51 Real Ways to Earn Money


There are many ways to earn money. You can work from home, you can do all kinds of freelancing, you can blog, or you can just save.

Times are tight, and I don’t know any person who wouldn’t like to make some extra cash. So I’ve got for you a list of 51 best ways on how to earn money.

1. Work as freelancer

Working as a freelancer is one of the most popular ways to earn money from home. So if you are a good writer, you’ll be amazed at the extra money you can earn by just signing up with sites such as Freelancer.com or others. Getting a work there can lead to numerous opportunities.

If you are not a good writer, don’t get upset! You can get a job in website design, graphic design, and plenty of other fields.

2. Write CVs

Another way to earn money is all about helping other people to get a job. In fact, it’s not difficult to learn how to write an impeccable CV if you have no idea how to do it. When you learn how to do this, you can join websites that specialize in resume writing, or you can make ads of your own and set your own prices.

3. Start your own business

Have you ever thought about making your own business? Why not?

If you have a side business which is going really good and you want to earn money, then you might think about starting your own business. It can be the card designing, cake making, clothing designing, or whatever.

4. Work as a guest barman

Usually, if you want to tend bar, you should have the proper licenses, but not always. Generally guest barmen are learned all they should know right before the job. In fact, you can make lots of money in just one night, especially if you have got good moves.

5. Start your own blog

It is easy to start a blog, but earning money with it can be done. Actually, you should do a lot of research, and it will not hurt you if ask for some inside advice, either. Before starting your own blog, try to learn as much information as possible!

6. Flip domains

Sometimes to make money you have to spend money, and that’s what this option is all about. You might know that there are many unused domain names out there, and if you think you can resell them for a decent amount of money, you might consider flipping them. But do this one when you know you can earn money!

7. Use Google Adsense

It’s really easy to make some money using Adsense, of course if you’ve worked out how to do this. However, you have to do some research, and you might need some help setting it up on your blog, but when you’ve got it, you’ll earn lots of money!

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8. Become an eBay seller

One of the easiest ways to earn money is to become an eBay seller. You can sell your own things, you can sell for someone else for a commission, or you can create some things to put on the website. Depending on the quality of your merchandise, you can either earn some extra spending cash, or a large amount of extra money.

9. Become a Craigslist entrepreneur

That is another way to earn extra money. You can buy some cheap items on eBay, Craigslist, at consignment shops, or yard sales, fix them up, and sell on Craigslist yourself. However, you should be careful when doing it this way, there are many freaks on Craigslist!

10. Work for eHow

Writing for eHow is a kind of freelancing, but on absolutely other level. Most people use eHow for quite a lot, but you can see the kind of traffic it gets. There are pretty extensive rules to write, but if you stick to them, you can earn a lot of money!

11. Sell through social networking

If you have some products you would like to sell, why not to use social networking to earn some extra money? Advertise on Tumblr, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and any other social networking website you use. If you have an opportunity you can even buy cheap ad space.

12. Work as a guest blogger

One of the easiest ways to earn money is to become a guest blogger. Working as a guest blogger means that you have no commitments, and you shouldn’t write full time, but you can still make some extra cash. Many blogs allow guest bloggers, that’s why if there isn’t an application, don’t be afraid to ask!

13. Do online surveys

Nowadays a lot of the best ways to earn money involve going online. Doing surveys is most likely the easiest technique. Today there are plenty of paid survey websites, so you just need sign up, but don’t forget to read the small print.

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14. Try a garage sale

By having a garage sale or a yard sale, you can easily earn a decent amount of money and get rid of all the things you don’t need anymore. It often beats shipping things that you should do on Craigslist and eBay, and you get rid of dozens of junk.

15. Sell old tech

You can also make money selling your old tech items. Whether you do it on Craigslist, eBay, or to an independent or individual company, you can earn a surprising amount of cash.

I’m sure you have old desktops, cell phones, or laptops that just gather dust in your house. Even if it is defective tech people can buy it for parts.

16. Sew

If you can sew, why not turn your skill into a small business? You can sew new clothes or alter the old ones, if you’re really talented you will love it.

Then you could make custom-made clothes for the person who orders them. But don’t forget about the importance of advertising! And making things for your relatives and friends is one the best ways to do it!

