I should know. When I was 21 I moved to Sydney and quickly became a party girl. I spent a lot of money (which I don’t regret, YOLO and all that) and ended up in debt up to my eyeballs.
After a tearful breakdown at the H&R Block office in Bondi Junction when I realised I had no money to pay my massive ATO bill, I had to find a way to make extra money fast.
25 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in Australia
Using the tips below, plus some hardcore frugal living, I managed to not only pay that tax bill but get out of debt completely, boost my superannuation funds and save enough to travel and buy a house from earning extra cash.
I’ve split these ways to make extra money into online and offline lists. Some of us want to make money from home and some of us would prefer to find a side hustle that gets us out of the house.
- 25 Ways to Earn Extra Cash in Australia
- 14 Ways to Make Money Online Australia Wide
- 1. Take online surveys that pay cash
- 2. Become a virtual assistant
- 3. Watch videos with Swagbucks[$5 Sign up bonus]
- 4. Become a Social Media Manager
- 5. Take polls and battles with Toluna
- 6. Become a transcriptionist
- 7. Download money-earning apps
- 9. Teach English online
- 10. Start a blog
- 11. Take part in online focus groups
- 12. Write articles for blogs and websites
- 13. Sell digital downloads on Etsy
- 14. Sell pictures of your feet
- 11 Ways to Earn Extra Money Offline
- 15. Register for market research/focus groups
- 16. Get your RSA and find casual bar work
- 17. Deliver packages with Amazon Flex
- 18. Data entry
- 19. Work retail in the weekends
- 20. Rent out your car
- 21. Rent out your spare room on Airbnb
- 22. Rent out your parking space
- 23. Share your storage space
- 24. Matched betting
- 25. Start a crafty side hustle
14 Ways to Make Money Online Australia Wide
If you’re wondering how to make money online, Australia offers a lot of online income opportunities.
1. Take online surveys that pay cash
All three of these Aussie survey sites pay cash (via PayPal or bank transfer) and their surveys are regular.
Some pay a token amount for when you screen out (don’t qualify) which is a nice touch.
2. Become a virtual assistant
Working from home as a virtual assistant is a great side hustle for administrators, personal assistants and executive assistants.
You can make a lot of money from home working as a virtual assistant (or VA for short).
All you need is your existing skill base, a computer and an internet connection.
I actually worked in this manner after my son was born, and the gig continued after we left Sydney to go travelling.
I was earning AUD and spending Mexican pesos which gave me a taste of geographic arbitrage (when you earn a strong currency and spend a weaker one, more here)
If you’re interested in becoming a VA, check out this monster guide to getting started as a VA.
3. Watch videos with Swagbucks[$5 Sign up bonus]
Swagbucks is an online survey site that offers way more than just surveys. You can earn points by watching videos and switching your search engine to their search.
There are loads of other ways to earn on Swagbucks including referring friends, taking surveys and even shopping via their cashback offers.
Plus you’ll get $5 (USD) just for signing up. It’s not huge money but you can earn it from the couch!
4. Become a Social Media Manager
Much like a virtual assistant, a social media manager often works remotely and manages the social media profiles of clients.
If you’ve been wondering how to make money from home Australian and overseas companies are always looking for reliable staff who know how to rock social media.
If you are obsessed with Insta or know your way around the Facebook advertising dashboard, there is money to be made. This Udemy course is a great place to start.
5. Take polls and battles with Toluna
Toluna offers a fun way to earn some extra cash for Australians. You can take polls and battles with other members on their platform.
Toluna also offers traditional online surveys. They pay cash rewards via Paypal or there are loads of vouchers you can choose from. (You can read our full Toluna Australia review here).
One thing to note with Toluna is that there can be a delay in getting your points added to your account.
This is because they don’t credit the points you earn for the paid survey until after the survey has closed. I’ve never had a problem with them being added but it does take time.
6. Become a transcriptionist
Transcribing audio clips for businesses is another great side hustle for Australians. You can do the tasks from anywhere you have an internet connection, get paid weekly in US Dollars and work as much or as little as you like.
You’ll need to be comfortable typing quickly and using American English (organize, not organise, color not colour etc) and have space to work, but if you can do that, transcription can be a lucrative home business.
