How to Make an Extra $1000 a Month

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A common question I get asked is how to make an extra $1000 a month.  I understand how frustrating it is working paycheck to paycheck.  Yet, most people do not know how to get started with a new side hustle.

When I began side hustling, I did not even realize I was creating a side hustle.  For me it was a matter of making money to care for my family.  I have tried my share of side hustles and learned there are other people out there like myself who want to earn extra income.

How to make an extra $1000 a month with side hustles. Sell products, become a bookkeeper, start a blog, build an e-commerce store and more.

Side Hustles in My Life

Honestly, most of my side hustles were out of necessity.  My husband and I did not go to college right away.  We both worked from the age of 16 and were married young.  In fact, I have worked multiple jobs most of my life.

Approximately 11 years ago I began a side hustle with my husband.  It was the first time our side hustle did not have us working for someone else. 

We began the side hustle while working our regular jobs during the day.  At this time in our lives, we just wanted to pay our bills and create extra income.  Working our own side hustle from home was convenient to our family life with our kids. 

From that point on I continued to work hard at various side hustles.  I discovered many ways to make an extra $1000 a month. 

But keep in mind you might not be able to make an extra $1000 a month from just one side hustle. 

My journey with side hustling has been enlightening and eventful in so many ways.  I continue to learn every day. 

Ways to Make an Extra $1000 a Month

Become a Bookkeeper

I have a bachelor’s degree in accounting but not everyone has to have a degree to become a bookkeeper. 

Some people become bookkeepers by work experience and others get certified.  View my post How to Start a Bookkeeping Business with Confidence for more ideas and help to start a bookkeeping business. 

Bookkeeping is rewarding for me because I help others by giving them the knowledge they need to succeed in their business.

You can easily put your bookkeeping on a schedule with my Bookkeeping Simplified Guide. Get free access!

Become a Virtual Assistant

Small business owners and technology are both on the rise; therefore, virtual assistants are also on the rise.  Working as a virtual assistant allows flexibility with the ability to work from home. 

Look for clients through Upwork, Indeed, and SimplyHired.

Start a Blog

In addition to my bookkeeping work, I am a blogger.  Blogging has allowed me to reach readers like you! I love having the chance to share my knowledge and experiences with others.   

When I first started blogging, I was grateful for the creative outlet.  But eventually I realized I needed to treat my blog as another business. 

Starting and maintaining a blog is affordable.  Start your blog by visiting my post How to Start a WordPress Blog Using SiteGround

In addition, I have discovered many ways to make money with my blog.  Go here to find out How to Make Money Using Your Blog.

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Become an Affiliate Marketer

You can earn commission by becoming an affiliate marketer.  Sell products and services you love by promoting them to others.

Join ShareASale to partner with companies like Tailwind, Reebok, Cricut, and more.

Rakuten is Technology Used by Successful Businesses. Receive commission on companies like Loft, Macy’s, and other high end retail stores. 

Enroll in Michelle Schroeder-Gardner’s Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course. Her course shares her exact strategy on how she makes money through affiliate marketing.  Michelle’s Affiliate Marketing Tips for Bloggers ebook is a free download.

Build an E-Commerce Store

Yes, build an e-commerce Store!  You would be surprised at how many people are selling items.  Building an e-commerce store allows you to sell your own items or drop ship items as a vendor for other manufacturers. 

My post How to Make Drop Shipping Work for Your E-Commerce Store will help determine if drop shipping is the correct fit for you.

I recommend Shopify to start an e-commerce store.  They have wonderful customer service and free templates easy to use.  Best of all there is no credit card required to start your free trial.

Create Products to Sell

Just about anyone can sell products.  Handmade crafts, courses, portraits, t-shirts, eBooks, and much more can be sold.

Items like these can be sold at craft fairs, Farmers Markets, eBay, Etsy, Teespring, and other niche related shops.

Become a Caregiver

Ever thought about childcare or senior care?  If you have a caring and loving personality becoming a caregiver just might be the right fit for you.  You can find jobs through sites like, Snagajob, and local advertisements. 

Parents and family members look for help with their children and loved ones on weekends when errands need to be ran and they would like to go out for date night with their significant other. 

Do you need extra income? Do you need to figure out what your monthly household budget is? Get my free form!

Dog Walker

Have a knack with animals?  Consider becoming a dog walker.  Rover, Wag, and list jobs near you.

Deliver Food

Deliver food in your free time.  Who doesn’t have food delivered to their door these days?  Visit DoorDash, Uber Eats, or Grubhub for job openings.

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Find Hourly Jobs

Evenings and weekend jobs are around every corner.  Local grocery stores, fast food chains, portrait studios, big box companies, drug stores, restaurants, and coffee shops all need part-time help. 

Save up for a vacation or the holidays with a seasonal job.  There are plenty of places who need additional help over the summer and during the holidays when consumers are out shopping. 

Take a drive around your community and look for help wanted signs.  There are many ways to make extra cash.

Need to Make Money Fast?

If you need to make money fast, then consider looking around your home for unwanted items to sell.  Facebook Marketplace, yard sales, and Craigslist help you get started. 

Interested in How to Work from Home and Make Money go here to find out more.


Unfortunately, money does not grow on trees.  The secret to how to make an extra $1000 a month is work.  The more you work the more you make.  However, some side hustles like blogging and selling products can continue to bring in money for you long-term not just short-term.


  1. It is always good to learn the art of money making working from home. Thanks for these tips.

  2. I love how so many of your suggestions can be combined like blogging and affiliate networking. It can be a lot of fun making extra income and these suggestions are great, thanks for sharing!

  3. Great ideas. I love to make money here and there buy selling things I don’t need anymore on Facebook marketplace. Those funds I make allow me to make updates on my home or buy new clothes for my daughter.

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