Not too long ago, I published a blog post called 7 Ways to Make $500 to $1000 Extra Per Month. It was a list of ideas I knew for sure could help someone make extra cash.
I never imagined it would be as popular as it has been! Funny thing is I have a notebook full of about 300 ideas for making extra money, some simple job ideas and other full-blown business ideas all written out – yes, they’re in an actual notebook! Hopefully my house never burns down. 🙂
I’m on a mission to put as many of these ideas as possible on the blog because I love to hear about others taking my ideas and making them a reality! I especially love it when another mom comes to me and tells me she took one of my ideas and turned it into a legitimate source of extra income for her family. It’s why I do what I do!
Sometimes all it takes is someone mentioning something you’ve never thought of before, and then all the pieces start to fall in place. My hope is for this series to be that resource for you.
Why $800 – $1000 Extra?
I think it’s important to set realistic goals at first, then build on achieving your first goal by setting another incremental goal.
I think earning $800 to $1,000 extra each month is a respectable and reasonable goal that anyone can achieve with hard work.
Does $1,000 sound like too much for now? Then start smaller. There’s nothing wrong with starting with a goal of making $100 per month. If that’s what you can envision yourself earning, then go for it.
The point here is that yous should set a goal. Any goal. Even if your realistic goal is $100 but your pie-in-the-sky goal is $1,000. That’s how I built up my blogging business from a $100 per month venture to a real home business that earns over $
6,000 $9,000 a month as of January.
I wrote this post when I was researching ways I could personally make up to $1,000 per month as a stay-at-home-mom. I am happy to say that with this blogging venture of mine has earned $9,997 in January! (you can see my latest income reports here)! I no longer publish these but you can see historical income reports at that link.
Blogging is something I love to do and would recommend to just about anyone as a way to make extra money. It’s low cost (you can start a blog for less than $5 a month in web hosting) and the main thing you have to lose is the time invested in giving it a go. I’ve been blogging for 11 years now, and started taking it seriously when my youngest was almost 3 years old and I had more time.
If you like to write and/or teach others just about anything under the sun, have a willingness to learn a fairly simple to use blogging platform, I say give it a shot. I am officially moving blogging up to the premier spot on this list and will begin providing more income reports in future months to inspire others to start their blogging journey! Learn how to start a blog in this post ==> How to Start a Blog
Other Blog Startup Resources:
- How to Know if You’ll Be a Good Blogger
- How to Choose a Blog Name You Won’t Regret
- What to Do if the Blog Name You Want is Taken
7 Ideas to Help You Make $800 to $1000 Extra per Month
1. Flamingo Yards – You know like when someone turns 40 and you want to embarrass them and order a yard full off flamingos? Someone owns those flamingos and rents them out! I found a couple of businesses doing this – the going rate to provide 20-30 flamingos is approximately $120. A 4-piece set costs $14.50 on Oriental Trading. This means for a cost of approximately $120, you could purchase a set of flamingos necessary to “flamingo” a single yard. If you charge $120 per yard, it would only take ONE yard to pay for the inventory! If you can advertise cheaply or for free at first, this is a very easy business to get into with no-brainer start-up costs that basically pay for themselves right away. To make $800 per month, you would only need to book 2 clients per week which is completely reasonable.
2. Repair Mailboxes – My neighborhood homeowner’s association has these ridiculous rules that states everyone must have matching mailboxes and we must pay a fee each year toward mailbox maintenance. What this means is any time our mailbox needs repairs (broken door or flag, etc), we must submit a request to the homeowner’s association. And every few years they send someone by our house to repaint them all black. What this says to me is that there are people out there that specialize in mailbox repair! Who would have ever thought this was a thing?!
