30 Side Jobs to Make Money & Help Pay Down Debt

I have compiled a list of 30 sides jobs to make money. If you are really determined to get out of debt and you are willing to work hard and sacrifice, you can do it! One of the best ways to pay off debt is to find a way to generate more income.

It is hard to pay off debt on a fixed income while still keeping up with current expenses. You may be thinking “Ugh, I do NOT want to get a second job.” But, it is a great way to supplement your income.

It does not necessarily have to be a lot of hours a week. Many side jobs will pay you by the job instead of hourly and most times it is much higher. Especially if you have a special skill or expertise.


Are you trying to get out of debt? Looking for another job to supplement your income? Take a look at these 30 side jobs to make money and help pay off your debt.

If you want to make a visible dent in that debt, a side job is the way to go. You can either go out and get a part time job or find a way to stay at home and make more money. The extra income is the solution you need to help pay off your debt. Many people may not think of the typical jobs that they could complete in their spare time.

Even though this may not be considered a side job, it is a great way to make extra cash. I love using ebates. They give you cash back for your online purchases and even offer an awesome referral program that gives you the option to make bonuses. Even though it is not a full-time income, I did make $450 from them last month! If you refer 2 friends you can get $50!

Related: How I Made $1,000 Shopping Online

You can find out more how I make money shopping online. I definitely recommend that you check out ebates before you shop online.

How to start a blog 350You can also consider becoming a blogger. Personally, I had no intentions of making a full-time income whenever I started my blog, but now it has turned into a business. I absolutely LOVE blogging so that I have made an EASY step-by-step tutorial on how to start a blog for you to be able do it too!

It is simple and you can have your blog up and running within minutes. Be sure to watch the video tutorial on how you can get your own blog.


If you are looking to make some quick cash online you can consider taking online surveys. They will pay you for your opinion, and InboxDollars gives you $5 just for signing-up!

Related: 5 Free Online Survey Sites to Join for Extra Money

If you are not sure where to start or what to do, here are 30 side jobs to make money and help pay off debt.


30 Side Jobs to Make Money:

1. Start a blog {no experience needed} Want to know how to make money with a blog? Check out these different options to generate passive income to make money blogging today.
2. Make a full-time income selling on Amazon Are you looking for a way to make extra money? Find out how you can earn a full-time income from shopping clearance items!
3. Test Websites {actually make money testing websites!} Get Paid to Test Websites Twitter - Frugal Fanatic
4. Newspaper delivery
5. Tutor
6. Pizza Delivery
7. Babysitter
8. House Sitter
9. Home-based business
10. House/Office cleaner
11. Run errands for neighbors
12. Start a laundry service
13. Graphic Designer If you are looking to make extra money and work from home then check out this interview from a graphic designer.
14. Sell your unwanted things on Ebay
15. Make homemade items to sell on Etsy Do you enjoy making hand crafted items? Want to make your hobby a business? Take a look at how to earn money selling on etsy!
16. Seasonal retail jobs
17. Become a Virtual Assistant
18. Fast food cashier or clerk
19. Referee or umpire for a local sports league
20. Mystery shopping Many people associate mystery shopping with being a scam. Find out how you can make extra money being a mystery shopper and where you can get started.
21. Dog Walker/ Pet Sitter
22. Rent a table at a flea market to sell things
23. Grocery store cashier or stock person
24. Website Designer
25. Personal Trainer
26. Bartender
27. Cab driver
28. Receptionist
29. Barista in a coffee shop
30. Home Health Aid


Are you trying to get out of debt? Looking for another job to supplement your income? Take a look at these 30 side jobs to make money and help pay off your debt.


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  1. I’m looking at your #18 on the list. Can you tell me how much I will make monthly on my blog? I would love to do this to pay off my Christmas bills!

    Thanks so much

    1. Hi Lisann! Every blogger makes a different income depending on their blog and how much time they put in. Some blogger make a part-time income while others make a full-time income.

    2. To make money on the side, I do dog-walking and pet-sitting, part time. It is a very fun way to make travel money and slow months will earn me 150-200 bucks and my busiest months get me up to $1200.

      As for other tips, all I can say is “a penny saved is a penny earned”. If you are running out of ideas to make money, start saving. Some quick “low hanging fruit” tips to save some quick cash include – switch to MetroPCS or Boost for cellphone (I only pay $20/month), switch auto insurance to Insurance Panda ($25/month), and start using GasBuddy (saves me like $100/month at least. I drive a lot).

