100+ Proven Ways to Earn Extra Money in Portland, OR

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Part Time Jobs

Earn a steady side income with a part time job.

Find a Part Time Job

See thousands of part time jobs on the Portland Carrot job board.

Rideshare Gigs

Drive passengers in your own vehicle or rent it out for money.

Uber

Drive passengers in your own vehicle.

Lyft

Drive passengers around in your own vehicle. Allows in-app tipping. Use promo code TIM877765 for up to $40 bonus.

Getaround

Rent your car out to other drivers.

Turo

Rent your car out to other drivers.

HyreCar

Rent out your car to people who want to drive for Uber/Lyft, or rent a car yourself to try driving on those platforms.

Courier Gigs

Earn money by delivering food and packages.

UberEATS

Deliver food. Work whenever you want. Allows in-app tipping. Just pick up and go (no ordering required). No in-person on-boarding required. Use promo code TIMR15967UE for a hefty sign-on bonus.

Postmates

Deliver food, groceries, and sometimes even iPhones. Work whenever you want. No in-person on-boarding required. Often need to order food at the restaurant, wait for it to be cooked, and then use a company debit card (this slows you down – most courier gigs are ‘pick up and go’).

Instacart

Deliver groceries.

Grubhub

Deliver food. Drive in scheduled blocks (flexible scheduling). In-person on-boarding required. Just pick up and go (no ordering required).

Caviar

Deliver food. Work whenever you want (priority dispatch for scheduled shifts). In-person on-boarding required. Just pick up and go (no ordering required).

Amazon Flex

Deliver Amazon packages. Not currently hiring for Portland, but you can sign up for notifications when they begin rehiring again.

Pet-Related Gigs

Walk dogs and board animals.

Wag!

Walk dogs. Work whenever you want through on-demand, scheduled, and recurring jobs.

Rover

Board dogs in your home. Provide house/pet sitting. Walk dogs.

DogVacay

Board dogs in your home. Provide house/pet sitting. Walk dogs.

Care.com

Online listing platform that includes pet care. They also list babysitters, nannies, senior care, housekeeping, and more.

Sittercity

Online listing platform that includes pet care. They also list babysitters, nannies, senior care, and special needs care.

Babysitting and Nanny Gigs

Earn money by providing babysitting and nanny services for busy parents.

UrbanSitter

Online platform for connecting babysitters and nannies with parents.

Care.com

Online platform for connecting babysitters and nannies with parents. They also offer senior care, tutoring, house-sitting, housekeeping, pet care, and more.

Sittercity

Online platform for connecting babysitters and nannies with parents. They also offer pet care, senior care, and special needs care.

Labor Gigs

Run errands. Clean houses. Do handiwork. Put stuff together. Et cetera.

TaskRabbit

List your skills. Set your own wages. Requires $20 for the background check.

Craigslist

Post your services and see available gigs.

PeopleReady (formerly LaborReady)

Day labor temp agency. You decide the days you work and get paid at the end of the day. Normally low wages.

Handy

Specializes in cleaning and handyman services. Requires previous paid experience in either of these fields.

Thumbtack

A very wide range of gigs including handyman, cleaning, tutoring, pets, and more. A customer posts a job and you pay to send a quote and a message.

Amazon Home Services

A very wide range of gigs including handyman, cleaning, home theater, assembly, and more.

Rental Gigs

Rent out your room, condo, house, or apartment to visitors.

Airbnb

Rent out your space, help others coordinate renting out their space, or act as a tour guide.

HomeAway

Rent out your house or condo. It must be the entire property and not just a room.

Plasma Donation

Earn money donating your plasma. If you donate twice a week, expect to make about $200-$300 a month.

Read our guide on selling plasma in Portland.

Grifols

Locations: SE 101st and Stark | SE 80th and Holgate

CSL Plasma

Locations: Gresham | Hillsboro

Mystery Shopping

Earn money by secretly evaluating businesses on their services. Low pay, but it’s flexible and you can get free meals out of it. These are all vetted to have several listings available in Portland.

Coyle

Mystery shop at hotels and restaurants. They often have generous meal reimbursements, so it can be a free date night at some nice restaurants.

BestMark

Mostly car dealerships, oil changes, and retail store visits.

Second to None

Mostly restaurant and retail. They often have Krispy Kreme assignments 🙂

Tutoring

Make money by tutoring others in your areas of expertise.

