$1000 extra dollars in your bank account every single month. What would that amount of money mean for you?
Maybe you’d be able to pay your mortgage, perhaps you’d be able to buy a new car, maybe you’d be able to travel more often, or maybe you’d finally be able to make ends meet and stop living paycheck to paycheck and save money.
According to the 2019 study of Freelancing in America, roughly 57 million Americans freelanced, approximately 35% of the entire US workforce.
Some of these people are employed by traditional employers, but many of these folks have a side job to make extra cash each month. So if you’re here, it means you want to get in on it too, and I’m excited to help.
This post explains the best ways to make an extra $1000 a month from home that I could come up with after years of working from home for myself.
Not only do I have a list of many different jobs you can try, but I also give an example of someone who’s already doing it successfully and explain how you can get started.
I recommend that you read this post all the way through and let me know of any ideas I missed in the comment section.
Best Ways to Make an Extra $1000/Month
You’ve probably heard of blogging before.
Most people don’t think of it as a job or a profitable side hustle that can make you $1000 a month. Instead, many simply think about it as an online diary or a place to ramble about random topics.
But, it might shock you to hear that every single blog you come across is nothing more than a business that can generate you an extra $1000 a month of passive income.
The blog that you’re reading right now? Yea, it makes around $8000 per month.
Can lines of text merged with a series of images and videos immediately create passive income of up to $1000 a month?
There is no magic switch that you can flip to roll out a blog that makes money online.
Passion, patience, hard work, and determination are at the core of successful blogging as either a side hustle or a full-time job.
After years of being in the field, most people have a few of these characteristics, but not all of them.
To succeed as a blogger, you’ll need to have an interest in what you’re writing about, a desire to manage your hours, you’ll need to be a hard worker, and you’ll need to enjoy learning new skills (because there is a LOT of that in this field).
Real-World Example: Myself
Like many other Americans, I have bills to pay and financial goals to conquer. z
So, I decided to dive into blogging about five years ago as a part-time job and make that extra money.
After about two years, I was able to leave my job and focus on blogging as my full-time job, which eventually led me to create my online business (a portfolio of blogs) and hire others to help.
As of now, I have seven different blogs in my portfolio, and each of them generates a significant income, often making an extra $1000 a month, and I work on my schedule.
You can check my income reports for a detailed income analysis if you’d like.
But last year, I made just over $215,000 from my portfolio of blogs.
The screenshot below is a screenshot from my Adsense account. Keep in mind the money I have made from Adsense is from my portfolio of blogs, not this website.
How to Get Started
The blogging journey starts with an idea about a topic you want to write about.
Your idea is the first big decision you make for your blogging business.
I feel that it’s best to blog about a topic you know from formal training or personal experience and have no problem talking or writing about it.
Next are the nuts and bolts of blogging; choosing your motivation, choosing a blog platform, selecting hosting and a domain name, picking a theme and your niche website, claiming your brand across the internet, writing, and then making extra money by selling printables, affiliate marketing, creating online courses with platforms like Thinkific, display ads, or more.
To be honest, there is a lot to unwrap here, and as much as I’d love to explain it all in this post, it makes more sense for me to send you over to sign up for my free course, IGNITION.
It’ll answer every question you have and address any questions you didn’t even know you had.
As an FYI, you’ll need a few things to make this work and get you on the right path to make an extra 1000 a month :
- Rank tracking software
- Web Hosting (I prefer Bluehost for beginners)
- Email marketing software
- And depending on your business model, online course software and/or webinar software
2. Become a YouTuber (Without Recording Videos)
Being a YouTuber is a lucrative passive income job and a fun way to make that extra $1000 a month online.
All you need is to create videos on your favorite topics and make a lot of money online, right?
Well, not quite. It’s easy…but not that easy.
Behind a successful YouTuber earning over $1000 a month is a long journey of planning, patience, and hard work.
To be successful on YouTube and turn it into a full-time income, there are specific steps you need to follow, investments you should make, and skills you must have to launch and run a themed YouTube channel successfully.
As you already know, YouTube is all about video content. And fortunately for you, there’s a lot of content on the platform that’s poorly done.
Other people’s lack of effort is a great opportunity.
Real-World Example: Matt Par
You probably don’t know Matt Par.
