How to Make Money Doing Nothing at All (25+ Real Ways)

There are many ways to make money from nothing. While I didn’t include it as a list item, one of my favorite ways to earn passive income is from blogging.

I’m always putting time toward creating new content and updating old content, but there are truly days and even weeks that I can sit back and watch my blog earn money.

If you’re looking for a way to build a passive income stream, and you’re not afraid to put in time upfront, then check out this tutorial on how to start a blog. A successful blog is one of the most lucrative investments that you could make.

Check out the following 25+ ways that you can make money for doing almost nothing at all.

59. Do Odd Tasks

Time is money for a lot of people, and you can make some extra cash by doing their tasks. Apps like TaskRabbit and Zaarly let people post their chores for a price. From building a bookcase to standing in line, get paid to do what other people don’t want to.


28. Work as a Virtual Assistant

Working as a virtual assistant is a lot like working as a secretary from your home, and with today’s technology, being a virtual assistant is easier than ever. From novelists to online business owners, a wide range of people are in need of professional assistance. To excel in this side hustle, sharpen your administrative skills, like email response and organization of information. Check out sites such as Zirtual if you want to make some quick cash this year.

8. Money-making strategy: Sell on CafePress or Etsy

If you can design digital items, you can sell them for a share of the profits on a site like CafePress. You can do this with nothing more than some design software. They can include custom logos, inspirational sayings and other topical or trending designs appealing to the masses.

You could hire a designer to assist you with this, but you still need to come up with the ideas. This works best if you understand design yourself but requires no overhead. Items are printed and delivered on-demand. You simply receive a share of the proceeds. Similarly, you could sell items on Etsy as well.

16. Start A YouTube Channel

We talked a bit about creating online reviews earlier in the list, but beyond general reviews, you could also start and monetize a YouTube channel. This could be anything from a daily vlog, to a channel focused around you. Maybe parenting, food, crafts, and more.

The opportunities are endless, and once you gain a small following, you can start to see the results. Our small YouTube channel earns several hundred per month/

Income Potential: $300 per month

36. Start A Mini Salon

Do you do hair? Have you owned a chair at a salon before? If you’ve built up a customer base, you can start doing hair and nails from home. In fact, it can be a great way to keep costs low, especially if your customers love you and need you to take care of them.

Income Potential: $1,000 per month

Listen to Music

If you ever wondered “How do I make money fr

If you ever wondered “How do I make money from home?” the answer is just listen to music. It’s that simple.

I love listening to music. It is indeed a unique way to earn money just by listening to music. With Slicethepie, you have to listen to the music and categorize it. Though this is not consistent work, it is a great extra income option. Sign up here.

Rent Your Empty Space

Got a spare room? Use it to earn a good income from Airbnb. This is the most popular way to earn money with the extra space you have in your home. Just sign up for Airbnb and list your place. I have seen some unique places listed on Airbnb for some whopping prices. Give it a try!

7. Make money by not wasting money



This one might sound like a cheat, but really, not wasting money is doing nothing – and you can save a lot of money.

To begin with you can begin to negotiate a little more in everyday life. Over time the little savings you can make will really add up and, at the end of the day, why pay more than you need to?

We have a great article here on how to save money by haggling. Check it out!

There really are two prices in the world – one for those who negotiate, and one for those who don’t. Find out more about making and saving money negotiating here.

Equally there are plenty of ways many of us waste money which we could easily cut down on. For example, do you really need to buy that cleaning product or do you have products in your home that will do exactly the same job?

Do you need to buy the most expensive brand, or will a discounted brand be just as nice?

Are you shopping around for things like your current account or your energy bill? Or are you just accepting the prices you’re given?

Find out more about making money by not wasting money here. 

And don’t forget to sell on and recycle things you no-longer need. For example, did you know you can get money for your old phone?

Don’t throw it away, find out how much you can make by reselling and recycling here.


Button it up – run a tight ship

Ok.. if you've opted to gather FREE JUNK to re-sell – go through these things carefully. If you see anything old, vintage, rustic, collectible, look it up online before you haul it to a flea market.

