30 ways to make extra income to fund your travel.

With travel is on hold it gives us all extra time to save up and plan. If you need some ideas to earn extra income check out this list below.


1.) Sell clothes, furniture, games, etc that you are no longer using on Marketplace, Gumtree, eBay, or have a garage sale, boot sale, or market stall. It's surprising how much you can make. You could even advertise in your local area to see if there are others that want to do it and organise your own group boot sale or street garage sale/market etc. Things like games, clothes, furniture, any household items, tools, etc

2.) Sell your old CDs and LPs. There is more money in Lps of course and they will go quickly if they are classic rock or sort after albums. Do your homework on their value as you don't want to sell something rare for cheap. Advertise on Marketplace,  Gumtree as there are no fees. If you use Paypal as a payment option you may get charged a fee, use the send to a friend service and there are often no fees. You do have to be willing to deal with people on these sites mucking you around but if you have a good collection that you are happy to part with you can make a fair bit of money this way. DVDs don’t sell for much. There are specific sites for Vinyl etc. Vintage Glassware, Tupperware, etc are sort-after items.

3.) Sell your unwanted books. Textbooks if still current often fetch a good price as do popular fiction books. You can also take the books you have read to get credit at a second-hand book shop so you save money on your next book purchase.  

4.) Propagate and sell plants if you are an avid gardener. Easy to take cuttings and then just wait until they are established. Even better if they are rare or hard to find. 

5.) Revamp secondhand furniture -buy it from markets, garage sales, or pick it up on kerbside and revamp it. There is a good market for this if you can produce a quality product or if it's an unusual item. 

6.) Become an affiliate - get payments for recommending products or companies. If you would like to know more about this keep an eye on my page as I am just starting this process. Look around the room you are sitting in. In everything in that room was a product you or someone else purchased.

7.) Sell products on Amazon, Kogan, eBay, Etsy, etc. You can source the product and then sell it or make your own if you have a skill.  If you have skills that are useful to others then consider making a how-to video or instruction book or you could become a consultant. Offer your services either hourly or at a fixed price depending on what you do.

8.) Write an ebook. If you are good at anything -making things, yoga, dancing, arts or craft, researching, writing an ebook. You can even outsource the writing if need be. Then list the book on Kindle, Amazon, eBay, etc. Make sure it gives value to the reader and is easy to read and follow. Make sure your cover and title stand out and grabs attention.

9.) Airtasker is a service a lot of people make money on. I’ve not used it myself but I know others that have. People list jobs they need to be completed and the price they are willing to pay and you answer their add. It can be as simple as picking up someone's shopping, taking a load of rubbish to the tip, doing some weeding, gardening, or housekeeping.  You don't necessarily have to have a trade of a skill. You could also advertise your services on Marketplace or Gumtree or on a local community board.

10.) Become a Tutor to students directly in your house or theirs or at a library etc face to face or online on sites like Udemy. If dealing with children you may need to obtain a blue card.

11.) Fiverr is another company you can offer services like writing, translating, social media posting, playing pranks, teaching, creating music, voiceovers, and short video clips. The standard price is $5 (hence the name) but you can attach extra services for more money. You can also use the service for yourself ie if you want to produce an ebook or start a website but would like a bit of help with the writing or set up etc. 

12.) Sell your photos if you are a good photographer. Either print and frame them, print on canvas, or upload them to a stock website or have your own website and sell the digital print. I know a few people who do this and make an income from it. 

13.) Participate in medical studies. I’ve not done this myself but my daughter has. You can get paid a few thousand for a trial. You need to submit an application and they will decide if you are a suitable applicant. Make sure you check out what you are signing up for though. They are medical trials. I'm on a waiting list now. 

14.) Online surveys - Octopus is the best company I have found. I banked $80 so far this year just from doing a few surveys online. You also get a $20 payment if you invite someone to the page and they get a $20 payment too. As seen on Money, A Current Affair, Channel 7, 9  and Sky news. This is my link: if you use my link we both make some income https://my.octopusgroup.com.au/register/c361ec00-2900-4698-956e-90b983b36323

* Pure Profile is another site that gives payment for surveys. www.purprofile.com Similar to Octopus. I don't think they pay quite as much as Octopus but still ok. The site is easy to navigate. You get paid for the actions you take i.e. surveys, deals, and of course referrals. Complete your profile and keep it updated so they know which surveys would suit you - I earned $1 for just updating my profile. They send you emails with new surveys etc. They do have a time limit though and once full you miss out. They have an App so you can get notifications on your phone. A good way to fill in time if you are on the train or bus or sitting waiting anytime. My last cash redemption was $95.00.

