In today's changing economy, more and more people are trying to find ways to diversify their streams of income. Luckily, there are now more opportunities than ever for practically anyone to earn extra income. Here are four inventive methods you can use to make extra money on the side in your spare time.

Learn to Build Websites

One of the most lucrative part-time opportunities out there today is freelance website design and development. All modern businesses need websites, a fact which has created a huge market for people who know how to build them. By learning basic HTML, CSS and JavaScript skills, you can position yourself to earn a considerable amount of money by creating websites as a freelancer. It's also a good idea to thoroughly familiarize yourself with the WordPress platform, as using WordPress themes is an easy way to build good-looking websites quickly.

Get Into Alternative Investments

If you have some extra money you're comfortable with risking in the market, alternative investments can be a good way for you to help it grow. Investments like peer-to-peer lending, equity crowdfunding and Forex trading can help you make extra money, but be aware that they aren't without their risks. If you're looking for a more conservative alternative investment, buying and selling silver coins and other precious metals may be a good option for you.

Start a Blog

A blog or niche website can be an excellent income stream, though it will take some time to build up. Starting a blog on a topic you are knowledgeable and passionate about is fairly simple, but after a year or so, it can pay off in the form of a stream of largely passive income. You can monetize your blog with advertising, subscription-only content, affiliate marketing offers or even by selling your own informational products.

Become a Social Media Influencer

Today, many people make money as influencers on various social media sites. If you can build a following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube, you can monetize your audience by getting companies to pay you for product promotions or brand mentions. The best part is that you don't need a huge following to be an influencer. In fact, many influencers begin making small amounts of money with as few as 1,000 followers.

These are only a handful of the hundreds of ways you can make extra money in your spare time. Give one or more of these opportunities a try, and you'll soon find yourself making a small side income that can gradually grow into a serious source of additional capital.

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Anica has a Jack Russell Terrier named Saxon, three daughters that are 13, 11, and 7.