I am a firm believer that, no matter what state the economy is in, there is always a way to make a few extra bucks. You just have to be willing sometimes to do something different and maybe even a little inventive.
So let’s take a look at five more ways you can earn extra money, even in a tough economy:
Sell Stuff on Ebay
Clean out your attic, your closets, your garage, and your basement and sell a lot of the stuff you don’t use anymore on Ebay. You can also buy stuff at garage sales for next to nothing and sell them on Ebay for a profit.
This works especially well for children’s clothing. You can get them at a yard sale for $.25 to $1 per item and group them together into outfits.
Generally you want to sell things that are in good condition, but I’ve personally even sold things like broken cameras and other electronics there as well. Many people want to buy broken things just for the parts and sell them for$10-$15.
Make Extra Money With a Garage Sale
Pretty typical advice I know, but hey, go with what works. Especially if you have some large items like furniture or appliances that you need to get rid of, you can get them out the door quickly and make a nice chunk of extra money if you put the right price on them.
Garage sales can make money quickly and declutter your house as well. If there are any items that just won’t sell, donate them to Goodwill and you can get a tax write off for it on next year’s taxes.
Check out Craigslist
Craigslist has “Jobs” and “Gigs” sections where you can hire yourself out for odd jobs or even skilled positions. On a recent search I saw ads for people in need of everything from a Russian speaking baby sitter, to house cleaners, to skilled positions such as writers and virtual assistants.
There are people out there that need whatever skills you have, and Craigslist is a great place to start because it can connect you with people who need what you have much more efficiently than you could in the past.
Many times people don’t have the time or don’t want to take the time to keep their car as clean as they’d like. That’s where you can help. You can work part time and/or on the weekends detailing cars.
You can solicit your detailing services at businesses with a lot of office workers, allowing you to detail several cars in one location while the owners are working. It’s not extremely difficult work, and if you do an excellent job you’ll get plenty of referrals.
We used to have a detailer that came to my office about once a month and he would typically do 2-3 cars while he was there. Extra income from that kind of work can add up pretty quickly!
This is an old favorite straight from Dave Ramsey. For years Dave has recommended that people who are getting out of debt can deliver pizzas part time. The restaurant pays you and if you’re fast and friendly you’ll be able to make tips from deliveries on top of that.
It’s All About Hustling
As I’ve said here before, I am thoroughly convinced that in the entire history of the world, there has never been a better time to find ways to make extra money. In these days where you can sell goods and hire out your skills to virtually anyone on the planet, you can literally operate a global business from a simple laptop.
You can do it!
Question: Do you have any suggestions for how to make extra money? Share it in the comments.