Top 68 Best Money Making Ideas – Ways To Make Extra Money With Side Jobs
These are trying times for every man, no matter his profession or walk of life.
We all desire the stability, peace of mind, and freedom that the 1% enjoys, but in the absence of that one-in-a-million prestige, there are a number of side jobs to alleviate the burden of making ends (barely) meet.
The best off-the-clock-but-on-duty side jobs allow you to benefit from your own individual skill set. From auto repair assistance to music, language, and targeted-subject tutoring, your own abilities will not only be of value to others, but put some much-needed funds back in your wallet as well.
Many take on part-time work as freelancers in their field of expertise, or put their vehicles to use as independently licensed chauffeurs. Reasonably-priced handymen are still a rarity and worth their weight in gold, as well as reliable consultants, so why not step in and reap the rewards?
Success is often a matter of thinking outside the norm and as an individual. Just as your place in the world is unique and of value, so too are the ways in which you can earn a second income and finally rest easy. You may not reach the 1% ranks right away, but by examining your own talents and tools of the trade and marketing them to the right people, you can be well on your way to enjoying a better quality of life.
With that said, go ahead and explore these top 68 best money making ideas below. You’ll find numerous great ways to make extra money with side jobs.
1. Start a blog.
Anyone can start a blog these days and for only a few dollars a month. Domains (.com) run around ten dollars per year while hosting can cost you about five dollars or less per month. WordPress, the free blogging platform that millions of bloggers around the globe use, takes only an hour or less to understand the basics.
Regardless if you are into the history of vintage cars or mastering waves while surfing, you can quite literally write about anything you wish.
2. Start a podcast.
Grab a microphone and you’re good to go.
While popular podcast programs like the Joe Rogan Experience may feature thousands of dollars in audio and video recording equipment, you can get by with much less. In reality, gear doesn’t matter, your ideas do. My personal favorite microphone to record with is the Audio-Technica AT2020. It works via a simple USB port that plugs into your computer and costs under a hundred dollars to own.
When it comes to sharing your podcast there are all sorts of different places to host it: Youtube, iTunes (Podcasts Connect), SoundCloud, Podomatic, PodBean and beyond.
3. Start a YouTube channel.
Let’s face it, the numbers are in your favor. YouTube receives an estimated 30 million visitors per day; some of which will ultimately end up stumbling across your video uploads. If you want to build up subscribers around a giant community, while getting paid to do it, YouTube is the answer.
Best of all, you don’t have to be an expert on everything or anything for that matter. All it takes is a willingness to experiment alongside investing time into editing video and audio clips together. Of course, owning a camera helps too. It doesn’t even have to be a 4K video camera or the latest and greatest piece of tech. In reality, your iPhone or old digital camera from ages ago will get the job done. Check out Casey Neistat’s channel for inspiration.
4. Import and resell overseas products
AliExpress, DHGate, and Alibaba are gold mines for finding products to buy and resell at a markup. Take for instance a simple hair comb. You may purchase them directly from the manufacturer overseas for 50 cents or less each, then turn around and sell them to US customers for 5 dollars or more each. When it comes to sellers who do this on Amazon, there are countless, many of which make seven figures a year operating online stores.
Before buying from these places, understand that shipping times from China to the US can take a long time. 30 to 60 days to receive a package is reasonable. Product quality isn’t always the best and some sellers will refuse to give out samples to low volume buyers. Even after you find the perfect product at the perfect price, sometimes it won’t be such a hot seller. In reality, you’ve got to experiment and uncover what the market wants.
5. Buy and resell products from local auctions
Big brands like Amazon, Home Depot, and others sell off their returned, defective, etc. items to big auction houses, who in turn, offer them for bid to customers like you. Many of these items are in pristine, brand new condition but auctioned without a factory box, or with a missing instruction booklet. Some products are in need of a repair or severely defective, which means you’ll have to spend time inspecting items before you buy.
These products can be won at auction and then resold either locally in person or offered for sale online at places like eBay.
6. Drop Shipping
Many companies offer drop shipping services these days, but you’ve really got to look around to find them. How drop shipping works is simple: A customer buys an item from your store, you notify the drop shipping party of the sale, and the drop shipper ships the item directly to the customer. Of course, you’re on the hook for handling customer service, attracting new customers and so on.
While drop shipping my sound like a dream, it does come with some downsides. For one, you’re stuck waiting on the drop shipper to mail out items, and any delay can be out of your control. Shipping expenses can chew into profits deeply, and branding/promotional material is non-existent when it comes to packaging.
7. Be a driver.
Join Uber or Lyft and drive people around town with your car. Factor in wear and tear on your vehicle, fuel costs, maintenance, insurance costs and so on before giving it a go.
8. Be a writer or copywriter.
Consider writing your own eBooks or Kindle books and putting them up for sale. These short books or guides can be on any topic imaginable from pure fiction to strictly educational.
If being an author doesn’t interest you, then consider being a ghostwriter. Services like HireWriters or Textbroker will pay you to write on a wide variety of subjects and topics. They are the middlemen who can connect you with businesses and companies in need of writers. These two, for example, handle all the payments, disputes and so on, so you can focus on writing while they ensure everything goes smoothly between the two parties.
Beyond basic writing services, copywriting is where the real extra side hustle money is made. It’s not unheard of to see freelance copyrighting professionals earning thousands of dollars per project and upwards. Big brands have been known to shell out five-thousand plus for those really juicy in-depth articles.
9. Transcribe audio
If you lack creativity but still want to write, then transcribing might be a great side job for you. If you’re not familiar with transcribing, how it works is simple. You listen to a recorded piece of audio and type the words out into a document.
