13 awesome ideas to make extra income other than your regular job [part 5/5]

POSTED BY Jagoinvestor ON November 20, 2014 COMMENTS (99)

Do you want to make extra income on a consistent basis apart from your regular job ? In this 5th article under “increasing income” series, we are going to look at some of the ways you can make some extra money other than your salary. I will be discussing 13 ideas, out which which most of the things can be instantly tried out by most of you.

Note that, here were are not talking about creating passive income which requires huge investment. We are mostly going to talk about ideas which can be implemented without requirement of huge capital, but only some time and dedication.

Lets look at these ideas one by one..

1. Consulting in your domain

If you are expert in some area, you can always give your consultancy service to smaller businesses who cant hire big companies. When we were brainstorming with a client of ours to generate second line of income, he identified that he has some great knowledge in the area of terrace gardening. He could see that he can help families with large enough terrace to setup their own balcony garden and earn some fees over weekends or extra time.


Look back at what all you know and have learned over these years, and you will realise that you have some really deep knowledge in some field, and surely there are many who are looking for someone like you, who will guide them well for a lesser fees (compared to professional fulltime companies)

2. Referral Business

Connecting two entities is another great way to make extra money by spending less energy. So can always have an agreement with some business entity to give clients on referral basis and earn a commission. I recently hired a designer for some work and I asked him if he knows someone who can PRINT the designs for me. He referred me to his friend who done the printing work. I am sure he must have got some cut for the referral and there is nothing wrong in it. Its a smart way of earning money.

Here is what Ajay shares in our last article.

I used to refer students to a local computer institute where i myself learnt ms office. they used to pay me 10% of the course fees paid by the student. i used to earn average between 1000 to 3000 monthly those days.

You might not know that even builders pay you 20-30k for each client referred (who bought the house). So now, have you got a friend who is into business or some kind of service ? Just talk to him if you can pass on clients to him and earn some money on it.

3. Create products and sell on Ebay

With websites like Ebay and OLX, you can now sell virtually anything on internet to those who are looking for products. So you can do some handicraft or anything else, which can be created at home in extra time and then it can be sold on ebay. Or you can find some local product which others would find awesome, but its not available in other parts of country and then start selling it online for a profit. Even you can look at some products which are selling at huge discount at stores (wholesale market or under clearance sale) and then sell it on amazon at regular price.

Earning from Ebay

Earlier, when you wanted to sell something along side your job, you needed to have a shop and someone was required to be at shop all the day, not anymore !.

Ramit has a great article dedicated on this topic.

4. Create a Course and Sell on Udemy.com or Skillshare.com

If you are an expert in some area, which you think can be taught to others by creating a course out of it, you can always sell it on udemy.com or skillshare.com and make money on the fees recieved by the students. So if you are an expert on cooking, Yoga, SEO , Designing, MS Excel, Java, Python … whatever.. Create a nice rich course , record your videos and done ! .. You can tie up with these websites and then earn a lot money. Just understand those models and work on it.


5. Freelancing online

If you have extra time with you over weekends or after your job, you can freelance and take small projects. There are many websites like elance.com , odesk.com or freelancer.com where you can earn money by working on projects. There are thousands of people in India who are working full time on these kind of freelancing websites and believe me, they are earning in lakhs. Look at it as a serious way of making money and not just a time pass activity.

earning from freelancing

6. Become a Tutor online if you love teaching

If you have a knack for teaching and if you are an expert in some subject, you can become a tutor online for students. There are tons of websites like TutorVista or Tutor.com where you can try out this. You would need a great internet connectivity for this. It can work best for someone who is ready to work late in nights as many students from US and Canada would be right fit for you then.

7. Tutions at Home

This is the old favorite way of earning some side income. You must have listened to great stories of how many people have supported their families and their own studies just by taking tuitions. Then why not to extend your income even if you have a job ?

