Traveling on A Budget: ITALY

If money is a bit of an issue, you don’t have to completely abandon your idea to travel to Italy! Believe it or not, it is absolutely possible to travel abroad on a budget. With a little planning ahead, some flexibility, and a desire to travel, anything is possible, even if you don’t have a plethora of cash!

When it comes to traveling, the first thing you want to have planned is your transportation. In most cases, you will likely have to fly to Italy. It is important to remain flexible with your dates and flight times. You can save hundreds of dollars if you fly at a time of day that would be less desirable to the general public. Anything to save a few bucks, right? Once in Italy, it’s extremely easy to visit all of your desired places on a budget. Italy has an extremely broad and developed train system. You can get pretty much anywhere in just a few hours time. There are bus and subway systems located in the larger cities, although these can be crowded. Walking is definitely the best option for avid sightseers!


When in Italy, accommodation can be cheap. Depending on the route you take, that is! Hostels are an inexpensive option for the young backpacker. They cost around 25 EUR a night, but are lacking when it comes to privacy. If you are looking for a little more privacy, but don’t want to spend a fortune at a local hotel, use AirBnb. AirBnB is a wonderful option for all travelers on a budget. Look for a place in the center of town, near convenience stores, tourist attractions, and yummy restaurants. If the only option you have is somewhere outside of town, look for a place with easy access to train or bus systems. It’ll definitely cut down on an stress you have when traveling through Italy!

The delicious food is what brings many travelers to Italy. But with delicious cuisine, comes higher prices. Before sitting down to eat, see if the restaurant or cafe charges a “coperta” fee. The fee is usually around  3 EUR, just for sitting down to look at the menu. Always look at the menu before sitting down to eat, and read to make sure you won’t be charged a fee. It is recommended to eat your main meal for lunchtime, and then have small snacks throughout the afternoon and evening. If you aren’t constantly eating out for every meal, you will notice a huge decrease in spending.  Of course, buying pizza by the slice is always an inexpensive (and delicious) option!


Of course, when traveling across the world, everyone wants to do some fun activities.  There are some free activities too! If you chose to stay at a hostel, see if they offer a free walking tour through the city, usually, just a tip for your guide is recommended. It’s recommended that you plan your travel time around the festival schedule. Consider going in February for the Venice Carnival, or over Christmas for the Rome Christmas market. Festivals are free to enjoy, and allow for a great insight into a culture. Do some investigating and see if the museums you are interested in seeing offer free admission for a time period or day of the week. Relax in Villa Borghese park in Rome for a free afternoon with a stunning view of the city.

Traveling on a budget is totally possible, and you may even find yourself in an area you wouldn’t have expected. Keep your mind open when it comes to accommodations, travel, and activities while traveling. You may come across something great!

5 Online Jobs Perfect For College Students

Being in college and being broke are pretty synonymous with each other. Although it can be hard to be making money and going to school, it is possible. You just have to find the right job that is flexible, one of which is an online job. I’ve compiled six great online jobs you can work while in college.

Start a Blog

Blogging is the perfect way for college students to make extra money.  It is flexible.  You can work on your own time and be your own boss.  I can’t think of a better job for a college student that is trying to fit everything in between classes, tests, and studying.  If you are interested in how to make money blogging, or how to start a blog, read my step by step tutorials to help you get started.

Freelance Writer

Since you’re probably writing so much in school already, you might as well make some money off of it! You can write online content and actually make a pretty good earning from it. Plus, you have lots of options. You can start your own blog, freelance, ghostwrite, or anything else really. The more you write, and the better you are, the more you can make!  You can read more about How To Get Freelance Writing Jobs here.


 

Tech Support

Lots of companies hire remote tech support workers to help their clients. If you know your way around technology then you should consider this job. You just log on whenever you’re free and questions are directed to you.

Data Entry

Data entry is another online job that lots of company hire for. It’s pretty straightforward (and sometimes kind of boring), but hey, it pays the bills. Look around at different companies and try to find one that you like, offers good pay, and gives you a flexible schedule. You could even work your way up in this position for future jobs.


