Top 3 under the table jobs that PAY A LOT in 2022

Top 3 under the table jobs that PAY A LOT in 2022

What does the IRS think about under the table jobs

The IRS knows that regular people exchange cash for goods. Case in point, making quick money by selling your used junk.

Congratulations, you made money. But it’s usually not a profit compared to what you bought it for, so it’s a net loss, thus not taxed.

Or if you had to buy tools to do a job, you don’t really profit. Who really knows if you bought those tools for yourself or your cash gig, right? 

When the IRS gets really in your face is when someone issues you a 1099MISC for your service. That means they gave you the payout form and the IRS the same form. If you don’t report it, I’m pretty sure the IRS will notice and attack you.

Grandma down the street won’t give you a 1099 MISC for cutting her lawn. Umbrella corp that you charged $150K for a marketing campaign, will.

What makes a good under the table job??

Easy. 1 – Repeat work. 

Ideally, you don’t want to waste your time hunting work. If you’ve spent an hour looking for a 2-hour gig, you’ve just cut your hourly pay rate down by a third.  

2 – It actually pays cash, and it’s not recorded online somewhere. Something like Upwork would be bad because they log everything and report it to the IRS. 

Make And Sell Products

A high-paying job that you can start on your own is to make and sell products.


This job takes a long time to make a good income but you can definitely make a lot of money from doing this.

You can make and sell products physically in person or ship them to customers.

If you want to make it easier on yourself then you can set up a website or start an Etsy store.

Related Post: 21 Things To Sell On Etsy To Make $1,000’s


Tour Guide

If you live in a place or near a place that is a tourist attraction then you can become a tour guide to make some money.

You can either work for a tour company or take on clients on your own.

Just show people around and get paid for it!

Ways to Make Money From Home

This one is for all the lazy money makers or intro

This one is for all the lazy money makers or introverts who need cash but find it difficult to leave their home’s comfort. The good thing about working from home is the time it saves. The snags of getting out of bed and journeying to your workplace can also be efficiently avoided.

5) RENT Out Your Room

You can rent things out for profit. The minimum amount of effort you need to put into renting out your room is not subtle. This is hands down the most efficient way to earn without the hustle. However, it does compromise one’s privacy. 

The choice simply depends on your priorities. If you’re comfortable with letting a stranger into your home, then there isn’t a better way to make cash than this.

All you need is a spare room!

6) Make and Sell Stuff Online

This skill-based task is an opportunity worth taki

This skill-based task is an opportunity worth taking for creative people. The public prefers handmade and organic goods over store-bought ones. If you’re good at making something, start by advertising amongst friends. Later on, you can create an internet-based clientele. The more people see your product, the more they’ll be tempted to buy it. You could eventually expand your business. This could include contracting a manufacturer for large-scale production.

7)Sell Your Creation Online

Modern technology has simplified the creative process, almost everyone can sell their creations online now. Online sales of designs have already risen before the Covid-19 pandemic, but the prolonged lockdown will only increase the trend to buy a variety of products online. It will be a great idea to sell your creation online. If you plan to start creating, make sure you have at least one online channel to showcase your artwork. You won’t have to be a professional graphic designer, illustrator, or 3D artist, as long as your creation has high quality and audience, there’s a market. It’s easier than ever to sell designs online, from prints to personalized stickers, custom made pins to various other products. You can quickly find professional suppliers, website builders, or platforms that allow you to build a sales funnel with ease. This, save you time and money at the beginning.

Ways to Make Money with Pets

Pets are endearing little furry creatures. Their a

Pets are endearing little furry creatures. Their abundance in households these days can’t be ignored. You could easily create opportunities here as these are jobs that pay cash on the spot. 

26) Pet Sitting

Most people have jobs and schedules to tend to. Leaving a pet alone at home doesn’t seem suitable.

Pet sitting consists of making sure the animal is fed on time and doesn’t put itself in danger. This is one of the minimum effort jobs best suited to pet lovers.

These jobs pay by the hour. You could ask around your neighborhood or put up ads offering your services.

27) Dog Walking 

Some lazy dog owners prefer to have someone else w

Some lazy dog owners prefer to have someone else walk their dog. The pet’s health necessitates routine walks and sufficient exercise. Once you become acquainted with the animals, you could walk multiple dogs at a time. This is one of the best under-the-table jobs out there.

Easy cash jobs FAQ

Is working under the table legal?

Absolutely. However, if you earn cash under the table from a single consistent source, (one employer), you are obligated to report that money as taxable income.

Furthermore, your employer must list you as an employee or contract.

Do I have to report under the table income?

