When it comes to finding a new job or looking to boost your income in some way, it always helps to set goals.
Now, if you’re trying to make $3,000 a month, that’s definitely a very solid living.
In fact, according to Worldometer, only 39 countries in the entire world earn $3,000 per month or more, which is no small feat.
So, if you’re currently on the hunt for jobs that pay $3,000 a month, then this post is definitely for you!
We’re going to break down several online and offline job ideas, so there’s truly an option for everyone
But first, let’s break down how much you really earn when you make $3,000 per month.
$3,000 A Month Is How Much A Year?
Let’s take a quick look at some math first before we hop into the job list.
A job that pays $3,000 a month would make you $36,000 a year.
Meaning, if you work a 40 hour work week and take the weekends off, you would make exactly $18.46 per hour.
Here’s a quick summary of the math:
When you break down this goal into weekly earnings or even hourly pay, it definitely seems much more attainable!
Keep in mind, all of these numbers are in gross income terms. Make sure to account for your local tax brackets.
You’ll most likely take home around $30,000 – $32,000 after taxes, but of course this number is likely to be different depending on where you live and how you file your taxes.
Now that the numbers are clear, let’s get into the jobs that can actually bring in this amount of money!
How To Make $3,000 A Month – Online & Offline Job Ideas
Just note: all of these jobs have the potential to make $3,000 a month, but this isn’t a guarantee for your earnings.
However, with consistent effort, you can reach this income target, although it might take some time and practice.
Plus, almost all of these jobs are accessible to everyone. Meaning, you don’t need a degree or specialized training to work most of these professions.
Depending on the amount of hours you put into it, you might also have the potential to make $1,000 a week ($4,000 a month).
All you really need is a computer, smartphone, internet access, and the motivation to get started!
1. Gig Economy Jobs
There are tons of gig economy jobs out there that don’t require any sort of experience.
And, the best part is, most gig economy opportunities let you sign up quickly, get to work, and begin making extra money.
Some gig jobs you can consider include:
- Delivering for companies like DoorDash, UberEats, and Postmates
- Delivering groceries for companies like Instacart. These gigs typically pay around $15 but you can earn $20+ per hour if you get lucky and get tips or work a busy shift.
- Working for apps like TaskRabbit to do odd jobs in your city. You set your own rates with these apps.
- Finding on-demand work with Wonolo.
- Using driving apps that pay, like Uber or Lyft.
As you can see from the above screenshot, one of our friends actually makes very solid money per hour by working for DoorDash and Uber Eats as a bike courier.
Now, most of these gigs require a car unless you’re in an area that allows bike delivery.
You also need to be over 18 (sometimes 19 or 21 depending on where you live) in order to apply for these jobs.
However, when you look at the average hourly earnings for a lot of these gigs, you can probably make $3,000 a month if you put in the hours.
Just note, if you’re considering going this route, try to work during peak hours and consider using multiple apps to help you reach the $3,000 mark.
While blogging is not a job for everyone, there is definitely potential to make a decent salary with time.
Keep in mind that blogging can take years to actually get your website off the ground, but a lot of the income becomes passive once you’re settled in.
To be honest, a full-time blogger making $3,000 a month is a number you would see on the lower end of the earnings spectrum.
This is because blogs have the potential to make much more than that (assuming they’re full-time).
After all, you can make money blogging in so many ways, including:
- Running display advertisements with Adsense, Monumetric, or Mediavine.
- Affiliate income.
- Selling sponsored posts.
- Selling your own ebooks or products.
- Offering online coaching.
Again, it will take time to make $3,000 a month, but it’s possible with time and work.
This Online World made $22,000 in 2020, which is around $2,000 per month, so hopefully year four brings it up to $30,000+ or even more!
If you want to start your own blog, all you need is a cheap domain name and free or affordable WordPress theme to get started.
I also recommend using SiteGround hosting to get your blog off the ground since it costs less than $7 per month for beginner bloggers.
3. Freelance Writer
Freelancing writing is another job that can make $3,000 per month or even more, provided you land enough clients and have a steady flow of articles to complete.
Now, there’s no cookie-cutter way to become a freelance writer.
Starting a blog is one way to start connecting with other publishers and bloggers in your niche.
However, you can also look on remote job boards or other job boards to try and find work.
For freelance writers, payment is usually based on experience and is charged per word.
For example, a beginner writer could make $0.03/word, whereas a more advanced writer will make $0.15 or even $0.25 per word or more.
For some quick math, if you wrote a 1,000 word article everyday and got paid $0.10/word, you would make exactly $3,000 a month.
All you have to do is find enough clients where you can write 1 article every single day or get paid more for less articles.
It’s definitely not easy, but you can certainly turn a writing career into a $3,000 per month job with enough clients.