Accounting Books

If you’re an accounting or finance major, then balancing and keeping books will not only give you money, it will also give you experience! Usually local companies are looking for someone to take care of their finances. Once you get the job, it’s pretty much all online work!

Become a Tutor

As a student, you know what it’s like to be taught. So you might as well become a tutor! There are tons of educational websites that hire people to be an online and virtual tutor. You could tutor in your specialty, or even just English if you’re a native speaker. It’s a pretty sweet gig, actually.

Well, look at that.  I gave you 6 ideas!

Some other great ideas are to sell your old books online, selling crafts or becoming an online distributor, using survey sites and more!

Here are a few other ideas on how to make extra money side hustling while you are in college:

How to Start a Blog

How to Make Money Blogging

8 Legit Ways to Make Money From Home

50 Ways to Make Extra Money on the Side

10 Ways to Earn a Living on the Internet

15 {Legit} Ways to Make an Extra $1500 a Month

7 Easy Ways to Make Money Blogging

6 Online Jobs Perfect For College Students

5 Ways to Save $500

Making money is virtually everyone’s favorite pastime. However, sometimes saving money is so much more satisfying than simply making money.  Just relax for a moment, and imagine what you could do with an extra $500 dollars every month. If you chose to save it, you could be on your way to a vacation in paradise. Or maybe, the extra $500 can be used towards getting out of debt. Sometimes, it can even be used to do fun activities with your family. Because lets face it, what’s life without a little fun? If you’re interested in saving a little cash each month, here are five ways to cut your spending, and increase your savings.

Avoid The Grocery Store

I know, this sounds completely insane, but it isn’t as crazy as you’d think! For one week every month, forgo your trip to the grocery store. Your family members probably think they’re going to starve, but with a little creativity, that just isn’t possible! Use this week to fully use any items you have leftover in your pantry or freezer. Make meals with the leftover pasta, those frozen fruits and veggies, and all of those soup mixes you swear you’d make (but never did). Find fun recipes online to put your old items to good use, it will be so much easier to get through the week if your meals are yummy! At the end of the week, your savings should be anywhere from $60-$100 depending on the size of your family.

DIY IT! 

Summer is here, and a pedicure may be hard to scrimp on. This can be an expensive luxury, especially if you’re getting multiple a month! Instead of spending upwards of $25 on your next pedicure, try doing it at home! Pick a fun polish, and have a girls day with your daughters or friends! Don’t worry if your painting skills aren’t quite up to par, you’ll be a pro in no time! Hair cuts are another source of monthly expenses, especially if you’re adding hair coloring into the mix! Instead of dropping $150 at the salon, consider making an appointment at a hair school instead. The students are professional, and always have supervision. You can get a cut and color for under $50. Seriously, and all for a cut exactly like the one from your salon!

Sell Something

Bring a little more money into your home by selling something you don’t use much anymore. This could be things like clothes, furniture, or old electronics. You know that old iPod that is sitting in the drawer, broken, because it was dropped in some water? Most times, many parts are salvageable, even if it does have water damage. You can sell old Macbooks (that are broken) for $475. What an easy way to make some money! Not only does selling these items help cushion your bank account, but because many of the parts are being used in other models, you’re recycling and cutting down on contributing these items to landfills.

Prorate Utilities

If you notice that your utility bill seems to spike during certain months or seasons, it may be time to prorate your service. When you prorate your service, you are able to predict your monthly utility bills. This allows you to budget more effectively, and gives you a heads up when there is a spike in your bill. Depending on the time of year, you could save hundreds with this method.

Cell Phone 

Don’t worry, we aren’t telling you to completely ditch your cell phone. We are telling you to ditch the expensive phone plans! It sounds like a headache, but it could really be worth your while. Downgrade to a lower plan that could save you between $10-$20 every month. This is perfect if you find that you aren’t using all of your monthly data, why pay for an expensive plan if you don’t even use all that is allowed? There are tons of plans out there that cost $30 per month for a basic phone plan and data limit. Also, don’t upgrade your phone every two years. While this seems like a killer deal, there are tons of hidden fees!

