Our mission at Hardbacon is to help you get richer. You can certainly work toward this by using our mobile application to help you plan, budget and invest. But working more remains one of the best ways to earn more! But since we can’t give you the miracle solution to print money (legally), we can provide you information about some very original ways to make ends meet. So here are 50 things you can do to make more money in 2021.

Rent Your Pool

Having a pool in your backyard is a wonderful perk to enjoy in the summertime. Did you know there are many others who would also like to enjoy an afternoon or evening at a private pool? That is where Swimply comes in.

Founded in 2019, Swimply is a digital marketplace where you can rent out your pool for a few hours. As they put it, “Think AirBnb, but pools.” You can easily register your pool and have interested parties reach out to you and book a time. Hello, extra income stream!

Earn Cash Back When Shopping Online or Offline

Where some people see savings, you see income! Cash back sites and apps are easy to find these days. Retailers see this as a way to use their ad dollars to entice a new audience of consumers… and entice they do. 

Top Cash Back is considered one of the best (most generous) cash back sites around. They have millions of members worldwide and have more than 4300 vendor partners.

Great Canadian Rebates is easy to use and offers everything from Walmart to Home Depot and everything in between. Click, shop and get cash back. That’s easy!

KOHO is a remarkable cashback program that has the added benefit of also being one of the best prepaid credit cards in Canada. This means you earn cashback on every purchase you make with that card!

Other great sites include Swagbucks and Rakuten.

Be A Part-Time Virtual Assistant

Your organizational and social media skills finally pay off! Being a virtual assistant today is a position that has many different responsibilities. These can include email correspondence, copywriting, managing social media content, marketing and much more.

While the tasks may vary, the result is the same. Cash in your pocket! It could be a substantial amount too. Sites like Fiverr and Upwork will allow you to promote your services on their sites (for a portion of your fee, of course) but there are many people making thousands of dollars a month being a virtual assistant!

Become an Online Scalper

Have you ever picked up a ticket for a concert last minute and paid extra for the convenience of that last-minute purchase? That extra could be going into your wallet! Sites like Stubhub allow you to purchase tickets for concerts and other events and resell them on their sites, legally. By choosing the right events and concerts (the in demand and likely to be sold out ones), you can charge a higher price at a later date to make a profit on the original ticket price.

This is legal because platforms like Stubhub follow all local and federal requirements for the resale of tickets.

Flip Websites

Building an online business to create extra cash flow is a great idea but where do you begin? How about with an existing online business!

By purchasing an existing business, you can either keep it as it is or flip the website and make it your own. Digital marketplaces like Flippa allow people to list and sell their existing online business to those who are looking to own one. They list all of the necessary info (such as existing cash flow etc.) that will determine the price of the business you buy. Purchasing an existing business removes the headache of building anything from the ground up and will come with an existing customer, and cash flow, history.

Test mobile applications

Canadians spend an average of more than 6 hours per day glued to their screens. We use websites and mobile applications in our daily lives, so we are able to take a critical look at them. Some platforms like User testing or Try My UI will pay you to test mobile apps or websites. It’s a win-win solution for all parties: companies save on user testing costs and you, even if you’re not a professional, can help and be rewarded. On User testing, you can earn $10 via Paypal for each 20-minute test or interview that you complete.

Do crafts

Are you creative or are you an inspired designer? On the Etsy website, you can sell your handmade items to over 45 million active buyers. There are many stories of passionate people who have managed to generate substantial income on this platform. For example, handmade masks are now selling between $5 and $20, on average.

Try medications

Nobody wants to play with their health. This is why clinical trials are often very badly perceived. But look at the bright side – it’s about helping science move forward and getting paid for it. In addition, your compensation is tax free and you can choose the type of clinical study that suits you. It doesn’t involve participating in risky and dangerous health tests. In Quebec, Altasciences is the industry leader with more than 20 years of experience. Another is Novartis. For example, you can find studies paying $20 for former Covid patients all the way up to some that pay $2,610 for more specific cases.

Do your friends’ laundry

Networks are emerging abroad enabling owners of washers and dryers to wash their neighbours laundry if they are not fortunate enough to own one. This helps some people to pay off the debts on their machines, and helps others avoid using public laundromats. By renting your machine twice a week at a reasonable price of $2, you could accumulate $192 per year! You could post an ad on Kijiji, Facebook, or simply place a flyer in your neighbours’ mailboxes.

