Are you thinking about how to make an extra 1000 a month?
Though that doesn’t seem like a significant number, some extra cash on the side can do some real help. Right?
How about having a side gig that can help you…
Pay your mortgage.
Pay your credit card debt.
Buy your car in cash.
Help you pay off your student loans.
Increase your savings.
Or help you save money for your upcoming family vacation.
According to Gallup’s report, 36% of workers in the United States participate in the gig economy.
So would you be interested if I tell you some ways to generate an extra $1000 or more along with your job?
Some of these ways are passive. You have to put in some initial effort, and then those streams will generate cash on autopilot.
Let’s dive into it.
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How to make an extra 1000 a month: My 19 ideas for 2021
1- Start A Blog
Blogging is one of my top recommendations because it has the highest potential of being profitable and bringing you passive income in the long run.
This is why everyone should blog.
And as your blog grows, the less effort you have to put into it.
Not everyone blogs for money. There are many hobby bloggers as well.
What would set you apart from those casual hobby bloggers is to look at your blog as a source of income.
If you treat your blog like a business from day one, try to create systems that can help you scale your content and pave your path for a profitable side hustle.
Blogging should not be expensive.
Just pay for the domain and hosting, and a blog can be launched for as low as $70 for one full year.
I’ve also put together a detailed guide on how much it should cost to run a blog. You can read it here.
This blog is hosted at Bluehost. (update as of 04/12/21 – it was hosted with Bluehost. I still love Bluehost and use it for most of my smaller sites. I needed something faster for this site and switched to WPX. You can read about my switch to WPX hosting here.
Bluehost is the cheapest of all website’s host with as low as $2.95 per month plans. I highly recommend it.
Then I have used the Divi theme to design this blog. Divi is a premium theme with fantastic customization features.
Now to make money from your blog, you need traffic.
Simple steps to bring free traffic to your blog and monetize it
1- Select your niche
3- Write useful blog posts around those keywords. Make sure your content provides value to the reader and fulfill their search intent.
4- Once your blog posts start to rank, you will get free traffic to your blog.
5- This free traffic can be monetized by placing your affiliate links or signing up for ad networks like Google Adsense, Mediavine, Adthrive, etc. These networks usually pay from $5 to $30 per 1000 views.
6- Consistently add new valuable content to your blog.
7- Build relationships with other bloggers in your niche and guest blog on their websites.
8- Outsource the tasks like writing blogs and guest post outreach to others so that you can focus more on treating your blog like a startup.
Blogging is not a quick fix. In fact, none of the legitimate methods of making money is a quick fix.
But if you’re consistent and have systems in place, blogging is the best way to start to generate an extra $1000 a month.
(I can assure you it can bring way more than that, some blogs are making millions a month).
So if you are wondering how to make an extra 1000 a month.
Start a blog with BlueHost today (who I still recommend for beginner bloggers!)
2- Create An Online Course
Do you have something to share with the world?
Are you good at something you can turn around and teach to others?
A dad from the USA recorded a video to teach his daughter how to tie shoelaces, and that video went viral. When he saw the power of online teaching, he jumped into it and made a sale of $20,000 with his first webinar.
According to Global Industry Analyst, the online education industry is on its way to surpassing $240 billion by 2021. A large portion of this billion dollars goes to the course creators.
Especially with COVID, the world has largely switched to online teaching. Even the subjects that were thought to be taught only physically are now being conducted online.
So how about creating your own online course?
Honestly, nothing fancy is required. You don’t need any professional certification.
Simply share your experience and knowledge and give it a form of an online information product.
These platforms will help you create your course and make it accessible for your students by hosting it.
Thinkific even offers to host 3 courses for you for free.
For instance, I have a lot of knowledge about affiliate marketing and creating multiple streams of income. So I’ve recorded all my expertise in the form of an online course using Thinkific and linked it to my blog. (You can have a sneak peek here)
These courses serve as an asset and are a constant source of income for me.
So what are you waiting for?
3- Launch A Podcast
Are you an extrovert who likes to meet new people, talk to them, and build relationships?
Then podcasting is your thing…
You can earn money while interviewing people and giving interested people access to listen to it.
The catch here is you need people to listen to you. And people will only listen when they think you have value.
Tim Ferris, writer of the famous “4 Hour Work Week,” runs a podcast,” The Tim Ferris Show.”
Tim makes all his podcast money through sponsorships with brands he loves and recommends.