Saving $500 a month has never been so easy with these tips. What are some other ways you save money every month?

5 Ways to Save $500

5 Ways to Make Money Snapchatting

Use your phone camera to make some extra money! Seriously, even if you don’t have any idea what Snapchat is, it’s easy to learn and you can make a lot of extra money while doing it! If you love sharing your life with your friends and family, this could be just the gig for you. Really, it is completely possible to make money Snapchatting all day! Here is a comprehensive list of companies looking for photography and video gurus to run their company owned Snapchats. According to a representative, you can make $40,000 working for FabFitFun as a Snapchat coordinator. FabFitFun is a  company based around the health and beauty needs of women. Users can subscribe to a monthly box filled with makeup, nail polish, hair products, and more fun items. Some experience is needed, as this company is looking for someone who has at least a year of experience managing social media accounts for businesses. Job responsibilities include maintaining a content calendar, and of course, Snapchatting. PopSugar is looking to hire a Snapchatting guru with at least a few years of hands-on video experience. Workers will make between $40,000- $50,000 every year, and be responsible for creating “stunning” video content that is posted daily. Those interested can apply here. Of course, you could always work for the company in charge of the madness! Work for Snapchat as a Story Editor, and make a whopping $60,000 every year. A college degree is required, and they are looking for an extremely visual thinker to help manage content for the company’s account. Apply here! If you are based in Los Angeles, and have always dreamed of working for Time, apply for this gig.  Time is looking for a content producer to make and create short form videos for various social media outlets (like Tumblr). The estimated salary is between $40,000-$60,000 yearly. The job will be centered in the people and entertainment categories, and there will be a lot of celebrity news.  The company promises room for growth, so this could be perfect for anyone! Fashion lovers rejoice! If you love fashion and the icons behind the designs, this job working for Hearst (Cosmopolitan) would be perfect for you. Employees would be expecting to create diverse, unique, and fashionable content for it’s Snapchat discover channel. Seriously, how cool would it be to say that you worked for Hearst magazines?

If you want to make money online, there are a million ways to earn a living on the internet.  Here are a few related posts that can help you decide which direction is right for you!

How to Start a Blog

How to Make Money Blogging

8 Legit Ways to Make Money From Home

How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs

20 Ways to Turn Crafts into Profits

10 Ways to Earn a Living on the Internet



5 Ways to Make Money Snapchatting

4 Tips to Improve Your Credit Score

It seems to be impossible to improve your credit store; once it goes down, it seems to just stay there. However, there are a few ways that you can add some numbers to your credit score if you know how to do it. It takes time and dedication, as well as some sacrifices, but seeing your credit score go up is definitely worth it. The first thing you need to do is go through your credit score and records to make sure it’s actually accurate. You’d be surprised at how often your credit score goes down because of companies reporting incorrect numbers about your finances. You have the right to see what affects your credit score and, if you find something is off, then contact the organization in order to get things fixed. It may take a while to do this, but it’s worth it. Next, you should make sure you’ve paid all your debts off. The more debts you have (and the longer they go unpaid), the lower your credit score will be. The best way to do this is through a debt snowball: pretty much, you pay off the biggest debt first, throwing all your extra money at it. Once that’s paid off, pay off the next biggest debt until everything is done! Along with paying off your debts, you also want to make sure to stay on top of other payments. If you have a history of missed payments (like insurance, mortgage, rent, etc.) and lots of late fees, then it’s going to lower your credit score. Start getting on top of your payments to make sure they’re paid off by the time they’re due. This will help you begin to build a good credit history, which makes you more financially reliable, increasing your credit score over time.   You’ll also want to consolidate and limit the credit cards you have and use. Every time you go to open a new line of credit, the inquiry is recorded. Lots of inquiries within a short amount of time can lower your credit score as well as reflect poorly on your financial situation. To the best of your ability, limit the amount of credit cards you have and how often you apply for new ones.
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Blogging Basics- Starting From Scratch

