Name five people who are tired of earning so much money? This article outlines creative ways to make money, as no matter how much you have now, money is something you can never earn enough of.
With the outbreak of the pandemic, a lot of countries went into recession, businesses closed down and employees laid off or displaced from their jobs. This was truly a revealing moment for many people.
People are now finding new ways to make money. Employees with 9 to 5 jobs are no longer satisfied with their earnings, as it doesn’t cover all their expenses or the intolerable behavior of their bosses.
There are a lot of new, creative, legal and exciting ways to make money these days that never existed in the past few decades.
In this read, I’ll be covering the various ways you can make money either online or offline. There’s something for everyone, so stay with me.
Can I Make Money Creatively While Working as a Regular Employee?
Of course, you can. A lot of people with 9 to 5 jobs are no longer satisfied with their current jobs and salaries, since it doesn’t cover all their expenses, an intolerant boss and other factors included.
There are a lot of creative ways you can earn money, while going about your regular job. They’re not time consuming and stressful too.
As time goes on, when you’ve built a good reputation and trustworthy clients, you can take on these roles fully and work from the comfort of your homes, if you want to quit your 9-5 job.
Are there Creative Ways for College Students and High School Students to Make Money?
There are a lot of creative ways you can also make money as a student in this article; you’re not left out of this gold mine, all it takes is your skill and level of determination.
Do I need an Educational degree to start Making Money Creatively?
Of course not! You don’t really need any degree to start earning. All it requires is your skill, dedication, and determination. For example, if you love doing graphics for fun, then it’s time you start earning from it.
It’s only a few platforms like JustAnswer that require Educational Degree, don’t be scared I’ll explain in full detail what I meant by that in this article.
17 Creative Ways To Make Money in 2021
I’ve highlighted 17 Creative Ways you Can Make Money in 2021, either online or offline, with detailed explanation. There’s something for everyone, so you don’t want to miss out on this.
They include the following:
I’ll be explaining in full details, the explanation will include, how to get started on each of them and how much you’re likely to earn.
1. Take paid surveys
Paid surveys can assist you make a lot of money and they’re usually not time consuming or involve a lot of work.
Companies who wants to evaluate their performance, hires the services of survey takers, you’re unlikely to get rich from it but it’s a good source of extra money. Legit paid survey sites includes: Swagbucks , Surveyjunkie , BrandedResearch, and a lot more.
As a survey taker, the amount you’ll earn varies from less than $1 to more than $20, though usually not up to that. Some companies give free products to test for the survey instead of cash.
If you want to sign up as a survey taker, all you need to get started is finding a legit platform like Swagbucks, get signed up, create and fill your profile, get surveys, fill them and earn rewards.
Some of the requirements for Swagbucks includes: you must be thirteen years of age or older, residents of the USA, UK, Australia and other approved countries.
2. Drive for Uber
Companies like Uber provide great opportunities for anyone to make money quickly, all you need is a good driving record and a nice car. The work hour is also flexible, you can work during rush hour, day or night and weekends. Any one that’s suits you best.
Uber drivers make an average between $8.55 and $11.77 per hour after deducting all expenses and the apps fees.
As an aspiring Uber driver, you’ll need to download the driving app, create your profile, they’ll also review your driver’s license number, vehicle registration, additional information, and documents for a driver screening in your city, once they’re all approved, you’re good to go or in this case drive. Check out Uber for more information.
3. Become a Copywriter
If you think you have the skills to convince people to buy something or help a brand make more profit through the power of your written words alone, then you should consider copywriting.
It is one of the highest paying jobs, but needs a lot of determination and dedication.
As a copywriter you need to have a very good and persuasive writing skills to sell a Brand’s product which will make a lot of money for them as well as you.
Earning money as a copywriter depends on your skills, if you’re new to it, you can charge $50-$80 per hour, mid-level charges $80-$120 per hour and professionals charge $120 and above per hour.
You don’t require any formal education to become a copywriter, all you need is an excellent writing skill, make a lot of research, advertise yourself or sign up on copywriting platforms like Craigslist, Upwork, etc. Land your first few clients, build your skills and make money.
4. Make money with JustAnswer
JustAnswer is a site that allows professionals like doctors, legal advisors, engineers, etc. to make a little money by satisfactorily answering questions of users on the site.
It is a very profitable site for professionals as well as very resourceful for people who need assistance and don’t want to spend to much.
Users pay fees to ask questions, these fees can range from $5-$90. Some join as members and paid monthly membership fees in order to ask unlimited questions, your earning as a beginner is 20%, with enough consistently high ratings, you’ll start earning as much as 50% of the fees paid.
Signing up on JustAnswer is like applying for any other job. They use an 8_step verification process to verify all applicants, you’ll have to send your resume, copies of your credentials, like a school certificate, your ID, social security number, and so on.
Select a specialty and subspecialty, enter all your documents and electronically sign the verification waiver, once you’re verified, you can start earning. Check out JustAnswer for more information.