His rate per episode is $54,000.
With two sponsors per episode, Tim is making $108,000 per episode.
Sponsors play a huge role when it comes to monetizing a podcast.
The more downloads each episode gets, the higher the sponsors would be willing to pay you.
When starting your podcast, make sure you…
- Get listed in all major directories (Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher)
- Post new episodes on a consistent basis.
- Have a strong social media presence and have an average of 1000 downloads per month.
- Don’t try to monetize your podcast too early. It can risk stunting your audience’s growth and jeopardizes your future plans.
- If you host your podcast through BuzzSprout (like me), you can start using the BuzzSprout affiliate marketplace for monetizing (another solid option is PodBean).
- You can ask for monthly donations from your listeners and collect this money through Patreon, a popular fan funding site.
- Once you hit 5000 listens per month, you could also approach businesses you admire and ask them to be your sponsor.
Invite them to offer you a commission per sale whenever you promote their product/service on your show.
- You can also offer your services as a virtual assistant and help a company create a podcast. Fiverr is an excellent place to find businesses looking for podcast VAs.
As an estimate, if your podcast has about 10,000 downloads per episode, you can expect to make between $500 – $900 per episode in affiliate sales.
4- Rent Out A Room On Airbnb
Do you have an extra room in your house?
Do you have an extra property/ apartment sitting vacant?
Is your basement empty?
How about listing it on Airbnb?
According to Earnest, Airbnb hosts make, on average, about $924 a month, and many hosts earn around 1 million in annual revenue.
That’s close to our goal of $1000 a month. Right?
This income can vary dramatically depending on where you’re based, how frequently you rent out your place, your home’s quality, and the services you provide.
If you do not have an extra room or do not own a property, you can still become an Airbnb host and earn more than $1000 a month.
You can talk to a property owner about leasing their house as a short-term rental and listing it on Airbnb instead of renting out to one tenant for a longer-term.
Then you can manage this property on their behalf, from getting listed to cleaning and maintaining it, looking after the guests, and finally sharing the profits.
The property owner earns more than he used to make from a single tenant, and you get paid money for managing it. It’s a win/win for both parties.
My wife and I have been Airbnb hosts for the past 5+ years.
It’s been a great experience.
I do advise anyone interested that you’re no longer in the rental business.
If you choose to get involved, you’re now in the hospitality business. This adds a level of customer service and support.
5- Promote Product And Services Of Other Companies: Affiliate Marketing
If you didn’t already know, affiliate marketing is a billion-dollar industry and has seen explosive growth in the late 2020s. It has the potential to replace your full-time income.
I love this business model as you simply act as a middleman promoting other people’s products and earn commissions: no inventory management, shipping, refunds, and returns.
Your job is to promote the product.
I have written a detailed post about affiliate programs that are beginner-friendly and are free to join. I am part of many programs myself.
These programs will also provide you with marketing materials like creatives, banners, and ad copies.
Simply take that info and promote it on your social media, blog, or run paid ads.
a) Become A Virtual Assistant At Fiverr
Fiverr is an excellent place to offer your VA services and attract clients.
Becoming a VA helps you earn more from your home and, at the same time, removes the need to hire a full-time employee from your employer.
Some easy jobs requiring little expertise have shorter learning curves and can help you make $1000 a month.
b) Assist A Company In Live Streaming Using StreamYard
Companies conduct interviews with their guests and like to stream it on all social media platforms simultaneously. These are smaller tasks, and here is where virtual assistants come in.
You can use tools like StreamYard and help companies manage their live stream.
c) Become A Bookkeeper
Virtual bookkeeping services have never been more in demand.
As a virtual bookkeeper, you can help the business maintain their books from a remote location.
This costs them less, and you can quickly charge $30 to $60 per hour depending on your expertise level and the work required, quickly making $1000 as a side hustle.
There are online business accounting tools like Quickbooks and Xero that you can use to assist in your virtual bookkeeping business
d) Become A Social Media Manager
e) Do Freelance Copywriting
Businesses need help with web content writing. So if you have a little knack for writing, you can easily land a writing gig and charge per article.
f) Do Graphic Design
g) Perform Hourly Jobs
Businesses need help in administrative tasks like
- Scheduling meetings and appointments
- Answering phone calls
- Basic data entry
- Organizing your to-do list and calendar
- Booking travel arrangements
- Email management
h) Become a Pinterest VA
Pinterest has more than 300 million active users.
