With inflation soaring, rents rising and the economy looking shaky at best, many Seattleites are operating on a tight budget. If you’re wondering how to make extra cash in the Seattle area, we have some helpful ideas!
Note that most of these ideas are relevant for folks in the greater Pacific Northwest, including Bellevue, Lynnwood, Tacoma, Federal Way and beyond.
There are a few different categories of opportunities to generate some extra funds. Broadly speaking, these categories are:
We’ll break down each of these categories below with Seattle-specific ideas for our readers!
A quick way to earn extra cash in Seattle is to sell valuables that you already own. This could be anything from a collection to jewelry to electronics.
For many valuables, selling to Bellevue Rare Coins is your best option. We buy gold, silver, jewelry, coins, collections, estates, scrap gold, comic books, stamps and more — all for the highest payouts in the Northwest!
Bellevue Rare Coins has been buying valuables from Seattle residents since 1979. We are the most trusted coin shop and gold buyer in Seattle. With locations in Bellevue, Issaquah, Lynnwood and Tacoma, our stores offer a convenient stop for any Seattle-area resident.
If you’re selling something that we don’t buy, you may need to seek out other outlets to sell your items. Other options for selling valuables in Seattle include:
We don’t typically recommend selling to pawn shops, as they tend to offer low payouts. Selling your items directly to another person is usually the best way to get the most for your items.
Finding a part-time job is another way to generate consistent extra income every month. The type of opportunities that are relevant to you of course depend on your skills, interest, and availability — but there are some options that are almost always hiring in the Seattle area, such as:
You can find part time opportunities on job sites like Indeed, Monster, and Salary.com.
A side hustle is a flexible part-time source of income. Classic examples include driving for Lyft or delivering for Doordash — but there are hundreds of different options for side hustles.
A side hustle doesn’t have to be done through an app or gig economy website, but that’s often the easiest route to get started.
Folks living in the Seattle area have a wide variety of side hustle opportunities, including:
There are many more options — feel free to get creative and utilize your unique skills!
Another option to generate extra income in Seattle is to rent out items and assets that you already own.
For instance, if you have an extra bedroom in your home, putting it up on Airbnb can help generate extra money each month. Or if you have an extra car, renting it out on Turo can help.
It’s simplest to use platforms like Airbnb or Turo, but you can also find customers directly (by finding a roommate on Craigslist, for example).