Whether you're simply looking to pay your rent, save up for vacation or invest in your retirement, it's always a good idea to have extra cash. Sure, you could apply for a part-time job at a local retailer and work a variety of hours, including nights and weekends.
But there are other ways to earn more money, too. Read on for some creative jobs that can generate big bucks.
Make money from your home on your own schedule by transcribing audio.
"If you are willing to put in the time, you can make a lot of extra money doing medical, legal, law enforcement or financial transcription from home," says Ben Walker, CEO for Transcription Outsourcing. "Every single one of our independent contractors found us online and applied through our website."
Transcribers can work 10 to 40 hours a week, with the average weekly time commitment being 15 hours.
Walker says really good transcribers, who can earn over $20 an hour, have at least five years experience. New transcribers with no experience earn $7 to $10 per hour. Most transcription jobs don't require a certification, unless a client wants it.
*Rent Your Stuff
Parents invest in lots of baby gear, from high chairs to strollers to toys. But when the kids grow out of these kiddie items, why not rent out them to other parents or caregivers?
The company Babierge (baby + concierge) offers gig economy work throughout the United States to people who want to earn money by renting out baby gear.
"We rent, deliver and set up baby gear at vacation rentals, hotels and private homes," says Trish McDermott of Babierge. "Often families are traveling from other cities or countries, and don't want to carry bulky baby gear with them. We also rent to local grandparents who will be hosting their grandchildren for visits."
She says that on average, people renting out their baby gear can earn about $1,000 a month. The company is growing in the U.S. and expanding internationally.
Get paid to watch kids. You can find baby-sitting work from friends, family and neighbors. Modern baby sitters get gigs the tech way, too, via websites and apps.
Helpr, the baby-sitting app, gets a screened sitter to a parent's door in less than three hours. The company's vetting process includes background checks, double reference checks, CPR certification and in-person interviews.
Kasey Edwards, Helpr co-founder and CEO, says sitters like "the consistent pipeline of work, the higher safety with Helpr due to the oversight and only having one interview -- versus multiple interviews with families with no promise of paid hours."
*The Grass Is Greener
Cutting grass can help you earn green, too. This odd job has gone high-tech.
Find lawn care gigs in your neighborhood or online. Lawn care vendors including teachers, firefighters, college students and others, can expect to rake in over $50 an hour.
Earn extra income by becoming a mobile notary, a person who's authorized by the local government to screen people signing important documents, such as wills and property deeds.
According to the National Notary Association, notaries can use their notary commission to earn extra money on their own.
The fee a notary can collect is set by each state's notary regulations. While regulations vary, they typically require a three- to six-hour training course and possibly an exam.
*Sell Your Stuff
Cleaning out your garage can help you clean up financially, as well. Craigslist and eBay have been hot selling sites for years. Now apps can help you get paid, too.
Local buying/selling app OfferUp is the largest mobile marketplace for local buyers and sellers. You can list items from the app and post pics from your smartphone. The app offers messaging and is very community-focused.
So whether you're selling your textbooks or parting ways with your old couch, you'll make money and maybe make a friend, too.