Refer your friends

Of all the ways to earn money on the web, providing referrals is without a doubt one of the best. Whether online software, online banks or survey sites, many of them offer a referral system. The advantage is that it does not require any special knowledge or skills, only a good network. While it’s a great way to quickly generate additional income, it’s also a way to share with others a service that you use and enjoy. If you want to make money by taking advantage of referral programs, this post lists the best referral programs available in Canada.

Display advertising on your vehicle

Get paid to drive your own car, why not? The concept is simple. You rent advertising space on your vehicle and receive compensation in return, which varies depending on the duration of the campaign. Deltapub, Carvertise, Wrapify, and Market Your Car offer you up to $800 per month to display advertising on your car. The first step is to register with the various companies mentioned above. If the expectations of a company looking for advertising match your profile, then you have a chance of being selected.

Sell your old clothing

Do you have a ton of clothing in your wardrobe that you don’t know what to do with? Do you regret making a recent purchase because you don’t like the colour? No problem! Give your clothes a second life with Upcycli. Unlike generalist platforms like Facebook or Kijiji, Upcycli is a platform specializing in clothing, shoes and accessories. Take a photo of the item of clothing you want to sell and create an ad. Then the buyer pays directly on the platform. It’s simple, fast, reliable and ethical! This formula is very popular in Europe through Vinted, but it’s almost non-existent in Canada. It’s a superb solution for both the planet and your wallet!

Repair phones and tablets

If you are quite comfortable with new technologies and a handyman at heart, why not start repairing phones or tablets from your home? With time and motivation, you can easily train on your own, even if you have never done such repairs. For example, the SOSav website offers free repair guides and there are descriptive videos on YouTube. Start by providing your services to your loved ones, then expand your clientele using Kijiji and Facebook. Nowadays, who doesn’t need to have an electronic device repaired?

Sell your old phones

Many people have a drawer full of old mobile phones. They are often kept for sentimental value, then they end up being abandoned. However, in most cases, these old models, which cost us dearly to buy, still work. So instead of keeping clutter, why not sell them? To get the most money out of it, the best solution is to put an ad on Kijiji or Facebook. However, if you want to get rid of it quickly and effortlessly, Gorecell is there for you. You can get $65 for an iPhone 6S in good condition, and $85 for a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. In addition to doing a good deed for the planet, you will also earn some money.

Pick fruit

Picking fruit is a great way to make money in the summer, and with the coronavirus pandemic, pickers are more in demand than ever. If a little physical work doesn’t scare you, it’s a great way to stay in shape while earning money, being outside and enjoying the sun. You will also make new friends by getting to know your fruit picking colleagues. Getting started couldn’t be easier, you will find a lot of offers on Indeed and Wowjobs. Pickers are generally paid by the hour or by yield. For example, for cherries, some farms pay $2.20 per bucket.

Sell your hair

Anything can be sold, even your hair! And It turns out that this is a very juicy business! Even though it has become common to donate one’s hair to charity, the hair trade continues. In most cases, once sold, your hair will be used to make hair extensions or to make wigs. Beware of scams, however, and you can sell it directly on Facebook and Kijiji. There are also more secure sites like buyandsellhair, but which collect transaction fees. On average you can earn $500 for natural hair 60cm long, and up to $2000 for very long natural blonde hair at least 150cm.

Complete missions in stores

Be My Eye is an application that enables you to earn money by completing missions in stores around you. Don’t confuse it with the Be My Eyes app, which is intended to help people with vision deficiencies, because you will not earn money from that. For example, Be My Eye may ask you to go to a local supermarket and check if they have a certain brand of water. In general, missions pay between $5 and $10. However, don’t forget to factor in travel costs. By choosing only the most practical missions and if you live in the city centre, you can generate between $50 and $100 per month.

Sell experience

Eventbrite allows anyone to create an event, course, workshop or other and publish it on their site. The price and other factors are up to you! The Airbnb platform also lets you sell physical experiences such as excursions, tours, adventures, lessons, and group shopping sessions. Since the COVID-19 crisis, you can also organize events online!