Blogging has gone from a hobby, to a 6-figure income for me, in less than a year.  It has allowed me to pay off student loans, pay down our mortgage (and hopefully pay off!), travel with my family, quit a miserable job, and be my own boss.  It has far surpassed my wildest imagination, and because  of that, I want to share what I have learned. When I started, I was at the very bottom.  I had no knowledge about how to do this and I was starting from scratch.  I would say that one of my strengths is that I have persevered and spent hours and hours researching, testing and learning new things.  This is the reason that I have been successful.  I literally googled “What is hosting” when I wanted to start a blog.  The reason I tell you this, is to give you the hope you need to get started.  I am no genius.  I do not have a background in web development and I am not a web coder or master marketer.  Everything I have learned, I have googled, researched, tested, tried, read and learned on my own.  So, if I can do it, you can do it. Let’s start at the beginning. You want to start a blog.  You have no idea where to start.  You have read blogs and you enjoy blogs, but you don’t know how to start a blog.  Let’s start with some simple vocabulary. You need a domain name.  This is what your website is called, or your URL.  Mine, is FlippingPennies.com.  When choosing a domain name, pick something easy to remember.  Avoid hyphens, misspellings and anything that is hard to tell people.  You will be hopefully saying it often, and telling your friends, so make sure you like it:) Bluehost is giving my readers a FREE domain right now, if you sign up for hosting!  This is at least a $15 value, and they have been soooo easy to work with.  If you are considering starting a blog, this is a great deal!  You can also read more about starting a blog and walking through the process step-by-step on my previous post, How to Start a Blog. First, if you ever want to make money on your blog, you need to be self-hosted.  This means, that you must purchase a hosting package.  PLEASE resist the urge to use free platforms, such as Blogger.  Every blogger I know that started there, has had to go through the laborious process of switching to a self-hosted WordPress blog.  You do not have the freedom with advertisements on a free blog that you do on a self-hosted blog. Hosting: This is a little piece of the internet.  You are literally buying space on a server to store the data from your site, so that your website can be accessible via the internet.  Your hosting service stores a database with your website files and keeps it online at all times, so that your website is accessible online.  These plans start out at anywhere on the low end ($7-$8 a month) but right now, Bluehost is giving my readers a special price of $3.49 a month and a FREE domain.  This is only available through my link so act now if you are interested.  This is a super low price and probably won’t last for very long. Next, you need to install WordPress.  There is a reason that most bloggers use WordPress.  It is the most user-friendly platform out there.  It is free to download through your Bluehost hosting plan. What is WordPress? This is the platform in which you will make your posts, add the pictures to your site, etc.  It is the software you use for your blog.  As I mentioned before, it is free and very user-friendly. Once you have your domain registered and hosting package, you can download WordPress.  It is super easy to do and I walk you through it step by step in my post, How to Start a Blog. Once you login to your website through WordPress, you are ready to start blogging!  First things first, I would choose a theme.  “What is a theme?” you ask?  It is a template that determines what your site looks like and how it is laid out.  Do you have a sidebar on the right?  on the left?  both?  How are your menus set up?  Is there a large slider at the top?  What does it look like?  Now, keep in mind, that even when you choose a theme, there are still quite a few options within each theme that will help you organize your blog the way you want to. Wordpress offers many themes for free.  There are a lot of other paid themes as well.  Genesis Theme is a pretty popular theme and it has a lot of options.  I have also used free themes and have been very happy with them. Next, on the right side of your WordPress interface, you will see “Posts.”  This is where you will write and publish your blog posts.  It is very intuitive and easy to figure out.  There are options such as bold, italics, bullets, etc., just as you would see in a Microsoft Word document.  You can add links by highlighting words in your post and clicking on the link on the menu above and pasting the URL in which you want to link to.  You can choose headings, numbered lists and so much more.  I would recommend getting familiar with this page and all of your options. When you are ready to publish your post, you can find the “publish” button on the right of the screen.  Be sure that as you write your post, you “update” or “save” it all along the way.  I have had plenty of situations where I am halfway done with the post and the power goes out or a toddler turns off the computer.  NO!!  So, now I am trained to save them as I go.  There is a backup save on WordPress, but it is easier to just be sure that your post is saved as you go along. Now that you know a few basics, you are ready to go!  If you are interested in starting from scratch and want to start blogging, get step-by-step instructions on my post How to Start a Blog!  I hope this changes your life like it has changed mine.  Also, if you have any questions along the way, feel free to contact me or email me and I will help in any way that I can. What other “Starting From Scratch” questions do you have?  Fee free to post them and I will do an update and answer all of your blogging questions!

