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10 Unique Ways to Earn Extra Cash
Need to earn some extra cash? Who doesn’t, right? I think that right now we all could use some pick me up in our budgets. I know I could! I do surveys and things, but I do get tired of doing them sometimes. When that happens, I look for other ways to earn because really? I can only do so many surveys before my eyes start to cross, LOL. I’m sure a lot of you are the same way. If that’s the case, check out these 10 unique ways to earn extra cash and get to padding your budget!
Collect & Sell Soda Cans – You won’t get rich doing this, but if your family drinks a lot of soda (or any other beverage that also comes in cans), you can make a little bit of extra cash if your state or city pays for aluminum. You may be able to earn as much as $20/mo this way. Just make sure to wash each can out 100% because if not, you’ll have creepy crawlies everywhere. Its also easier to store them if you crush them. If you’re really serious, you can invest in a can crusher that attaches to the wall.
Consign clothes and other accessories – If you have a consignment shop or two in your town, clean out your closets and head on down. You would be surprised at how much money you can actually make consigning clothes. If you’ve got kids, especially an infant, be sure to check if you have a baby or kid specific shop nearby too. Those types of shops will buy toys and gear as well sometimes. Case in point? I had 3 handbags that I no longer wanted. My local consignment shop gave me $150 in cash for them…more than I paid for them to begin with. If you don’t have a shop near you, ThredUp is an online consignment shop that you can send clothing, shoes, accessories and even designer bags and wallets to.
Sell baked items – Most towns and cities have Facebook buy sell and trade groups. One way to earn some extra cash is to sell baked goods using those groups. Homemade bread, banana bread, cookies and more can be big sellers if you’re good at baking. At the holidays, you could even put together gift baskets to earn even more!
Sell homemade items – If you’re crafty? Turn that into a side business! Those same Facebook groups that I mentioned above are also awesome for selling other homemade items! Things like homemade blankets, soaps, lotions, and more are all hot sellers in my own local groups! Baby items, birthday items and costumes tend to do very well too. If you really want to get serious, set up a seller account on Ebay and Etsy and sell your items there as well.
Decorate Cakes – If you’re good at baking, why not learn cake decorating and make a business out of it? You can find cake decorating supplies fairly cheap on Amazon so your start up costs wouldn’t be as bad as you think. If you are a great baker, but lack the skills to decorate, Craftsy offers an online cake decorating class to help get you started.
Lawn care – If you have a lawn mower, weed eater and snow shovel, you can generally perform most lawn care duties. In the spring and summer you could cut grass and trim weeds, in the fall you could rake leaves and in the winter you could shovel snow if your area gets snow. If you live in the south where snow that sticks is a miracle, you can still cut grass…lol. I have had friends who started out mowing lawns on the side and after a few months had a full fledged business running.
Write Articles – Are you good at writing? If so, you could be getting paid for it! There are tons of sites that will pay you to write for them. Just do a quick Google search for “Freelance Writing” to find them all. I personally write for Scriptd and love it. I make between $40 & $80 per article just for writing city guides.
Clean or Organize Houses – You would not believe the amount of people that will pay you to clean for them. In truth? I so would right now if our income was steadier than it is right now…lol. One of my best friends cleans and organizes other peoples homes for extra cash. She charges between $25 and $75 per room depending on the size of the room and how much needs done. Basements, attics and garages are extra. One perk to this is that she requires that all of her clients sign a waiver giving her legal right to any clutter that she removes. She then consigns or sells what she is able to for even more extra cash or donates the rest as a tax write off. That is a win/win/win situation!
Grocery Shop for People – Along the lines of the house cleaning, there are also a CRAZY amount of people who don’t really have time (or think they don’t) to grocery shop. This is a win for the mom who is looking to earn some extra cash! Offer to grocery shop for others and use your coupons too! They may be paying you to shop but if you’re saving them money while you do it? You’ll have a few long term customers on your hands!
Baby-sit – My cousin once ran a home daycare for years. She would have anywhere from 2 kids to 5 at any given time and she was able to earn a full time income doing so. Be sure to check with your state and local laws before you do and I would advise doing what my cousin used to do. Call around to the local daycares and sitters and find out their rates. Price yours just below them. Pretty soon you’ll be bringing in extra cash!
So there you have it! Do you guys do anything else besides the ones I missed! If so, please share them!
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