  2. Don’t forget ShopAtHome also – I like to check both Ebates and ShopAtHome and see who is giving the better cash back percentage on a particular store… or, if one site doesn’t support a particular store, the other might.

    1. I do the same with ebates and Mr. Rebates. I also have Miss Piggy, honey, and coupon cabin. I didn’t know about ShopAtHome. I will look into that one as well. There are a lot of websites that do similar things. I know of another, Retail-Me-Not. I can’t remember the rest.

  3. Direct sales is a good option to make average of $50 per hour or more and no preset hours. Here is a good one that celebrates women, provides tons of support, and you can earn back the initial investment of $99 back. http://www.moneytotes. com

    1. Hi Brittney – Yes, it can be a full-time job, but I also know a lot of people who do it on the side. I have numerous friends who are bloggers that do VA work to make extra income since they are already working from home. If you are interested in doing VA work, my friend Mandi shared some great advice about getting started and making money. She also has a blog too.

      1. Yup I agree with this, it can be both. I started part time as a VA, then became a full time VA, then moved back to having it as a side job after I started focusing more on writing. I worked for a big VA placement company, so it was easy to transition from part time to full time and back to part time, since they found the clients for me (and some of the clients came with me when I quit!)

        Writing is one thing I’d add to the list. It can take a while to get off the ground but freelance writing can be a really nice side job if you put the work. I subscribe to the freelancewriting.com newsletter and have gotten quite a few jobs off of there.

        1. How can you become a VA? I’ve been trying to find some part time work and have no idea where is a legit business of place to start.

        2. I was wondering which company you are a VA for? They sound nice, that you can move from Part time to Full time and back again. What kind of work do you do as a VA? I’d love to do that. Thank you.

        3. How can I start as a freelance writer? and make money? Thanks, I was babysitting, but the couple I worked for moved, unexpectedly, and left me without a job!Thanks!

  4. My only job currently is a waitress. My full time job of 19 years was sent over seas. I would like to find another job to make extra income. Was thinking of starting a housecleaning/yardwork business with my boyfriend. Any suggestions?

  5. great ideas, and great site!…thanks for sharing. I own and operate a MS company, and have been in the business for 12 years, with hotel and restaurant clients all through North America. We’re not one of the big names you listed, but we are an active member of the MSPA and being around 12 years now, we’re not new in this space!

    I am glad to know you included the MSPA as a legitimate souce of great companies. Guest Check Inc (www.theguestcheck.com) is always looking for talented shoppers (we call them inspectors) and hope some of your readers will consider visiting our site. Keep in mind…our reports are NOT simple, 1 page checlists…you must know how to write, have remarkable attention to detail and be objective. It’s not easy, and the types of work we do is NOT for weveryone. However we pay generous fees plus full reimbursement for you and a guest, and if proven on smaller projects, can tackle larger, more lucrative projects with travel included as well.

    Feel free to click on the “join our team” link above to apply, if interested.

  6. Did #4 Newspaper Delivery in high school & split the route with my brother. We both did weekends due to extra thickness of paper & the higher # of weekend only subscribers. We alternated on the weekdays. Good for a limited amount of time as you will probably have a hard time trying to fill your route if you want to go away for a period of time. Plus our route worked worked out to about minimum wage, so yes its a good source of a side income but there are other options.
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  7. I love this list. Thank you for sharing it! 🙂 My wife and I got married one month ago, calculated our debt, and realized that we are $200,000 in debt. That’s a LOT of money. Anyway, we are trying a lot of things on this list, but first of those is blogging because I love to write (though I’m not great at it, I’ll admit). I would love it if you would give me any tips! I just started going live yesterday and have posts written through early November. Hope to keep going. If you’re not too busy to take a look at my blog and tell me what you think / help me with how to make it better, that would be much appreciated!

    I blog at http://www.diyjahn.com

    Thanks again!

    1. Hi! First off, congratulations on your marriage 🙂 Blogging is an excellent way to make an income, but it does take time {and a lot of work!}. If you are interested in learning more about it I offer a free 5-day mini course on my other blog. Here is a link to the course. I hope that helps!

      1. Thank you, Adeline! I appreciate the congrats and the advice. I’m definitely willing to put in the time, so I hope to make my time worth it… I’ve been working hard on it and I plan to keep going. Your course sounds great! I’ll sign up now!

  8. I wouldn’t put down Graphic Design as a “side job” I’ve been studying to become a graphic designer for three years and I find it slightly offensive that you percive it that way. It’s a full time job that needs years of preparation to be done correctly. Yes, you can do it from your home, (if you’re a freelance designer) but that doesn’t demerit a designers work and suddenly make it something that just anyone can do for exta money.

