How You Can Make Extra Money Without a Lot of Skill

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There are so many reasons to try and earn extra money these days. Maybe you want to pay off debt, earn extra income so you can leave a dead end job or simply earn some cash so you can travel.

Our generation has become a group of major side hustlers and self-employed freelancers since many of us came to the meager job market during the Great Recession. We’ve had to learn how to be creative and market ourselves differently in order to make a living.

Fortunately, we’ve also learned that you don’t necessarily need a lot of skills and a fancy business degree from a big university (and the accompanying student loan debt) to earn a good living. The truth is that we all have skills that we can market to earn some additional income, so you can absolutely make extra money without a lot of skills.

Monetize Your Hobby

Everyone is good at something, and everyone has skills that others don’t, so figure out what you can offer and monetize those skills if possible. A great place to start is to consider what your hobbies are and research how you can turn them into some extra money.

If you love spending time with animals, be a dog walker or watch someone’s cat while they’re on vacation. If you love being outside, offer to mow lawns or do yard work in your neighborhood. If you like to DIY, paint rooms and furniture for people who don’t want to spend the time doing it. Even if you don’t feel your hobbies can be monetized, don’t fall for that trap. Heck, you can even make money surfing the web or using a different  web browser through sites like Swagbucks.

Fulfill a Need for Someone

If you can’t monetize your hobbies, try to fulfill general errands and tasks for those who are pressed for time. Consider if you could do something like wash cars, babysit, be a general handyman or house sit. You can even find opportunities to be a personal grocery shopper in some communities, because people who are pressed for time will pay for anything. (I’ve actually seen ads for personal grocery shoppers in my town!)

Sell Goods on eBay to Make Extra Money

Maybe you love browsing eBay, and because you’ve spent a lot of time on that website, you know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to selling items. If you have some pieces wasting space in your home that you could sell, start there or at least consider Craigslist as an option.

If you are out of stuff to sell, consider if you could sell items for others and take a commission once the item sells. People have a hard time donating much of their stuff, so if you are willing to put the time and effort into selling other people’s junk for a small fee, there are people willing to pay you for it.

…or Etsy

Another great place to try is Etsy. Etsy has everything from crafts and antiques to homemade items such as hand sewn clothing and natural bath products.

If you have a skill that you can market on Etsy, then it’s a great opportunity to try to earn some extra money from it, but if you don’t, there are other ways to utilize Etsy.

If you have an eye for retro and antique items, there is a huge market for those right now. Consider prowling estate sales and thrift shops for good deals on antique finds and then reselling them on Etsy for a profit. All you really need is a good place to photograph your finds (you can use your phone to do that), and that could be as simple as using a white sheet and some natural light. Upload your photos and set up shop!

Work as a Virtual Assistant

I really had no idea what a virtual assistant was when I first heard about it. I really thought that being someone’s assistant meant sitting outside their office to bring them coffee and handle their most mundane tasks. It’s a very antiquated view of assistant work, I know, but I didn’t realize that working as a virtual assistant was actually very lucrative.

As it turns out, making money as a virtual assistant doesn’t have to involve complicated tasks. I know so many people who make money through VA work online, sending out emails, handling social media accounts, scheduling blog posts or managing invoicing through Freshbooks so it is definitely a very lucrative side hustle that anyone can try out.

My favorite part of VA work is seeing how people utilize their knowledge of social media. What started out as a colossal time suck for most people has turned into a way for the savviest millennials to make money by managing company’s social media accounts.

You Will Build Skills as You Go

Whatever you decide to do, remember that you are building additional skills when you create your own business, such as marketing and bookkeeping. You will gain more skills as you continue working, especially when it comes to learning how to run your own business or side hustle.


Have you started a side hustle out of some skills you already have? What are some other ways to make extra money that don’t require a lot of skill? What was your first attempt at making extra money.

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  1. Robin, these are great tips! When I was in college, I used my hobby in photography, which I used to get some side hustles like being a wedding photographer, school publication photographer, and some others. You know what being a school publication photographer helped me get some discount in my tuition. Not only extra money did I get from this skill but also a scholarship.
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