1. Secret-shop with the iSecretShop app and make $200 a month.
You like to shop anyway, so when i-Secret shop sends you the latest secret shopper opportunities, you can expect to make from $13 for visiting a shoe store, to upwards of $63 for visiting a churrasco restaurant. The catch: Once you visit, you must spend an hour sharing your feedback of the products and services. My favorite thing about it is that the iSecretShop app has an interactive map that lets you pick from opportunities nearby.
2. Enter recipe contests and make $100 a month.
If you’re a wizard with a whisk, chances are you’ve crafted something so interesting, people would love to see more of it. Sites like Cooking Contest Central are a great way to score some money for doing what you already do so well....
3. Sell Sponsored Tweets and make $100 a month.
Addicted to Twitter? Sponsored Tweets will pay you to Tweet for other brands. All you need to do is make sure your account is 60 days old, has 50 followers, and you’ve sent at least 100 tweets. Sign-up only takes a few minutes. When an advertiser likes your influence on followers, they’ll inform you of opportunities, what your tweet needs to say, and what link must be embedded in the message. If you don’t like a company that approaches you, simply turn down the offer. Simple dimple. And since all you need is $50 to cash out, you won’t be waiting ages for that money.
4. Sell used books through BookScouter and make $1,000 a month.
If your weekend routine includes yardsaling and thrifting, you could turn your hobby into a legitimate side income. Download the BookScouter app, and use it to scan the barcodes of used textbooks to find their current value. When you find your first fifty-cent book that’s worth more than ten bucks, you’ll be hooked. Buy low and sell high, baby.
5. Sell images through sites like Foap and make $100 a month.
Websites like Foap turn your unaltered smartphone photos into cash. All you need to do is upload your photos through your phone or through photography apps like Instagram and Flickr and sell them through the Foap market (each image can be purchased for $10—you get half).
The Payout: Sell 20 images and you’ve already earned $100, deposited right to your checking account (money arrives the following month).
6. Flip furniture on Craigslist to make $200 a month.
If you love DIYs, get paid to make old things new by flipping things on Craigslist. The best items to buy and sell on Craigslist are the highest priced, name-brand items. If you’re gonna go to the work of buying, fixing, and reselling, don’t do it on a $2 toy you flip for $20, do it on a $20 desk you flip for $200. Learn the 10 Best Things to Buy and Sell on Craigslist.
7. Write for websites and earn $300 a month.
Get paid as a freelance writer. There are a variety of websites seeking first-person stories and expert blog posts on a variety of topics.
College Humor Media is a humor website that shares comedic videos, pictures, articles, and jokes. $25 per post + bonus
Photoshop Tutorials leverages design knowledge and an aptitude for teaching everyone from beginners to experts. Share tips and tricks for using Photoshop for photo editing, manipulations, designs, and more. $25 – $300 per post
MetroParent is an online parenting community offering expert advice, stories on parenting trends and issues, and numerous ways for parents to enrich their experience raising the next generation. Up to $350 per post
ScaryMommy is a parenting website for imperfect parents. $100 per post
TheExpeditioner is a travel site for the avid traveler featuring travel articles from some of the best travel writers in the world, as well as travel news, commentary, insight, and video from a premiere team of bloggers from around the globe. $30 per post
8. Start your own blog and make $1,200 a month.
Got stuff to talk about? With a little effort and some patience, you can easily earn $1,200 a month in ad placements alone. Add in affiliate and sponsorship dough, and you’re on your way to making $36,000 (or more) annually. Here are some websites I dig for platform and hosting:
WordPress is a robust platform used by major corporations and professional bloggers.
Tumblr is a popular microblogging website that acts as a cross between Facebook and blogging. You gather followers, can post short-form blogs, and even share images and quotes as entry posts.
Blogger is an easy-to-use platform for novice bloggers with easy-to-use widgets.
CopyBlogger offers a great Web resource for bloggers.
BlueHost offers easy Google integration so you can use a Gmail address.
GoDaddy manages over 60 million domains. They also offer .com searches and suggestions so you can find a fresh, unused blog title.
9. Sell your baked goods and make $100 per month.
When it’s legal in your state to sell home-baked goods, you can expect to make a killing, especially around the holidays. Network with other bakers, create your own signature dish, and if you’re serious, a Facebook page never hurts, either.
10. Flip cars at auction and make over $1,000 a month.
If you like working on cars in your spare time and have a little competition in your blood, hit local auctions. There you’ll find cars from other sellers, government entities, and from car dealers who need to move inventory–often for a fraction of the price. My friend scored a collectible Cadillac and a Subaru GL wagon for less than $1,000 and resold both for more than double that after a little bit of maintenance, elbow grease, and a vacuum. Just be sure to check CarFax before the auction to make sure you’re not buying a salvage title, a lemon, or a car that’s been in a wreck. Read one guy’s story of how he flipped cars from public auction.
11. Create freelance art for companies like CrowdSpring and make $200 per month.
Are you a creative art genius trying to pay down college debt? Through CrowdSpring, you can create logos and branding for companies and earn anywhere from $100 – $1,199. Just browse their list of available needs, upload your own designs, and become one of the coveted go-to creatives for logo design, Web design, company name, product name, packaging design, and many other graphic design, industrial design, and writing projects.
12. Sell your rutabagas at the farmers market and make $200 a month.
Do you grow quality, hand-picked produce? When you frequent farmers markets as a seller, you’re not only meeting hundreds of your closest neighbors, you’re making some much-deserved cash on the side. People love to know where their produce comes from; just make sure you reach out to the market, and follow their steps to becoming certified to sell. Google ‘farmers market’ along with the name of your city. Then contact the manager to find out what it takes to get a table.
13. Sew for others and make $300 a month.
If sewing or quilting is something you love, turn it into a business! Create custom garments or accessories and sell them at local markets or via social media. A good way to get your foot in the door is to advertise yourself as a seamstress willing to finish projects–the bindings, zippers, and waistbands that nobody else wants to do. Read more about how to make money sewing.
14. Give music lessons and make $800 a month.
Do you play an instrument? Whether it’s guitar, piano, drums, voice, or bass, advertise yourself on Craigslist and through local music stores. You’ll be especially successful if you can teach guitar and piano, which are the most popular instruments in the U.S. Set your rates upwards of $40 per hour, or $25 per 30 minutes.