This is my referral link - again we can both get a payment if you use this link    https://referral.pureprofile.com/referrer/TURVM09UY3pNZzIjMjM=

15.) Get money back on most purchases -Rakuten, you load it onto your computer and when you make a purchase from one of the many companies they are associated with you get cashback. The % varies but it can bit high plus you get $20 for each referral. As seen on Money, A Current Affair, Channel 7, 9  and Sky news. They have a deal on at the moment, if you join today you will get a $10 welcome bonus when you spend $25. This is my referral link:  https://www.rakuten.com/r/RE1359?eeid=28187

* Cash Rewards is another company you can get cashback - up to 20%. When you share your link and a friend joins you get $10 each plus you get the money back on each purchase with hundreds of companies.  Join for free, Then securely link your Visa or Mastercard to activate in-store rewards. Shop online, Find your favourite stores on their website or app and click to shop as usual, and/or Shop in-store, At participating store locations and pay with your linked card. That’s it! eg   $26 off your first Uber ride with code plus $8 cashback.  Uber Eats -Uber Eats delivers your favourite restaurant meals to your door.

Get cashback automatically at all these stores and more Amazon, Booking.com, Dan Murpheys, Nike, Catch, Groupon, Myer, Apple, The Good Guys, Target, David Jones, Adidas, Chemist Warehouse, The Iconic, Asos, Expedia, Repco, Appliances Online, Liquorland, Woftif, Deals, Forever New, Myer, Aliexpress, General Pants Co, BWS, Footlocker, Edge, City Perfume, Rebel, Swarovski, and many more.  As seen on Money, A Current Affair, Channel 7, 9  and Sky news.  this is my link if you want $10 and to start getting rewards  https://refer.cashrewards.com.au/x/cu3VUH

16.) Make and sell products online like t-shirts, mugs, hats, jewellery, etc. There are different companies that do all the work for you, you just upload your design and list it with them, and then when a purchase is made, they make the shirt and send it out to the customer. They get their fee and you get the balance. I've checked out a fee and signed up so I can let you know if it's worth doing it.  There are several outlets, Spring (formally known as TeeSpring), Printfull, Cafepress are a few. I'm in the process of trying them out and will post more about that soon.

17.) Try your hand on the stock market. I know this seems daunting but I have friends that do it and they make money on it. I am thinking of doing an online course to learn more. I will give myself a budget and stick to it. If I can make it happen I will write about it.

18.) Sell your old mobile phone. If you are going to upgrade but your old phone is fine, remove any data, make sure your phone is unlocked and give it a clean. There are several websites that sell refurbished phones or where you can compare and value your phone and then list on Marketplace, Gumtree, eBay, etc. Same with ipads, tablets, laptops, etc. Obviously, the newer and better condition the phone is in the more you will get.

19.) Check unclaimed money - you may have funds sitting there you didn't know about.  When I checked I had $245 that was from when Compass Airlines had gone into receivership and I had paid accounting fees on my booking. It can be from bank accounts, shares, investments, and life insurance policies that have been sitting untouched - the government transfers the funds to unclaimed money if an account has not been touched for a certain period of time. Interest is also payable. Also, check you have no super that's not been paid as this often happens    https://moneysmart.gov.au/find-unclaimed-money

* Other places to search for lost money

There are other processes for tracking and claiming lost superannuation, money held by state governments, and unpaid wages on these government websites:

   *   Australian Taxation Office – Find lost superannuation by registering for the Australian  Taxation Office's online services on myGov.

   *  State government – Find lost money from deceased estates, lost share dividends, salaries and wages, cheques, over-payments, proceeds of the sale, and more.

   *  Fair Work Ombudsman – Find unpaid wages.

20.) You could try your hand at Bingo. No guarantee of winning but it's fun. I budget it as my night out and have dinner. It's a cheap night out, it's fun and there is a chance of winning big jackpots if you choose the right location. If the cost is not within your budget avoid it though. Where I play I buy a tablet with a full set of cards in each game plus 1 extra offline game its $26.00. It's easier than the old way with the paper tickets and marker but both options are available. 