To get started with this money making idea, check out a company like TranscribeMe.
10. Be a freelance coder or programmer.
Code websites, desktop applications, excel formulas and beyond in your spare time for extra cash.
If freelancing isn’t for you, then code your own app, site or software. Offer the finished product up using a subscription model at a low price (say $5 per month), draw in 100 users and you’re making an extra $500 per month, every month.
Another money making idea to consider is web/application security testing and hardening. You can also hop into the world of paid malware removal too if that’s your thing.
11. Be a freelance graphic designer or illustrator.
Let’s face it, people are always in need of artwork for logos, flyers, business cards, websites, etc. You can go your own route as a freelancer or consider giving places like 99Designs a try.
Another option to consider is licensing your artwork and designs through places like the Envato Market. There you can offer PSDs of website designs, logos, business cards, etc. for any price you wish. Normally, these sort of these things are priced anywhere from one dollar to fifty dollars. While this may not seem like a lot of money, when you consider that hundreds or thousands of people could buy your design, it adds up fast!
If those money making ideas above aren’t your cup of tea, then perhaps consider giving illustrating a shot. Custom cartoon and comic characters can fetch a pretty penny due to the amount of creativity involved.
12. Voice over talent
From business line voicemail recordings to deep and dark movie introductions, voice-overs are a great way to make extra money. All you need is a microphone and an upbeat tone.
13. Complete online surveys
Answer questions and give your opinions for cash. Most online surveys take five minutes or less to complete, but certain ones will pay you for month-long programs.
My personal favorite is one I used back in college to earn extra money, it’s called: SurveySavvy. They’ve been around forever and have consistently paid on time. Best of all, the longer you are with the program and the more surveys you complete, the more opportunities they send to your email inbox.
You can also give Vindale Research and Ipsos I-Say a try as well.
14. Get paid to test websites
Spend five minutes to an hour testing out a website’s functionality. Give your options, feedback and first impressions and get paid. While you browse each website your screen will be recorded and shared as a video for the paying client to review.
Best of all, aside from being a great work from home job, it requires virtually no experience. If you found and can read this money making ideas guide, then you’ll do just fine!
Consider the following companies to earn extra money: UserTesting, WhatUsersDo, UserTest.Io, EnrollApp, UTest, UserFeel, StartUpLift, Analysia, TryMyUI, and TestingTime.
15. Create and license music.
Love music? Get paid to create it. Sell licenses for custom songs, hooks, beats and beyond. Take for example the Envato Market where you create a song track and offer it for sale to the world. Unlike most songs which generally retail for a dollar or less, you can charge more for business licensees, often $5 to $15 per track!
16. Take odd online jobs.
Give time and complete tasks and get paid. If you’re looking for odd small jobs that pay consider giving Reddit’s For Hire section a look. You can also try places like Amazon Turk, Task Rabbit or Agent Anything. While the pay is often extremely low, the more jobs you complete the more it adds up it in the end.
17. Take odd local jobs.
At any given moment you’ll find thousands of listings on sites like Craigslist and Backpage with people in need of everything from movers to painters, handymen, etc.
18. Sell your stuff.
Let’s face it, everyone has too much junk! You declutter your place and still find yourself with too much junk. It truly adds up over time.
Consider having a garage sale or listing all your extra possessions on eBay or Craigslist. If you really have a lot of stuff, then consider opening up a table at the local flea market.
19. Rent out your place.
Have a spare room? Consider listing it on places like AirBnB.
20. Do manual labor.
Shovel snow, cut grass, clean pools, weed gardens, etc. Offer to paint house numbers on the curb for twenty dollars apiece. Do 25 homes per neighborhood and you’re earning $500. Do it to multiple neighborhoods and you’re earning some serious coin.
21. Sell plasma or sperm.
Get paid to donate.
22. Create your own products.
From leatherworking to woodworking, soap making and beyond, creating and selling your own products can be a fun way to get paid for your hobby. You can make everything from t-shirts to keychains, beard oil, soap bars, artwork, storage trays, and so on. All of which can be sold on places like Etsy, eBay or your own personal site.
You can also opt to use places like Teespring, Society6 or Cafepress to sell your designs on in-stock products. All you have to do is create the designs and find the customers. The above places handle the rest including shipping, packaging, merchandise, and printing.
23. Participate in clinical trials.
Make money helping medical experts test new medicines, procedures, and experiments.
24. Be a temporary pet parent.
Consider using services like WagWalking or Rover to make money for boarding and walking dogs in your area.
25. Invest your money.
Put your money to work for you, instead of working for it. There are all sorts of routes you can choose to go with from buying individual stocks to index funds, bonds, CDs, and beyond. You can also get into things like earning dividends, day trading, binary trading, forex, and so on.
While those options can seem confusing and complex at first glance, you really can’t go wrong following Warren Buffet’s game plan. Just buy stocks from companies you love. Hold those stocks forever. Don’t sell them in a downturn, instead buy more. If you don’t wish to buy individual stocks, invest in a simple index fund.
That’s really all you need to get started. Once you get your feet wet you can branch into different things, but just get the basics down first.
26. Switch your savings and checking accounts.
Consider moving away from a traditional saving or checking account to one that pays interest. Even if you only earn a tiny percent of interest, it’s still better than nothing! Remember that compound interest adds up over time.
Another money making idea to consider is taking advantage of the paid bonus incentives banks pay for new accounts. Often you can make a cool $250 to $500 by opening a new checking or savings account and depositing your first twenty grand or making five or so automatic paycheck deposits.
