I wish someone would have told me years ago just how simple it can be to make some extra cash. The second we started getting serious about debt payoff, it seemed like I began finding all of these really awesome ways to make money. As we enter a new year, I wanted to create an updated list of some of the best, newest and simplest ways to make yourself some extra money. These are 30 of the latest side hustles and passive income sources to make more money. Some require very little effort, some require more but all of these things can definitely make you money this year!
*This post contains affiliate links. Although I may make a commission, all recommendations are my own.
Start a blog
I am still in disbelief at how financially beneficial it has been for me to start a blog. In years past I used to attempt working odd hour part time jobs in order to help make our family some extra cash. Now I can work from home doing something I love, that I have total control over and I can make money from it!
In fact, I believe so much in blogging, I created my own course to answer every single blogging question that a new blogger might have. If you are hoping 2019 will be the year of blogging for you, you are going to want to check out my course, The Fun Sized Blogging Basics. In the course I walk you through how to get real traffic from Pinterest, how to manage your Facebook page without always being on Facebook and of course I will go into detail on all the different ways you can make money from your blog.
The best part is, I have 5 totally free lessons to get you started! Checkout the 5 free lectures.
Other free blogging courses
- 10 Day Blogging Quick Start – A 10 day course that teaches you step by step how to start a blog.
- Brand Pitch Cheat Sheet – A helpful cheap sheet to get you started working on pitching to brands.
- Choosing Your Perfect Niche Webinar – Choosing your niche can be tough as a blogger, here is a great way to know where to start.
If you haven’t heard of the Dosh app yet, you are definitely missing out my friend! Unlike other apps, Dosh gives you money back automatically on purchases you make. There is no scanning receipts, no clipping coupons, or selecting deals.
Dosh works by connecting with your debit and credit cards to give you money back on qualify purchases you make. In the last few weeks I have had 2 separate times when Dosh gave me money back on things like gas and going out to eat. All I did was live my day to day life and Dosh did the rest! Plus, you get $5 just for signing up!
Acorns is very similar to Dosh in the sense that it takes very little effort on your part. You know how your grandma always had that coin jar where she would save her spare change? Well, Acorns basically does that for you digitally with interest!
When you sign up for Acorns, the app will round up your purchases for you and begin investing them. For example, if you spend $4.50 on a cup of coffee, Acorns will round up that purchase to $5 and invest the .50 cents for you! I know that might not sound like a lot, but with Acorns options to make one time deposits, you can actually stand to gain a lot of money through beginner investing. See my plan to turn $50 into $150,000.
To top it off, Acorns gives you $5 for free when you sign up!
Affiliate marketing has been a great way for me to make an additional income through the blog. The best part is (that most people don’t know) you can also use affiliate marketing on your Facebook page, through Pinterest, e-mail and on other social media outlets like Instagram! You don’t need a blog!
What is affiliate marketing?
Affiliate marketing is as simple as recommending something to a friend. When you friend decides to take advantage of a thing, course, or service that you’ve recommended, you’ll earn a commission just for recommending them. It’s just like those rebate apps that say, “Tell your friends, and you each get $5!”
Get started with affiliate marketing
If you are ready to make the leap into learning more about affiliate marketing, there is no better person to learn from than Michelle from Making Sense of Cents. Michelle is making over $50,000 per month from affiliate marketing alone! In order to teach other’s her awesome affiliate marketing skills, she created a course to help you learn how!
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a course I have taken to help improve my skills and almost instantly I saw huge results from the things I learned. If you aren’t sure about fully committing to purchasing Michelle’s course, I have a free lecture on how to start with affiliate marketing from my Fun Sized Blogging Basics Course.
Stella & Dot
Stella & Dot is a company created by two strong women in order to help empower strong female entrepreneurs. They sell a huge variety of stylish clothing, bags, jewelry and more. The products they sell come from female entrepreneurs and are sold by other female entrepreneurs.
- Get paid weekly
- Earn between 25% and 35% commission
- Set your own hours
- Work from home or have parties
- Get a product discount of 25% to 30%
- Start for as little as $199
Open a CD
With CIT Bank you can earn up to 2.5% when you open up a CD savings.
This is a great idea if you have a larger sum of money (like a tax return) that you can easily contribute to a CD. The best part is is that the more money you contribute the higher return on interest you stand to gain! Instead of blowing money or just leaving your savings in your regular savings account, you might consider opening a CD in order to literally make money without having to do anything!
Dispute your debt
If you have serious amounts of debt, there are company’s like CuraDebt that are designed to help. CuraDebt can help you determine whether or not there is a better plan to pay off debt that you may not know about. Their mission is to help you save money by finding you the best options possible. In some cases, they may even be able to assist you by recommending some legal debt relief options that may be available to you.
Getting yourself out of debt is an extremely freeing way to create more money for you and your family. The harsh truth is is that you already possess this money, it is just being taken away by debt! If you are ready to get money back in your life and believe you need help in order to do so, get a free savings estimate today with CuraDebt.