This guy runs nine YouTube channels and makes $30,000 a month from them. That’s right……he makes about $1000/day.
I’ll admit when I first found him, I was very skeptical. But I’ve researched him extensively and have even spoken with him, and he’s the real deal.
I believed in him so much that I tried his course, and though I’m not making that extra $1000 a month yet, I’m about halfway there using the methods he teaches.
How to Get Started
Starting on YouTube can be very easy, or it can be complicated, and whether you’re a college student or a seasoned professional, it can be a very lucrative endeavor.
The way I see it, there are two main types of channels.
Personality Driven: This is a channel like the one I own. You get in front of a camera and record videos that deliver value to your audience.
Themed Channel: This is a channel that (frankly) is a better YouTube channel to have if you don’t care about building your brand.
With this channel, you find one theme you want to focus on and create content around that without recording your videos.
An example of a themed channel is one my wife and I own.
This channel is in Portuguese, and its target market is where my wife is originally from, Brazil.
This channel has many makeup transformation videos and gets over 10,000 views per day.
This is the type of channel that most people want to create for their own business. You source content, add a voiceover, publish videos, and make money from your YouTube channel.
Trust me when I say that it’s much easier to manage this channel than a personality-driven one.
But of course, there are a lot of things to learn.
As much as I’d love to say that this is all something I figured out myself, that’s just untrue, and it’s still very much a part-time job for me.
Everything I learned about this business model I learned from Matt Par, the real-world example I mentioned above.
If you think this type of online business might be for you, click here to watch his webinar.
I’ll warn you, his sales tactic were (for me) a bit annoying. But, if you can get beyond his sales tactics, the course he sells is worth it, in my opinion.
3. Create an Online Course
People go online for many reasons, but the internet is an insanely valuable place for information and offers users the ability to learn new skills from experts like no other time in history.
Not sure how to use a blender?
There’s a guide on YouTube.
Need to understand how to grow your Instagram followers?
There’s are online courses for that.
Want to prepare a dinner using specific ingredients?
You can find a recipe (with pictures) on Pinterest.
The need for ‘how-to’ guides and other forms of education has created an excellent opportunity to make extra income from your knowledge.
The U.S online learning industry is likely to hit $243 billion by 2022.
To succeed as a course creator, you’ll need to have knowledge or skills for everyday people or even college students.
Real-World Example: Lee Wilson
Lee Wilson, A.K.A Coach Lee, who runs MyExBackCoach, is the owner of an online teaching platform that offers a course on recovering a relationship with someone you once had and lost.
He launched his website and YouTube channel first to build an audience, and after gaining a following, he made $200,000 in the first year!
How to Get Started
Creating a course to make money seems like a very daunting task for many folks out there. I get it; the whole process can be a bit intimidating.
That said, there are plenty of resources, i.e., niche websites out there, to help you with this process.
The first step you need to complete is finding the right course platform (I prefer Thinkific). From there, you’ll need to create an outline for the course, figure out the course objectives, and finally make the course materials.
Rome was not built in a single day, and neither is an income-generating online course. Of course, it takes time to figure this out, but it’s possible to sell courses for $1000 each once you do.
Which would help you quickly make an extra $1000 a month.
4. Become a Virtual Assistant
Busy small business owners and online business owners often lack enough office space or other resources to hire an on-site assistant.
This can be an excellent chance for you to make extra income by offering to help others with your organizational skills and competencies as a virtual assistant (VA).
A virtual assistant’s duties include basic clerical tasks, compiling reports, managing a client’s email or social media, managing e-commerce operations, bookkeeping, proofreading, and more.
You can work for a few hours weekly or as a full-time virtual assistant. It depends on your clients’ needs and the amount of spare time you have.
To be successful here, you’ll need practical communication skills, the ability to multitask, organizational skills are a must, and be able to learn new things without repeating mistakes quickly.
Real-World Example: Gina Horkey
Gina explains on her website how she started a virtual assistant service while working full-time and raising two toddlers, and incredibly, she quickly grew her business to over $4,000 per month, setting her right on the path to financial freedom.
What did she do soon after that? Quit her job, of course, and joined the working stay-at-home moms.
How to Get Started
There are plenty of places to get started as a VA.
Regarding learning the skills you need, I recommend that you learn from someone who’s already done it, which would be Gina (mentioned above).
