7 Out-of-the-Box Ways to Make Extra Cash & Pocket $500+ a Month


In this post, you will find 7 unusual ways to make extra cash.  If you are tired of running across the same old work from home opportunities, then this post is for you.

How would you like to get paid  $25 – $100 an hour doing things you are already doing like:

  • Imitating someone else
  • Watching TV
  • Walking your dog
  • Trying new products
  • Going to the movies or sporting events

The list below includes ways you can make money on the side, ranging from a few extra bucks a month to thousands of dollars! Whether you’re needing to earn extra cash to fund your dream, pay off debt, build up your savings or supplement your monthly income, you just may find an opportunity that fits your financial needs and personality.

7 Surprisingly Ways to Make Extra Cash

Become a Professional Cuddler

I know this one is really “out-the-box” but it’s a genuine side gig and it’s legit. If you are the type of person that enjoys cuddling, then you can earn good money as a Professional Cuddler with CuddleComfort.  This is a free on- demand service that pairs you with people that want to be cuddled.

Featured Benefits: You have the freedom to set your own work hours, location and choose who to cuddle with. How Much Can You Make as a Cuddler: $80 per session.

Become a Friend

If you are the type of person that enjoys meeting new people, going to the movies, events, etc. Then believe it or not, you can get paid to rent out your friendship on RentAFriend. This strictly platonic friendship site allows you to earn money simply by hanging out with new people.

Featured Benefits: You can set your own rates, activities, and decide who you want to befriend. How Much Can You Expect to Earn: $10 – $50 per hour.

Become a Dog Walker

Are you an animal lover? Enjoy spending time with dogs? Here’s one of the easiest ways to make extra cash doing what you love. Using sites and mobile apps like, Rover and Wag, you can get paid to walk or dog sit.

Featured Benefits: No extensive training or certifications needed. You decide the hours you want to work. How Much Can You Expect to Make: $15 – $25 per hour.

Rent Out Your Stuff

Here’s another one of the easiest ways to make extra cash. Rent out your stuff. You can earn extra cash renting your furniture, tools, your car, even space in your house. For a list of websites that you can use to create a side income renting out your stuff, check out this post.

Become a (Fake) Standardized Patient

Have you been told that you should be on TV? Are you good at imitating others? If so, here’s a really interesting way to put your skills to work, you can get paid to be a (fake) standardized patient.

Standardized patients are paid to act like a person with a specific health conditions. For Example: You may need to pretend you are experiencing stomach pains, have a fatal illness or need physical therapy.  This information is in turn used to provide feedback for medical research.

If think you would be interested in this type of work, you can start by searching and typing in  “standardized patient” along with your city or state.  You can also find opportunities on University and Hospital websites. Here’s a few links to get you started:

Featured Benefit: Most people that do this type of work experience a deep sense of satisfaction.  How Much Does a Standardized Patient Make: $14 – $32 per hour.

Become an Audience Sitter

This is another interesting side job to earn extra money. Were you aware that many TV shows pay people to sit in the audience? Most opportunities are in areas where most shows are produced – like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, but you can actually get paid to be an audience sitter.

If you are interested in finding this type of work, you can search Craiglist under “gigs – event, talent or creative. You can also find opportunities with any of these three well-known companies:

Featured Benefit: You get to be on TV and it’s a relative simple way to get paid to do what your are already doing.  Earnings: $50 – $70 per show.

Become a Brand Ambassador

If you have a friendly and outgoing personality, then this side job might be right up your alley. Brand ambassadors are paid to:

  • Give away free samples at events, retail stores like Costco, Walmart, etc.
  • Entice people to test new products (e.g. cell phones, food products).
  • Set up and break down event tents, decorations, banners, tables, etc.
  • Interact with consumers via face to face, greeting people at the door, being an Emcee, or overseeing a section of an event, etc.
  • Increase brand awareness by wearing branded clothing such as t – shirts, hats, jewelry,  etc.

You can find opportunities by searching for “brand ambassador jobs” on  On Craiglist under “gigs.” And on Facebook group pages.  Here’s a few links to get you started:

Across the Nation

Attack Markeing


Fusion Event Staffing

My Street Team

Victory Marketing Agency

Way Up

Benefits: Flexible work schedule. You get to attend amazing events. Earnings: $15 – $100 per hour.

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