11 Ways to Make an Extra $1,000 Per Month

What could you do with an extra $1,000 per month?

Could you save more money, pay off debt, put money in the kids' college funds, or even just go on a few nice vacations every year?

But let's face it, making an extra $1,000 per month might seem challenging at first, and you may wonder if work will take you away from your family more.

Luckily, making an extra $1,000 per month is possible.

No matter if you're a stay at home mom or you work outside of the house, there are always ways to earn extra money on the side.

Many people call these side money-making ideas “side hustles”, and lots of people make $500, $1,000 and more from their side hustles.

Also, $1,000 in 30 days is just an extra $33 per day, and you can probably make that if not more depending on what side hustle ideas you pursue.

These 11 ways to make an extra $1,000 per month may take a little time, but it’s worth it to be able to earn extra money for you and your family.

Some of these ideas you may even enjoy and want to do for a long time in the future!

1) Babysitting

As long as there are kids, people will always need babysitters.

If you’re good with kids and enjoy watching other’s children, babysitting can be a fun and lucrative way to earn extra money.

The best way to find babysitting opportunities is to ask around to people you know, either in-person or on Facebook.

Your safety is paramount, so only offer to babysit people you know, like friends, family or your neighbors’ children.

You may consider putting up a babysitting flyer at your children’s daycare as well, for parents who would like to have a date night but are wary about trusting strangers.

Parents of young toddlers need an opportunity to go out on dates, but many are hesitant to leave children that young with strangers, so a familiar parent would be a great choice for them.

Babysitting rates really vary, depending on when and where parents want you to babysit, plus the age and difficulty of the children you’re watching.

An afternoon with three seven-year-olds to a waterpark will earn you much more money than watching a two-year-old from 7 to 10 p.m. while the parents go out for dinner and a movie.

You could earn anywhere from $15 to $50 an hour depending on the children’s ages, activity and feeding needs, and even where in the country you live.

2) Pet Sitting or Dog Walking

To many people, their pets are their kids, and many people are willing to pay for their pets like they pay for their kids.

Pet sitting or dog walking side hustles are perfect for stay-at-home parents who love pets.

Again, you can ask around for family, friends and neighbors who may need a pet sitter or dog walker, but also consider checking out Rover.com.

Rover.com is a site that aggregates pet sitters, who put their profiles up and advertise what types of pets they watch or walk.

For example, let’s say you’re great with big dogs but don’t prefer smaller dogs.

You can put up a profile on Rover.com talking about your experience with big dogs (maybe you grew up with them or have pet sat larger dogs in the past) and highlight how you have a large yard or you’re a runner, so you would be a great choice for a large dog that needs to get out and exercise.

Prices for dog sitters and dog walkers vary, depending on the type of dogs you want to watch/walk and how expensive your city is traditionally.

Bigger cities, where there are fewer yards or places to easily walk pets, will often earn you more money.

3) Become a Virtual Assistant

Don’t want to take in people’s pets or kids?

You might find virtual assistant work much more interesting!

Virtual assistant work is typically working from home, doing all sorts of things from organizing people’s email, to proofreading articles, or even social media promotion.

Your best bet of finding virtual assistant work is by joining Facebook groups specifically for virtual assistants.

There are a number of Facebook groups that are specifically for helping virtual assistants find work and helping connect business owners looking for virtual assistants.

While the pay for virtual assistants starts out pretty low, around $15 an hour, pay increases with skill level and some VAs can earn upwards of $35 an hour.

Also, VAs can work any time of the day or night, meaning you can work during naptime, early morning, or after the kids go to bed.

4) Survey Companies

Do you like sharing your opinion and getting paid for it? If so, taking online surveys might be great to earn some extra cash!

Sites like OpinionOutpost.com offer you the chance to take surveys on your own time, meaning you can take them between commercial breaks, after you put the kids to bed, or any time that works for you.

The shorter surveys will typically pay less, but since they’re so flexible, you can knock out two or three out in one hour and make a few dollars or more per survey.

5) Focus Groups

Very similar to opinion sites, you can also sign up to be paid for taking part in focus groups.