Flea markets are great places to sell odds and ends – and are also great places to meet some very unique people who could probably teach you a lot about what's valuable and what's not… so take advantage when you're there and look at what everyone else is selling too.

For the items that appear to be worth $10 or more and fall into the collectible, vintage, or antique category – think about setting up a store on Ebay, Bonanzle, or Etsy – there's quite a few others too. If you can get about 100 items posted at your online store at any given time, you should see a steady stream of income start to build.  For typical household items, tools, electronics, equipment, etc.. use craigslist and sell it locally.  I offer delivery for a few dollars more in my craigslist ads – especially if you're in a metropolitan area where many people rely on public transportation – you'll make sales because you're willing to deliver.

Take good pictures, use good descriptions, do your research, and you will do well!

Ive already sold everything that I had of any value – now what do I do?

When I started to feel the effects of the economy on my business, and realized that I was at that place of desperation – no real money coming in – I started to use craigslist to sell my belongings.  Looking back, I probably should have kept my own things, or those things that were most important to me, and gone onto the next step.  Hopefully I've caught you in time – don't get rid of everything to try to make ends meet – there's another option.  Even if you don't have any cash to buy things to re-sell, which is what some people do for a living – Read on…

Places to Sell Digital Products

There are plenty of places where you can sell digital products. Take a look at these three places to get you started.

26. Blog

If you run your own blog, it’s the perfect place to sell your stuff. You can market your products right to your audience.

27. Shopify

Shopify is an e-commerce platform that you can use to sell digital products online. Sarah Titus tried this and made over $50,000 selling digital products in her first month.

Related: How To Start A Shopify Store: A Step-By-Step Tutorial (With Pictures)

28. Etsy

Etsy is an online marketplace full of tons of sellers that sell their stuff. It’s a good place to sell printables, planners, and digital art or photography.

Check out some of the other things you can sell on Etsy to make money.

Learn how to start your Etsy shop in my free guide.

4. Make money testing food



Do you consider eating food a chore?

Thought not, which is why this next money maker really feels like a way to make money doing nothing.

Research companies employ food testers so that they can get views on their food products.

After tasting the food you’ll be asked for your feedback – this might be as part of a focus group or you might simply just have to give it a score in a questionnaire.

You’ll get a palette cleanser in between each food sample, such as a cracker and water, so you’re reader to go for the taste.

Tasting sessions last around an hour or two, but if you’re taking part in a focus group it may take slightly longer.

It’s a great way to supplement your income, with the potential to earn between £5-£55 depending on whether you’re just completing a questionnaire or if you’re taking part in a focus group.

Click here to find out more about getting paid to test food.


Build Assets not Liabilities

You need to understand the difference between assets and liabilities if you ever want to make money doing nothing. Assets are valuable items that can bring in money while liabilities will only depreciate.

People will pay good money for your assets. If you bought a stock for $100 and sold it for $150 then it was an Asset. However, if you buy a car for $40,000 and sell it for $20,000 then it was a liability.

The key to building a good stream of passive income is to purchase assets and reinvest the profits.

Too often people buy useless stuff that’s keeping them from buying assets. You need as much if your cash as possible to get invested, earning you money. Evaluate your spending habits and ask if you’re buying an asset or liability.

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I am an avid personal finance nerd sharing my thoughts on making money, saving money, budgeting, and escaping the rat race!

My hope is you'll be inspired to take charge of your own personal finance. At the end of the day, retirement is all about dollars invested AND NOT your age.

Personal finance can be broken down into three simple steps:

  • 1. Budget and reduce expenses
  • 2. Increase your income
  • 3. Invest as much as possible

It may sound like a simple process, but it can be extremely difficult to execute. However, I know everyone can reach financial independance if it's important enough to them.

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32. Money-making strategy: Pawn your valuables

If you’re running on fumes, financially speaking, but you have some money coming your way soon, consider pawning something of value to borrow fast cash. Of course, to get those items back you’ll need to pay back the loan with interest. If you don’t pay it back in time, that you’ll lose the item. If it’s really something that has a lot of intrinsic value to you, don’t do it. But if it’s something that doesn’t, you can certainly consider it depending on your situation.

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