As someone who isn’t afraid to try new things, I’ve tried my hand quite a few side income ventures. Knowing this about me, friends often come to me for advice on what to do to make a little extra cash on the side.
For some reason, I like to think of potential income ideas in terms of making $500 extra per month, or even $1,000 more. Something about those nice round large numbers seems appealing. 🙂
But setting out to make a $500-$1,000 monthly chunk of cash can be a daunting prospect. I’m writing this post to show you how to think of this task in order to show just how easy it can be to accomplish, even if all you have to devote is your spare time on the nights and weekends.
If you think outside the box, it’s fairly easy to figure out a way to bring in an extra $500, possibly $1,000 per month, with some hard work. If you find just the right money-making idea, you might be able to do that working less than part-time hours. For instance, I work on this blog anywhere from 15-30 hours per week, rarely more than that. And it earns me a healthy six figure income!!
What would making an extra $500 to $1,000 every month do for you? Your family?
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How to Translate $500-$1,000 Extra per Month Into Manageable Amounts
Setting out with the idea that you need to make $500 or more per month can be scary, but not anywhere near as scary when you break it down into increments. You can totally do this! Here’s how it works out on paper:
For example, an extra $500 per month could be…
- 20 hours of work valued at $50 per hour
- 40 hours of work valued at $25 per hour
- $100 earned five times
- $20 earned twenty five times
- $10 earned fifty times
- $250 from two customers/clients
The same principle applies to $1,000 per month.
How does this translate into earning $500-$1,000? You just replace the words “work” or “earned” with specific jobs or products to sell.
So, “20 hours of work valued at $50 per hour” could be “20 hours of accounting consulting valued at $50 per hour.” And “$10 earned fifty times” could be “$10 profit on fifty items.”
Now that we have broken down the larger goal into manageable amounts, let’s cover different ways to get to your earnings goal.
Ways to Make an Extra $500+ Per Month
Here are some ideas I love to share with my friends, and I hope you can use these for yourself to make $500 extra per month (or more)!
All of these ideas are jobs you can do on your own time – meaning, you make your own schedule. I think with a little creativity and the right idea, you’ll be on your way to creating extra cash flow for you and your family so you can decide if you can ever leave the workforce or have to go back to work at a traditional job (if you’re a stay-at-home-mom).
There are so many part-time careers out there – many of them doing jobs you can do in your spare time at night or while bringing your kids with you. I hope you like this list! 🙂
Blogging Income Update!
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 earned $9,997 in January (you can see my income reports here…I add them every few months)! Blogging is something I love to do and would recommend to just about anyone as a way to make extra money. I am officially moving blogging up to the #1 spot on this list and will begin providing income reports in future months to inspire others to start their blogging journey!
1) Blogging to Make an Extra $1000 a Month or More
I can’t write a post about earning money without mentioning blogging for extra income. I used to think it was just a hobby some moms had, but it wasn’t until I took the plunge and started my own blog that I realized it was a legitimate money-making venture! It was the best financial decision I ever made for my family. You can literally blog about anything under the sun and make money doing it. Check out this post on fun blog topics to see what I mean! I also wrote a post recently that gives you insight into 7 different ways I make money with my blog that add up to between $5,000 to $10,000 extra per month now. Sometimes this whole blogging thing can seem mysterious until you get into it, so I wrote that post to kind of explain what goes on behind the scenes so you can see how big numbers like that are possible.
I started blogging in 2010, wrote a bunch of posts, then took a couple years off in between having babies 2 and 3. That’s the beauty of blogging – you can stop and start back up when you want, and you really don’t have anyone to answer to except yourself! I began building my site back up ever since my youngest turned 2 last year and I felt like I had more time to devote to it. Blogging is by no means a get-rich-quick scheme, but it is a legitimate way to make extra money.
If you’re serious about starting a blog, you will want to read my post How to Start a Blog, where I explain exactly how I would go about setting up my blog if I had to do it all over again using Bluehost. I come across so many bloggers every day who have gone about blogging the wrong way….cheaping out on the essentials and never seeing the fruits from their labor. There are some associated start up costs with blogging, but it’s nothing like a real business would cost – it’s more like $200 max to get it going properly and from there just A LOT of hard work. You are a hard worker aren’t you?
