Need to Boost Your Income? Here are 25 Creative Ways to Make $100 a Day
Who couldn’t use a little extra money on the side? It doesn’t matter whether you’re trying to quit your day job or merely supplement your funds each month, there are countless ways to make some extra cash on the side.
Even better is that it doesn’t matter what kind of skill sets you may or may not have. If you need help with some inspiration to earn more, we’ve compiled our favorite 25 ways to make at least an extra $100 a day.
You may not be able to use a single idea every single day, but with a little mixing and matching, you could easily carve out steady extra earnings.
Start your side hustle with one of the oldest money-making schemes in the world: commerce. Here are some simple methods to start selling things today, as well as some more advanced ways to work your way up to.
#1: Sell on eBay or Craigslist
Start off by selling stuff you already own — it takes a minimal amount of time and no upfront money to get started. For large items like furniture, take some nice photos and post them on your local Craigslist or online yard sale group.
For items that ship easily and could appeal to a wider audience, list them on eBay. Once you start making some cash, keep a portion to reinvest in your business and start scouring yard sales and estate sales. After a while, you’ll get a feel for what types of items you can sell for a good profit margin.
#2: Sell Textbooks
College is expensive, particularly buying textbooks each year. Help students save cash while making extra money on the side by sourcing and selling textbooks online.
This is another tactic where you can start with any old textbooks of your own you may have, then move onto finding them from other places. Yard sales may work for this, but you also can also search for cheap textbooks on eBay, then flip them to sell at a profit on textbook-specific websites.
#3: Sell Plasma, Breast Milk, Sperm, or Eggs
Selling part of your body may seem extreme, but it can bring in money while also helping out other people in need. Plasma, for example, can earn you between $20 and $50 each time you donate.
According to the FDA, you can donate twice per week, which could help boost your budget quite substantially each month. For women, donating eggs can help a couple grow their family while earning you thousands of dollars. Just know that this process is quite a time commitment and can potentially be a painful process.
#4: List a Room on Airbnb
If you’re not up to selling bodily fluids, no problem. How about listing out a room for rent on Airbnb? The review system on the website helps you avoid letting creepers into your home.
Alternatively, you could rent out your entire place and go crash with family or friends for the weekend. Depending on where you live and the size and condition of your home, you could easily hit the $100 per day mark through an Airbnb rental.
Offer In-Person Services
With a little bit of time, talent, and marketing, you can create a steady income stream from helping out people in your local area.
#5: Drive on the Side
Driving for Uber or Lyft can be an easy way to make money while killing a few hours. If you live in an area where people frequently need a ride, you can simply log on to your chosen app and wait for someone to request a ride.
Alternatively, maximize your earnings by cruising hotspots in your car during peak hours, like downtown during rush hour or a stadium right when a baseball game or concert lets out.
#6: Become a Handy-Person
Finding good help is hard, especially for busy people who need assistance with minor home repairs. Plus, contractors are expensive and usually don’t bother with small jobs. That’s where you come in to fill the gap.
If you have any kind of handy skills, you can easily advertise your services to help fix a minor leak or paint a dining room. Once you get started, you can build your side business on referrals alone, limiting the time you spend on marketing.
#7: Serve as a Mother’s (or Father’s) Helper
If your friend or neighbor just had a baby or has already several children at home, he or she could probably use a set of spare hands. Start with someone you know who can serve as a reference. So what is a parent’s helper?
It basically involves assisting with simple tasks around the home that would otherwise get sidelined. Maybe you throw some laundry around while a new mother breastfeeds her baby. Maybe you prep dinner while a dad shuttles kids to extracurricular activities. As long as you’re trustworthy and don’t mind hanging around another family, this could be a great side gig that lets you charge hourly.
#8: Do Yard Work
Busy people also need help keeping their lawn looking good so they can enjoy it over the weekend instead of spending their time mowing. This side hustle works best if you already have some lawn equipment that you use at your own home.
Otherwise, see what used mowers and weed wackers you can find on Craigslist. As an add-on service, consider offering to clean gutters and trim trees. You can easily make $100 or more in a single afternoon with any of these services.
#9: Offer On-the-Go Car Detailing
It’s pretty simple to offer a car detailing service that works on your own schedule. With a minimal investment of some car cleaning supplies and a cordless vacuum cleaner, you can charge on a sliding scale for the services you complete.
Instead of setting up shop on a corner parking lot, post your business on local social media pages and offer to travel to your customers. As an added bonus, you could even offer at-home detailing as an upcharge.
#10: Clean Houses
Here’s another way you can earn $100 — simply clean a couple houses in a single day and you’ll be good to go. Differentiate yourself from large cleaning companies by offering smaller packages to help people who want help but are on a tighter budget.
For instance, you could offer a deep clean for floors only or provide a kitchen and bathroom special. Give new customers a discount when they book you on a regular rotation so you can spend less time marketing and more time making cash.
#11: Be a Home Organizer
Channel your inner KonMari and help your neighbors organize their homes. If you’ve got an eye for getting rid of clutter, you could make a killer side hustle helping people get their homes on track.
When you’re ready to take your business to the next level, create a basic website and add Amazon affiliate links to your favorite home organizing products. Every time a customer purchases one of your recommendations, you’ll get a portion of the sale.
#12: Make Deliveries for Online Purchases
There are several different services that need help delivering online purchases. If you’ve ever noticed someone drop off a package on your front porch on a Sunday afternoon, it probably wasn’t an overzealous postal worker.
