When it comes to finding ways to make extra money Australia really is the lucky country.
I spent ten of the best years of my life in Sydney.
Those years cost me a lot of money (which I don’t regret spending!) and I ended up in debt to my eyeballs.
After a tearful and embarrassing breakdown at the H&R Block office in Bondi Junction when I realised I could never pay a massive ATO bill, I had to find a way to make extra money fast.
11 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 retirement savings and save enough to travel and buy a house from earning extra cash.
1. Take paid surveys with Pureprofile
I’ve been with Pureprofile for years (I still use them now we’ve moved back to NZ) and never had a problem getting paid. They pay a token amount for when you screen out (don’t qualify) which is a nice touch. Read my full review of Pureprofile here
2. 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.
3. 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 hundy a day.
A few times I was lucky enough to tend the bar at events like the Bledisloe Cup and NRL matches, and 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).
4. 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.
Plus you’ll get $5 (USD) just for signing up. It’s not huge money but you can earn it from the couch!
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5. 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.
6. 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 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.
7. 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
8. 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.
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 $21USD 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. Check out SayABC for more info
10. 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 offer cash rewards via Paypal or there are loads of vouchers you can choose from.
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.
Click here to join Toluna
11. Become a Mystery Shopper
Mystery shoppers – also known as secret shoppers – are everyday people who are hired to secretly assess different aspects of a business.
Mystery shopping agencies across Australia hire secret shoppers to act as customers and report back on their experiences, helping the company or business improve. You will be reimbursed for any money you spend and compensated as well.
With most agencies in Australia below, assignments start at a minimum of $15 per job.
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.