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13 Ways to make $1000 in your spare time. A guide to making money.

There are multiple ways to make money online. You can tap into these multi-billion dollar industries right now!

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We all want to make money online through easy means and practically without ever having to leave the house. In this day and age, primarily through the use of the internet, it’s easier than ever before to make extra cash. We analyzed the easiest, most efficient, and profitable ways to make money in your spare time. Be it at your home, or on the road, and these money-making mechanisms are sure to help you generate passive income. Making money can be accomplished at any time, even during the blissful period of face stuffing, i.e., lunch. What’s holding you back from stuffing your pockets instead?

Let’s dig a bit here and see what some of the evaluated platforms have to offer. These are in no particular order, but we are leaving the best for last!


We are sure you’ve heard of this before. But what does it mean? It’s quite simple. If you have a technical skill that solves a problem a business or individual may have, you can become a freelancer. Freelance work is about providing a solution to a problem. For example, If you know how to create websites for businesses, a small business owner might want to pay you to create one for their respective business. For the most part, companies don’t have the skill or time to devote to such a daunting endeavor.

Are you an outstanding writer? Well, maybe a company needs your writing skills to make that new article go viral. There is a plethora of avenues when it comes to freelancing on the web. As long as you have the skill, you might as well get paid for it and paid pretty well! You can do freelancing on platforms such as UpworkPeoplePerHour, Freelancer, and Demand Media. Check them out and sign up right now and earn cash today.

According to indeed.com, a freelancer makes an average of $796 a week full time. Now, you don’t have to do it full time. Part-time, working from your home is more than enough; all you need is a reliable internet connection.


Since you’re at home anyway, writing away with your new freelancing job. Might as well rent out your car, so it makes you money while you make money! I am sure you’ve seen commercials from TURO regarding rental of your vehicle. Some folks will straight say no way, and I will never rent my car. However, if that brand new 2020 Corvette C8 is sitting in the driveway, and you need cash fast, give it a try! It won’t hurt your bottom line. 

Turo States, “Turo will pay you via direct deposit within five days. You’ll earn 65% to 85% of the trip price, depending on the vehicle protection package you choose. If you have commercial rental insurance to cover you, your car, and your customers and would like to waive vehicle protection provided via Turo, you earn 90% of the trip price.*.”

We did a quick calculation on our ROI. In this scenario, we used a 2013 Chevy Cruze near Atlanta, Georgia.

Turo earnings for 2013 Chevy Cruze

Renting the Chevy for 17 days out of the month would net us $407, not bad. Even if you bought a used chevy Cruze right now, just for the sake of renting it, you could potentially make over $800 a month. This means, your Cruze could be paid off within ten months, depending on how much your initial purchase of the vehicle sets you back. Everything after that, minus insurance, tax, and title is simply profit.

Rent your house or room.

If you’re a roommate type, take the plunge and rent out a portion of your house and build a meaningful friendship that comes with benefits, those benefits being good money from rent. With the current real estate market expenditures, it’s becoming much harder to own a home under normal circumstances. However, if you’re lucky enough to have a room to spare, you might as well start making money from it.

Source: Earnest.com

If you don’t want a permanent roommate, sign up for Airbnb and host your room or house as a revolving door, which would potentially attract lots of people that don’t want to stay in a hotel. According to research from low-interest lender Earnest, an Airbnb host can make an easy $924 a month. Did you know Airbnb stands for Airbed and breakfast? Now you do!

Social Media Manager

If you have spare time, you can also be aa social media manager for a small business owner or a brand! Sort of a virtual assistant, except for social. It sounds like easy cash responding to messages and scheduling posts. Most of that can also be automated if you use the right tools. We think this takes a small amount of work; however, it’s still an excellent and lucrative online business. As a social media manager, in a full-time capacity, your salary range is dependent on what company you would manage. A small local business wouldn’t pay what a big business would, which is an average salary of $49,881 according to PayScale research. However, you can earn anywhere from $500 to $750 a month for a small business managing their social media presence. This comes with a perfect addition, become an SEO guru!

Source: PayScale.com Social Media Manager Median Salary

Create an online course

If you know a subject that you are passionate about, create an online course! Online courses are considered to be lucrative online business ideas if appropriately executed. Take the time and create a solution to a problem. For example, if you know about affiliate marketing, graphic design, saving money, or investing, this would be a perfect opportunity for you to pursue. The income level for online courses vary in range. You can potentially make anywhere from $0 to $50K a month! No, it is not a joke. Just provide useful content, get a good camera, become an expert in the filed you want to teach, open a youtube channel as a funneling venue, start a blog to write about your course and use websites such as teachable to sell the course. Teachable handles all the customer service when it comes to payment processing. Starting a course is a lucrative online business; it does come at a small monthly cost for you to use the platform as your schoolhouse.

Source: Teachable.com

Online store & Dropshipping

There is still money in dropshipping. We are not experts in this field, but many folks are. There is a plethora of courses out there highlighting all the do’s and do n’t’s of drop shipping, Amazon FBA. Sure it does take some time actually to do it. You may need more than just spare time; however, if done right, it can lead to financial freedom. Check out some youtube channels that provide valuable information about drop-shipping. We do recommend Wholesale Ted Channel. She seems to be genuine with her content and doesn’t try to shove paid courses down your throat. Good folks still exist out there. With this one, income and niche’s vary.