She reached out directly to me and let me know she has this fantastic free workbook that explains over 275+ services you can sell, how to determine what skills you have that are valuable, and where to find potential clients. So I check it out myself; it’s extremely helpful.
5. Retail Arbitrage
This is the act of purchasing items from retail stores or flea markets at a discounted price and selling them on platforms like Amazon, Facebook marketplace, eBay, or thrift stores at a higher price. It’s like flipping a product for a profit of up to $1000 a month.
Do you know how places like Target and Walmart have all of those end caps that hold a bunch of discounted merchandise? Sometimes that can be a gold mine for retail arbitrage.
Unlike regular retail, you don’t need to buy products from manufacturers or wholesale suppliers. Instead, you can purchase items from other sellers or retailers at a steep discount and resell them.
If, for instance, a product costs $50 on Amazon, but you find it for $15, you can buy ten units and then list those items on Amazon.
After shipping and Amazon fees, you’d make around $40 per unit or $40×10 = $400 in profit!
This probably sounds too good to be accurate, but there are many people who do this successfully and make good money and get to save money in the process and make an extra $1000 a month.
To succeed in this business and make an extra $1000 a month, you must have a true entrepreneurial spirit, know how to handle losses (they’ll happen sometimes), communicate effectively, and be hardworking enough to find the right products to sell.
Real-World Example: Online Selling Experiment
Ryan Grant, the founder of Online Selling Experiment, started selling with retail arbitrage over ten years ago and has created a company that specializes in this and has made millions in the process.
How to Get Started
Getting started here sounds intimidating, but it’s not.
Your best place to start is to sign up for Ryan’s free course that explains how to begin and what it takes to scale your retail arbitrage business from earning a few hundred dollars and make an extra $1000 a month.
6. Become a Freelance Writer
The content marketing industry has hit a record high and is projected to be worth $412 billion by 2021.
Beyond that, when asked if they’re using a content marketing approach, 91% of B2B marketers said, “Yes!”
This increasing demand for content marketing correlates to a growing demand for expert freelance writing, which will make an extra $1000 a month or so. As a result, many businesses are looking for content writers to craft engaging, authority-driven, and relevant content.
To succeed as a Freelance Writer, you’ll need to have three primary characteristics.
First, you’ll need to be a great researcher. Second, you’ll need to be a better-than-average writer with a willingness to get better.
Third, you’ll need to be able to have enough spare time and meet deadlines for the companies you’re working with.
Real-World Example: Kristin Wong and Alex Webb
Kristen and Alex have been in the freelance writing business for over ten years and have a firm grasp of what it takes to succeed.
They’ve both made a career helping writers understand how to become freelance writers themselves.
How to Get Started
Before you dive into the freelance writing industry, the steps to get started are actually pretty simple.
But before we dive into those, I have to recommend that you consider taking this course.
Kristin and Alex (mentioned above) go over all the steps to succeed as a writer, such as…
- Build a writing resumé
- Learn to pitch publications
- Network with other writers
- Improve your current writing
- Make money with your writing
- Have fun with your writing
So, if you are serious about making this a full-time job, make sure you check this course out before you do anything else.
Now, here are some things to do if you want to become a writer.
First, understand that most writers never get rich. You’ll make more money with this, but it’s usually a means to an end and never total financial independence. Keep this in mind before you begin.
Second, it’s best to have a specialty as a writer. If you become a general writer with no subject matter focus, many people will be doubtful about hiring you.
Third, if you’re looking for an online platform to get started and make an extra $1000 a month, I recommend checking out the following:
7. Deliver Groceries, Food, or Items
If you’re sitting on a couch eating a fast-food burger and stressing about ways to make extra money, that opportunity to make that extra cash is right in front of you.
Actually, you’re eating it.
According to Forbes, the food delivery business will hit the $200 billion mark by 2025.
The entire food industry has been growing exponentially, making the food delivery side hustle a super popular strategy to make an extra $1000 a month.
Keep in mind delivering food is only part of the “gig” economy.
You can help busy parents drive their kids to and from school or activities.
You can help people with random tasks, i.e. running yard sales or even odd jobs for local businesses.
There is no shortage of opportunities to earn extra money in the gig economy.
