Most generic toys do not retain any value.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $1 - $1000+ for rare cards

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Where to Sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Facebook Marketplace, eBay, or Craigslist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Common toys and stuffed animals

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There are days when millions of stuffed animals crowd your child’s bed. And then they hit their teens and these poor stuffed animals get stuffed away in the closet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sadly, this happens to the bulk of their toys. They stop caring about them, and just like in the blockbuster movie Toy Story, they get packed away: doll figures, Legos, Rubik’s cubes, chess sets, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As with all used sales items, the selling price you can ask for depends on the rarity of the toy you own. Toy vehicles that a child can ride will go for more than outdoor, weather-beaten toys. Educational toys will go for more than stuffed animal toys.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sellers gained as much as $1,800 for a rare Pokemon card in mint condition and $800 for a Star Wars action figure. Your Pokemon cards are worth more if they are “graded”, which is when they have been examined and rated by a third party.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mixed Legos sell for about $12.99 per pound on eBay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If it’s a regular toy that you might find at Walmart, unfortunately people are selling these for little value: $5, $10, or giving them away for free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Another place to sell your used toys is your local store that sells gently used children’s clothes and toys. When stores sell used toys next to the used clothes, kids can play with their new $2 toy that won’t send Mom to the poor house.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Lastly, if you have a lot of items to sell, an old school yard sale can be worth your time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              30. Video Games and Gaming Systems

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Video Games and Gaming Systems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Video Games and Gaming Systems
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Subcategories: Nintendo DS, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, video game accessories, video games, vintage arcade games
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: If you are someone who loves to play video games, swap your game consoles and games for the latest systems and games; this is a great way to make money to feed your hobby!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: Used video games aren’t usually worth a lot, as bundles of them can often be seen given out for free online, but vintage video games, like a stand up video game arcade machine are worth several hundred.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $0 - $1,500

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Where to Sell:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, Craigslist, eBay, GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, Decluttr, BuyBackWorld, Eagle Saver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • What Doesn't Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Non-brand name consoles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Because gamers sift through games from one season to the next and are always following after the next craze, video games are one of the best things to resell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My three sons were into the Nintendo DS, and then they all bought the Xbox gaming system and forgot about their Nintendo DS, and then they all bought the Nintendo Switch and so forth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                People will even buy broken consoles so that they can get them refurbished. Classic video game consoles like old Nintendo and Sony can even be sold for nostalgia collections.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My friend who owns a 3 million dollar beach house has a table arcade game of PacMan in it for decor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You will most likely get the highest price on eBay; however eBay will take 10% – 15% from sale price. On Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, you get to keep 100% of your profit. On OfferUp, you will pay a 12.9% service fee if you earn more than $100 and $1.99 on lower priced items.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You may want to sell in bundles, either video game bundles or bundles with your console plus a video game, to avoid having to ship twice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Below is a chart comparing some websites where you can sell your used consoles and video games to a company. They take a cut of your profits, but the ease of it might be worth losing a little money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Company NameTrustpilot RatingProsConsVideo games, Consoles, or accessories?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Decluttr4.4 out of 5Free shipping labels

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Instant online quote
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You need barcodes of video games to sell.Consoles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BuyBackWorld4.4 out of 5Free shipping

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Instant online quote

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Paid day after they receive your items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Select video games are sold.Video games and consoles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Amazon2.7 out of 5Free shipping

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Instant online quote
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lower offers (but more shoppers)Video games, consoles, and accessories
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Best Buy1.4 out of 5Free shipping

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Instant online quote

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Local store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Best Buy gift card within 10 days of receipt of your items

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lower offers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Video games, consoles, and accessories
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                GameStop3.2 out of 5Instant online quote

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Local store
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Gives you more in store credit than cash.Video games, consoles, and accessories

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here are the online quotes for a used Nintendo Switch console. Keep in mind that if you are a GameStop pro member, you can get up to 10% extra in value on most items.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DecluttrBuyBackWorldAmazonBest BuyGameStop- not Pro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $160$122$105$50$90 store credit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $72 cash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here are the online quotes for a used Super Smash Bros Ultimate video game for Nintendo Switch:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DecluttrBuyBackWorldAmazonBest BuyGameStop- not Pro
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $20Not listed$15.35$1.80$30 store credit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $24 cash

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It looks like Declutter consistently offers more for each item, but to double-check how your items fall in comparison, look them up online. It will only take 5 minutes and will be worth your time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                31. Your Own Hair

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • your own hair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Your Hair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Subcategories: Your hair or your child’s hair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Pros: You can earn hundreds of dollars by doing something as natural as growing your hair.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Cons: You have to deal with the hassle of long hair and taking good care of it. It's also hard to maintain virgin hair (read below). People also sometimes struggle with shock from getting a bob after sporting long hair for several months.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Sales Price Range:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $25 - $4000 depending on your hair length and condition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Where to Sell


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • What Doesn’t Sell Well:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hair that is damaged or chemically treated

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As bizarre as this idea might seem, did you know that you can earn money by selling your own hair?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Check out this handy calculator to see how much your hair will be worth! Hairsellon has a 3.5/5 average rating on TrustPilot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They function as a classified site and take no commission, only taking a listing fee of $15 – $50.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What is Virgin Hair?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The value of your hair depends upon if you have virgin hair or not. Virgin hair is hair that has not been chemically treated, dyed, straightened, curled, blow dried, ironed, permed, etc. The better you take care of your hair with hats, sulfate-free shampoo, and stay out of chlorinated pools, the higher the price you can fetch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Six inches of my thick black hair would be worth $51 as it’s non-virgin hair, but if I had virgin hair, it would be worth $71. If my non-virgin hair were blonde, it would be worth $69.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Usually people are selling hair for large dollar amounts when they have waist-long hair and are willing to sell 12-30 inches of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Check out the pictures of people who have sold hair for hundreds of dollars, one lady for $4000.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wig Out

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You might also consider selling your hair to a wig company. For example, World of Wigs pays a range of $3 – $5 per ounce of hair that meets their standards. You’ll probably make less for your hair when you sell it to a wig company, but if your hair passes the company’s requirements, you are guaranteed a sale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Never cut or send your hair without first receiving payment and follow the directions carefully on how you cut your hair so that it’s not disqualified. Most companies want you to cut it ½” above a ponytail.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And if your hair doesn’t sell, consider donating it to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for children suffering from hair loss due to alopecia or cancer. They accept permed, colored, and gray hair, but have a 10” minimum length that can be used in a hairpiece.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Some Last Tips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Research your product so you find a fair, competitive price.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Include a nice picture with smooth lighting. Pay attention to the shadows in your picture and if they cover important parts. Avoid capturing a background that’s cluttered or dirty.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Be honest about anything wrong with your item, so people can trust you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  4. Be careful about letting strangers into your home and try to meet them in public places.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hopefully, you’ll be able to find a good stash of income within the walls of your own home!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  How to Make $100 in a Day Tue, 01 Sep 2020 17:00:21 +0000 Some extra cash can always help you reach your personal finance goals, and opportunities to make money have never been more accessible. While some industries have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, both full-time jobs and contract positions are widely available in other areas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the most realistic ways to earn $100 in a day. We’ll also outline the steps you’ll need to take to earn money quickly. A few of these choices require specific skillsets, but most are possible with little to no formal education.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Freelance work arrangements provide several benefits to both parties, and they’re particularly convenient in the current situation. As a freelancer, you’ll have the opportunity to set your own hours and take the work you’re really interested in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It can be tough for freelancers to break into a new field, but platforms like Upwork and Fiverr streamline the process of finding clients and building a reputation. Of course, they have also made freelancing more popular, leading to increased competition in some areas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This section covers three of the most popular fields for freelancing online: writing, graphic design, and web development. Along with the skills and equipment you’ll need to get started, we’ll give you an idea of what to expect when starting out as a freelancer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Freelance Writing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • freelance writing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Freelance Writing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Basics: Freelance writers develop copy, blog posts, long-form articles, and many other forms of content for websites and other publications. They’re typically paid either by the hour or for each individual project.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Pros: Reputable writers often earn surprisingly high rates, and there are fewer barriers to entry compared to more technical industries like programming and graphic design. As in other freelancing fields, you’ll have the chance to set your own hours and choose your own projects.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Cons: The downside of freelancing in a less technical field is that entry-level jobs can be fiercely competitive. Excellent writers can rise above this competition over time, but job boards can be a race to the bottom for new freelancers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • TIME REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Building a profile and portfolio—no more than a few hours

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Applying to jobs and getting your first contract—this process can be highly unpredictable

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • TOOLS REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Laptop or desktop—even a Chromebook can handle basic word processing, so you don’t need to spend more than a few hundred dollars if you don’t have one already.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Word processing—free programs like Google Docs are sufficient for most projects

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Editing software—you can get by with a free Grammarly account, but some writers invest in premium software for better results. Grammarly Premium, for example, costs $11.66 per month when billed annually.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • SKILLS REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Creativity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Attention to detail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Marketing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Persistence

