10 Easy Ways To Make Extra Cash When You Already Have a Full-Time Job

Make more money without sacrificing your work-life balance.
Last updated May 19, 2023 | By Taylor Milam-Samuel Edited By Chris Kissell
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Finding time for a side gig might seem impossible if you work at a full-time job for 40 hours or more each week.

However, opportunities to pick up a little extra cash abound, including gigs that allow you to set your hours. Plus, these jobs allow you to work during the mornings, evenings, or weekends, so you can fit them around a full-time career.

Following are some great ways to make more money, even if you already have a full-time job.

Complete online surveys or research studies

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Completing online surveys or research studies can be a good option for those with a demanding full-time job who have minimal time for extra work.

This side gig is flexible. You don’t have to leave home, and you’re never obligated to complete more surveys or studies than is convenient each week.

Many different companies and institutions need participants for surveys. For example, consider survey sites such as OneOpinion.

If you’re interested in research studies, local universities often seek research participants, or you can join the mailing list for a market research firm such as Elliott Benson.

Tutor students online

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Online tutoring might be a great fit if you’re a whiz at math, science, history, a foreign language, or language arts. Since school hours often coincide with work hours, this gig shouldn’t interfere with your 9-to-5 job.

You usually have two options with tutoring: Sign-up with a tutoring site, such as Tutor.com, or find your own clients. The latter is usually more lucrative since you set rates and don’t have to share profits with a company. But it might require more work initially.

Sell your photography

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You might find success selling images online if you're a skilled photographer — or even just an amateur with passion.

There are a lot of options for getting started. For example, sign up with a licensing site like Stocksy or sell individual images through platforms like Etsy.

This side gig offers a lot of flexibility. Sales can happen anytime, and you don’t need to be present for them to occur. Establishing yourself requires effort, time, and energy, but it can be a great source of passive income.

Start a landscaping business

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If you’re great with plants or have a solid understanding of how to take care of a backyard, a landscaping business might be a great side hustle. Plus, you get to spend time outside, which can be a bonus if your full-time gig is indoors.

Typically, you need to find clients in your area and ensure you have the necessary supplies to get started. Look for clients on local Facebook groups or apps as you begin. Once you get going, you might get referrals from current clients.

Deliver food and takeout orders

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Food delivery can be a great side hustle. You can usually set the hours and determine when you work. Plus, the gig is pretty straightforward: You pick up the food and deliver it.

If you have a demanding job that requires you to be on your feet all day, this can be a nice change of pace. As a bonus, rush hour for deliveries is usually after work or on the weekends. So it shouldn't interfere with your full-time job.

Shop for other people’s groceries

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If you like shopping for groceries and are good with details, you might enjoy grocery shopping for other people.

In this gig, you get paid to complete someone else’s shopping list. You’ll be responsible for gathering requested groceries, from produce to deli meat and everything in between.

You might have to check in with the person on the other end of the app if you have questions or need answers about substitution preferences. Various companies, such as Instacart, employ shoppers.

Rent your car

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If you don’t need your car regularly or have an extra car that doesn’t get much use, you might have success generating income with your vehicle through car rental sites such as Turo.

Here’s how it works: You list your car for rent and set the price. From there, someone books the car, and you earn cash.

It’s relatively straightforward and might be an excellent fit for someone with a full-time job and limited time.

List an extra room for rent

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If you have an extra room in your house and don’t mind sharing your space, renting a room can be a solid way to earn extra money.

You can offer short-term rentals for travelers or long-term rentals for people who call your city home.

There are websites such as Airbnb that can help you get started with short-term rentals. For long-term rentals, you might find success on local Facebook groups or apps.

Pet-sit in your neighborhood

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Pet-sitting can be a great side gig if you love animals and have experience caring for them. You can either stay in someone’s house while they're away or have the pet stay in your home.

If you work from home, this can be a great option since you can care for the animal during the day.

Clean homes or offices

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If you’re great at cleaning and don’t mind handling other people’s messes, cleaning homes or offices can be a lucrative way to earn extra money.

You usually need to buy supplies and find clients. But once you have a few regulars, it can be a reliable source of additional income every month.

Bottom line

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If you’re looking for ways to earn extra money while working a full-time job, you have options.

Depending on your skill set, interests, and availability, there are many ways to earn cash. Each side gig requires work and effort, but finding the right fit can help reduce your financial stress.

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