5 Easy Ways to Make Hella Money This Summer Without Leaving the House
Stuck at home this summer with nothing to do? Turn off the YouTube and check out this list of simple ways you can earn extra cash without leaving the house and be the successful lazy person (or your bed, for that matter) you were meant to be. Even if you've already got a part-time job, there's always room for a side hustle and I truly mean that.
Become the ultimate virtual assistant
Small businesses and budding entrepreneurs are increasingly looking for online assistants to help their business grow from afar. Writers, virtual assistants, web designers and other creative professionals are in high demand on sites like Upwork. You can either apply to open job listings or set your rate and way for a client to discover your page (we recommend the proactive approach). Upwork takes 10% of whatever fees you earn. A good virtual assistant can earn $500 to 800 per month, according to Chris Ducker, who matches businesses with virtual assistants through his site Virtual Staff Finder.
Loot your parents’ garage
Sweep your house and sell anything that looks like it could fetch a price on Craigslist. That elliptical that’s collecting dust in the garage? The George Foreman grill that’s never left the box? Your parents might love you for cleaning out the garage and saving them an afternoon’s work. While you’re at it, go through their closets (with permission, of course) and pull out any brand name items they no longer want or wear. Poshmark is a great place to sell unwanted clothing, and they will pay you a portion of whatever price your items fetch.
Do random tasks for cash
If you’re less technically skilled, a site like TaskRabbit can be a great place to find jobs of the more “random” variety. Mostly, people go to TaskRabbit to find people who will do mundane tasks they don’t have time for — like cleaning, waiting in long lines for concert tickets, or putting together that IKEA coffee table that hasn’t been unboxed for months. But there are also plenty of folks looking for computer skills like writing, editing, and website — all of which you can do without leaving the house.
Get paid to feed your online shopping addiction
I would never recommend anyone spend money in order to earn money. It defies logic, after all. But if you’re going to make purchases anyway, then you should look into Ibotta. It’s a rebate app that will send you a few bucks for making purchases at particular stores. The app partners with thousands of retailers, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other businesses. Refer friends and you can earn an extra $5 for each one who signs up. If you want to earn cash back without all extra steps, then just download Ebates to your browser. It’ll automatically track your shopping trips and ping you when cash-back offers are available. Once every few months, Ebates will send your cash to your PayPal account or cut you a big fat check.
Open a savings or checking account
With all that extra cash you’ve got coming in, you’re going to need a safe place to stash it. Be picky about where you open a savings or checking account. Some banks offer signup bonuses (a typical range can be $100 to $250) for new accounts. This summer, for example, Chase is offering a $100 bonus for new checking/savings customers. All you have to do is set up direct deposit. Just be on the look out for fees. Many big banks these days charge monthly fees if you do not agree to sign up for direct deposit or keep a minimum balance. MagnifyMoney makes it super simple to compare checking account and savings account offers.