4. Video Editor
If you’re good with computers and editing software, you might find video editing is quite easy for you…and also quite profitable!
Video editors are in need now more than ever with the massive surge of social media marketing and digital advertising.
The starting salary for video editors sits right around the $38,000 a year mark.
That’s $3,166 a month if you decide to find an actual job in editing.
However, you can always turn to freelance work if you want to dabble in video editing as a side hustle and then branch into full-time as you learn and grow your client base.
Pitching YouTubers for work directly is one way to find clients.
You can also try marketplaces like Fiverr and Upwork, although I still suggest contacting content creators directly since those marketplaces are quite saturated.
Extra Reading – Easy Upwork Jobs For Beginners.
5. E-Commerce Store Management
There’s generally two ways people become an e-commerce store manager.
The first option is to build your own store from scratch and to basically make all the decisions.
People do this all the time with things like starting a dropshipping business, albeit with mixed success.
The second option is to apply for an e-commerce manager position at a business that already has an online presence and is investing in the right person to help grow their online sales.
Now, you obviously need e-commerce experience to apply for this sort of role.
Specifically, you’re expected to understand:
- E-commerce platform management (i.e. know how to navigate and operate Shopify, WordPress, or whatever store the business uses).
- Paid advertising (and SEO, usually).
- Inventory management and production planning.
- Social media marketing.
- Product development and sales planning.
In a nutshell, you’re responsible for managing online sales, making sure the business runs smoothly, and coming up with new ideas to grow the store.
It’s an exciting job, and according to PayScale, the average e-commerce manager makes $64,000 per year, which is well above the goal to make $3,000 per month.
However, I wanted to highlight this job because even on the low end, you’re looking at around $40,000 per year for your salary.
Ultimately, if you can get experience in digital marketing at an entry level position, you can eventually learn the skills you need to work your way up to e-commerce management.
And, as mentioned, you can always start your own online storefront instead!
Extra Reading – How To Start An Etsy POD Business.
6. Paid Advertising Specialist
A paid advertising specialist is another e-commerce role that’s only going to continue growing in demand as more consumers begin shopping online.
In a nutshell, paid advertising specialists run ads on platforms like Google, Facebook, and Instagram to help drive sales for businesses.
Running ads for local businesses was actually one of Tom’s college side hustles, and if you learn how to run profitable ads for your clients, it can become quite lucrative for both parties.
Advertising specialist jobs pay around $3,000 a month to start, but can actually grow to over $80,000 a year in a full-time position.
You can also start your own advertising service and pitch to businesses with low followings or bad advertising.
Typically, this route involves signing clients on a fixed monthly retainer or charging a percentage of the money you spend as a management fee.
Both options are viable, and you can certainly make $3,000 per month or more through paid advertising.
7. Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants, or VAs, are now in demand more than ever because of the incredible surge of online businesses.
As a VA, you get to work from home, answer emails, organize peoples’ schedules, and book travel for employees who simply don’t have the time to do it on their own.
This is the type of job that requires attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and being able to juggle multiple responsibilities at once for different clients.
However, virtual assistants can make around $46,000 on average in full-time positions:
If you don’t have any degree or are just starting out with zero experience, you will most likely make closer to $3,000 a month.
As long as your clients have enough on their plate to keep you busy, you could stay in work permanently as a virtual assistant!
8. Retail Arbitrage
Retail arbitrage, in simple terms, is the act of buying products for less and selling them for more.
An easy way to get into it is by purchasing things on clearance, on sale, or at stores like Walmart and Marshalls.
You can then sell them online through Ebay or other online marketplaces, like Amazon.
Tom actually interviewed a cool couple that run a retail arbitrage business through Amazon FBA, and they’ve actually surpassed $1 million in sales since starting out!
My brother actually makes most of his money through retail arbitrage (selling shoes that he finds at Marshalls and selling them on OfferUp).
Making $3,000 a month is definitely achievable with this business model, but it takes a lot of time going into stores and figuring out if those items can even make you a profit.
You also need some start-up capital to purchase inventory, so I wouldn’t start retail arbitrage if you don’t have any money and are looking for quick cash.
However, this can be a fun way to make money though and can actually teach you a lot about finding good deals and understanding the value of products.
9. An Online Business
I mentioned managing an ecommerce store as one of the jobs that pay $3,000 a month.
But, another option is to run your own online business and to build your own income stream instead of working for someone else!
You also have a lot of options here thanks to how many ecommerce platforms there are out there.
For example, you can try selling products on Etsy if you sell anything vintage, handmade, or artsy.
Etsy or print on demand marketplaces are just one route you can take.
Of course, you can always try launching your own store on an ecommerce platform like Shopify or Sellfy and sell directly to consumers.
Really, the toughest part about running your own online business is figuring out what to sell and how to drive website traffic.