Do you know Music ? Are you an expert in Maths ? Vedic Maths ? Yoga or may be cooking ? Do you live in a residential society which has 100’s of other families? Then tutions is a perfect thing you can start give you are good at what you claim to. You can always dedicate 2 hours (if you really have them) and do some basic advertising in your apartment or nearby places and take students to teach them at home. The best part of this kind of tutors is that you refresh your dying knowledge, earn some money at the comfort of your home and you kill time which goes into unproductive things most of the times. myprivatetutor.com is a good place to register and start with.

7. Rent your empty house/room on Airbnb.co.in

Do you know that next time you head over to Goa for a family holiday, you can just rent out the whole house for 6-8 people at just Rs 5,000 a day . Thats correct!

airbnb in india

Airbnb gives you great way to rent your house or even an empty room, if you want to earn some extra money out of it. You can always give your extra room to travellers and people who are looking for 1 day-week stay on Airbnb.co.in. Just put pictures of your house/room, explain your conditions and rules, put the facilities and thats all. Clients will find your listing, make the payment online, and if you accept, you host them!.

The best part is that you keep 97% of the fees paid and you don’t have to search for clients yourself . Serve them as they come. If you have a full house at some great tourist place like Goa/Shimla/Manali or those kind of places, you can put your whole house on rental basis. Many people who have a second home or extra room, hire a maid and offer the full range of services of a regular basis. Imagine if your extra room is rented even 5 times a month and you earn Rs 1,000 from it ? Its Rs 5,000 extra income !

8. Teach someone live on Google Helpouts

If you have a skill, you can teach someone live on google helpouts. There are tons of categories like Arts and Music, Cooking, Home and Garden, Fitness and Nutrition and many more .. which you can choose from.

Google Helpouts

In this era of globalisation, I am sure there are enough number of people in the world who would like to pay to someone to learn some thing unique.

9. Do Odd jobs at Fiverr.com

Imagine you want your logo/brochure to be designed or want your website andriod app to be created ? It can be done at only $5 (Rs 300). There are tons of odds things you can do at fiverr.com . Most of the times its a small manual task, which is super easy for you, but tough for others.

A small assignment can be done at fiverr.com for $5 and you can raise the fees depending on the complexity involved. There are tons of people in world who are looking at delegating some task at a small fee.


I have used it 2 times myself to get some work done and paid $5 two times.

10. Cooked meals Pickup

I recently ordered some amazing Egg Biryani in Pune (the most delicious) I had till date and the lady sold it from her home through registering at tastykhana.in. I had to go to the place to pickup the biryani.

That got me thinking how many people in our country cook some amazing things, but never capitalize on it. So if you have people at home who cook some speciality and you feel that it will loved by people in your city, you can start pickup service at home. Get the order, prepare the food , opt to deliver at home (at extra cost) or ask them to pick up from your place. And if you are thinking about preparing “Andhra meals” in Pune, I am your customer already.

11. Starting a Creche at Home

I am not talking about professional/big size creche here. If your home is big enough and there is a scope of it, a simple creche can be started. There will surely be some market for it. If most of the couples living around you are into full day jobs, you can surely cash on this opportunity and think about it.

Even if it means renting another 1 BHK flat and starting your creche there, its worthwhile. See how you can actually implement this – I just gave a direction

12. Freelance writing for someone websites/newspapers

If you are strong in writing and can put your ideas on paper in creative manner, then you can write for newspapers and magazines. I get tons of emails myself for freelance writing (i don’t do it but). Here is what Abhijit kulkarni has done..

earning by freelancing

Checkout how you can put your writing skill to earn more..

13. Sell nutritious health drinks around the Park nearby

One of our readers shared this idea with us. If there is nearby park or place, where people come for walk, jogging early morning, then you can always sell health/vegetable drinks and various healthy breakfast too. I am sure it will help you also personally to take care of your health and earn some extra income.