3. Detail Cars – I have paid to have my car detailed a few times. And not the Auto Bell version where you get a quick vacuum, wash, and someone’s attention for 20 minutes. I mean the kind where someone spends 1 to 2 hours on your car, getting into every crack and hard-to-reach spot with a small vacuum attachment and rags. I paid $75 the first time (10 years ago) and $125 the second time (last year). Assuming you could charge $100-$125, you’re looking at an hourly rate of $50+! If you line up 2 clients per weekend, you could easily earn $800 per month. Considering this is a task that could easily be taught and scaled, you could really turn this into much more than $800 per month by hiring help OR you could simply take on additional clients as you need extra cash.
4. Uber Driver – Driving for Uber used to be something you only saw in very large cities, but I’ve noticed it becoming increasingly popular in smaller cities as well. A good friend of mine, who recently returned to school to pursue his accounting degree, drives for Uber on nights and weekends and loves it! There is still a bit of mystery around exactly how much Uber drivers earn, but according to Uber, itself, in a recent report, drivers can make somewhere between minimum wage to $300 per night (LOL – so unclear!). All I know is it has to be worth it or so many people wouldn’t be doing it. Soooo, I’m going to venture a guess that you could earn $800 per month with Uber IF you drove on weekends (peak times) and worked 2-3 nights per week. If someone has actual data on this, please share in the comments below!
5. Deliver Groceries – Once or twice a week I order groceries from my local grocery store. I pay $5 per shopping trip for this service. I am able to pick up my groceries from the store’s drive thru parking spot. When my kids were little, I was tempted to take that a step further and have them deliver the groceries to my front door for an additional $20 fee. I was that desperate when I had a preschooler, toddler, and newborn baby at home by myself!! The only thing that stopped me was the fact that the store required a 48 hour lead time in order to coordinate the delivery. Sometimes I order food in the morning that we needed that same evening, so that wouldn’t work for me. If someone had offered a service where I could have my groceries delivered to me in a more timely manner (say, that same day or even the next morning), I would have totally paid $20 for that. I’m positive I’m not the only mom with a newborn who feels that way! Get a handful of clients willing to pay you $20 for an hour’s worth of work, combine them together in one trip to the store, and you will have yourself a nice little side business while working only a few hours here and there.
6. Themed Kids Parties – If you live in an area like I do where young couples are everywhere, odds are kids birthday parties are big business. Just about every place around here that caters to children offers birthday party packages. And they stay booked up! Bounce houses, gymnastics centers, bowling alleys, arcades, cupcake bakeries, playground retailers, even the Wine & Design places offer birthday parties for kids. A new trend I’m seeing – since those types of parties are a bit played out – is for in-home parties operated by third party vendors. My favorite one recently was Hello Kitty Spa Day for a 10 year old. All the mom had to do was set out food, and the birthday party vendor showed up with tablecloths & decorations in a Hello Kitty/pink & black theme, white robes, manicure and pedicure stations, and two assistants. Then they proceeded to corral the girls in attendance, explain what they were about to do, then ushered them from station to station while the mom just chatted with other moms. It was so much fun and super cute! I found out that the lady who runs this business offers several packaged themes, and she holds 2-4 parties per weekend at roughly $250 each. She pays her assistants $10 per hour to help her, so she spends approximately $60 (3 hours x 2 assistants) per party on that. After she pays for her initial decorations and supplies, it’s easy to see how profitable this side business could be at just a few parties per weekend.
7. Seal Driveways – My brother seals driveways in the fall when his mowing business is slow. He says it is difficult to keep up with demand! If you live in a harsh weather environment (lots or rain or snow annually or super high temps), homeowners need their asphalt driveways sealed every other year, perhaps every third year. That’s a lot of driveways with recurring business! You can charge $100-$200 per driveway. Who doesn’t want to go collect $200 from a bunch of people every few years?
So there you have it, 7 more ideas for making extra money! These could all be full-fledged businesses if you wanted, but if you just want $800 to $1,000 per month, they’re great for that too.
If you do use one of these ideas, please come back one day and let me know in the comments below or even on Facebook!
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