15 Easy Ways to Boost Your Income

So you’re looking for ways to get a little extra green in that bank account of yours! You’ve come to the right spot.

Before we get started, do you know why you are reading this? While it’s true that every great journey begins with the first step, every great journey is finished by having a great dream!

If you haven’t checked out my post on building a dream, check it out here!

Alright, let’s get this show on the road! (There are in no particular order, by the way!)

1. Pick Up Some Extra Hours

While not all jobs allow this, it’s one of the easiest ways to boost your income with little work. No searching for new ways to make money, no interviewing, no resume submitting!

When I got hired at one of my jobs, my weekly hours were advertised at 35, but I always worked 40 whenever I could.

My boss practically had to tell me to go home some days!

2. Ask for a Raise/Promotion

Asking for things can be difficult for me, but over the years I’ve learned that sometimes the only way to get what you want is to ask for it!

You may be surprised what your boss says. I’ve seen more than a few times when I recommend this to a friend, they expect a certain amount, and their boss surprises them with more than they expected!

Be BOLD, be CONFIDENT, and watch your paycheck grow!

Bonus question! Have you asked for a raise before at work? Did you receive it? I want to hear your story! Comment below, or email me here!

3. Get a Second Job

Maybe this seems like common sense, or maybe you cringe at the idea.

The truth is, sometimes getting a second job is the very best step you can take to start taking control of your finances.

This may be more difficult for some than others. You may be thinking, “But Kelsey, I work in the food industry,” or maybe you work in retail.

I’ve been there!

The key is time management.

When I worked in retail, I worked 6 days a week, 40-45 hours. One of the upsides to working in retail or the food industry is “flexible scheduling.”

Despite being an assistant manager, I worked two baby-sitting jobs on the side. One was on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, about 6 hours a week, and the other was varying nights for a lady who was a bartender and needed someone to stay home with her little girl while she slept, just so she wouldn’t be alone in the house. This was anywhere from 5-15 hours a week.

I didn’t sleep much, but I could pay my bills!

4. Walk Dogs

There are a few websites out there that cater to this side-gig. I personally used care.com, because it had multiple different sections for different gigs, and I already had a heavy presence on there from my years-long babysitting experience.

When I worked in retail, I found a gig that was 1 mile from my work, and they just needed someone to walk their dog once at lunchtime while they were at work. It was the perfect way for me to earn an extra 50 dollars a week.

5. Pet-Sit/House-Sit

This is another very easy way to make extra cash without having to change your schedule around too much.

Whenever the opportunity arises (for example, when a friend tells me they are headed on a much needed vacation!), I throw in there, “now if you need anyone to look after your pets or watch your house I’ll be more than happy to do so!”

Sometimes, you’re the answer to their prayers! Maybe they are fretting about Fido being locked up at the doggy daycare for a week and having separation anxiety, or maybe they have an exotic pet and can’t find anywhere that will take it in while they’re gone.

House-sitting can often be a win-win for both caretaker and home-owner alike. They save money on expensive pet daycares and have peace of mind that their house isn’t sitting for a whole week, and you make a little extra cash!

As an alternative to word of mouth, you can also make flyers to post around town, or look online (like care.com!) to find people in need.

6. Yardwork

The great thing about yardwork is it’s usually a year-round opportunity (depending where you live of course). In the winter you can shovel snow, or if you’re familiar with tree trimming, winter is prime time for that as well.

In springtime everything is starting to grow… including weeds! This is an easy way to make some extra money making someone’s garden pretty. If you have a green thumb, you could also plant someone’s garden for them!

Cutting grass is another great yardwork job in both the spring and the summer. While many people opt to use lawncare businesses, you can earn and gain customers’ business by offering a competitive price or throwing in extras or freebies.

Of course, in the fall, raking leaves will be your main source of income in the yardwork economy.

Another way to gain the respect and business of prospective clients is to have a business partner. With a second person you can do twice the work in the same amount of time, or the same amount of work in half the time!

The benefits of this are twofold.

First, if you choose to devote the same amount of time to a client, you can charge more for that time because they are getting more work done (which is important because now you are splitting profits with your business partner!)

Second, doing the same amount of work in half the time allows you to book more clients in a day, increasing your daily income!

7. Babysit/Nanny

This one is my personal favorite! I started babysitting and working in the church nursery when I was only 13 years old. I loved it from the very beginning!

If you love kids, this is a great avenue to take. The great thing about caring for someone else’s children is you almost get to pick the amount of work you do.

For example, I once cared for a 4 month old, and he took 2-3 naps per day. He wasn’t a great sleeper; sometimes he would sleep 30 minutes, and sometimes he would sleep 3 hours.

This was a great gig for me because his mom didn’t want me to clean the house, do laundry, or anything like that, so his naptime was my free-time! If you work from home or are in school, this is a great way to use your time for dual purposes, while getting paid!

Another age group that’s perfect for this is teenagers. Another family I worked with had a 12 year old, 14 year old, and 15 year old. These kids wanted nothing to do with me (I was gettin’ up there at the ripe old age of 23), so I was basically just a glorified taxi driver. If they had nowhere to be, I was on my own.

I truly believe there is an age group for everyone (unless you just really hate kids lol)!

8. Drive for Uber or Lyft

Driving for a rideshare company has grown in popularity over the last five years. There are pros and cons to this option.

A huge pro is being able to set your own schedule. This allows you to use it as additional income, around ANY job, or as a fulltime job based on when YOU want to work.

Another pro is making a lot of money. Whenever I use one of these services, I always ask the question “So, do you make pretty good money doing this? Do you stay pretty busy?”

What I’ve found is that the people who treat it as a fulltime job can make up to $4500 a month!