If you don’t have some one at home to do it or you lack time, you can employ a part time person to do this for 2-3 hours and pay them salary or a profit cut.

14. BONUS IDEA – Be a passive partner in someone else business

I know most of the people can’t do fulltime business, because they are into a regular job. But you can always invest your money, your ideas and some basic level of administration to run a side business along with a 3rd party whom your trust.

There are many awesome people, who have the ability and passion to do some business, but they dont have money or experience or some ideas to implement. You can partner with them and offer to invest money in the business and also contribute your time over weekends or after work if its possible for you.

Example 1 – Image a person who has a shop, you can help him/her start a internet cafe – because you are an expert in computers, networking and know the technical side of how to do it. You can build the systems and overall business. You do the backside work and the other person does the front office job. Divide the profits !

Example 2 – Do you know someone who is looking for a job and can drive well, but has limited time? How about you buy a Maruti Van and ask him to use it to start a pick and drop business for children in school . Divide the profits ! ..

Sonme months back, I heard the founder of Tastykhana.in in a TIE talk, where he shared that when they desperately needed some money in the starting years of their business, that time – one of the employee of an IT company put in Rs 1 lac in their business and within a year or two, he got back 20 lacs return through an exit option when they got funding later (it was something like this, if not exact)

Can you see a point I am making? I know its not an as easy as it sounds, but at the same time, its not as tough as you imagine. You need to take some level of risk and try out these things if you want to earn extra income.

How to handle .. “But .. “

I know these ideas must have pumped a lot of excitement in you and a lot of you might have a feeling of “But … and followed by some reason”.

Note that earning an extra income apart from your regular job, takes huge commitment. Its simple, but not an easy task. Its not for weak hearted. You will have to keep aside some of your reasons,come out of your comfort zone and take some pain in order to implement it.

It might means waking up early, it might mean sacrificing something in life (Read the story of Anupam on creating second income) , you might have to redesign your schedule, ask for support from others and taking some tough decisions. There is no shortcut when you want to make money in life.

This is exactly why most of the people never create any additional income, because they never take efforts for it. They are just focus on reducing their expenses, where the possibility is limited. Today I invite you to look at the other side, thats INCREASING YOUR INCOME, which has unlimited potential.

Also do not focus on the quantum of money you earn in the starting. What about Rs 1,000 extra in the first month ? It pays your PHONE BILL ! . Thats big thing .. Its EXTRA money afterall. I hope you loved these ideas and you would surely try out atleast one of these over the next 1 month. Plan for it and take action.

I would like to hear some more ideas from you, no matter how silly or crazy they sound. Even if its something which can earn you Rs 100 extra, please share it. Any contribution is appreciated.

99 replies on this article “13 awesome ideas to make extra income other than your regular job [part 5/5]”

  1. Dibyendu says:

    Hi, I came upon this very good summary of side income ideas. It holds good in today’s uncertain economic situation worldwide. I found it very helpful.

  2. raju ginne says:

    Really helpful i love your website. for the past few years i only depending on internet income, but just spending 1-3 hours in a week. every i am getting frasuated with my lifestyle. there is no reason to go out. if i go out for movie, liquor party with friends fedup with my life & work.

    1. Thanks for sharing that raju ginne

  3. Sanket pawar says:

    By the way , how much did u get paid for writing this article ?

    1. Hi Sanket

      I will surely share that with you, if you let me know why you feel I was got paid ? And please share who do you think paid me ? and also tell me what is wrong if I got paid ?

      Would also like to know, how did it impact you incase I got paid ? If you can also share if the article if of any use to anyone ?

      Not making fun, but I really want to know what made you comment like that. Please share.


      1. satmin says:

        India is never short of idiot like him Manishji don pay attention to him, I really like your article it really open my eyes

  4. Ranjit Dixit says:

    a great article i love it.you are really doing very good job please keep it up.god bless you.