A Pinterest VA helps businesses set up their Pinterest business accounts, fill up profiles correctly, write down board descriptions, create stellar pins using tools like Canva, and generate a custom pinning schedule through scheduling tools like Tailwind.
You can also help them run promoted pins and track the campaigns.
6- Start A Print On Demand Company
Creating a print-on-demand company is similar to building a blog. Once you have put in the initial effort, the company can run on its own and bring you revenue passively.
Some simple steps to follow when starting a print on demand company.
a) Research Print-On-Demand Providers.
b) Choose Your Audience
Choosing a group to market to will help niche down your shop and lead to more sales over time versus selling to everyone.
c) Find Your Product
Think about finding a unique item that people require or would want to purchase. For example, as the pandemic hit, there was a surge in demand for custom printed face masks.
d) Create Unique Graphic Designs
Either you create your designs yourself or hire someone else to do it for you, make sure they are unique.
e) Pick An Excellent Platform To Sell On
f) Create, Create, Create
The key to print-on-demand success is creating as many options as possible. The more items you have, the more chances you have of making a sale.
7- Answer Surveys: How To Make An Extra 1000 A Month
No, it’s not!
It is totally possible to make $1000 a month, filling out surveys while watching TV.
Many legit surveying platforms even offer signup bonuses.
Some best such sites that can be the best bang for your buck are
- Swagbucks (to learn if Swagbucks is safe, see our review here).
- Survey Junkie
- Vindale Research
Your game plan should be to fill the shortest survey with highest rewards, and it will maximize your revenue.
8- Teach English Online
This may sound too good to be true, but it is very possible to make money online as an Online English Tutor.
All over the world, non-English speaking individuals, mainly Chinese, are continually looking for ways to learn the language.
So platforms are mainly established for this purpose. Some famous sites are
Most of these sites have a requirement of bachelor’s degrees and one year of English teaching experience. You can expect to get paid from $15 to $25 per hour.
9- Become An Online Tutor
Just like teaching English online, tutoring kids with other subjects is also a lucrative side gig.
Whether you work well with younger children or prefer helping college students, you can earn up to $1,000 a month by tutoring just a few hours a week.
And there are many sites out there that eliminate the work of finding students and marketing yourself; they connect you directly with customers and handle the administrative work.
Below are five online tutoring companies that allow you to earn money on your own schedule.
1. Chegg– Chegg works with middle school students through college for subjects, including science and mathematics. Rates start at $20 an hour, and top tutors can make as much as $1,000 a month.
2. StudyPool– StudyPool offers tutoring sessions in over thirty subjects.
It allows students to pose questions to tutors, and a price is set for each item. For example, a student could post a question about a physics problem and offer $7 for help. You can choose as many or as few questions as you’d like to answer.
3. Tutor.com – Tutor.Com is similar to Study Pool and Chegg. But it requires you to commit to at least five hours a week.
4. Wyzant– It allows tutors to set their own rates, giving you more flexibility and earning potential. In fact, some Wyzant tutors turn it into a full-time job and earn over $50,000 a year.
All Wyzant tutors are required to complete a profile and take a subject proficiency exam in your desired area of study. You can only tutor in subjects if you pass the exam.
10- Build An Online Store Through Shopify
Whether you have your own digital or physical product to sell or want to start a dropshipping business, an online store can quickly be launched on a platform like Shopify.
Many drop-shippers do a million dollars in sales every month. So this is definitely a profitable side hustle.
You can use a dropshipping platform like Spocket that connects you with vendors with great products that will ship directly to your buyers for you.
But it will require some upfront investment of money (a minimum of $500 to $1000) to open an online store and test products (if you are drop shipping).
Then you need to run ad campaigns to bring shoppers to your website.
So an online store might not be profitable in the first few months.
But once you have built an email list and a loyal customer base, be ready to make thousands of dollars in net profit every month.
11- Walk Dogs With Rover
Do you know how much pet owners spent on their pet-related goods and other services in 2019?
And for 2020, the estimated sales are $99.0 billion.
Man, people love their furry pals!
So if you love animals and would like a way to earn some extra money on the side, pet sitting might just be the perfect fit for you.
Rover.com is an excellent website where you can offer your pet sitting and walking services.
No extensive training or certifications are required.
The primary qualifications to be a pet sitter are simply loving animals, being reliable, and caring for them in a safe, loving environment.
