5 Easy ways to make an extra $500

Published on April 20, 2017 by Lauren

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    I think everyone is wondering how to make extra money on the side. I mean, who couldn't use some extra dough? If you have a little free time and some drive to build that emergency fund, pay off more debt, or save up for a vacation, here are 5 ways you can make an extra $500 on the side.

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    5 Ways to Make and Extra $500

    1. Survey Sites

    Here's a list of 10 to get you started. This is something you or your spouse can do while you're relaxing on the couch in the evening. They all have different pay scales, so find the ones that you feel give you the most value. Of that list, here are my 5 Favorite survey sites.

    2. Open a New Bank Account

    Chime Bank is an online-only bank that will give you up to $500 a year in Cash-back rewards! They have a ‘keep the change' savings program that rewards you with free bonus money based on how much gets put in your savings account! If you're interested, here is a full review of their services.

    3. Reselling

    Buying items specifically for the purpose of reselling them can be extremely lucrative. Some people resell as a full-time job! You can resell on eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, local buy/sell groups. Find your niche and get started!
    Here's an article that covers a few more aspects of reselling. Also, as part of The Financial Renovation eCourse, I go into much, much more detail on reselling.

    4. Run a Photo Booth

    Weddings are for the most part seasonal, but you can charge a pretty penny for running a photo booth at any event. Get a plastic tub full of props, a backdrop, a camera (or your smartphone) and you're good to go! You can upload them right to social media with a hashtag (#soandsotogetherforever) or hook up a photo printer and give people color prints on the spot. You can factor the ink and paper costs into the price.

    5. A Doggy Sleepover

    This can be an awesome side hustle that pays pretty well. Services can include:

    • Walking other's pets,
    • Taking them to the groomers,
    • Visiting pets while the owners are gone,
    • Watching them overnight,
    • cleaning up the yard

    You can even get certified to up your credibility. Sites like DogVacay.com hire pet sitters for overnight and daytime pet sitting services. Or, you can try and start your own thing.

    If you want to make extra money on the side, your only limitation is your imagination! There are TONS of ways to bring in a little something extra each month!

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  • I’m concerned about #5. I have met quite a few people who want to do this but have no experience and no idea how to, they just like dogs or cats. There other issues besides just going over and staying with a pet that need to be considered and if you don’t know what they are, then you should not consider this

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  • All of these ideas are easy, quick, and seems like anyone can do them! Thanks for sharing Lauren, great ideas to make some extra money

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