It was probably an Amazon Flex driver. You can make as much as $25 an hour if you live in a Flex city. Similarly, Instacart also needs shoppers and drivers to buy and deliver groceries, which can earn you between $10 and $25 per hour.
#13: Start Babysitting
If you have any experience in childcare, you can easily start earning as a babysitter. Don’t think that you’ll have to sacrifice every Friday night to get a gig. Many parents need someone to watch their kids in the afternoons during the gap when the children get off the bus and the parents get home from work. Find a client like that, and you’ll have weekly consistent income.
#14: Be a TaskRabbit
Here’s a good way to put your time and skills to good use: become a TaskRabbit. You don’t necessarily need specialized skills and can search for tasks based on things you can easily accomplish.
Maybe you help move someone with your truck or put together their latest Ikea purchase. It’s an easy way to start accruing extra dollars. Plus, your tasks can vary substantially to prevent you from getting bored too quickly.
#15: Help Real Estate Agents
You can do a lot to help local real estate agents without having to commit to a formal job in the office. Pitch a variety of services such as cleaning up homes before they’re listed for sale, staging them, and taking pictures.
It’s also great to focus on real estate agents who are in a niche market, such as those who specialize in foreclosures or cash purchases. You’ll enjoy a high volume and also won’t have to deal with picky homeowners.
#16: Walk Dogs
The pet business is a booming one and this is a great way to offer “pet parents” a bit of extra service without them having to pay for formal doggy daycare. In addition to advertising your services online or on flyers, you can also search for gigs on dog walking job sites.
Alternatively, if you know someone already in the business, volunteer to take on some of their extra shifts. You can easily earn $25 an hour providing dog walking services. If you book four walks on your day off, you’re up to $100 — and could probably cancel your gym membership as well.
#17: Be a Mystery Shopper
Mystery shopping is a fun way to earn some extra money and get additional perks. A lot of the time, you may even end up mystery shopping at stores you’d go to anyway.
Grocery stores, fast food restaurants, and retailers all frequently sign up with third-party mystery shopping firms. To be successful, you’ll need a keen attention to detail to shop the right aisles and ask employees the right questions.
#18: Teach or Tutor
If you have a talent, there’s probably a parent who’s willing to pay you to teach their kids. Whether it’s music lessons, a foreign language, or maybe you’re just awesome at algebra — you can advertise to tutor local children.
Post on social media groups and even network with school guidance counselors. If you prefer to do it online, there are plenty of websites to help you broaden your reach.
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#19: Freelance on the Side
Businesses across the world are looking for freelance contractors to complete a multitude of jobs. From writing product reviews to serving as a virtual assistant, you can find work no matter what kind of expertise you may or may not have.
Upwork, one of the most popular freelancing websites, lets you create a profile and search for jobs. You can set an hourly rate but can also apply to fixed rate jobs. Just be wary of fees that will be taken out before you’re paid, typically ranging between 10% and 20%.
#20: Get a Gig on Fiverr
Fiverr is another online resource for the gig economy. Basically, you offer your online services as very specific gigs for a fixed price. The site got its name because gigs start off at $5, but you can really charge what you want.
There’s also the chance to upsell a $5 gig with add-on services and products. That can help you boost your earnings to a reasonable hourly rate, regardless of what kind of service you offer.
#21: Write Your Own Blog or E-book
You won’t make $100 on your first day, but writing a blog or e-book can be a great way to eventually bring in some income. To pick a topic, you need to write about what you’re passionate about so you don’t run out of content ideas too soon.
Depending on your niche, you can monetize your blog through ads, sponsored content, and affiliate links. An e-book takes marketing but if you look into hacking sub-categories through Amazon’s Kindle store, you could potentially write a best seller with minimal previous experience.
#22: Make a YouTube Channel
YouTube is quickly on pace to become as popular as regular television and it doesn’t take much to jump on board. Similar to blogging, successful YouTube channels bring in revenue through ads, sponsorships, and affiliate marketing.
It does take quite a bit of time and effort to gain a loyal following, but if you’ve got the personality and the determination, you could definitely end up earning a steady stream of income.
#23: Sell Your Photos to Stock Websites
If you already have a decent camera (like a DSLR), listing your photos on stock image websites is a low-cost way to bring in some relatively passive income. The website takes a percentage once you make a sale.
You typically start off earning about 15% of each sale, but could eventually bring in as much as 50%. To be successful and get closer to that $100 a day mark, make sure you list a lot of photos. Quantity can help you start seeing a steady stream of commission sales. Also be smart about your keyword usage to help users find your photos.
#24: Take Surveys
If you like to give your opinion, then start making extra money by taking surveys online. There are several reputable companies that let you earn rewards and/or cash just for completing a simple survey or watching some videos.
It may take some time to make a few dollars, but it’s a simple task you can easily incorporate into your daily routine. It’s particularly easy for people who commute to work via public transportation. Use that time more wisely and you could potentially pay for your commuter fare.
#25: Teach English as a Foreign Language Online
This part-time job is good if you have a full-time job already because you can work evening hours to compensate for the time difference to places like China. You could easily earn $30 an hour, so if you take this on for just a few hours each day, you’ll hit the $100 mark in no time.
Different companies set up the process in different ways. You may get paid a flat rate for teaching through a virtual classroom, or you could set your own rate and have students pick you for online tutoring.
You don’t have to be a genius to earn $100 a day. Choose one or more of these tactics to find your groove and start making that extra money. Whether you’re trying to pay off debt or save up for something fun like a trip abroad, you’ll reach your goal much more quickly if you start to implement a few side hustles.
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