What are GIGS? Gigs: Simple Online Business Opportunities to make Money Online in Person? Simple ways to make money while usually not having to commit to any long time frame of work. Of course, some gigs can be made into full time income if you end up loving it!
Here are 40+ Surprising ways to make extra money:
- Become a loan signing agent
This is much easier than you think and truly minimal starting costs if you plan on doing this as a side hustle. This course will get you certified and walk you STEP BY STEP of all the documents you will see and how to get the steady clients. Totally a part time gig at first, but if this is something you want to do full time it is completely possible with the help from Mark. He gives you the low down. (Make between $60-$200 per hour for each signing). Check it out through my affiliate link to get the best deal out there…
- Survey sites
There are over a hundred survey sites to choose from that you can make decent money from, just be careful of scams…if anyone asks you for money upfront, keep on going to the next one. You should not ever have to pay upfront! Read more…
This can be an annoying and tedious task, but this can be a great way to supplement groceries or some other small bill each month. Time versus aggravation ratio is up to you…but this can be very lucrative if you dig it.
- Teach English to kids online
No experience necessary, work just a few hours a day. Check out VIPkid.
- Sell used (and new) clothes via Poshmark
You can just sell the clothes in your closet or start your own boutique and buying wholesale . They walk you through everything. When you download the app on your phone, use code SERADIANE82 to get $5 off your first purchase.
- Wax Creations
Make your own candles & soaps to sell online and local fairs and shops. Learn the basic process, then you can add little extras to make them your own.
DIYNetwork offers an awesome easy to follow candles making tutorial here.
SheKnows has a great tutorial here!
- Start Your Own Pop-Up Tea Shop
Deliver food through a service like DoorDash- These types of apps allow people to order food from restaurants that normally would not deliver, and the DoorDash employee would go pick up the order directly from the restaurant the customer ordered from, then you deliver it to that customer’s door. Click HERE for a $10 credit!!!
Last time I used it I ordered from a nice Italian restaurant down the street and only paid $5 for Door Dash to deliver it to me. That is seriously how much I normally would tip a driver anyway.
Lawn Care services Mowing lawns, gardening, leaves, etc. There is a ton of money to be made in your surrounding neighborhoods.
- To spread the word of your new business
I saw someone put their business card and a rock or two in a small zip-lock bag so the card can be tossed from your car window and waterproof!
- Start your own Paint & wine class. Throw a fun painting party where the guests would have drinks and enjoy painting.
You do NOT need to be a professional by any means, this is purely for the joy of painting and having the ability to create a fun party for those that enjoy art.
- Social Art Working Gallery On The Go Painting Parties
Create polymer beads & jewelry There are many different sites you can sell your art through online- check out this post for more listings. Local art and craft fairs can be a great time, and a great way to get your artwork out there.
Also, you can start a YouTube channel doing tutorials (and eventually monetize) or sell a course that you create through Thinkific through your social media (ESPECIALLY Pinterest).
- Sell candles and home decor through PartyLite
Take part in a mock jury Trial (you get paid but this is not consistent work. Could be a fun one).
- Run your own party business for children
Clowns, balloon creating, face painting, mini art class, etc.
Print on demand (graphic design, digitizing your art)
Print on demand sites give you the freedom of just simply uploading your art and design, they handle everything else.
No inventory, no customer service! All you need to do is upload your art and share it through Social Media! Easy money.
- Cashback sites
If you currently do not use one single cash back site, you are LITERALLY throwing money in the trash. When you sign up, you usually will install an extension on your browser and they do the rest for you!
Most cashback sites give you a reward for referring others as well, so you can definitely make a nice side cash flow just from referring others!
My personal favorite is Ebates because with every single website I visit, their extension will pop up telling me how much % I will be saving when I make a purchase…you can either click “save now” or “activate later”. LOVE IT ~ you literally get paid to shop. Read More…
Ebates Referrer The possibilities of passive income based on of Ebates alone is unbelievable. The company gets paid when customers shop through them, and they share a portion of that bonus with YOU when we shop and refer others. So it is a total win win.
This year, I am trying to take it a step further. Through VistaPrint I have printed out cards that look like this: (and I got a 3% Ebates cashback PLUS a VistaPrint Cyber Monday cashback offer!)
I am going to do an experiment (and OF COURSE report back:) and pass these cards out to everyone I know, plus just leave on every single place I go, and see how effective it is.
I paid less than $20, so even if just one person opens up an account, it was totally worth it.
I paid extra to get a QR code on the back because I want to make it as easy as possible for people to take advantage of the $10 bonus offer and all the crazy cash back you get on just about anywhere you shop online or in person.
