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60 Ways To Make Money Without A Job

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How to make money without a job is a question on the minds of so many people these days. A really bad economy combined with a close to an all time low job market, has so many people struggling to make ends meet. Thousands of people are left with no job, and when you don’t have a job, and are not working for someone or yourself, keeping up with even the smallest bills gets tough and sometimes impossible.

Fortunately, you don’t have to have a job to earn money, there are many easy ways to make money without a job. And although, many of these income streams may not earn you as much as you used to in your old job, they are great alternatives for making money without a job. I have gathered a list of 60 ways you can earn money without a job.

Please keep in mind that not every one of these methods may be suitable for you. There are some methods that require a bit education, or special knowledge, and some that don’t. The idea here was to just put out as many ideas as possible, so anyone who is without a job, may be able to find a few method that may work for them, and their unique situation.

So, while some of these ideas may be laughable to you, for others it could be a life line! With that said, here are 60 ways to get money without having a working job:

For a detailed guide of each method (step by step guide, or list of websites that can be used to make money with that particular method), please checkout the included links.

How to Make Money Without a Job

1- Online surveys
As long as you have a computer and internet connection there are lots of paid surveys sites you can use to get paid for filling out simple online surveys.

2- Answer Tech Questions
Good with technical stuff? You can set your own price to answer people’s questions on sites like ExpertBee. Get Paid to Answer Questions

3- Hold a garage sale
It is a great way to clean out your basement, your closet and your storage room while making some much needed cash.

4- Rent your stuff
You can rent out anything from an extra room, to tools, furniture, electronics and everything in between.

5- Virtual Storefront
You can open a virtual storefront using sites like They even host your storefront for you. All you have to do is drive traffic ton your storefront and get people to buy products.

6- File sharing
Have a lot of useful documents and files collecting dust in your hard drive? File sharing sites will pay every time someone downloads one of your uploaded files. Get Paid to Upload

7- Ghost shopping
Lots of moms don’t have time to go shopping. You can do their shopping and deliver it to them for a small fee.

7- Baby sit
One of the oldest tricks in the book. Start by baby sitting for friends and family.

8- Cook
Again, people are short on time these days. But eating out every night costs a lot of money. Many people would be willing to pay someone to cook for them.

9- Review Software
Developers pay people through sites like SoftwareJudge to participate in surveys and give them feedback about variety of software.

10- Enter competitions
Since you have a lot of free time, why not enter as many competitions and contests as you can?

11- Work on Fiverr
You can offer almost any kind of service on Fiverr for $5. It could be as simple as video taping yourself promoting a particular product, singing a song, making a logo for someone and anything else you can imagine.  How to Make Money on Fiverr

12- Clean houses
Find a few people who need this service and clean their house for a fee.

13- Pet siting
Like to hang out with pets? You can pet sit for people who may be going out of town or are out of the house for long periods of time.

14- Medical tests
Lots of Universities, hospitals, and medical and dental clinics pay people to participate in their clinical tests.

15- Complete online offers
There are hundreds of GPT (Get Paid To) sites that pay you to do almost anything you do on a regular basis, from visiting different websites, subscribing to newsletters, reading emails, shopping and more.  Get Paid to Complete Free Offers

16- Painting
Good at painting?…Pick subjects people like and sell them in flea markets, on classifieds sites or even at local galleries.

17- Street performance
If you have got some talent and it is not against the law in your state, you can make some cash by entertaining people.

18- Give massages
Everyone could use a good massage. Put your hands into good use and make some extra money while making people relaxed.

19- Donate blood or plasma
Plasma (the yellowish beige solution in blood) is used for making medicine. You can get up to $50 donating plasma in your local plasma and blood bank.

20- Get Paid to Surf
Websites like SurfBounty pay you to surf the web. It’s not much money, but if you have lots of free time on your hands and like browsing the web, you may as well get paid for it.  Get Paid to Surf

21- Donate eggs-sperm
If you are a male, you can make a decent amount of money donating sperm to your local sperm bank. And if you are a woman, you can get paid anywhere from $1,000 to up to $30,000 for egg donation while helping unfortunate women who are having problems on that front.