As a transcriptionist, you’ll turn audio files into typed documents using a free online editor developed by Rev. You can earn between $0.36USD and $0.45USD per audio minute of transcription.
You can pick and choose jobs that interest you. Payment is made weekly via Paypal.
The application process includes some rigorous testing but the company has great reviews so this is one extra income option definitely worth checking out.
7. Download money-earning apps
There are loads of money earning apps for Australians.
Check out this guide to the best Australia apps that pay.
9. Teach English online
Teaching English online is a relatively new field for Australians.
It’s actually the perfect side gig for Aussies due to the time difference with China (currently two hours behind AEST).
You can earn up to $25USD per 40-minute lesson and work as much as suits you.
During the week, lessons are mainly in the evenings.
On the weekends they are all day long so you can really make a lot of extra cash on top of your Monday-Friday gig if you hustle hard.
You’ll need to be a native speaker with a degree and some teaching experience.
10. Start a blog
Blogging is a lucrative way to make money online for Australians and it is an industry that is starting to become mainstream.
I started my first little blog in a workshop in Sydney in 2011. It was a free site on WordPress.com and it was not one bit cool.
But I was hooked. Blogging soon became a hobby I loved and through many iterations, my blog finally started to make money.
That wee site started in a work seminar all those years ago has morphed into an online business that earns me over $7500/AUD per month.
I’m not saying blogging is easy, but it’s a solid way to earn money online.
If you’re interested in learning more about blogging, these are the courses that took me from amateur to earning a full-time income from my blog.
11. Take part in online focus groups
Both platforms generously reward their members (in USD!) for sharing their knowledge and experience.
They are actively looking for participants in all industries to participate in focus groups. Payment is made by PayPal.
Taking part in these focus groups takes longer than regular online surveys but the pay is GOOD.
The offers you will receive will be tied to your professional working and life experience so ensure you have a complete profile.
I was offered a marketing panel paying $65USD for 45 minutes when I last logged on. Unfortunately, the toddler had other plans so I wasn’t able to participate but I’ll be keeping a close eye on this site.
Sign up is simple, they do require a PayPal address and all the usual info but it’s nothing too intensive.
Just make sure you’re accurate about the description of your work as that’ll determine the invitations you get.
12. Write articles for blogs and websites
So you can string a sentence together and want to earn money from home? Brilliant.
You can join thousands of other Aussies earning money writing for websites and publications. In fact, copywriting is one of the top high income skills you can learn.
I used to do this before focusing on blogging and would earn around $50 for a 500-word article.
If you’re interested in this extra income idea, click here to read how I earned money writing on Upwork.
13. Sell digital downloads on Etsy
- A sample of Trina’s gorgeous art.
When Trina reached out to me to share how she was making passive income on Etsy selling digital downloads, I was intrigued.
Here was a side hustle that works wherever you are in the world.
Trina only sells digital files of her art – just like the piece above – and once she has set up the Etsy shop, she simply has to maintain it.
Digital downloads mean she carries no stock, has no overhead and makes money while she sleeps. The perfect extra income idea – especially as a busy mum.
You can read more about how Trina makes money on Etsy in this guest post she wrote for me: How to Earn Passive Income on Etsy With Digital Downloads
14. Sell pictures of your feet
It may surprise you to learn that you can make money selling pictures of your feet online. When I first heard of this interesting side hustle I was intrigued.
After doing some research I realised it’s not as icky as it sounds and can be a legit source of income for those of us blessed with nice feet.
If you reckon your feet have a shot at being famous (or satisfying someone’s fetish), you’ll love this guide to selling pictures of your feet online.
11 Ways to Earn Extra Money Offline
Wondering how to earn extra money in Australia but would prefer a regular side hustle? If making money online ain’t your thing, that’s totally fine. Here are some ideas for side hustles you can do offline.
15. Register for market research/focus groups
Another lucrative way to boost your income in Australia is by signing up to take part in focus groups.
These are often held in-person and I’ve attended sessions in the CBD and all over the place.
Just google ‘focus groups + your city’ to find out where to register. I’ve had some pay me over $100 for an evening of sharing my opinion and eating their yummy snacks.
Check out our guide to Australian paid focus groups and market research here
16. Get your RSA and find casual bar work
Getting my RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate) was probably the best investment I made into earning more money.