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Freelance writing is an intensely competitive field, but it can also be an easy way to earn money quickly if you’re able to find a decent contract. Unlike areas such as programming and graphic design, you don’t need a technical skill set to earn a decent rate as a freelance writer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Additionally, writers can get by with a limited set of tools. Chromebooks are available at affordable price points, and you can write content and copy without paying for any premium software. All things considered, this is a relatively accessible field for people who don’t have technical skills.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Step 1: Create a profile and portfolio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you don’t have experience as a professional writer, you can start by creating a profile on Upwork, Fiverr, or other freelancing platforms. You may have to send numerous applications to find your first project, but things generally get easier once you have a reputation on the site.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On the other hand, this isn’t to say that freelance writing is an easy job to break into. The fact that you can make money simply for writing has also made the field incredibly popular. With so many writers out there, it’s often difficult for new freelancers to stand out from the crowd.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fortunately, there are a few ways to become a more attractive candidate. Start by developing a profile that demonstrates your attention to detail. It’s always important to appear professional, particularly when you don’t have a history of successful projects.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    From there, supplement your profile with writing samples that show off your skills and range. Even if you don’t have any work published, simply showing that you’re capable of writing high-quality content will help you get hired. Make sure to write on a topic that matches your image and the niche or niches you’re interested in covering.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Step 2: Apply for jobs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You can start sending out applications once you’re confident in your profile. It can take tens of applications to get any hits, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t hear back on your first few tries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Keep in mind that it’s usually best to apply to a few jobs that you’re qualified for and genuinely interested in rather than sending out countless generic applications. Simply sending a larger volume of applications may not lead to anything if you’re unable to differentiate yourself from other applicants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Try to write engaging cover letters that point out any relevant experience and express your interest in the position. Don’t be afraid to have a friend, family member, or business contact proofread your profile and cover letters if you’re looking for ways to improve your approach.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    While entry-level jobs may come at relatively low rates, you should still be able to make $100 or more in a day simply through freelance writing. You’ll gradually gain access to positions with better compensation and job security as you build your reputation as a freelancer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Websites like Upwork and Fiverr can help you get your name out there, but you should also consider transitioning away from freelance job boards as you become more experienced. Marketing your skills on your own will give you the opportunity to avoid platform fees and find clients who are willing to pay higher rates for top writers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Freelance Graphic Design

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • freelance graphic design
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Freelance Graphic Design
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Basics: Graphic design is another field that’s perfectly suited to online freelancing. Businesses hire freelance graphic designers for a wide range of tasks including web design, animation, and illustration.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Pros: Skilled graphic designers can set high rates and focus on projects that they find interesting. Like other online freelancers, they have the chance to set their own schedules and work from any location with a decent internet connection.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cons: Graphic design involves more technical knowledge than writing, so the learning curve may be an issue if you don’t have those skills already. As in some other fields, it can be tough to break in without any professional experience or formal education.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • TIME REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Learning graphic design—you can teach yourself graphic design using books and resources available online, but online and in-person classes may help you learn the necessary skills more quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Building a profile and portfolio—as with freelance writing, you’ll need a professional portfolio and unique samples to set yourself apart from other graphic designers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • TOOLS REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Computer—you don’t need the latest model, but Chromebooks and other budget computers aren’t always viable options for graphic designers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Graphic design software—there are a variety of choices at different price points. A subscription to the entire Adobe Creative Cloud suite, for example, costs $52.99 per month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • SKILLS REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Creativity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Visual design
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Marketing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Companies hire graphic designers for both short- and long-term projects, and skilled designers can earn more than $100 per day. The field is slightly different from freelance writing—while it’s tougher to develop an employable skillset in graphic design, that difficulty also makes the field easier to break into for talented freelancers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Aside from visual design itself, freelancing as a graphic designer involves many of the same skills that are involved in writing. You’ll need to offer a unique voice while developing work that matches the needs of each client. Similarly, freelancers have to be willing to put themselves out there and differentiate themselves from other applicants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Step 1: Learn basic skills

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You can become a successful graphic designer without any formal education, but it may take you some time to build the skills you need to start charging for your work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Depending on your schedule, you may be interested in taking online, night, or weekend classes to accelerate your learning. On the other hand, there are many free and low-cost resources online if you’d rather learn graphic design on your own.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Most designers use Adobe applications, so this is a good place to start if you’re new to the field. Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign will give you a strong foundation for graphic design. Look into online design communities if you’re interested in learning from designers with more experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Step 2: Build a profile

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Upwork and Fiverr are great jumping off points for both writers and graphic designers. Again, professionalism is key for anyone interested in breaking into the field without formal experience. A clear photo and concise summary of your skills will help you look like a more reliable candidate.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Portfolios are particularly important for graphic designers, as past work is the best way to communicate your skills and range to potential clients. You can start by developing a few things on your own until you have professional projects to add to your portfolio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Many freelance graphic designers also create their own websites to display their projects. Platforms like Wix and SquareSpace are easy, affordable ways to develop a website without any programming experience. Looking for work on your own will help you avoid fees from freelancing sites while finding a wider range of clients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Step 3: Look for work

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you’re focusing on a freelancing board like Upwork or Fiverr, you can simply browse job listings, apply to contracts, and communicate with clients through the site. While you’ll pay a significant fee to the site, you’ll probably have an easier time finding jobs if you’re new to the field.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      99Design is another popular site for freelance graphic designers. It uses a similar fee structure, with new designers paying a $100 fee spread across their first $500 in earnings. From there, entry-level designers are required to pay 15%, but you can gradually reduce that to 10% and finally 5% by successfully completing projects.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Of course, you can also apply to jobs on conventional boards like Indeed and LinkedIn. These platforms include full-time and part-time positions, but contract jobs are also available, and you won’t be responsible for any fees. Some clients will contact you directly through your website as you develop a reputation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Getting your first few jobs is often the most difficult part of the process, so you may have to take contracts that don’t match your ideal rate in order to establish yourself as a professional designer. That said, you shouldn’t allow clients to take advantage of your position by offering unreasonably low rates or setting unfair requirements.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      All things considered, you should be able to earn $100 in a day through graphic design after getting your profile and portfolio set up. On the other hand, there’s a somewhat slower learning curve for graphic design compared to writing, so it may take a few weeks or longer to feel confident enough in your skills to start applying for jobs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Freelance Web Development

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • freelance web development
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Freelance Web Development
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Basics: Web development is similar to graphic design in that it can be difficult to learn, but skilled programmers can earn excellent rates. It’s much easier to get started if you have experience, but learning to code isn’t as intimidating as it sounds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Pros: Top web developers often charge more than $50 per hour, allowing them to earn hundreds of dollars per day. While the learning process isn’t necessarily easy, there are incredibly helpful programming resources including Codecademy, online and community college classes, and forums where you can learn from programmers with more experience.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Cons: Even with these resources, it could take months to build your skills to an employable level, especially if you’re already working a full-time job.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • TIME REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Learning programming—this could take months if you don’t have any prior experience, but there are free and affordable classes and resources available for new coders.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Building a reputation—you’ll need to develop a portfolio in order to demonstrate your skills to potential clients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • TOOLS REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Computer—as in graphic design, you don’t need the newest model to do web development, but Chromebooks and other budget computers may not have enough power for some projects.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • SKILLS REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Programming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Marketing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Whether or not this job is right for you depends on whether you’re willing to invest a significant amount of time in learning a new skill. In contrast to writing, this barrier to entry generally makes web development more lucrative for skilled freelancers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Step 1: Learn to code

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you’re familiar with the ins and outs of programming, you should be able to freelance as a web developer with relatively little preparation. That said, you may not reach that point for weeks or months if you’re new to the field.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Web developers and other programmers need different types of knowledge for different projects, so it’s difficult to recommend a standard course of action for new coders. You’ll naturally want to learn more as you gain experience and identify skills that could expand your capabilities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That said, there are a few basic skills that can help almost any aspiring programmer reach their goals. HTML, CSS, and Javascript are a few of the most important languages for web development, although other languages such as Ruby, Python, and PHP may also be worth learning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A formal class environment is more conducive to learning for some people, so online or in-person classes could be a good investment if you’re serious about coding. Alternatively, free educational resources and forums are widely available online, so it’s entirely possible to learn to code on your own.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You’ll likely learn more by working on new projects than through education, so don’t worry about learning everything before you look for jobs. Still, you should consider starting with more manageable projects unless you’re highly confident in your capabilities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Step 2: Develop a résumé and portfolio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Like other freelancers, web developers find work in a variety of ways. Traditional freelance platforms are a natural choice, but you can also check boards that cater to programmers or conventional job boards such as Monster or Indeed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Regardless of your plan, the first step is building a résumé and portfolio that will make you a decent candidate for the jobs you’re interested in. Many of the same tips apply here—professionalism is key, and you’ll need to display examples of your work in order to demonstrate your skills as a web developer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        While a website of your own can help you find clients, it’s more important to prove yourself on the platform you’re using. You can always make a website later on if you think it would improve your outreach, but you should start by focusing on your profile, résumé, and/or cover letters depending on your approach.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Step 3: Apply for jobs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sending out applications can be a tough process, but you’ll get some hits if you have a strong profile and write professional cover letters. Even if you’re feeling discouraged, try to send at least one or two applications per day until you get a few responses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Furthermore, if you’re having trouble with one website or niche, you should also consider targeting a new area where you might have more success. For example, if your LinkedIn applications aren’t leading to anything, you could quickly create an Upwork profile and start browsing their listings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Another common response to this problem is to begin sending out a higher volume of applications. While this is a natural course of action, it’s crucial to prioritize quality over quantity. Putting less effort into a larger number of cover letters will only decrease your chances of finding a decent position.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Even entry-level web developers often earn good money, so most contracts should allow you to earn at least $100 in a day. Try to strike a balance between waiting for the right project and taking a few low-paying jobs to build a reputation. Make sure to have clients provide clear expectations upfront in order to avoid any misunderstandings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Apps and Other P2P Services