Take two or three dogs for two weeks out of the month, and you can easily earn an average of $1,000 per month.
Rover.com takes care of all client payments and invoices and makes payments electronically to speed up the process.
In exchange for access to the Rover.com network, the site takes a 15% cut of your earnings.
12- Start Your Own Lawn Care Business
Every home and business with any grass on the property needs to ensure that it gets taken care of.
A while back, I watched this video on YouTube where a guy mowed 9 lawns in 5 hours and made $500 in one day.
According to him, if you mow the lawn as a side hustle, it is easy to make $20 to $30 per property. But if you represent yourself as a professional lawn care business making $10K every month is a piece of cake.
So income varies and based on how much effort you are able/willing to put into it.
Here is a list of at least some of the items you will need before you can hope to start making money mowing lawns.
- A vehicle and possibly a trailer that you can use to haul your equipment
- Lawn care equipment, including a mower, a weed-eater, and trimmers
- Business cards and other promotional materials
- Enough money for gas to get to-and-from your jobs
The first and most obvious way to promote your business would be online. You could use several different sites, including…
- Facebook (paid ads and groups)
- Instagram (paid ads)
- Your own website, combined with SEO marketing and a blog
There are also related side hustles that you could consider alongside lawn mowing, such as window washing, yard cleaning, and picking up trash.
You can also venture into snow-removing services depending on where you live (not for me in Lower Alabama!)
13- Sell Your Old Stuff on eBay.
Look around your house.
Is there something that you haven’t used in a while?
Maybe an old laptop, a PlayStation, some furniture?
Start decluttering and see what you can find.
This is also the fastest way to bring cash without any investment.
You can get rid of clutter and clean out at the same time. Simply pick your old items, clean up a little bit, take good photos, price correctly, and list consistently.
What kinds of things can you sell on eBay that are lying around your house?
- Baby equipment & accessories
- Small kitchen appliances and/or parts (blades, lids, cords, attachments, etc.)
- Sets of children’s books
- Clothing and shoes
- Video games & consoles
- Musical instruments
- Toys (new & vintage)
- Anything new in the package
- Board games
- Electronics (old iPods, cell phones, scientific calculators)
- Scented candles
14- Flip Furniture From Craigslist To Facebook Marketplace
Go to Craigslist and find the items that are listed for “free” in your location.
Sometimes people just want to get rid of old stuff like furniture and toys. They’re ready to give it away for free to interested people.
Look for items that are in good condition. Go pick those items up and bring them to your place.
Clean or wash the item if needed.
Now list these items at Facebook Marketplace at a discounted price. And choose the setting for self-pickup.
Even if you can flip a sofa for 50 dollars that you got for free, you have won.
Flip a couple of items every week, and you can easily make close to or over $1000 every month.
15- Deliver Groceries With Instacart
Instacart is an online grocery delivery service where you can order groceries by creating a grocery list and get them delivered to your home in two hours.
In a separate Instacart app, you can apply as a shopper. Once accepted, you can sign up for shifts to shop for and deliver groceries in your area.
You can either become an in-store shopper and a full-service shopper. In either case, you can work at your own hours.
An Instacart shopper is paid a minimum wage of $8.25 for shopping and delivering the groceries and also get an extra $0.40 per item.
On average, most people make between $15-$20 an hour.
16- Rent Out Your Extra Space With Neighbor
Have you got an empty or could-become-empty closet, attic, basement, garage, or parking space?
Headed out of town?
Need offseason RV storage?
Doing some healthy decluttering?
I have got another way for you to generate an extra 1000 a month.
Neighbor is a company that is on a mission to match people’s empty space with other people’s extra stuff.
Not only It will list your space, connect you with people, it will also handle the payments for you.
Renters get a friendly home for their stuff, for less, and as a host, you earn money by giving your empty storage spaces a job.
The storage rates are 50% lower than anywhere else I could find. So it’s a win/win for both the renter and host.
17- Help People In Their Tasks with TaskRabbit
Would you like to help people clean their house, mow lawns, help assemble the furniture, cook food, help them remove junk, or help them move?
Task Rabbit is where you can find people looking for you to help you out in odd jobs.
How much you can earn with TaskRabbit is dependent on your skill set, location, and the type of jobs available.
For example, cleaners in Orlando, FL, charge $21 to $40 per hour, while painters can charge $104 to $200 per hour to paint one bedroom.
