Everybody could do with making a bit of extra cash on the side. Whether it is because you are saving for a deposit on a house, planning a big event or just want to be able to treat yourself a little more frequently, there are things you can do outside of your 9 to 5 employment to supplement your income. If you are groaning at the idea of doing even more work, fear not! There are plenty of fun ways to earn a little seed money for your next big project that won’t even feel like work.

  • Become a pet sitter

    Plenty of people who work full time would love a pet but just can’t justify having one while being at home so little. If you love animals and wish you could spend more time with them without committing to a furry friend of your own, why not sign up to a site that will let you borrow other people’s pets and get paid for it? You could offer to walk dogs in the evening or give cats a weekend home if their owners are away. It’s a fun way to earn a little on the side and it will absolutely not feel like work.

  • Run your own business from home

    OK, so this one will be a little more time intensive, but why not set up an ecommerce site? Perhaps you have always had an interest in fashion that your day job just doesn’t address and this could be a great way to tap into it. Use a service like this one from 1&1 to create your own online shop. Just make sure you have the right internet tax tools handy. With a certain amount of time and dedication your site could flourish into something much larger than you would have ever of expected.

  • Teach

    Whether it’s a language, a science, or helping others with their business skills, figure out what talent you have that is useful to others and offer your services as a teacher. It’s a well-paid job if it’s intended as extra income on the side and you might find you really enjoy it. With as little as two hours a week you could be adding an extra $40 to your income. Not bad when you add it up over the course of a month.

  • Shop

    No, seriously! You can sign up to be a mystery shopper and get paid to go shopping. As a mystery shopper you will have to visit stores and assess the shopping experiences, incorporating things like the way the shop is set up and how friendly the shop assistants are. The biggest challenge with this one will be not to spend all the money you’re making (and more!) as you’re earning it.