17. Refurbish antiques

As I’ve already said sometimes you should spend money to earn money. If you can buy some cheap antiques that need a little work at garage or yard sales, you have the opportunity to make some extra money. If you can refurbish and refinish, it’s one of the best ways to make money!

18. Babysit

Sitting for someone else’s children has always been one of the greatest ways to earn money, and don’t think that it’s not for you. No matter who you are and how old you are, babysitting is an amazing way to make some steady money, and if you do some other extra work like cleaning up around the house, you can earn even more money!

19. Start a bed-and-breakfast business

Of course, starting a bed-and-breakfast business is not for everyone, because it’s a little complicated, but you can try. You can do it during the summer season when there are many tourists.

Just set up your home as a bed and breakfast, and you can earn a decent amount of money. But you should do thorough research first.

20. Try catering

Nowadays catering is one of the best ways to earn money. You know, people like when they are fed. But again, you should advertise a lot to get your name out there.

It’s great to start by having family members, friends, and co-workers hire you. And make sure your food is really delicious!

21. Decorate cakes

If you love cake decorating, and you always go wild for all cake shows on TV, why not earn some cash by decorating cakes? Just give it a try!

You can even set up a really profitable home business. But don’t forget about the advertising, you should get your name out there.

22. Make some candy

Candy-making is one of the best ways to earn money. But again, you should advertise well.

First of all, start out with giving the free samples, and then offer your services for some special events like a birthday party and others. Making candy for special events is a great start as well.

23. Do some event coordinating

If you have some organizational skills and you know how to work them, why not consider doing some event coordinating? Start with small events; for example, try organizing a small wedding for your friend’s son or a birthday for your boss’s daughter.

24. Clean for others

When you want to earn some extra money, you can always do the jobs that others don’t like to do. For example, you can provide cleaning services for others and easily earn from $50 to $100 per job.

25. Become a personal shopper

There are so many people who are too busy to shop, and that’s a great opportunity for you to make some extra cash. Actually, I’ve never thought that there are people who are willing to pay others to shop for them. Once you know what your potential clients want and prove you have an impeccable style, you’ll have lots of extra cash.

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26. Become a secret shopper

In fact, secret shoppers don’t have to do anything. Their main job is to critique the stores their visit.

A secret shopper should also pay close attention to the salespeople, the selection, the atmosphere, and so on. There are lots of websites that can send you to some other places to score them, such as doctor’s offices, nursing homes, and others.

27. Make your own greeting cards

You’d make the decent amount of money if you successfully design and create your own greeting cards. Of course, before making them, you should invest in some materials, and there is lots of graphics software out there, so you won’t have any problems with design.

28. Become a dog walker

Becoming a dog walker is another great way to make extra cash! Of course, you won’t get paid a lot of cash, but this is still the way to earn money if you want something to buy. But don’t forget that you should be super careful!

29. Try pet sitting

If you don’t like children, but you like animals why not try pet sitting? Many people going on vacation and don’t want to board their pets, so they hire a pet sitter.

Remember, most people view their animals as their children that’s why you should be very careful. After all, if you like pets and know how to take care of them, this could be a great way to earn money!

30. Mow lawns

Of course mowing lawns doesn’t seem like a great job, but do you know that lots of people are willing to pay for this? Personally, I hate this kind of work, that’s why I am always hiring out the lawn mowing. If you need some extra cash, why not mow someone else’s lawns and make money?

31. Proofread for college students

When I was a student, I earned lots of extra money this way. If I need some extra cash I’ve still been known to do it. College students have a lot of work to do and they’re always seeking for someone to proofread and edit their papers and essays, in order to make sure that it’s correctly sourced.

32. Become a tutor

If you’re really good at a certain subject and you have a college degree, you might think about tutoring. You can tutor elementary children, high school students, college students, or adults.

For example, you can teach them English as a second language. In fact, you can earn a lot of money per hour when you are a tutor, especially when you’re really good at it.

33. Become a virtual assistant

This is another best way to earn money because almost everyone can do it. If you have some good organizational skills, you have Skype, and you can use Word, Excel, and other types of software, you can easily become a virtual assistant.

Of course, most employers have different needs, so start out slow at first. You can also work a part-time with a person who needs a bit of help.

34. Write true life stories

Nowadays there are a great variety of magazines, newspapers, and blogs that pay well for emotional true-life stories. Typically, they expect you to write about very personal and tragic events. So if you can do this, you can shop your story around to different publications.

