If you are looking for ways to make money without any ID you are in the right place.
In this article, we are going to discuss 20+ ways that you can make money without having any formal ID, bank account, social security number or other form of identification.
Obviously, if you don't have ID, it will be almost impossible to open up a traditional bank account, so you basically need to find gigs that pay cash. In addition, the ideas in this article will focus on jobs and money making ventures where having no identification is not a big deal (i.e., most people who will hire you for these types of jobs won't care whether you have government ID or not).
Fortunately, we are living in a gig economy, so there are plenty of these types of opportunities around.
Without further ado, let's get into it!
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Offering personal services is one of the best ways to make money without an ID.
In most cases, you are working for an individual (not a big company) who just wants a simple task completed, so they are usually not too fussy about insisting on an ID. There will be exceptions, of course, but if you develop a good reputation in your chosen area, you should be able to get plenty of jobs through word of mouth advertising.
Let's check out some of the best personal services gigs you can do without an ID.
If you have a knack for always finding the best way to organize things and keep things tidy in your home, then offering home organization services may be the perfect gig for you.
Another great option is offering to run errands for people. If you have a way to get around and a phone, you have everything you need. Your customer will tell you what needs to get done and you do it. Once you complete the errand you get paid – simple, right?
Everyone knows what babysitting is, so I won't bother with an explanation.
This is one of those jobs where an ID will be helpful because parents are very careful with who they let around their kids, but if you start off with friends and family and do a great job, then they can also recommend you to their friends and family and you can build a customer base that way.
Similar to babysitting, you may want to start off within your social circle and eventually expand.
Dogsitting and Dog Walking
This is an area that is usually in high demand and can pay pretty well. There are plenty of people who leave their dog at home when they go to work (or on a trip) and will need someone to walk their dog while they are away. Again, building trust and a good reputation will be key.
This one is similar to an errand service, except that your tasks usually focus on more administrative activities, like answering calls, scheduling meetings, taking care of travel arrangements, etc.
If you are good with numbers, are organized, and have great attention to detail, you can be a bookkeeper. The job will require keeping track of transactions (usually for a small business), including money coming in and money going out. You will need to keep track of payments, receipts, etc. and basically make sure that the business's financial records are in order.
If you are good in an academic subject, you can offer tutoring services. I am not talking about joining a formal tutoring business – you will need to be a freelancer to operate without an ID and get paid in cash, but the opportunities are definitely out there.
If you own a high quality camera and have a good eye for taking pictures, you can offer your services as a photographer. Most customers do not ask for ID when hiring a photographer – they are just looking for someone who takes great pictures. You will want to develop a nice portfolio that you can show off to potential customers, so they can see how great you are at what you do.
This is another field where cash payments are common and ID is not necessary. This area in particular is going to be very profitable if you start to develop a good reputation. You will be able to charge more as you become more well-known.
If you have talent and training in a popular sport, then you can offer to be a sports instructor. There are no shortage of parents who want to give their kids an edge in sports and you can certainly capitalize on that demand.
Manual labor is another great way to make money without an ID. In most cases, people looking for manual labor want the job done at a fair price and are not too worked up about whether you have an ID or not. Let's check out some of the best manual labor gigs you can do without any ID.
This is a classic example of manual labor where no ID is required. A day laborer is typically hired in the morning by a contractor or other individual who needs someone to help with manual tasks for the day.
They are paid in cash and no ID is expected or needed.
House cleaning is another area where you can make money without an ID. There are a lot of homeowners who don't want to use a large company to clean their home and would prefer someone who is more affordable. That's where you can come in.
Similar to home cleaning, you can offer to clean windows (both interior and exterior). Although to do exterior windows, you may need a tall ladder if the home has more than one level.
People are always looking for painters – they may be remodeling, selling their home, or just want a change. If you can offer your services at a good price, you should have no problem securing jobs from people that will pay in cash and don't require an ID.
This one is a bit more seasonal and will require some equipment (most notably a very tall ladder), but can be profitable. If you want to learn more about how to start a low-cost gutter cleaning business, check out my full article on the topic here.
If you own a power washer or can get your hands on one (they aren't that expensive), then you can offer power washing services to homeowners in your local area.
If you want to get started, this one has good ratings and is affordable.
Like gutter cleaning, this gig is seasonal and will only work if you live in an area that gets snow in the winter. But if you have a shovel, you can make the rounds in your local area and make some extra cash after a decent snowfall.
Lawncare and Landscaping
This is another common gig that you can do without any ID. In most cases, homeowners don't care if you have an ID, so long as you do a good job mowing their lawn and you do it for a fair price.
Finally, the catch-all manual job. If you are generally handy and can fix stuff around the house, then you can offer your services as a handyman. In most cases, jobs are paid in cash and rarely, if ever, do customers ask for ID.
Sell Items Online
The final category is a bit different from the others.
It's about making money online. Now most major online gig platforms require an ID to get paid (and in many cases, you need an ID to even offer your services on their platform), so they are usually not right for someone without an ID.
But you can sell items for a profit online.
Unfortunately, the biggest online marketplaces like Amazon, Ebay and and Facebook all require ID, so you have to go on places like Craigslist.
Craigslist is great because it's generally free and you can basically offer any item for sale there. A common strategy is to buy items for cheap (e.g., at garage sales, dollar stores, consignment shops, or even on craigslist itself) and resell them at a higher price on craigslist.
Sofas tend to be a good arbitrage opportunity because many people are desperate to get rid of their old sofas and will almost give them away if you offer to pick it up. Then you can spruce it up (thoroughly clean it) and resell it for a handy profit.
You have to be a good negotiator and develop an eye for good deals, but with practice, you should be able to earn a nice profit using this strategy.
So there you have 20+ great ways to make money without an ID. Hope this has been helpful and best of luck finding that perfect gig!