Yes. If you earn more than $600 from under the table income, you have to report that income to the IRS.

If you work primarily for a single person or organization, they should provide you with a W-2 form with information to file.

How can I prove my cash job (under the table) income?

If you get your under-the-table income from several sources, or you are otherwise not able to get a W-2 form, you can still show proof of income by keeping a record of your invoices and receipts.

At the end of the year, print out your bank statements and cash app payment history and use those as proof of income.

How do you make money under the table if you are unemployed?

7 Ways to Earn Money When You’re Unemployed “Easily Apply” and “Urgently Hiring” Jobs. Available for Work Option. Get a Part-Time or Temporary Job. Find a Remote Job. Market Your Skills. Use an App to Get Gigs. Sell Your Unnecessary Items.

Do I have to report cash income to CRA?

For this reason, some business owners assume that they are not required to report cash payments as income to the CRA. Unfortunately, this is false. The CRA requires you to report any income you receive, regardless of the form in which you receive it.

3 Jobs to do with kids, pets, or houses (i.e. tutoring):

Kids and houses aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, and the era of Covid has made people who help us with those things very important.

We’re talking tutoring, cleaning and handiwork. 

But cleaning has a low pay-rate, and handiwork isn’t so repeatable. 

Dog-walking or pet-sitting, could be a fun and repeatable way to make some extra cash too. Throwing a ball to a dog seems like more fun than vacuuming anyway.

But I recommend tutoring because everyone has skills they can teach, you can charge a lot, you can teach young kids or even older college kids depending on your skills. There’s an endless slew of kids too. If you have:

  • Some serious skills to teach
  • You are just an awesome tutor
  • If you live in an expensive area – you can make up to $100/hr!
Send this flyer around your neighborhood and you’l
Send this flyer around your neighborhood and you’ll be alright

Freelance Ideas

If you want a few more ideas to earn cash on the side, you can always go the freelance route and offer a specific service to clients in your area.

17. Photography

According to, the average photographer makes around $31 per hour:

If you’ve ever helped plan a wedding, busine

If you’ve ever helped plan a wedding, business event, fundraiser, or some other gathering that requires a freelance photographer, you’ll know the prices can get pretty steep.

If you have a high quality camera and know how to actually take nice, flattering photos, this could be an excellent under the table side hustle to try.

You can make a free portfolio on WordPress or an Instagram page and list your services on local classifieds.

Like other freelance jobs, all you need is a few positive reviews and word of mouth to help get future gigs.

18. DJ Events

In my college town, we had a few people who regularly DJ’d at clubs.

Did these people actually know how to DJ?

Of course not.

But, they did wear hoodies and owned Macbooks with the latest top 40 songs, so I guess that’s all you need these days.

I don’t think becoming a DJ is very hard given every experience I’ve ever seen, be it at clubs or events.

As long as you have some basic equipment or verify that equipment is provided by the venue, this is the easiest side cash you’ve ever made.

19. Fitness Coach

It doesn’t matter if you instruct yoga, help clients lose weight, or prepare a bodybuilder for a show: the fitness industry has plenty of room if you want to work under the table.

I’m sure many personal trainers already do this sort of thing, and in my city, I know a few parents who regularly have at-home fitness lessons instead of going to the gym.

Online coaching is, of course, an option. However, if you want to keep things simple and get paid in cash, offer your coaching services to people in your city for a reasonable price.

20. Sports Trainer

When I was younger, I played soccer for my city for a number of years.

For two of those years, I also went to a few private soccer lessons over the summer with a pretty talented instructor and former player.

Relatively accurate depiction of what happened.
Relatively accurate depiction of what happened.

I’m lucky to have generous parents who supported my love of sports. My instructor was also lucky, because we paid in cash for the lessons.

If you’re a skilled player or coach, there’s definitely a lot of money to be made in private lessons.

Outdoor cash jobs

Outdoor cash jobs are excellent opportunities to earn some more income, particularly during the spring and summer months.

Who doesn’t like to work outside, get some sunshine, and earn money at the same time?

Plus, outdoor cash jobs often give you the opportunity to exercise. Many of these jobs do require some physical labor, however, so keep that in mind.

As with all cash jobs, the income from outdoor cash jobs can vary. Depending on your skills and the consistency of your work, you could earn anywhere between a hundred dollars to several thousand dollars over a month from these types of jobs.

If your clients like your effort, they may even hire you on a permanent basis.


