A few weeks ago, I was looking through some pictures of an apartment I used to live at 4 years ago. There is something about looking at an old picture that brings back memories (both good and bad). Thankfully most of the memories were good ones. One of the worst memories I had back then, was when I was flat broke. It was at the peak of the recession and I could not find a job to save my life. I had just been fired from my nightmare part-time job. As a college student I really needed to make money fast. I was living on my own with my sister and needed to pull my own weight. Even though we split the bills equally in half , they still kept pilling up.
To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement. My savings account was nonexistent. I remember at one point in time having only $17 in my bank account. Withdrawing money at the ATM machine was out of the question. Sleeping soundly through the night was a fantasy.
My anxiety was at an all time high. Times were rough and I had to think of something quick. So I went HAM on the internet and learned a few things along the way. I learned things such as how I could make money on the internet. My hustle helped us (me and my sister) to avoid getting evicted from our apartment.
You do not have to be in the same position I was in to want to make some extra cash. Heck, making an extra $1000 or more each month (even if you work a regular job) can make a big difference in your life. Think about the things you can do with an extra $1000! You can add to your emergency fund. Save up for a vacation you want to take. Pay off your bloated credit card. Buy that camera you’ve always wanted etc.
If you are interested in the ways that you can make money online in your spare time, keep on reading.
1. Sell Websites
When I was broke as a joke (I’m not even kidding when I say this), I started selling websites. Over the years I had a few Amazon affiliate websites that were making some commissions each month. Since the sites were not making that much money, I decided to sell them. Flippa.com is a website that I used to sell my sites. You can sell websites from new ones to established ones that are making money. There is a listing fee of $29 that you have to pay to sell your website. The listing fee used to be $19. However, Flippa raised this fee because of the many low quality sites that flooded the site.
2. Sell Your Services
Are you a talented graphic designer? Do some work for local businesses! Put up an ad on your local classifieds. You can also email or cold call a business that you think could use a talented artist as yourself. If you are good at setting up Facebook Ads,- you can turn this into your part-time hustle. As a Facebook ads specialist, you help small businesses and online eCommerce store owners in lowering advertising costs and improving their ROIs.
Selling services can be done in other areas as well. Graphic designers, accountants, bookkeepers, web designers, fitness trainers etc. can use this method to sell their services.
2. Become a Freelance Writer
If you love to write (duh) and are a decent writer, you can make some decent cash as a freelancer. Some people have even been able to turn their writing into a full time gig! -Take a look at Gina Horkey of The Horkey Handbook and Tom Ewer over at Leaving Work Behind. Both Gina and Tom (and I’m sure many others) have been able to quit their regular jobs in order to write and work online full time!
There are free and paid places online where you can find writing jobs such as: The Problogger job board, Make a Living Blogging etc.
If you are really interested in making money as a freelance writer, Gina Horkey and Sally Miller have a book that goes into more detail. The books is called: Making Money as a Freelance Writer: 7 Simple Steps to Start Your Freelance Writing Business and Earn Your First $1,000.
The best thing about being a freelance writing is you do not need an English degree to succeed! Do your research, and get as much writing done as you can. You will be able to land higher paying jobs the more experience you have.
Etsy is a place where you can sell handmade arts and crafts. The items you sell must be handmade and Etsy is very strict about this. You will get shut down swiftly and soon enough if you try selling stuff that is not handmade by you! Only sell what you make by hand! If you’re good at making something, then you should try selling it on Etsy. You can sell things such as: Jewellery, hair care products, clothing, woodwork, skincare, home decor, prints, doll, and so much more. I have even seen one store that sells slime! This store is making a ton of sales. Do not be afraid to be creative in what you sell. You never know who might be looking for cool, quirky stuff to buy!
The good thing about Etsy is that the traffic is already there. Make sure that your product listings are setup correctly. Double check that your product tags and specific information is in your listing. It is really important that you put up high quality pictures showing off your creations. Many people shop on Etsy, so the traffic is there and you have a chance at selling your items almost immediately. If you get successful enough, you can move out of Etsy into your own storefront. For now though, just concentrate on one thing. List on Etsy and let me know if you make a sale! I would love to hear your success stories.
5. Virtual Assistant
Many busy professionals can sometimes be so overwhelmed with their day-to-day lives. This is where you come in. As a virtual assistant, you get to work with business owners, online entrepreneurs and busy professionals. The jobs you will do may range from: Bookkeeper, content creation, customer service, graphic design, copywriting etc.
You can find jobs on places like Upwork.com, Taskseveryday.com and I am sure there are other places. Do your research and find what works for you. Do not undervalue your services! Charge what you are worth.
