The 18 Best Off the Books Jobs to Make Extra Money At Home

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Everyone is always looking for the best ways to make extra money these days and it is important to recognize that the possibilities are limitless.

With the internet, demand for labor, and the need for extra help – what you can offer to another company or individual can be extremely valuable these days. For starters, with an ongoing labor shortage, there has never been a better time than now to pursue a:

However, what most people are really looking for is a off the book job aka a job that pays under the table. What this means is that you can make quick cash off the books that aren't getting taxed (more on that subject later).

Today, we will detail the best off the book jobs in addition to helping you understand how under-the-table jobs work and what you can do to leverage them!


Are off the book jobs legal?

Off the book and under the table jobs are legal as long as you report the income appropriately with end-of-the-year taxes. There is nothing illegal about getting paid to help a friend or neighbor, however, there are both advantages and disadvantages to working off the books.

Can I get in trouble working with an under the table job?

If you do not appropriately claim your income with end of the year taxes you could technically owe taxes (a form of trouble). Typically, any income under $600 is ok and with things like Cash App and Venmo it is easy to get paid when you work under the table jobs.

Is there a downside to off the book jobs and under the table jobs?

The negative or cons of working off the books is that you don't have any taxable income if you solely rely on cash paying/under the table jobs. Without having a tax history, you can miss out on benefits such as social security and other programs taxpayers qualify for.

The 18 Best Off the Book Jobs

1. Complete Surveys

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Another great place to make extra part-time money is by answering surveys and questionnaires.

Companies pay you for each survey that you answer, and most of these surveys are designed to test marketing demand. Answering surveys can be very easy to work, but it does take some time to learn the ropes. If you have at least two hours in the evening every night, this can easily become a way to make money off the books.

Companies need to know what consumers think of their products to improve them, and if you can help them out with your opinion, you will surely get a nice side income for it.

The best places to start include Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, Inbox Dollars, and these 9 more!

Best Survey Sites

Survey Junkie:

  • Avg: $1-$3
  • Payout: PayPal
  • Cashout: $10


  • Avg: $.40-2
  • Payout: PayPal
  • Cashout: $25

Inbox Dollars

  • Avg: $1-$5
  • Payout: Prepaid VISA
  • Cashout: $30

2. Leverage a Social Media Platform

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One of the easiest ways to make extra money is by using social media websites. These days it is easier to find someone with a great product to sell or you can also work as a social me. You can use these platforms to reach out to millions of people all over the world.

The best way to do this is to create a profile for your business on popular sites like:

  • Fiverr,
  • iOffer,
  • and Upwork.

Once you complete your profile, you can post your hiring credentials in order to land jobs as a social media freelancer. You can also reach out to local business owners you might know and talk to them about managing their Facebook Page or Instagram for a few hundred dollars each month under the table!


3. Rent out a room in your home.

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Another approach to earn money at home and off the books is to rent out your property. Whether you rent a room, a garage spot, or just a space in your home – this is how you can make an extra $500+ a month under the table.

Thanks to Airbnb, vacation rentals have grown into a lucrative industry. While the industry existed before Airbnb’s launch, it has subsequently grown by leaps and bounds, but in this case – we are talking about room sharing!

4. Babysitting

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Remember the days when you babysat the neighbor for $25 and a pizza? Well, it still isn't a bad gig to consider when it comes to making money off the books.

Don't make babysitting more complicated than it has to be. Friend a few loyal clients, charge them a rate per night or per day (per kid), and execute the deal! Have them pay you in cash or check! Either way, you can keep it off the books!

5. Petsitting

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Similar to babysitting kids, pet sitting is a great way to earn some quick cash off the books and save money for things you truly desire. Petsitting is very simple, you can:

  1. Walk dogs daily for pet owners
  2. Watch pets over night
  3. Do home visists to feed & care for pets several times a day


How much can you make petsitting? You can charge a minimum of $10 per walk (and up) per pet, $15 per house visit, and $40 a day or more for pet sitting. Simply research what large companies charge and drop your rates a few dollars to land more clients! Build up a solid repuation!

6. Landscaping

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In an article where I detailed how I made a $1,000 per month on the side, one of the ways I did this was through landscaping. You can offer the following services and make a few hundred dollars for your services:

  1. Mow lawns for $25 and up
  2. Cleanout mulch beds
  3. Lay mulch
  4. Move things for others
  5. Plant large plants
  6. Trim bushes & trees
  7. Aerate yards & overseed

7. Sell fresh produce

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Do you happen to have a garden and like growing vegetables & fruit?

If so, you can make some good income selling your homegrown fresh produce at local farmer stands/markets, festivals, and community centers. Simply take your fresh produce to summer events and sell it for profit!

People love fresh produce!

8. House sitting

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You can watch kids, you can watch pets, and you can also watch empty homes! House sitting for those going out of town for an extended period of time is an easy way to make a few bucks under the table without hardly doing anything.

Job duties typically include bringing in the trash cans off the curb, checking the mail, watering the grass, cleaning the pool, and making sure everything is secure inside the home. Homeowners are willing to pay for a presence in their home to prevent any unwanted visitors and that is why you can charge $25 per 30 minute visit!

9. Personal training

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My former roommate used to train clients at the community gym for $35 a session. Truth be told, he could have probably charged $50 because of his background but either way – he was getting $35 a client several times a week.