Carpool

It’s one of the fastest ways to make money with your car. In fact, carpooling is a good way to make your car profitable. Many Quebec households own a car without using it to its maximum capacity. Why not offer one or two seats for passengers? Or let yourself be driven to your destination? You have nothing to lose unless you are unsocial. Six platforms provide this service in Quebec. They are Netlift, Poparide and AmigoExpress.

Become a translator

Of course, you don’t just improvise to be a translator. However, if you speak several languages fluently, it’s a real asset for your wallet. You can either offer your services directly on freelance work sites such as Fiverr, or go directly to Unbabel or Upwork to find small translation projects that suit you. You can earn around $5 for email translations, and much more for larger projects.

Create designs

Graphic design is a profession in its own right. However, if you are a little creative, you can easily create pretty logos and illustrations using online software. In fact, you don’t need the Adobe Suite or the latest MacBook Pro, you can go to sites like Canva or Picmonkey, create your account and in a few clicks you can start creating designs. Resell all kinds of illustrations to those around you or freelancing websites such as 99designs or Fiverr. You can earn between $10 and $20 for basic illustrations.

Become an inventor

It’s time to transform the brilliant idea in your head and give it the chance it deserves! Submit your idea on Quirky and a global community of inventors, manufacturers, and designers will help you refine it. If your idea is commercialized, you could earn a percentage of sales.

Launch an online store

Can you imagine offering all kinds of products on an online store without having to manage inventory directly? Wouldn’t that be great? This is actually possible thanks to a very widespread practice called dropshipping. However, beware, as contrary to popular belief, dropshipping is not a way to make easy money and some knowledge is required if you really want to be successful. Platforms like Shopify or Woocommerce allow you to sell products on your own store. You can also sell your products directly to marketplaces such as Amazon or eBay. As for finding products to sell, you can start looking on sites like Aliexpress or Alibaba.

Become a mystery shopper

We often hear about mystery shopping, but did you know that you can become a mystery shopper quite easily? By completing this form on the Lanla website or by signing up with MSP Canada, you may be lucky enough to get cash rewards or discounts at the businesses you evaluate. It is a good way to earn money while helping the companies with which you do business to offer you a service that meets your expectations!

Offer dinners or cooking courses in your home 

The EatWith mobile application lets you invite travellers to dinner at your home or offer them cooking classes. In fact, you could give them memorable culinary experiences by helping them discover your region’s specialties. Airbnb also offers this kind of experience, in person and online! If you’re a pretty good cook, try the adventure… As for cooking lessons, you can post ads on Kijiji, Craigslist, and on Facebook groups with your course offerings.

Find jobs for your friends

Did you know you can make money by finding jobs for your friends? Some job offers show the reward amount granted to those who find the ideal candidate. This compensation, in exchange for a referral, can easily exceed $1000, and can even sometimes reach incredible sums for more sought-after positions. If it’s not written in black and white, you can still contact employers and ask for remuneration if your candidate is hired. What are you waiting for? Find job offers on Neuvoo.ca, Indeed, SimplyHired, Jobillico, or Workland. It’s a great way to help a friend while earning some great money. In addition, here’s a list of job offers with a referral bonus.

Buying and reselling

Buying and reselling items may sound like a complex economic concept, but in reality doing this simply means taking advantage of price differences in different markets… or websites. In other words, if a product is cheaper on Kijiji than on eBay, for example, you could buy it and then sell it on eBay. You can do this with watches, musical instruments, computer parts, etc. It is still recommended to have a little knowledge about the objects you buy and resell.

Rent your belongings

The global sharing economy is booming, so the trend is to rent. Imagine for a moment the potential value of all the items you own. For example, Turo helps individuals to easily rent their car for a few hours or a few days. On Kijiji or Craigslist, you could put an ad to rent your drill, your DIY tools or even your camera…it’s up to you to decide which items you want to make profitable!

Babysit

Babysitting is one of the best-known ways to earn some extra money, and it’s not just teens who can do it. Many parents prefer to entrust their child to an adult. Nowadays, several sites specialize in bringing together babysitters and parents. The most popular are Topnanny, CanadianNanny.ca and NannyServices. If you want to babysit to make ends meet, just register on one of these sites.