To learn more about How to Start a Blog, read my step by step tutorial to get you started.

Here are a few other good reads to help in your blogging adventures:

How to Make Money Blogging

8 Legit Ways to Make Money From Home

10 Ways to Earn a Living on the Internet

How to Get Freelance Writing Gigs

7 Easy Ways to Make Money Blogging

20 Things You are Forgetting to Budget

Making a budget is a great idea, but if you forget to plan three or four things, then your whole budget can get thrown off. In order to avoid having to replan your whole budget, here are 20 things that you’re probably forgetting that you should put in your budget right now. Most people don’t add an emergency fund to their budget. We often have savings calculated in (for big purchases), but not a fund for emergencies that are unexpected. Funnel some money into an emergency account every month to take care of that issue. Haircuts and personal care are often things that go forgotten until right when we need them. So, when you sit down at the beginning of the week or month to budget, don’t forget this category! It’s sometimes hard to track the amount you spend on heating and cooling because it varies so much on what month and season it is. However, to the best of your ability, plan for the months where you’re going to probably be using them a lot so you have the money in your budget to cover it.   We should all be budgeting for a vacation. It doesn’t have to be a big European getaway, but a little vacation to a bed and breakfast a few hours away should always be worked into the budget. I have a good friend who always says that if you don’t want to spend money on dates with your spouse,  you’ll just be spending that money on therapy! So, make sure you work date nights and entertainment into the budget so you can relax and enjoy yourself after a hard week of working. Along with that, you should also have some money set aside for eating out. Buying fast food usually comes up in the moment (because it’s convenient), so work that into your budget ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about balancing the books later. Annual payments are super easy to forget about because we only pay for them once a year. Things like credit card fees or some memberships can be hefty but sneaky, so make sure they’re in your budget. While having to buy school supplies only happens once or twice a year (depending on how fast your kids go through them), it can be a pretty large chunk of money. So, if you don’t budget for it, then it might throw a wrench in your budget. Sit down now, and make sure you have it worked into your finances. Every now and then, you’re going to have to buy new work clothes. Things like shoes, suits, etc. can all be a pretty large charge if you have to buy them all at once. Figure out if you’re going to need new clothes this month or year, and then budget it. Gifts are something that always seem to pop up as extra expenses for me. Holidays like Christmas and Valentine’s Day don’t do this; but friends birthdays are usually the guiltiest! So make sure you know everyone’s birthday who you buy presents for, or just plan in some extra money each month for surprise presents. Pets can be just as expensive as children sometimes! Shots, food, leashes, emergencies, and other things can all add up pretty quickly if you haven’t budgeted them. If you own a home, then you know how home and yard maintenance’s can get pretty expensive. Blowing out the sprinklers, fixing the mower, painting the front porch, and other projects can cause some financial issues if you don’t budget them. Don’t let car expenses sneak up on you! Things like registration, tabs, repairs, or other problems should be worked into your budget so you’re not stressed when they come up. For those of you who contribute frequent donations, then make sure they’re in your budget! While it’s always good to give to charity, you want to go about it smartly. If you have monthly subscriptions like magazines or weekly delivery systems, then they need to be in your budget! If not, you’ll be wondering where all that money is going every month! While it’s great to get some extra income (especially when it’s not expected), if it’s not calculated into your taxes, then you can see a big chunk of your monthly budget get taken by those taxes! And you can even get fees tacked on if you don’t pay the taxes, which is even worse! If your kids are into sports or art groups, then the enrollment fees and cost of equipment can be a burden if not planned for. For the months when those activities start, make sure you budget for these expenses. Clothing is another thing you’ll have to buy frequently when you have growing kids in the home. You may find yourself buying new pants every few months and, if you don’t plan for it, the costs can build up. Unfortunately, even if you have insurance, medical bills can be pretty large. If you have regular doctor visits, set money aside for them, but also add a bit of money for emergency visits or other situations. You’ll also want money for non-prescription medication; things like aspirin, Nyquil, allergy medicine, and others are expensive, and if you don’t plan on buying them, then their price seems even bigger!
20 Things You are Forgetting to Budget

