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6 Ways You Can Make Money Outside Your Day Job – If You Work Hard

6 Ways To Earn An Extra $500 Per Month*Your results may vary and factors such as market, personal effort, and other circumstances may have an affect on your actual results.

What would you do with an extra $500 a month? Pay down debt? Invest it? Save it for a big purchase?

I can think of a hundred different things you could do with an extra $500 a month. And the good news is that if you spend the time and effort, it’s possible to make that money.

If you’re in need of some extra money here are some ways you make an extra $500 a month:

Flip Items for Profit

How fun is it to find a good deal on something and then resell it for a profit? If this is something you’re good it consider flipping items. Look on Craigslist, Facebook Yard Sales, thrift stores, and garage sales for bargains. I know several people who buy from these places and sell items on Amazon. It’s a pretty low ROI business, but if you can do large enough volumes, it’s a possibility!

You can either find items that are really underpriced and resell them as is, or you can find larger items like furniture, give them a makeover and then charge double or more of what you have in the pieces.

Become a Search Engine Evaluator

Did you know that the big search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing actually pay people to critique their search results?

Here’s how it works: you check the results of certain searches and then rate them. Basically you’re telling the search engines whether they’ve done a good job or not.

The pay usually ranges from $12-$15 dollars per hour. If you started off at $12 an hour you’d need to work about 42 hours per month or 10 hours week to reach your $500 goal.

Write for Money

Writing for money has become a very popular way to bring in some extra money each month. That’s because there are countless businesses in need of new content for their websites or blogs.

The pay you receive varies widely when it comes to writing. For instance if you write for magazines you might be able to pull in $500 for one feature article. If you write for blogs you can charge $20 – $30 per blog post meaning you’d need to write 17 – 25 articles per month to reach $500.

Then there’s the low hanging fruit that many writers choose: content mills. Content mills are simply writing platforms where businesses request articles and writers can choose which ones they want to write. The catch? Many content mills will only pay about $2 per article meaning you’ll have to write 250 pieces before you reach $500!!

My advice is to go with one of the first two sources mentioned.

Clean or Organize for Others

Everyone is busy these days. As a result chores like cleaning and organizing are being hired out.

If you’re a great cleaner or organizer capitalize on those skills! Charge $50 per house (or more for large houses) and go in there and get the job done. You can start out by cleaning and offer organizing as an add-on service to your cleaning clients.

If you can get 10 repeat clients every month you’re on your way to at least $500 a month in extra money!

Do Odd Jobs

If you like to work with your hands, know how to fix things, and have no problem working a variety of jobs mix it up by doing some odd jobs.

A lot of times you’ll see postings on Craigslist where someone needs help moving, mowing their lawn, or planting their garden. So start there. Look for different jobs that you can do.

You can also market your services by word of mouth. Make a list of services you want to offer, post them on your Facebook page, and have your friends and family do the same.


These are only 6 ideas for you. The truth is when it comes to making extra money you’re only limited by your imagination.

If none of these ideas resonated with you sit down and make a list of your skills. There’s surely something that you’re good at that will help your bring in that extra $500 a month.



  1. I pet sit for $500-$1500 extra a month. It’s fun for me most of the time (minus cleaning up accidents) and it helps the pet owners and pets for me to go to their home instead of being kenneled.

  2. I’ve been wanting a side hustle for a while now and just jumped on an opportunity to do some freelance writing. I’ve also considered being a yoga instructor but haven’t committed to the certification requirement yet. I’ll likely take the plunge next year on that, but freelancing offers a flexible means to make money for now. Great ideas!

  3. Well written !!
    Further, Money earned is very same as money saved. Look for Coupons and offers and plan your shopping accordingly to get discounts.
    This helps not only save your money but also a strategic purchase planning.

  4. Nice article, with good suggestions! Here are a couple of suggestions from personal experience.

    I used to deliver the newspaper seven days per week before going to my day job, and I also used to deliver pizza nights and weekends. Each of these earned over $500/month.

    I have a corporate day job, but my side hustle is being a mobile DJ. I use “old school” turntables, and live mix. I mostly do weddings and corporate events. One wedding is enough to make at least $500 gross, and I average 30-35 weddings per year.

    I just started my very first blog, Budgetopolis, earlier this month. I haven’t started trying to monetize it yet, as I’m still adding content. However, I hope to be able to start earning at least $500/month within the coming year. I guess this is a “future” side hustle. :)

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