27. Sell your photography and videography.
Upload your photos and videos to places like Shutterstock or BigStockPhoto and sell licenses to use your work. While these places do connect you to a lot of paying clients, generally speaking, amateur work isn’t accepted. You don’t have to be a pro per say, but you must know how to use a camera and edit photos/videos to appeal to buyers.
If you don’t want to deal with a middleman, you can always open up your own photography or videography website and sell rights and license on your own. You can sell each item individually or offer a subscription service for say $10 a month for 10 downloads a month or $20 a month for unlimited downloads and so on. What you charge is entirely up to you. On the downside, you’ll need a large collection of content to get started or a few exceptionally stunning images and video.
28. Create a mobile app or game.
While you might not invent the next Angry Birds game, you can still make money producing smaller mobile apps. Everything from a beer app to a simple stick figure game, and beyond can be a great way to generate side income. After creating, you can charge per app install, per feature upgrade or simply allow advertisers to reach your users.
29. Rent out your car
From basic Toyota Corollas to exotic Lamborghini Aventadors, someone out there wants to rent your ride. Find them and get paid with programs like Turbo. You can set daily rates, mile limits and more all from the comfort of your home.
30. Wrap your car.
Make money wrapping up your car and promoting brands through a service like Carvertise. Pay and sponsorships vary based on your daily route and vehicle type.
31. Start a brick and mortar business from the ground up.
Open a laundromat, small street side restaurant, batting cage, candy shop and so on.
32. Be a proofreader.
Discover writing mistakes from the comfort of your own home and get paid for it.
33. Get cash back.
If you’re already spending money on bills, groceries, and gas you might as well start earning cash back rewards. Take for instance Discover’s IT credit card which offers a 1% reward on virtually everything you buy. A quick look around and you can find numerous credit cards which offer up to 4 and 5% rewards. To double your perks consider using a service like eBates for a share of the referral sale commission.
34. Be a local delivery driver.
Deliver meals from local restaurants for companies like DoorDash and earn extra cash. Deliver small packages around town through a service provider like Amazon Prime Now.
35. Resell event tickets.
Buy seat licenses for sporting events and sell individual tickets at a markup. If sports aren’t your thing, you can always buy and resell tickets for events including popular concerts, theaters, comedy shows, and so on.
36. Collect brass.
Pick up your brass and with the permission of others, brass on the floor that isn’t yours at the range. Give it a good cleaning and sell it to buyers online or locally at the gun show with a cheap booth. If you have enough time, then consider offering reloaded rounds.
37. Buy, sell and trade at local conventions and shows
Sneakers, game cards, firearm accessories, and beyond, there are numerous shows out there with thousands of buyers. If factory bought products aren’t your thing, you can always give making wood boxes for sneaker fans a try, or how about creating custom kydex holsters on the spot.
38. Model for photography shoots.
Believe it or not, but you don’t have to be overly attractive to land a gig as a paid model. The truth is, there are countless shoots out there in need of ordinary looking people. Consider those typical HR and PR images you’d find on workplace posters, brochures, and handouts. It’s almost always an average looking group of people who got paid to model for a photo shoot.
39. Be a personal coach.
Offer private one on one lessons. Teach the art of traditional sports, piano, guitar, archery, hunting, fitness, firearms, etc. If you’re into technology you can offer services teaching anything from basic computer skills to advanced programming and coding.
40. Buy and rent out real estate.
Purchase a small apartment complex with multiple units or a small single family home. Recondition the interior and exterior with proper maintenance work and put your property up for rent. You’d be amazed at the proprieties you can purchase and the price when they end up local auctions. As your cash flow increases, banks will be keener to offer future loans on future rental properties.
If you don’t plan on renting you can always consider the possibility of a property value increase over time. While this strategy is rather risky given the property value can decrease, it is possible to make a profit if things go right.
41. Affiliate marketing and abridging traffic.
“Affiliate marketing is dead”, well sort of. The industry that was once booming out of control has finally settled down significantly. While people aren’t making millions of ringtones these days, there are still hustlers out there making seven-figures by pumping out travel, insurance, loan, etc. leads.
To get started, you’ll want to find an offer and network through a directory like HasOffers. Once you know what you’re going to promote, you’ll need to drive traffic. This could be through Facebook ads, direct traffic buys from popular websites and so on. From there, you’ll need to optimize landers and boost conversions through split testing and creative strategies.
42. Get a remote job and work at home.
When it comes to money making ideas, remote jobs are king. They allow anyone to earn extra cash at home while still wearing their PJs. Where in the world do you find them?
Check out places like Virtual Vocations, Working Nomads, We Work Remotely, Stack Overflow, Remotive, Remote OK, PowerToFly, Jobspresso, Indeed, GlassDoor, FlexJobs, AngelList, ZipRecruiter, and Fancy Hands.
43. Flip used cars.
Purchase used cars at auction and recondition them. Larger local dealerships complete the same process only instead of one car at a time, they purchase and sell cars by the hundreds every single month. As you sell more and more cars, you can grow from a small individual seller into a dealer with your own lot and service bay.
44. Become a professional speaker.
Earn extra cash or a full-time income giving presentations and speeches at corporate and convention events. While you may think that you must be an industry expert on a given subject, the truth is you don’t have to be an expert on anything. There are countless motivation and empowerment speakers out there who make thousands of dollars per event. Much like comics, they tell engaging stories or lessons they have learned in life.
45. Be a salesperson.
Direct Sales has been around for years, and this money-making method isn’t going anywhere any time soon. While some go-getters go as far as starting their own direct sales companies, there are many already available that you can choose from.