But, just like making money with a blog, you can grow your organic traffic and social media presence over time to gradually attract more customers.
Etsy is an easy starting point since you can get organic traffic from the marketplace, but you can always sell your products or services on multiple channels as well.
Extra Reading – How To Sell Print On Demand Products On Etsy.
Other Jobs That Make $3,000 A Month
If you’re still wondering about your employment opportunities and aren’t interested in the jobs we just mentioned, these are some other job ideas worth considering.
Again, all of these jobs make $3,000 per month or more on average, but it also depends on the area you live and company you work for.
Note: this data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- Receptionists – $38,000 per year, or $19.49 per hour. Requires a high school diploma.
- Bank Tellers – $39,000 per year, or $20 per hour. Requires a high school diploma.
- Sheet Metal Workers – $38,000 per year, or $19.49 per hour. Requires a high school diploma.
- Barbers – $37,000 per year, or $18.97 per hour. Requires a postsecondary nondegree award.
- Medical Assistants – $39,000 per year, or $20 per hour. Requires a postsecondary nondegree award.
- Mechanics – $35,000 per year, or $17.95 per hour. Requires a postsecondary nondegree award.
- Preschool Teacher – $40,000 per year, or $20.51 per hour. Requires an associate’s degree.
- Tutors – $39,000 per year, or $20 per hour. Requires an associate’s degree.
- Sports Coaches – $41,000 per year, or $21.03 per hour. Requires a high school diploma.
- Landscaping Workers – $36,000 per year, or $18.46 per hour. No real requirements.
- Butchers – $41,000 per year, or $21.03 per hour. No real requirements.
- Floor Sanders/Finishers – $42,000 per year, or $21.54 per hour. No real requirements.
- Construction Laborers – $37,000 per year, or $18.97 per hour. No real requirements.
- Paramedics – $39,000 per year, or $20 per hour. Requires a postsecondary nondegree award.
- Sales Representative – $36,000 per year, or $18.46 per hour. No real requirements
Hopefully these 15 jobs gave you some ideas of how you can make an annual salary of around $36,000 or more!
Keep in mind that the jobs that require a high school diploma still require some sort of on-the-job training or apprenticeship.
If you want even more ideas, checkout our video on high-paying jobs that don’t require a college degree:
You can also probably get away with not having a high school diploma for most of these jobs as well.
Extra Reading – The Best Ways To Make $5,000 Fast.
Tips For Finding A Job
We just examined over 20 jobs that pay $3,000 per month or more, so hopefully you have some ideas to get inspired!
However, I also wanted to provide a few quick tips to help you on your job search in case you’re having some trouble.
1. Update Your LinkedIn
Recruiters and employers are seriously usiing LinkedIn these days.
I’m not joking.
The platform has now grown to over 700 million members, and the amount of networking and hiring potential on LinkedIn is immense.
So, if you’re not currently on LinkedIn, make an account ASAP and get to work on connecting with professionals you already know to grow your network.
If you’re on LinkedIn, check out these LinkedIn profile tips and spruce up your profile to showcase your skills to potential employers.
2. Don’t Be Afraid Of Commission-Based Jobs
If a job only pays you through commission, it might be a tough job to walk into, especially with little experience.
However, if a job pays you a smaller base salary but has significant commission potential, it might be worth taking.
And I’m not talking about network marketing nonsense or anything like that.
What I’m talking about is usually sales positions or some form of business role where you get to benefit from generating revenue for your employer.
Tom’s first job out of college was for an advertising agency that had a lower salary but paid a % of commission every month on sales. It ended up being more lucrative and rewarding than just taking a job that paid $5,000 – $10,000 more per year.
Bottom line: if it’s a legit company and you’re confident, don’t be afraid of jobs with commission!
3. Mix & Match
If you’re struggling to make $3,000 a month with one job, don’t be afraid to mix and match and start a side gig or part-time job.
The beauty of side hustles is that you can usually find a way to subsidize your existing income with just a bit of hard work.
Of course, this is trading time for money, but if you need to make ends meet you gotta do what you gotta do!
I hope this list of jobs that make $3,000 a month helps you get a jumpstart on your job search.
Of course, there are thousand of other ideas out there for how to make this amount of money each month.
Ultimately, you have to play to your strengths and decide on what sort of work-life balance you want in your life.
However, I think setting income goals is a way to keep yourself on track and monitor your progress, and $3,000 is certainly no small sum to aim for!
Best of luck in your job search!
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Tom is a full-time blogger and freelance writer with a passion for side hustling, passive income, and the gig economy. His work has appeared on dozens of personal finance websites like Money Crashers, The College Investor, Investor Junkie, and more. This Online World is all about providing people with honest ways to make and save more money by using technology. To learn more about Tom, read his About Page!
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