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Along with freelance positions, peer-to-peer jobs have also become significantly more popular over the last few years. These platforms connect people with marketable knowledge, skills, or resources, making it easier than ever to earn some extra money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Like freelancers, P2P workers can generally set their own hours and work as much or as little as they like. You won’t be committed to any consistent work in most cases, allowing you to take time off in case of other obligations or opportunities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One of the main benefits of these jobs compared to freelancing positions is that they’re often less competitive. While most freelance clients are only looking for a single candidate, companies like Uber and Lyft will generally hire anyone who meets their requirements.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        On the other hand, this dynamic also allows many companies to pay substantially lower rates. P2P jobs are typically more accessible, but they don’t always offer the same financial opportunity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Driving for Uber or Lyft

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Driving for Uber or Lyft
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Basics: Driving for Uber or Lyft is a simple way to generate additional income if you have access to a car. It should only take you a few days to become a driver, although background checks may extend the process in some cases.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Pros: You shouldn’t have any trouble finding riders if you live in a major city, although demand can be less predictable in rural and suburban areas. These jobs also give you the chance to create your own schedule rather than working at specific times.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Cons: You’ll need to use your car or rent one through Uber or Lyft, and these companies don’t cover gas or any other costs. A significant portion of your earnings will cover expenses related to your vehicle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • TIME REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Applying—some requirements may vary depending on your location, but all drivers need to pass background checks. Uber, for example, claims that activation typically takes between one and seven days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • TOOLS REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Car—Uber and Lyft offer rentals in many areas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • SKILLS REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Safe driving

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Uber and Lyft are two of the most popular ride-sharing services, helping drivers earn extra cash on a flexible schedule. Most drivers can start taking rides in a few days, although some cities have extra requirements in addition to those imposed by ride-sharing platforms.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You could also become a delivery driver if you want to avoid hosting riders in your car. While deliveries may allow you to earn a better rate, you’ll also spend more time waiting at restaurants. Uber drivers can take UberEats deliveries, so you don’t need to commit to one or the other.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Step 1: Get a car

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Specific requirements vary by location, but you can generally use most modern four-door vehicles with five or more seats. Keep in mind that you can’t use a car with significant damage or any commercial branding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Uber, Lyft, and other ride-sharing services offer rentals for drivers who don’t have their own cars. That said, given the cost of a rental car, this is only a viable option if you’re planning to become a full-time driver.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You should also consider gas, maintenance, and other expenses along with the car itself. Drivers are classified as independent contractors rather than employees, so you won’t receive any compensation for vehicle-related costs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Step 2: Become a driver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You shouldn’t have any trouble becoming a ride-sharing driver as long as you have a license and can pass a background check. The application process shouldn’t take more than a week, but things are substantially more complicated in some cities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          NYC drivers, for example, need a license from the Taxi and Limousine Commission. This process involves nine steps including defensive driving and accessibility classes, a medical exam, and a drug test. Keep in mind that some aspects of your application may also be delayed due to COVID-19.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Step 3: Start driving

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You can start taking rides on your own schedule once you’re accepted as a driver. Simply use the app to find riders near you whenever you have free time to earn some extra cash. Keep in mind that you may be able to earn more money if you drive at busier times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          While some drivers focus on a specific app, many work on multiple platforms. There are no restrictions on Uber or Lyft drivers driving for other services. This will help you find riders more quickly, and many driver requirements are the same across different apps.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As independent contractors, rideshare drivers can work around their schedule, so you’ll be able to drive as much or as little as you want. That said, if you’re renting a car from the platform, remember that you’ll have to spend a significant amount of time working in order to offset the cost of the vehicle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Online Tutoring

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Online Tutoring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Basics: A growing number of online platforms connect qualified tutors with people interested in learning languages and a variety of other subjects. Teaching English is an accessible option for any native speaker.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Pros: While some credentials may be required for certain areas, most people are qualified to teach English and other basic school subjects. Although scheduling isn’t quite as flexible for tutors as it is for rideshare drivers, you can still choose when you want to meet with students.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Cons: Typical pay rates vary from one site to another, but tutors usually earn significantly less than freelancers and other skilled workers. In contrast to some other fields, there also aren’t as many opportunities to increase your rate over time as an online tutor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • TIME REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Signing up—the specifics depend on the platform you’re using, but it shouldn’t take more than a few days or a week to get started.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • TOOLS REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Computer—any model should be fine as long as it has a decent webcam. You can also buy a standalone webcam if your computer doesn’t have a camera.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • SKILLS REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Knowledge—people with advanced education in a particular area may have an easier time finding work in that subject.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Relatability—online tutors typically teach children and teens, and simply keeping learners engaged is often a substantial portion of the work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TutorMe and other online platforms streamline the process of becoming a tutor. Tutors can set appointments around their schedule, and they often earn more than minimum wage. Furthermore, online tutoring sessions can be performed from any quiet location as long as you have internet access.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            While TutorMe requires a university degree from all tutors, the necessary qualifications vary from one website to another. They also depend on the subject you’re interested in tutoring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On the other hand, some platforms don’t require any formal credentials. Cambly, for example, doesn’t require any specific work experience or formal education for its online English tutors. You can apply to several websites at the same time to improve your chances if you’re concerned about your qualifications.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tutoring is more active than other gig economy jobs such as driving or walking dogs. You’ll need to be prepared to discuss the subject with your students in detail and help them continue to make progress. That said, this personal dynamic can also make tutoring more rewarding compared to jobs where you simply perform a service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Furthermore, many platforms offer better rates relative to most gig economy services. For example, TutorMe pays all tutors at least $16 per hour, and some tutors earn significantly more than that for certain subjects. Since tutoring doesn’t involve any overhead other than a computer and internet connection, you’ll keep almost all of your after-tax earnings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            While tutors can’t simply turn on the app to start a new tutoring session, they generally have a wide range of flexibility when scheduling appointments. This is particularly true when tutoring English, as learners will come from all over the world. You can tutor at virtually any time and from almost any location, making it a convenient position for part-time or full-time digital nomads.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Step 1: Apply as a tutor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The specific application process depends on the platform you’re planning to apply to. Make sure to double-check their requirements to confirm that you’re qualified for the job. TutorMe, for example, only accepts tutors age 18 or older with previous tutoring or teaching experience and a university degree (or current enrollment).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TutorMe connects with Facebook to verify your identity and gather some personal information. You’ll need to enter some additional data including your teaching experience, employment history, and preferred subjects along with a short bio. You can select as many or as few subjects as you’re comfortable with.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The platform will also ask you to develop some sample questions for the subjects you’re interested in. This question is designed to check your understanding of the topic, so be as detailed as possible without writing too much.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Step 3: Contact students and complete tutoring sessions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Once you submit your application, simply wait to receive a response from TutorMe. You’ll be able to start scheduling appointments and connecting with learners after being accepted for the job. The platform provides resources for teachers, so you don’t need to do any additional prep work before your first tutoring session.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TutorMe automatically connects students with tutors, and both parties rate each other at the end of each session. As in other gig economy/freelance positions, a consistent stream of positive reviews is critical for online tutors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            To start connecting with students, simply respond to a lesson request and talk to the learner about their plans and goals for the session. Both parties stay in the waiting room until the student decides whether to continue with the lesson. While you can obviously increase your odds by improving your profile, there’s no way to determine whether a given student will ask for a session.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            With that in mind, it may take you some time to build a reputation and start taking on more learners. Don’t feel discouraged if you have trouble scheduling enough sessions at first. The process will get easier as you receive more reviews and demonstrate your reliability as a tutor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Demand may be higher on certain days or at certain times, so you may have more trouble getting started if you consistently look for work at the same time. Tutoring is like rideshare driving in that you can technically work at any time, but your ability to find clients depends on demand at that particular time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Walking Dogs