Although companies like Mary Kay and Avon can make direct sales appear to be ventures for ladies, there are many network marketing companies that are filled with men, such as Herbalife, Melaleuca, and Primerica. Decide what type of products you are passionate about, and choose a direct sales company that offers those items.
46. Teach English or a foreign language.
Are you bilingual? Being able to speak multiple languages is a valuable skill to have as people are always traveling or moving from place to place. That said, even if you have minimal knowledge of a language, you can teach what you know to others.
You don’t have to be completely fluent to share what you know. Inform your customers of what you are able to teach, and decide which age groups you are comfortable teaching. Determine what would be a fair price, and begin to rack up money with each teaching session!
47. Buy an existing business with traditional or start up financing.
Is there a local coffee shop, book store, thrift store, or restaurant that you love frequenting and have had your eyes on for a while? Buying this business may be your solution. If you have pretty decent credit, you will be able to go to your local bank for a loan to buy the business.
Before you get the loan, however, you will have to determine how much capital you need to raise. After you have negotiated with the business owner and have decided on a price at which he’s willing to sell, decide how much of your own money you can put towards buying the business and how much you will need to borrow. Then hit the road, and head to the bank!
48. Peer to peer lending.
Earning interest with peer to peer lending can be a steady flow of income for you. There are a few sites online that will allow you to loan to people with the click of a button; these loans earn you interest.
With online p2p lending companies, you can decide how much you are willing to loan out and can rest easy knowing that you’ve made a good investment. P2p lending companies offer an average return of 5-9% and anything you invest will be a stable investment, meaning you don’t have to worry about losing any money.
49. Crowdfund real estate.
See the potential of real estate but not interested in actually getting into the business for yourself? You can still get a piece of the pie by joining crowdfunding sites that are specifically geared towards helping property owners achieve their dreams.
Sites, such as Realty Shares, will allow you to invest in someone’s dream for a small amount of money. By investing on a crowdfunding site, someone is able to buy a building, and you are able to receive ongoing interest payments.
50. Be a tutor.
You don’t have to be some kind of super-genius to tutor students, but you do have to want to make a bit of cash.
Many tutors charge $20/hr to tutor students. Decide on a rate that you are comfortable with and a grade level and subject that you feel you are an expert in.
Tip for tutors: Sometimes you may come across a problem that you don’t remember how to solve. Simply skip it, refresh your memory of it later, and go back to it during your next tutoring session.
51. Strip gold off computer parts.
Your old computer parts can rake you in some serious gold. Literally. The act of stripping gold off of computer parts could be a very lucrative money-making activity for you. Just ensure that you are stripping in a safe manner.
Although there are many ways to recover gold from electronic parts, you should ensure that you are using the best method. Using unsafe methods could result in health hazards such as breathing in unsafe vapors.
52. Play poker or professionally gamble.
Let’s face it: gambling is one of those activities that sometimes gets a bad rep. However, matched betting is a very popular way to multiply your money.
If you are one of those people who are just lucky or if you are familiar with methods of winning such as the Martingale strategy, sign up for an online matched betting site. One perk of these sites is that some of them offer bonuses when you sign up at a particular level.
53. Start a mobile car detailing business.
Hard work pays off, right? Detailing cars can be as simple as giving it a quick wash. However, don’t low ball yourself when it comes to setting prices; ensure that you are getting paid a decent amount of money for the work that you do.
If you take your detailing business a step further and offer to wax cars, vacuum them, or more, inform your customers that each extra service will cost them a little extra. If you were to detail cars for 20 hours each week and average $20/hr, that’s a cool $400/week working only part-time!
54. Be a backcountry / backpacking guide.
Being a backpacking guide is a great option if you love the outdoors and enjoy having an adventure. To do this job, you will need basic camping skills such as pitching a tarp, starting a fire, and knowing which items to pack into a backpack.
Aside from the obvious items such as food and water, you should also make it a priority to pack a liquid-fuel stove. That is, if you’d like to eat more than just smores and roasted hot dogs. You can plan the backpacking trips to last three nights or longer.
55. Sell your artwork.
Do you have a knack for drawing? If so, draw some pictures, and sell them. Break out the pencils or the paint, and get started.
Making posts on social media can help you to attract customers. Decide on a price for your drawings, and begin raking in some cash! If you are one of those people who like to draw but don’t believe that you are particularly talented, post your drawings online, anyway, to see if they will sell. Chances are, there will be someone somewhere who can envision your drawing hanging in his home.
56. Be a virtual bookkeeper.
If you are very organized and possess decent math skills, perhaps you should consider being a bookkeeper. Bookkeeping is in high demand, and business owners don’t always have the time nor the skills to keep track of their own books. This is where you would come in.
Although bookkeeping is closely related to accounting, it is considered to be an entry-level position, meaning you won’t need a degree or years of training to perfect your bookkeeping skills. Steps in starting a bookkeeping business include opening a P.O. box, deciding which niches you’d like to serve, and deciding how much you would like to charge your clients.
57. Start a paid private club with dues.
Are you sociable, a good networker, and organized? If so, starting a social club may be the thing for you. Picking a niche is key when starting this type of business.
When picking a niche, choose a hobby or activity that you enjoy or that you know would be lucrative. You could choose to start a club that caters to sports lovers, music lovers, entrepreneurs, or artists. Based on the niche you choose, the activities that you could offer your club members are endless.
58. Open an outdoor archery / firearm practice range.
Opening a shooting range could provide people with fun as well as target practice. Shooting ranges help people learn how to properly shoot and allow them to brush up on their shooting skills.
Practice makes perfect. Whether one is seeking to learn to shoot so he’ll know how to properly protect himself or whether he just wants to hone his skills for hunting season, most people in the world use guns or want to use them; therefore, opening a shooting range could be a good business investment.