Now, keep in mind, these people have mastered the “Uber Game,” as I call it. They don’t wake up in the morning, stretch, and think, “Hmmm, do I feel like driving today?”

They plan, they drive at prime time, they keep up with trending events and sporting events, and they locate themselves in hotspot areas during busy times (these include weekend nights and holidays, near bars, hotels, airports, and large venues)…

That brings us to one of the cons. To really make it worth the wear and tear on your car, you have to sacrifice your weekends and holidays, maybe even holiday outings with friends.

Of course, it all depends on how you are leveraging this platform. If you truly just want to make an extra 50 or 100 bucks a week, you won’t need to put this kind of effort into it.

Bonus question! Have you driven for Uber of Lyft before? What was your experience?

9. Have a Garage Sale

Do people even have garage sales anymore?!

I’m from a small town, and it’s pretty common to find at least one or two on any given Saturday when the weather is nice.

If you live in an area where it’s either not allowed or just doesn’t exist, that’s okay too.

There are a million online platforms on which to sell your old, outdated, or unused things. My personal favorite is OfferUp. 10 years ago I did use eBay, and it’s still a great platform, but OfferUp is more geared towards local pickup. It allows you to not only save on postage, but also post much larger items.

I usually post something for an amount of time that I pre-determine in my head, and if it doesn’t sell, I either donate it, or change the status on the website to “free, pickup only” and that usually does the trick.

It’s great for decluttering! I once got rid of a broken washing machine in this manner!

10. Search Craigslist for Handyman/Odd Jobs

Do you have a special talent or skill that all your friends brag about? (or maybe your husband has a skill that has your friends jealous that their hubbies don’t have!)

Turn that into cash! This works especially well if you enjoy it. It’s a great way to get out of the house, meet some new people, maybe even make a new friend.

This could be anything from painting a room or a house, building a porch or a shed, fixing stairs, cleaning someone’s summer home, to redesigning their kitchen, or installing new cabinets for them! The world is your oyster!

Disclaimer: try some of these at your own risk. Fixing someone’s stairs, for example, could put you at risk of liability if they don’t hold up over time. Use caution and always keep others’ safety in mind!

11. Grow plants to sell at your local Farmers Market

This easy way to make extra cash is also a favorite of mine. There is (typically) very little effort involved, depending on what you decide to grow.

For example, it only took 2 months for my cilantro and parsley to be at a growth stage large enough to sell. They don’t have to be huge plants, especially when it comes to herbs, to make you a profit. People often just want to skip over the beginning stages.

Veggies and fruits take longer, of course, so I have always chose to stick with herbs. You can’t beat fresh local produce!

12. Sell Craft Projects Online

Are you crafty or artistic? I wouldn’t label myself as that, but I have sold quite a few things that fall into this category! I taught myself to knit when I was 18, and sold quite a few hats, scarves, baby blankets, and baby booties both online and to friends. You can also sell at a local flea market!

Pro Money Tip: They also make GREAT baby shower or Christmas gifts that are LOW BUDGET!

Side note… Knitting was also a huge de-stresser and anxiety/boredom relief for me. If you don’t have a hobby in your life that provides these benefits to you, I highly recommend finding one!

Bonus question! Have you sold your art projects before? How did that work out for you?

13. Tutor

Are you a teacher by trade, or are you still in school? Either of these can qualify you to be a tutor for someone who may be struggling in school or on a particular subject.

While I personally never made money doing this, I did tutor a few friends in high school who struggled with math and chemistry.

I’ve known people who make upwards of $20-35 an hour tutoring. How much you make depends on your credentials, the age(s) you tutor, how many children you tutor at once, the subject you are teaching, and the area you live in.

Bonus question! Have you tutored before? What was your experience? What tip(s) would you give to someone who has never tutored before, but looking to start out?

14. House cleaning

We live in a very busy society, and more and more people are looking for help around the house as their schedules fill up more and more.

With so many commercial businesses charging high prices for a clean house, this could be the perfect opportunity for you to jump in and offer competitive pricing and make a few extra dollars on the weekend.

If you decide to go this route, I recommend buying (or at least having on hand) a few basic cleaning supplies. This not only communicates to your clients that you are prepared, but that you are serious.

Although I did clean houses for a short period of time for extra money, I found it hard to find times that worked for both my client and my schedule.

I lived in a big city at the time, and most of my clients were wives who stayed at home and wanted a cleaner to come during the day. Since I worked in retail, my schedule varied week by week, and I couldn’t commit to one day every single week that I could come and serve them.

This made it challenging for me to create a sustainable client base, and I ended up saying adios.

15. Run an AirBnB

This is last on the list because this is supposed to be a post on EASY ways to boost your income… While I have never run an AirBnB, I can imagine it would be challenging at times.

You have to think about things like:

  • Getting your room or space ready for your guests
  • How you plan to clean it when they leave
  • Start-up costs (such as furniture and sheets, if you plan on using a previously unused or unprepared space)
  • Will you allow pets? What will you do if they destroy your walls or furniture?!

This can be a great way to earn extra income from what I’ve seen, but I’ve never done it, so… that brings us to the

Bonus Question! Have you ever run an AirBnB before? What was your experience? Pros and cons? Advice to someone just wanting to start out?

Conclusion

There are many different ways to make extra money, especially in the age of the internet! By no means is this an exhaustive list, but maybe it’s just what you need to get started on your own journey of Boosting Your Income!

I want to hear what you think!

Which of these ideas have you tried? Which sounds most appealing to you?

What is your biggest struggle when it comes to making more money?

Leave a comment or send me an email here! I’d love to hear from you!

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