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50+ Easy Ways to Make Extra Money (You Can Even Work at Home!)

50+ Easy Ways to Make Extra Money (You Can Even Work at Home!)

Do you wish you had some extra pocket money to spend each month?

Maybe you’d like to have a meal out once in a while, or buy that new game you’ve had your eye on?

You’re in the right place.

We’re providing you with 50+ ways to make extra money, with suggestions to suit almost any lifestyle.

You can earn online or offline, and you won’t need tons of experience.

This guide is ideal if you:

  • Want to supplement the income from your job.
  • Are a student looking for extra money/work experience.
  • Are a full-time parent looking for convenient ways to earn some extra cash.
  • Need to earn money while looking for a new job.

Ready to start seriously boosting your income?

Read on.

Making money online

The internet is a great tool for making money – if you know how to use it. There are scams out there, so be sure to focus on genuine ways to make money online.

All of the platforms listed below are genuine, so they’re a great place to start.

1. Swagbucks. Get money for completing surveys, playing games and shopping online.

2. Usertesting. Record your voice while testing websites to earn cash.

3. Fiverr. Sell any service for $5 or more. Get creative!

4. iWriter. Write articles on specific topics in return for cash.

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5. Constant Content. Write articles on anything you like, then sell them in this content marketplace.

6. Prolific Academic. Got a university or college email address? Take part in paid surveys and studies on this site.

7. Rev Transcription. Listen to audio an d type what you hear, or caption TV shows and films.

8. Amazon Mechanical Turk. Carry out simple human intelligence tasks in large batches.

9. Appen. Apply for online positions like social media evaluator.

10. Leapforce. Conduct in-depth internet research as a Leapforce At Home agent.

Making money on social media

Want to make money on your favourite social sites? You can.

11. Become a Facebook Certified Professional and help companies plan their ad campaigns.

12. Make money on YouTube. Create great videos, then make money via ads, affiliate links, or by selling products yourself.

13. Make money on Instagram. Sell your photos to brands, promote products via your page, or build up a following and get sponsored by advertisers.

14. Learn social media management. Brands will pay you to manage their official pages.

15. Sell products via social media. Build up a strong following, then post links to your eCommerce store.

Making money through apps

What’s more convenient than making money straight from your phone?

16. Field agent. Go to stores and gather info on service, displays, etc, then enter into the app and get paid.

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17. Ibotta. Take photos of your receipts and get cashback on everyday purchases.

18. Foap. Make money selling everyday life photos taken from your phone.

19. Task Rabbit. Sign up to complete tasks like DIY, cleaning, and running errands.

20. Pact. Set fitness goals. If you hit them you get paid, if you don’t, you pay other Pact members who did!

Making money selling online

21. Amazon. Sign up to become an Amazon seller and reach millions of buyers.

22. eBay. Sell your unwanted stuff via auctions or fixed price sales.

23. Etsy. Sell handmade and vintage items on this quirky side.

24. Shopify. Create your own online shop selling whatever you like.

25. Facebook. Look for local selling groups on Facebook to make some cash out of unwanted items.

Making money through a blog

Got a blog, or planning to start one? Here’s how to monetize what you publish.

26. Include affiliate links and get paid when somebody clicks to make a purchase.

27. Google AdSense. Set up ads and get paid per click.

28. Sell products. Start selling items relevant to the topic of your blog – T-shirts, books, badges…

29. Get sponsored. Build up a large following and brands may sponsor your blog.

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30. Create an online course. Are you an expert on something? Create a course and sell it to your readers.

Making money with side jobs

Want to make some quick dollars with a side job ? Here’s some inspiration.

31. Yard work. Enjoy nature while earning money.

32. Babysitting. Great option if you have experience with kids.

33. Petsitting. Love cats and dogs? Get paid to look after them.

34. Tutoring. Did well in your exams? Time to put that to good use and make some money.

35. Bartender. Most bars are always on the lookout for casual staff, so ask around.

Making money while travelling

Love jetting around the world? Make money while you travel with these suggestions.

36. Travel blogging. Get sponsored to mention certain products, or monetize your blog using the methods above.

37. Teach English. Some programs will even cover your flights and accommodation

38. Work at resorts. Take a job as at a ski resort, or as a hotel rep. It’s almost like a free holiday, minus the work.

39. Become an au pair. Look after children in a foreign country and enjoy a free room as well as pay.

40. Become a sports instructor. Love to surf, or take part in other vacations sports? Get paid to teach others.

Making money from home

Don’t want to leave the house? There are plenty of ways to make money at home – here are some skills worth developing.

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41. Graphic design.

42. Writing.

43. Translating.

44. Coding.

45. Animating

Making money fast for emergencies

Need money right now? Here’s how to make quick money for emergencies.

46. Hold a garage sale. Got a lot of stuff you don’t need? Hold a sale for instant cash.

47. Ask friends for odd jobs. Maybe there’s a lawn that needs mowing, or a couple who need a babysitter? Don’t be afraid to ask.

48. Sell old jewellery. Gold and silver can fetch high prices.

49. Pawn items. You can get items back later if you don’t want to sell, but you will be charged interest.

50. Sell clothes. Some stores will buy your old clothes, but make sure their condition is good – big names sell best.

Commit to trying at least one idea from this list today. Before you know it, your income could be much better.