    1. Thanks for your comment Ranjit Dixit

  5. Hashimali says:

    Bro am @airport but not enough salary will u suggest me some additional source of bbq income

    1. Glad to know that Hashimali ..

  6. harsh says:

    very nice message in last section

    1. Thanks for your comment harsh

  7. AshishUpreti says:

    Hi Mnaish,

    I am working in an IT company. I love cooking and I want to share my this hobby worldwide. Please suggest me some idea

    Ashish Upreti.

    1. Hi {name)

      You can do several things but they are not as easy as it sounds.. THe best thing I can think of is starting a youtube channel and sharing your recipes and tutorials there . If you get enough subscribers over time and that would results in some revenues.

      Other thing is a blog . Just search about this on net and you will find many people doing this.


  8. Ratnadeep pandey says:

    Hi manish, Like your valuable commnadent to earn apart from job. well i am good in writting and a good sense of imaginary writting skills. can you suggest me how can i approach for writting and getting a good bucks?

    1. Jagoinvestor Admin says:

      Hi Ratnadeep pandey

      There are many ways you can go in for publishing a book , freelancing ,blog etc.

  9. Mahesh says:

    Nice Ideas. Will be helpful for looking side business. Thanks for such a healpful article.

    1. Thanks for your comment Mahesh

  10. Vivek says:

    Hi Manish,

    Really a nice article.

    I would like to know if a full time salaried person can take up insurance agency and earn income from the commission? Are there any legal / taxation related issues?

    1. Yes, one can do that legally. The law has no issues with it. But your current employer might have issues with it, check your agreement with them !

  11. Sriram says:


    I am known for making good presentations in my office. I have a good command in banking payments and procedures. I do have keen interest in writing about my travels and can spend great amount of energy towards it.

    I am in need of extra income for saving an extra buck, and as you said it right, reducing the expenses have a limited scope. Moreover switching of job is not always a solution.

    I can spend 5-6 hours per day in weekends.

    As you are the expert in subject matter, i request you to guide me with a feasible area where I can start putting my efforts.

    Kind regards

    1. You can look at fiverr.com for petty jobs !

  12. Vineeth says:

    I wonder, If Im already working with a private company or even a govt. company, is it illegal (or against company policies) to work and provide service using the “freelance” websites?

    1. Depends on your company agreement with you !

  13. subhadipsengupta says:

    liked very much

  14. Ashish Barve says:

    I am Ashish Barve from Pune..I have completed my LL.B and will start to learn LL.M.. want to become Freelance writer for any newspaper or website… how can i?

    1. There is no step by step process for that, contact these websites/newspapers and apply there for freelancer work !

      1. Aron says:

        Hi Manish…..
        I love writing… frankly I always wanted to be a writer but due to family poverty I gave up everything. Where do I apply for it. Please help

        1. WHere are you located Aron ?

  15. gopal says:

    Awsme article…I am looking for an additional income and got some super ideas.

    1. Glad to know that gopal ..

  16. Vishal says:

    I think this article does not come in first few pages of Google search and because of which alot of people are seriously missing a wonderful article ..good work ..i have already started giving personal tutions to almost 10 students now in last 3 years with my 9-6 bank job .also i am a free Lance writer with Max channel ..and the reason I read this article because I want to do more and I think I liked few of the options ..thanks once again ..keep writing

    1. Thanks for your comment Vishal

  17. Babu says:

    Hi Manish,

    Great article & working ideas, if any one puts effort. One of them you are doing is writing for your own website.

    Now, please help me with below queries.

    How do i go to other parts of this article? I mean Part 1, Part 2 , Part 3 and Part 4

    Please share links or give me steps to navigate to those articles


  18. Nebhani says:

    I have read an article in ET (2014) regarding investment in advertising /outdoor billboards, which also generate additional income. I am interested, but unable to trace any agent , or person who can guide or inform me further on this. Can you please help.