12 Ways to Reduce Your Utility Bill

With warmer weather just around the corner, utilities often increase significantly as air conditioners and fans starts running almost constantly. However, you don’t need to let your bills increase just because the temperature is. In fact, whether it’s summer or winter, here are twelve great ways to reduce your utility bill. The first thing you’ll want to do is check all your doors and windows for leaks or cracks. You’d be surprised at how much a small leak can increase your utility bill! If needed, replace the whole door or window frame, but usually it’s a small fix that doesn’t take much time or money. Speaking of windows, a great way to heat or cool your home is by smartly using the blinds and curtains. During summer, it might be tempting to let the sunshine in, but you’re also letting in heat, which makes your AC have to work harder. So, when possible, keep the blinds and curtains closed during the summer and open during winter. There is one caveat to this, though. If you get a nice cross breeze in your home, then you can keep the blinds AND windows open during the summer. This can significantly cool down your home without using a lick of AC! However, you won’t be able to do this every day if you live in a place that gets pretty hot. If you don’t cook at home or only cook for a few people, then consider investing in a toaster oven. It’s smaller than your regular oven, meaning it takes less time, energy, and money to heat up! A meal or dish for two or three people can easily fit inside a normal toaster oven, saving you lots of money in the long run. If you’re a people person, then you can also call up your utility company and ask if they have any discounts or alternative plans that you can try to save money. Most companies actually have a few plans you can choose from that help you customize your utility usage to your best advantage. At worst, you get a no, at best you can save hundreds. If you haven’t already, buy energy efficient light bulbs and appliances. You can wait until your light bulbs burn out or the appliances wear down if you want, but replacing them with energy efficient ones will drastically reduce your utility bill. Somewhat along those same lines, consider investing in solar power (especially if you live in a hot and sunny place). It might cost a bit upfront, but most solar power systems pay for themselves in under five years! You’ll be saving money and saving the planet, all at once!   Whenever possible, use cold water for cooking and washing things. If you use hot water, it’s going to be more expensive (because it has to be heated), but you sometimes need hot water (like washing some dirty dishes). If you get into this habit, then you can see quite a few dollars shaved off your utility bill. Some jobs and companies actually give you a discount on certain utilities if you work for them. Not a lot do this, but you can also check with your employer to see if they offer any kind of discount, even if it’s a small one. A super easy way to increase the efficiency of your air system while decreasing your utility bill is by replacing any air filters. If the filter is clogged and dirty, the air conditioner or heater will have to work harder to pump cold or hot air in. Not only that, but the dirt gets spread around your home. Change the filter and breathe a little easier (literally and financially!). I don’t know about you guys, but I used to leave a lot of my things plugged in, just because it was more convenient. However, I learned that that’s not only bad for the environment, it’s also bad for my wallet! Get rid of “phantom power” by unplugging any cords or appliances that aren’t in use. That way, they aren’t using energy when not in use because they aren’t plugged in. Another great way to decrease your utility bill is by buying a programmable and/or smart thermostat. There are tons of different brands and kinds, but you can get them for as cheap as $20. These thermostats respond to the temperature of your house, adjusting it when necessary. You can also program some from your phone, making managing the temperature that much easier.
12 Ways to Reduce Your Utility Bill

Top 54 Side Hustles to Make Extra Money on the Side

We’re no longer in the era of working a day job only. There are so many unconventional but legitimate options. More jobs means more ways to make and earn money. If you have a day job, no worries, you can still earn some extra money by taking on a side hustle! Here are a few great ways to make some money on the side.

