Ways to earn extra money

Looking for ideas to make extra money to supplement your income? Consider one of these side gigs.

Man crafting a belt on a table as a way to make money from home.

Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent wondering how to work from home or a worker bee just looking to boost your take-home pay, a side job may be a good option. Today’s gig economy has created myriad opportunities to turn a skill or a hobby into a moneymaking venture. (Remember, you must report income from a side job and pay all applicable taxes.)

Here are some ideas to earn some extra money:

Offer drivesharing services

If you have a car and some free time, you may be able to drive for one of the many ridesharing services. The work is flexible and requires no special training. Auto insurance is often provided by a ridesharing company for the times when you’re giving rides, but talk to your State Farm® agent about the benefits of adding a Rideshare Driver Coverage endorsement.

Pursue your passion

If you have a marketable hobby or talent — think photography, fitness, crafting, baking or music - brainstorm ways you might be able to profit from doing what you love by starting a small business. Spread the word to your friends and family and look for the best outlet to market your services. It may be as simple as a social media page or posters around town.

Consider renting your home temporarily

Your home may be your castle, but it can also be someone else’s retreat for a few days if you have a spare room. Or rent out your entire home during a time you’re planning to be out of town. Many home rental companies provide insurance coverage, but as with ridesharing, check with your insurance agent.

Sell things you don’t use

If your stuff isn’t bringing you joy, get rid of it. As you purge, consider selling some items on easy-to-use apps or websites. Taking quality pictures, researching value and writing thorough descriptions can go a long way toward maximizing your return.

Walk dogs

If you’re an animal lover, dog-walking or pet-sitting can be a flexible way to earn extra cash and can be done on top of other obligations. Look up fair rates in your area, determine whether you’re more comfortable pet-sitting in your home or the owner’s, and start lining up jobs with your friends or coworkers to get the word out.

More ideas to make money from home

Here are some other things you can consider to make some extra money at home:

  • Mystery shopping
  • Private tutoring
  • Grocery or fast food deliveries
  • Babysitting
  • Podcasting
  • Survey taking
  • Becoming an influencer

Always consider your safety and watch out for scams when you are looking for ways to make extra money, including online jobs. Also, playing your favorite numbers in the lottery once in a while for fun might pay off one day and you might earn some extra cash.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

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