  • Get some fresh air and sunshine, which can improve your mental health
  • Exercise your body
  • See the results of your work more clearly, leading to satisfaction
  • Many of these jobs teach useful skills in everyday life


  • If working in the winter or at night, temperatures can be uncomfortable
  • Sometimes require longer hours
  • May drain your physical energy more than indoor jobs

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Tour guide

Become a tour guide and lead the public to see beautiful sites while giving historical breakdowns. Tour guides can earn well over $100 per day if business is good.

Snow removal

Snow removal is only available in the winter. It’s hard labor, but you could earn hundreds of dollars per day if you shovel enough. Rent a snowplow to be more efficient.

Lawn maintenance

Lawn maintenance services are in demand in the spring and summer. By mowing for your neighbors, you can earn 50 bucks per job, or more if you manage to get to lots of lawns in a single day. 

Dog walker

Work as a dog walker to get your daily exercise and earn up to a hundred dollars per day. You earn more money if you walk multiple dogs simultaneously.

Street entertainer

Street entertainers are dramatic artists who act as mimes, impersonate characters, or play music.

Earnings are dependent on how generous people feel, though, so be sure to play or act at a crowded place when people are in good moods, like during festivals or in the summer.

Scrap metal salvaging

Some recycling centers and manufacturing plants will pay you to gather scrap metal like aluminum, steel, and tin.

You won’t earn much, but it’s easy to make this cash by picking up metal as you do other jobs.


Skilled handymen can earn lots of money by repairing things like faucets, fence posts, and more. Plus, you’ll earn the loyalty of your clients in no time.


Work as an under-the-table mover and earn $100 or more per day. Keep in mind, however, that this work is literally backbreaking, so you’ll need to be fit to keep up with your coworkers.


You can make decent money as a gardener if you work for bigger companies or know how to take care of special plants. Being a gardener is also great for your mental health.

Pool cleaner

Pool cleaners don’t always earn a lot, but it’s not too difficult to use brushes to scrape the bottoms of pools and swap out chlorine tablets from time to time. The bigger the pool, the more cash you’ll make.

Pressure cleaning

Pressure cleaning is both aesthetically satisfying and potentially lucrative. Buy your own pressure washer machine and clean the walls and floors of outdoor properties to earn $100 a day or more.

Delivery driver-food

Food delivery drivers can either work for restaurants or sign up to drive for Grubhub or Uber Eats. You’ll earn most of your money from tips, but you could earn several hundred dollars a night if you work on the weekends when most people order in.

Delivery driver-pharmacy

Delivery drivers for pharmacies can work for independent companies or directly for people who need their medication brought to them. Depending on the distance, you could earn between $20-$50 a drive.

Drive people

Become an under-the-table taxi driver and shuttle people around instead. You’ll earn most of your money from tips as well, but you could earn lots of cash if you patrol a place where people frequently need lifts, like outside bars.

Not old enough to drive yet? Check out these job ideas for 14-year-olds!

Auto detailing

Auto detailers can earn hundreds of dollars per day depending on their skills. However, you’ll need to pay for your own supplies, which will eat into your bottom line.

House painter (exterior)

House painting is a physically demanding job, but you could easily charge several hundred dollars per day if you know what you’re doing.

Gutter cleaning

Gutter cleaning involves cleaning out the gutters of people’s rooftops. You can earn $50 $200 per day with this cash job idea.

Junk hauler

Junk haulers haul off the trash for recycling plants, construction clean-up, or individuals.

Small engine repair

You can work as a small engine repairman for an auto body shop and earn up to $100 per day.

Day labor

Day laborers can work in a variety of industries or companies and may earn $50 or more per day depending on the job.

Background actor/reenactor

Background actors for movie companies or independent film studios can earn several hundred dollars per day.

It’s important to keep in mind the fact that most of your time will be spent waiting around.

Sign twirler

A sign twirler works for a local company to attract business. You may earn $50 or so for your day’s work.

Golf caddy

Golf caddies drive golfers and their equipment around or retrieve golf balls. You could earn quite a lot if the golfers are generous tippers.

Personal shopper

Personal shoppers are more common than ever.

As a personal shopper, you’ll earn a small commission on every product you are assigned to purchase, plus earn more based on how accurate you are with your reviews.

Boat mechanic

If you live on (or near) the water, and you have the necessary skills, you can get paid to repair other peoples’ boats.


Tradesmen such as plumbers and electricians earn excellent livings of $50,000 or more per year. However, you usually need to go to school and pass a state exam to qualify.

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Cleaning jobs under the table that are cash paying

Many people lean towards looking for cleaning jobs under the table as there’s almost always a demand for something to be cleaned up.

It’s also a fairly common genre of jobs that pay cash. As a lot of people have standing arrangements with house cleaners or are looking for a one-off arrangement relating to something like an event, cash paying jobs relating to cleaning can be some of the easiest to come by.

