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18 Easy Ways to Earn Extra Income

Are you looking for ways to earn extra income? Maybe you want to save towards a particular goal or just cover basic needs, then this is for you. There’s so much information on ways to earn extra income on the internet that it can get overwhelming very quickly. Fortunately, our debt management experts here at CareOne have put together this list on some easy ways to earn extra income to help you get started:

Earn Extra Cash Participating in Focus Groups

An easy way to pick up some extra cash is to participate in focus groups. One way to find them is through craigslist.com. Click on the tab for your city, and then on the tab that shows “Etc. jobs.” You can sometimes earn up to $100 for two hours of your time sharing your opinions.


If you like working with kids, start a local tutoring business in your area to help with homework or studying for tests. As long as you have a good understanding of the subject matter you’re helping with, you should be just fine.

Start a Website

If you are talented at creating things like art, crafts, dried flower arrangements, or jewelry, consider selling your goods online. There are sites that will allow you to create a basic website and will host it for free. Just type “free website” into any search engine and you’ll find a number of sites with these types of offers.

Sell on EBay

Sell the household items that you no longer want or need on eBay for extra cash. Some people actually scout flea markets and yard sales in search of collectables to sell on eBay at a higher price.

Rent Out a Room

If you have more space in your home than you need, consider renting out a room. This not only provides extra income, but it also helps you to meet your monthly financial obligations. If you have never done this before, check with a family member or a trusted advisor to get advice on screening potential renters and structuring a lease.

Party Planner

If you are organized and know how to throw your own parties, why not get paid for organizing someone else’s? There are plenty of people and businesses who don’t have the time or the talent to plan holiday events, award ceremonies, retirement parties or birthday parties. Use your talents to earn extra income.

On-Line Auctions

Try profitting from your hobby or craft by selling your goods on an online auction site, like eBay.

Newspaper Deliveries

If you’re an early riser, contact your local newspaper and let them know you’re interested in a paper route in your area. A paper route can bring in thousands of dollars annually and the tips really help during the holiday shopping season.

Never Say ‘No’ to Overtime

While working overtime can be tiring, you can earn 1.5 times what you normally earn during regular work hours. Look into whether your job offers overtime and whether you qualify.

Lawn Mowing

A lawn mowing business is a low-cost enterprise that you can start with nothing more than a dependable lawn mower and an electric blower. If you can do one lawn after work each day during the warmer months, you’ll easily pick up an extra $150 a week, which comes out to $600 a month.

Government Assistance

If you are struggling to make ends meet, check to see if you are eligible for government assistance by visiting GovBenefits.gov. This site is a partnership of Federal agencies designed to provide improved, personalized access to government assistance programs. It provides an online screening tool to help identify what government benefit programs you may be eligible for, and supplies you with information on how to apply.

Fall Clean-Ups

When the last leaves of summer fall to the ground, someone has to clean them up, and it might as well be you. All you’ll need is a good leaf blower and some tarps to get started. Just post some signs around your neighborhood and place an ad on your local craigslist.org.

Don’t Recycle Bottles

Instead of tossing your soda cans and glass bottles into the recycling bin, bring the empty cans or bottles back to the store to collect the bottle deposit fee.

Dog Walkers Wanted

If you have a break in the middle of the day, try starting a dog-walking business in your neighborhood. There are lots of working households that will pay you to take their beloved pets for a walk each day. Put up signs and leave your name with local veterinarians to get started.

Consignment Shops

Sell the clothes and accessories that you no longer wear or that no longer fit at a consignment shop. You receive a percentage of anything of yours that the consignment shop sells. What doesn’t sell you can take back, or donate to charity for a tax break.

Car Detailing

In order to earn some extra income, brainstorm some businesses that don’t require a lot of money to get started. Car detailing, for example, has very few start-up costs and can be run out of your garage. Just put an ad in the classifieds or on your local craigslist.org and wait for the phone to ring.

Build New Skills

If you are temporarily unemployed, take a computer class through the local adult education office or audit a course at the local community college. Learn how to use new software in order to make yourself a better job candidate.


If you’re a retiree or a stay-at-home parent, put the word out that you’re looking for babysitting jobs in the neighborhood. Once you land one or two regular customers, the word will spread and you’ll be making some pretty good money.

As you can see, it is not impossible to earn extra income even with a full time job, you just need to tap into some of the unique resources or opportunities around you. Try one or more of the above ways to make extra income and find out what works for you.

If extra income is still not enough to solve your debt problems, let the certified credit counsellors at CareOne help you. A personalized debt relief plan can help you lower your monthly payments, reduce interest rates, and much more. Learn more about our debt consolidation services today and start your journey to a debt free life.

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