Do microwork

The concept of microwork involves getting people to perform small, somewhat complex tasks for a fee. Amazon has a site called Mechanical Turk through which you can do microwork while being paid. For the record, the platform takes its name from a historical hoax, the mechanical Turk, an automaton that was supposed to play chess, but within which a human was hiding. There are a large number of tasks on Mechanical Turk, such as identifying objects on images, transcribing documents or cleaning up databases, all of which are intended to create algorithms in order to eventually automate these tasks.

Play sports

Sport is good for health. Several platforms offer to pay you for the number of steps you take. Although these apps will not make you a millionaire, they provide encouragement to walk and, very often, to find shops. Startups such as SweatCoins, Runtopia and Lifecoin awards you with points after each physical effort made via the platform. These points can then be exchanged for exclusive discounts offered by companies.  to name only the best known, also provide similar services.

Rent your apartment on Airbnb

When you leave your apartment for a few days, you can rent it for a few dollars or even rent your guest room without leaving the premises. Just register as a host on Airbnb or Booking, and post an ad with the price and photos of your apartment. You can do it on Kijiji as well. But be careful about to whom you rent your apartment.

Sell your old belongings

We all have old things lying around home that are no longer useful to us. In fact, there are several sites like Kijiji, VarageSale, Craigslist or Letgo through which you can sell those no-longer used items. Just post an ad with a picture and a price, and let potential buyers contact you.

Do photography

Are you a Sunday photographer, a lifelong photographer or just enjoy photography? You should know that there are online photo banks like Gettyimages and Shutterstock, which help all photographers to sell their photos. The Montreal site Unsplash lets you publish your photos and make them available for free to everyone. This won’t make you money, but will greatly increase your visibility and may help you to win contracts. The Foap application allows you to sell your photos directly via your smartphone. To maximize your chances of making money, however, keep in mind that quantity is at least as important as quality on these types of sites.

Do deliveries

Why not combine physical exercise and income? It’s relatively easy to become a bicycle food deliverer on Uber Eats or DoorDash, and it’s a decent way to earn extra income. Besides, if you don’t like biking, you can still do it by car, but that requires more prerequisites, like being at least 19 years old and having had your license for more than a year. According to Glassdoor, delivery people typically earn $15 an hour. But keep in mind that some earn less and some earn more. To get started, simply register here for Uber Eats and here for DoorDash.

Complete paid surveys

Everyone has heard of paid surveys. This is surely one of the first things you come across when looking for a way to make money on the internet. In all fairness, there isn’t a lot of money to be made with these websites, but, as they say, every dollar counts. However, despite their bad reputation, paid surveys can still help you earn a little income. In most cases, all you need to do is register or download an app and complete the surveys for which you are eligible. It would be difficult to list all the survey platforms that will waste your time and will never pay you, so here are some that have proven themselves: LEO, Featurepoints, and Swagbucks.

Rent a room to a student

If you have spacious accommodations or unoccupied rooms, you can easily generate a regular or one-time source of income by renting them out. For example, you can sublet a room for students looking for accommodation. In addition to enriching your wallet, you also get the opportunity to enrich your social relationships by meeting several different people. The best way to find future occupants is to advertise on Kijiji or on Facebook in dedicated groups. 

Sell your designs

If you are a creative person, you can harness your talents by selling merchandise featuring your designs. For example, you can design and sell art on t-shirts. Merch by Amazon allows anyone to upload their artwork and put it on T-Shirts which will then be sold and shipped by Amazon, without any other effort on your part. Society 6 and Creative Market are also great platforms to use to make some extra money.

Sell your music

If you make good music, you can sell it through Tuncore or DittoMusic. It will be posted on many platforms and you will be paid based on listening and downloads. You can also finance your hobby using Patreon, which enables musicians to create a subscription service. Also note that if you are a good musician, you can also offer your services on Fiverr.

Look after animals

Do you like animals ? You can get paid to look after or walk a pet occasionally. The Pawshake site enables you to become a pet sitter. Just upload your profile with a photo and your price so that people looking for a pet sitter can contact you. In the same vein, there are also the American platforms Rover and Petluv. You can get paid between $15 and $40 per night of babysitting.