To succeed as a provider, and make good money in this field, you should be polite and prompt for anything that people need.
You also need to be detail-oriented and make sure customer orders are perfectly executed.
Other important aspects include your commitment to keeping customers safe and having a passion for offering an outstanding customer experience.
Real-World Example: Vanessa Herron
Vanessa Herron, a news editor at iHeartMedia, knows the secret on how to make an extra $1000 a month. In addition to being a screenwriter, she delivers food for DoorDash.
At 40 years old, she works up to 30 hours a week, making $20 to $25 an hour.
That’s $600 to $750 a week, or an extra $2400 to $3000 per month!
How to Get Started
Getting started with the food delivery business isn’t complicated.
Companies like Instacart allow you to shop and deliver groceries to clients.
Side note, I use Instacart myself and absolutely love the service. Paying someone $15 to go and pick up all my groceries for me is some of the best money I’ve ever spent.
DoorDash offers similar opportunities to generate extra cash. It allows users to deliver food through a motorcycle, scooter, on foot, or car.
Postmates is another option and among the top takeaway food ordering and delivery services in the United States. It allows users to choose their preferred meals from the top restaurants nearby.
You can become the missing link between the customer and the meal or other items – deliver these items to the consumer, and earn that extra money on your own schedule.
8. Create a Personality Based YouTube Channel
YouTube is the second largest search engine on the internet and has 2 billion monthly users. if that seems like an opportunity to you, and it should, then you’re on the right track.
Creating and managing a YouTube channel successfully takes a lot of time, effort, and implementation of the right YouTube marketing techniques.
But if you work hard and use strategy to beat out your competitors, there is no doubt that you can succeed on this platform, and be on your way to making that extra $1000 a month passive income.
Real-World Example: Me
At the beginning of 2020, I relaunched my YouTube channel (i.e. I started actively working on it) and have seen some pretty big profit numbers in a short period.
To illustrate this, I included a screenshot of my YouTube revenue below. While the screenshot shows I make $558, I’d say with affiliate marketing I’m very close to that $1000 a month threshold.
If you need another example, this guy makes just over $80,000 per MONTH online on YouTube.
Are those results typical? No, not at all, but it just shows how much passive income can be made on YouTube with the right market and personality.
How to Get Started
Signing up for a YouTube channel is a straightforward process and takes a few minutes.
Pair that with creating a great content strategy, uploading informative and high-quality videos, building and connecting with your audience, and finally, you can start monetizing your channel.
I personally love this course if you’re at the start of your journey of making extra money online, and think it covers all of the questions you’ll have when starting.
9. Become a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker
Our furry buddies need a nice place to stay when we go to work.
If you have enough space in your house and a love for animals, you can start a pet “daycare” in your own home, and earn money doing it.
But before you do, ensure you understand everything that the job requires, you can achieve this by taking online surveys on the topic i.e. how to walk dogs.
Rewarding and fun as it may be, pet daycare or pet sitting is a business that can you make an extra $1000 a month unlike any other.
All successful pet sitters invest in insurance, local marketing, organized record-keeping, and relevant legal services (to reduce liability and manage contracts).
To succeed as a pet sitter, you’ll need to have a love for animals, patience, a place for the animals to play, and knowledge about whatever breeds you’re caring for.
Real-World Example: Rover Users
While it was difficult for me to find a news story dedicated solely to a successful pet sitter, I did find this forum on the Rover website.
In it, you’ll see that the individual who posted the question is trying to understand how it’s possible to make extra money on the platform.
If you read her comment, and many other comments in the forum, you’ll see users making $945 – $1347 per month.
Making that extra money with this side hustle may vary depending on the client volume, geographic area, spare time, and effort you put into your business.
How to Get Started
Pet sitting business is incredibly easy to start. All you need is your love for pets, pet sitting insurance, and a place for furry friends to relax.
Pet sitting is a largely untapped market and is growing quickly. People in nearly every demographic have pets that need reliable care.
These people need you to help them when they go on vacation or go to work each day.
If this sounds like something you’d enjoy, click right here to apply.
10. Become a Social Media Manager
Want to know something kind of crazy?
I’ll even admit this myself as I fall into this bucket.
Most people who own small businesses, or even local businesses don’t utilize social media enough for their business.