22- Focus Groups
They are like paid surveys, but focus groups are actually conducted in a physical location in your local area. You can get paid anywhere from $50 to $300 or more per session, lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours or so. Focus Groups

23- Window washing
You can wash windows for storefront businesses. They usually need the service on a monthly or even weekly basis.

24- Sign holding
You can get paid around $10 an hour to basically hold up a sign in front of the store (yeah, sometimes you may have to wear a funny costume).

25- Get paid to tutor
If you are good at math, science, English or any other subject, offer to tutor kids and adults and get paid for it.

26- Write for money
There are hundreds of websites that pay you to write articles on almost any topic imaginable. Get Paid to Write

27- Design T-shirts allows you to design unique T-shirts for free and sell them.

28- Scrap metal
Find and store scrap metal. When you have a considerable amount, take it to your local scrap yard.

29- Give rides
Use your car to make some fast cash by transportation people from point A to B.

30- Pawn shop
When it comes to the question of how to make money without a job, pawn shops are usually one of the first things many people think of. You can always pawn something, whether it’s a tool, an electronic or what have you, if you are in desperate need of money.

31- Rake leaves
Find elderly people or any home owner who doesn’t have the time or the physical strength to get rid of the leaves and do it for them.

32- Recycling used tires
Recycling companies offer free tire pickups if you have at least 100 tires or so. Since state regulations prohibit storing used tires in an open air space, most auto shops will be happy to give you their used tires for free. Take them down to your local tire recycling facility and get cash for them. How to Make Money Recycling Used Tires

33- Dumpster Diving
It’s dirty, but worth the effort, especially if you can manage to find valubale items, which are actually found in dumpsters more often that not.

34- Gardening for neighbors
Lots of people, especially in upper class neighborhoods, are willing to pay you to do their gardening chores for them.

35- Shovel Snow
If it’s winter and snow on the ground, you can bet somebody is gonna need help shoveling the snow. You can charge around $10-$20 per yard. Obviously, the bigger the yard and the more snow there is, the more you can charge.

36- Sell used books
You can find books (even college textbooks) in your local flea market and second hand stores for pennies on the dollar. Sell them on, or used book specialty sites like for a higher price.  How to Make Money Selling Used Books Online

37- Organize events
Good at throwing parties and events?… Why not use your skills to make money as an event planner?!?

38- Make an e-book
Put your knowledge and expertise to good use by creating an e-book where you give people tips and guide them on whatever topic you are knowledgeable about.

Search any job site like Monster or HotJobs for telecommute jobs. Telecommute jobs can be done from home.

40- Sell your stuff
Sell your unused and unwanted stuff on eBay, Craigslist or other classified and auction sites. How to Make Money on eBay

41- Become a guide
Are you an expert on a subject or have a lot of experience with a particular subject? You can get paid to become a guide and write articles sharing your tips and tricks about the topic on sites like

42- Submit to Directories
Submitting websites to web directories is a great way to promote websites. Most webmasters don’t have time to do it themselves, so they pay you to do it for them. Use webmaster related forums to find these webmasters.

43- Link building
Link building is one of the most important things for maintaining a successful website. But it’s time consuming. To save time, many webmaster are willing to pay you to do it for them.

44- Sell other people’s stuff
Not everybody knows how to sell on eBay or on classified sites, offer to sell their stuff for a fee.

45- Install software and applications
Lots of people, including elderly, don’t know how to do a lot of simple tasks related to computers and Internet, like installing software and applications. Provide software installation services for people.

46- Cut grass
It doesn’t take a technician to cut the grass. Start by offering your services to people around your neighborhood and expand from there.

47- Become a Virtual Assistant
Researchers, bloggers, writers, small businesses and many others hire virtual assistants to help them get simple tasks done. It could be anything from replying to emails and keeping track of sales to providing customer support and so on.  How to Become a Virtual Assistant

50- Make Videos
Make use of your video camera and make interesting videos of yourself, nature and anything in between and upload them to ad revenue sharing sites Revver and Break.  They share a percentage of the revenue from ads displayed along with your videos with you.

51- Stock Photos
Take pictures of anything you can think of and upload them to sites like You get paid every time someone downloads or buys one of your pictures.  Get Paid for Photos

52- Paid Forum Posts
A new-born online forum doesn’t have a lot of members and to attract more members, it needs to look busy. That’s why new forum owners pay people to become members and post on their forum.

