The most creative ways to make a buck
Looking for a way to make some extra money on the side? Look no further — we have 10 unique and easy ways to make some extra cash!
What would you do with a little extra cash? Maybe you'd like to take a weekend getaway with your spouse, buy that new purse you've been eyeing or pay down a little extra debt. No matter what you decide to do, one thing's for sure — we could all use a little extra cash here and there. Here are 10 creative and fun ways to make a little extra money on the side.
In order to sell plasma, you can't have a fear of blood or needles. The entire process typically takes about an hour — possibly more if there's a long wait. Your blood is drawn, separated from the plasma cells and then returned back into your body. Sounds gross, but it pays $25 to $40 per session — and you can go twice per week.
Sell items on Craigslist
You can go a few different directions with this one. Sell items you already own on a weekly basis or purchase items — at garage sales and antique shops — and then sell them for a higher price. Tina, a full-time working mom, says she makes anywhere from $300 to $900 extra per month by doing this.
Pet sitter or dog walker
Are you a pet lover? If so, start-up a small side business of pet sitting or dog walking. You can pet sit for friends and neighbors when they go out of town, or walk dogs each evening when the owners may not feel like it. We recommend starting with low hourly rates until you develop a clientele base.
Rent out a room
It's time to make some money from that extra space in your home. Rent out a room long-term for some consistent monthly income or open a room in your home on only weekends — which works well for those living in a touristy area. Make sure to check your city's zoning laws before jumping in.
Open an Etsy shop
Etsy shops are perfect for the craft lovers of the world. Whether you're talented at making jewelry, designing computer graphics or painting, it's time to start monetizing your hobby.
Sell a product you believe in
Are you an avid Avon user or love the smell of Scentsy candles? By hosting a few parties and getting a few others to believe in and use the products as well, you can start cashing in monthly!
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Start a blog
Though blogging won't make money right away, you can eventually monetize off of your own little space on the internet. Write what's in your heart, stay true to yourself, gain followers, connect with others similar to yourself and have fun! The money will eventually start to come in.
Pick up a freelance writing job online — where how much you make is really up to you. Work a lot, make a lot; work a little, make a little. Kendra, mom of two, was able to make enough money as a freelancer to quit her job after one year of building a client base.
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Participate in focus groups
Focus groups are an assembly of people who give their opinions on a product or service. A simple Google search on focus groups in your area should yield enough results to get started. The more you participate, the more you can expect to earn.
Collect your change
OK — This last one doesn't require any extra work on your part, but it's a great way to easily save up some money. Start paying with cash more than debit, and always pay with full bills (no change). At the end of the day, place all of your change in a piggy bank or change jar. Depending on how many purchases you make, you can save as much as $100 by the end of the month.
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