Lower your interest rates
I have been pretty open about the fact that Tom and I took out a loan when we first started paying off debt. Our credit card bill had gotten out of control and our interest rate was around 25%!
With the Loan Exchange, you can get interest rates around 16% which would significantly lower the cost of your monthly payments and help you avoid shelling out extra cash toward the cost of interest.
This is also a smart idea if you have multiple credit cards or several debts that you are trying to pay off. Taking out a single loan in order to pay off multiple debts might be a great way to help you stay on track financially. Apply online today.
If you are a college graduate, or are currently in college, you may be able to make money from your used textbooks! With Campus Book Rentals you could either rent your used books or save huge by renting books from other college students!
In fact, Campus Book Rentals has helped save students over $100,000,000 in cost of text books! That’s pretty huge!
Let’s get back on track with those super hands off ways to make money. Similar to Acorns and Dosh, Digit works to build you a “rainy day savings” without you having to do anything!
Digit will make small withdrawals from your designated account in order to help build you a savings. They also work to keep you up to date on the health of your financial accounts so that you don’t miss any unusual activity.
The best part? With Digit you can set a limit for how much money you want to have in your account at all times. If you ever fall below this designated amount, Digit will help you out by taking money out of your rainy day account to ensure that you don’t go negative in your personal account!
Savings builder savings account
If you are hoping to seriously start having more money, you could open a Saving Builder account through CIT Bank that can earn you up to 2.25% in interest.
By setting up a minimum deposit of $100 to your Savings Builder account, you could end up saving a lot more money with a compounded interest rate of 2.25%. See all the perks of the Savings Builder.
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Have you ever wished you could save more money on your monthly bills? You can make phone calls and shop around for cheaper prices, or have Trim do both for you!
Signing up for Trim, will instantly analyze your repeated spending habits and monthly bills to determine where you could be saving money. In fact, within minutes of signing up Trim notified me that I could be saving money on my internet bill each month!
Start a Shopify store
You know on Facebook when you see those adds pop up for some really awesome product that you can get at an amazing discount? Well it turns out, the people behind these ads are actually making thousands of dollars a day in some cases.
Adrian Morrison is a guy who owns and operates several internet marketing companies and he has several different webinars where he offers up all of his best tips and advice for starting a successful Shopify store! Check out his eCom Success Academy.
Did you know you can shop for a living?! I mean, you’d be buying groceries for other people, but still, it’s a pretty sweet deal if you ask me. Instacart is an awesome same day delivery business that offers flexible hours, and a chance to earn extra income in your spare time!
With Instacart you can work entirely on your own as a independent contractor or as a part time employee. Either way, you have a lot of freedom in your schedule! This is a great job to do on the weekends, after work, or even full time!
There are so many insanely awesome ways to make money with AirBNB these days it is crazy!
How to make money with AirBNB
- Host a room in your home
- Host your entire house
- Get paid to host experiences for travelers
Create your own subscription box
You know those crazy popular subscription boxes that everyone is obsessed with? Well, you could easily start up your own! CrateJoy is a company that handles almost everything for you to help you get started with your very own subscription box company!
With CrateJoy you get help creating your own boxes, making your website and linking you with potential customers through their online marketplace! Plus, to help you get started, you get a 2 week free trial!
If you are a crafty person, Etsy could be the perfect place for you to share your craft with the world! It may not be as new or as original as a lot of these other options, but it is definitely a great income source.
Tips for selling more on Etsy
- Use multiple sources to drive traffic to your Etsy like Pinterest, Facebook, a blog and Instagram.
- Don’t shy away from advertising your product.
- Have a solid marketing plan.
Have you ever seen awesome toys, electronics or clothing on sale and you are shocked you could get such a great deal on something? Well, did you know that often times when you are scoring a huge discount on an item, that same item is being sold for way more on Amazon?
The Selling Family took notice of these trends and decided to invest in their own home business. In fact, they are now earning over $100,000 per year and both parents are able to be home full time working on their Amazon FBA business.
How does Amazon FBA work?
To put it simply, you buy product on sale and/or using coupons and you re-sell them on Amazon for a profit. In fact, you can even skip the whole “shipping and handling” aspect by turning over all of your product to Amazon to take care of for you!
That means with just a few hours of shopping and planning and posting your online content, you can start to bring in some serious income while Amazon does all the heavy lifting! Want to learn more? Take the FREE 7 day course that teaches you how!
If you have a college degree, have worked with kids in the past, or are currently working on getting your degree, then you might qualify to earn between $16 and $22 per hour teaching English online with QKids.
I am home all day homeschooling and working on the blog. Because we already have 2 dogs at home, the first time I heard about Rover, I knew it was an opportunity I had to take advantage of because it wouldn’t really change my life all that much!
Rover let’s you make extra money by walking dogs, doing home visits, doggy daycare or watching dogs while the owners are on vacation. We have had huge success hosting dogs through Rover and our kids have loved every second of getting to meet all different types of dogs.
If you are hoping for a more stable, steady income that you can still get while working at home, then HAWO is something you are going to want to try out. Not only do you get the freedom of working at home, but you get to teach in a classroom type setting and have a consistent work schedule which means pay you can count on!