53- Virtual property
You can play on Second Life and acquire virtual land, houses, stores, etc. Then you can trade them for real money. If you get lucky enough, you may even become a millionaire like Ansche Chung.

54- Translate
Speak a language beside your mother tongue? You can get paid to translate documents, audios, videos and more for variety of people and companies.  Get Paid to Translate Online

55- Wash cars
Offer to wash cars for other people in your neighborhood.

56- Recycle aluminum cans
Another old trick from the book. You can find cans just about anywhere and there is a recycling facility in almost any town.

57- Cut hair
If you know how to do it, then why not make some extra cash by offering your service in the neighborhood or in the local park.

58- Mystery shopping
Companies higher mystery shopping agencies to conduct evaluations of their stores and their employees. You can go on these shopping assignments as a mystery shopper. Not only do you get paid for doing so, in some cases, you get to keep the products you bought, for free. Get Paid to Shop

60- Walk dogs
Many dog owners don’t have enough time to walk their dog. Offer to do it for them for a fee.

61- Get Paid to Search
There are a few search engines that pay you to search the web using their engines. Not much money, but you probably search online everyday, why not get paid for it!


I hope these ideas of making money without a job will help some of you who have lost your jobs or are just looking for ways to make extra money.

Please feel free to share any method or idea you use or have used before to earn cash while out of job. Or, simply share your experience and tips about how to make money without a job.

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  1. Bruker says:

    Thanks for all these tips i am working in a company but i will try them as a part time to earn some more money.

    • Arjun Rai says:

      @Bruker, this is the best place where you can earn money ideas and have some good money in your pocket, these ideas are really effective and will give you better results.

  2. Great money making points you have here.

    As for me, I’m a blogger and I am always seeking ways of making money online, or how I can use my blog to generate cash. Now that you have listed this post I can now think of other ways to make money offline without a job, even though I already have a job.

    Great list, and thanks for the post.

    • satrap says:

      Thanks Kharim. I too, like finding new ways to monetize my blog as well. Best of luck to you and thanks for stopping by Kharim.

  3. Ramesh says:

    I am agree with you if really want to make money with blog sure you have to work hard

  4. Gail Gardner says:

    Hi Satrap,

    I’m trying to figure out if your CommentLuv Premium is working because I don’t see any CommentLuv links in your blog comments. It isn’t working for me here so I went over to WeBlogBetter using the same browser and it works fine there so it looks like the issue is on your site.

    • satrap says:

      Hi Gail,
      Thanks for bringing it up. I actually noticed it a few days ago and I have been scrambling and trying to figure out whats wrong, but I just can’t find the problem. I think I am going to uninstall and then install a new copy, maybe that may help. Do you have any ideas on what may be causing the problem?…
      Thanks for stopping by Gail.

  5. Lyla says:

    Garage sales are a great way of pawning off your unwanted goods in exchange for cash. In the UK, however, we have ‘car boot sales’ where everyone wanting to sell their wares will gather in a big park or something similar to sell their stuff out of the boot of their cars. It’s huge over here and you can find some great antiques!

    • satrap says:

      Good to know Lyla. I never new that. That is kind of cool. Thanks for teaching me something new.

  6. There are really so many ways, one just has to be venturesome. I have f.e. been picking berries and mushrooms for sale:)

    • satrap says:

      Thats true Laur. Opportunities are out there, you just have to be willing to take them and work hard. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  7. Jimmy says:

    Hi Satrap,

    It’s my first time here.

    You blew me away with all these ideas for making money without working. It just shows that if we have the will, we will never starve even when unemployed.

    But I do feel that the employee model is about to be overtaken by the self enterpreneurship model in the future. With all the technology enablers flying about, things will become more stream line. Your list is a good starting point for many small business start ups.

    I am exploring writing for a living now. My only avenue so far in this area is elance.


    • satrap says:

      Hi Jimmy,
      Thanks for the kind words. I am glad you liked the post. I wish you the best with your freelancing journey.

