5 Great Ways to Make Extra Money

Everybody could use extra money. Whether you’re living paycheck to paycheck or you have a ton of money in the bank, you probably wouldn’t turn away the opportunity to have a little bit more. Luckily, practically everything you own is worth something in one way or another, both your personal belongings and your opinions. Read on for five ways to earn extra money that you can save for a rainy day, put toward bills or use to buy yourself something nice.

1. Sign Up for a Focus Group

Your opinion is worth something – even money. Find out if there are any focus groups in your area and sign up for one. There are several companies that sells services or products that could use your opinion. When you participate in a focus group, you provide brands with information that helps them shape their products, services and messaging. CraigsList.org often has listings of focus groups in a particular area. Search for phrases like, “market research” and “paid study” to find one. You can be paid $100 or more for just a little bit of your time.

2. Sell your snapshots to Shutterstock.

If you’re good with a camera and you have a decent one – even if it’s an iPhone camera – you may be able to get a bit of money by selling your work to stock photo sites. Photographers can open a new account and submit ten photos. If at least seven pictures are accepted, you’ll be considered an office Shutterstock contributor. If any of those photos or sold, or any photos you submit in the future are sold, you’ll make money.

3. Become an Online Juror

It’s common for trial attorneys to need people to give their opinion on actual cases that haven’t yet gone to court. This is how attorneys decide what average people will think about the case and how they’ll respond to certain ideas and tactics. Just like with a focus group, you’ll be paid to offer your opinion. Plus, you won’t even have to leave your home to do it. Odds are that you’ll find the cases interesting, which means it won’t even feel like work. You could earn as little as $10 or as much as $60 or more for your time.

4. Sell Your Items

Now is the perfect time to go through your house and figure out what you can live without. Put your items on CraigsList.com or Amazon and turn your trash into someone else’s treasure.

5. Freelance

If you have a particular skill that you’re good at, consider doing it on the side as a freelance business. For example, if you’re great at making five-minute videos, advertise your skills on Fiverr. If you have a way with words, respond to job listings on Media Bistro.

While cutting your expenses is one way to end up with extra money at the end of each month, you may also want to add a few simple jobs to your weekly “To Do” list that come with a literal pay off.