They say that “money doesn’t buy happiness”, and while I certainly agree that money isn’t the be all and end all when it comes to being happy, that doesn’t mean that money isn’t important. Without cash, you wouldn’t be able to pay the bills each month, put food on the table, or clothe yourself, let alone pay for treats and fun days out that you can enjoy. Because of this, most people are on the lookout for new ways to make some extra cash, even if you’re earning enough each month to pay all of your bills. Having savings can really help to keep you relaxed, as you’re safe in the knowledge that cash is available if and when you need it, so there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wanting some extra cushioning in your bank account. Luckily, there are loads of ways that you can earn this cushioning. Here are fifteen brilliant options for you to consider.
- Sell Your Stuff
The first and most obvious way to earn some extra cash is to sell some of your unwanted belongings. These days you can sell anything from electronics to unwanted kitchenware on websites like eBay, Depop, and on Facebook’s Marketplace, so it really is easier than ever to make some money. Go through your belongings, and if there’s anything that is in good condition but you haven’t used in the past six months, list it on one of these sites. You never know, you might even discover something valuable while you’re digging through your things.
- Rent Your Stuff Out
If you haven’t got anything that you want to sell, there’s no need to worry, as you could consider renting your things out instead. With websites like Zilock, you can rent out anything from video games to furniture, which is perfect if you’re not currently using something but don’t want to get rid of it. You can also rent out your car, your car parking space, or your driveway. If you’re going away for a few days, or have a spare room, you could also advertise on Airbnb.
- Sit Something
Babysitting, pet sitting, and house sitting may seem like the sorts of jobs that high school children get, but it can be a perfect way for a responsible adult to earn some extra cash. After all, you’re going to seem a lot more trustworthy and reliable than any teenager is going to, and because of that can earn even more cash. Start small, by only offering services to people you know, and then expand as you gain more experience.
Freelancing is growing in popularity these days, mostly because of its flexibility and the wide range of opportunities. There are so many gigs available out there, from photography, to graphic design, to writing, to becoming a virtual assistant, so you are sure to find something that suits your skills and your passions. You can work your own hours for most freelance jobs, which is perfect for if you’re already working full-time.
- Start Cooking
If you enjoy cooking or baking, and know your way around a kitchen, then catering could be a great way for you to earn some cash on the side. While it can be a difficult business to get into, there are no shortage of birthdays, weddings, or other special occasions, so once you’ve found your feet, you are sure to be in demand. Just make sure that you don’t take on too much too soon, as you’ll only cause yourself unnecessary stress, and cooking and baking mistakes can get costly.
- Coach Or Teach
Everyone has something that they’re good at, which means that everyone has something that they can teach to someone else. Once you’ve figured out what that is for you, why not sell your knowledge to others? In a lot of cases, you’ll be able to do this from your home, but you can also go to someone there’s. It doesn’t matter whether you can play the guitar, know a lot about starting a business, or are simply good at English; Someone is going to want to learn.
- Write A Book
These days, selling E-books is incredibly easy, so why not give it a try and write one yourself? If you have a knack for storytelling, you could write your own novel in the hope of making millions. Of course, you might not make big bucks, but even a few purchases of your book can go a long way. If you’re not that creative, you could write an advice book on something that you know a lot about, like business, travel, music, or any other topic.
- Product Test
When you become a product tester, you could end up reviewing anything from vacuum cleaners to chocolate, so it can get pretty interesting. You will also usually be able to do this whenever you like, which is perfect for if you’re already working full-time. While you do get compensated with money for your review, you often get to keep the product too, which is exciting if it’s something believed to be the next big thing.
- Take Surveys
While product testing is great, it can be challenging to get into, and the wait lists are a nightmare. If you want to get started right away, then surveys might be more your style. You can be asked about anything from current events to films, and there is no risk of giving a wrong answer or making a mistake, as it’s your opinion that matters. You’ll need to take a few surveys before you start seeing some good money, but most only take between fifteen minutes to half an hour to complete.
- Real Estate
While real estate can be a full-time gig, more and more people are starting to sell real estate part-time on websites like PropertyGuru. Investing in anything can be dangerous, of course, but there have been so many real estate success stories, that it’s almost too tempting an opportunity to miss. Just make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into first. If you’re feeling cautious, and don’t want to go purchasing and selling properties yourself, you could become a part-time realtor instead.
Photography is an incredibly popular hobby, but, if you’re talented, it could also make you a lot of cash. Choose a specific area of photography that you want to focus on, like weddings, and build up a portfolio to show to potential customers. Every time you complete a job, ask your customers to recommend you to their friends, and your business could grow to be a huge success. You could even sell your images to websites like Shutterstock if you don’t want the responsibility of having physical customers.
- Move Things
If you have a truck or a van, you could use it to build your own little moving business. You could have business cards made up, and ask furniture stores like Ikea to put them out for customers that can’t get their purchases home themselves. You could even charge extra for helping to put together flat pack furniture. If you wanted to earn even more money, your business could also have a house moving service.
- Get Recycling
You definitely aren’t going to become a millionaire through recycling, but you will still earn a little extra money, which is what you want to do. You can recycle lots of everyday things for cash, such as paper, clothing, glass bottles, cans, ink cartridges, broken electronics, like cell phones, and even car batteries. When you next have a clear out, put anything like this to one side, rather than in the trash, and see if you can get any money for it.
- Get Gardening
Lots of people are unable to maintain their own gardens or just don’t like doing it, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t want their gardens to look nice regardless. This is where you come in. If you’re somewhat of a green thumb, you could help these people by mowing their lawns, watering their plants, and pulling out their weeds. During the winter, you could also offer a snow clearing service.
- Get A Part-Time Job
There are so many businesses out there looking for part-time employees for evenings and weekends, so, if none of these options seem like the right sort of thing for you, it might be time to freshen up your resume. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with working minimum wage for a few hours a week, especially if you’re already working full-time. It’s all money after all. If you go into something food related, like waitressing or pizza delivery, you’ll also get tips throughout the night.
If you want to earn some extra cash on the side, you should have absolutely no problem doing so, as there are tonnes of opportunities out there for you to explore. If nothing here is what you are looking for, there are plenty more things that you can do, so don’t give up.
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