If you’re just thinking about becoming a blogger and would like to know what’s possible, here’s a link to all of my past income reports ranging from $3,391 to $9,997 per month. I am slowly publishing them as I have time. I do this part time so I don’t always get to all the projects I want to tackle. I promise more are on the way! 🙂
I hope a few of you decide to give blogging a go. It’s honestly been the best thing for our family. Don’t you wish that 12 months from now you could look back and say you made the right decision? Click here to get the Blog Startup Guide via email. Or just click on the image below to read it online!
p.s. I have some really good news – I am now a Bluehost preferred partner! This means you can actually start a blog through Bluehost for just $2.95 a month on a 36-month plan at any time by using my link! It’s a crazy low price to begin something that could last for years and make a huge difference for your family’s finances. After you read the blog startup guide, make sure to snag this deal before it’s gone.
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2) Cleaning Houses to Make a Thousand More
In my area, I find that reasonably-priced house cleaners are hard to come by. Using a maid service is not an affordable option for many people, especially stay-at-home-moms with limited incomes. So if you can set a rate below a standard cleaning crew rate (I was quoted $85 per hour for a two-person cleaning crew) and do a good job, you will have plenty of work. Read more about my search for a housekeeper in the post How Much Money Can You Make Cleaning Houses?
You’ll need some cleaning supplies to get started. Here are 8 products that our housekeeper uses (I provide all supplies, but I know not everyone does that). This will give you a good idea of some of the upfront costs you can expect to incur to start a cleaning business.
As a mom with three young children, I know just how in demand a good babysitter can be. Almost every day, I see moms in my local moms group posting requests for babysitters for date nights and special events. I have three sitters in my back pocket in case one isn’t available when I need her! Babysitting is one of those things that works on referrals. If you do a good job for a couple families, you’ll have so much work coming your way you’ll have to turn down money left and right! I pay my sitters $10 per hour, but I’ve been quoted up to $15 per hour. The better you are with kids or older you are (adults can ask for more than teens, in my opinion), the more you can command. A CPR certification is a plus.
4) Pet Sitting
Similar to babysitting, pet sitting is a great idea because lots of people have pets and they want to know they are being watched by someone reputable when they leave town. My neighbor just paid $40 per day for someone to stop by twice a day to walk & feed their dog and check on the cat. It probably only took an hour or two max per day, so that’s conservatively a $20 per hour rate. Watch one household of pets per day for thirteen days per month, and you’ll have an extra $520 in your pocket! If you can line up several clients in the same area to maximize your time, you’ll earn that extra cash with even fewer hours worked.
5) Mowing Lawns
My brother is a lawn care professional, and I know from him that $50 is a reasonable rate for mowing a small yard. He said he can charge $100 per week to mow an average yard in his small town. Let’s be conservative and say you find 5 yards to mow once a week for $50 each, you’d earn $250 per week, or $1,000 extra per month.
After having a full time job for many years, I’d welcome the opportunity to mow lawns out in the lovely sunshine any day! It’s a great idea for anyone with access to a lawn mower and at least a few hours here and there to devote to it!
6) Become a Virtual Assistant
If blogging is a great way to make extra money, offering virtual assistant services is the fast track way to make money online fast. There are thousands of active bloggers out there who have a lot going on and don’t have time to do everything related to blog management on their own. The #1 way I’d go about making fast cash if I ever needed to is as a Virtual Assistant to other bloggers. You can offer anything from content creation to social media management to help with administrative tasks. There are Facebook groups just for bloggers seeking help from virtual assistants, and even Facebook support groups for VAs. To get started in these groups, search for groups on Facebook with “sell content to bloggers” and “virtual assistant” in the names. And not only bloggers need help – really any business owner will have tasks they’d rather delegate to someone else. Be that go-to person for a handful of clients, and you’ll be set with a nice side income. For more specific information on how to start a virtual assistant business, I recommend this book:
7) Offer a service in your local area
What can you do that others would be willing to pay for? It can be as simple as identifying a need and serving that need. Here are five service areas I see in my area all the time that you could either do on the side in your spare time or as a real job:
- Elderly Companion
- Grocery delivery service
- Kids hair cuts
- Cupcake baker (click to read my full post on the topic!)
- Tour guide
- Arts & crafts instructor or seller
- Consignment sale reseller
Share Your Ideas for Making $500+ in Extra Income
Do you have any side job ideas for making extra money? I get excited exploring all the possibilities and would love to grow this into a huge resource. Share your money-making ideas in the comments below! This post is included in the Complete Guide for Stay-at-Home-Moms, a collaborative effort by over 50 mom bloggers
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