If you ever find yourself bored or just having some extra time on your hands you can easily make extra money without leaving home. One thing I’ve learned being in the military is that if you reach out within the community you can usually find someone to help with some of your basic needs. I love the fact that we cross paths with people from all over the world and from all walks of life and the best thing is that so many people have great talents. You probably have a talent or passion yourself that you haven’t put to use in a while. Whenever I PCS to a new base I try to connect with the local social media sites and I’ve found that people seek the following services most often: Babysitters, Pet Sitters, Bakers, and Seamstresses. These services can be provided from the comfort of your own home and can easily earn you some extra cash on the side.

Babysitting/Childcare Services

If you love children this is an easy way to make extra money. You can offer your time on the weekends or holidays when schools are closed. Because some parents find that rates at the Child Development Center to be too pricey, you could take on regular clients. There is always the option to become a Family Child Care (FCC) provider.

Pet Sitting Services

If you love pets this is definitely the way to go. One of my biggest concerns is finding a sitter for my pet whenever I book a vacation or have a need to travel for work. I’m always concerned about finding someone who will care for my pup without me constantly worrying. If you don’t want to pet sit full time you can offer services such as drop-ins for potty breaks or dog walking.


I often see parents seeking bakers to help with children’s birthday parties, baby showers, and other special occasions. I personally love baking and sharing my recipes with friends and family. If you have skills in the kitchen baking could be the side gig to fill your pockets. Smash cakes and cupcakes always seem to be a huge hit.


I can definitely admit I have had times when I waited until the last minute to get uniform items together and scrambled to get to the cleaners or alteration shop. If you know how to sew, this skill is guaranteed to bring in money. Uniform alterations, prom, and wedding dresses..you name it. There will always be someone looking for an expert who knows how to sew.

The best thing about social media is that it makes it so easy to market yourself. One quick post can easily draw in potential customers/clients. I highly recommend putting your skills to work and making some extra money without leaving your home.