Extra Cash Ideas

In this page you will find how you can turn your hobbies into side hustle ideas and get paid to do the things you love!

Things you already do in your free time like reading books, playing video games, or taking pictures are just some of the means by which you can turn your hobby into a side hustle.  Whether you are a house-wife searching for some extra spending money or someone who travels too much to hold down a traditional part-time job, these resources are for you. Thanks to the conveniences afforded to us by the internet, anyone can participate in this simple way to earn a supplemental income.  This method is perfect for anyone who wants to work from home (or anywhere in the world for that matter), set their own hours, and make money doing something they find interest in.  I mean, who doesn’t want to earn money doing the things they love?


But to be clear, this isn’t a “get rich quick??? scheme.  The amount of money that you make is dictated by the time you invest in your craft.  While you can reasonably expect to make anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 a year starting out, some people dedicate enough time to earn a full-time income from these platforms alone.


In the following, I will outline the different areas of interest that have online resources and platforms that allow you to start making money with nothing more than a small investment of your time.  There are no upfront costs to join these sites, simply take the time to make an account and find the right job for you! Most of these programs payout monetarily, while some offer vouchers and store credit, but you always have the choice to pick the job that best suits your needs.  The gaming sector, in particular, is one that opts for point rewards that you can trade in for their products.


Scroll down to find the category that interests you the most and follow my curated steps to success in order to start making bank.  Additionally, be sure to bookmark this page as I will be constantly adding to the list of resources to stay up-to-date!


If you are a bookworm, like myself, and prefer to spend your time lost in the pages of a good book, there is a place for you!  The number one way to make money from reading is to provide genuine reviews once you are done. Turn your reading obsession into cash by simply reviewing what you have just read, something you probably do anyway.


How many times have you been so elated by the ending of your most recent read that you wanted to tell all of your friends to go read it next? If this describes you, then you’d be perfect for this side hustle. But the reviews don’t always have to be positive.  Books don’t always live up to your expectations and that’s alright, too. All you have to do is be honest, whether that is positive, negative, or somewhere in between. Which is perfect, because as you have more reviews approved, your level advances, giving you the opportunity to make more money as you become more experienced! Check out the resource below to get registered as a reviewer-


If nothing else on this list of hobbies interests you, then I’m guessing gaming will.  Unlike the other categories, this one applies to almost everyone, and is as easy as downloading an app or opening a browser window to start.


Below, are some platforms that allow you to play and test games to provide honest reviews.  Checking for bugs, reporting on user experience, and giving opinionated feedback on the up-and-coming games are just some of the things you do to get paid in this sector.


The platforms include a variety of games from unreleased IOS and Android games, to mobile browser and Facebook games, so everyone can choose something they enjoy.  Available on your mobile device, tablet, or personal computer, there is always an avenue to fit what you’re looking for. These resources, unlike some others, tend to provide payment methods in the form of store credit or rewards systems that allow you to redeem new products from the company, however, some still use cash as their primary payout.


Similar to gaming, there is a great need of beta testers to provide feedback on a number of products from apps to websites.  If you have a knack for finding flaws and providing constructive criticism, testing is for you! One of the main goals of testing is to improve user experience, and what better way to do so than by utilizing the honest opinions of users just like yourself?


Below are some platforms that give you the opportunity to trade your feedback for money while helping someone develop and optimize their brand, product, or software system.  Some pay by bug, or flaw, found in their system, and others pay by completed tests.


One of the more artistic ways to earn money on the side, is by selling photographs you have taken with your own personal camera.  Companies that sell stock images seek new photos all the time to fill their databases and are willing to pay even amateur photographers for their work.  So whether you just take pictures as a hobby or are a professional looking to expand your earning potential, there is a resource for you!


Each of the following platforms allow you to become an independent seller, available to the thousands of clientele that can view your images.  You earn royalty for some sites, and a flat rate for others, but either way, it’s as simple as uploading pictures you already have and are willing to share with the world.


Another side job that lends a hand to your inner artist is platforms that pay you to write for them.  Whether it is content creation, social media ads, or ghostwriting blog posts, there is a niche for every writer.


Turn your specialty into cash by writing about the things you are most knowledgeable of and interested in.  Everyone knows a lot about something, and that can be your ticket to riches, it just takes the right client on the right resource.  Below, I have listed some of my favorites, though there are plenty out there to keep you on your toes.


Another artistic method to making money on the side is by freelance designing of apparel, accessories, phone cases, stickers, and many more.  There is no initial investment needed from your side. You pay for the manufacturing and marketing cost only if/ when you sell your items. You don’t need to be an experienced designer for this. Anyone with a simple idea can create their own unique design and sell.


Make your designs based on what you love, and upload them to these platforms to sell to individuals looking for a customizable product.  These resources give you all the freedom to design how you want, and profit off of your creativity.


Affiliate marketing is the practice of using the internet to earn a commission by selling another company/people’s product.  That means you can start earning without having to create your own product. For this route, you choose a product you would like to support and sell, and begin generating free traffic for that product based on social media, personal blogs, or other platforms in which you have a following. Or you can  generate paid traffic through pay per click ads, banner ads, solo, traffic networks etc. With affiliate marketing, it’s all about finding your niche, the one thing that you believe that you can sell better than anyone else, and profiting off of your own hard work.


The two major ways in which affiliate marketing is carried out is through merchants directly or third-party networks that act as a middleman between the merchant and affiliate. Once you join an affiliate network/merchants, you will have access to a wide variety of products that you can choose from to promote.  There are products available for many niches but the most common and popular ones are in Health, Wealth and Love niche. You just have to decide which product to back, which is the most important decision.  Once you are approved as an affiliate for the product, you are given a unique link that will track the sales made from your marketing, and commissions will be paid out accordingly. Many merchants will also provide creatives, emails, videos, banners, posts that you can use in your promotions.

Below is one of the popular third party networks you can check out-

Affiliate marketing is very lucrative, as all major companies have affiliate programs.  Since everything has gone digital and the world of online shopping only continues to expand, the potential for earnings is huge for everyday people like you and I.  And many people are jumping headfirst into affiliate marketing.


Although it sounds quite simple, if you aren’t prepared or possess knowledge of marketing strategy, affiliate marketing is not just for anyone. If you are interested in learning the correct way to start a side job or a full-time position as an affiliate marketer, check out the free webinar below created for people just like you.  In this webinar, an affiliate marketer with 15 years of experience in this industry reveals how he went from $0 to earning nearly $12k in commission in just three months. The biggest take away is the blueprint he applied to gain his success that you, too, can apply to your own practice.

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