    1. Even I have no idea on that !

      1. parineeta says:

        even i want to know

    2. Arvind Yadav says:

      Hi sir my neme Arvind Yadav mujhe jarurat hai to mujhe iske bare mein Janna hai
      Ok thanks

  19. Shubhashis says:

    This is a great Article Manish . I have started earning from many other sources apart from my job after reading your article .

    1. Thanks for your comment Shubhashis

    2. Dwitesh says:

      great, honest and working idea.. thanks..

  20. Ravi says:

    Any scope for affiliate Marketing??

    1. Supriya says:

      Yes… Please contact me on ‘chawhansupriya@gmail.com’
      I will guide you for best business and income source.

  21. Prashant says:

    Hi Mr. Manish,

    I will going to the Delhi in February for preparation UPSC & I search some jobs but salary is less than 10000 & that’s not enough. Please suggest me how I make earn some extra money? I am economically week.

    1. Thats what we have discussed in the article . Please read it !

  22. Jyoti says:

    Great ideas , Manish!

    Thank you very much!!

  23. Tribhuwan says:

    Hi, I am a normal graduate. i am not expert in English. I want to start my own business but don’t know what . I am fade up with job. I am in sale and marketing since 2007. I want learn more new things. So please suggest me what i do. Please suggest me any course.

    1. Hi Tribhuwan

      What is your vision for yourself in next 10 yrs ?

  24. shaj says:

    Hi Manish,
    I know how to play poker. but can i play poker online from india? is it allowed in india(i mean legally)?

    1. I m not sure on that

      1. ASHARMA says:

        yes you can play poker online , there are many sites which is into online legal poker .
        i myself work for an online legal poker website in inida

        1. Glad to know that ASHARMA ..

  25. Rajeev says:

    Hi Manish
    I have many of my handmade paintings n 5 poems I want to sell them
    can u suggest me sites which can buy my paintings n buy my poems

    1. Hi Rajeev

      Thanks for asking your question. However we do not have answer to your question.


  26. Manish says:

    Hi Manish,

    Is there any option to do online data entry jobs while working at home. I can’t move but an expert in MS word / excel / data entry work. Most of these are fake. Is there really a genuine such type of data entry work in India which can be done from home online.

    1. I am not aware of any actually, so cant comment on that

    2. Pandu says:

      You should try freelancer.com

      1. Thanks for your comment Pandu

  27. madan says:

    hi manish,
    i am tutor and i take online classes, but in free lancing online tutoring do u see any more scope as i am doing very hard work and devoted lot of time but growth is limited.

    1. I cant comment on that

  28. Amitava says:

    Hi, The information you provided are really helpful. I am working in a private firm and I am passionate about cooking. I am planning to write a simple book. Please let me know how can I sell my book or my recopies.

    1. The simple way would be on KIndle !

  29. Sudha says:

    Excellent Ideas… Was searching for these kind of ideas..
    Thanks for it.

  30. Neha Mehra says:

    Excellent collection of ideas…Whatever points were important, i simply wrote it in my diary as i am starting my own business as well.Thanks a ton for sharing this

  31. kumar.p says:

    Hi,Manish thanks for the idea,my wife is good in cooking so iam going to try your idea of making some small money.

    1. Thats great ! .. good luck !

  32. sandeep Shetty says:

    Sir, i m a salaried person and also a part time app developer. Apart from my salary, i also earn money for adsense. Can i take this adsense income into my HUF A/C and show as family business income?

    1. No , you can only get it in your personal account

  33. usctty1970@gmail.com says:

    I have passion for photography. Can you give me some idea how to sell my pictures online and get some money ? I understand that there are some websites who buy good digital pictures.

    1. Yes, there are many websites which buy your photos and pay royalty !

      1. usctty1970@gmail.com says:

        Can you please provide some reference web sites, if possible ?

  34. Suresh says:

    Hi Manish,

    Good day!

    Please help me to get into freelancing website. Pls guide me to earn Rs:100 per day atleast. I am good in MS Excel And I am expecting to do Excel related works.