Wyzant

Platform for connecting tutors and students. Includes both in-person and online sessions.

Tutor.com

Platform for connecting tutors and students. Online only.

Chegg Tutors

Platform for connecting tutors and students. Online only.

Tutor Doctor

Platform for connecting tutors and students. In-home only.

TakeLessons

They are a platform for connecting tutors and students. They also offer music lessons, dance lessons, language lessons, and more.

Care.com

Online listing platform that includes tutors. They also list pet care, babysitters, nannies, senior care, housekeeping, and more.

Craigslist

They have a section for lessons and tutoring.

Handshake for selling things

Sell Stuff

Have some extra items around the house? Sell them for extra cash.

Nextdoor

A great social media site for connecting with your neighbors. Classifieds listings are available.

Portland Consignment Shops

Sell your items on consignment at local Portland shops.

Craigslist

Classified listings.

eBay

Auction site.

Facebook Marketplace

Classified listings.

Etsy

Great for selling crafty-type stuff.

Books on a shelf

Sell Books

Portland is known for its love of books. Sell your books for some extra cash.

Powell’s Books

Sell your used books. They offer cash, but you’ll get more if you choose to be compensated in store credit.

Bingo Used Books

Sell your used books, music, movies, comics, sports cards, and more.

Exodus Books

Sell your used books. They carry primarily Christian and homeschooling books.

Longfellow’s Books

Sell your used books. They buy mostly “quality stock and rare or unusual items” according to their website. Appointment required to sell books.

Friends of the Library (donation only)

Help support Multnomah County Library by donating your used books. You can drop off up to two boxes of books at your local library.

Sell Your Used College Textbooks (no link)

Check with your university or college about how to sell back your textbooks. You can also sell your used text books on Abe’s Books, Amazon, and eBay.

Abe’s Books

Sell your new and used books online. You can also sell rare books and textbooks.

Amazon

List your book for 3rd party sale or sell straight to Amazon for credit.

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Car Wraps

Get paid to have your car wrapped in an advertisement.
Note: There are several car wrap scams out there. You should never have to pay anything up front to have your car wrapped.

Carvertise

Make $100/month. Must be at least 21 years old, have a 2005 model car or newer, and drive 800+ miles a month. No upfront costs.

Wrapify

Onboarding involves downloading an app that tracks your driving habits for at least 50 miles. They then will try to pair you with a campaign. No upfront costs.

Massage therapist

Massage Therapy

Opportunities for Licensed Massage Therapists to provide in-office or in-home care.

Zeel

Flexible scheduling. Earn 75% of the total massage. Automatic 18% gratuity (all goes straight to you).

Soothe

Flexible scheduling.

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Test Websites

Get paid to sit at home and provide user testing for company websites. You have to nagivate through websites while thinking out loud into your computer’s microphone. Most sites require you complete a practice test.

UserTesting

Earn $10 per test.

IntelliZoom

Provide user tests for UserZoom through IntelliZoom.

Validately

Provide user tests. Generally, 5 minute tests earn $5. Earn $25 for a 30-minute moderated test.

TryMyUI

Provide user tests. $10 per test.

UserFeel

Provide user tests. $10 per test.

Userlytics

Provide user tests.

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Counseling + Therapy

Opportunities for licensed therapists and counselors to earn money on the side.

Talkspace

Flexible scheduling. Must be licensed within the United States and have malpractice insurance.

BetterHelp

Flexible scheduling. Must be licensed by a state board to provide counseling (e.g., LCSW, LMFT, LPC, PsyD or similar credentials).

Breakthrough

Flexible scheduling. Must be licensed.

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Cooking Gigs

Earn money cooking for others in private settings.

Feastly

Host meals in your home.

EatWith

Host meals in your home.

Josephine

Cook to-go meals in your home for people to pick up.

Meal Sharing

Host meals, cooking classes, provide to-go orders, and more.

TakeLessons

They are a platform for connecting teachers and students. They have a section for teaching others how to cook in addition to many other lesson categories.

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General Freelancing

Platforms for connecting designers, developers, writers, and other professionals with new clients.

Portland Creative List

They have a directory where you can list your services.

Upwork

They handle the payments and charge a 5-20% commission.

Guru

They handle payments and charge a commission between 4.95% and 8.95%. They also have a monthly membership that ranges from free to $39.95/month, billed annually.

Freelancer.com

It looks like they normally charge a 10% commission for projects, but their fee structure was somewhat ambiguous.

