12 Fun Ways to Make Extra $500 per Month

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12 Fun Ways to Make Extra $500 per MonthIt never hurts to earn an extra income on the side on top of your regular income.

Even if you are actively looking for jobs, you can make money while you are seeking employment.

My today’s post is all about making extra money on the side by doing something you’d actually enjoy and may have the passion for.

I know, I enjoyed jewelry making few years ago and almost made it my career.

I am having a great time blogging now and make significant amount to contribute to our household income.

If you know you are good at something like graphics designing, logo making, teaching, blogging, you can certainly benefit from the list of these 12 fun ways to make extra $500 per month.

#1 Sell used stuff online

I have done this many times and end up making extra money. Selling used stuff online is one of the easiest ways to make extra income.

Take a tour of your house and see what items you are not using anymore and, have no use of. These can be toys, games, books, furniture, appliances or vehicles. Make sure that the items you want to sell are in fairly good condition.

I recently sold my son’s portable high chair. He had not used it in months so I took it out of the basement. Washed the seat pad, wiped all the parts and made sure it was in good condition.

Then I took the pictures from different angles. I opened my local classifieds site and posted a free ad to sell used portable high chair.

There are couple popular classified sites in my area like Kijiji and Craigslist.

You can search in your town as well, by putting the keywords like “<yourtown> classifieds”, “used <yourtown>” etc in the search engine.

You can then enter all the required information to post your ad, description about the items, asking price, and your location and upload your pictures.

Many people do not post pictures but I mostly do because I get much better response when I post the pictures of the items. I got good number of responses and the high chair was sold in about a week after I posted the ad.

#2 Make Jewelry

Handmade jewelry is one of the popular trends where people like to have customized jewelry made for them. One of my friends makes and sells beautiful jewelry pieces for charity.

I loved what she was doing and tried my hands on jewelry making myself.

I was able to sell a few pieces to my surprise. I had to discontinue because of the time constraints but if done with dedication, jewelry making business can easily earn you more than $500 per month.

Etsy, Shopify and eBay are some of the online platforms that can be used to sell jewelry online.

#3 Start a Blog

Blogging has become one of the popular sources of income for many bloggers. Abby of Just a Girl and Her Blog and Lindsay of Pinch of Yum make more than $100K per year.

There are many more bloggers who make such amount from blogging and there are some that do not make that much.

I love to blog about money making, money saving tips, recipes and diy ideas. I am now making somewhere around $500 – $800 per month, which in my opinion is significant amount of money, considering where I started few months ago.

Rest assured money does not start trickling right away when you start blogging. It is a lot of hard work before you start seeing some money in your account.

If you want to start a blog yourself, make sure to read through my step by step tutorial on how to start a blog where I walk you through the whole process of money making blog. If you sign up using my link, you will be able to get hosting at discount rate through Bluehost for only $3.95 per month. You will also be able to get a FREE Domain.

If you think blogging is for you, you can certainly give it a try and see if it fits in your money making ventures. If not, you can always cancel your membership with Bluehost since there is no contract whatsoever.

#4 Sell Services on Fiverr

If you have skills like graphics designing, freelance writing, marketing, advertising, you can definitely make good amount of money on Fiverr by selling these services. Check out the logo on The Women Talk. I got it designed from Fiverr.

To make money on Fiverr, you can sell services in form of gigs, starting from $5 but can easily go up to $500 by adding extras. See How This Kid in Greece Make Full Time Money on Fiverr.

#5 Recycle Your Old Phone

Have a cell phone that you don’t use anymore. Instead of just throwing it away, make cash by selling it. Checkout the sites like gazelle, usell and gizmogul to sell or trade in on your damaged, broken or old cell phone and make money.

#6 Sell Gently Used Clothing

Remember that dress hanging in the closet for more than 6 months. You wore it once or twice but totally forgot about it after that. Well, you can easily sell that and other such dresses by organizing a garage sale or on sites like ThredUp, Tradesy or Poshmark.

There are so many apps available now that it is easier than ever to sell your gently used clothes. Sites like Poshmark make it so much fun. It is just like any other social site where you can follow someone’s closet if you are in a buying mode.

#7 Tutoring

When I was in school and even graduated, I worked as tutor for math and computer courses for grade 10 students. I was able to earn $15 per hour. Even if you tutor for 30 – 35 hours you can easily make $500 per month.

To establish yourself as a tutor, you can advertise your services the traditional way by posting fliers at your local stores or universities.

You can also advertise your services online. Sites like Tutor Vista, Upwork, Tutor and Craigslist are great ways to post your tutoring services and get the word out.

#8 Freelance Writer

Do you like to write? Freelance writing is a booming business as it allows moms to make money from the comfort of their home while spending time with their children.

