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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 February 19, 2019

Why a Life Without Pain Is the Guarantee to True Suffering

Why a Life Without Pain Is the Guarantee to True Suffering

No one wants to suffer. As a general rule, people like to avoid hurt and pain as much as possible. As a species, humans want a painless existence so much that scientists make a living trying to create it.

People can now choose “pain-free” labor for babies, and remedies to cure back pain, headaches, body-pains and even mental pains are a dime a dozen. Beyond medicine, we also work hard to experience little pain even when it comes to loss; often times we believe a breakup won’t hurt as much if we are the ones to call it off.

But would a world without pain truly be painless? It’s unlikely. In fact, it would probably be painful exactly for that reason.

If people never experienced hurt, they wouldn’t know what it was. On the surface level, that seems like a blessing, but think for a moment: if we didn’t know pain, how would we know peace? If you don’t know you’ve hurt or been hurt, how would you know that you need to heal? Imagine someone only knowing they have an incurable cancer at the final stage because no obvious symptoms have appeared at early stages.

Without the feeling of pain, people won’t be aware of dangerous situations—what should or shouldn’t do for survival.

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Pain Is Our Guardian

Pain serves to protect human beings from harmful actions. It’s the same reason parents teach babies that fire equals hot, and that hot equals hurt. Should the baby still place its hand in a fire or on a stove, the intense pain remains so memorable, that the child is certain never to repeat that action.

In the same way, pain within human bodies can serve as a warning that something is not right. Because you know what it is to feel “well,” you know what it is to feel poorly.[1]

Along with serving as a teacher of what not to do, pain also teaches you what you are made of in terms of what you can handle as an individual.

While the cliche, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” is a tired term, it’s used excessively for a reason: it’s true. Pain helps you learn to cope with life’s inevitable difficulties and sadnesses— to develop the grit it takes to push past hardships and carry on.

Whether it’s a shattering pain, like the loss of a loved one or a debilitating accident, pain affects everyone differently. But it still affects everyone. Take a breakup as an example, anyone who has experienced it knows it can hurt to the point of feeling physical. Especially the first breakup. At a young age, it feels like the loss of the only love you’ll ever know. As you grow and learn, you realize you’re more resilient with every ended relationship.

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No Pain, No Happiness

You only know happiness when you have known pain. While the idea of constant happiness sounds nice, there is little chance it would be. Without the comparison to happiness, there’s no reason to be grateful for it. That is to say, without ever knowing sadness or pain, you would have no reason to be grateful for happiness.

In reality, there is always something missing, or something unpleasant, but it is only through those realizations that you know to be grateful when you feel you have it all. Read more about why happiness and pain have to exist together: Chasing Happiness Won’t Make You Happy

In a somewhat counter-intuitive finding, researchers found one of the things that brings about the most happiness is challenge. When people are tested, they experience a greater sense of accomplishment and happiness when they are successful. It is largely for this reason that low-income individuals can often feel happier than those who have a sense of wealth.[2]

This is a great thing to remember the next time you feel you would be happier if you just had a little more cash.

Avoiding Pain Leads to More Suffering

Pain is inevitable, embrace it positively. Anyone who strives to have a painless life is striving for perfectionism; and perfectionism guarantees sadness because nothing will ever be perfect.

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This isn’t a bleak outlook, but rather a truthful one. The messy moments in life tend to create the best memories and gratitude. Pain often serves as a reminder of lessons learned, much like physical scars on the body.

Pain will always be painful, but it’s the hurt feelings that help wiser decisions be made.

Allow Room for the Inevitable

Learning how to tolerate pain, especially the emotional kind, is a valuable lesson.

Accepting and feeling pain makes you human. There is no weakness in that. Weakness only comes when you try to blame your own pain on someone else, expecting the blame to alleviate your hurting. There’s a saying,

“Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting your enemy to die.”

Think back to the last time you were really angry with someone. Maybe you were hurt because you got laid off from a job. You felt angry and that anger caused so much pain that you could feel it in a physical way. Being angry and blaming your ex boss for that pain didn’t affect him or her in any way; you’re the only one who lost sleep over it.

The healthier thing to do in a situation like that is acknowledge your pain and the anger along with it. Accept it and explore it in an introspective way. How can you learn and grow? What is at the root of that pain? Are you truly hurting and angry about being laid off, or is the pain more a correlation to you feeling like you failed?

While uncomfortable, exploring your pain is a way to raise your self-awareness. By understanding more about yourself, you know how to deal with similar situations in the future. You can never expect to be numb to difficult situations, but you will learn to better prepare financially for the loss of a job and be grateful for an income since you now know nothing is promised (no matter how much you work or how deserving you may feel).

Pain Hurts, but Numbness Would Be Worse

Pain does not feel good, but the bad feeling of it will help you learn and grow. It makes the sweet moments in life even sweeter and the gratitude more sincere.

To have a happier and more successful life, you don’t learn from success or accomplishment, but through pain and failures. For it is in those moments that you learn how to do better in the future or at least cope a little more easily.

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You are the strong person you are today because of the hardships this life has presented to you. While you may have felt out of control when those hard times came, the one thing you will always have control over is how you choose to react to things. The next time you hurt or you’re angry or sad, acknowledge it and allow yourself to ruminate in it. Then take a deep breath and start learning from that pain. You’ve got this!

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Reference

[1] University of Calgary: Why is Pain Important?
[2] Greater Good Magazine: The Importance of Pain

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