Apple Advisor

Did you know you can work for apple at home!? If you didn’t, now you do. If you love your IOS devices, this is the job for you. According to Apple, If you love exploring the ways technology helps you do all your favorite things, you’ll probably be great at sharing your knowledge with others. That’s what you’ll do every day as an Apple At Home Advisor. And with each customer conversation you have, it becomes clear: You’re not just supporting technology. You’re helping people. Apple will train you, connect you with other advisors, and get you started fast. You’d be expected to work part-time in your PJ’s making anywhere from $11-$12 an hour. Not too horrible for never leaving the house, although you won’t get filthy rich off of it, but it will maybe supplement your next iPhone purchase.

Source: Apple.com

Pet Sitting

Dog or Cat lover? Why not let them hang out in your house for a while? You can do pet sitting for various pets at your home. Just like parents hire babysitters, Pet owners hire pet sitters. Sometimes professional obligations hinder the amount of time we can spend with our pets; therefore folks pay good money for watching their pet for hours, days, weeks or even months! You can use local sitters or hop on over to rover.com and hire a vetted sitter for your dog or cat. You can easily make $1000 a month by sitting a few dogs a couple of weeks. Let’s hope you’re not allergic.

Source: Rover.com


Yes, you read that right, vlogging! Don’t be shy. All-knowing Google already knows everything about you anyway, and there isn’t much to hide unless you’re continually piping through a VPN. People love to view other people’s lives; it’s an industry that keeps growing Video “blog” a vlog, is the real-life version of what we are typing here. If we made a video about this, you’d view it, maybe skip it here and there or ignore it altogether. That is how videos work, as well. You search for the content you want, and you get it. Being a youtube creator can be very rewarding, especially if you get subscribers that keep coming back for more. The biggest hurdle to success is consistency. Making sure that your videos release on time, every time is the key to garnering subscribers and getting that sweet google paycheck. It’s never too late to start, and the income potential is unlimited.


This. Blogging isn’t dead said a guy somewhere on Geocities platform back in the day (dating ourselves here) Well, it’s not dead! We are just starting, and it’s the 21st century. Will it succeed? With dedication, content, a following (shout out to ourselves! Sign up to get content in your inbox!) yes. It will take time, and it will take quality content and a niche that requires research. A lot of blogs fizzle out simply because folks expect results right away and don’t want to devote the time or money to get things started. A typical salary from blogging is most likely closer to $0. However, by utilizing affiliate links, selling courses, or sponsored posts, the range can be unlimited. We will do a step by step, write up of how to start a blog in a future post. In the meantime, you can check out this helpful link here! You know how much we are making right this second? -$200 a month because we pay for marketing research platforms, marketing platforms, and some ads to get us going. you’re not required to do the same by any means, but we are trying a more efficient approach.

Source: Blogging.org by Zac Johnson

Selling Merch

Ah yes, Yo, “buy my merch” – some YouTuber in the wild. Create your merchandise! If you are an idea-generating man or woman, apply for Merch by Amazon! You don’t need skills to make graphics, and you need ideas. Those ideas are then given to freelancers for creation. We like Fiverr since it’s been working for us for quite a while. Once a graphic is complete, you put it on a shirt and voila, now you’re selling it on amazon for a cut of the profits. This is another one of those you get what you put into it. You can make anywhere from $0 to $100K+ depends on how much merchandise you pump out and how well it’s selling. Easy money in the bank; all you need is a bank account. This is a perfect work from home opportunity, and it doesn’t require any customer interaction. Introverts, UNITE!

Source: Merch by Amazon.com


For those times where you have to leave the house to purchase that much-needed toilet paper. You can utilize the space on your car to advertise! With platforms such as carvertise, you can earn $100 a month for having stickers on your vehicle, that’s a win-win in our eyes. You can either have a full car wrap or a partial wrap. The company installs the vinyl wrap and removes it at the end of the campaign. Easy peasy money in the pocket.

Source: Carvertise.com

App Tester

Don’t lie to yourself. You’re up until midnight playing on your phone anyway, might as well do some testing and get paid for it. Platforms such as usertesting pay is $60 per test, and it involves visiting a website, completing some tasks, then recording your feedback about the user experience. The tasks take about 10 to 20 minutes to complete. You can potentially make $60 an hour if you are efficient! Still pretty good for doing it in your spare time and at home. Maybe you can become a l33t hax0r? The world is what you make it ?

Source: usertesting.com


Sign up for all the fantastic services out there for taking surveys! Your opinion matters! Companies are willing to pay for your time to answer a few questions about their product or service. Some of the surveys do take time to acquire significant capital; however, don’t let that discourage you from the potential to make money, income varies

Swagbucks – Get Free Gift Cards & Cash for the everyday things you do online. This company has been at the forefront when it comes to generating income for its survey taking personnel. According to their website, Swagbucks gives out 7,000 gift cards every single day, and have so far paid out over 372 million dollars! That is a pretty significant income generating source.

Swagbucks works with companies such as Amazon BestBuy, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Walmart, Old Navy, Priceline, Target, Home Depot, and many more. You can earn money through Coupons & Cash Back, Watch Videos, Answer Surveys, Discover Deals or Buy Gift Cards, usually 5% or more off when you purchase through Swagbucks. Lastly, Swagbucks pays out via some of the most popular methods such as PayPal Cash, Amazon Gift Cards, and Walmart Gift Cards, to name a few.

Source; SwagBucks.com


There are so many different ways for you to make money online. It just takes grit and time to find the best platform for you and what you want to do. Don’t hesitate and share with the world what you do best. Be it teaching, writing, sharing, graphic design, dog sitting, etc. Let yourself shine, and when you do, you will outperform your competitors directly resulting in increased income to you.

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