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33 Ways to Earn a Living Without a Job

33 Ways to Earn a Living Without a Job

Here are some ideas to get you started.  This list, of course, is  by no means comprehensive.

  1. Cleaning houses
  2. Cleaning out vacated rental properties (as a perk, sometimes you get to keep items that have been abandoned, and you can sell them on Craigslist or make use of them yourself)
  3. Yardwork: raking, mowing, landscaping
  4. Trimming trees
  5. Cleaning out gutters
  6. Repairing items: home repairs, small appliance repairs – whatever you’re good at fixing, there is likely a person who needs that item fixed
  7. Cooking for those too busy to cook for themselves
  8. Babysitting
  9. Before and after school childcare (It can be really tough for working parents to find someone willing to drive their children to school and pick them up)
  10. Weekend or overnight childcare
  11. Pet-sitting
  12. Dog walking
  13. Laundry service (I recommend doing this at a laundromat instead of running up your own utility bills – you can build the price of the coin operated machines into your fee)
  14. Run errands – some folks are working during regular business hours and don’t have the time to do those little errands like stopping by the dry cleaner, going to the grocery store, etc.
  15. Shovel snow
  16. Help people move – if you have a strong back, you can be the hired muscle
  17. Wash cars
  18. Do a paper route (it’s not just for kids anymore)
  19. Recycle aluminum or plastic
  20. Recycle scrap metal – if you have a truck, run an ad offering to pick up used appliances, etc.  Most people are thrilled to have someone haul off their old junk.
  21. Pick up poop – a friend I used to know made a LOT of money from his willingness to pick up dog poop in people’s back yard on a weekly basis
  22. Make and sell…something.  Maybe you make jewelry, knit scarves, carve duck decoys – whatever.  Find a venue to sell your handmade items, like Etsy, craft sales, EBay, or the local paper.
  23. Rent out a room in your home – you can get big dollars if you live near a college.
  24. Sell excess garden goodies from a stand in your front yard
  25. If you have a really good eye, you can make money buying cool vintage stuff at yard sales and online, cleaning it up, then reselling it to an antique shop.  Be careful, though – you can just as easily lose money doing this.
  26. Do you sew? You can make money doing mending and alterations – many tailors charge up to $20 to hem a pair of pants.
  27. Got a green thumb? Set up and tend to vegetable gardens for your neighbors
  28. Sell social media influence: if you have a busy Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook page, sometimes you can do sponsored posts for companies who want to reach the people that interact with you
  29. Start a blog about something you love. Keep in mind, this is not immediate money. It can take months or even years before you make a profit.
  30. If you have a marketable talent, create an account on Fiverr. You can sell logos, digital artwork, small online jobs…the sky is the limit but the price is $5.
  31. If you have professional experience, use it to hire yourself out as a consultant. You can charge a great deal of money to provide an outside perspective in many different types of industries.
  32. Teach something. Again, you can use former professional experience for this. But you can also teach some of the marketable skills above, like crafting, repairing, or gardening.
  33. Network marketing sales. I know, I know. You’re going to say I’m crazy. But there are a lot of people making a lot of money selling things like Scentsy, Pampered Chef, and essential oils. Beware of spending a whole lot of money getting started, but if you find a product that you love and believe in, you may end up joining the ranks of those who are very successful at it.

33 Ways to Earn a Living Without a Traditional Job

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