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35. Become a photographer

If you can take great photographs, why not become a photographer? By the way, it’s one of the best ways to make extra money! Start taking pictures for family members and friends, who would then post the beautiful results on their Twitter or Facebook pages, and who knows maybe you’ll have a growing business!

36. Sell ad space on your car

If you want to make money you can sell ad space on your car. Start doing this if you advertise something you like or use, but then, if you’re short of money it really doesn’t matter. Make sure to find out all the conditions and terms before agreeing!

37. Be handy

You know how to fix things, such as carpets, toilets, cabinets, cars, or anything like that, why not hire yourself out? Most people have trouble finding a really good handyman or handywoman, and you can earn some extra money!

38. Deliver food

Of course, delivering Chinese food or pizza might not seem fascinating, but it is still one of the best ways to earn money. Start doing it on a part-time basis, and you will get not only reimbursements but also some tips. Doing a job like this will make you appreciate all delivery people you ever know.

39. Sell products

You know, someone has to sell products of Mary Kay, Avon, and other companies. And when most companies have devised outright schemes showing their success, Mary Kay and Avon are no scam. Lots of people look forward to buying these products, and you could actually do quite well for yourself by selling them.

40. Join a PTC site

If you need a little extra cash you can get paid to click. Today there are many sites that you can sign up with and that will pay you to click on the like or banner ads. Of course, you can’t make a lot of money this way, but some extra pocket money is absolutely possible.

41. Make gardening

If you are good at gardening, then it’s a great way to earn money! No matter whether you are good at growing fruits, vegetables, or even flowers, you can use your talent to make some cash. Set up a roadside stand and you’ll do a little bit of business because today most people want to buy fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers!

42. Try a trade show

If you have many things of your own to sell, a trade show is another way to make money. Nowadays lots of people visit a great variety of trade shows, which you really shouldn’t fail. But at first, you have to do your research in order to know that you follow all the rules and your products are appropriate.

43. Become a demonstrator

There are so many girls hovering around the fragrance and cosmetics counters in the shopping mall and so many boys giving away free samples of different things in the supermarket. Sometimes they are so annoying, but they actually make money.

You can earn money in the same way! Don’t want to be a demonstrator? Keep reading I have some other ways to make extra money.

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44. Sell your old jewelry

Although it is just a one-time deal, selling old jewelry is another best way to make money. If you’re keeping your jewelry for no real reason, why not get a decent amount of extra cash from it? Recently I received $600 for selling a few old items!

45. Get a job in market research

Today market research is one of the best and easiest ways to earn money. There are plenty of different positions, especially in terms of weight loss and insomnia. But don’t forget to check the small print! It’s very important!

46. Workout for money

If you are in great shape and you like to work out, then another best way to earn money is to help other people to get fit too. You can be a personal trainer at the gym or even at home. While training someone else, you’re not only making money, but you’re also keeping yourself fit!

47. Make money from your favorite sport

If you like golf, tennis or some other sports, you can easily make money at the places they are played. Ball boys and girls, caddies, and so on, actually make quite a bit of cash, but if you like the sport, this could be a great choice!

48. Rent out your spare room

Renting out a spare room is also a great way to make money. Actually, you can earn extra cash even given the extra power and water that can be a chunk each month. This way of making money is perfect for those who have the spare room to offer a renter.

49. Rent out your driveway

You might think that this way of making money is weird, but trust me it’s possible. You can’t think how much money you can earn by renting out your driveway, especially if you don’t use all of it. It’s better to rent your driveway for parking during tourist seasons, especially in the summertime!

50. Opt for seasonal work

Finally, seasonal work is the last great way to earn extra money. I can say from my own experience that seasonal work can be still paid well.

During the holiday season, most stores often need some extra help. Of course, it’s just a part-time job, but you can still earn a surprising amount of money.

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51. Deliver newspapers

Delivering papers is an easy way to earn additional income in your spare time. If you don’t mind waking up early in the morning, this is a great way to make money whether you are studying full time, working a 9 to 5 job, or are unemployed and looking for ways to make some extra money.

These are all the best and easiest ways to earn extra money. And with many of them, you can work without leaving your house. If you need to pay off debt, if you want to start saving for buying a car, or if you want to have some extra money, you can always use these best ways to earn money.

Do you think any of these ways will work for you? Do you know some other ways to make extra money? Share your thoughts, please!