50+ Ways to Make More Money When You Work Full-Time
50+ Ways to Make More Money When You Work Full-Time
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If you are working on paying off your debt or thinking about it, then you have probably already faced a simple fact: to pay off the debt you need to pay more than your minimum payments—a lot more. And you probably have discovered that one of the ways to do that is to make more money.
The challenge with that, of course, is how do you suddenly make more money when you are already working a full-time job? You’re working 40+ hours, you have other commitments, and there are those people you live with that you would like to see every once in a while.
It may not necessarily be a simple task, but it’s a doable one. And today, with an abundance of online jobs and “side hustle” being a part of our culture’s vocabulary, you have more options than ever.
Let’s take at some ways to make more money when you work full-time.
Leverage Your Current Job / Career
When looking to increase your income, a good place to start is with your existing career or job. There are ways you can make more money doing what you are already doing.
1. Ask For a Raise
Muster up some courage, do some research on your salary in the market, document your accomplishments, and make a case for why you deserve a raise. Be sure to start off with an expression of gratitude, and make your case about your worth, not your needs.
2. Request Overtime
If overtime is an option (or an increase in hours if you work under 40 hours), ask for it.
3. Identify a Need
Think about what your company is lacking or could improve and present a plan to meet that need. Is there another department that could use help? Perhaps there is a service your company could start providing that would bring in more revenue. See where there are holes, and offer to fill them.
4. Moonlight for Another Company
Depending on if your employment agreement or contract allows it, seek opportunities to freelance for another company in your field.
5. Coach or Consult
Coach or train others looking to enter or move up within your field.
Sell Some Stuff
One way to make more money is to sell whatever you can: items you have and no longer need; items you collect; or items you make.
6. Have a Garage Sale
Scour your house for unneeded items and have the best garage sale ever. Maximize your potential proceeds from the sale by presenting your items in an organized way that plays up their value. And don’t forget clear, easy-to-read directional signage in your neighborhood.
7. Sell Your Stuff Online
Take a look at what you have that is of higher value than typical garage sale items and sell them online on eBay, Craigslist, OfferUp, or Facebook. Look at sites like Gazelle, or NextWorth to sell your electronics.
8. Sell Used Books
Sell used books for profit on Ebay, Amazon, or BookScouter.Com.
9. Sell a Product, Craft, Photography, etc.
10. Sell From Your Garden
Do you grow your own vegetables, herbs, or flowers? Set up a stand right in your front yard or sell at a local farmer’s market.
11. Sell Your Favorite Products Through Direct Sales Companies
You could peddle your favorite essential oils, makeup, clothing, and more. Check out this list of Direct Sales companies.
12. Become a Flea Market Flipper
If you have an eye for bargains, learn how to turn that gift into some cash.
Get Paid For Your Hobbies & Skills
You probably have a few things you’re good at that you do just because you love to do them. It’s time to make some money from your skills and talent! These are just a few things you could do.
Love taking pictures of family and friends? Put yourself out there and start getting paid for your excellent work! You could also sell your photographs to stock photography services.
If you are skilled at making minor repairs, you can make some decent money on the side right in your own neighborhood.
Use your gardening expertise to help out those who weren’t born with a green thumb, and make some money in the process.
Put your amazing organizational skills to use and get paid to teach others how to streamline and organize.
Do you still have your turntables from college? Dust them off and become a weekend D.J. at parties and weddings.
18. Hair & Make-Up
Always getting compliments on your hair and make-up? Put yourself out there and start making some money doing it for others. Take advantage of high-demand times like prom season.
Can you whip up a mean cupcake? Make money by selling your baked goods. You can start off simply by announcing it on Facebook.
20. Audio and Other Technical Skills
If you know your way around a soundboard or have a knack for fixing computers, you could easily leverage those skills for additional income.
21. Graphic Design & Web Design
Use your amazing design skills to develop logos, websites, and other design work for others.
22. Teach Others Your Skill
Instruct others in a skill that you’ve mastered, whether it’s playing a musical instrument, painting, computer programs, etc.
Pick Up a Part-Time Job
Finding a 15-20 hour/week gig will consistently put some extra money in your pocket. There are so many things you can do on the side. Here are some ideas to get you thinking.
