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Everyone could use a little extra change. Are you looking for some spending money while you are building your side hustle or working to build your savings account? Here is a list of 20 different, creative ways to make a little cash.
1. Sell Your Unwanted Stuff
One way to get extra cash is to go through your closet. Those shoes from 2005 that you never wore (and aren’t planning on wearing anytime soon)? Sell them on Craigslist! What about that shirt that you wore on New Year’s Eve seven years ago? Yup. Sell that too. If you get good at Craigslist, you can start buying super cheap stuff that is still in great condition and resell it. There are lots of people who are moving (and whatnot), just trying to get rid of things as soon as possible and will sell them for dirt cheap. If you’ve got an eye for finding these steals, you can resell them for a decent price and make some cash.
2. Start A Blog
Did you know some bloggers make a 6 figure income from running their very own blog? Blogging is not only lucrative, but it can be a fun way to share what you know all while connecting with other people. Setting up a blog is simple, although earning money from it may take a while, as long as you are consistent with your content it is possible to make a profit. All you need to get started is a unique domain (website name) and a hosting company, and you can get that all on Siteground for $3.95 a month! If you are interested in starting a profitable blog check out this in-depth guide that will walk you through how to set up your very own blog: How to Build Your Very Own Blog (Plus how to Make Money From it)
3. Rent Out Your Room
Airbnb is a great way to turn your extra bedroom into a money-making space. People are always looking for cheaper ways to travel without having to spend lots of money on hotel rooms, so it’s a win-win. You get a little side cash, and travelers get to see the local customs and cultures. What better way to show them your local traditions than by sharing your space for a reasonable price? You can sign up for an account here.
4. Become a Social Media Manager
You’re a millennial, which means you’ve probably heard of Facebook. A lot of companies and businesses are just now realizing that social media is incredibly important in the global market, especially among the upcoming generation of consumers, and that social media will only become more relevant. Create content for small businesses in your community who have a hard time justifying spending time on creating content that isn’t getting any likes. With your expertise, you can charge for social media packages that are great for the businesses and great for your wallet.
5. Sell Your Crafts
Do you love to create? Do you doodle with beautiful hand lettering when you’re bored? Consider selling your skills. People will pay to have hand lettered wedding invitations or chalkboard menus that make the customers go “Oooooh!”. Whatever you are good at, sell it!
6. Become a Babysitter
There are plenty of professionals who are parents, looking for someone to babysit while they are working. Care.com is a great way to get in touch with those professionals. You’re able to set your schedule and communicate with parents who are looking for nannies and babysitters. Care.com vets the nannies, so you’re more likely to get interviewed if you go through it or any similar nanny-finding platform.
7. Create an Online Course
If you want a little bit of passive income (meaning you only have to do the work once and then you get paid for it over and over), create an online course that you can sell. Even if you don’t think you have valuable skills, someone might say otherwise! SkillShare.com, Udemy.com, and Teachable.com are all great platforms to create an online course that people will pay for. You don’t have to be an expert; you just have to provide information that could be valuable to someone who is starting from square one.
8. Be a Social Media Influencer
Are you GREAT on Instagram? Become an Instagram Influencer. Companies will pay you to promote their products or services on social media, and if you have thousands of followers, you could probably get a lot of companies who would be willing to pay or give you free stuff just for mentioning them in your posts.
9. Take Surveys
Yup! It’s that simple. There are companies out there who are willing to pay you to give your opinion as an average consumer. They won’t give you a TON of money, but when you’re making every penny count, it’s a nice little change collector.
10. Be a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker
This idea is a no-brainer if you love animals. Some people do NOT like leaving their animals in kennels when they go out of town, and this is where you’d step in! Feed them, walk them, play with them, and get paid. Sign up with sites like Rover.com to walk dogs or care for pets and earn some extra cash.
11. Become a Tutor
Are you great at math or English? Help kids at the local schools who are having trouble. Or, you can tutor on any subject you want if you go to WyzAnt.com. You can set your rates, which can go as high as $50 per hour. The websites that you go through usually take from 20-40%, but you could still make some decent cash as a tutor.
12. Sell Your Photos
If you’ve got an eye for photography, consider selling your photos to sites like Getty Images, iStock, Pexels, or Unsplash. You can make a little cash and maybe even end up seeing your photography in ads.
13. Invest in Stocks
If you want to make some investments, check out stocks from the companies that you love to buy from. Are they doing relatively well? Are they coming out with a new product that will make their stocks jump to a higher price in the next year? Now might be the time to buy a few stocks at a low price so you can sell them for a higher price later. Don’t forget to do your research! Not sure where to start? Check out this post: How to Start Investing in Your First Stock.
14. Drive People Around
You have probably heard of Uber and Lyft by now, and you may have even used their services to catch a ride to your girls night out. Did you know you can become a driver and earn some extra cash? You can make a pretty good amount of cash when you becoming a driver for either Lyft or Uber. The best part about it is you can make your own schedule and you can drive as little or as much as you see fit. This is a perfect weekend job if you are looking to boost your bank account.
15. Write Resumes
People just hate writing in general, but they especially hate writing resumes. If this is one of your talents, you can charge to use your writing expertise. There are plenty of free templates online that you can use to start off.
16. Be a Content Writer
Businesses are always looking for new, fresh content, especially since inbound marketing is on the rise and everyone wants to show up at the top of the Google search pages. Creating blog posts is a great way to do this. Find the companies who will hire you to write for them and get a little extra cash.
17. Create a Podcast
Everyone has a favorite podcast, so why don’t you create one? You can either sell your audio files for downloading, or you can make some money using sponsorships. Some business will pay obscene amounts of money to have you advertise for them, especially if you’ve got a popular podcast.
18. Participate in Marketing Focus Groups
Marketing companies often hold focus groups to study the consumer’s response to products, and services and advertisements. It is a simple way to earn extra cash, and you don’t need any type of certificate or skill to participate.
19. Donate Plasma
Donating plasma is a simple way to earn cash all while potentially saving someones life. You can get paid any where from $30-$75 per donation.
20. Sell Products on Etsy
You can use Etsy to sell crafts, digital products, and/or home-made items you have created. Easy is one of the largest resources for selling handmade goods on the internet, and it is very easy to set up your own store.