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9 Extra Income Ideas That Are Perfect for Fall

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Looking for some extra income ideas you can do this fall to make money?

Fall is a great time to start a side hustle to make extra cash for Christmas and it’s also a perfect season for saving money as a family. We try to take advantage of as many free or cheap fun fall activities as we can between now and the end of the year.

You might need extra money to cover your holiday spending budget. Or maybe you want to start the new year by knocking out some of your debt.

Whatever your goal, a fall side hustle can help you get one step closer to reaching it. So if you’re looking for some money-making ideas to cover you from now through the start of winter, I’ve got you covered!

Here are my favorite ways to make cash this fall you can start right now.

9 Easy Ways to Earn Extra Money This Fall

extra income ideas1. Do yardwork

Around the end of September, we start to see a few leaves falling here on the coast. By the end of October, it’s a leaf-pocalypse because we have so many trees in our yard and neighborhood.

If you’re looking for extra income ideas that will get you outside, doing fall yardwork is perfect.

Raking up leaves (or doing it the lazy way with a leaf blower like me) is a great way to make extra money on weekends. You don’t need much equipment–just a rake, some gloves and some garbage bags to start–making it a low-cost fall side job you can do in your spare time.

2. Declutter

If you look around your house, you can probably find more than a few things your family no longer needs or uses. (For us, it’s toys an books.)

If you have extra stuff hanging around, why not sell them it make some extra money?

There are lots of ways to sell extra items in the fall, including Facebook Marketplace, local Facebook bargain groups and eBay. You could also host a fall yard sale to make a few bucks.

You can also use apps to sell off your family’s extra stuff. Some of the best apps for cleaning out the clutter and making money include:

Just be sure to read the terms of service so you know what you can and can’t sell through the app.

3. Get your bake on

Did you read that in Nicole Byer’s voice?

I just love “Nailed It!”. It’s probably because most of my baking efforts end up looking like something you’d see on that show.

But if you’ve got solid baking skills, you could turn that into fall cash. You can sell your baked goods at fall farmer’s markets or harvest festivals, holiday craft shows or right out of your kitchen.

(Just check the business laws in your state to make sure it’s legal.)

If you’re looking for some tasty fall baking ideas, check out these posts for inspiration:

4. Become a virtual assistant

Fall is the time of year when business owners and bloggers start ramping up for the holiday season. And a lot of them need help to do it.

That’s an opportunity for you to make money by offering your services as a virtual assistant. In a nutshell, VAs help bloggers and business owners run their businesses.

I worked as a VA before I became a freelance writer and it’s a lot of fun if you like doing flexible work. In the fall months, that might mean:

  • Creating a fall or holiday content calendar for clients
  • Drafting or editing fall and holiday-themed blog posts
  • Helping them promote that content on social media or Pinterest
  • Managing client email accounts

If you’re not sure where to start as a VA, check out this ultimate guide to starting a VA business I wrote. Then, grab this list of 150+ services you can offer as a VA from Gina at Horkey Handbook for more ideas on how to make money.

earn extra money this fall

5. Make and sell fall or holiday crafts

I was more of a crafty mom when my kids were little but I still enjoy making things. If you’ve got time on your hands while the kids are at school this fall, you could whip up some crafts to sell just in time for the holidays.

This is one of those extra income ideas that might require you to a little money upfront to make money. So before you get started, think about how much you can invest in starting your side hustle.

Once you nail down your budget, it’s time to start making! These posts can give you some ideas for fall and holiday crafts:

When you’re ready to sell your crafts, get set up with an Etsy account if you don’t have one yet. You can also sell them on eBay, Facebook marketplace or create a blog to showcase your crafty side.

6. Become a tutor

As a homeschool mom, I don’t get paid to teach my kids. But if I were looking for extra income ideas for fall, tutoring would be on the list.

Because let me tell you, this homework they hand out in schools these days is crazy. One of my daughter’s friends who just started ninth grade is struggling with math and after going over it with her, I can see why.

And chances are, there are plenty of other kids out there who need extra help with their homework. Which is a chance for you to make some fall cash.

The great thing about tutoring is that you can do it online and work around your schedule, which is great for busy moms. Another homeschooling mom I know tutors online and she’s able to do it before her kids even get up in the morning.

There are lots of tutoring sites you can join to offer your services and make money, including:

Take time to read the requirements so you know what each site looks for from a tutor.

woman holding a pumpkin7. Take fall photos

If you’ve got an eye for taking photos, you could put those skills to work in the fall as a photographer.

You could make money photographing fall weddings or taking fall-themed family photos. Taking fall or holiday-themed stock photos is another option. I’m seeing a ton of these filling up my Pinterest feed lately.

If you want to get into selling stock photos, here are a few sites where you can post your pics for sale:

You can also start a blog or website and sell your fall and holiday stock photos there. Read my epic guide to starting a mom blog with Siteground to learn how to get your site up and running!

8. Pet sit

Pet-sitting is one of my favorite extra income ideas just because I love dogs and cats. Getting paid to hang out with pets all day sounds pretty sweet to me.

The fall is a good time for pet-sitting because people may be taking fall trips, especially around Thanksgiving. If your family’s staying close to home for the fall and holiday season, you could make money as a part-time pet sitter.

Rover is great for hiring yourself out as a pet-sitter online. According to the site, the typical pet sitter makes $1,000 a month.

If that sounds good to you, sign up to be a pet sitter with Rover here!

9. Make money from your holiday shopping

So far, these extra income ideas have been things that might not be part of your normal routine. This last one is great because it’s a way to earn money for something you’re probably already planning.

So how do you make money from holiday shopping? Easy. You use cashback apps to buy things on your holiday shopping list.

Every app is different but the idea is the same: you link your debit or credit card to the app, shop for deals and earn cash back. (Or gift cards.) Some of these apps also give you coupon codes you can apply for extra savings.

If you need some apps to get you started earning cash back on holiday shopping, here are my favorites:

Bonus tip for holiday shopping: use Paribus to make sure you’re getting the best price. The Paribus app scans your online purchases, looks for better deals elsewhere, then helps you get a refund for the difference.

What Extra Income Ideas Will You Try This Fall?

Hopefully, I’ve given you some inspiration and ideas for ways to make extra money this fall.

Comment and tell me your favorite money-making ideas for autumn!

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Hi there, I'm Rebecca, homeschooling single mom of two. I built a six-figure freelance writing business from home and now I teach busy moms how to make money, save money and master the family finances! I'm so glad you're here and don't forget to grab your FREE money-saving guide!


  1. I loved this article! You had some really awesome ideas for making some extra cash this fall.. I might just try baking up some yummy food. Thanks!!

    • I’m the same way, but I live in a small town so we don’t have a lot of options. Apps like Letgo are great for selling off clutter and making a few extra bucks for fall or at any time!

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