If you suddenly find yourself in a lurch and are looking for easy ways to make money, then there are several things you could do varying from heading to the nearest casino or starting your own business. Depending on your life circumstances and how much cash you need; here are 10 safe, legal and easy ways to make money.
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1. Get a part time job
This is assuming that you already have a full time job or are managing studies as a busy student. Today, there are several options as far as part time jobs are concerned. You could temp at offices as a clerk or a helper. You could opt for becoming a delivery guy at a local pizza joint during your off hours. Naturally, these jobs don’t earn you a quick buck and involve tons of hard work. If you love fixing things and already have a tool kit, another cool part time job you could take up is that of a handy man. If you own a car, you can taxi people around. As a student, you can become a lab assistant at the same university where you study. You can also work at the cafeteria or a gas station to take a break from studies and lab work.
2. Become a babysitter or a pet minder
If you have neighbors or friends or colleagues with kids who crave for some quiet time or a night out in town, offer to mind their children. Likewise, if you love pets, offer your services either as a dog walker or a pet minder in case the owners have to leave town for a couple of days. This is one of the easy ways to make money doing something you love. Naturally, this is not a regular source of fixed income.
3. Put up a sale
If you have a lot of stuff lying around that you no longer use or need, put up a sale. Advertise in the local evening paper or on the local TV channel and set up your yard or garage sale. It would be too demanding of course to expect full price paid for the old stuff you are selling away but hold out for a few hours before you come down on your prices. You can make a lot of money this way. If you are an art nut and can’t keep your hands off of fabric, wool, paper and quilling supplies, you can make a good income by selling handmade bookmarks, fashion jewelry, wall hangings, tea cozies, crafty artwork, woolen items, dresses, baby clothes and so on.
4. Sell stuff online
Another of the easy ways to make money is to sell unused stuff online on sites like on eBay or Craigslist. Both portals have advantages and disadvantages. While eBay promotes your products, payments are not immediate and in order to make a verified sale, it takes time and also requires you to pay commission. On Craigslist, you get no promotion, but you can meet your buyers face to face and accrue immediate cash payments. Be very careful of online scams in both cases.
5. Become a roadside retailer
This is a sustainable business but it might need a lot of inventory and initial capital. You can start small-depending on your day job or other circumstances. You could sell candy or water bottles at tourist spots or flowers at the crossing or in front of the cemetery. It might feel demeaning or assaulting on your self-respect but short of actually asking someone for help; it is one of the easy ways of making money.
6. Work online
You could take up other part time jobs online like becoming a virtual assistant or a content/technical writer. You could also try becoming a ghost writer or a proofreader. Sign up on websites that offer part time work from home job opportunities. You can even start up a blog and get money through PPC campaigns and Adsense. Naturally it takes a lot of hard work and making money online through these means is not the easiest. That being said, sincerity and patience can go a long way. You can set up an affiliate website for major online vendors like Amazon.com and earn money by directing readers to appropriate products and services. You can also earn commission on every purchase materializing out of your redirect and for every visit on the website through your redirects. Also, writing product reviews online or taking up paid online surveys are some other means of making money online.
7. Write a book
Both- eBooks and real books- sell like hot cakes these days depending on the topic/niche. If you have great writing skills or simply a collection of life hacks, you can easily compile them into an eBook and set up a Publishing account online. Depending on the number of pages and validity of your content, you can price your eBook reasonably and sit back and relax while dollars trickle into your bank or PayPal account. You could write other non – fiction books too. Check out eBooks already available on Amazon that are exclusively published via Kindle Direct Publishing to get an idea of what you can write. You could compile your grandmas’ recipes into a nice little eBook with a great cover page. You could even compile tips on baking goodies or just write self – help books. Sky really is the limit when it comes to writing out of your experience. All it needs is some skill with presentation and maintaining a friendly tone.
8. Become a product tester/paid shopper
You could also volunteer at health centers and pharmaceutical companies in control and placebo groups for drug testing and vaccine testing. Likewise, paid shopping is another great way to make money.
9. Start a business
If you have interests and hobbies apart from academics or even your work if you work full time, start a part time business like photo coverage of events/weddings/parties or baking birthday cakes or even creating a play/reading room for toddlers or a parent – toddler center.
10. Rent out unused space and equipment
If you own a place but don’t use most of it, you can solicit roommates by renting out that space. You will not only have some steady income but some great company. If you don’t own the place you live in but like to make some extra cash, check up the laws and your original lease agreement with the landlord about subletting. You could also rent out equipment that you own but use seldom and make some money and keep your equipment in working condition.
Other easy ways to make money include activities like day trading or matched betting. While these avenues guarantee good income, they are not for everyone. Instead make use of the emerging markets and look out for avenues to make easy money working from home while keeping up with your day job, career and hobbies etc.