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Walking Dogs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Basics: Wag and a variety of other platforms connect pet owners with people who are interested in walking dogs. You can earn a reliable income simply by walking dogs around your schedule.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Pros: You’ll be able to earn money whenever there’s demand for dog walkers, and walking services are available in most areas. Walkers have the opportunity to get some fresh air and exercise while making some extra cash, which is particularly convenient during the COVID-19 crisis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Cons: While scheduling is relatively flexible, you may not be able to work outside of waking hours in your location. Freelance jobs, on the other hand, often give you the opportunity to work at any time of day, any day of the week.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • TIME REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Time to walk dogs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • TOOLS REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Smartphone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • SKILLS REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Reliability

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              People hire dog walkers for a variety of reasons, and showing up on time consistently is enough to earn a reliable income from walking dogs. Wag is one of the most popular dog walking platforms, connecting dog owners with experienced walkers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Walking dogs comes with many of the same pros and cons of other gig economy jobs. You’ll earn a decent wage, and you’ll have the flexibility to set your own schedule (assuming you can find clients at the right times). On the other hand, there aren’t many opportunities for advancement, and you’ll only make money for the time you spend working.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Step 1: Apply

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wag has a relatively simple application process, and you don’t need any formal education or credentials to become a dog walker. Along with a basic background check, you’ll need to answer questions about your personal or professional experience with dogs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The platform also provides a pop quiz designed to determine whether applicants have sufficient knowledge of proper techniques. After completing these steps, you can start building your Wag profile and adding references to back up your reliability as a dog walker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Furthermore, experienced trainers can take an optional additional test to demonstrate their knowledge and capabilities. That said, training expertise isn’t necessary to walk dogs, so you can ignore this step unless you’re interested in getting involved as a trainer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              While Wag doesn’t require any specific qualifications, strong references and a good score on the quiz will substantially increase your odds of being accepted. Of course, references from past pet-related jobs such as sitting, walking, and training will go further than generic personal or professional references.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Step 2: Complete walks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You can start looking for walking opportunities once your application is approved. Demand can vary significantly depending on your location, but you shouldn’t have trouble finding walks during daylight hours, especially if you live in or near a major city.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Like other gig economy services, Wag offers excellent flexibility for people who want to earn money on unusual schedules. You’ll also be able to set up recurring appointments if a particular client always needs walks at the same time. This allows you to earn a steady income without constantly looking for new opportunities.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Unfortunately, the availability of walkers allows Wag to pay relatively low rates. The platform takes a 40% commission out of the price of each walk, significantly limiting your potential earnings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pricing is determined by an algorithm that considers the length and location of the walk. The Wag website states that walks typically start at $20 for a 30-minute walk. 20-minute and 60-minute walks are also available, and you will earn more than the base rate if you walk multiple dogs from the same home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              While it’s possible to earn $100 in a day by walking dogs, you may be able to increase your income by switching to training. Wag training starts at $60 for a 60-minute session, significantly more than the cost of even two 30-minute walks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Of course, you can also market yourself as a freelance dog walker or trainer rather than working through an established platform. This approach gives you the opportunity to keep 100% of your earnings, but you may have more trouble finding clients who are willing to pay for your services.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Amazon Flex

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Amazon Flex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Basics: Amazon relies on Flex drivers to make deliveries when other channels aren’t enough for the platform’s volume. Flex drivers deliver Amazon packages, Prime Now grocery orders, and more, typically in blocks of roughly 2-6 hours.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: You’ll have the chance to set your own schedule and make deliveries whenever you have free time. Amazon claims that Flex drivers earn between $18 and $25 per hour, which is substantially higher than minimum wage in most areas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: Like Uber drivers, Flex drivers are forced to use a large portion of their earnings to cover maintenance and other expenses related to their vehicles. In other words, your actual profit will likely be significantly smaller than your paycheck. Additionally, demand for Flex drivers depends on delivery volume in your area and is inherently unpredictable.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • TIME REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Free time to make deliveries during daylight hours

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • TOOLS REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Car—Prime Now deliveries can be made with essentially any car, but Amazon packages can only be delivered in a mid-sized or larger vehicle with at least four doors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Smartphone—The Amazon Flex app requires an iPhone 6S or newer running at least iOS 13, or an Android phone running 6.0 or higher.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • SKILLS REQUIRED

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Reliability
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Safe driving

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Amazon Flex drivers sign up to make deliveries during particular blocks, which typically run from two to six hours. Instant offers are also sometimes available for as little as 15-45 minutes in case you can’t commit to a longer period of time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Drivers are paid for the full set of deliveries, so you may end up earning more or less than the advertised $18-$25 per hour depending on your pace and any customer tips. Driving for Amazon Flex offers some flexibility, although deliveries are typically made during daylight hours.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Step 1: Sign up

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Amazon Flex doesn’t have many driver requirements aside from a routine background check, so anyone with a car and smartphone should create an account if they’re interested in becoming a driver. The setup process is relatively quick, so you’ll be able to start earning money as soon as your background check clears.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That said, you should double-check that you meet the platform’s standards before getting started. Drivers need personal auto insurance, a smartphone running at least Android 6.0 or iOS 13, and a four-door mid-sized sedan or larger vehicle if they’re planning to deliver orders from Vehicle requirements are less strict for Prime Now deliveries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Furthermore, while Amazon automatically provides commercial auto insurance for most drivers, this policy isn’t available to drivers in New York state. Personal insurance is not sufficient to make deliveries, so drivers that live in New York may need to pay for additional coverage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Step 2: Pick up delivery blocks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After signing up, you can start looking for potential blocks by selecting Upcoming Offers from the Amazon Flex home screen. The app also makes it easy to filter blocks based on your parameters—for example, by only viewing blocks at certain times of the day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Amazon Flex doesn’t have any minimum work requirements, so you can pick up blocks whenever you have some free time. Keep in mind that you can only cancel blocks at least 45 minutes before they start without receiving a “missed block.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                While there’s no set limit on missed blocks, you may lose future opportunities if you miss too many. You only have five minutes to cancel if you accept a block within 45 minutes of the starting time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Amazon doesn’t compensate drivers for any costs related to their deliveries including parking, mileage, or tolls. Don’t forget to factor in these expenses when calculating how much you could earn as an Amazon Flex driver. You can also review past blocks to determine how much of your earnings went to vehicle-related costs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Delivery blocks from are generally between three and six hours long, while Prime Now, Amazon Fresh, and store order blocks are shorter at two to four hours. Finally, Instant Offers are available in some areas for 15-45 minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                At $18-$25 per hour, a six hour block is long enough to earn $100 or more in a single day. That said, you shouldn’t underestimate the effect of car expenses on your bottom line. All things considered, driving for Amazon Flex is a straightforward way to earn some extra money when you have free time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How to Make $600 Fast During COVID-19: 5 Real Ideas Fri, 22 May 2020 21:33:17 +0000 The current COVID-19 crisis has caused hard times to come upon many Americans.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Maybe your bank account is overdrawn, or your rent is past due.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Don’t worry; we’ve all been there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And thanks to technology, it’s easier than ever to make quick cash.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here are a few ways to make $600 fast. Do a combination of all of these, and you’re bound to make $600 quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Note: There aren’t crappy ideas here like taking surveys.  I’ve tested survey sites and ended up making like $3 an hour.  You’d literally have to spend 200 hours taking surveys to make $600.  That’s hardly making $600 fast!  But hey, if you have all the time in the world right now, I invite you to check out our survey site ranking.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Get $250 From Andrew Yang

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Right now, due to the coronavirus crisis, Andrew Yang is giving away $250 to people in hard times right now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No, it won’t make you $600 in one shot, but it can help you get closer to your goal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Want to learn more?  Watch the video below that gives you a walkthrough of how to apply.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Add Users to Your Credit Cards

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you have good credit and high credit limits (at least $7,000 per card) on your credit cards, you can add authorized users to them for extra money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You’ll need to partner with a reputable company connecting those with high credit limits (like you) with those willing to pay them to be added as an authorized user.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                These companies obviously give you a cut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I routinely make over $800 a month with this strategy (like clockwork).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you’re interested, email, and we can put you in contact with the broker we recommend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Teach English Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you have fluency in English, a Bachelors’ degree, and at least some experience working with children, then you can make $14-$25 per hour teaching English from home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                By the way, don’t let the “experience working with children” requirement scare you away. This could be simply be babysitting or caring for your own children!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Get the $600 FPUC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you’re unemployed or underemployed due to COVID-19, you should apply for unemployment through your state ASAP.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Not only will you be able to collect your normal state unemployment benefits, but thanks to the CARES Act, you will be eligible for the additional $600 weekly through FPUC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Note that this extra $600 weekly expires on July 31 unless extended by Congress (and Trump).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                However, Senate Republicans aren’t in favor of extending it (though Democrats are).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Learn more about the proposed $600 weekly unemployment extension in the video below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Deliver Food

