Drive your car
Uber: If you’ve got a four-door car, you put it to use earning extra money by driving in your spare time. Click here to find out how drivers can make ride-sharing work for them. You don’t need to have professional driving experience.
Be there and take care
Pet sit: What’s better than playing with a puppy? Getting paid for it. You can get started dog walking or dog sitting with friends or family, or sign up for a national service like Rover, a site that connects you to local pet owners who need help.
Baby-sit and more: Baby-sitting isn’t just for teenagers. Sites like Sitter.com and Care.com can connect you with a gig. They also have jobs for child care, special needs care, senior care, pet care, housekeeping and more.
House sit: When friends or neighbors go out of town, offer to keep an eye on their house, pick up the mail or water the plants. Don’t know of anyone who’s leaving? Try an online job portal such as Mindahome.com. Rover is also a conduit for house sitting opportunities.
Sell or auction things on eBay: You can sell or auction off practically anything you own at the grandfather of all auction sites.
Sell on Bonanza: This is a marketplace for both used and new items that is billed as an alternative to eBay. You can set your own prices, and the site will collect a small fee for anything you sell.
Sell at used-entertainment sites: You can sell used video games, DVDs and even CDs to local resellers, or online through sites like SecondSpin.com. You may also be able to sell them to national chains like GameStop or to Amazon’s Trade-In program, although the latter will only pay you in Amazon gift cards.
Decluttr: This site will buy your CDs, DVDs, games and books, as well as technology like cellphones and game consoles. You enter a barcode or make/model number, and the site will generate an offer price. Decluttr promises to pay the day after receiving the items.
Sell on Craigslist: Through this free site, you can sell anything from shoes to cars. Typically you sell to a local buyer, meet in person and get paid cash. Another site that operates in a similar fashion is Letgo.
Hold garage sales: Garage sales are a great way to declutter your home and earn extra cash. Some cities require a permit for yard and garage sales. Here are 15 tips to do it right.
Be a garage sale “picker”: Earn money by shopping for treasures at garage sales and then reselling them. Check out: “7 Tips for Making Thousands of Dollars Shopping Yard Sales.”
Use consignment shops: Clothing consignment stores typically accept designer items and like-new clothes, shoes and accessories. When the item sells, you get a portion of the proceeds. Do it locally or do it online at sites like Swap.com — especially good for maternity, baby and children’s items — and TheRealReal, which focuses on gently used designer clothes and accessories.
Sell books: Stores like Half Price Books buy used books for cash.