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9 Tips For Generating Extra Income

Published June 9, 2017

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Whether you’re a people person, an animal lover or an introvert, there are plenty of side jobs you can do to generate extra income while you’re working toward becoming debt-free.

Pet sitting

Pet sitting and dog walking are great ways to make some extra money. If you work flexible hours or work from home, maybe there are a few people in your neighborhood who could use a pet sitter. Wag and are great ways to break into pet sitting if you don’t already have enough personal connections.

Drive for Lyft or Uber

If you’ve got a newer car and a smartphone, you can drive for one of these services that are quickly taking over the taxi cab market.

Yard work

Remember those summers you spent mowing lawns? Sure, it’s not the most glamorous work, but if you like the outdoors or could use a little more exercise, yard work and landscaping are great ways to make a few extra bucks. Cleaning pools is another related business that can be a good way to generate some added income.

Delivering food

Delivery driver jobs usually pay a modest hourly wage plus tips, and you can do this job in your own neighborhood. This is a great job for people who are interested in the foodservice industry but who might not want to be a server or bartender.


Must love people (or at least tolerate them). If you’re not afraid of a little hustle, the service industry is a place where you can make some good money on the side. Nights and weekends are where the money is.


If you’ve got English grammar and writing skills, editing can be an ideal way to make extra money in your spare time. If you have secondary specialities like academic or professional niches, you could get into editing textbooks or industry-specific articles.

Freelance writing

If you’ve got a knack for writing, leverage your skills to make a few bucks by writing blog articles, web content, or content for local organizations. If you’ve got expertise in a particular area, you could even start your own blog.


If you’re good with kids and young adults, tutoring is a great way to help others by sharing knowledge and expertise. If you play a musical instrument, consider teaching lessons.


Instead of simple data entry, try transcriptions. If your keyboarding skills are up to snuff, transcribing videos or audio can be a great way to make money. Typing speed and accuracy are the way toward earning more with transcriptions.

Once you get some momentum with your side job, channel your energy toward paying off your debts and creating an emergency fund. To learn more about budgeting, saving money and becoming debt-free, visit CreditGUARD of America for educational articles and to speak with a certified debt counselor.

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