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                While not as easy as the previous two options, food delivery is a booming business right now with many people staying at home and restaurants closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So if you have a little bit of spare time every week, DoorDash can provide you with an opportunity to set your own hours and put extra cash in your pocket.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you’ll be using your car to deliver, you simply need insurance and a decent driving record.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Even if you don’t have a car, you can still make Doordash deliveries via alternative vehicles such as bicycle, scooter, or motorcycle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                12 Best Places to Sell Used Furniture Mon, 16 Mar 2020 20:16:42 +0000 We often want to remove or replace furniture, but selling used furniture can be a major inconvenience. Whether you’re moving to a new place or need a change, finding a way to move furniture quickly can remove a lot of stress.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Selling used furniture has never been easier, and there are tons of options. If the furniture is in decent condition, you should be able to find a good buyer in your area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This article will go over some of the best places to sell used furniture, including pros and cons of each.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Facebook Marketplace

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Basics: Facebook Marketplace is a convenient option for posting listings and receiving offers from people in your area. You can also view each user's profile to detect scams and keep track of them in case of anything suspicious. Buy and sell groups on the site can facilitate local transactions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: Facebook is an incredibly popular website, so this is one of the best ways to find a seller. Tying transactions to your Facebook account could have a significant effect on security and privacy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: There won't be as many interested buyers if you live in a sparsely populated area. You'll be responsible for creating the listing and transporting the furniture to the selling location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Most people don’t associate Facebook with sales, but Facebook Marketplace is a popular option. It facilitates local transactions while protecting users by keeping them connected to the rest of Facebook. A buyer without any Facebook friends or posts, for example, is a significant red flag. You won’t get that kind of information on an anonymous platform like Craigslist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In addition to selling items on Facebook Marketplace directly, you can look for local buy/sell groups on the network. Yard sale groups also help coordinate large-scale events.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Facebook is one of the most popular online platforms, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a buyer. Users can pay full price or make a smaller offer for you to accept or decline. Take high-quality photos of all items from as many angles as possible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Letgo

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Basics: Letgo is a platform for classified ads and local sales. You can create a listing with basic information about your items.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: Like Facebook Marketplace, Letgo doesn't charge any fees for creating listings or selling items. Its mobile app is available for Android and iOS.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: Letgo may not be as popular in some areas relative to more well-known platforms. Unlike on Facebook, you won't have any way to trace potential buyers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Letgo is similar to classified-ad websites like Craigslist and offers many of the same functionalities. It has a sleek modern interface, making it easy to browse listings and find what you’re looking for as a buyer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In addition to its website, Letgo’s mobile app is available for iOS and Android. You’ll reach a decent number of buyers on Letgo. It also allows users to set a location radius to limit the listings they see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Like Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, Letgo doesn’t charge any fees to sellers or buyers. You’ll keep the entire sale price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Craigslist

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Basics: Craigslist is one of the most well-known sites for local classifieds and sales, and it makes the sale process easy. Buyers will contact you through text, email, or phone rather than through the app.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: With so many users, Craigslist gives you a good chance of connecting with buyers. You won't pay any fees to list or sell through the site.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: Like Letgo, Craigslist is more anonymous than Facebook and could expose you to more risk. You'll have to provide your contact information when creating a listing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Selling on Craigslist is similar to selling on Facebook, although there are important differences between the platforms. Listings on Craigslist aren’t connected to a profile, so buyers will contact you through email, text, or a phone call. You’ll agree on a price and work out a convenient and safe meeting place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                While Craigslist isn’t as popular as Facebook, it’s much more focused on classified ads. With that in mind, you should get a number of requests from people interested in your furniture. It’s easy to set up a Craigslist listing in just a few minutes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Given how simple the process is, there’s no reason not to create a listing on Craigslist while you set it up on other platforms. You can reuse the information and pictures to reach a wider audience. This strategy gives you a better chance of receiving multiple offers and starting a bidding war.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Used Furniture Stores

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Basics: Every used furniture store is different, but many stores will offer you a decent price for pieces in good condition. They may send an in-house appraiser to give you a quote. Depending on the store, you may be able to get more money by taking store credit or transporting the furniture yourself.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: Most stores have professional appraisers who will be able to accurately estimate your item's value. While you may get a lower price, some stores will be able to move the furniture from your home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: Furniture stores are planning to flip your items for a profit, so you could make more by selling directly to a buyer. It can also take a lot of time to contact stores, get estimates, and compare offers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Used furniture stores have their own buying and selling policies, and they can be an easy way to sell furniture. Most stores have in-house appraisers who can come to your place and look at your furniture. Depending on the store, you may get more money by bringing the furniture in yourself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Some furniture stores offer higher sums in exchange for taking store credit. This is a great option if you’re interested in replacing your furniture with something else. You can always compare the appraiser’s estimate to offers from online buyers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Getting offers from multiple used furniture stores can be a time-consuming process. It may not be worth your time unless it’s a particularly valuable piece. It’s usually more convenient to look for buyers online.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. eBay

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Basics: eBay works similarly to many other sites, but you can configure listings as auctions rather than fixed prices. You can stick to the traditional format if you'd prefer, and eBay supports local pickup in addition to shipped packages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: Like Craigslist, eBay is one of the leaders in peer-to-peer sales, so there are countless buyers looking for furniture. The auction format can help you earn more money on each item by leading to bidding wars.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: eBay is more commonly used for shipped items than for local pickups. The website charges a fee on each sale, typically around 10% to 12%.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Most people associate eBay with online sales and shipped items, but you can also make local listings. When listing a new product, simply select the local pickup option rather than offering shipping. You’ll be asked for your ZIP code to determine your location. From there, organizing a meeting works the same as it would on any similar website.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                eBay lets you run auctions or opt for a set price with offers. In general, an auction gives you a better opportunity to pit buyers against each other. They’ll drive up the price and maximize the total sale value.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                eBay charges a fee on each sale, usually around 10% or 12%. Depending on the furniture’s value, this could lead you to lose a substantial amount of money. You’ll also pay a per-listing fee once you hit 50 listings in a single month. This is especially annoying given that Letgo, Facebook, and Craigslist all offer no-fee sales.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                eBay is more often used for shipments than local sales, so there may not be as strong a local buying and selling community on eBay relative to other sites. You can always ship smaller items rather than selling them in-person.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6. OfferUp

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Basics: OfferUp is a relatively standard sales platform, but it lets users sell items in person or through shipping. You can ship small items if the buyer isn't close enough to arrange a convenient meeting, and you don't have to decide in advance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: Being able to sell items either way adds an element of flexibility to your listings. OfferUp’s mobile app for iOS and Android maximizes your potential audience.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: Shipped items are subject to a fee of 7.9%. OfferUp may not be as active as Facebook, Craigslist, or other well-known competitors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                OfferUp is a platform dedicated to buying and selling with many similarities to Letgo. You can buy and sell items on the website or through the mobile app on iOS and Android. Listings include most of the same elements, including a title, photos, and a short description.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Once you set a listing price, potential buyers can send offers for you to consider. This helps you aim for a target price while hearing potential offers. Like its competitors, OfferUp is intended to facilitate in-person sales rather than shipments. That said, you can ship items on OfferUp for a 7.9% fee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                7. Garage Sales

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Basics: The success of a given garage sale depends on numerous factors, but a good garage sale can help you sell a number of things at once. Buyers may be willing to move the furniture from your home, avoiding the need to transport it yourself.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: If you can get enough people in your neighborhood to agree on a garage sale, you can organize it together and generate a lot of interest. Selling to buyers is usually more lucrative than selling to someone who plans to flip it for more money (to a buyer).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: Organizing a garage sale is complicated, and you may not get as much traffic as you hoped. It could be frustrating to go back to the drawing board after going through the work of setting up the sale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Garage sales can be unpredictable, but you may find a buyer who’s willing to pay a fair price. You won’t have to deal with the stress of moving the furniture to their home. Some people may ask to come back later in the day to pick the piece up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You’re more likely to sell your furniture when other homes in your area are also running sales. Try to coordinate an event with people in your neighborhood to sell anything you no longer need.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You could look for a neighborhood group on Facebook and ask whether anyone else has items to sell. There are also apps and platforms dedicated to putting together garage sales. The more people agree to sell, the easier it will be to market the garage sale and find buyers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                8. AptDeco

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Basics: AptDeco is only available in and near New York City, but it's a great option for people in that area. Unlike sites such as Craigslist and OfferUp, AptDeco plays a more active role in moderating listings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: As a furniture marketplace, AptDeco may be more likely to connect you with people looking for items like yours. It’ll even edit and optimize your listing to make it more attractive for potential buyers. You'll make things more predictable by going through an established vendor rather than making an independent transaction.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: AptDeco charges a significant amount of money for its services, with fees between 19% and 33%. The platform is only available in and around New York City.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                AptDeco is available in and around New York City, but it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to sell used furniture there. While it takes a larger cut than most other websites, there are also good reasons to use it. If you aren’t worried about losing some of the sale, AptDeco is an easy option for getting rid of your furniture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Because AptDeco is designed entirely for furniture, it’s easier for buyers to find what they’re looking for. In contrast, people are buying all kinds of items on websites like Craigslist and Facebook. This may also give you the opportunity to sell your furniture for more money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                AptDeco keeps between 19% and 33% of each sale, which could constitute a lot of money, depending on the item’s value. Considering that there are numerous free and low-cost options available, you may prefer to sell your furniture on another platform.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                AptDeco gives buyers more tools than other sites to identify their target furniture. For example, they can filter by designer rather than simply scrolling through listings or typing in a keyword. This increases the chance that an interested buyer will find your listing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The website guarantees sales and inspects each item, providing more oversight over each transaction. With that in mind, you’re clearly getting something for the additional fees. Whether or not that security is worth it likely depends on a variety of factors including the value of your furniture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                9. Chairish

