For our Earn More Challengers and readers, I give you 28 ways to make extra money.
I scoured my brain and the web for great ideas. The one common denominator I found: the extra money skills are within us. All of us contain a skill worthy enough to produce extra income. I think the issue is having the courage to make things happen.
- So what if you look like a tightwad collecting your friend’s cans & bottles after a party! You’re helping the environment and making yourself some cash! Sweet!
- Who cares if you have your hand stuck in couch looking for change! Again, you’re making some money!
- Who cares if you are donating yourself to wash everyone’s clothes so you can find the lose change in their pockets!
- Who cares if your friend’s think you are weird because all you do is blab about how you’re going to make some extra cash this month for someone’s blog challenge!
I believe in Dave Ramsey’s motto: “Live like know one else so later you can live like no one else.”
I plan on making strides to live the good life because I’ve seen the other side and it just ain’t my cup of tea anymore! Here are you 28 Fabulous Ways to Make Extra Money!
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- Donate Blood/Plasma
Have extra? Can make money.
- Start a side business
My friend and I are thinking about starting a Candy Buffet and Coffee Bar business for parties/weddings/corporate events.
- Become a Direct Seller
Ladies, start those home parties selling Avon, Pamperchef, Tupperware, Arbonne, Partylight or Mary Kay
- Teach a Community Class
Have a great skill? Cooking, Candle Making, Teaching Manners, Taking Care of an Animal, etc… The Parks & Recreations Department or local community college is always looking for people to teach a class.
- Recycle bottles and cans
Don’t throw out bottles and cans. Get a big trash bag just for recycling and throw in the good stuff. Take in to recycling center. Can make some good money. Don’t forget…collect the bottles and cans from your friend’s party. My friend made $50 everytime she had a party.
- Sell your stuff on Ebay/Craigslist
Clean out the clutter. Sell! Sell! Sell!
You could even offer to help someone sell their stuff on Ebay/Craigslist for a minimal fee.
- Sell your books on Half.com
Unwanted books? Sell on Ebay’s Half.com
Again, you could help someone sell their stuff on Half.com for a minimal fee.
Book Smarts? Tutor a student in your field of expertise.
- Teach people how to cook
Holidays are coming up! Teach people how to make really good desserts in your home or church kitchen facility. (or make an ebook with those family recipes and sell)
Parent’s Night Out is real popular. Babysit a group of kids for 4 hours on a Friday or Saturday night so the parents have time to chill out.
Charge $25 – $30 for each kid. Offer a snack, kid’s craft, throw on a kid’s movie. My girlfriend’s nights are real popular with the families.
- Become a dog walker
I see it all the time, a lady in the morning getting fit by walking 5 dogs around the neighborhood.
- Sell candybars at your work – just say its for a kid’s fundraiser 😀
Candy/Chocolate is a popular commodity in our office. Buy a case of candy bars from a wholesale store, like Costco, then mark each bar at $1.00. Tada! Profits.
- Start a craft & sell on Etsy
If you don’t have much to sell in household belongings, like me, consider starting a craft business. Etsy is a great place to sell your creations online.
- Create Websites
Are you a computer saavy designer? The target is small businesses. I found a designer who will create 5 static pages for $250 and her goal is helping small businesses with their website. Win-win situation.
You could even consider designing professional web templates and start your own online market.
- Write an ebook
If you have a great idea and a good blog or fan base, many people would love to hear about it. Charge a minimal $5 per download. Adobe has a great ebook on how to write ebooks (click here). 😀
- Advertise on your blog
Try Amazon associates or Google Adsense on your website. You could even try Clickbooth.com or Commission Junction, too. I don’t make very much, but every little bit counts.
- Take paid surveys
A couple of ones I know of are Lightspeed panel or Pinecone Research.
- Have a car wash
The Carl’s Jr. by my house always has a carwash going on in their parking lot. Many businesses will allow you to use their parking lot for such fundraising services for organization or family.
- Clean someone’s house
There were these group of gals with nice bodies…they started a house cleaning business in which they where bikinis while cleaning. Querky, but it worked quite successfully.
- Be a mystery shopper
Don’t know much about this one, but I hear it works.
- Have a Garage sale (aka – bootsale?)
Open up your lawn, place unwanted stuff, price, stick signs up or advertise in your local Pennysaver and whala! The crowds will come and give you money to take your stuff away for you. 😉
- Find lose change in the couch
There is always money falling out of people’s pockets. Check your couch, your friend’s couch, check the pockets before you load them in the clothes washer, and walk with your head scanning the ground at all times for lose change.
- Give music or foreign language lessons
Are you art saavy? People want to learn. Advertise in Craigslist.
- Sell your photographs on iStockphoto.com
Take great photos? Try selling them on istock.
- Paint street numbers
$10 a house. Pass out a flyer saying your coming around on such and such date to paint curbs. Use a stencil and some spray paint to make the street number look new.
- Rent out a spare room
Emtpy room? Rent it to a college student. Make a few hundred here.
- Put clothes on consignment
Have nice clothes you don’t wear anymore? Don’t want to deem them for garage sale or thrift store? Then sell them at a consignment shop.
I hope you will benefit from many of these ideas! If you, dear readers, have any other great ideas please leave them in the comments! Are you geared up to make that money? Thank you for Mr. and Mrs. Planning for Everything for placing a great challenge in our hands.
I was going to list the frugal prize & guidelines with this post, but I think I will save it for tomorrow or Friday. There’s a lot of information here. 😀