Just about anyone could use some extra cash—whether there are bills to pay off, expenses to catch up on, or large purchases to be made. If you’re looking for simple ways to make a little extra money, try the following:
1. Have a garage sale
Like the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Really, you’d be surprised at what people are willing to buy—even the type of stuff that you think has seen better days and should just get thrown out. Even if you can’t get much for some of your old stuff, a few bucks is better than nothing at all. Go through your belongings and figure out what you don’t want or need anymore, and have a garage sale one weekend. This isn’t only a way to make some extra money, but it helps you de-clutter and get more organized, so that’s an added bonus.
2. Sell your stuff online
Whether your garage sale didn’t totally go as planned and you’ve got some (or all) of your items left, or you’ve decided to just skip the garage sale completely, consider selling your unwanted stuff online. It’s easy, convenient, and you can cast a much wider net, especially if you offer worldwide shipping. For those really heavy items, consider using websites like Craigslist and eBay to list your items online, yet still arrange for local pickups. For smaller and shippable items, you can also use eBay, and Amazon is another good choice to consider.
3. Create a blog
Is there a subject you’re passionate and knowledgeable about? Consider starting a blog and write, write, write. Through ads and affiliate marketing, your blog can eventually start making money, even long after you’ve abandoned it. Bear in mind that it might not be much and it might take a long time for a blog to be profitable, but it can be a good source of some passive income, especially if you’re writing about something you love anyway.
4. Go undercover as a secret shopper
Got a lot of opinions and feelings? You could get paid for it! One way is through secret shopping, which allows participants to take on as many (or as few) gigs as available. With secret shopping, you’ll pose as any other regular customer (cue James Bond theme song), and report back to the company you’re working for. You could be shopping at the mall or eating at a restaurant; the assignments and specific instructions will vary.
5. Join a focus group
Another way to make some extra cash by providing your feedback is by participating in a focus group. You’ll get the opportunity to test out products and offer your honest opinion, all while making some additional money.
6. Offer to babysit and/or pet-sit
If you know you’ll be home anyway, you can make a little extra cash by telling your neighbors that you’re available for babysitting or pet sitting. But, be warned: depending on the pet/child, this can be incredibly simple, or a total nightmare.
7. Monetize one of your hobbies
Do you have a hobby that could potentially make you some money—for example, you make the best chocolate chip cookies in town? This can be an easy way to make some extra cash on the side without putting forth much effort, since you’ll be doing something you love (and you’re good at) anyway. But if you plan on trying to turn your hobby into a full-on business venture, this will require a lot more dedication and more of an investment. While it could be something worth doing, take the stress out of it by starting off slowly and thinking more along the lines of side-project. If you’re just doing it for some extra money, rather than income you depend on to survive, it can be a much more simplified and enjoyable endeavor.
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