    1. Hi Gabby – I am very sorry if you find this offensive. I list it as a side job because it is something my brother does on the side to earn extra money. He graduated with a Graphic Design degree but was unable to find a job. He still enjoys doing graphic design work but was not making enough to pay his bills, so he finds freelance jobs like designing logos and header images for websites which he does in his spare time to supplement his income. It is by no means a job that I would demerit and I know the time and expertise needed to complete this work. It is listed because you can do this job from home either part-time or full-time.

  9. Hello! I am also new to the blog world (funfiercemama.com) it’s exciting and challenging to know what ppl will want to read about. But I love reading that others have done it and not only love it, but have become quite successful at it! Thanks for sharing these tips!

  10. As a graphic designer myself, I can tell you that #13 be a graphic designer is not an easy side job to just make extra money.

    1. Thanks Caityln! I was thinking the exact same thing! As a graphic designer, it’s hard for me to say to people “Sure, anyone can learn it in a weekend! It’s great for making extra money.” It’s kinda like saying “be a mechanic. It’s a great way to earn money.” It’s hard, technical work. I’m not trying to be mean, but it requires a lot of background knowledge.

  11. Hi Adeline!

    I think that this is a great article with some great options for people who want to start making a little extra cash but don’t know where to start. It’s sad to see that some people in the comments are getting offended by some of your suggestions. Because truly, almost anything can be a “side job”, if you’re just doing it on the side. I’m an IT consultant in my 9-5, but I know some people who offer IT consulting as a side job… which doesn’t offend me whatsoever. On the flip side, I do dog sitting as my side job, while I know some people who dog sit full-time, as their main source of income, and that’s not counting from actual brick & mortar dog boarding facilities.

    Anyways, thanks again! I’ll share this article with a couple friends who I know would benefit from the information. 🙂

    1. Thank you for your kind words Victoria, I appreciate it. I agree, a “side job” isn’t a bad thing, it is something you do in addition and just because it is a side job does not mean you are not a 100% qualified to do it. Thank you again for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

  12. I don’t think is ok that you consider and list a couple of careers here. They’re not “side jobs”, and there is a lot of training and expensive student loans that go into being a graphic designer, a web designer, personal trainers.

  13. Please know that you can’t just become a personal trainer unless you do a lot of training yourself, become certified and educate yourself professionally. I have been in the industry for over 20 years and pride myself on the education and experience I have please don’t let people believe that they can just choose this as a “side job” on a whim.

    You MUST have education, a certification and experience to personal train or your risking a HUGE liability.

  14. A lot of sensitive people here… I think the idea isn’t to say that you can pick up personal training, graphic design, etc with a week’s worth of education/training. The idea is that many people have these as side jobs for one reason or another. Maybe the market was flooded for full time positions, the person moved into a different field, but still does side jobs within this role on the side. Most professions can be a side job – it’s not that it isn’t skillful work, it is that it simply can be done ALSO without full-time employment.

  15. Some people might prefer a simple offline side hustle. Did you know it’s possible to make up to $3000 a month part time providing a service almost as easy to do as GOING FOR A WALK?! I’ve been in this business since 1981. Very simple. Clean up litter outside commercial properties on-foot with inexpensive hand tools. Endless possibilities. Service retail, office and industrial properties when businesses are closed. Won’t conflict with your day job.

  16. I’ve been dog sitting since the start of last year. I watch small dogs like mine and it has turned out to be a great side hustle. I already have to walk and feed my dog, so walking and feeding another small dog is not much more work.

  17. Great advise except why would you continue to spend money on ebates just to get a rebate and further in debt? That is not saving money, that is spending more money and going deeper in debt. Thanks.

  18. Ibotta and Checkout 51 are good ways to make a little change while grocery shopping. It doesn’t add up quick unless you happen to purchase the items on each site but if you peruse it before you go shopping you can be ready. Doesn’t cost anything and you only have to upload your receipt and scan barcode of items purchased. Be careful, ibotta is especially specific on items and size you have to buy to receive the rebate. I also comparison shop online for everything from Kleenex to clothing. If you have time, you can save money comparison shopping in the privacy of your home.

  19. Hi! I love all your ideas as to how to make money on the side. I tried a blog about 2 years ago, but didn’t have any readers. I stopped after 3 months. It was very hard to understand how to do pinterest and gaining people on social media was not easy. I would love give it another try, but do you have any tips? Also, what’s easier to work with bluehost ot gator? Thank you in advance!

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