Working Full Time? 7 Tips for Earning Extra Money When You Have Your Hands Full

by Nov 23, 2018Business, guest post, home office, outsourcing, small business

We all could use a little extra money – whether it’s for bills, paying down debts, or saving up for that dream vacation. If you’re already working a full-time job, the idea of incorporating another full-on employment opportunity likely sounds overwhelming. If you want to make some cash without an intense commitment, there are plenty of alternative methods.

Rent Extra Space as Storage

If you have a garage or a spare bedroom you’re not using, you can always offer it up as community storage. Someone who wants an easily accessible, safe place to store their stuff would be happy to pay you to hang onto it for them. A lot of people seek that arrangement with their valuables while they’re on vacation, or overflow when they’re moving house. Become a short-term storage service for some easy side cash.

Sell What You Don’t Need

If you’ve been meaning to declutter, sell what you can. Those clothes you rarely (or never) wore but forgot to return are probably worth a lot on the online thrift marketplace. Budget-conscious shoppers turn to the internet for gently used goods all the time. Furniture, electronics, and clothing can fetch a pretty penny if they’re still in good shape. Get a paycheck for emptying out your closet.


Monetize Your Driveway

If you live near a big city or an airport, parking is probably in huge demand. If you have space you’re not using, offer it up for long-term parking. You can use a site like Parkhound to lease your space to people who will pay you just to leave their car safely outside your house. It’s barely any trouble.


Cash In on Your Hobby

If your hobby involves making or creating something, you don’t have to do it for free. People sell their crafts on the internet all the time. If your craft is something you can teach people, you can do it through ad-supported videos or blog posts. Cash in on your talents – even if it doesn’t amount to much, you’re still making money doing what you love.


Freelance When You Have the Time

If you have any experience writing, building websites, editing, coding, or even providing expert feedback, you’re a great candidate to become a freelancer. If all you need is a computer to deliver your expertise, you can do it from the comfort of your own home and in accordance with your own schedule. It’s better than a second job because you’re completely in control of when you do and don’t work.


Collect Rebates on the Things You Buy

You have to shop – why not profit from it? There are tons of rebate apps and coupon apps online. You can combine rebates and coupons to save and get some money back on your purchases from a whole host of major retailers. Even if you aren’t swimming in money by the time you’re done shopping, you’ve significantly offset the cost of the things you’ve purchased.


Participate in the Gig Economy

Many people participate in the gig economy to monetize their weekends. App-based jobs, like independent ride or delivery services, can be switched on and off at the drop of a hat. If you have ten hours to spare over the course of a weekend, you can make some extra money with your car. If you don’t feel like it – no big deal. Just set yourself to unavailable.

There are tons of ways to make some extra side cash. It all depends on the level of involvement that you’re looking for. Be as hands-on or as hands-off as you want while you watch your piggy bank get a little heavier.


Sarah Kearns is a hardworking mother of three daughters. She is a Senior Communications Manager for BizDb, an online resource with information about businesses in the UK. She loves cooking, reading history books and writing about green living.