The Strapped For Cash Survival Guide – Day 6: Earn an Extra Income Through Easy Side Jobs

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After we’ve covered some of the easier and quicker ways that you can make some more money, it’s time to talk about the endless possibilities of side jobs. Most of the things on this list are stuff that practically anyone can do, and selling those skills is a great way to build a second resume for yourself, should you ever need one, and earn a lot of money for it.


Work as a virtual assistant

Being a virtual assistant is easier than ever, thanks to the internet – and the best part about it is that practically everyone requires one. Between online business owners and novelists, many people need help with their work, and if you have the time, you can sharpen and sell your administrative skills on websites like Zirtual.


Work as a virtual bookkeeper

There is absolutely no need for you to get an accounting degree to be a virtual bookkeeper. This is a business that can be potentially very lucrative, and if you’re interested in getting started, all you need to check out is Bookkeeper Business Launch.



On websites like FlexJobs, you can find telecommuting jobs around the skills you have, and work for people from the comfort of your own home, online.



If you enjoy teaching people and have a strong academic background, you should seriously consider pursuing tutoring as a side job on sites like TutorVista. Plenty of students are on the lookout for good tutors that can further explain concepts and classes that they find difficult, and you can work part-time or full-time on the TutorVista.



With an investment of a laptop and good internet access, as well as an interest in writing, you, too, can become a freelance writer. All you need to do is sign up on a website like WritersDomain, submit some samples, and pass a grammar test. You can then find topics on articles you can write and other requirements such as word count and make money.



One of the industries that are quickly growing and expanding, in the globalized world that we’re currently living in, is translation and interpreting, and if you know more than one language, it’s time to start making a profit for it. You’ll be translating documents, as well as different types of media, and all you have to do is sign up on websites like TRADUguide.



This can be a tedious job that can take up a bit of your time, but if you’re detail-oriented, it shouldn’t be a problem. You can earn a solid income by transcribing video and audio content, but make sure you have good spelling and grammar skills.



If you know how to cook and network, you’re looking into an industry where you can make a lot of money. You’ll first need to invest in marketing materials to promote yourself, but you can start earning money by being a personal chef once you meet the right people.


Write e-books

With Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing and Nook Press, anyone can publish their own book without worrying about publishing houses and agents. All you need to do is type it up, polish it and release it on one of these platforms and watch the numbers in your bank account grow with each ebook that you manage to sell.


Coach youth sports teams

Were you good at a certain sport when you were younger? If you were, especially during your high school or college years, you can start looking into coaching youth sports teams on websites like Indeed or Glassdoor.


Create video games online

If you’re creative and into gaming, it’s time to make some money by creating your own video game. There’s no need to know a lot of programming or design, thanks to platforms like Roblox, where after you create your game, you can charge the users to play them.


Start a resume writing service

If you want to help others land their dream jobs, you might want to start a resume writing service – all you need to do is create a website and have people fill out a questionnaire to help them tailor their resumes. 


Start a walking or biking tour

Do you have extensive knowledge of your community or even your city? Then you can use that knowledge to earn some money for tourists by providing them with walking or biking tours while you talk about the popular locations where you’re living and meet new people.


If you enjoyed this list and was inspired by it to start improving some of your skills and making a second income for yourself, make sure you check out the next one, where we’re going to be talking about all of the potential ways that you can earn money in your own community.