Freelance writing gives you the flexibility of  writing on the topic of your choice. You can even write custom articles for your clients or prewrite and sell them.

You can advertise your freelance writing services on sites like Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer etc. Most of these places have the clients bid and select the service that fits their blogging requirements.

Many freelance writers make use of tools like Grammarly to improve text contents, eliminate grammatical mistakes and even detect plagiarism.

#9 Become a Virtual Assistant

Since blogging is becoming one of the most money making business, many bloggers are on the search for virtual assistants. As a virtual assistant you can charge up to $50 – $70 per hour.

You can help bloggers with managing social media, editing blog posts, graphics design, marketing etc.

If you want to become virtual assistant or want more information, feel free to join this Facebook Group. You can network with other virtual assistants and even find some leads.

Want more information on becoming a Virtual Assistant? This insiders book, The Bootstrap VA provides great insight into how to become a successful VA, how to get more clients. Lisa Morosky talks about how to set up Virtual Assistance business and walks you through the process of setting up this lucrative online business.

#10 Swagbucks

This online portal can help you earn digital dollars called Swag bucks. These bucks can be redeemed for things like gift cards, downloads and products in the swag store.

You can make easy money with Swag bucks by just searching the web, watching videos, playing games, taking surveys, recycling products.

You can mystery shop or can do surveys they often have up on their site. Sign up for Swagbucks and start earning!

#11 Ebates

Love to shop? Checkout Ebates. This company gives cash back if you click through the links of stores listed. Ebates is an affiliate for big brands like Walmart, Target, Amazon, eBay, Bluehost etc.

When you shop at one of these stores through Ebates, these brands pay Ebates a percentage of the purchase and Ebates in turn pays you the customer a percentage of that amount.

For example, if you purchased a laptop from Target via Ebates for $500. Target pays Ebates $10 and Ebates pay you $5, a percentage of that amount that Target paid Ebates.

This way everyone ended up making money, quite a win win situation. Sign Up for Ebates!

#12 Freelance audio transcribing

Simply listen to an audio file the company sends you. Type it out and send it back. There are many sites you can sign up for to get the files sent to you.

Depending on how many you get done, you can make more than $500 per month. Find audio transcribing jobs on sites like Transcribe Me and Rev and start making money from the comfort of your home.

BONUS #13 Browse Craigslist Gigs section

Craigslist’s Gigs section is the one you should check out frequently to see if there are any jobs posted that you can do in your free time. There are many interesting jobs posted there from time to time!

Want to make even more money?

Checkout my post on How to Make Money on Instagram and 9 Home Based Business Ideas for Stay at Home Moms.

Soo ….. this is my detailed list of 12 fun ways to make extra $500 this month. Do you make an extra $500 – $1000 per month? Please share in the comments below with details on how you do it!

12 Fun Ways to Make Extra $500 per Month
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Comments (15)

  • Great tips I especially like the one about selling old cell phone as I have a box filled with them and will be looking into that.

  • I like the audio transcribing gig. I’ll look into that one. Thanks!

  • I just started using ebates, looking forward to my check at the end of the year. I’ve tried selling clothes online with no luck unfortunately.

    • Gurky B said on

      Ebates is so much fun. Who knew you could make money (cash back) while shopping 🙂
      As for selling clothes, have you tried your local online classifieds? I have no problems selling gently or unused clothing. If classifieds doesn’t work then I post on my local facebook group.

  • I’m all about earning extra side $! These sound like great ways to do so!
    Rachel recently posted…June 2016 GoalsMy Profile

    • Gurky B said on

      Right Rachel? Especially if you are making money while doing something you are passionate about, all the better!

  • I love the Fiverr idea or becoming a VA. Always wanted to do a VA. Might need to try this out once the summer hits and school is done. Thanks for the ideas! If I try it I’ll tell you how it went.
    Chel recently posted…June Goals 2016My Profile

    • Gurky B said on

      Please do Chel. I will be looking forward to know that one or more of these ways worked for you and you were able to make extra money!

  • Cool tips. I love the VA idea. I just read that VA’s can earn $25-$35 an hour! I’m gonna check it out further, for sure

    • Gurky B said on

      True Jenn. VAs are in so much demand these days with bloggers looking for ways to expand their blogging business and social media activities.

  • Great tips! It seems like I’m always finding something to get rid of around and selling it online!

    • Gurky B said on

      Me too Angela. While spring cleaning few weeks ago, I was surprised to find stuff that I hadn’t used in months. I was happy to get rid of them, thanks for my local classifieds sites 🙂

  • Great tips! As I’m working to start up my own business these are great to have on hand in case I need to earn some extra money in the next few months!
    Carly @ Fitliving Eats recently posted…Creamy Asparagus and Pea Soup {vegan}My Profile

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