When working with HAWO you also get access to ongoing training and the ability to connect with other teachers.
Create an online course
If you are already teaching classes or you know you have a great amount of knowledge to share, then you might consider creating a class on Teachable.com.
With Teachable you can teach just about any topic your mind can think up. The best part about creating an online course is that after you’ve done the work, all you need to do is share it and start getting paid over and over again!
Of all the flexible part time work you can pick up, Uber has to be one of the best options. You don’t need to set your hours at all, it’s very much a work when you want kind of gig. Plus, you can get paid up to 5 times daily and there is always the chance for additional incentives in your area.
On top of the flexibility and money making options with Uber, they also might be able to help you cut the costs on your vehicle and phone bill and allow you to save some serious cash. Read all about other Uber benefits.
Similar to Uber is UberEats except you get to deliver food instead of people! While Uber requires an age limit of 21, you can possibly start working with UberEATS when you’re only 18 and your bike or scooter just might qualify as your transportation!
Avoid all the lesson plans that go along with teaching and make money online with VIPKid. Teaching to over 35 countries, teachers with VIPKid make between $14 and $22 per hour.
You can work from home or you can travel while you work! Best yet, you get to set your own schedule so you work when it’s convenient for you.
I know, we have all heard of survey sites and see them as a waste of time. But the truth is, most of us are wasting time on our phone at some point during the day anyway. You may as well make some money, or earn gift cards while you’re at it. Here are a list of my top favorite survey sites and the benefits they all offer.
- iSay – iSay is a survey company that gives you rewards just for voicing your opinion! Take surveys, collect points and redeem for gift cards or shop at the iSay market. Get signed up!
- Springboard America – Springboard America is a survey company that is interested in the learning more about the values, attitudes and taste of Americans. Get paid for your opinion!
- MaruVoice – For those Canadians hoping to make some extra cash by voicing their opinions, sign up for MaruVoice.
- Opinion Outpost – Opinion Outpost is a a survey site that pays you for your opinion! Get started now!
- QuickThoughs App – With the QuickThoughts app you can earn rewards by choosing from thousands of surveys or earn local gift cards on the go! Download it now!
Sell your stuff online
Clear that clutter!!! In one week we were able to make around $1,000 just by selling stuff online that we were no longer using! There are so many sites that you can take advantage of but my personal favorite is Facebook Marketplace.
Whenever we have sold stuff on Facebook Marketplace, we generally get our asking price and are able to sell most of our items rather quickly. You could also take advantage of my friend Marissa’s guide on how to Make Money on eBay. She has had a ton of success with this online selling platform and can definitely get you started on seeing more success through eBay selling.
Automate your expenses
You know, it always blows my mind when I realize I can save money while actually doing less work. This year we have set up automated payments for as many things as possible. My personal favorite being setting up a Chewy auto ship for our animal’s food, litter and treats.
With Chewy you already get discounts with top brands and when you set up an auto ship you save an additional 5%-10% plus free shipping when you spend over $50. For us, this is a consistent thing because dog food, cat food and litter adds up really quick!
Save on gift cards
I am a big fan of gift cards. They force you to enjoy yourself a little more instead of spending money on something boring like groceries. But did you know you can actually buy gift cards for yourself at a fraction of the cost? Restaurant.com has a variety of gift cards for local restaurants and some of them you can pay $10 but get a $25 gift card! The best part? If you have an Ebates account, you can purchase your discounted gift cards with Restaurant.com through Ebates and get even more money back!
Got gift cards you don’t want? There is a site called EJ Gift Cards that lets you sell your old gift cards online! If you’d rather have cash instead, now you can!
Recommend your favorite apps
Another crazy simple (and totally legit) way to make money is by recommending your favorite apps to your friends! I do it all the time! There are a ton of rebate apps that give your friends cash for singing up and you can make some extra cash as well! You can share these through text, e-mail or on your social media outlets! Here are a list of my top favorite apps that pay you and your friends!
- BeFrugal – BeFrugal is an online resources for the best coupons around. Get a $10 credit here!
- Dosh – Dosh is an app that links up to your credit cards (or qualifying debit cards) and gives you money back on purchases you make. It works like other cash back apps by refunding you money on qualifying purchases only you don’t have to keep track of anything! Get $5 for signing up!
- Drop – Drop is an app that links to your cards and gives you cash back on some of the places you spend the most. My personal choices are: Target, Trader Joe’s, Chipotle, Whole Foods and Starbucks. Link a card and get $3!
- Ebates – Ebates is another app that has tons of awesome discounts at restaurants, stores, online shopping and even on vacations! Get $10 for signing up!
- Ibotta – With Ibotta you get paid for the things you already plan on buying in stores and online! Just select your purchases and snap a picture of your receipt when you’re done. Ibotta will instantly refund you your money! Get $10 right now.
I hope you got some great ideas from these 30 latest side hustles and passive income sources to make more money in 2019. If not, get creative! There truly are so many ways to improve your financial situation, sometimes you just have to look a little harder!
Any other ideas? Please share them in the comments!