Are you ready to start earning more money this year? Whether you want to be more aggressive about paying off student or installment loans, dig yourself out of credit card debts, save for a down payment or vacation, earning extra money on the side is a smart strategy for working toward your goals.
Let’s look at some fun, creative and unusual ways on how you can bring home extra dough.
1. Sell your body
No, it’s not what you’re thinking about… We are talking about selling plasma, sperm or blood. These are completely legal. In most larger cities, there are clinics that will pay you up to $35 or so for some of your plasma. To donate, you’ll need to be relatively healthy and drug-free. Just make sure you don’t give away too much because that won’t be good for you.
2. Be a mystery shopper
Get paid to shop and report back to services and products from small to well-known large companies. There are numerous sites which are looking for mystery shoppers or will even pay you to shop. How cool is that!
3. Become a virtual assistant
If you have experience as an office assistant, you can become a virtual assistant. You need to consider your charges before committing. You may contact the many personal concierge companies which may be looking for someone like you to handle some of their workload.
4. Become an artist
Probably you’re not Vincent van Gogh, but if you have a decent camera or the ability to create digital illustrations, there are plenty of sites where you can register and upload your works of inspiration and get paid a small royalty if people use your images. It’s a good way to earn extra money online.
5. Sell your hobby
Sell the things you make as a hobby. Most cities and towns have a variety of craft markets where you can rent a stall and sell your wares. Do some budgeting before you take up a stall. Stall rental might not be much, but if you haven’t budgeted for things like materials or ingredients, you could end up making a loss.
6. Sell your stuff
Having a garage sale on different sites can provide a twofold benefit. You’ll earn money fast and you’ll have a good clean out of all the items you no longer need. Things such as designer label clothes and perfumes can command good prices, especially if they are popular but discontinued items. Always remember to do some research before listing item so that you can list your items at competitive prices.
7. Be the hero parents need
There are plenty of worn out moms and dads with young children who could barely remember when was the last time they enjoyed a leisurely dinner at a restaurant and not spend the evening quelling tantrums and picking up after mischievous kids.
Babysitting is one of the most immediately lucrative options of making extra money. Reliable babysitters are in great demand. You can almost name your price.
8. Rent out a room
If you have a spare room, you can rent the space for a pretty good weekly or nightly return. Look into some collaborative websites to help you find takers. This an easy way to earn a bit of extra cash.
9. Walk dogs
Love dogs and exercise? Great. Walking dogs is a great way to earn some extra money while doing something you love on a flexible schedule.
10. Create a blog or a website
Some successful bloggers can make a great income, but it’s not guaranteed. If you’re passionate about something, consider starting your own blog or website. It may start out slow but if it attracts many followers or subscribers, you might have advertisers knocking on your door. It’s a great way to earn money from home.
We hope these 10 ideas will be of help. There are many other different ways to earn a little extra cash, you just have to be creative and go for what you think is the right thing for you.