Kiplinger lists 30 ways to earn extra cash.
Some of these are completely weak in my opinion (election officer? search for unclaimed property?), but there are ones I would consider including:
- Coach a youth sports team -- I wouldn't do this for pay (I've done it for free for my son's team), but I would consider going back to being a soccer referee. My son and I gave it up when we moved (having to re-certify in a new state), but I'm pretty sure I could get back in quickly and make $2-$3k per year with games here and there.
- Teach -- I would love to teach at the college level one day -- either in person or online.
- Walk dogs -- You can actually make pretty good money pet sitting. My daughter used to do it when we lived in Michigan and you wouldn't believe what people will pay for someone to check their animals. Plus they get someone to keep an eye on the place, collect the mail, etc.
- Get freelance editorial work -- Many years ago I had a freelance writing business that helped us pay off our mortgage. It was a lot of work for the pay received, but I could go back to doing that if I really needed the money.
- Rent out your home -- We live in a town people visit to vacation. As such, there's always need for places to stay. I have two friends who make small fortunes renting out their houses for a week here and a week there (mostly in the summer). I could do the same.
- Be a blogger -- Uh, I already am. :)
How about you? Do you see any on the list you like? Or perhaps you have other ideas for making money. What are they?