    Thanks for sharing the valuable idea for life!


    1. You can register on fiverr.com or freelancer.com etc and take up the small projects !


  35. RUDRANIL GHOSH says:

    @Manish da….how do i get paid for doing job on the net?? can i opt for western union money transfer r do i have to open a paypal a/c.I am a simple graduate(b.com),r there any easy jobs on the net through wic i can earn 200-300 rupees per day. Plz advice

    1. It can be PAYPAL or direct transfer to your account. Depends on the company

    2. Shubhashis says:

      Hello Rudranil,

      Apart from my job I earn from few online businesses and one of them pay in dollar . So I transfer that Dollar into my account and I get real time dollar value.

  36. anusia says:

    The ideas are really helpful. I like the freelancing one. I think I can go with this option.

    1. Yes ! .. explore these options !

  37. Shivaramakrishnan says:

    I wanted to check if this is legally allowed. My organisation policy clearly states that you cannot be working for 2 different organizations. If I start my enterpreneurship and if they come to know, I am afraid I may be asked to leave the organization.

    Can you please check and share some insights?

    1. CoolAP says:

      As per my knowledge, one cannot be a full time employee of two different organisations.
      If you start your Enterpreneurship – it will be your side business which is legal.
      Correct me if I am wrong

      1. Anjan says:

        Yes that is correct. You cannot be a full time employee in two companies. Its almost impossible anyway but that is besides the point.

        Part time jobs with irregular working hours always count you as a casual employee and no company should have a problem with that.

  38. investor07 says:

    Hi Manish,
    Thanks for the useful information.
    I am not sure if the airbnb.in option of renting my extra home(property) for short durations is legal ?

    1. Why not . Whats the problem in that ? If its your own property , you can always give it on rent . Whats the issue in that ? Why do you think its not legal ?


      1. investor07 says:

        Hi Manish,

        It is my own property legally.
        Renting the property involves legal contract and police verification to start with. Is legal contract / verification etc applicable/possible for such short duration? I thought the rental contract should be minimum of 11 months ?

        1. Anjan says:

          If what you say were true, then the concept of ceremony and marriage halls given on rent would not have existed. Most of the time these ceremony halls are nothing but regular apartment flats or houses. Its essentially the same thing and we know that’s legal.

  39. Guru says:

    Excellent collection of ideas!!! As always, very nice write up. Also for people interested in teaching say you are good in some technology, you can go and drop your CV to any training institutes which teach that technology. Most of the training institutes these days do not have full time faculty working for them, its mainly people working for some companies coming and taking part time classes as a visiting faculty either during weekdays/weekends. You just need to go teach and get your pay which will be either in terms of per hour basis or per course basis. Very effective way, though I do not do it now, I had used this for quite some time and made some good money.
    In the beginning, you might be asked to teach say for only one student, may be for very less money which may not be worth the time spent, don’t mind, just go and take it. Once you get a grip on the teaching and the students start giving positive feedback, you can have your own terms.

    1. Thats a great idea Guru

      Thanks for sharing that thing with us .

  40. Sundeep says:

    Would the referral business be ethically( or morally ) correct ?

    1. Why not ? Whats so wrong in that ?

      Option 1 – I go for service A and I pay amount X
      Option 1 – I go for Service A because a person B referred me to A and I pay amount X

      What is wrong here when I pay the same amount ? At the end, I am getting service A and I am paying X in both the cases. If someone is earning out of this, how does it affect me ?

      Here A is getting business because of B referral and Both are benefitting with it .


      1. Shubhashis says:

        You are absolutely correct Manish , this is the way all the referral business is done.

        1. Thanks for your comment Shubhashis

    2. Guru says:

      @Sundeep, say in companies, we can refer our friends for some vacant posts, and almost all of the companies these days give the employees referral bonus, which is perfectly fine. Same is the case what Manish is also referring to.

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