21.) Become a Mystery shopper, it's easy and you can get great rewards. There are dozens of agencies that pay you to visit all sorts of shops and restaurants for feedback on how they are performing. I used to do this and I have just applied again. Last time it was just a matter of going into a particular shop and purchasing something and then reporting back on the cleanliness of the shop, how the customer service and experience was. I got paid for the time and travel and reimbursed for what I purchased plus I got to keep it. Often it was takeaway food. You can choose which jobs you want and what hours and distance.  Where I live in Brisbane the Mystery Shoppers are advertised on Job Agencies like




22.) Rent out your car space. If you have extra car spaces at your house and you live near public transport, the city, or venues that have limited car parks, you may be able to rent out space on Gumtree or other parking sites. Even putting a sign up in your yard may work.

23.) Become a dog walker, sitter, pet host, or visitor. You can register with sites like www.madpaws.com.au. You just create a profile and people contact you to mind their animals. You can select the details of what animals you are wanting to mind. Mad paws take a 20% service fee off the income you make. You could always advertise locally on community boards, Marketplace and Gumtree, etc but wouldn't reach as many people. You would need to build up your reputation by word of mouth. Once you had some regular customers though, it could be a nice income.

A dog walker would pick up a dog from its home and take it for a walk. You could do this with multiple dogs at once as long as they all get on. The owners pay for the service. Average price $15 to $20 for a 20-minute walk or an hourly rate between $30 and $60. You could also arrange for the dog to be dropped to you. 

Pet Visit - with this service you call into the house, feed and top up water, do a security check, bring in the mail and take out the bins, have a play with the pet. Prices vary but the average cost/payment $22 - $45 per visit plus there are add-on fees like walking, waste clean up, vet visit, shopping for extra pet food, etc.

Pet hosting is in your own home, you set your own price and it varies from $27 to $130 per night in my area.

Pet sitting is in the pet owner's home.   Again you set your own price and it varies from $27 to $130 per night in my area.

Pet Boarding - pet stays overnight with you. 

For House/pet sitting you provide free house and pet care and sometimes look after the plants and garden and the owners offer you free accommodation in return. The only cost is your annual membership for Trusted Housesitters or other similar sites. It's a cheap way to travel and you can do this all over the world. So this service is not an income but it saves accommodation costs when traveling.

Trusted House Sitter's annual membership is $109 per year. A combined sitter and owner membership is $159 per year.



24.) Child Minding - you would need a blue card for this unless it's for family or friends.

25.) Uber Driver or Delivery Driver for companies like Uber eats or Deliveroo or a fast-food chain like Dominos. Uber has certain criteria for the type of car you drive. There is also

* Sheebah is a women's only chain - only women drivers for only women passengers. You need to have a clean driving record and a fairly new car. You can choose your hours.

26.) Rent out your spare room or granny flat on Airbnb. If you have spare rooms and don't mind sharing your home with strangers/travelers rent it out. Obviously, the place needs to be clean and in good repair and I would check references,s, etc.

27.) Rent out your car when it's not in use. You choose how often you rent it out. It's possible to earn between $350 and  $1,750 per month.  I’ve done this when I’ve been overseas with  Carhood. There are a few companies that do this. I dropped my car there on my way to the airport. They then dropped me off and picked me up again when I returned home.  You need to make sure the car has been detailed and has a full tank of gas and it is returned in the same condition. If your car is rented you get paid, at the very least you get free car parking for your car in a secure location. Needs to be a minimum number of nights for that to happen though. I had free parking and made $300 while I was away. Unfortunately, Carhood seems to have gone out of business since covid, but there are other services out there, so check your area. Your car must meet the criteria:                                                                                           Be less than 15 years old                                                                                                                     Have less than 150,000 km on the clock                                                                                       Pricing when new under $75,000                                                                                                   Be well maintained and have up-to-date servicing.                                                                 Be registered with appropriate CTP insurance                                                                           Must be available for rental periods of at least 7 consecutive days.               www.drivemycar.com.au

28.) Wash and details cars - advertise locally and offer to wash cars while people are at work or at home. Advertise on Facebook, Marketplace and Gumtree, etc, and on local community boards. People are pressed for time so happy to pay for someone else to do the work.

29.) Deliver Catalogues for some spare cash. If you walk for exercise anyway, why not earn while you do

30.) If you can cook or have extra produce or plants you grow you could have a market stall each weekend or month and sell your wares. These can be quite profitable and if your goods and produce are quality you will have regular customers. Or have a food stall and sell cooked food.