In Las Vegas, you could wait in line at an event’s ticket booth for $18 per hour. Or you could organize someone’s closet and earn between $18 and $30 per hour.
However, keep in mind that Task Rabbit charges a 15% service fee, which is deducted from the total amount you earn. For example, if a gig paid $50, TaskRabbit would take $7.50, and you’d get the remaining $42.50.
FAQs: How To Make An Extra 1000 A Month
1- How much do I need to invest in making 1000 a month?
That depends on where you are investing to generate $1000 a month.
Suppose it’s setting up a blog, launching a dropshipping store, or creating an online course.
In that case, this could be done with one significant investment of less than $500.
2- How to make money as a teenager?
There are tons of cool ideas you can get on with if you’re looking to side hustle as a teenager.
The point remains – it’s never too early to start, and it’s never a bad idea to get some sort of financial independence at the same time.
2- Rent out your car when not in use
4- Review songs to get paid like MusicXray
5- Offer pet-sitting services with Rover.com
6- Selling old gadgets, DVDs, and electronics through Declutrr
7- Invest with Robinhood
8- Complete tasks on Amazon Mturk
3- How to make 100 dollars a day online without investment?
For this, you can set up a freelance profile at Fiverr and Upwork and get started for free.
You can flip free stuff from craigslist to Facebook MarketPlace or eBay.
Sign up at Task rabbit, Instacart, Doordash, and help people with small tasks and fulfilling errands.
We also have a dedicated article on this topic if you’d like to check it out.
4- How to make quick money in one day?
5- How to make money online for beginners?
All of these methods I have mentioned in this article are beginner-friendly.
Some education and learning are always required. Your progress will depend on how quickly you can learn and how much you can invest in starting an online business.
6- How to make $1000 a month in passive income?
If we talk about passive income from stocks, high-yield investments will take at least $100,000 invested to generate $1,000 a month.
Don’t think of it as something you need today, though. Investors get impatient. They reach for those stocks or hype of returns that will make them rich overnight.
But guess what, those stocks can also make you broke just as fast.
Focus instead on building a good portfolio of stocks from different sectors and with sustainable dividend yields.
Give yourself ten years and put a few hundred into your account every month.
I know it seems like an eternity, but in ten years, along with the money you invested and your returns, you’ll be closing in on that $1,000 monthly passive income.
Blogs also have the power to bring passive income. Depending on how much traffic they receive every day and how much money-making potential your blog posts have.
7- How to make an extra 1000 a month with a full-time job?
With a full-time job, you have limited time during workdays, but you have weekends.
Use your weekends to become an InstaCart shopper, a DoorDash Dasher, a Task Rabbit Tasker, or an Uber Driver. All of these jobs will require you to trade your time with money.
You can also use this time to invest in launching an online business. It can be an affiliate blog, a print on demand business, a dropshipping business, or a new YouTube channel.
8- How to make an extra 200 a week?
200 dollars a week means $800 a month.
All of the methods mentioned in this article have the potential to bring you $200 a week.
9- How to make 200 dollars in one day?
I have written this article a while back, where I’ve discussed 20 ways in detail that have the potential to bring you 200 dollars in one day. Read here
10- How to get 300 dollars fast?
Some quick ways to get 300 dollars fast are
1- Sell your blood or Plasma
2- Sell your own stuff online
3- Become a part of a focus group
4- Act as an extra on a movie set
If you want to learn more, I have covered 17 more ways in this article. How to get 300 dollars fast(21 legit ways for everyone).
The Bottom Line: How to make an extra 1000 a month?
I am confident that there will be a method in this article that can help you make an extra $1000 a month.
Be sure to take a look through the entire list and see which of the options best match your skills, circumstances, and personality. And hey, if you don’t like any of these you can always learn how to sell pics of your feet!
If you are looking to make 1000 dollars fast, the best way is to combine or stack different ideas to maximize your earnings.
For example, while driving Uber, you can advertise on your car at the same time.
While these are some of the ways you can make money online, this list isn’t all-inclusive.
I didn’t talk about retail arbitrage, membership groups, and a ton of other strategies!
If you need to earn more money on the side, remember to think about all the different ways to make cash on the internet.
Even if most of these strategies don’t sound like much fun to you, chances are good that one of these ideas is perfect for your lifestyle and goals.
And remember, don’t just think outside the box — Destroy the Box.
Get out and start making $1000 a month now.