Looking for new money-making ideas that’ll score you a little extra cash this year?
We’ve got them.
Forget deciding between Thirty-One, Scentsy or LuLaRoe. No more falling for work from home scams or other ‘too good to be true’ offers.
At BTOP we’re always on the prowl for new money-making ideas or proven ways to make extra money. We do the hard vetting so you don’t have to.
Maybe you’re looking for fresh ideas to help pay off debt. Maybe you’re trying to fund a hobby, start your own business, or save for the future. Or maybe you just want to make enough money to have a little extra wiggle room in your budget each month.
Whatever the reason, we all have those little guilty pleasures that cost money (don’t ask me how much I’ve spent on Caramel Macchiato’s this year). And while money doesn’t translate into happiness, life is often a whole lot less stressful with a little extra jingle in your pockets.
We want this year to be your best year ever. To make it happen we’ve found 10 money-making ideas to help you not feel guilty when treating yourself to that Venti Peppermint Mocha.
10 Great Ideas to Make Extra Money in 2020
1. Take paid surveys online
If you haven’t jumped on the online survey bandwagon already you’re missing out on one of the easiest ideas to make extra money in the 21st century. Companies such as Survey Junkie and Vindale Research ($1 sign up bonus) have been around forever, and they’ve already paid out hundreds of millions of dollars to survey takers all over the world.
The good news? They’re not even close to being done.
Better yet, more paid survey sites are popping up all the time.
Our favorite? Swagbucks (Register to Unlock a $10 Sign Up Bonus).
The next time you’re binge-watching Breaking Bad for the fourth time, why not make a little extra money and fill out paid surveys?
Many of the sites also allow you to earn rewards by using their search engine, shopping, or playing videos.
While you’re not going to get rich completing surveys, it’s one of the more popular money making ideas we’ve seen…and it’s the only one you can do while watching Netflix.
2. Open a savings account that actually pays
Know how we know you haven’t heard of this rarest of extra money ideas? Because high-interest savings accounts hardly exist anymore.
Where have you been putting your money away lately? Do you let it sit in a checking account? In a coin jar? Under your couch cushions? Are you’re one of those people that hasn’t looked at your bank account because you fear what’s there (or not there)?
Why not stash your extra cash in a savings account that actually pays? If you’re looking for ways to make extra income, this is an easy place to start (and it only takes 10 minutes!).
Discover Bank (FDIC Insured) is one such bank that pays an interest rate that is much higher than the national average (check their site for the most up-to-date rate information). There’s no monthly fee or minimum deposit amount.
If you want your money to make you even more money, this is the easiest way to do it.
3. Start a blog
Many of you are active readers of a blog (like this one) but have you ever seriously considered starting your own? Blogging is one of the best business ideas to make money out there purely because the startup costs associated with it are so incredibly low.
Ever heard of the saying “nothing ventured, nothing gained”? Blogging epitomizes this.
For the cost of a cup of coffee each month, you too can start your own money-making blog. HostGator offers hosting (powers your website) and WordPress (the shell of this website) for just under $3.00/month (you can’t beat that pricing anywhere else).
Some of the many perks include:
- an additional source of income (we make over $175,000 a month from our blogs!)
- you get to work from home, or wherever you want really…in your pajamas
- no boss!
- set your own flexible schedule
- you get to work on what you enjoy, not what you’re told to do
Need more help? Check out our start a blog tutorial and get tips on how to get traffic and start making money.
Not interested in blogging but like the idea of getting paid to write? You may want to consider trying your hand at freelance proofreading.
4. Sell your old stuff
Thinking about upgrading your iPhone? Trying to clear your DVD or Blu-Ray collection? Maybe you have an old textbook you thought you would reference, but let’s be real, you haven’t touched it since classes ended.
For textbooks specifically, look into BookScouter. They’re the perfect place to go because they compare prices across 44 different vendors, all at once, to make sure you get the absolute most for your book. If you’re selling your book back anywhere else, you’re straight-up losing money.
