Simple Ways To Earn A Little Pocket Money

Woman walking dogsDigging for change in the couch isn’t the only way to find extra money. Have you considered becoming a “micro-entrepreneur”? The trend is popping up everywhere, thanks in part to micro-job sites like and, where you can sign up and bid to run users’ posted errands, such as grocery shopping and pet-sitting. On, you can offer your own unique skill, like creating a personalized makeup tutorial or sketching a portrait, for $5.

If you have spare time or even just an empty parking space, you can easily make some money on the side.

Here are a few more ideas for side jobs:

  • Turn dog-walking into a business. Post a notice in your neighborhood, offering to walk other people’s pooches for just a few bucks.
  • Rent out your driveway. Car owners always need a parking spot, especially if you live close to an office building, a sports stadium or an airport.
  • Do you speak another language? Are you a math whiz? Thanks to video-chat and screen-sharing services like Skype, you can tutor a student online without leaving the house.
  • Apply to be a mystery shopper for market research. Get paid to buy products and dine out while dishing on the store’s quality and service.

Looking for ways to cut your spending and keep more cash in your wallet? Check out 15 ways you could save $15 per week.

By Heather Li

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  1. VB says

    It’s practically impossible to find one of these mystery shopper jobs that isn’t worthless. I know because I researched these jobs and the so-called good ones don’t exist.