20 Ways to Earn Some Money In Your Spare Time

Monday, November 2, 2009

Submitted By: Janet Freitag

As someone who has had several home based businesses, I thought I would share some ideas for earning extra money on a part time basis. Some of these ideas are not jobs but nonetheless, they are income producing opportunities.

1. Babysit in your home.

2. Become a caregiver for neighbors' pets while they are on vacation.

3. Sign up with local market research companies to participate in consumer surveys.

4. Sell used books on

5. Sell gently used clothes and other items on E-Bay.

6. Sign up to become a secret shopper.

7. Sign up to become an Avon Representative. Your commission is anywhere from 20% to 50%.

8. Work as a lunch aide in the local elementary school. This job is for only two hours a day. It's perfect for mothers of school-age children.

9. Rent out a spare room in your house.

10. Rent your garage to someone who has an antique car or to someone who lives in an apartment and doesn't have access to a garage.

11. During Christmastime, work part-time at a retail store. Many stores will hire you even if you can only work on Saturdays (the busiest shopping day).

12. If you are a teacher or have expertise in a school subject, tutor students in your home.

13. Seasonal jobs can be found at H&R Block Tax services. With the proper training given by them, you can work each year from January through April.

14. Clean houses while your kids are in school.

15. Become a Weichert Realtor Referral Associate. In this role, you refer people who are interested in buying a home to a licensed Weichert Realtor. Your commission is anywhere from several hundred dollars for a modestly priced home to several thousand for a luxury home.

16. Teach classes at your local adult community school on a topic in which you are a subject matter expert. Examples are scrapbooking, Disneyworld, Investments, specific computer applications, E-Bay, etc.

17. Use the website Craig's List to find local jobs which are temporary or part time. Jobs posted here usually need to be filled quickly.

18. Contact your local Yellow Book office to sign up to deliver phone books in your area. You are paid per book delivered and this is a temporary job. However, you must use your own car. You can deduct the mileage when you file your taxes.

19. Sign up to become a substitute teacher in your town or surrounding towns. There are usually certain courses that must be completed at a community college or a university. Check with the school district.

20. Create your own website with content which is interesting to you or on which you are an expert. Use Site Build It! to build the site and make money from allowing Google ads to show on your site and by becoming an affiliate of online merchants which sell goods and services which are are related to the topic of your website.

Submitted By: Janet Freitag


  1. These are all great ideas. Selling things on Ebay usually brings in a little income now and then for my husband and me.

  2. Great ideas.

    I definitely agree. I myself is very fond of blogging and it really helps me to earn more income to support my needs at school. I am currently earning more than what I expect. Blogging is really a great income resources that many people could do anywhere they might be in the world.



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