1. Refinance or consolidate debt
If you’re paying high-interest credit cards or other debts each month, refinancing or consolidating could free up cash for rent. Look into debt consolidation loans with lower interest rates or balance transfer credit cards offering 0% intro APR periods. Just make sure you have a plan to pay off balances to avoid fee hikes later.
2. Pick up freelance work
Freelancing offers flexibility to pick up side gigs fitting your schedule. Skills like writing, design, programming, driving (Uber/Lyft), tutoring and more let you earn extra cash online or locally. Check out freelance platforms like Upwork, Fiverr and Craigslist for project opportunities.
3. Referral bonuses
Companies often offer generous referral bonuses, sometimes $500 or more, when your referral gets hired. Think of employers that need staff and colleagues open to sharing their info for you to refer. The more people you know, the greater potential for bonus money towards rent.
4. Rideshare driving
If you have a reliable vehicle, driving for rideshare companies like Uber or Lyft gives you flexibility to work when you want. Drive evenings/weekends or between standard job shifts to bank extra fares from transporting passengers. Most platforms let you cash out daily.
5. Become a virtual assistant
As a virtual assistant, you can take on administrative tasks, data entry, customer service, scheduling and more for clients remotely. Many VAs work remotely for small businesses needing flexible help. Sites like NexRep offer training and clients seeking assistance for $15-30/hour.
6. Start a side business
Turn a skill, hobby or passion into profits with minimal startup costs. Sell crafts, baked goods, handmade jewelry, art, clothing or more through sites like Etsy, eBay or by marketing locally. Once systems are in place, many side hustles require modest time inputs yielding regular sales.
7. House/pet sit
Vacationing pet or homes owners feel more secure having a regular “house sitter” to watch over things in their absence. Sign up with house/pet sitting marketplaces and directly with contacts requesting your services for nightly or weekly pay.
8. Tutor online or in-person
Private tutors earn decent pay helping students succeed in subjects you mastered. Popular options include tutoring for standardized tests, English language learners, algebra, sciences or general homework help. Companies like Varsity Tutors connect you with pre-scheduled students online or in-person.
9. Rent out equipment/spaces
Do you have equipment, vehicles or real estate that sits idle often? Consider renting them out. Examples include renting cameras/lenses to photographers, power tools to DIY-ers, parking spots, a room in your home through Airbnb, or garage/storage space. Research liability and set fair rates.
10. Take online surveys
Survey companies pay members small amounts, usually a few dollars each, to complete polls and questionnaires. It’s not a high earner on its own but adds up when done regularly on mobile apps like Survey Junkie, Swagbucks and IPSOS i-Say in spare moments throughout your day.
11. Sell items online
Make extra cash by decluttering your home and selling used clothing, accessories, electronics, books, toys, furniture and more on sites like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Poshmark or eBay. Take quality photos and be communicative with buyers for quicker sales.
12. Walk dogs
Dog walking/pet sitting services like Wag or Rover connect you with local pet parents needing help exercising and caring for animals regularly or during vacations. Create a profile showcasing your love and experience with animals.
13. Drive for a rideshare or delivery service
In addition to ridesharing for Uber and Lyft mentioned above, some flexible options include food delivery driving for services like DoorDash, Grubhub or Postmates. It allows earning on your schedule without pre-scheduling passengers.
While none will replace a full salary on their own, smart combinations of easy supplemental income activities tailored to your skills, schedule and location can definitely help foot more of your living expenses each month – freeing up funds normally spent on rent, utilities and other daily costs. Keep expenses low and dedicate earnings to the roof over your head. The options requiring lowest start-up investments make it feasible for most dedicated individuals to generate a meaningful supplemental income stream.