5. Sell your services on Fiverr
According to Wikipedia, Fiverr is an Israeli online marketplace for freelance services like web design, logo design, writing services, and so on, that connects buyers and sellers.
As a freelancer, Fiverr requires a lot of time and dedication, but the advantage is that you can work from anywhere at your own convenience and even earn more than a 9_5 employee. It all depends on your skill.
Earning on Fiverr depends on the kind of services you’re rendering. If you’re into web design, you’ll earn around $100-$2000 or more per service, graphic designers earn around $10-$1000 or more, etc. Keep in mind that Fiverr owns 20% of your earnings.
To get started on Fiverr, you’ll need to sign up on the platform, create a seller profile, create a gig or service, send offers to buyers and start making money. Check out Fiverr for more information.
6. Market your Photography Skills
Photography has quite a number of people in it but that doesn’t matter if you’re really great at what you do. With the right amount of dedication and determination, you could make a fortune selling quality images especially if you have the passion for it.
If you have a camera lying around, that you only use for fun, then it’s time to pick it up and make some cool cash from it.
All you need to is create a captivating portfolio, promote online to potential clients, use every social media handle you own to market your product and attract paying customers.
You can also sell your products on Photography sites like Gettyimages, Shutterstock and the likes. You should also consider selling high quality prints on eBay and Amazon.
Freelance photographers earn an average of $27.29 per hour, $1112 per week, or $4817 per month, which makes an average annual income of $57806.
Online platforms like Shutterstock has 4 tiers for lifetime earning. Tier 1:$0_$500, Tier 2 :$500-$3000, Tier 3 :$3000-10000 and Tier 4 :$10000 and above. Shutterstock pays according to your tier, each time your image is downloaded.
You can also earn by referring other photographers, you can earn up to 4cents for the first two years after your referral content is approved, if you refer customers, you earn up to 20% of their first payment.
If you’re interested in signing up on Shutterstock, you’ll only need to fill a simplified registration process, submit content and get paid.
7. Become a Home Tutor
This is one of the most profitable ways to make money, children frequently need help with their educational development and parents love investing in their children’s future.
If you’re skilled in subjects like Math, Science, English and other subjects, then you can use this as an avenue to make money.
Tutor.com and wyzant.com are one of the ways you can find tutoring jobs.
As a home tutor, you can earn $25 per hour, if you’re a student or teaching assistant, high level tutors like professors or teachers earn $56 per hour. It also depends on your location.
As a private tutor all you need to get started is to teach or apply according to your area of specialization.
8. Advertise for companies with a Car Wrap.
If you have a car and you move around a lot, then you should consider making money from placing advertisements on your car. You’re only doing what you’ve been doing before, only profitably this time.
Besides, we need a new car wrap once in a while, so why not find a car wrap advertising firm that works for your location and sign up. Sites like Wrapify and Carvertise are a great place to start.
The more distance you cover, the more money the company pays you. It could be any amount from $100-$1000 per month or more. It all depends on your location, distance covered, and the campaign.
To qualify as a Wrapify driver, you must be at least 21 years, have a clean driving and criminal record, own or currently lease a 2008 or newer vehicle in clean sound condition. Check out Wrapify for more guidance.
9. Rent out a Room on Airbnb
Renting out a room on Airbnb is also a great way to make money, especially if you reside in a tourist frequented place.
If you have a comfortable room, then you should rent it out on Airbnb but make sure your neighbors don’t object.
Airbnb charges the space for you, you’ll receive your nightly rates minus their service fee which is 3%.
Sign up on Airbnb, fill it out and be detailed, get verified, include a headshot of yourself, set up your listing, give full details of your space, take a great shot of it and post, receive bookings and get paid.
10. Provide Delivery Services
If you have a car or motorcycle and want to make more money, you can use your vehicles to make more money by delivering packages for companies. You can do so at your own convenience.
Check out Uber Eats to deliver food. Drivers on this platform earn an average hourly rate of $10-$14. The company gets to keep 25% of your earnings. Payment also depends on your location.
To get started, sign up on Uber Eats, upload required documents, select the vehicle you’ll use, meet the minimum age requirement, deliver orders and earn money.
11. Become a freelance Proofreader
Proofreading simply means checking for spelling mistakes in a text before it is published. It is the last stage of the writing process. It is also a valuable skill you can offer as a service.
A lot of companies are looking for good proofwriters who can ensure the quality of their content and to also protect the integrity of the writers.
Companies pay a good amount of money in exchange for this service. There are a lot of things to proofread like magazines, newspapers, articles, blogs, etc.
A talented proofreader can earn a decent hourly wage, they also charge per project. When you build a good reputation as a proofreader, you get a lot of clients and earn more money.
Freelance proofreaders earn as much as $15-20 per hour and with more experience, you’ll make from $25-$50 or more per hour.
If you don’t know how to start up as a proofreader, then sign up for the Proofreading Academy Course.