There have been times in my life where the shopaholic in me just could not stop. As a result of such bad behavior, I ended up with clothes that still had price tags on them. These clothes were sitting in my closet, unworn. Some of them I had worn maybe once or twice (I say this with my head bowed in shame). My rule of thumb is, if you haven’t worn it or used it within a year, sell it or give it away. I noticed that I was wasting alot of money buying things I did not need.
Be honest about the item/items you are selling. If your item has a discoloration, is dented, has a scratch etc. mention it on your listing. You will avoid many issues with your buyer by doing this. -Oh, and if someone wants to meetup, do not bring them to your home! I have watched too many episodes of Dateline ID, so I would highly recommend that you meet any potential buyers in public.
These days, I approach my purchases in a more minimalist way. I do this in order to avoid wasting and hoarding stuff that I do not need in the first place. Sell any clothing, electronics, furniture, shoes and other things that you do not need. Use online marketplaces like eBay, Amazon, Facebook local groups, and your local classifieds to offload the things you do not need. Decluttering your life can actually get rid of some stress and put back some money in your pocket. It’s a win-win if you ask me!
Ecommerce is a great way to make money. As long as you know how to market your store, you can make a decent income with your very own online store. Nowadays, you do not need thousands of dollars to start a business of your own. As a matter of fact, I wrote a post on how to start a t shirt business on a budget, take a look if you are interested in creating your own online store.
The key to having a successful product based business is to buy low and sell high. You can buy the product from a supplier then mark it up and sell it at a profit. There are courses on this if you want to learn how to get started. Shopify is a beginner friendly online eCommerce platform that you can easily setup and get started in a short amount of time. You can get a free trial here and see how you like it.
8. Do Tasks
Are you good at assembling Ikea furniture? Efficient in helping people move? Is doing yard work more your thing? In your group of friends, are you the handyman? You can do work online. Such as packing, organizing, listing an ad, etc.
Check out the following websites:
AskforTask.com ( for Canadians )
9. Become a Brand Ambassador
Companies need people to represent their products and services in a positive way. These companies look for people to promote their brand and by doing so, increase the product sales and awareness. Pepsi, Bud Light, South Beach Diet, Skype etc. all use brand ambassadors to promote and market their products. Many businesses of all sizes use this method as it is more personalized, and it allows for a more direct interaction with potential customers!
I’ve worked as a brand ambassador and it can actually be alot of fun! You get to work at music festivals, trade shows and other exciting events – all while getting paid for it. Being friendly, reliable and knowing how to engage and talk to people will get you far as a brand ambassador. Do you have to look like a supermodel? Nope. Of course you will need to look presentable. A friendly and outgoing personality is a great asset when you are a brand promoter!
Kenny Azama makes over $8000+ as a brand ambassador ( that is over $2000/week). He is a great example since he quit his 9-5 to do this full time! As a brand ambassador, he gets to make a decent amout of money working at events like NBA games, Coachella, Comic con, EDC etc. He has worked with well known brands such as: General Mills, State Farm, Chevrolet, Nike, Samsung…To name a few. So if there is someone who can teach you how its done, its him! You can find his website at BrandAmbassadorWorld.com
10. Transcribe Stuff
To be a transcriptionist, typing at a fast pace is a definite requirement. There are many industries you can transcribe for. If you work in the healthcare industry, you can try Fast Chart. Websites such as SpeakWrite are willing to pay people to transcribe all kinds of information. The fee can add up to $15/hr. You can transcribe for different industries such as: Legal, law enforcement, protective service etc.
There are many places online where you can find legitimate transcription jobs. Remember to do your research and get started!
11. Affiliate Marketing
If you already have traffic to your blog or a good following on social media, you can make some money. Affiliate marketing is where you review or mention a product, then you add a link or a banner to your page. If someone buys the product or service you just posted or reviewed, you will get a percentage of the sale.
It is easy to get carried away and think that promoting everything is the key to earn some fast cash. Don’t. Only recommend products that you have actually used and those within your niche. Promote products that you like.- Remember, people will see through the BS if you are just throwing up affiliate links and hoping to get paid!
I have made a few thousands over the years with affiliate marketing on different social media platforms. It’s a great way to earn money. When you have the traffic to your blog, YouTube channel, Facebook group etc. you can make some money through referrals.
Alright, there you go, 10 ways to make $1000 fast on the side. I strongly believe in having other sources of income even if you have a regular job. If you are determined, you can make a decent side income both online and offline. Remember, you do not have to limit yourself to only making $1000 a month. You can earn so much more! As a matter of fact, you should challenge yourself to make way more than $1000/month. I have done it and you can too. It is possible like anything in life to aim higher.