We could all use a little extra cash in our pockets, whether it’s for spending money, to pay down a bill, or to save up for a big goal. And if we can earn that cash in our spare time without too much extra pain or hassle, all the better. Sure, you could get a second job, but that’s a large amount of time to dedicate from what for many of us are very busy schedules.
So, why not try one (or more!) of these alternative methods of drumming up a little extra money? You may be surprised how much you can bring in!
Sell your unwanted stuff. Whether it’s old DVDs and books, furniture, clothing, you name it — there is likely a market for your unwanted items so long as they’re still in a good condition. Not only can you make some spare change by selling them; you’re also de-cluttering your home at the same time! It’s a win-win.
You can either go the good, old-fashioned route of garage sales and classifieds, or you can try selling your stuff online. Three of the biggest online venues for this are eBay (good for collector’s items and hard-to-find limited edition products that will get people bidding), Amazon Marketplace (where you can sell your used versions of the same DVDs, video games, and books that Amazon sells new), and Craigslist (which is good for items that need local buyers, like furniture and other bulky things that can’t easily be shipped).
Turn your hobby into a side business. Do you love photography? You could start selling your services as a wedding, family, or child photographer. Are you good with a needle? You could hem clothing or sell your creations (be they quilts or dresses) at a local farmer’s market or art festival.
Pet sit. If you’re an animal lover, pet sitting can be a great way to earn a side income and also spend time with some new furry friends. Many people would rather let their pets stay in their own home when they’re away, rather than put them up in a pricey boarding facility where they could be stressed out by the unfamiliar surroundings. You could do daily stop-ins to feed and play with pets, stay overnight if the family’s on extended vacation, or even provide daily walks for a dog whose owner is at work in the afternoons.
Open an Etsy shop. If you’re the arts-and-crafts sort, you could turn your projects into sellable products by opening a shop on Etsy, an online store that specializes in handmade goods by individual artisans. Whether you make jewellery, tea cozies, or etched wooden keepsake boxes, there are people on Etsy looking to buy from you. And most products are priced very well, because Etsy buyers on the whole are willing to pay a little more for a one-of-a-kind item that supports an artist.
Take online surveys. If you love giving your opinion on everything from TV adverts to cleaning products to health care, online surveys could be a fun way to earn everything from money to gift cards to products to test. Most surveys last anywhere from five minutes to 25 minutes, with some longer ones paying more, and you can easily take them while doing other things like watching TV or keeping an eye on dinner.
Which sites should you shoot for? New ones pop up every day, so make sure to do a Google search for “best online survey sites” and “legitimate online survey sites” and to read any reviews that members have posted. One rule of thumb to follow is that no survey site should require you to pay a fee to join or require that you complete offers or buy products in order to qualify.