59. Be a freelance interior designer.
If you’re into completely transforming rooms and homes, you could become a freelance interior designer. What makes this career path so exciting are the facts that you are your own boss, you get to choose who you work with and when you work, and you decide how much you earn.
If you have an eye for improving things, decide which types of projects you’d like to take on. Most interior designers choose only one niche, such as hotel interior designing or residential interior decorating. To become a successful designer, familiarize yourself with the ins and outs, such as building your clientele, being able to work within a client’s budget, and knowing how to use a computer to aid in developing blueprints.
60. Start up a crowdfunded project or product.
For years, crowdfunding has been helping people reach their goals. No matter what you may need cash for, there are always people who are willing to help fill that need.
If you have an idea for a project or product that you know without a doubt could be a real winner, start a GoFundMe account to raise money for a prototype, for marketing, or anything you may need to get that product up and running.
61. Get sponsored as a professional athlete.
Are you a professional athlete seeking to make some side dough? Seeking out a sponsorship with companies could be just what you need.
Many celebrities and athletes are famous enough that companies would like for them to be the faces of their brands. A good example of this would be Cameron Hanes and Under Armour. If you have a knack for staying fit and are interested in a particular shoe company, sportswear company, wellness company, or any such company, seek them out, and ask for a sponsorship deal. These types of deals are win/win.
62. Participate in and win competitions.
Are you particularly good at something that you enjoy? You could turn your hobby into a money-making machine.
One example of a hobby that earns people money is poker. This game is often played just for fun, but if you are an excellent poker player, you should consider doing it professionally. Play for real money. You could play face-to-face with others in tournaments or play in online tournaments. Poker is one game that can really help you rake it in!
63. Rebuild trails outdoors.
If you are the outdoors type, you could consider rebuilding trails. There are many companies that pay a part-time to full-time income to those who want to work in the fresh air.
Aside from offering a full-time income, companies such as The Professional Trail Builders Association often offer meals and room in board in addition to weekly pay. You would have to do a bit of training prior to working amidst saltwater lakes and beautiful, year-old trees.
64. Be a domainer.
Being a domainer is similar to real estate and stocks in that it is all about buying low and selling high. Domaining is an income stream that usually doesn’t take a lot of skill to learn.
There are many ways that you can profit from domaining, and while some of these methods are simply immoral, some of them are downright illegal. Some immoral or illegal ways of profiting that you should avoid include domain hijacking, cybersquatting, and typosquatting.
65. Be a myster shopper.
If you choose to become a mystery shopper, you can earn a decent part-time income. This is a job that you can do in your spare time.
Generally, mystery shoppers are asked to visit certain stores, make a purchase, and go home. The shopper’s main task, however, is usually to pay attention to the staff so that later he can report on how well or poor the customer service was. Although shoppers are paid for their time, they are also reimbursed for the items that they purchase.
66. Repair mobile phones or computers.
Become Mr. Fix It by repairing phone screens and computers. With the constant rise in technology, there is a growing need for technicians.
You can look online to learn how to remove viruses, fix cracked screens, and to figure out why a computer is operating at a slow pace. Your customer base will range from children who often easily crack screens to teenagers to seniors, so you don’t have to worry about running low on clientele.
67. Create custom handcrafted knives and blades.
Because knives are used for everything from cooking and hunting to opening boxes and defending oneself, they will never become obsolete. You could earn money by creating custom knives and blades.
We are in the Age of Information. Because of this, there are many videos and websites that were specifically created to show you how to customize blades and knives. Spend a bit of time learning this craft, and you will have a valuable skill for life that you can monetize.
68. Invest in cryptocurrency.
Investing in cryptocurrency has proven to be a very lucrative finance move for many people. While some people invested in Bitcoin when it was two bucks a coin and became millionaires and multimillionaires, it is still possible to multiply your money with Bitcoin even at its current price.
While you may opt to purchase only a fraction of a Bitcoin, there are other altcoins that are very inexpensive. Some even cost less than a dollar. While you may have to hold on to these digital currencies for five or more years to see a profit, cryptocurrency is a proven way to grow your money.
10 Best Watches For Men Reviewed – 2021 Edition
For those living under a rock, everyone knows that the modern man doesn’t really wear a watch solely to know the time. Instead, it is more about a statement of your class and style. You also probably already know that the good quality watches for men can be found within a variety of price points, so there’s always something for you regardless of your budget.
Gents, since we all know these things, there’s really no point dancing around a preamble. Let’s just cut to the chase and see some of the best watches for men available on the market.
Best Watches for Men
1. Rado Centrix Jubile Black Dial
Simple but classy; that’s the easiest way to describe this Rado Centrix Jubile Black Dial watch. With only the quarter hour positions marked by diamonds and silver-tone hands, the watch presents a not-too-noisy and straightforward design. Apart from the small brand name, hour, minute, and seconds hand, the only other thing on the face is the calendar – talk about a neat watch!
Rado Centrix is an analog quartz watch, meaning its ticking movement is powered by a battery. This might not be your type of watch if you prefer an automatic or mechanical watch. But its no-frills design coupled with its tough scratch-resistant sapphire crystal gives it a certain easy appeal, making it one of the best watches for men who are looking to stand out with something uncomplicated yet trendy.
Rado has automatic watches, though, if that’s your preference. However, they cost a few hundred dollars more than the quartz model.
With only 30 meters of water-resistant rating, the Rado Centrix watch is splash-proof. But a splash-proof watch is not exactly what you’ll wear to the pool.