The actual certificate was done and dusted in a day and I was instantly able to register with agencies for casual bar work, netting a couple of hundred dollars a day.
A few times I was lucky enough to tend the bar at events like the Bledisloe Cup and NRL matches. I was also once a Cougar bourbon girl at a Speedway meet – cringe!
Plus, I even got to attend a festival that I really wanted to go to but couldn’t afford by working behind the bar (I couldn’t dance but I still had fun listening to the music and earning moolah at the same time).
17. Deliver packages with Amazon Flex
Amazon Flex is a new side hustle for Australians. How it works is you register to join the program as a Delivery Partner through the Amazon Flex app.
Once you’re approved, you choose a delivery block (four hours), pick up packages from the depot and deliver them to the assigned area within the assigned timeframe.
You need to be 20 or older with a full drivers license, a four-door car, a smartphone and be able to pass a background check.
You’ll also need an ABN as you will be working as a contractor and responsible for your own tax.
Payment rates vary depending on a number of factors such as time of day, day of week etc but the system is very transparent.
You will be provided with the estimated duration and payment for each block before you accept it on the Amazon Flex app and rates are competitive – they will differ depending on demand in your area.
Payments are made weekly by direct deposit.
18. Data entry
Data entry work consists of repetitive typing and requires extreme accuracy.
It’s also frequently available at nights and weekends making it a great side job to earn extra money.
Data entry jobs can be found in loads of industries. You’ll find hundreds of opportunities on Seek.com.au
19. Work retail in the weekends
Retail work is the ideal way to make extra money in Oz.
I started off as a Christmas casual at a huge electronic retailer (tip – Christmas casual jobs are freakin’ awesome because you earn extra cash at the time of year you need it most and you also have less time to spend it. Check out these ideas to boost your income at Christmas).
After Christmas was over I worked every weekend (yup, I worked 7 days a week at the peak of my debt payoff journey) and a couple of late nights after my corporate gig was finished for the day.
It was hard, sure, but the penalty rates (especially on Sundays) eased the pain a little and working my butt off meant I wasn’t out partying or shopping.
Weekend retail jobs are also a great way to meet fellow side hustlers.
20. Rent out your car
If you live in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and have a car that is less than 6 years old, you could make some extra cash by renting it out on Car Next Door.
This would be perfect for those of us who only use our car for weekend trips. Car Next Door has a pretty good offer on at the moment where they guarantee you’ll earn $2000 in 12 months if you follow their criteria. You can check out the offer here
Your car needs to have less than 150,000kms on the clock and be in good condition.
21. Rent out your spare room on Airbnb
- In this example, you could make up to $1585 a month renting out your spare room in Sydney, to a traveller for around 15 nights a month.
Got a spare room or studio to spare? You could make serious coin renting out your spare space on Airbnb. The great thing about Airbnb hosting is you can choose which days you have guests, unlike a full-time housemate.
There is work involved in keeping the room clean and making your guest feel welcome, but it’s a great way to meet new people and solid income booster. Find out more about becoming an Airbnb host here>>
22. Rent out your parking space
Do you have a spare parking space at home or work? If so, you can earn extra money renting your spare car space with Parkable.
Central locations pay the best, but city fringe and locations near events or major employment centres can also be lucrative.
Read more about making money with Parkable here.
Got a garage you don’t use? Lucky you! People will pay money to rent your garage or storage space.
24. Matched betting
There are only two countries in the world where matched betting is a legit side hustle.
They are Australia and the United Kingdom. Andrew (a Brit living in New Zealand but currently back in the UK travelling in a van #vanlife) wrote a very in-depth guide to matched betting for me.
You can read it here: How I Make Money with Matched Betting While Travelling
His experience is with the UK system but it’s very similar in Australia.
25. Start a crafty side hustle
If you’re crafty or creative, there’s money to be made in making and selling crafts.
Handmade and homemade goods are popular at local markets, on Facebook marketplace or you could sell them on Etsy.
There is no limit to the wonderful things you can make and sell, but if you’re stuck for ideas, check out these crafts you can sell for profit.
You could also sell your crafts through Etsy, we dug in and discovered the best things to sell on Etsy to make money.
I hope this list will help you find the best way to add some extra money to your budget. If you’re interested in other ways to make money online internationally – check out this post.