Typically, you can get paid with Venmo, Cash App, cash, or check – all of which can be under the table when you train people you know on your own!

10. Handyman work & maintenance

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I have two friends who make great side money offering their services to others on the weekend. One is an electrician and the other is a mechanic. I have paid both of them to help me with projects like installing lights or changing my car's oil and brakes.

Needless to say, if you are a handy person who has a skill you can make money off the books by offering your services to others. Ideas can include:

  • Plumbing
  • Wood working
  • Electrician
  • Mechanic
  • Remodeling services
  • Landscaping
  • Cleaning

11. Rent your car with Turo

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Similar to renting out your home or a room with AIR BnB, you can also rent your car out for cash with Turo. While this isn't technically a traditional under-the-table job, you can rent your car with Turo and charge $50 and up per day!

You most likely don't want to rent your car under the table or off the books because of insurance, liability, and damage. That said, if you're really hard up for money – you can let a friend pay you to drive your car around! 😎

12. Offer labor help

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Similar to landscaping and handyman work, you can offer any type of labor help that will make it easy on someone else, but also get paid off the books in the process!

Whether you help someone move to a new home, carry in heavy objects, run errands, or whatever else someone could need – this is an opportunity to make some side money. I have made money helping people clean out their garage and typically I was willing to do it for free, but they gave me a generous tip!

13. Bartend & cater

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Perhaps one of the best ways to make money off the books is through tips. Anytime you can generate money with tips, it will be cash-based and off the books. Even if you work somewhere like a restaurant that says, “Claim Cash Tips” at the end of the night – use your proper discretion!

Related: How Much Should Someone Tip?

14. Work as a freelance writer

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Becoming a ghostwriter has been one of the best ways to make extra money at home. This involves finding a company that needs a writer and writing articles about the topics they need. You are paid for the number of articles that you finish in a month. It is a great way to make money while working at home because there is no set schedule.

Fiverr and Upwork are two of the most popular sites for making money online. There is always someone looking to buy something that they cannot afford, so these two services have become gold mines for everyone. Anyone can sell anything on Fiverr or desk for a small fee, and they earn extra money each time they do. The trick is to sell something that people are interested in but do not pay too much for.

15. Tutoring in person & online

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Internet-based tutoring Skooli,, and Tutor Me are just a few of the services that can assist you in becoming an online tutor. While you aren’t obligated to use any of these platforms, they do make it easier to enter the market.

On sites like Freelancer, Upwork, and others, you can hunt for online tutoring jobs. What topics do you have experience tutoring online? You might easily teach a subject like math or science while also teaching a language if you're multilingual. You might also teach students how to play musical instruments like the guitar or piano and a variety of other subjects.

Of course, the BEST way to make cash tutoring is to do it online or over Zoom with no third-party company involved! Simply advertise to local schools and communities that you tutor and land clients!

Related: Best Tutoring Sites & Teaching Gigs

16. Become a Virtual Assistant

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Each month I Venmo my virtual assistant a few hundred dollars for her amazing work. From helping with the day-to-day organization of running a marketing company to designing graphics, “M” is a lifesaver.

And it just so happens that becoming a virtual assistant is another one of the best ways to make a lot of money at home. Virtual assistants are always available to answer emails, make phone calls, and file important documents.

Some people do well with this job because they can work in their pajamas and no one knows they are working. This job also entails some office politics, but most people find it a pleasant part-time gig. Virtual assistants do not make much money per hour, but they are steady work that gives them the necessary experience to apply for other more lucrative positions.

17. Clean houses under the table

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If you like cleaning your own home, why not offer the service to others?

We personally have paid friends who own cleaning businesses $125 cash to clean our home. It helps them and it helps us. Cleaning is a booming business and it is a great way to make a few hundred dollars a week under the table!

18. Develop sales funnels

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Every effective business has an automatic sales funnel. Despite this, many businesses are completely unconcerned with the importance of a well-designed channel. Sales funnels aid to systematize the sales process. They aid in the formation of a bond between you and your audience, as well as a link between you and your customers. There are various tools that might assist you in creating a sales funnel. Custom-coded funnels, on the other hand, are commonly used by the world's most successful organizations.

A lead magnet, or free gift, is a popular beginning point for experienced sales funnels. By delivering value in the lead magnet, you earn the consumer's confidence. While there are many technical aspects to sales funnels, understanding them now, right now, could put you on the road to greater online marketing success. It can also help you scale your business by increasing your ad spend after optimizing your conversion rate.

Final Thoughts

Working under the table and off the books for cash is a great way to earn some extra income!

You might be surprised at how easy it is to earn a good part-time income while working the hours you want. Ensure that you look into all of the options available to you and find the one that works best for you. Doing so will ensure that you have an income that is consistent and pays enough to cover your expenses.

Making some additional One hundred dollars a month with a side hustle doesn't have to be difficult. As someone who has worked in the sector of internet revenue generation for nearly two decades, I can tell you that it takes some effort. There are, however, a few apparent paths forward. It all comes down to your objectives and how much you want to automate your earnings.

Author: Josh Hastings


Josh writes about ways to make money, pay off debt, and improve yourself. After paying off $200,000 in student loans with his wife in less than four years, has been featured on Forbes, Business Insider, Huffington Post, and more! In addition to being a life-long entrepreneur, Josh and his wife enjoy spending time with their chocolate lab named Morgan.