10 Ways to Make Money Without Working for Someone Else

10 Ways to Make Money Without Working for Someone Else

1. Take part in market research

Companies like to conduct market research to gain feedback from consumers about their products or services. And they’re always looking for new survey participants. 

The best part is, companies are willing to pay to get your opinion.

If you’re looking for an easy way to make money without a job, signing up for online surveys can be a great option. I recommend joining several survey websites to help you earn the most money. They are free to join so you have nothing to lose.

Taking surveys isn’t going to make you get rich without a job, but if you want to do a few paid surveys for fun – check out Survey Junkie.


28. Rent out your car with Turo

Make a dent in your monthly car payments by listing your car on Turo. Hosts can cover their payments by sharing their car just 9 days per month (on average).

Turo is a car sharing marketplace that allows private car owners (such as yourself) to rent out their vehicles via an online or mobile interface. This can be a great way to make money without a job.

How to get started with Turo:

  • List Your Car: It’s free and takes only 10 minutes to create a listing for your car.
  • Determine Price: Turo will determine your car’s price based on market value, location, time of year, and other data to help you maximize your income. If you prefer, you can also manually set your own daily price.
  • Get paid: Turo will pay you via PayPal within 5 days. You’ll earn 65% to 85% of the trip price.

9. Enter Competitions

If you have time and a special skill, consider entering a competition with a cash prize. At worst, you participate, fail and wind up with a good story to tell. If you win, the prizes can be substantial. Just take a look at the payout for winning Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. In the contest in July 2021, fifth-place finishers in both the men’s and women’s competitions earned $1,000, fourth place $1,500, third place $2,500, second place $5,000 and first place a heaping $10,000 prize. Find Out: 25 Surprising Jobs That Will Be the Best for Your Career

52. Coach Other Contestants

Once you’ve made money as a contestant on a game show, take the next step and coach others to follow in your footsteps. Mark Richards, who has appeared on at least six different game shows including “To Tell the Truth,” “Wheel of Fortune” and “The Dating Game,” trained students on how to get on game shows in exchange for 20% of their winnings.

24. Work in a Movie Theater

Yes, this is a job, but one with a lot of perks. Not only does the pay tend to be above minimum wage, but you get to watch plenty of free movies.

You’ll also get to enjoy the benefits of air-conditioning on those hot summer days. And since movie theaters tend to draw teenagers, you’ll be in familiar company.

11. Garage Sale Prepper

Practically every homeowner has a garage sale sooner or later. It’s not the garage sale itself that involves all the work. It’s the preparation.

Items have to be taken out of storage, cleaned, priced, and placed for sale. It’s a very time-consuming process, that any would-be garage saler would love to have help with.

Volunteer your services in your neighborhood, particularly in the spring and fall when garage sales are most frequent.

9. Sell your clothes and accessories

You know all those clothes taking up room in your closet that are perfectly nice but you never wear them? Sell them. Find a consignment store in your area that will appraise your items and give you a percentage of the price they sell for, or use a website that does the same thing. Many stores and sites, like TheRealReal.com, specialize in designer brands, but you can sell (and buy) things from more affordable brands like Zara and The Gap on sites like ThredUp.com and Poshmark.com. And of course, there’s eBay.

8. Become a ghost shopper

Do you like inspecting, evaluating and criticizing? Usually, people hate this kind of attitude, but others pay for it. Mystery shoppers are in high demand these days.

They go to restaurants, shops, hotels and other places, and pretend they are just a regular customer. Then, based on their personal shopping experienced, they fill in some reports, which are then used to grade employees. You can apply at MysteryShopping.com if this sounds appealing to you.

Write for Yourself

Becoming a freelance writer isn’t the only way to make money off your skill at putting words together. You can also write creatively on spec. Do you love whodunnit crime novels, or alien invasion sci-fi? How about romcoms or fantasy adventure or nonfiction documentaries? Whatever your subject interests, harness your passion and write novels or screenplays or nonfiction books. Once you complete your work, you can shop it to publishing houses or publish it yourself on Amazon. Writing ebooks is a great way to start generating some passive income to keep money flowing in over time. If you self-publish, be sure to present yourself professionally: make sure your work is well-edited, and put together a great cover – you can find artists to help you with that on Fiverr.

3. Browsing the web

No creeper stuff, just consumer research. Swagbucks wants to know what you’re looking up. They ask that you install an add-on that records your searches. You can earn points that can be redeemed as gift cards to stores you probably browsed in the first place.

6. Be a universal repairing man

Every city has citizens who need help with keeping their houses clean and functioning. Some of them don’t have time, while others are not good at fixing things.

If physical labor is something you don’t mind, go out there and get paid for it. Be it cleaning, painting, mowing, and so on—these kinds of activities can bring in honestly-earned money. AirTasker is a great place to find such tasks.

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About Alex S

When he’s not watching Barca games, Alex is busy sharpening his coding skills. A self-taught indie hacker who enjoys finding ways of automating pretty much anything in his life. He’s not fascinated by finance, but he loves the thrill of making money.


  • Unless you are extremely lucky, you will probably have to do some amount of work to make money. Try finding something you enjoy so that you won’t mind working as much.

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  • Get a mentor who is financially mature and learn from him or her.

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Become an Influencer

In the Internet age, it’s possible to be known just for who you are and what you love by building your personal brand and becoming an Influencer. How does that work? First, you’ll need to find your niche – something you’re passionate about that’s also marketable. Are you a beauty icon? Or perhaps you specialize in traveling. Whatever it is, embrace your niche and choose the social media platform that’ll work best for you – the most popular is Instagram, of course, but you may find it worthwhile to use additional platforms like Facebook and YouTube. Grow your audience with a smart content marketing plan inspired by your interests (and research into your competitors), and build your relationship with brands who will pay you to share your thoughts on their products with your audience.

It’s wonderful to work for yourself: no job leads to chase and no one else to answer to – just be sure to follow through! Make yourself proud and give yourself an income.


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