Getting caught up in occasional rain while wearing your Rado Centrix isn’t going to be a problem; neither will splashes of water have any effect on the watch. But you don’t want to submerge this watch in water. Your investment is better off contacting the smallest amount of water possible.
2. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch
This next option is for men with deep pockets. If you intend to splash some serious cash on a timepiece, you might as well take a look at the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. It’s not called the “moon watch” for nothing. It has actually been to the moon and back! The Omega Speedmaster is one of the few manual-winding chronograph movement watches that are worn on NASA missions.
The analog watch features a tough sapphire crystal dial window and comes complete with a presentation box that includes a Velcro strap, NATO strap, and strap changing tools.
With a 50-meter water resistance depth, you shouldn’t think of diving with this expensive watch on unless you plan to damage your prized possession!
While you can swim with it, it is best to avoid too much exposure to water and probably take it off. Like other chronograph watches, this one also features a stopwatch function that can be very useful when you need to use a timer. The bottom button at the side of the watch controls the function and can be used to start and stop timing.
Omega watches are not only made famous by NASA astronauts, movie characters like James Bond have also contributed to promoting the brand. If you prefer the version worn by James Bond (after he ditched Rolex in 1995), consider the more popular Omega Seamaster series. This particular Seamaster Planet Ocean is an automatic watch, so you will have to wear it almost daily or move it around for a bit every day. Needless to say, you’ll have to pay top dollar for it.
3. Gucci G -Timeless
Okay, Gucci is renowned as a first-rate fashion label, so it might come as a surprise to see the brand listed among watchmakers. First, buying a watch from a well-established fashion brand means you are paying extra for the designer label. And secondly, you might not get certain features found in other watches within the same price range.
However, Gucci is not just an authority in the clothing world. The company has gone ahead to also make a name for itself in the watch market and is even a leading brand in watchmaking. And the icing on the cake? Gucci watches are made in, you guessed it, Switzerland – giving the watchmaking section of the brand more class.
Most Gucci watch designs are strikingly unconventional as far as traditional watchmaking goes. The result? Gucci produces some of the best watches for men who prefer donning chic styles instead of the more common traditional designs.
So, if you are looking to stand out from the crowd, consider a Gucci watch. This G-Timeless model is from the Timeless collection. It comes with a mineral crystal face and quartz movement. Although it is a water-resistant watch, it is best suited for swimming in shallow waters.
The watch is battery operated. That means you might need to replace it, depending on how long it has stayed on the shelf. An automatic movement would have been desirable, but Gucci watches with that feature costs almost as twice as this one.
4. TAG Heuer Formula 1 Caliber 5 Automatic Watch
This might not be the most expensive watch on this list, but it certainly is really tricky knowing exactly where to begin to describe this TAG Heuer Watch.
TAG Heuer is a leading name in watchmaking. First, it is a Swiss brand. Secondly, the company has continued to win multiple prestigious awards. And thirdly, you don’t have to lose an arm and a leg to own one of their watches, although they don’t come cheap. Is there any wonder why one of their timepieces is included in the list of best watches for men?
This automatic TAG Heuer watch comes with a tough sapphire crystal glass that won’t scratch easily. The glass face houses a striking grey dial that is difficult to miss even in the dark, thanks to the rhodium-plated indexes coated in white Superluminova and the sleek steel hands. And just in case you didn’t catch that, it simply means the hands and markers glow in the dark.
The watch is powered by Caliber 5 mechanical movement with a backup power that can last up to 38 hours. It also comes with a fast date correction feature. As far as water resistance goes, you don’t have to take it off if you want to go for water skiing or any other serious surface water sports. In fact, it is safe for professional marine activities, too. But with only 200 meters water-resistant rating, you definitely shouldn’t be using this watch for scuba diving.
Seems like the Formula 1 collection is a combination of high-quality and bells and whistles, right? Well, it might be difficult to find fault with a watch that is designed with incredible Swiss-made technology. But here’s something to keep in mind, though; 43 mm isn’t exactly small, so the watch might look awkward on you if you have a small hand. You don’t want people thinking you got an oversized birthday present!
But that’s not something to split hairs too much about because you can opt for the 41 mm stainless steel version if you’re bent on owning a watch from the Formula 1 collection of TAG Heuer. It is also an automatic watch, so there’s no need for a battery.
5. Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80 Automatic Watch
The Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80 Automatic Watch is proof that you can get the best watches for men even if you’re not a CEO just yet. A high-quality Swiss watch, an automatic watch, and a synthetic sapphire glass are all wrapped into this very affordable timepiece! Quality and affordability don’t get any better than this Tissot Le Locle watch.
This watch is made from stainless steel and has a silver metal bracelet. The watch has a black dial and comes with a date function. You won’t be changing batteries since it is an automatic watch, but you’ll need to wear it or move it daily. It is a water-resistant watch with a 30-meter rating. Apart from the occasional splash of water from the sink, it is best to avoid getting this watch wet.
6. Bell & Ross BR 03-92 NIGHTLUM
The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 NIGHTLUM watch is the first watch on this list with a leather strap. Pay no attention to the “bell” in the name; there’s no bell and whistles with this watch, just a straightforward square watch with the traditional hours, minutes, and seconds hands with a date feature.
This watch has its origin in aviation and is perfect for gents who prefer simplicity and a square-shaped watch. But just because it is a simple watch doesn’t mean it is made from low-quality materials. This watch features a hard-wearing leather strap that is as tough as they come. The face is a rugged scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and the watch comes with a screwed-down crown.
