Fall is the time for cooler weather, the leaves turning, school going back in session and a great opportunity to start to make extra money! Just ahead of the holiday season, it’s the perfect time to start your job hunt in pursuit of making extra money this Fall and Winter.
Whether you want to make extra money for:
- Boosting your savings account
- Growing your emergency fund
- Saving up for holiday shopping
- Enjoying more spending money every month
This season is ripe with opportunities to help you grow your income. Keep reading to learn about these 8 lucrative ways to make extra money this Fall.
Make Extra Money This Fall with These Job Ideas
We’ve broken down the following 8 jobs into 4 job categories: freelance, sales, service, and work from home gigs.
If you enjoy working independently, working in teams, thrive in sales-driven environments, love the quiet of working from home, and more, you will like one or more of these job opportunities.
Every job category has something for someone. Dive in!
As a freelancer, you’ll be working as an independent contractor, working with clients. There are pros and cons to freelancing. Some people love it while it’s not for others. Take a look:
- Tax writeoff benefits
- Freedom to choose your work and clients
- Control over the workload
- Work in a multifaceted environment, in lots of industries with different clients
- The opportunity to earn more
- Be your own boss
- You have to wear many hats (manage your business, taxes, income, clients, etc.)
- You are in charge of finding your work
- Inconsistent income
With all this in mind, these freelancer jobs are in various industries and if you have these skills, it’s an excellent opportunity to make extra money this Fall.
You’ll be paid to write. As a copywriter, you’ll find that your jobs may vary quite a bit, which is great if you never want to get bored. You’ll write copy for magazines, bloggers, podcasters, small businesses, and more.
Types of copywriting jobs:
- Blog posts
- Magazine articles
- Product reviews
- Website copy
- Product catalog descriptions
- And, more!
If you love writing, this gig is totally for you.
How to Find Copywriting Jobs
You can find copywriting jobs in a ton of places online.
Check out these additional places to look for copywriting work:
- Freelance Job Banks like Upwork
- Social media outlets like Facebook groups, LinkedIn
- Classifieds like Craigslist
- ProBlogger Jobs
- Blogging Pro
- All Freelance Writing
How Much Do Copywriters Make?
Copywriters can charge per word, per project, or a mix of both. Entry level copywriters can charge $.05 to $.10 per word or up to $1,000+ per project, depending on the scope of the project.
2. Graphic Design
For creatives, graphic design is another awesome freelance job that lets you explore your creative side. You’ll get paid to design graphics for clients like website owners, retailers, grocery stores, restaurants, and more.
Some examples of graphic design work you might do:
- Logo design
- Social media graphics
- Email campaign graphic work
- Product pages
- Business cards
Graphic design is great because you can get started with zero out of pocket cost. There is free graphic design software, like Canva, that will allow you to design hundreds of projects. For a small investment, you can look at tools like Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Indesign.
Where to Find Jobs?
Join designer communities and apply on design job banks online to book design gigs. You can also find some graphic design work on social media and classified sites.
How Much Do Designers Make?
Graphic designers can earn hourly, per project, or some combination of both. According to Ziprecruiter, the average annual salary for a designer (June 2019) is $46,440. For a part-time design gig for extra money, you may expect to receive about half of that.
The perks of a freelance designer position is similar to that of a freelance copywriter or any freelance position. You enjoy flexibility, you call the shots and be your own boss, unlimited pay potential, tax benefits, and more.
Next, we have these sales-driven jobs, which are great to start near or around Fall, because you’ll have some time to ramp up in order to make extra money in time for end of year shopping.
3. Sell on Etsy
Etsy is a huge marketplace for handmade items. If you’re crafty or make your own products, create a store on Etsy. They receive tons of traffic every month and you can potentially get a piece of it, drumming up sales to your Etsy store.
Here are some ideas of products to sell:
- Knits, like blankets or scarves
- Pottery, like vases, coffee mugs, etc.
- Artwork, such as drawings, paintings, digital art
- Digital products like digital planners, printable checklists, digital calendars, etc.
If you have the entrepreneurial spirit, give Etsy a try.
4. Start an Instagram Shop
There are tons of successful Instagram boutiques and you could be one of them!
Start by picking a niche and decide on what you’ll be selling. Then, source your inventory and map out a plan for distribution. Post products on your feed and start selling!
This is one of my favorite ways to make extra money, through services, because literally anybody can do it and it has low or no startup cost. You’ll be getting paid to do services for others. There’s a ton of flexibility in service jobs and you will have full control. Take a look at these two examples.
5. Pet sitting
Pet sitting and/or pet care is great for animal lovers. You be doing things like walking dogs, feeding and caring for animals, watching pets while owners are away, etc.
You can do this on your own, getting clients by posting flyers, advertising on Craigslist, spreading word at your church, community centers, schools and other public places, friends, and family.
You can also work for one or both of these two pet companies, getting paid to walk dogs:
How Much Can You Make?
Around $200-$300/month or so walking dogs only and much more if you extended your services to pet care like pet sitting, etc.
This is a fulfilling and fun way to earn more money.
6. Repairing Electronics
This is a good one, even if you don’t know how to do it! Let me explain.
First, what I mean with electronics repair, is specifically fixing broken screens on devices like iPads, iPhones, and other tablets and phones. Dropping a cell phone or tablet is a common occurrence and nothing is worse than seeing the screen cracked.
Cracked screens should be repaired right away. They are harmful to the device and to you! First, your fingers have oil, dust, debris and dirt on them and they can get into the device through the cracks, harming it. Then, they are actually pretty bad for your health causing splinters on fingers, eye strain, and more.
It’s very in demand and you can learn to do it yourself watching tutorials on YouTube.
Clients can be brought in from ads on Facebook marketplace and local community groups on Nextdoor, Varage, and related sites.
How Much Can You Make?
Charging a flat fee of $50/screen is what I see a lot of repairmen charging so if you repaired 5 devices per week, that would earn you $250/week, which is not a bad side hustle to make extra money.
Work from Home Jobs
Lastly, these work from home jobs you will love because you can do them from the comfort of home, your couch, really anywhere, as long as you have access to a smartphone.
7. Survey Taking
You can reasonably earn a few hundred dollars per month, getting paid for your honest opinion.
Sign up for a survey site for free then, complete your profile and start taking surveys. You will not earn a full-time income from this but for an easy gig for extra money, it’s a great option. This will be a combination of websites and apps.
How Much Can You Make?
Surveys can pay $.25 to $40 each, depending on the offer. If you choose to particulate in focus groups or panels, you will find more high paying opportunities (but more demanding, too) paying up to $500 each.
8. Low Stress Customer Service Jobs
For a low stress customer service job, these legitimate opportunities are from real companies known to hire work from home positions and they might be right up your alley.
- Hilton Worldwide
- American Express
There you go, 8 ways to make extra money this Fall. Good luck!
Jason Wuerch blogs over at Frugal for Less, where he helps people find the ultimate path to financial freedom. He shares all the ins-and-outs of how to save your money to the maximum by living on the frugal side and is a firm believer that everyone should have the ability to obtain enough money to have a sense of financial freedom in their lives while at the same time enjoying life’s greatest pleasures.
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