  8. summer says:

    Hi Satrap,
    good to see that it works…my family was putting me off it…but I will like to try something like that as I kind of like my freedom…
    Would you be therefore so kind and tell me, where I could make a ART WEBSITE FOR FREE (about 10-15pages+Photoshop presentation+DOWNLOADABLE images after pay function- or can I download the software somewhere else for free? You know, like you suggested selling e-books, e-photos etc….I did my search around but found only free websites with 5 pages and quite slow to open and work properly…and no e-book, e-photos possibility to upload on them)
    Then also if you could advise me some free website for trying out my FASHION e-Shop (many items)?
    And some good FREE BLOG with all the usefull widgets to try to become a professional blogger? Try to make some money also from it:)(perhaps ART blog)
    You seem to be much more experienced, so hopefully you will know where to look…
    Thank you very much for your website again
    Have a lovely day

    • satrap says:

      Summer, you can use blogger ( to create beautiful websites (unlimited pages). Its easy and quick and you dont have to know any html, webdesign or anything like that.
      However, if you want to make money online for the long term its always best to buy your own domain name and hosting and work as a professional. But, since you are a beginner, go ahead and start wit free sites, so you can get your feet wet, get to know= how things work and then you can move on to buying your own site. Good luck.

  9. Pete Goumas says:

    Too much great information. I’m particularly interested in the file sharing. Hadn’t heard of that one before! Thanks!

    • satrap says:

      Thank you Pete. I am happy you found something you hadn’t heard before. Best of luck.

  10. nisha says:

    very nice post….im from india many of my friends are earning online…and they are earning $1000 to $1500 per month…they work at nights from….and i think they are working for a company…but i dont know what they are doing….they get promotions if they complete the targets and they get commissions if they complete the targets and so on…but they are not revealing the way they earn…so can you please help me

    • satrap says:

      I wouldn’t know how your friend is making money obviously since I dont know him or her and what he or she does.

      But, if you want to make money online, there are hundreds of methods, but non of them will make you any money if you dont work. You have to pick one method and work hard at it and you will make money.

      Most people think just because its online, making money would be easy and quick, but that is far from the truth and that is why most people never make any money online. If you wanna make money online, you have o work hard and be patience. Good luck Nisha.

  11. summer says:

    Hi, thanks for the but are there any easy pick and drop widgets on the site to create a online shop? you know like displaying 3photos of one item+ working cartridge+postage cost- buy button etc, cos thats what I need…if it is not on, would you know some FREE WEBSITE, which offer this- free easy to do online shop? Many thanks

    • satrap says:

      I dont know of any specific ones, but I am pretty sure there should be plugins and addons that can do this, especially if you use wordpress. There are plenty of free plugins and addons that can do this for you. Best of luck Summmer.

  12. Amit says:

    Satrap You really awesome dude. I dont know from where you can get this means huge ideas? Really i never seen such like this list. There is so many blog but top 10 and maximum 15 but your writing 60 OMG. Excellent. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • satrap says:

      Thank you for your kind words Amit. I try to share as much good information as I possibly can. I am glad you are enjoying them though.

  13. Mariano says:

    Hey Satrap –

    I really like this man..
    .. great ideas here.. I am a blogger myself and I attract people that will love to work without a job and looking for other ways to make it happen other than blogging.

    I will be referring these peps here.

    Take care bro!

    PS. Where are you from?

    • satrap says:

      Hi Mariano,
      I am glad you liked the post. There are so many ways to make extra money here and there. You just have to be open minded and creative.
      I am Persian-American.
      Thanks for stopping by Mariano. Hope to see you more often.

  14. Emily says:

    Please take off the massage as a suggestion to make money, as you need to be licensed to do that, it’s not right to imply anyone can do that legally.

    • Satrap says:

      Hi Emily,
      No one is suggesting that “anyone” can start a message business without proper documentations. We are just listing options for people who are out of job, and want to pay the bills. Of course, each option has its own qualifications and requirements, whcih is why you should always so your own research when unsure.
      Thanks for your comment Emily.

  15. Suyog says:

    I am Suyog, your information is very helpful to me. Some suggestions are very good. But some things are not done by people who think this is very cheap work such Walk dogs, blood donation and washing a car.

    • Satrap says:

      I am glad this post has been useful for you Suyog.

  16. Ashley says:

    i am freelancer i will definitely give it a try for some of the best ways for earning more