Become a freelancer

Do you have skills that you would like to monetize outside your normal working hours? Several Canadian platforms such as Freelancer.ca, HelloDarwin and HelpMee allow you to work on a freelance basis by offering various freelance services. Internationally, Upwork and Fiverr are also very popular. If you don’t have any special skills, don’t waste any more time and learn some new skills with Udemy ! This site offers a plethora of training and courses, some of which are free.

Try out Paymi

Paymi, a cashback website that generates commissions when members make purchases with their retail partners, reward its users with a percentage of the commission they have received. This can range from 2% to 10% for retail purchases, up to 20% for travel purchases, and 30% to 40% for magazines. With Paymi, 2% of your purchases at Burger King are directly credited to your Paymi account. Once you reach a minimum of $20, you can withdraw it via an Interac e-Transfer. 

Become a budding writer

Are you good with a pen and don’t make spelling mistakes? You can take the plunge by writing a few articles about topics that interest you the most. The site Textbroker lets you earn a few pennies on the articles you write. You could also offer your services directly on Fiverr. Many companies are looking for copywriters to feed their blogs and newsletters. You could become one of their freelance writers, with the added bonus of your name appearing at the end of the article. The pinnacle of satisfaction! And if you’re really good at storytelling, get started on Wattpad. If a lot of people read you, you may have the chance to publish a book or have your story adapted for the cinema.

Create your own blog

Do you have a passion you can write about? You can probably create your own blog to share your tips and tricks while growing your audience! Hopefully your blog will become widely-known and sponsors will knock on your door. Here are some tips to create and monetize a blog. The Wix, WordPress, and SquareSpace platforms provide hosting so you can create your own site upon which to publish your blog. 

Give courses

Do you speak several languages fluently, are you good at math, computer science or any other field? Let the world benefit from your knowledge. The sites Superprof, Livementor and Tutor enable you to provide private lessons via videoconference. If you want to reach more students, you could also create pre-recorded courses on Udemy, as it is the largest online learning platform with over 40 million students. If you want to open your own online school, you can use Canadian platforms like Didacte or Thinkific, which allow you create your course and publish it online with your own domain name. There are also great foreign platforms such as Teachable,  Podia or Skillshare.

Become an Uber driver

It’s impossible to miss out on hybrid vehicles and the media enthusiasm they generate. For many of us, they are part of everyday life. If you own a car that is 9 years old or newer, hold a valid driver’s license with a good driving record in recent years, then you are very likely to be able to become an Uber driver. Go here to register and view the requirements. Typically an Uber driver is earning around $11 per hour, an amount which does not take into account the costs of fuel, mileage, and taxes.

Manage Facebook Ads campaigns for local businesses

Today, no company, however small, can afford to ignore online marketing. However, it is difficult for some small businesses, due to lack of time or simply skill, to manage Facebook advertising campaigns. For many of us, Facebook has no secrets and offering to manage Facebook Ads campaigns for local merchants seems like a fabulous way to generate income. If you’ve never managed Facebook Ads campaigns, you can easily learn how on Facebook Blueprint.

Sell your old books

However great a book is, it remains a single-use item. How many books have you ever re-read? With a few exceptions, most of them are likely to be collecting dust on your bookshelves. So why keep a book if it has not made an impact? You can easily sell them on Abebooks, Amazon or Kijiji. Sorting and selling your books is a good ecological gesture, which will earn you some money, but above all it is a gesture for yourself: when your living area is less cluttered, you can see more clearly!

Participate in contests

You can earn money and gifts by participating in online contests! In general, all you need to do is enter some personal information, vote, like or share a page to validate your registration. To increase your chances of winning, it is advantageous to participate in many contests. You can find them in particular on Canadian Free Stuff, All Canada Contests, Free.ca or on the Regflagdeals forum. However, by entering online contests, your inbox may become cluttered with spam. One solution to avoid this inconvenience is to create a stand-alone email address that you can use to participate in various contests. However, don’t forget to check it regularly, to find out if you’ve won anything.

Sell your documents

Did you know that you can sell your school documents or your work online? Essays, presentations, case studies, market research, and more, you can sell it on the internet. You will receive commissions when your documents are sold, consulted or downloaded. Here are the best known sites that offer this type of service: Stuvia, Academon, Pimido, and Gradebuddy. The majority of them do not use Canadian currency, but they are nonetheless interesting.

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