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Basics: Chairish is more similar to AptDeco than laissez-faire sites that don't charge any fees. Its costs are in the same ballpark, with a 30% fee applied to most transactions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: Chairish focuses on valuable items, so it attracts buyers who are willing to spend more money. You can reduce the fee to 20% or less by upgrading to a Professional or Elite membership.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: Chairish charges a 20% to 30% fee per transaction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chairish is a popular home store selling a variety of products such as furniture, rugs, and decor. It focuses on luxury items, so you may not be able to sell less expensive furniture. Its fees are similar to those of AptDeco, with most sellers keeping 70% of each sale.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Professional and Elite sellers pay significantly less depending on the sale price. They lose 20% of the price on items up to $2,500, then 12% from $2,500 to $25,000, and finally 3% above that. Professional is free for sellers with at least 10 active listings, while Elite costs $149 per month and introduces a number of additional benefits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Like AptDeco, Chairish supervises listings more closely than other websites. Your listing won’t even be published until a Chairish employee has reviewed it. While you’ll lose a portion of the sale price, listing items on Chairish is free.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Whoever reviews your listing will also make edits to improve its attractiveness. Aesthetic adjustments can lead significantly more interest from buyers. You’ll have access to seven-day customer service, and Chairish gets a lot of traffic from people willing to spend large sums on furniture.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                10. Oodle

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Basics: Oodle is more in line with Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and similar platforms but hasn't reached as wide an audience. Traffic can be unpredictable, depending on your location.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: Oodle lets you buy, sell, and rent almost anything, including apartments and office space. It doesn't charge any fees for setting up listings or making a sale.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: The main downside of Oodle is its limited popularity, especially if you aren't in an urban area. There is no mobile app.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oodle is another website designed similarly to platforms like Craigslist and OfferUp. It’s a relatively small service, so you’ll likely need to be in or near a major city to benefit. It includes categories for everything from pets and furniture to tickets and vehicles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you’re familiar with its competitors, you shouldn’t have any trouble figuring out how to use Oodle. That said, it doesn’t have a mobile app.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                While it advertises more than 15 million unique users, its audience is smaller than competitors’. You may not be able to find an audience if you live in a rural or suburban area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                11. Incoming Tenants

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Basics: If you're selling furniture because you're planning to move out, why not sell it to the next tenant? This allows you to make a sale without moving the furniture at all, and you can sell several pieces at once.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: The logistics of transporting large pieces of furniture can be complicated and time-consuming. Contacting the incoming tenant is easily the most convenient option for selling used furniture.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: This choice only works for people who are moving out, and your items will likely sell for less this way. Your landlord may or may not allow you to leave furniture in the place for the next tenant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Selling furniture to new tenants isn’t always an option, but it can be convenient for both sides. Rather than transporting furniture somewhere else, you’ll simply make an offer to whoever’s moving in. If they’re interested in some of your furniture, you can leave it there for them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If your landlord approves, there’s essentially no downside to selling furniture to the next tenants. You can ask for their contact information and agree on a price for certain pieces. Make sure to do this as soon as possible so that you have time to sell anything they don’t want.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Some landlords prohibit the sale of furniture from one tenant to the next, particularly in areas where bed bugs and other pests are prevalent. Never leave furniture in your apartment against your landlord’s wishes — they can deduct money from your security deposit for not cleaning the property.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The other drawback of selling to a tenant is that they may not pay as much as another customer. You’ll likely be expected to offer a discount based on the convenience of selling to someone who’s planning to move in. This is especially true given that they’ll be paying a fixed price for a set of several items.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                12. Consignment Stores

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Basics: Consignment stores buy used furniture before reselling it at a higher price. Some will try to work out a sale price up front, while others will give you a cut once they sell it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pros: You'll be able to compare offers from consignment stores to ensure you get the best price. They'll likely appraise and transport the item for you, taking two of the most frustrating aspects of selling used furniture out of your hands.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cons: Consignment stores only buy furniture when they think someone else will pay more for it. If you negotiate for a portion of the sale price, you'll have to make other arrangements if the item doesn't sell within a specified period of time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Consignment stores can sell a wide range of products, and many accept furniture. The piece needs to be valuable to be worth displaying. Most shops won’t accept anything they don’t expect to be able to sell at a substantial markup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                These stores typically use one of two models for buying and reselling products:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Some stores will offer you a set price for your furniture, which you can take or leave. If you accept their offer, they’ll pay you on the spot and sell the piece on their own.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Other stores take items in for free and pay sellers a percentage of the sale price. They’ll return the item if it doesn’t sell in a given period. Selling for a fixed price is usually a safer plan as you’ll have money in your pocket when you leave the store.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Be Cautious When Selling Online

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Selling used furniture can be a pain, but these platforms streamline some of the most complicated tasks involved.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When selling through an online platform, take basic safety measures when meeting other users. Make sure to arrange a meeting during the day in a well-lit, public location and let a friend or family member know where you’re going. Talking to a buyer on the phone ahead of the meeting can also help you spot red flags.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Selling Tradelines: How Much I Make and How You Can Get Started Fri, 06 Mar 2020 06:01:34 +0000 Selling tradelines is the practice of making money by adding authorized users every month to your credit cards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The tradeline buyer potentially gets a quick credit boost, and you — the tradeline seller — make potentially hundreds of dollars for a few minutes of your time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And by the way, the buyer’s authorized user credit card gets shipped to you, not them, meaning that they never have access to your actual credit line.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How I Got Involved Selling Tradelines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When my brother-in-law told me about selling tradelines a few years ago, I didn’t believe him.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As a risk-averse CPA, I was very ambivalent about making money in this way; it sounded risky if not flat-out illegal to earn an income by adding people I don’t know to my credit cards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But after looking into it, I became comfortable with selling tradelines and have since made tens of thousands of dollars doing it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And while there are definitely risks you should be aware of before you sell tradelines — risks that I will let you know about in this article — it’s definitely not illegal and for most people the rewards outweigh the risks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Last month, in fact, I made $1,410 simply by selling tradelines on my credit cards.  I didn’t have to find the buyers, either — I worked with a reputable broker to do that (email me at if you’d like me to introduce you to my broker).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Selling Tradelines How Much I Make

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How Much Can You Make Selling Tradelines?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How much you make selling tradelines on a particular credit card depends on a variety of factors, but the two most important are the card’s credit limit and the age of the card.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is because the whole reason why somebody would want to purchase a tradeline i.e. be added as an authorized user on somebody else’s (such as your) credit card is to improve their credit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Being added as an authorized user to a card with a high credit limit can decrease a buyer’s credit utilization, and being added to an older card can increase their average age of accounts, both of which can increase their credit score.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So in general, the older the card, and the higher the credit limit, the more valuable your card is from a tradeline perspective.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Selling Tradelines Examples

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So for example, I have a Fidelity credit card with a $33,000 credit limit that I opened in 2017.  On this card, I make $120 per month per authorized user I add.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But I also have a Chase credit card with a $25,000 credit limit that I opened in 2015.  On this card, I make $110 per month per authorized user I add — over 90% as much per user as I make on the card with the $33,000 credit limit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But the Fidelity card has a credit limit over 30% more than the Chase card’s, so why is the payout of the Chase card almost as much as the payout of the Fidelity card?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The reason is the age — the Chase card is two years older.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So How Much Can You Make?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I can’t tell you exactly how much you’ll make on each of your tradelines.  That depends on the card as well as how many authorized users you’re comfortable adding per card per month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I limit myself to two authorized users per month per card, and I’ll tell you why later in this article.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you’re curious how much you could make with your credit cards, email me at  I will then introduce you to my tradelines broker, who will be able to give you a free quote for your cards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                How to Sell Tradelines in 5 Steps

