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28 Smart Ways to Make Extra Money

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6. Become a pet sitter

Sites like Meowtel.com and Catsitter.com for felines, Rover.com for their canine cousins, and Care.com for both (and for human babysitting) will outline the qualifications you need and help find you jobs. Employment sites say that the average pet-sitting rate is $12 an hour, but it can go as high as $20 in some cases.

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7. Tutor online

If you have subject expertise in mathematics, English, history, or just about anything else, you might be able to earn $50 an hour or more doing online tutoring. A number of sources, including Tutors.com, Tutorme.com, and most of the general employment sites, list available jobs.

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8. Walk dogs

If you get along well with animals and know how to wield a pooper scooper, check out the numerous websites, including the aforementioned Rover.com and Care.com, that list dog-walking jobs. These generally pay $10 to $15 an hour.

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9. Participate in medical studies

Craigslist and other online classified ad sites (as well as newspaper classifieds) list medical studies that pay participants various fees. They are usually limited to specific demographic groups, defined by age, medical condition, or other factors, but if you find one that’s the right fit, you might make anywhere from $50 to $300 for a day’s worth of your time.

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10. Become a food tester

A Google search will turn up numerous marketing and research companies that pay people to take part in comparative tastings of foods in development (for instance, new fast-food items) or eat in restaurants as “mystery shoppers” who report back on food quality, cleanliness, service, and other factors. The payouts vary widely, but sample rates might be $200 to $300 for a focus session or $20 to $40 plus free food and drink for a restaurant visit.