If you’re good at art and have some computer skills then try your hand at being a freelance graphic designer. You can do work for small businesses or large corporations, it just depends on your skill set and the time you’re willing to put in!

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention starting a blog. While it may be slow at first, the more users the get, the more you will make on advertisements.

If you love crafting, then start your own Etsy store or Amazon distributor account. You can market your crafts and products online and make money doing what you love!

For those of you who live in a nice part of town or a town with lots of pools, become a pool cleaner! It may not be the most glamorous work, but it pays well and people with pools usually tip well.

You could also start up a small landscape or maintenance company. You can mow lawns, prune trees, trim bushes, and so much more. Plus, people pay well for yardwork done right.

If you have some accountant skills, then become a bookkeeper for a local company. It’s usually something that doesn’t require much time or effort (depending on the size of the company), and if you’ve ever balanced a budget before then you can probably do this.

Look online for a tech support position you can do! Apple and Amazon are just a few companies that hire remote tech support agents every now and then to answer their customers’ needs.

The website Upwork allows you to do virtual work in tons of different fields. You could be organizing schedules one week then making appointments for business people the next.

Put your writing skills to work by becoming a freelance writer! The work usually starts out slow (although there are some sites you can use to get started), but if you build a good reputation then you can secure big jobs and make big money.

There are numerous websites and companies that will hire you as an online tutor. It could be in a specific skill you have or, if you speak English, you could teach people in other countries how to speak English!

Try to get a part time job at a fancy golf course. You could do anything from retrieving golf balls to managing the club’s bar. The great thing about this job is the tips, since they’re usually pretty big.

If you’re able to build a reputation as responsible, you could make a nice wad of cash as a babysitter. This is a nice job because you can decide when and for how long you want to work.

For those of you with some barber or stylist skills, start cutting hair from your home. If possible, set a little room off just for cutting hair (to look more professional), but that’s not necessary.

The website Fiverr gives you the chance to complete or offer tasks for $5. It’s not a lot each gig, but you can make quite a bit if you’re able to get into a niche.

For all you pet lovers out there, become a pet sitter! You get paid to play with animals, so there’s not much of a better job out there.

Hire yourself out as a personal chef if you have some skills in the kitchen. Once you get a portfolio of clients built up, it should be pretty easy to maintain (and make money doing it!).

Top 54 Side Hustles to Make Extra Money on the Side5

Lots of websites and companies are looking for cheap but qualified people to do their editing. If you have an eye for grammar and editing, then this is a good job to try.

Do you love dogs, exercise, and being outside? Then you need to be a dog walkers. It’s all the fun of having a dog to walk, but you get paid for it!

For places where the winters are bad, you could offer snow removal services. With lots of small jobs, the money adds up quickly.

If you get quick and efficient, you can make quite a bit of money through online survey sites. Some only deal in gift cards or discounts, so choose sites carefully!

Offer your spare bedroom on Airbnb and watch the money easily roll in! Plus, you’ll get to make friends from all over the place.

This is pretty traditional for college students, but you could donate plasma to make money. It actually pays pretty well, around $60 each time you donate (depending on where you live).

Become an Uber or Lyft driver and you’ll be able to make money pretty quickly. Plus, you get to drive around and see the city, which is always a plus.

If you’re a professional masseuse, you can consider turning a room or floor of your home into a little spa! You can offer your services at a competitive rate, too, since you won’t have to pay rent for a space!

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Try your hand at ghostwriting to make some money! It’s like freelance, but what you write isn’t attributed to you (it’s written in place of someone else. Hence the “ghost” part).

You could be a mystery shopper and earn $10 to $30 per visit. Mystery shoppers are paid by companies to use their services or buy their product and then rate the overall shopping experience. Beware of scams, though.