Fiverr

This is an interesting site with all sorts of strange gigs. Gigs start at $5, but you can charge quite a bit more than that.

Toptal

They have a very rigorous onboarding process and claim to accept only the top 3% of applicants. They have options for you to work part-time, full-time, or hourly.

PeoplePerHour

They focus primarily on projects related to the web, such as coding, design, content writing, and promotion.

Nextdoor

This is a neighborhood-based social media site, so be careful not to be spammy. But they do have a specific section for listing your business and services.

Craigslist

Classified listings. Post in the Services section.

Female designer.

Design gigs

Have some strong design chops? Earn money helping others with their design needs.

See Our General Freelancing Section

Most, if not all, of the sites listed in our General Freelancing section have design categories.

99designs

Compete with other designers in design contests or get hired on a one-to-one project.

DesignCrowd

Compete in design contests.

Designs.net

Sell your design templates or services.

Designhill

Compete in design contests or get hired one-on-one on projects.

A person coding.

Coding Gigs

Earn money with web and software development gigs

See Our General Freelancing Section

Most, if not all, of the sites listed in our General Freelancing section have coding categories.

Codementor

Get paid helping others with their code.

HackHands

Get paid helping others with their code.

Typewriter.

Writing Gigs

Are you a gifted writer? Here are some opportunities to earn money in freelance writing.

See Our General Freelancing Section

Most, if not all, of the sites listed in our General Freelancing section have writing categories.

Copywriter Conclave of Portland

A local group of copywriters. If you are a paid copywriter, you can apply to join and be listed in their directory.

ProBlogger Jobs

A job board that has several freelancing/location-independent opportunities.

BloggingPro Job Board

A job board that has several freelancing/location-independent opportunities.

Freelance Writing

A job board that has several freelancing/location-independent opportunities.

Freelance Writing Jobs

A blog that posts a daily aggregate of freelance jobs from various sites.

Computer repair

IT Gigs

Earn money helping people figure out the technology in their lives.

HelloTech

On-demand tech support. Help customers with computer repair, TV mounting, virus removal, and more.

Old man needing senior care

Senior Care

Make money helping others with these flexible platforms.

CareLinx

Set your own schedule and be your own boss. Insured and bonded for $4 million.

Envoy

Set your own schedule and be your own boss. In addition to senior care, they offer an all-around concierge service designed to assist busy families.

Care.com

A platform for connecting caregivers with those who need senior care. They also have opportunities for pet care, housekeeping, child care, and more.

Sittercity

Online platform for connecting with those who need senior care. They also offer pet care, child care, and special needs care.

A parking spot.

Sell Your Parking Spot

Earn extra cash by renting out your parking spot.

ParkingSpotter.com

Rent out your parking spot. It doesn’t look like the site is well-trafficked yet. They provide your contact info and requested price.

Citifyd

Rent out your parking spot. They have an app that lets you set an hourly or daily rate.

A focus group.

Focus Groups

Get paid to share your opinions.

Consumer Opinion Services

They have a bulletin board of opportunities and a database you can join to be notified of future panels.

Market Decisions Research

They have a database you can join to be notified of panels where you may be a fit.

Food Innovation Center

Get paid to be a taste tester.

VuPoint Research

They have a database you can join to be notified of panels where you may be a fit.

Opinions, Ltd

They have a database you can join to be notified of panels where you may be a fit.

Filming for movie extras.

Be a Movie or TV Extra

Make extra cash by being an extra on a TV or movie set for the day.

Extras Only

They have a one-time signup fee of $25 and then charge $5-$8 per month (billed annually) to have you listed in their directory. They have a free option, but tell you that your chances of getting a role are severely limited without a paid subscription.

SMH Casting

They cast extras for Portlandia, which appears to have one last season coming in 2018.

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Give Music Lessons

Earn money teaching others how to play an instrument or sing.

TakeLessons

They are a platform for connecting teachers and students. They offer music lessons, dance lessons, language lessons, and more.

MusicStaff

A directory of music teachers.

Private Lessons

A directory of music teachers.

Craigslist

They have a section for lessons and tutoring.

Baby stroller.

Rent out Baby Gear

Earn money by helping out busy parents who need to rent baby gear during their travels.

Babierge

Rent out baby and toddler equipment. You own, deliver, set up, and pick up the equipment to traveling parents or grandparents who are having the grandkids visit.

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