All the hands are luminous, so you don’t have to squint to see what time is it, even in the dark. It is a water-resistant watch rated at 100 meters. So, it is perfect for swimming and some other water sports. However, I wouldn’t take it for diving. And the best part? It has an automatic movement. So, while this watch might not have the usual extra attractive trimmings, it sure packs quite a bit of functionality.
7. Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch
Here’s another leather strap watch that qualifies to be on this list of best watches for men. Why? You’ll know just in a bit. But first, let’s start with the one thing that is less appealing about the watch. The Horological Smartwatch from Frederique Constant is a Swiss quartz watch, meaning it is powered by a battery. Most watch nerds would prefer an automatic or mechanical watch, but this quartz watch comes with a battery that can last for more than 2years, so you won’t be changing the battery anytime soon.
Okay, now that we’ve gone past that hitch, let’s see what makes this watch outstanding. This elegant-looking timepiece is not called a smartwatch for nothing. It combines a lot of useful functions that hardly reflect on the price tag. This is the perfect watch if you are interested in getting a timepiece that will help you stay on track with your fitness goals.
The Smartwatch can track your athletic activities, including the number of daily steps, the total distance covered, and the total calories burned. You can even set the alarm to remind you to move if you haven’t done so for a certain period. And you can wear it to sleep or place it under your pillow to monitor and record your sleep. What are the details it records during sleep? It monitors how much time you spent in light sleep, deep sleep, and how much time you spent awake.
Okay, enough about activity tracking. Let’s get to the real reason this watch is called a smartwatch. It is built to automatically pick up the current time from your Smartphone, so you don’t ever need to set the time and date, even when you travel across time zones. Plus, all your data can be backed up to the cloud, making it easy to restore it in case you ever lose your phone or watch.
It comes with a locked crown, a push button, and a scratch-resistant domed sapphire crystal face. It has a water-resistant rating of 50 meters, making it safe to use even when you sweat profusely or wash your hand in the sink. Just don’t go swimming with this watch as you might lose your investment.
8. Breitling Navitimer GMT
Did I say the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch was for those with deep pockets? Well, you might need to dig really deep into those pockets if you want to buy a Breitling Navitimer GMT. This is the most expensive watch on this list, but its price is not just what makes it one of the best watches for men; it’s its superior and outstanding quality. In fact, you can use the words “quality” and “Breitling” interchangeably as far as watches go (that’s my opinion, anyway!)
Usually, I should save the best for last, but as you’ll have noticed, I didn’t follow any particular order in listing these watches. The Breitling Navitimer GMT watch is an amazing timepiece, whether it appears at the top, bottom, or anywhere on any list.
There’s hardly anything a quality luxury watch should have that is lacking in this powerful timepiece. But that’s not surprising considering it is Swiss made. It has an automatic movement, rugged anti-scratch sapphire crystal glass, chronograph, and a bidirectional bezel function.
You simply can’t go wrong with this watch. It is an excellent investment for those who can afford it. And to set your mind at ease, the product comes with a solid 6-year warranty.
The last two watches on this list are great choices if you’re thinking budget. But just because you are living on a shoestring doesn’t mean you can’t find good quality watches. In fact, you can find some of the best watches for men under $500 here.
9. Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch
Need an affordable hybrid timepiece dubbed “the most accurate watch in the world?” A smart choice would be the Eco-Drive Chronograph from Citizen.
It’s rare to find a quartz watch that combines super accuracy with not needing a battery. Heck, even high-end chronograph watches tend to go out of sync with time.
This Eco-Drive chronometer timepiece is powered by light – just about any light! The watch face has a small solar panel that traps light, so there’s absolutely no need for a battery, ever! The watch also has an “Atomic Timekeeping” feature, making sure it never goes out of sync.
The Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch is made in Japan. And just before you raise an eyebrow because it’s not from the watchmaking capital of the world – Switzerland – rest assured that Japan also manufactures some of the best watches for men and women alike.
The watch has a superb quality build; it doesn’t scratch easily because it has a very tough protective sapphire crystal on the glass window lens (that’s the transparent part of the watch’s face). And with up to 200-meter water resistance rating, swimming and diving with the watch should be safe.
Here’s a clever and interesting feature. The watch saves energy by not moving all the hands when it is covered in a dark place for a while (under your sleeve, in a drawer, etc.) As soon as you bring it to light, you can visibly see how the seconds hand zoom by to catch up with the current time.
This might not be the best watch for you if you are looking for something with less “noise” on the face. Some people might find the face a bit too crowded. If you want a watch sleek design and a less cramped face, perhaps an unconventional watch like those from Gucci might suit you.
It might not be the most expensive quartz in the world, but it certainly is a great watch for its price. With a rating of 4.4 out of 5 from 605 customer reviews on Amazon and a solid 5-year manufacturer warranty, this is not a bad quartz watch at all.
10. Seiko Automatic Watch
This analog Seiko Automatic Watch is the least expensive on this list, but that doesn’t make it any less valuable. In fact, it is style pretty much like a Rolex Submariner, one of the best watches for men when it comes to taking a deep dive.
Like the previous Citizen watch, this one too is manufactured in Japan. Seiko is not new to the watchmaking business and has established itself as a company that produces high-quality and accurate timepieces.
This particular watch is built with a crystal made from mineral. While that is good, it is not quite as durable and robust as sapphire, but hey, if it’s built as high-quality as other luxury watches, it won’t be very affordable, right?
The auto watch is water-resistant for up to 100 meters. Meaning, it is great for swimming in a pool, but it might not be okay for diving. You definitely don’t want to be wearing this for your underwater exploration during the weekend.