For electronics, Decluttr buys your old technology at the highest prices you’ll find anywhere (including but not limited to: your old phones, video games, CDs, e-readers, game consoles, etc.).
All you have to do is enter some information about the product you want to sell. From there, they tell you how much they’ll pay you for the product. After you send the product, you get paid.
5. Get paid to lose weight
Have you been meaning to lose weight? Are you waiting for the next new year to roll around before you make a resolution? (Don’t be ashamed if you answer yes. Your secret is safe with me.)
What if I told you there’s actually a company that will pay you to lose weight? Would you agree it is time to quit waiting and stop letting those years keep passing by?
HealthyWage motivates its users to lose weight. You basically give yourself a period of time (at least six months) to lose a certain amount of weight. Then, you decide how much you want to bet against yourself every month.
If you lose that weight, HealthyWage pays you. Start by checking out their Prize Calculator and see how much you could possibly stand to win.
They even have team competitions that pay as much as $10,000. Why go at it alone when you can make your best friend suffer with you?
Check out DollarSprout’s HealthyWage review for more info.
6. Create an online course
Believe it or not, you likely know a thing or two about something that others would like to know more about.
Maybe you are insanely good at knocking job interviews out of the park…or you’re practically a genius when it comes to using a crockpot to feed a small army (without spending hours in a kitchen).
Whatever it is, consider turning your passion into an online course with SkillShare. You can change others’ lives while teaching them about your hidden expertise, and you can make money while doing it.
7. Deliver with Uber Eats
Okay so you may have heard of this one but many of you don’t know exactly how Uber Eats works (as evidenced by the dozens of questions we’ve received about them).
As an Uber Eats driver, you can choose your own hours to hit the road and make extra money. So if you want to drive for Uber Eats right after you finish at your 9-5, you can do that. If you want Uber Eats to exclusively be your weekend gig, you can do that too. We like Uber Eats because it’s easy to get set up and it’s one of the more flexible money making ideas out there.
Going to school, juggling children’s extracurricular activities, having hobbies of your own…ain’t nobody got time for a full-time gig anyways.
That’s the best part about Uber Eats: you don’t have an assigned schedule. The clock starts when you want it to start.
8. Put your typing skills to the test
Do you pride yourself in your quick typing skills? Have you ever boasted to your friends how you can easily crush 90 WPM on a typing test?
Rev, among several other companies offering transcription jobs, allows you to make money transcribing audio to text. Control your own hours, choose your own projects, and make money typing.
Plus, if you need money fast Rev pays weekly and offers a variety of jobs. If you’re looking for quick money making ideas from home, this is the perfect opportunity for you.
9. Make money teaching English online
You can actually teach English online…from anywhere with a WiFi connection (and no, you don’t need to know another language).
Depending on the company, you may have to limit your teaching hours to their scheduled time periods. But, you can still choose what time during those periods works for your schedule.
VIPKid provides its teachers with lesson plans and course materials. You can make an average of $18-22 per hour teaching English to children and families on VIPKid.
Interested? We thought you might be. You can apply to VIPKid’s teaching program here.
10. Make a quick $100 with Listverse
Are you one of those people that has to-do lists scattered all over your house? You know, those little daily reminders, a grocery list, or maybe a bucket list perhaps?
Well, guess what? Other people love reading lists, too.
As such, it’s no surprise Listverse is one of the most popular websites in the world. What may surprise you, however, is that they’ll actually pay you to draft interesting lists for their readers. Even more impressive is the $100.00 they’ll dish out for every user-submitted list that gets accepted (Hint: not every list is accepted).
You can write about just about any topic that interests you as long as 1) the content is unique and 2) you can manage 1-2 paragraphs explaining each item on the list.
Bonus: If you have a blog or an established Twitter account (and your list is accepted), they’ll link to it at the bottom to your list.
If you think you’ve got what it takes you can check out Listverse’s submission requirements here.
Know of other easy money making ideas? Share them in the comments below.