life without a job

How to make a living without a job?

If you lost your job, or just don’t feel like doing a regular job, then you still have to pay your bills, right? There are many ways to make some money to make ends meet. As long as you don’t expect to live like a millionaire, you can easily get by without having a traditional job. Small jobs and saving money are the keys to success!

Find sources of income

Make a job out of your hobby.

In fact, anything you’re going to do to make money will take time. Time + money = a job. Whatever you do to make enough money to make ends meet, it can technically be considered a job, even if it’s not work in the traditional sense. If you just want to avoid a job you hate or feel like you’re working too hard, turn your favorite hobby into a job. No matter what you do, there is always a way to make money from it.

Work online

There are a number of websites where you can do quick tasks for little money. The most popular is Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, but ShortTask is also a good option. But keep in mind that the earning potential is very slim. But you can easily do them while you’re doing something else (like watching TV, going to the bathroom, or sitting on the bus).

House and pet sitting.

When people go away, on vacation or on a business trip, they often want to make sure nothing goes wrong at home and pay someone to live in their house or look after their front door until they get back. Start by being a house sitter for people you know to build the necessary references. You can then find jobs online or in newspapers.

Sell things

Go to flea markets or search websites like Craigslist and look for items that are free or inexpensive. Often you can just clean or fix things and then sell them for a lot more money. Sometimes you don’t have to do anything, because often people sell things just because they want to get rid of them or because they don’t know what they are worth.

Rent out your house.

If you own a house, you can rent a small, cheap apartment yourself and rent out your house. If your house rents well, your small apartment is cheap, and all your loan payments are off, then you can make money this way. This can be short-term (such as for congresses, sporting events, or other events) or long-term. But pay attention to the regulations in your city regarding rentals. You can get in a lot of trouble if you rent but your community doesn’t allow it without permission.

Use your body

No not like this. You can sell your blood, plasma, and other things like hair, eggs, and sperm, or be a test candidate for drug trials. Some of these things can be very time-consuming, but others are very easy.

Run errands.

Many people have quick errands or things to do that they can’t or don’t want to do themselves. This can be anything from picking up groceries to mowing the lawn, a trip to the doctor or delivering a package. A good place to find such jobs is TaskRabbit. You usually need a background check and a car, but if you have both then you should be able to find many jobs that will bring you some cash.

Use stock photography.

When websites, magazines or other media need photos, they rarely take them themselves, instead of paying someone a small license fee for their photos. These are stock photos. If you have a good camera, take some good photos and license them to Flickr or other stock photo sites. Take enough photos and you can earn money without having to do much.

Teach a subject you know well.

If you’re good at something (for example, if you were good at math in school), then you can take on simple and quick tutoring jobs to help students improve their grades. You can find many ads for tutors on Craigslist or other ad sites around the internet. You may need references, but the pay can be good and the work is>

Work in advertising.

There are many ways to make money by helping businesses with advertising and marketing. You can get paid for surveys or join test groups. You can become a test customer, you will get paid for it and you can sell the products afterward to make money. 20|20 Panel is a good place to find such opportunities.

Design products.

If you have Photoshop and basic art skills, you can make money designing t-shirts and other products to sell through dedicated online retailers. Websites like Society 6 and Redbubble allow you to design clothing and home goods. They will produce, sell and ship these for you (in exchange they get a share of the profits), but you can still make good money from your sales.

Write content for websites.

Many websites will pay you to create copy and content for them. Listiverse and eHow, for example, pay for articles. However, that means you need to be able to write lyrics fast to make it worthwhile. Have something to say and know your keyboard!

Write a blog.

This can be like a normal job, but if you enjoy it and do it in a way that you enjoy, then it won’t be difficult for you. Find a topic that you love and enjoy and write blog posts, make Youtube videos, etc. Ads on your website can make you a decent amount of money and tools like Google Ads make this very easy.

Save money

Only use the necessary things.

We think we need all sorts of things that we don’t really need, but these add up to a lot of money. You want the little sums you’ve earned to last as long as possible, don’t you? Look at what you think you really need and actually need. Mobile? Landline? TV? Sweets? Fast food? Fitness club membership? subscriptions? Internet? Different people need different things depending on how they live. Just look at everything you spend money on and ask yourself: do I really need this to survive? For example, if you can make your money from the internet, then your answer to the internet will probably be yes.

Live at home

If you are young, live at home. This can save you a lot of money and help you build up a financial cushion so you can move out sensibly later. If you help your parents around the house and generally behave in a respectful and loving manner, they won’t mind. Just show them you’re trying to save money and act responsibly.

Write down how you spend your money.

Look at your monthly expenses and your bank statements. You will then often find purchases and expenses that you haven’t really thought about or that you didn’t really need. Paying attention to how you spend your money will make you more conscious of your money and save you a lot of money.

Set a budget.

Plan how you want to spend your money and stick to the plan. This will save you a lot of money. Often the money we earn somehow disappears as we find excuses for many small expenses. Give yourself some pocket money, but otherwise, stick strictly to your budget to save as much money from your earnings as possible.

Shop only at discounters.

Clothing, food, household goods: you can buy everything at the discount store. Don’t go to clearance sales, however, as this will only encourage you to buy things you didn’t intend to buy. Buy your clothes at thrift stores or flea markets. You can save a lot of money by buying from factory sellers or similar direct sellers.

Never use credit cards.

Avoid credit cards or buying in installments. That money comes with interest that you have to pay, meaning whatever you buy actually costs more. If you need a credit card to buy something, then you don’t need the item or you’re living beyond your means.

Use public transport.

Public transport can save you a lot of money. If you have to drive a long time to work, a monthly pass usually costs less than your gas bill. And if you then factor in the installments for the car, maintenance, insurance, taxes and other costs, then public transport saves you a lot of money. Plus, you have time to relax while you drive and you can even make money with a mobile device by doing chores online or keeping your blog up to date while you’re on the road.


Take care of making money once you’ve moved in. If you live alone, you’ll probably get kicked out if you can’t pay your bills.


Try staying with friends if you can’t stay with your parents. Don’t think of your lifestyle as a long-term solution. Even if you can pay your bills, you still have to make provisions to pay for unemployment, taxes, and retirement. People usually have to save their whole lives if they want to retire at a reasonable age.


About the Author

Terese Cass

Terese Cass is a stay-at-home mom and blogger. She enjoys stacking coupons, sales, and store promotions and walking out of the store with sacks full of free groceries. Now, Terese blogs about topics like How to Get Coupons, How to Coupon for Beginners, How to Grocery Shop on a Budget, etc.