5 Ways To Make An Extra Buck (Or $100) This Month

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You know that scene in Sex and the City when Carrie admits to Aidan that she just used a credit card to buy tomatoes? Well, most of have been there at some point or another. And whether you're currently pretty happy with your financial situation, or you're leaning on your parents for some help with the rent (no judgment), it's always nice to have a little extra cash.

Maybe you want to be able to splurge on that necklace you’ve been dreaming about for months, or you want to have your apartment deep-cleaned, but doing so would push you just over your budget. Why not take on an easy side hustle to make some extra money?

Ahead, we’ve compiled a few ideas for things you can do to make an extra buck — or $100 — this month. Find the one that’s right for you, and make room in your piggy bank.


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Yes, this gig may require you to take your clothes off, but if you're comfortable with that, it can be both liberating and meditative. It's also a job that doesn’t require much of you. I was an art model for years, and found that it was an especially nice complement to a creative job, because it gave me lots of time to stand perfectly still and contemplate my craft. Of course, you can use the time to focus on whatever you want, from what to make for dinner, to what was said in an earlier meeting at your day job. Art classes also often take place in the evenings, so they’re especially easy to pair with your 9-to-5.
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Moonlighting as a mascot may sound like kind of a blast, or a total nightmare, depending on your personality. Either way, at least it’s anonymous, so no one has to know it’s you under there if you don’t want them to. The advantages of this job are, as a costumed character (say, someplace like Times Square), you generally work for yourself, keep what you earn, and set your own hours. But if you'd rather not be your own boss, there are always restaurants, concerts, and sporting events looking for people to take these gigs, too. It's a solid way to pick up occasional extra work without a heavy commitment. Plus, a story that starts with “One time, I dressed up as a cow at a soccer match…” is sure to be a hit at parties.
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You’d be surprised how often this comes up. Have you ever noticed how protective people are about their pets? Pet owners really don’t like leaving their beloved animals in the care of strangers if they can avoid it. Plus, not only is there actual money in this for you, but a lot of times this job comes with a temporary apartment. (After all, Marnie won’t be comfortable in just any home.) Once you make it known that pet-sitting is something you're available for, word will get around, and soon all of your friends and neighbors will have you on speed dial.
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When you hear the phrase “in this study,” or “this study shows,” it usually means there were actual participants who went somewhere or did something, and were paid for their time. You could be one of those participants. When I first moved to NYC, in fact, I had friends who legit paid their rent this way (though it's probably better not to plan on that). Whether it’s testing out a new medication or having your sleep patterns analyzed, someone has to do it — why not you? Scheduling-wise, you have complete control. You only take on a job when you have time, and if it’s the right fit. Check out sites like this one and this one to learn about trials seeking participants.
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It’s pretty easy to become a "tasker" with TaskRabbit, the web platform that matches people who need miscellaneous work done with local people who can do it. You register, go to an orientation session in your city, and once you’ve been screened and approved, you can start working. As the company makes clear on its site, the No. 1 reason to become a tasker is because it’s incredibly flexible, which is exactly what you’re looking for in a side hustle. Other selling points are that you set your own rates, and you only take the jobs you want to take. And unlike the daily grind you might be used to, taskers are always doing something different. Some have even figured out how to flip it into a crazy lucrative full-time gig!
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