If you are interested in trying this out with me, you can create your own QR code, and then please just comment or message me and know how it went for you.
- Affiliate Sales
With OR without a blog. If you have a blog, you can benefit from affiliate sales through ads, specific affiliates that you choose to work with via independent affiliates OR affiliate networks.
If you do not have a blog, this is totally doable as well.
You can use a FREE photo editing website like PicMonkey to create attractive ads, post them on social media, then when interested people click on your affiliate link, it will take them to the product you are indirectly selling, and you get a percentage of the sale because it is your referral.
***If you need some suggestions for affiliates to sign up with, you may enjoy this post: Big Fat List Of Affiliates For Your Blog.
If you want a quick and effective read on how to make affiliate sales via Pinterest I recommend this book:
How To Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours Using Pinterest, by Elise from HouseOfBrazen.
- Create and sell graphic designs & fonts
This is a way to sell your hand drawn doodles & painted pieces of art without actually having to sell the original.
Fonts are a common and valuable commodity in the blogging world, so no matter what your style, you can most likely sell the hell out of all of these things without stepping foot outside your home.
With programs like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, you can digitize art that already exists, OR create beautiful works of art all online. The options are endless. Read more…
- Become a Marketing Executive for a Wellness Company
Educate others about the company, direct traffic to the website, help others open their shopping account, train new Marketing Executives, and build a strong team that helps others change their lives for the better.
- Teach Yoga online or in person
Photography Take beautiful pictures and sell them online. Want 300 free to start out?! learn from a powerful self made lady boss who will help you every step of the way by emailing us.
These sites will have you try out certain websites by going through and clicking on certain parts and talking your way through it like you were a new potential customer seeing the website for the first time.
- Testing websites
You will be letting them know how easy or difficult it was to navigate through their site. Let them know if something was not clear or there was a weird loop, or just straight up confusing as hell.
They usually pay like $10-$15 a pop, and it does not take long to complete, but you do have to be ready to jump on the opportunity because they do not last long. You get the email and if you do not respond quick, someone else will.
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Transcriptionist This and captioning are very similar in the fact that you are basically listening to an audio and translating it into text. Each company of course will have different requirements and possibly required typing speeds. BUT, if this is something you think you could be good at, it is worth checking out! Read more…
Become a virtual assistant This category involves quite a bit of diversity. You would be doing random things for people and companies that you would apply for. Perhaps keeping up with emails, posting on social media, writing articles, making appointments and calls, etc.
The list goes on and on! Get a free intro guide on what services you could offer and how to get started.
- Freelance writing
Quick list of websites that I found to be most lucrative in the freelance field (print out list available!). If you feel ready to jump right in these websites will be what you are looking for, but if you are not feeling completely confident or do not have any experience, I would recommend taking some kind of course so you know exactly what will be expected of you. Plus you will not be surprised by any of the legal aspects you need to be aware of. Check out this awesome blog post about how to become a Freelance Writer!
***HorkeyHandbook.com is a great resource to have, she will help you get started from scratch. Need help with Freelance writing, Virtual Assistant Jobs, or simply finding a Virtual Assistant FOR YOU, she has got you!
Sell your art If you love art, there are so many frickin ways to sell it outright, upload it and convert it to the digital world, or teach others how to create things you love. This genre used to be thought of as a no-money-making-degree, BUT in this world TODAY, you just gotta know all the little tricks to get your art out to the world! Read more…
- Proofreading If you need some help getting started, Caitlyn Pyle is your new best friend. She has built a proofreading empire from the ground up and can help you start kicking ass right away~ Read more…
- Book reviewing
Not sure how common compensation is for reviewing a book, but I know you can get rewarded in other ways like gift cards (including free books) . Some companies will offer some compensation, but from what I have seen is minimal. Would be a fun side gig though.
Here are the two websites that I know you can get compensated for a full book summary:
***BookBrowse- Get paid for 600 word book summaries.
***GetAbstract- Get paid for book reviews(2000-4000 word summaries).
(If you want to get more compensation for reviewing books you will need to consider proofreading.)
Mastermind an invention Anything from phone apps, toys, website programs, or any other awesome idea you have come up with that you think will stand out in the crowd. Of course, be smart- talk to lots of websites and make sure you secure your idea when applying to companies. Get your patent pending.
If you have some type of kids toy invention, HogWildToys will work with you. I bought a toy from them at Hobby Lobby, looked them up online, and accept inventor’s ideas. Below is what I bought for my daughter, and this is only one of many ideas. Thought it could be a super cool gig for creatives.