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If selling tradelines sounds like something you’d like to do, here is a step-by-step guide on how to sell tradelines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Find tradeline buyers (or work with a broker).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There are two ways you can go about finding tradeline buyers i.e. people who want to be added as an authorized user to somebody else’s credit card.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One way is to find buyers yourself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This involves marketing, setting prices, taking payment, and client management — all the things involved in running a service business.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                While you keep all the profits this way, you also give up your most valuable resource: time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The other way to get connected with tradeline buyers is to go through a broker who does the legwork of finding buyers, gathering their information, and collecting payments.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A broker will give you a piece of the action by giving you a commission for every successful authorized user that posts to the buyer’s account (email me at to be introduced to the broker I use).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Gather your tradeline buyers’ information.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Here is the information you will need about each tradeline buyer in order to add him or her as an authorized user to one or more of your credit cards:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Full legal name including middle initial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Social security number
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Date of birth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Home address
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Maiden name (if any)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you go through a broker, they will handle gathering this information for you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Every month, my broker sends me a spreadsheet containing the information I need to add each card’s authorized users for that month.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Add your tradeline buyers as authorized users on your credit cards by your statement date.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Once you have a buyer’s information, you must add them to your credit card before midnight (Eastern Time) of your credit card’s statement date and leave them on your card for at least 28 days from the statement date.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Your statement date is the date on which your credit card statement is generated every month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For example, the statement date for my Citi Double Cash card is the seventeenth of each month.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The specific method for doing so varies from credit card issuer to credit card issuer as shown in the table below.  Note that the list of issuers below is not exhaustive but just covers the major banks.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wells FargoName, addressOnline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ChaseName, addressOnline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                DiscoverName, addressOnline
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                BarclaysName, address, date of birth, SSNPhone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Citi/RegionsName, address, SSNPhone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bank of AmericaName, address, date of birth, SSNPhone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SynchronyName, addressPhone

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If your bank requires you to add authorized users by phone, you can find the phone number to call on the back of your credit card.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Adding authorized users online depends on the specific credit card, but as an example here is how this is done in Barclays via its online interface:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Step 1: Hover over “Services” and then click “Authorized users”.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Step 2: Click “Add an authorized user” at the bottom.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Step 3: On the screen that follows, input the authorized user’s name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Step 4: On the screen that follows, input the authorized user’s relationship to you (I generally just put “Friend”), date of birth, citizenship status, and address.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It is imperative that you input the authorized user’s address since their address is often used for credit report matching purposes, especially if your bank does not ask for authorized users’ social security numbers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Step 5: Ensure the card is sent to your address (not the authorized user’s address since you don’t want them using the card).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Step 6: Click “Continue”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                There is one final confirmation for you to do after clicking “Continue”, and that’s it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That is how you add sell tradelines and add authorized users to your credit card for extra income.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. Remove your tradeline buyers after one to two months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Depending on the arrangement, your authorized user will either remain on your card for one month or for two months (follow your broker’s instructions).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After that point, you should remove the authorized user from your card but no earlier than 28 days.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Removing authorized users is generally very easy to do online.  For Barclays cards, you simply log in to your account, go to authorized users, and click “Remove user” underneath the user’s name.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Get paid.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Now, if you went out and found buyers on your own, they may have already paid you upfront.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                But if you go through a broker like I do, then you will have to wait for the broker to pay you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Note that (obviously) brokers will only pay you, and buyers will only be satisfied with your service, if the tradeline you add actually “posts,” that is, it actually appears on the tradeline buyer’s credit report.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Risks of Selling Tradelines

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Selling tradelines, of course, is an easy way to make an extra few hundred (or thousand) dollars a month, but it’s not without risk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The biggest risk of selling tradelines is that the credit card company will shut down your credit card.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This actually happened to me before (it was a Chase card).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I believe that the reason was that I got greedy and added too many authorized users to one of my Chase cards (I added three in one month).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This seems to have raised a red flag, and Chase cancelled my card.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nowadays, I only add up to two authorized users per card per month and would recommend that you stick to that rule as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Which Credit Cards Work For Selling Tradelines?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cards from most major issuers work fine for tradeline purposes except for American Express cards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is because many American Express cards are technically charge cards with no set credit limit and so do not help with authorized users’ utilization rates.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also, business cards won’t work either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Selling Tradelines and Taxes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As a CPA, let me be the first to tell you that the income you earn from selling tradelines is taxable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you sell tradelines through a broker, they will sent you a Form 1099-MISC (or possibly a Form 1099-NEC) after the end of the year reporting the payments you received.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The question, of course, becomes whether you should report this income as miscellaneous income on your tax return or on Schedule C as self-employment income (which would subject you to self-employment tax).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You would want to reach out to a qualified tax professional about your particular situation, but in general if you are just selling a couple tradelines a month through a broker, reporting your income as miscellaneous income will probably be OK.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                However, if you are more engaged in your tradeline selling business (actively seeking clients, etc.) then it’s possible you should report your selling tradelines income as self-employment income.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Selling Tradelines FAQs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Selling tradelines can be confusing. These are a few of the most common concerns people have about selling tradelines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Can authorized users spend my money?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A common concern people have with selling their tradelines is that the authorized user could spend money using your card. In fact, authorized users don’t have access to either the card or the information necessary to defraud your account. With a reliable broker, you won’t have to worry about data security.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Authorized users usually receive their own credit card, but this duplicate will be sent to you if you sell the tradeline tied to that account. You aren’t even required to activate the card, and you’ll remove the user from your account at the end of the agreement.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Can I sell multiple tradelines on the same account?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Credit card companies sometimes shut down accounts for adding too many authorized users, so certain tradeline brokers and credit card companies set a maximum number of users you can work with at a given time. While this limits how much you could earn each month, I was able to make more than $1,000 per month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The only work involved in selling a tradeline is adding and removing authorized users from your accounts, so there’s no downside to selling the same account at least twice. It can be an effective way to earn money, especially if you can sell tradelines from several accounts. If you have five accounts in good standing, for example, you could be earning income from 10 credit boosters at the same time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • What are the downsides of selling tradelines?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict whether your credit card company will notice your side hustle and potentially cancel the account. Try to keep each authorized user on your account for at least a few months — switching users too quickly is an obvious sign that you’re selling the tradeline.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  While this practice isn’t illegal, some credit card companies will shut down the account if they notice what’s happening. People who buy tradelines artificially inflate their credit score, skewing their perceived risk when they apply for credit later on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With that in mind, selling tradelines exposes you to the risk of having your account suspended or shut down. Most people don’t experience this issue, but you won’t have any recourse if your company decides you’ve gone too far.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • How can I make my tradelines more valuable?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You can increase your earning potential by improving an account’s credit history, making it more valuable to credit boosters. If you’re interested in selling tradelines, start making these changes now, so your account gains value before you’re ready to sell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fixing problems in your credit history can also have a positive effect on your own credit score, so consider these strategies whether or not you’re planning to sell tradelines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Increase Your Credit Limit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A higher credit limit is one of the most effective ways to increase the value of a tradeline. Accounts with higher credit limits and lower credit utilization are more attractive to buyers and therefore command a higher commission.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You can request to increase your account’s credit limit by calling your bank, or navigating the website or mobile app. These decisions are based on a variety of factors, but people with good standing have a good chance of approval, assuming they haven’t recently received another increase.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Monitor Credit Utilization

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Some people assume missed and late payments are the only factors that could hurt your credit, but credit utilization plays an almost equally important role in determining your score. Using more of your limit has a negative impact on your credit, and experts advise keeping your usage below 30%.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To maximize the value of their tradelines, brokers often require sellers to keep their credit utilization below a given limit. This could be an issue if you need to use more than that amount to cover important expenses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Give Your Accounts Time

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If you recently opened an account, don’t expect it to be worth anything for the first two years, longer if you miss payments. Your tradeline will slowly accumulate value as long as you make on-time payments and keep your credit utilization low.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Each on-time payment has a positive effect on a tradeline, but there’s no way to build credit history overnight. Improving your credit is a long-term process, both with respect to individual tradelines and your overall score.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Two years is generally the youngest age at which brokers will consider selling your account, but there’s still significant room for growth after that. Tradelines generally become more valuable as time goes on and the cardholder continues to demonstrate reliability.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Additional Tips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Document Everything

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Selling a single tradeline doesn’t involve much work, but things get more complicated once you’re responsible for more authorized users.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Keeping a notebook or spreadsheet to remind you when to add and remove authorized users and when to expect payment is vital once you start selling more than one tradeline.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I earn more than $1,000 per month simply by selling my tradelines, and I typically have a number of authorized users across several accounts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Without a spreadsheet to refer to, I would have no way to keep track of these transactions and ensure that I remove users at the right times.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Know the Law

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                While selling tradelines is legal, there are some concerns you should be aware of.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The industry isn’t exactly standardized, so you need to know the details of a broker’s practices well before providing any sensitive information.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                With such significant differences from one business to another, it’s easy to do something illegal without realizing the difference.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                While some people believe that selling tradelines involves misrepresenting your own credit history, you shouldn’t run into any legal issues.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That said, the practice could be against your credit card provider’s terms of service, so make sure to read the relevant sections.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Some tradeline brokers also increase the risk of illegal activity by failing to perform their due diligence, including background checks of both sellers and buyers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Working with a broker that doesn’t perform a thorough background check could expose you to fraud.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This is another reason to carefully evaluate the reputations of every broker as you consider your options.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Selling tradelines isn’t a common or well-known side hustle, but it’s a simple and quick way to set up a source of reliable income.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                These tips will help you identify a secure and reputable tradeline broker and consistently increase your earnings by improving your credit history.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Work With a Reputable Broker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Selling tradelines is a lucrative opportunity, but as mentioned in this article it’s not without risks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you’re new to the business, it may be worth your while to first work with somebody — like a broker — who has been in the industry for a while and can walk you through the process.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Obviously, you will keep all the profits if you find buyers yourself, but doing that is frankly more of a side hustle than passive income.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you’d like an introduction to the tradeline broker I’ve been working with for over two years now, shoot me an email at