I, for one, know that I need to use it to grow my own website business. Although I do a little bit of it, I know that I should do a lot more.
So, why am I slacking?
The same reason why most other small business owners are. I would rather spend my time on other areas of my business as social media requires daily (and consistent) attention.
Frankly, I just don’t have time for it and it’s one of those things I’d rather hire out to someone else.
And I’m not alone, many business owners feel this way if they can get someone at a reasonable price that shows a return.
To succeed as a social media manager, you’ll need to have a significant understanding of the ins and outs of various social media platforms.
In addition, you’ll need to know how to help the brands grow on the respective social media platforms they desire.
Real-World Example: Tara from Introvert-Coach.com
Someone like Tara, over at Introvert-Coach.com does what I do and reports Income Reports every once in a while.
She’s a little different than me though because she still does a lot of freelance work, primarily focused on social media services for small businesses.
As she reported in her March 2020 income report, she made a total of $12,000 from her freelance clients!
Simply put, there is a lot more money to be made in this area, you just need to be good at what you do and show a positive return on investment for the business owner.
How to Get Started
Becoming a social media manager requires more than what you learned while playing around on various social networks. Social media management is a dynamic subject.
Even after taking a course on this subject, you’ll need to stay current on trends and continually work hard to deliver a return for business owners.
If you’re at the start of your journey, it’s a good idea to check out these courses on Udemy before you do to learn the ins and outs.
Also, if you are worried about all of the tools you’ll need to be a successful freelancer, check this out.
In terms of where to find work, you can check out Fiverr, Upwork, and Craigslist. They are some of the freelance job platforms where you can find potential clients looking for social media management services.
11. Become a Video Editor
Video is arguably the most powerful medium today. It makes 82% of the total web traffic, and this could be the reason behind the exponential growth in the video editing job market.
If you have a passion for video editing or are considering a career change, you can make an extra $1000 doing this, or a great side hustle.
To make that extra $1000 a month, and eventually gain financial freedom in the video editing industry, you must pay attention to detail, have some knowledge in video editing and media production, have effective communication, and be creative.
Also, you should have the necessary equipment, such as a computer with the right hardware and software.
Real-World Example: Jack Cole
In 2018, Jack Cole shared his own experiences in the video editing industry. At the time of the video, he was making $2000 a month.
If you’re just starting out, don’t expect to make that amount. But, as you continue to get more clients and build up your portfolio, you’ll make more and more money in the process.
How to Get Started
In order to be a successful video editor, you’ll have to be very knowledgeable in the editing program that you’re going to use.
If you think you have that understanding, check out some of the courses here to help you on your journey.
To find gigs, you can start looking for gigs on Fiverr, Upwork, and Craigslist. If you’re reasonably skilled and good at meeting deadlines, you should be able to make at least a thousand dollars a month in a short time.
12. Sell Goods on Etsy
If you’ve always wanted to open a shop online, now is the perfect time to do it. Etsy, an online store, allows people to sell crafts, handmade products, vintage items, and other similar products.
To make that extra 1,000 a month as an Etsy seller, you’ll need to be focused on creating quality products, customer service, having marketing skills, and posting quality photos and descriptions of the products.
If you find that you have a LOT of photos and you’re having a hard time keeping track of all of them, consider getting photo management software to help, you can sell photos online.
Real-World Example: An interview with a successful Etsy seller
Jacqueline, the founder of Mom Money Map, interviewed a successful Etsy seller.
The seller disclosed that she was making extra money of about $1,500 to $3,000 a month online, and her earnings vary depending on many factors, such as the demand for the specific products she’s offering, external market factors, and more.
This interview covers many topics such as getting started making money on Etsy, whether or not you need a license, relevant charges, and more. You may want to check it out.
How to Get Started
Unlike other e-commerce platforms, you cannot just post products on Etsy and forget about them.
An Etsy shop needs constant attention, and your sales depend on how many people find your items and the customer service that you provide.
Frankly, there’s a lot to it and I found these courses that many people rave about to help you if you want to begin.
In addition, I also write a post explaining how to sell on Etsy that’s likely to help you as well.
13. Become a Home Personal Trainer
Are you a fitness enthusiast?
Do you intend to share your passion for physical fitness with the world and earn money doing it?