- Get paid to pick up trash- set your own rate
That’s right, pick up trash in public lots and make possibly $50,000+ per year. Build up your clients, work when you want, charge what you want (recommended amount is between $30-$50/hour. Here is Brian’s success story and even offers tips & advice for those looking to make a little (or A LOT) extra money on the side. Completely intriguing.
Task Rabbit This is something just about anyone can do. You would open your free account, set up services that you would offer people in your local area (such as moving a heavy item, running errands for someone, etc).
Currently they say no digital services are offered so this is strictly to help people in your community doing something.
- Do Voice Overs This is something you can do through a bunch of different places, and one of those being FIVERR.
If you haven’t heard of FIVERR, this is a website that you can set up a Freelance type of shop and offer very creative and eclectic types of services and items for people to purchase. And voice overs is a commonly found gig.
Here are a few free voice-over resources online to check out:
Can you sing or plan an instrument?
- Join a band in your local area GIGSALAD.com
Fiverr This is another task offering website, but you have a lot more options because you can do things online. Take a look around and see what others are offering, I was quite amused at the incredible creativity. Same idea though, you create a free profile, decide which services you would like to offer, set your prices, and then work on promoting your stuff.
Start a YouTube channel
You can talk about whatever you want just for the fun of it, or you can start one with intentions of creating passive income. Either way it is free to open an account and to upload and edit your videos. Jason McDonald has a book called YouTube Marketing that is EXTREMELY helpful too.
Driving for Uber
I wish that I loved driving more because this is also a great gig for those looking for a part or full income working for themselves. Sometimes they will offer a sign up bonus too!
Rent out a room through AirBNB Personally this is not something that I wish to do, but I have about 3 friends that do it just as a PART TIME gig, and make an extra$500-$1000/month.
Start a blog Starting a blog for your own self expression purposes or for your already existing business is totally doable. Even for the electronically challenged. Read more…
The great part is that SO many people have started a blog and made all of the mistakes you would have, so you get the opportunity to learn from them and make your blog profitable as quick and easy as possible. Enter your name and email below to sign up for my FREE 3 Day Blogging Course….no spam of course, only information that is helpful for starting and maintaing your blog:)
Dropshipping This is where you basically copy and paste photos and descriptions of items from other stores and then sell the items on Ebay. The items never come into contact with you, you simply set up an Ebay store, copy and paste items for sale from other websites. Once a customer buys the item from your Ebay store, you go back to the store you copied and pasted the info from, and ship it to your Ebay customer. The difference in cost is your profit.
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No inventory, and it is completely legal, but you have to make sure you comply by certain rules. This can be lucrative if you know what items are hot out in the market. There are plenty of free resources out there to get you going.
Some of my favorite inspirational reads: Whatever you are thinking about doing these books will make you feel motivated and confident to do them.
Sell children’s Books At book fairs, community events, online, or in person.
It is not difficult AT ALL to make an extra $1000/month by sharing awesome books. You can succeed doing it part or full time, in person or online. Below is an average rate of commission that is possible as soon as 6 months. Of course this is different for everyone, and depends on how much you want to work, but doing this part time and making a great side income is completely possible.
Sell your plasma Here are a few websites that you can sell your plasma:
DonatingPlasma CSL BloodBanker
Start a dog walking business Privately or through an online petsitting/walking business. Signing up as a dog walker through someone else is nice because there are less worries. Here are some great online businesses to sign up through to become a dog walker in your area:
Rover Wag Walking DogWalker Care
If you start your own dog walking business, you will have to build up your reputation.
If you plan on doing this for a long period of time it may be worth getting certified because this offers you more respect from your clients, you can earn more money, and a huge competitive advantage when attracting customers over non certified dog walkers. If you want to become certified (I would not worry about doing this until you have a solid business going) here are a few sites that offer certificate courses:
DogTec AllDogsAcademy Catch-CanineTrainorsAcademy DogTrainingInternshipAcademy ColdNoseCollege
Become a Secret Shopper You can do this in person or online, and you can do a variety of different tasks. Eating out, drinking beer, shopping in retail stores, etc. This is no way to make a fortune, BUT you can go out and try stuff out in your community while getting compensated for your honest opinion.
Here a few of my favorites:
Secret HOPPER FIELD AGENT (PHONE APP) EASYSHIFT (PHONE APP)
Babysitting/running a daycare out of your home
Write a book Everyone has a story, and yours could be the one that changes someone’s life.
(For Adult or children)
Teach classes online The two websites that are my favorite to teach through are “Teachable” and “Thinkific”. They are both extremely easy to set up and you can start out with the free plan (they only take a small percentage of each course sold). Download Thinkific’s free 44 page guide that will take you step by step on how to create killer content, choose your price points, how to utilize all their services, and more.