Whip out your camera, take some pictures, and you may be able to make some nice cash! You can do all sorts of photography, and can even sell pictures you took on your iPhone.

Try washing windows for a few months. Believe it or not, this is actually a really good way to make money. People either don’t want to or don’t know how to professionally wash their own windows, so you can charge a good price for this service.

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You can also wash cars for people, too. It’s another job people usually don’t like to do, but a well hand-washed car is worth a pretty penny.

For those of you with decorating skills, offer them up for interior decoration consultations. This job is fun because you get to tell people how to make their house look good and buy nice things!

If the weather gets really hot or really cold in your town or city and you live near a community center or a place with heavy foot traffic, then sell cold or hot beverages! It may be a small amount of profit for each drink, but you can make quite a bit with lots of sales.

You could be a pet groomer and get paid to wash, clean, and dress up cute animals! That sounds like a pretty fun job to me!

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If you’re gifted in the kitchen, then consider selling your baked goods and other treats. You’ll want to keep your distribution small (and probably just to family and friends), or else you can run into licensing issues.

Did you know you can turn your car into a moving ad and make money? Places like WrapMatch will send you ads to put on your car, you drive it around, and you make money!

There are lots of people who are either unable or too busy to go shopping for things like groceries. You can become a personal shopper for them and run those errands for them!

Make some money by having an occasional yard sale. You can also go to local yard sales and find hidden jewels in other people’s things that you can touch up and sell for a profit.

Try a job as a waiter or waitress at a fancy restaurant.. While the pay might not be good, the tips are for sure going to compensate!

Become an online couch by offering up any skills or talents you may have. You can become an online counselor, therapist, pep talk giver, life coach, etc. The options are endless, as long as you have experience.

By publishing an eBook, you not only save money by not printing, you also get royalties every time someone buys your book! That’s a pretty sweet deal.

If you don’t like waking up in the morning, then get a job as a newspaper deliverer. It’s nice and calming plus you get some good tips sometimes.

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Sell your cleaning services and offer to clean people’s home for a price! You can set your own terms for what kind of cleaning you do and how much your pay is, so it’s pretty flexible.

If you know a lot of nice travel tips and locations, then start a travel agency! You can help friends, families, and others plan their next vacation at the best price for a small fee (and then work up from there).

Lots of people rag on networking marketing (sometimes called pyramid schemes), but they’re not all bad. Obviously do your research first and, if you get in at the right time, you can actually make quite a bit of money in this.

Offer to teach music lessons to people in your neighborhood or others you know for a small price. You get to choose what ages you teach plus getting paid to play music should be fun.

This is a job you usually have to know the person really well for, but you can get paid to be a house sitter. You pretty much just make sure someone’s house is safe and clean while they’re away on vacation.

For those of you with web skills, become a freelance website designer. You can help anyone from small businesses to local schools or bigger. The jobs are really endless with this skillset.

Planning weddings can be stressful, so being someone’s wedding planner has a high price tag attached to you. You take care of all the details and get paid to plan a party!

If you’re bigger than the average person, you could offer your services as a security guard. You’d need to be able to actually kick or keep people out, though, so make sure you’re cut out for the job.

Lots of apartment complex owners are looking for property managers. You can offer up your services to take care of the place for a price!

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There are always people moving in and out, so start a side moving business. It’s pretty easy to get the word out, and everyone appreciates not having to lift heavy boxes.

Lots of companies hire people to be website testers. You pretty much click around on a website and tell them how user friendly it was and if any buttons or links weren’t working.

If you know some sort of skilled labor (like plumbing) you can offer your services at a time and price that works for you. This is often cheaper than an actual company because you only have to worry about yourself.

During summer months, you can work as a lifeguard and get paid up to $20 an hour. That’s not too bad, considering you just sit around and tan for most of the job probably.

If you know your way around a gym, then you can become a personal trainer. You get to pick and choose your clients, so you don’t have to work with anyone you don’t want to.

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