20 Simple Ways You Can Make $1,000 in a Month

Blog | November 27th, 2018

Isn’t it odd how quickly money adds up when you spend it, yet it’s so slow to accumulate when you are working to earn it? An extra thousand dollars per month would add a nice padding to diminishing bank accounts.  Although it sounds like a lot, there are actually some simple ways to make that happen. 


Dog Walking

In most cases, pets are treated like family and owners want them well taken care of. Walking dogs can put some extra cash in your pocket. Miles of walking will also save money on gym memberships! In general, dog walkers are paid about $15.00 to $20.00 per 20-minute walk and $20.00 to $30.00 per 30-minute walk. For two walks a day, earnings can be between $30 and $45 per dog.



Not a pet person? That’s okay because childcare pay can add up even faster. According to the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, the average cost of daycare in the United States is approximately $972 a month, possibly more!



If you prefer being on your own, eBay is a great way to earn some extra cash and declutter your home at the same time. You could also catch some great deals on almost anything and turn it around for a profit. The excitement of the hunt can be a fun money maker. eBay does have fees so check their policies before listing. When selling in-demand items, $1,000 per month is definitely attainable.


House Cleaning

With two-income families often being a necessity, house cleaning has become in high demand. Check into cleaning offices and vacant houses as well. The average hourly rates for professional house cleaning services is between $25.00-$45.00 an hour.  Having a background check ready to present to potential clients will make sealing the deal a cinch. Nothing is more important to homeowners than trust and peace of mind.


Yard Sales

Yard sales can be a dime a dozen and selling trinkets is likely a waste of time. However, if you have substantial items such as real wood furniture, vintage decor, collectible items and clean, gently used “treasures” …you could quickly reach your $1,000 goal.


Hand Wash Cars

Car washes are popping up everywhere. They are fine for a quick wash and vacuum but many people want a deeper cleaning and simply don’t have the time to do it themselves. Based on customer opinions, a thorough car cleaning is worth $20.00–$40.00 Line up several regular customers and you’ll have a consistent flow of extra income each month.


Seasonal Work

The holiday season may possibly be the reason for needing extra cash. Most businesses are looking for additional help during their busiest time of year. The average pay is $9.00- $11.00 per hour.



Tutors charge according to their level of education and experience. A reasonable fee is $30.00 to $40.00 per hour for a high school student and up to $85.00 per hour if you’re a certified teacher with a lot of experience. Many parents will gladly hire a dependable student to help a younger child…for a lesser fee of course.


Sitting with the Elderly

These roles are generally limited to providing basic supervision and companionship. They can also include light housekeeping and errands depending upon your agreement. The average pay is $10.50 per hour. Aside from the money, this job can be rewarding on a much deeper level as well.


Lawn Care

Average lawn mowing prices range from about $30.00 to $80.00, depending on the size of the lawn. Most lawn care services charge a flat rate per visit for grass cutting alone. Additional fees apply for extra services like edging, leaf-blowing or seasonal cleanup visits.


Substitute Teaching

Substitute teachers usually make a daily wage that, at full-time hours, amounts to about $25,000 to $40,000 per year, according to This is based on full time, which may not be likely at first but it can still hit that $1,000 monthly target.


Music Lessons

Those gifted with musical instruments usually charge between $15.00 and $60.00 per hour for lessons. That’s a large range because it covers everything from group, private, home-based and studio lessons. Turn your talents into extra monthly income with something you enjoy!



Wrap your vehicle in advertisements and earn money while you drive. The more you drive the more you make. Sounds easy enough!



Uber claims that their drivers take home $25.00 per hour and Lyft claims that drivers can earn as much as $35.00 per hour. However, Lyft takes 20 % of each fare — plus the entire booking fee — while Uber takes 25% from each fare.


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House Sitting

House sitting services can be for a few hours during the day, or for a more extended time such as overnight or even a week.  A reasonable price for services of a few hours a day, is $25.00-$30.00 per day. However, if it’s for an overnight job, prices can be as much as $50.00 per day. Be sure you know your employer or have a background check on them before staying alone in someone’s home.  


Sewing and Alterations

Are you good with a sewing machine? Many times, people have a quick repair or a specific item they want to be made. The ability to customize orders will set you aside from the big companies while bringing in some big bucks as well.


Car Maintenance

Finding a reasonable mechanic that one can trust is a huge comfort. If that mechanic can be you, the extra $1,000 will come quickly. Getting paid while giving peace to others is a definite win.



Do you have a beautiful yard? Rent it for a wedding venue. Is there a vacant room just sitting in your home? Rent it out. Do you have an extra vehicle that could bring some extra cash? Take a look around and you might discover $1,000 worth of unused, rentable items!


Refinishing Furniture

This is time consuming but a job well done can bring a handsome profit. Add a caring touch to ensure the priceless treasures of your customers will be well taken care of. Many valuable pieces of furniture just need some TLC!


Bill Questioning

Often our monthly bills can steadily and mysteriously climb. A phone call to the company can result in quite a price slash. Maybe there are also services being paid for that you don’t use, such as the prime package on cable TV. Or trash pick-up when there is a free disposal/recycling facility just minutes away. Keeping a close eye on unnecessary monthly costs can turn bills back into income!