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                7 Best Places to Sell Jewelry Online Tue, 03 Mar 2020 02:52:39 +0000 Selling jewelry online can be confusing, and it’s often difficult to tell which businesses are legit. You can find a variety of reputable dealers that pay a fair value for all kinds of jewelry if you know where to look. This can be one of the most convenient ways to sell jewelry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This article will cover the best places to get a fair deal when selling jewelry online. Keep in mind that different websites may evaluate the same piece in different ways — try to compare at least a few offers before coming to your final decision.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Worthy

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rather than offering sellers a fixed price for their jewelry, Worthy acts as a marketplace that connects sellers to interested buyers. You’ll pay some of the sale price in fees, but you’re more likely to get fair value with multiple buyers bidding.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Worthy displays recent prices on the same item from other sellers, giving you access to more data to make an informed decision when pricing your jewelry. Every piece is guaranteed for a value of up to $1 million, so you won’t need to worry about something going wrong during shipping.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After selling jewelry on Worthy, you’ll be able to withdraw money to your PayPal account within 24 hours of the sale. The website also supports bank transfers and checks if you don’t have a PayPal account, although these methods take longer to process.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Worthy partners with well-known appraisers and offers an estimate on each piece of jewelry. It also covers shipping and provides free mailers designed to cushion your piece from damage. With Worthy overseeing so many aspects of the process, you don’t have to worry about the details.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Worthy guarantees a minimum sale, so you’ll get that price even if nobody bids on your item. From there, Worthy sells your jewelry on the market. Alternatively, you can start your auction above the minimum if you think you can make even more money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Transactions of up to $5,000 are charged an 18% fee. The fee drops to 14% for $5,001 to $15,000, 12% for $15,001 to $30,000 and just 10% for all other sales.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Whether or not these fees are worth it depends on your willingness to incur risk and take the time to manage the transaction. For some people, even 18% is a small price to pay for the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’ll quickly find a fair price and avoid liability in case of damage or loss.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Mondiamo

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mondiamo is a newer option than many other jewelry websites, but it has quickly achieved a good reputation as users report more and more positive transactions. Unfortunately, Mondiamo only facilitates the sale of diamonds with a minimum of 0.3 carats, so those with other kinds of jewelry will need to look elsewhere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In contrast to Worthy’s marketplace format, Mondiamo buys and sells jewelry on its own, so it doesn’t offer the ability to list your items for auction. Instead, you’ll simply receive a single offer based on certain factors about your jewelry including the four Cs: cut, color, carat, and clarity. A certified grade can help demonstrate a diamond’s value.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mondiamo buys jewelry directly from sellers, so you won’t lose any of the offer to fees or other charges that Worthy and some competitors subtract from the sale price. The price you see is exactly what you’ll receive when you sell your jewelry to Mondiamo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Entering information about your diamond shouldn’t take more than a few minutes, so it’s easy to check Mondiamo’s offer and compare it to other options. Like Worthy, Mondiamo pays for shipping and provides the necessary materials for packing along with shipping insurance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You’ll receive payment as soon as you accept the offer, so you won’t have to wait for processing or any other delays. If you change your mind, Mondiamo will return your item at no charge for any reason. These considerations make it one of the most flexible platforms for selling jewelry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On the downside, being limited to a set price range could prevent you from selling your items for the greatest possible price.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. Cash4Gold

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sell gold jewelry you can’t sell anywhere else.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cash4Gold brands itself as the original mail-in gold buyer; it’s been in the field for longer than most of its competitors. It’s a convenient and fair way to sell jewelry you’re no longer interested in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                However, Cash4Gold requires you to send your jewelry before receiving an offer or price range, making it difficult to shop around and compare its offer to others before you sell.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Like many other jewelry websites, Cash4Gold supplies a prepaid envelope, plus a plastic bag to keep your items safe during shipping. You’ll only receive insurance for up to $100, so you should be careful with any jewelry that’s significantly more valuable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cash4Gold and services like it rely on people underestimating the value of their jewelry, so you shouldn’t accept the first offer just because it sounds like a lot of money. The site may be better as a last resort than as a first option, as some other sites allow you to receive an estimate before shipping the jewelry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4. WP Diamonds

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sell loose diamonds of 0.5 carats or more, plus other gemstones and watches.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WP Diamonds is another well-known online buyer, and it specializes in diamonds and other gemstones. The website accepts loose diamonds of at least 0.5 carat, but you can sell a variety of other items, including gemstones and watches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                While most diamond purchasers work with reputable third-party appraisers to identify the value of an item, WP Diamonds conducts internal evaluations, which may or may not represent the market price. Like Cash4Gold and Mondiamo, WP Diamonds gives sellers a single offer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In addition to its online platform, WP Diamonds meets with sellers for individual appointments in New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas. If you live in or near one of these cities, you can bring your jewelry to WP Diamonds and receive an immediate offer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WP Diamonds gives sellers a relatively standard valuation form in which you’ll be asked to provide some detailed information about your item. It then sends an initial valuation, although this can change significantly once the company  examines the jewelry in person.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Once your item has been evaluated, you can accept the offer for payment within 24 hours. Alternatively, you can ask to receive a check when you meet for an in-person appointment. Shipping is free, and you can send jewelry to WP Diamonds from any location in Canada or the United States.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5. Diamond Buyers International

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Sell diamonds of at least 0.5 carat with an instant online appraisal.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Similarly to WP Diamonds, Diamond Buyers International buys diamonds that weigh at least 0.5 carat, and its instant appraisal tool allows you to view an estimate simply by selecting your diamond’s cut, carat, color and clarity (the four Cs).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After viewing your initial appraisal, you can request a free diamond appraisal kit for a more in-depth evaluation of your jewel. The Diamond Buyers International kit comes with a prepaid overnight FedEx envelope, and shipments are insured for up to $5,000.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Like many of its competitors, Diamond Buyers International claims to provide an official offer no longer than 24 hours after receiving your package. This shortens the process, allowing you to get an appraisal, ship your items, and accept or decline the website’s offer in short span.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you sell your jewelry through Diamond Buyers International, you can receive payment by PayPal, direct deposit or a check. You can also decline the offer if you think you can get more money from another buyer, and you won’t be charged shipping, processing or any other fees.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                In contrast to most buyers, Diamond Buyers International works directly with jewelers rather than selling your items at wholesale prices. The website claims this leads to higher payments, but you should still compare the offer against others. Remember that jewels worth more than $5,000 won’t be fully insured during shipping.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6. The RealReal

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The RealReal is a consignment marketplace that includes listings for a range of fashion products, including jewelry. Its business model puts it more in line with Worthy than companies that buy your items directly, although prices are set in advance rather than subject to an auction.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After signing up for an account with The RealReal, you’ll be able to mail in your jewelry, watch, or other item, and have a digital meeting with a professional gemologist. They’ll evaluate your jewelry using GIA standards and try to work out a sale price that works for both sides.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If you accept the pricing, The RealReal handles the rest of the listing by taking pictures of your jewelry and uploading the post to the website. From there, you simply wait for someone to buy your items at the listed price. Like Worthy, The RealReal keeps a cut of every sale as commission.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The consignment commission is 30% for all jewelry worth at least $1,000 and all watches ranging from $1,000 up to $2,400. It drops to 15% for watches priced at or above $2,500, and the commission on jewelry stays constant regardless of value.  You’ll get 5% more money if you take your earnings as The RealReal credit rather than withdrawing as cash.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If your item is worth $200 or less, The RealReal will keep a full 50% of the sale price, so it may be worth considering more affordable options in this case.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The RealReal lists items for up to one year, after which it sends products back to their original owner. As with every other buyer on this list, you won’t be charged any fees if your item doesn’t sell, so there’s no risk to listing jewelry or other goods on The RealReal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                7. Express Gold Cash

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Express Gold Cash advertises over 25 years of experience in the diamond industry, and its model functions similarly to that of many other online buyers. You can request a free appraisal kit at any time to send in your jewelry and receive a quick cash offer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Your appraisal kit will also include an overnight FedEx label, so you aren’t responsible for any shipping or insurance expenses. Jewelry is insured for $5,000.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                After receiving the website’s offer, you can accept it to receive full payment in cash within 24 hours. There’s no risk involved in this process; if you don’t get the offer you’re looking for, you can always decline and have your items shipped back at no cost.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Express Gold Cash has an A+ Better Business Bureau rating, but there’s no way to predict which sites will provide the highest offers for a given piece. Unless you need the money soon, compare your options before taking the first offer you receive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Make Money from Your Old Jewelry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Selling jewelry can be a complicated process, but these online buyers streamline tedious and time-consuming tasks that individual sellers may not want to perform on their own. They’re some of the best websites to start with if you’re interested in selling your jewelry online.