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Last Updated on May 7, 2019

How to Detect a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

How to Detect a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Work in any competitive field long enough, and you’re bound to run into a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’s a powerful image. A shepherd watches over his flock to protect them from harm. He’d chase away any predator that tried to make its way into the flock. A clever wolf wearing the skin of a sheep as a disguise can sneak by the vigilant shepherd and get into the herd undetected.

The story isn’t just a colorful description–it’s a warning to all of us to beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing. They may seem innocent, but they have ulterior motives. They’ll use different tactics to camouflage their intentions.

The person who is kind to you, but undercuts you when you aren’t around is a wolf in disguise. A wolf in sheep’s clothing might pick your brain for ideas and then pass them off as their own to get a promotion. They’re always looking out for themselves at the expense of everyone around them.

Wearing a Disguise Has Its Advantages

People don’t go out of their way to manipulate others unless they’re getting something out of it. Hiding their intentions gives wolves the chance to manipulate other people to advance their own agenda. They know that what they’re trying to do wouldn’t be popular, or it might cause struggle if they presented themselves honestly.

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    They’ll be able to do what they want with less interference if they put on an act. By the time people figure out their true motives, the wolf has what it wants.

    Signs That Someone Is a Wolf in Disguise

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        1. They live to take power instead of empowering others. A wolf uses people as stepping stones to get the things that they want. They don’t care what happens to anyone else.[1] A wolf at work might make you look bad during a presentation to make themselves look amazing in front of the boss.
        2. Wolves seem sweet on the outside, but they’ll show you their teeth. If wolves revealed their true identity, people wouldn’t associate with them. They develop a friendly or kind persona, but they can’t keep up the act 24/7. Eventually, they’ll reveal their aggressive tendencies. A wealthy person who likes to break the law may make sizable charitable donations to convince people that they are kind and thoughtful. These donations largely keep them out of trouble, but if someone calls them out, they destroy that person’s reputation to stifle the criticism.
        3. They manipulate through emotions to get what they want. Wolves know that they can get ahead by appealing to your emotions. They find out what you want and need, and they give you just enough to keep you quiet and compliant. Imagine that your boss is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and you want to ask for a vacation. She might try to play on your guilt and feelings of insecurity to get you to skip vacation or take fewer days off.
        4. A wolf will charm you first. Wolves are experts at manipulating the people around them. They appear interested in whatever you’re doing, and you’ll get the impression that they care. After they get you where they want you, they do just enough to keep you on the hook. This is the coworker who may start out being your friend, but they end up dumping responsibility onto you. When they see that you are growing frustrated, they’ll surprise you with something to charm you some more. Then, they’ll continue to do whatever they want.
        5. Their stories are full of holes.  Calling a wolf out is the surest way to make them squirm. When this person tries to come up with a story, it won’t make much sense because they are improvising.[2] The classic example of this is the significant other that you suspect has cheated on you. When you ask them why they came home so late, they’ll either become upset with you, or they’ll make up a weak explanation.

        How to Spot a Wolf

          Know What’s Real So You Can Spot the Phony

          Do some homework so that you have as much of the story as possible before you work with them. Research how they respond in certain situations, or give them hypothetical problems to see how they respond.

          A job applicant might tell you that she’s always positive and thinks of herself as a team-player. That’s what every employer wants to hear. During the interview you ask applicants to work in groups to solve a problem to see how they handle the situation. The applicant “positive team-player” is bossy and negative. You’ve spotted the wolf.

          A wolf will tell you something that ultimately benefits them. Gather evidence that proves or disproves their position, and see what happens. Chances are, when you choose the side that supports their agenda, they’ll act like your best friend. If you disagree, they’ll become aggressive.

          Spotting a potential wolf–especially if you are one of the sheep–can present you with some challenges. If your gut tells you that a wolf is lurking among all the other sheep, pay attention, and make sure you take the next step.

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          Ask Questions, the More the Better

          There’s nothing wrong with asking questions to uncover the truth. The safety of everyone in your group is at risk. Since wolves often make up stories, you may be able to call them out when their tales lack details.

          When they state an opinion, ask “Why do you think that?” or “How do you know it’s like that?” They’ll have trouble coming up with enough information to pull off the lie.

          Since wolves are always pretending to be something they aren’t, they don’t usually have a clearly thought-out reason for what they say. In a debate, they won’t understand the root of an issue.

          They may also tell you what they think you want to hear, but when pressed for more information, they won’t have anything to add. Their knowledge is superficial. No matter how much you try to encourage discussion, they will not be able to carry on a conversation about the subject.

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          Wolves Are Everywhere

          As much as we want to believe that everyone has the best intentions, it isn’t always the case. Some people only do things to benefit themselves, and they don’t care who they hurt in the process.

          Wolves in sheep’s clothing can be found in almost every setting. You can’t get rid of them, but if you can spot them, you can avoid falling into their traps.

          Reference

          [1] Association of Biblical Counselors: Three Ways to Spot a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
          [2] Power of Positivity: Beware of a wolf in sheep’s clothing

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