Then a personal fitness business may be right for you and the good news? It only takes a small number of clients to make an extra $1000 a month.
The fitness training market is growing quickly and includes people of all body types, ages, and goals. Many personal trainers are aligned with sports teams, community centers, and fitness centers.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to align yourself with these facilities, to earn money from this venture.
You can help people achieve their fitness goals from the comfort of your home with the different webinar platforms out there, and make that extra $1000 a month with not much hustle.
This can be extremely satisfying but this business model requires experience, knowledge, necessary certifications, and a passion for physical fitness.
Real-World Example: Jordan Lark
Jordan Lark has been interviewed many times and has stated that he’s making six figures as a virtual home personal trainer. He’s been doing it for some time and has figured out many of the skills required to succeed, but it’s something you can aspire to.
How to Get Started
The first step in starting a home personal training side hustle is to get certified if you don’t have any certifications yet.
Doing so will build trust with your customers and help them trust you quickly.
From there, you’ll need to find some potential clients to achieve your $1000 a month goal.
If you’re looking to get started, it’s best to take one of the courses here to learn the entire process.
Once you have the knowledge, you’ll need to find clients.
Aside from tapping into your personal network, you can try to post your services on Fiverr and you should also consider using social media platforms to find clients.
14. Become a Graphic Designer
In the past 10 years, there has been a surge in graphic design customers as the internet and content marketing in these niche websites have also grown.
As long as businesses need detailed illustrations, interesting graphics, and other similar content for marketing, graphic design will remain a hot market.
To succeed and make more money as a graphic designer, you’ll need to have a great understanding of the tools you offer, be creative, hard-working, stay organized to deal with all of your clients, and be good at meeting deadlines.
Real-World Example: Joana Galvao
At just 22 years old, Joana Galvão launched her graphics design business. Amazingly, she was able to make $100,000 within the first ten months.
In her interview, Joana advises other graphics designers to be courageous enough to seek counsel and guidance and to use in-person networking to succeed.
How to Get Started
Becoming a graphic designer seems like an easy thing to do on the surface. Most of your job will be to listen to what clients tell you and create graphics for their business.
While that’s an important skill, there is a lot more to learn as well. For this, I recommend you check out Skillshare.
15. Become a Consultant
The last idea on this list is to become a consultant in an area where you can make money selling your professional expertise that other businesses may seek out.
Freelance or at-home consulting is an amazing way to make extra money every month. You can be a full-time consultant or do it as a side hustle, depending on your availability.
This is a great side-gig to have and the best part is that it may just take one or two clients to make the extra money you’re trying to.
Just make sure you get a portion of the bill upfront so you don’t risk people not paying you.
To succeed in the consulting industry, you must pay attention to detail, be very focused on serving your clients, have a specialty in an area that the client needs, and have an ability to convey best practices clearly and concisely.
Real-World Example: Mike Kerrison
Mike went on this podcast and did an interview explaining how he built his consulting practices from scratch. In the interview, he discusses how he grew his consulting practice and made over six figures.
How to Get Started
Launching your at-home consulting business requires you to be comfortable with the idea of marketing yourself.
Use your LinkedIn profile to emphasize your professional experience and consulting services. Also, you can check out these courses to learn a thing or two about the at-home consultancy business.
Some of these work-at-home opportunities generate passive income and may not turn into full-time businesses that can make an extra $1000 unless you scale them.
However, some of the other opportunities like freelance writing, graphics design, and social media management are readily scalable and can make an extra $1000 rather quickly. And this list goes on from there.
For instance, you can also make money from Reddit too.
The point is, the internet has a crazy amount of ways to make an extra $1000, you just have to find the one that works for you to have an impact on your personal finances.
While I didn’t include other opportunities like babysitting, becoming a transcriptionist, getting cash back on purchases with Swagbucks, investing in real estate, and renting it on Airbnb, teaching English online at a place like Vipkid, or filling out online surveys on various survey sites, I wanted to focus on (what I think) are the most valid opportunities and not extreme ones like having to donate plasma to make an extra $1000.
It’s up to you to choose a gig or two that can help generate the extra income. While I advise you to try to think long-term and find something you can eventually scale, choose whatever is best for you.
Am I missing an easy way to make an extra $1000 per month? Let me know in the comments below.