11 Ways To Make Extra Money In 2018, & The Side Hustles You Can Use To Do It

Is one of your 2018 New Year’s resolutions to make or save more money? Yeah, me too. We’re currently living in the gig economy. The gig economy can have its downsides, but it can make it easier to earn extra money in 2018 through a side hustle. The holiday season may wipe out your bank account, but you can replenish your funds with a little creativity. There are literally hundreds of way to make extra cash, and you’re probably doing a few of them for free already.

If you’re not sure what types of things you can do, websites like Fiverr and TaskRabbit can show you what folks near and far are willing to pay others to do for them. On Fiverr, you get paid $5 and up for completing a variety of tasks, many can be done remotely. TaskRabbit focuses more on local errands, and you’d be surprised about how easy making extra money can be. Some folks need someone to pick up a few items from the grocery store. Chances are, you were going to need to make a trip to pick up some food yourself anyway. Multi-tasking and making money is so 2018.

Ahead, you’ll find some ideas to get you started on your money-making journey.

1Rent Things Out

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Most folks know that they can rent out their living space using platforms like Innclusive and Noirbnb, but you can rent out just about anything else like electronics, clothing, and furniture using Zilok. This is an easy way to make money off of items you’re not using at the moment.

2Recycle

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Recycling is great for the environment, and it can score you a little extra cash. Many states have programs where folks can cash in recyclables for money, but that doesn't just mean turning in your old bottles and cans for the deposit. You can recycle everyday products like old batteries, too. Rates vary from place to place so check out how much you can earn in your area.

3Join Focus Groups

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You can get paid to tell people your opinion. Seriously. Many businesses and studies need to know what people just like you think. Focus groups can take place online or in person. Doing a few paid focus groups a month will be a nice boost to your bank account. Check out 20|20 Panel to find focus group opportunities.

4Babysit

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Who said babysitting is just for teenagers? Parents are looking for a responsible person to watch their kids. Start by reaching out to families you already know, or join your neighborhood's Facebook group. They can serve as references when you want to bring in more clients.

5Tutor/Teach Someone A New Skill

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There’s always something you can teach someone else. It doesn’t have to be an academic topic (though it can be). Are you a skilled gardener? Teach someone how to grow some fresh herbs. Tutor.com is a platform for tutors to connect with their potential pupils, but this is another area where you can simply advertise on Facebook or through word of mouth.

6Freelance

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Freelancing is a great way to earn extra money and build your professional portfolio. Companies are always looking to add talented freelancers to contribute to their workforce in all kinds of disciplines (not just writing!). There are a bunch of websites advertising freelancing gigs. The best part is most freelancing can be done remotely.

7Drive Folks Around

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If you like driving and meeting new people, becoming a Lyft driver, or a driver for another ride-sharing service, may be a good option to earn some more money in the new year. Just be sure that you meet driver requirements, which include being 21 or older, owning a 4-door car, and having car insurance. You can sign up directly on the app.

8Sell Clothes To Thrift Stores

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Your closet may be filled with cash. Some thrift stores like Plato’s Closet and others that operate throughout the U.S. will buy your gently used clothes. Cleaning out your closet and earning extra cash? Sounds like a win-win.

9Sell Clothes Directly To Other People

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Selling your gently used clothes directly to people can take more time than dropping several pieces off at the thrift store, but you’re likely to earn more money per item, and you’ll have more leverage in negotiating your price. A lot of people use Poshmark to sell name-brand clothing they no longer wear.

10Take Pictures

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Photos capture memories, but sometimes we forget to snap them when we’re having fun. Offer your photography skills to families and groups of friends during their special moments, such as graduations and birthday parties. You can also offer to snap headshots for folks looking to spruce up their LinkedIn page.

11Clean Up

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A lot of folks would rather not spend their spare time cleaning their house. Why not offer your cleaning services? You can set your own prices, and some clients will be so happy with your work, they’ll give you a tip, too. Sign up for a MaidsApp profile, and you'll be getting new gigs in no time.

Your bank account will flourish in 2018 if you use the skills you already have to make a little extra money. Anyone can have a side hustle. What will yours be?