earn extra moneyThe Great Recession left many Americans without the income that they had before it hit. While there has been some recovery in the job market, much of the work that has come available has not paid as well as the jobs that were available before the market crashed. This has led many people to search for additional ways to make some extra income. Here are eight ways to honestly and legally earn money.


1. Mow Lawns

There are many people who do not like to do physical labor. They will frequently pay people to do work around their homes. Those who live in temperate environs sometimes look to find someone to mow their lawns during the spring and summer. This can be a great way to earn some extra seasonal money.


2. Answer Surveys

There are many companies that really want to know what their particular market thinks of a certain product or service, and many times, they are willing to pay for this knowledge. A number of survey sites have sprung up in the past few years, and these sites can offer a great way to make a few extra bucks each month.


3. Scoop

Many people have pets but do not really want to pick up the droppings of their furry friends. For those who don’t have a really sensitive sense of smell, scooping up scat can be a great way to pad a bank account. Those who do a good job might even be able to expand their business through referrals.


4. Sell Stuff Online

There are a number of great sites online that now provide a platform for those who are looking to sell used jewelry. Be it a college textbook that is no longer needed or some clothes that no longer fit, someone, somewhere is likely to want it. They’ll even be willing to pay for it.


5. Go to the Pawn Shop

Many people have jewelry lying around that they’ve not worn in years. If this jewelry has gold or silver content, it can be a great time to pawn it. Gold prices have been near record highs, and pawning jewelry or other items with precious metals can a great way to bring in some extra cash.


6. Sell Plasma

Many hospitals need plasma for their blood banks. There are sites that people can use to sell their blood. Not only can this bring in some money each week, it can also help save the life of someone who needs this life-giving commodity.


7. Moonlight

Many towns have retail or food establishments that advertise part-time work. Sometimes, they will be willing to work with the schedules of their employees. Those who are able to find a job at minimum wage for 15 hours per week can bring in between $400 and $500 per month to the family budget.


8. Freelance

Those who have a special skill like computer programming or writing can pick up some extra work using their abilities. Whether they find a local business needing help or a website that acts as a broker for such work, those who choose to freelance can bring in quite a bit of money every year when they can find jobs to do.

While some people might be tempted to give up and say that there are no ways to make additional money in a tight economy, those who look will be able to find opportunity. These options are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more possibilities for those who take the time to look.

About Robert Farrington

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Robert Farrington is the founder and editor of The College Investor, a personal finance site dedicated to young adult and college student finances.

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3 Responses to Extra Income: 8 Honest Ways to Earn Money

  1. Michelle says:

    I’m all about freelancing to make extra income 🙂 I don’t do much for extra income now, but I’m hoping to add some offline side hustles to my list.

  2. Very nice article. everyone wants to earn extra money beside their regular income. now it have become a important matter for all of us. homemade food can be a better way to earn extra income for a person if he/she can do this I think.
    Thanks to provide this nice content. I really experienced to study this article.

  3. These are all good ideas. I’m still in that stage where I’m trying to figure out places to cut expenses (while earning a regular income), but when that runs out, I’ll definitely be on the lookout for some stuff on the side

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