Like online opinion surveys, focus groups enable you to share your opinion on anything from food or make up preferences to even tasting new candy flavors!

One of the best sites out there for finding focus groups in your area is FocusGroup.com.

Even if you don’t find your city, there are nationwide focus groups and groups by telephone you can take part in.

Focus groups do take more time than online opinion surveys, anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours, but you’re paid very well for your time.

If you live in a big city, you’ll typically have more opportunities for paid focus groups, but you’ll also have more competition, so be sure to respond to any email inquiries when you get them.

You’ll paid anywhere from $25 to $350 per focus group, or more.

6) Online Shopping

Don’t think you can get paid to shop?

Okay, while you probably shouldn’t shop for more than you get paid, you can actually get cashback for shopping!

Plus, if you like window shopping (online), you can get rewarded in points that you can then redeem for gift cards from Amazon, Visa, and your favorite restaurants.

Sites like Swagbucks.com are some of the most legitimate, and earning points is easy.

You can earn points by shopping, surfing the web, playing games, and a lot more.

While it may take a little while to earn money, it really accumulates quickly and you can start earning gift cards almost immediately.

7) Odd Jobs

Looking to do something quickly during free time or on the weekend?

Check out Craigslist or, even better, the neighborhood platform Nextdoor.

Lots of people ask for assistance with tasks, like tutoring kids, taking care of small house projects, or even helping people move.

You can earn anywhere from $15 an hour and up depending on the task.

With odd jobs, you can look for them on your free time and pick up a little extra work in the evening or on the weekends.

8) Sell Your Skills on Fiverr

Are you really good at designing images, do you have a great voice, or do you give great relationship advice?

Then sell these skills (called “gigs”) on Fiverr.com!

Fiverr.com is a marketplace for anyone to buy and sell services online, and when I say anything, I mean anything!

People looking for relationship advice, astrology readings, and even jingle writing. Best of all, you can do work on Fiverr.com on your schedule.

While most gigs start at $5, you can easily create add-on services and, as you become more reputable on the site, you can raise your rate to $10 and up.

9) Become an Aerobics Instructor

Love to work out and get others in shape too?

You could become an aerobics, Zumba, or boot camp instructor and make anywhere from $15 per person to $150 a class.

You can set up your own boot camp classes through Nextdoor.com or Facebook.com with family, friends and neighbors.

You can host your boot camp classes for free at a local park, making any cost to you extremely low.

In addition, check out your local gym, community college and YMCAs to see if they need instructors.

These places typically need at least one or two instructors throughout the year, and these classes are usually indoors, meaning you can teach year round.

While these classes are much less flexible (you typically have to be available after 5 p.m., when people are off work, or before 7 a.m., before people go to work), your potential to earn more is much higher.

Plus, you’re getting paid to work out!

10) Design Websites

Love to design websites and make the web a nicer place?

Consider selling your design and web skills on a site like Upwork.com, where you can be hired to design and code websites, write content for companies, and even be hired as a virtual assistant.

Pay on Upwork can start out pretty low but, like Fiverr, you can charge more as more people hire and rate you.

The best part of Upwork is that you can do it on your own time and increase prices the more you work.

11) Freelance Writing

If you like to write, a site like Contena.com might give you the perfect opportunity to write on your schedule and get paid for it.

Contena is a very reputable website as well, meaning you’ll be connected to people who need writers and generally pay well for good writers.

On Contena, you’ll really set your own prices.

You can search for topics and pay ranges, meaning you could write for a health company for $35 one day and a nutrition company for $75 the next!

Wrapping Up

Keep in mind that an extra $1,000 a month is only $33 a day, as several of these ways to make extra money pay you that-and more!

It’s definitely possible to earn an extra $1,000 a month, and many of these suggestions allow you to do so on your own time, making them perfect for busy people with families.

Melissa B.

Melissa B is a personal finance writer and editor, with a focus on student loan debt and saving for retirement. Follow her journey in paying off student loans while saving for her future at sunburntsaver.com

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