Offer to babysit for friends, neighbors, and family. Be sure to check Craigslist, the newspaper, and community bulletin boards for people in search of childcare.
24. Pet Sit or Dog Walk
If you love caring for animals, offer to pet sit or walk dogs in your neighborhood. A quick search online can point you to people looking for this service.
25. Use Your Driving Skills
26. Help People Move
Use your truck or van to help people move on the weekends. You can sign up with a service like GoShare.
27. Become a Tutor
Show off your proficiency in high school chemistry, calculus, a foreign language, etc., by tutoring students in your neighborhood or online with Studypool or Tutor.com. You could also tutor ESL students or professionals looking to pass exams that you have aced.
28. Shovel Snow
Put your snow blower or plow to use and offer to clear snow for your neighbors.
29. Mow Lawns
You don’t need an official landscaping business to mow lawns and perform basic lawn maintenance around your neighborhood.
30. Work in Retail
Get a job at your favorite book, clothing, craft, or other retail stores. Just don’t spend all your money there! Ikea, REI, Lowes, and these other retailers are known for their above-average wages.
31. Get a Job in Food Services
Become a barista at Starbucks, bartend, wait tables, or host at a local restaurant, etc.
32. Work at Your Local Supermarket
In addition to what you earn, you’ll also get a discount on groceries. Score! Aldi, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods are some of the higher-paying supermarkets.
33. Become a Delivery Driver
Delivering pizzas or other food items on the weekends or evenings is a good way to earn some cash.
34. Clean Homes or Offices
You clean your own home for free; now make money by cleaning someone else’s.
35. Reception Work
Become a receptionist at a gym, spa, salon, car dealer, etc.
36. Deliver Newspapers
This job isn’t for teens with a bike anymore. If you’re an early riser, you could make some extra cash delivering papers.
37. Become a Census Taker
Okay, so this only comes around once every ten years, but being a census taker during the summer can put a few thousand dollars in your pocket. The next one is in 2020. Mark your calendar. 😉
There is a wealth of jobs that you can do from the comfort of your own home. Between brick-and-mortar businesses looking for remote workers to online business needing assistance, there are a number of things you could do online.
38. Virtual Assistant
Tasks for virtual assistants can range from responding to emails, to managing social media accounts, to many others, and pay can be higher than doing the same tasks in traditional positions. Do a quick search online for available virtual assistant jobs
39. Transcription Jobs
Excellent typing skills? Get paid to transcribe audio files for a variety of companies.
Put your eye for spelling, grammar, and punctuation to use by proofreading for authors, bloggers, businesses, etc.
41. Review Websites
Sign up with companies like User Testing and make money by reviewing websites or apps. The jobs are sporadic, but they pay well for the amount of time you spend.
42. Customer Service
Field calls for a variety of companies from retail, to tech, to travel services, among others.
43. Voiceover Acting
Believe it or not, you can land voiceover jobs without having an established career. Learn how to get your feet wet in this interesting line of work.
44. Bookkeeping or Accounting
Provide bookkeeping or accounting services remotely for various businesses.
• Over 150 Real Work from Home Jobs — The Work at Home Wife
Other Ways to Make More Money
There are many random ways you can make money. Here are a few.
45. Put up signs for Open Houses
Learn how you can make money putting up directional signage for real estate companies.
46. Take Surveys Online
47. Become a Mystery Shopper
48. Rent Out Available Space in Your Home
49. Participate in Studies
Medical studies, shave studies, weight loss studies, etc. Earn some extra cash by taking part in research.
50. Donate Plasma
While this does not put actual cash in your pocket, you can experience the same effect by bartering instead of paying for some of the services you use. For example, offer to be a receptionist at the dance studio where your daughter takes lessons in exchange for a break on the fees.
52. Get Cash Back on Your Purchases
As you can see, there are a ton of ways you can make more money, even while working a full-time job. Depending on how much time you have, when you’re able to work, and what your skills are, you have many options to choose from. Let this list be a guide to get you thinking about what types of additional jobs work for you. Brainstorm other ideas and pursue several so you can see which path is the best for you. You’ll be on your way to making more money sooner than you think. Good luck!
What other ways can you think of to make more money while working full-time?