Anyways, you don’t have to hate deep-diving to own this watch. There are other alternatives if diving is top on your weekend to-do list. The Seiko auto watch is simply not designed for such activities. And by the way, why is it called an automatic watch? Because it works by your movement. Instead of relying on batteries, it only works when you use it. This is perhaps one of the few cheap watches with such a feature.
While an automatic movement is generally a plus, it could also be a problem if you don’t use the watch for a couple of days. You may not lose your investment because you didn’t wear your Seiko 5 model for an entire day, but you may need to restart the watch manually. To do that, you need to turn the crown on the side of the watch a couple of times – about 10 to 15 times clockwise.
In Seiko’s defense, though, this is not peculiar to this watch. All automatic watches are designed that way. So if you can get past the fact that you might need to use this watch almost daily, then it could be the perfect watch for you.
What Makes a Quality Watch?
Big names are good; in fact, they are great. But watches are not just about Omega, Rolex, and TAG. Great watches are not found in Switzerland only. So, what exactly makes a watch great? Here are some important criteria to note.
Watch movement refers to the mechanism a watch uses to work. There are three types of watch movements, namely, quartz, mechanical, and automatic movements.
A watch with a quartz movement often uses a battery and is generally cheaper than a watch with mechanical or automatic movement. Mechanical watches require periodic winding to keep them functional. And automatic watches need to be worn or moved daily.
With quartz watches, you get ticking motion of the seconds-hand while mechanical and automatic watches have a sweeping or smooth seconds-hand motion. You can find good-quality watches with quartz movement, but in most cases, luxury watches have mechanical or automatic movements.
Watch Case Material
It doesn’t matter the mechanism of a watch – whether it ticks or sweeps – if the material used in building the case is poor, no one would be attracted to it in the first place. So, first things first, a watch case should provide aesthetics. But beyond that, it has to be durable to offer any form of protection. Good quality watches should have cases made from titanium, ceramic, or at least stainless steel.
The Glass on the Face
The glass on watch faces are called crystals and are made from different materials. Protecting the watch from dirt, water, and other potentially destructive materials might seem like an easy thing to do, but it is not. For this reason, the best watches for men need to have crystals made from tough and durable materials.
The three major materials are sapphire, acrylic, and mineral. Sapphire crystals are second only to diamonds in toughness, making them a more scratch-resistant and expensive. Acrylic faces or crystals are mostly found on cheaper watches. Personally, I don’t recommend buying any watch with this type of crystal because it scratches easily. Besides, it is mostly found in children’s watches.
Mineral crystals are simply glasses treated with chemicals or heat to improve their shatter and scratch resistance. They are not as durable as sapphire but are great choices if you are on a budget.
The weight of a metal strap will tell you whether it is made from solid material or not. Stainless steel, platinum, and gold are some of the best options for metal watch straps. A low-quality watch will have hollow stainless steel in its straps.
You can also find good quality watches with leather straps. The straps are made from durable leather. For example, this expensive Hublot Rose Gold watch comes with a leather strap.
Whether you choose a metal or leather strap watch is a matter of personal preference. One is not better than the other. Although, some people tend to think that metal strap watches should be worn at work during the day, while leather strap watches should be for more casual outings in the evenings or nights. Of course, that’s just an opinion. You can choose to do whatever suits you best.
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Complications don’t sound like a good thing but trust me; it is all good as far as quality watches go. Complications refer to a watch’s extra features besides telling the time.
A good-quality watch should have at least a date feature, you know, just to keep you up to date. Other useful features include a chronograph (stopwatch for timing yourself), a backlight, and many others.
Keep in mind, though, plenty of complications don’t exactly mean a watch is first-rate. There are many luxury and quality watches with minimal complications.
Which country makes the best watches for men? Or which country makes the best watches of any kind for that matter? The answer to this is highly subjective. However, there seems to be a consensus about three watchmaking countries. These are Switzerland, Japan, and Germany, with Switzerland being the undisputed champions.
Brands such as Omega, Tissot, Rolex, Tag, Breitling, and other luxury brands are made in Switzerland. But you can’t ignore other Japanese watchmaking giants such as Seiko and Citizen. These brands also compete favorably with many Swiss watches. German brands such as the A. Lange & Sohne is not left out too. In fact, they produce some of the most expensive and high-quality watches available.
Water Resistance Rating
Lastly, a quality watch should have a fair water resistance rating or a high rating if it is a diving watch. But here’s the thing, water-resistance ratings are usually confusing, especially if you take them literally. For example, it is easy to assume that a 50-meter water-resistance rating means you can dive down to 50 meters, but that is totally incorrect.
Horologists (that’s a fancy word for watch experts) recommend swimming with a watch only if it has a minimum water-resistance rating of 100 meters. A rating of 200 meters and upward is okay for diving. However, keep in mind that the water-resistance of a watch degrades over time, so you want to keep older watches out of the water as much as possible.
So, the best watches for men all have high water resistance ratings, right? Wrong! Many high-quality watches are not designed for diving, so they don’t need such high ratings.
There are a plethora of cheap watches with good water-resistance ratings. It depends on what the watch is designed to do. If you want a luxury watch that is built for deep diving, then you should keep an eye on the water-resistance ratings; otherwise, high a rating is not necessarily a sign of a quality watch.
The best watches for men do not necessarily need to have all the criteria listed above. You will notice that some of the watches in our review do not have a few of these features, too, but that doesn’t make them less valuable. It all comes down to what you are looking for in a watch.
Do not let a lean budget stop you from getting a quality timepiece. If you take a few moments to look through this list, you will find good quality watches that don’t cost much. And if you have a few extra bucks to throw around, there are also superb luxury watches to choose from, too.