21 Clever Ways to Make Extra Money in Australia

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Want to make some extra money in Australia? These ideas are just what you need.
When it comes to finding ways to make extra money Australia really is the lucky country.

Whether you’re looking to make money online, from home or just a regular part-time side hustle, opportunities abound. 

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 spending! YOLO and all that) and ended up in debt up 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 my massive ATO bill, I had to find a way to make extra money fast.

21 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.

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.

12 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

A quick way to make some extra cash is with paid surveys.

There are loads of good survey sites in Australia but if you want to earn cash, there are 3 you should consider joining right away, Opinion World, Toluna Influencers and Pureprofile.

All three of these Aussie survey sites pay cash (usually via Paypal) and their surveys are regular.

I’ve been with Pureprofile and Opinion World for years (I still use them now we’ve moved back to NZ) and never had a problem getting paid.

Some pay a token amount for when you screen out (don’t qualify) which is a nice touch.

Click here to join Opinion World>>

Click here to join Pureprofile>>

Click here to join Toluna>>

See our tops picks for Australian paid survey sites, go here or for money earning apps.

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!
Click to join Swagbucks and get your $5USD FREE today

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 is one of the best paid surveys for AustraliansToluna 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.

Click here to join Toluna>>

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.

The application process includes some rigorous testing but the company has great reviews so this is one extra income option definitely worth checking out.

Click here to learn more about becoming a transcriptionist with Rev>>

7. Download money-earning apps

There are loads of money earning apps for Australians. You can get paid to scan your groceries, share your opinions, play games and more.

Check out this guide to the best Australia apps that pay.

9. Teach English online

Nicola earns money as an online English teacher. Image credit: Nicole Rae

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. 

Check out this post from an online English teacher with tips on how to get started.

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. Here is a detailed guide showing exactly how blogs make money.

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. Become a transcriptionist with REV

Can you type quickly and accurately? Becoming a REV transcriptionist might be a great way for you to earn extra money from home.

Transcriptionists turn audio files into typed documents using a free online editor developed by Rev. You’ll need to be able to listen closely and type what you hear. 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. Learn more about becoming a Rev transcriptionist here.

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.

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.

9 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.

13. 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.

14. 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).

15. 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

Earn extra money so you can travel or just get out of debt with these ideas.

16. 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.

I made loads of new friends who were also working full-time day jobs and using their side income to save for things like travel or paying off their credit cards.

17. Rent out your car

Wondering how to make more money Australia wide? Renting out your car with Car Next Door is a solid option if you live in a major city.

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. 

18. Rent out your spare room on Airbnb

Renting out your spare room on Airbnb is a great side hustle for Australians.
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>>

19. 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.

20. Share your storage space

Got a garage you don’t use? Lucky you! People will pay money to rent your garage or storage space.

Check out Spacer to get an earnings estimate>>

21. 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.

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.



Hi, I'm Emma. I set about gaining financial freedom back in 2012 when my son was born. I've been hustling to pay down debt, save money and build online and passive income streams ever since. You can find out more here.

5 thoughts on “21 Clever Ways to Make Extra Money in Australia”

  1. Hi Emma,
    I just wanted to say a BIG thank you for this post. I have been looking for ways to add to my income outside of the 9-5 and most of the ideas I have seen online have not been possible. Yours, on the other hand, are extremely possible. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us, super helpful – takes away the doubt when attempting to pursue those options. I find myself in a similar situation with knocking off debt and this gives me positive hope!! 🙂

    • Thanks Danielle, paying back debt was the best motivation to try new things for me. I was so determined to get rid of it. Now I’m debt-free and it’s an amazing feeling. All the best with your journey 🙂

  3. Thanks for the big list of ideas. It inspired me and to start earning some extra money on the side. I especially like the idea of signing up with market research groups it seems they pay well. I might give this one a go. thankyou.

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