24. House cleaning

People who are looking for help keeping their house tidy are always keen for someone reliable to do this. If you’re trustworthy and do a good job, it’s highly likely that you’ll be able to pick up some work cleaning houses.

This can be a good way to get a regular source of income if you agree with the homeowner that you’ll come, say, once a week. You can also offer your services in relation to rental clean ups, when renters may want some help from someone to do a proper clean before they handover a property to a landlord.

Ask around your neighborhood or consider advertising in local Facebook groups. Once people start to see how good you are, you’ll quickly see your client base build.

25. Cleaning up after events

The last thing you want to do after a big night is come back and put everything back where it should be. Which is why people often like to hire someone to do this for them while they nurse their hangovers.

Whether it be at an actual event location, like a hall you can hire, or even in someone’s backyard, the morning after cleaning service is always welcomed.

It can even be something that you do with some friends to make money. By offering a small team of you, people will be more likely to hire you for this.

26. Hauling junk

Hauling junk is one of those under the table jobs that pay cash that’s perfect for anyone with a pickup.

Many people don’t have the means to get their garbage to landfill after a major clean up at home. And that’s where you come in.

This work can be a bit seasonal, as people are less likely to do things like clean out their basement or do a major yardwork session in winter. But when the work is available, people will pay you well for helping them to get rid of their trash.

How do I show proof of income if I get paid cash?

For a steady job, you’re more likely to have pay slips or regular bank deposits to prove this. But when earning money from jobs that pay cash, you’re going to have to do some of the work of recording your earnings yourself.

It’s quite common for anyone who is self-employed – including if they’ve been earning their income from under the table jobs – to struggle a bit when they need to show proof of income after getting paid cash.

1. Regularly log your earnings 

Every day that you earn money from a cash paying job, you should log it. This can be done by hand or electronically and should include both a record of the date and how much you receive. Any receipts that help to support these amounts should also be kept on file.

2. Get it in writing

If possible, having some sort of written confirmation from your employer on your earnings is great for helping to show proof of income if you get paid in cash. 

Ideally, this would state how much you were paid and when, as well as the identity of the employer and the nature of the working relationship – that is, whether you worked for them as a one-off or on a more regular basis.

Any other documentary proof you have that would help, such as banking receipts if you deposited your income in your bank account, would also help.

3. Tax documents

If you did work for anyone who paid you at least $600 for the year, they must provide you and the IRS with a 1099-MISC form. You can then submit all your 1099 forms that you earn from different employers as proof of income.

4. Keep in contact with relevant people

It is possible sometimes to have your earnings confirmed by a third party who’s considered to have knowledge of the situation, such as a co-worker or landlord. The person doing the verifying will, however, need to have your written permission to review your purported income.

This can be a good method to follow if you don’t have any other written proof, although it can also serve as additional proof in combination with the other options above.

5. Store your invoices

If you send out invoices to the people for whom you perform services, these should list the amounts they owe alongside itemized lists of what you did, for whom and what it cost you in terms of materials.

These can be useful for showing your earnings and have even been accepted by lending institutions as proof of your income when you’re trying to take out a loan.

How To Find Under The Table Jobs

I’ve already listed a few ideas for how you can get started with these sorts of gigs, but if you’re stuck, here are some useful job marketplaces and websites to try:

1. Craigslist

If you want to find under the table jobs on Craigslist, it’s actually quite simple.

Firstly, you can try searching for cash jobs in your area or scan for jobs that are obviously from a single person and not a business:

Alternatively, you can also browse the Craigslist

Alternatively, you can also browse the Craigslist homepage for gig jobs in your city:

You need to be careful with scams, of course. Afte

You need to be careful with scams, of course. After all, if something is too good to be true, it is.

However, for working under the table, there should be plenty of same-day cash jobs available.

2. Facebook/Reddit Groups

If you do a bit of searching, it’s probably easy to find local Facebook or Reddit groups for your specific town or city.

Now, every group is different, but in my town, there’s usually some local job threads or people who will invariably ask for business recommendations or even post cash jobs themselves.

If you want to pickup on the occasional side gig, it’s a good idea to join these groups and to keep tabs on what goes on.

The next time someone asks for moving help or landscaping work or whatever else, you can jump in and do the job for cash.

3. Post Flyers

There’s a reason most lamp posts in your city are plastered with flyers: they still work.

This strategy is a sheer numbers game, but hey, if you want a relatively low-cost method to promote your service, this isn’t a bad way to test the waters.

You don’t even need a website these days; a phone number and Instagram page is all you need to show customers you’re at least somewhat legitimate.


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