Corey wrote about five great ways anyone can make extra money. I wanted to share five more ideas that I have used or friends of mine have used to make some extra cash. Each one of us used the extra money for different things: I used it to help me pay down my debt faster, while one of my friends used the money to max out his Roth IRA contributions each year. My other friend used the extra cash to fund his summer vacation with his girlfriend. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you have a plan for the money. While you can set some of it aside to splurge on things, the idea behind the extra money should be to help you meet a goal.

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Sell Photos

My one friend is an avid photographer. He has turned this hobby into a way to earn extra money. He simply takes pictures and then posts them online for people to buy. You would be amazed at how much money you can make doing this. But, be warned, you have to take pictures that people want. If you enjoy taking pictures of lint balls, there might not be as big of a buying audience for that as compared to someone who takes photos of birds.

Play an Instrument

My other friend plays violin. He branches this skill out two ways. After school at night, he gives violin lessons to kids to earn some money. Then on the weekends, he plays at charity events, mixers, weddings, you name it. For playing a violin for two hours on a Saturday he makes a few hundred dollars! If you are good at playing an instrument, look into giving lessons or playing at events.

Cut Grass at a Church

I’m not sure if this is done all around the country, but it doesn’t hurt to ask! In my neck of the woods, you can work at a church and cut the grass around the tombstones. Usually, churches have a person that does all of the main mowing, but hire out for people to trim around the stones. I’ve made $20/hr to cut the grass. The money I earned varied depending on how much rain we receive, but you can make some decent money doing this.


If you have any sort of computer, writing, mobile development or other skills, the site Elance may be for you. You can place your services on the site and people will reach out to you with any freelance jobs they need filled. Pay varies per project, but if you have the skills, this could be a place for you to turn your skills into income.


The website fiverr lets you offer your skill or service for others to buy for $5. There are all kinds of things people will do for $5, so be sure to check out the site. A friend of mine offered to sing people ‘Happy Birthday’ in German for $5. Last year, he made close to $1,000 just for signing the song!