12. Sell used clothes on PoshMark
If you have a part of your closet filled with clothes that have been untouched for years, then you can easily sell them off on PoshMark.
PoshMark is an eBay for used clothes, just make sure the clothes are in good condition and have no defects, this way you’ll build up a good reputation and get more clients.
With the money you’ll make, you’ll get a free space in your closet. On PoshMark, you can earn as much as $300-$1000 or much per month.
To get started, download the PoshMark app, set up a detailed profile consisting of information like Brands you love, social media accounts, the city you live in etc. Upload up to 8 photos of your item with detailed descriptions and title to have them found easily.
Select the item’s brand, color, size, etc. from the pull-down menu, set a price for your item, and click list.
The app recommends you have at least 10 items in your closet for a start. You don’t necessarily need to upload them at once, just keep uploading them at intervals to keep your items on top.
Check out how much similar products to yours cost on PoshMark and set your price, if the average selling was $25 and you’re unlikely to get $50 for same items. Keep in mind that PoshMark takes 20% of the selling price or $2.95 on any sale under $15. Listing on the platform is free.
13. Become a women’s Stylist
If you’re the kind of person that always gives good ideas on what clothes to buy or how to style an outfit amongst your friends, then you should consider doing such for free, you can make money by becoming a stylist.
You can do this in school, the office or sign up on Stitchfix, an online platform that pays for such ideas.
Stitchfix is an online styling service that uses the combination of technology and human resources to come up with styling suggestions. The styles are called Fix.
The hours range from about 15-30 hours per week, with a typical salary being about $15 per hour.
To be considered for this position, you must have a passion for fashion, be detailed oriented, pay attention to clients, manage your schedule and be up to 18 years of age.
One of the back draws is that you’ll have to live in designated locations, because they conduct in person interviews and training. You’ll have to submit an online application and if you’re called for interview, you’ll have to put together a Pinterest board, write about the pieces you’ve selected, do in person styling and answer some regular questions. Once you’re hired, you can work from home or any where you choose.
14. Design Graphics
Companies are always in need of graphics, from brochures to infographics or logos. Freelance graphics designers are very important to companies and they often charge a handsome fee for their work if you do graphic as a hobby, then you should consider making money from it.
You can earn as much as $24 per hour or an average annual income of 49,000 and above. It all depends on your level of experience.
As earlier started above, you can sign up on Fiverr as a graphic designer, follow the same process mentioned earlier and start earning. You can also check out Upwork and other sites for selling your digital services.
15. Make money as an Illustrator.
If you’re a very good book illustrator, digital portrait or fashion illustrator and you’re very skilled in drawing, you should sell your artwork for money.
Your illustrations can be used as stickers, pictures on children’s book, or someone could pay you to do a digital portrait for them. Even as a good fashion illustrator, a lot of popular fashion houses will employ your services.
Illustrators make as much as $530,000 and more annually, some of which comes from commissioned work. The average cost for an illustration can range from $90-$465. Larger projects demand a higher rate. Experienced illustrators also make a lot of money.
To become an Illustrator, all you need do is watch videos online, there are a lot of videos on YouTube and other social media handles. Practice and consistency is key, speaking from experience as an Illustrator. You don’t need any prior knowledge.
You’ll have to advertise your services on all your social media accounts with great tags that will expose you. It is such a creative way to make money.
16. Market eBooks on Amazon via Kindle
The Kindle marketplace on Amazon is one of the most passive and easiest ways to make money. You can sell eBooks there for a small amount of money. The fun part is that your eBooks get to stay there forever. You can write about anything you’re interested in as long as there’s a niche for it.
For Kindle books priced from $0.99-$2.89, you earn a 35% royalty on each sale, for books priced from $2.99-$9.99, you earn a 70% royalty on each sale, for the ones priced above $9.99, you also earn a 35% royalty on each sale.
To get started, all you need to do is sign up for free on your Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) account. Check out KDPAmazon to sign up. Set up your author’s page on Amazon’s Author Central and create your book listing.
17. Sell old books on Amazon
Listing and selling old books on Amazon market place are easy. If you have a lot of books that you’ve read and don’t need anymore, instead of trashing them, you can sell them all, you’ll make a lot of money especially when you sell expensive books, just make sure they’re in good condition.
Be completely honest and transparent about any defects in your goods, even if it’s too small to notice. A good reputation will help you get more customers.
As a bookseller, you can list your own price but keep in mind that Amazon takes 15% of the sales.
If you plan to sell your old books, first thing you should do is to register as an Amazon seller, list your products, deliver to customers and start making money, you get paid every 7 days, after deducting the Amazon fee.
Check out Amazon for more information.
There are diverse means you can make money both offline or online, and at your own convenience. There’s something for everyone in this article, from a college student to a 9_5 employee or a stay at home mom etc.
The money might not be much but in the long run it will go a long way in covering some or most of your expenses.
This article above covers detailed information and guidance on creative ways to make money, how to get started as well as how much you’ll earn.