When building your online business, it can get quite tough If you’re not in a position to quit your job right away. Everyone needs quick money from time-to-time. There are multiple ways to make money in a pinch, as well as make money on the side of your regular job.
Offer Your Services
Reach out to your friends and family. What services can you provide? Cleaning, babysitting, mowing lawns, grocery shopping, fixing vehicles, detailing cars, walking dogs, shoveling snow, raking leaves…the list goes on and on. You will quickly find that people will pay good money for other people to do the things they do not want to do. While it seems like an “odd jobs” list, you can make quite a bit of an income if you advertise yourself and prove yourself to be fit for the jobs.
Build a reputation for yourself and tell your friends to spread the word in your community. You can also make up some cheap business cards for yourself to pass out and have your friends share. The more people who know that you are available, the more likely you are to make more money.
Sell Your Stuff
There are two subcategories here; selling your used goods or making goods to sell. Either of these goods can bring in some extra cash if you know where to sell them.
If you have used goods such as books, antiques, gaming systems, phones, etc., there are several options to sell them. Selling them online is one of the best ways to earn money on them. Create an account on either EBay or Craigslist and set your price. Selling your goods this way gives you the advantage of having control over a fixed price. You set the price and buyers decide if they’d like to buy your goods.
The only downfall is the hassle of shipping the goods if the customer does not live close, but that is not too complicated. To avoid shipping, you can also take advantage of Facebook Marketplace and request “pick-up only” in your advertisement. If you’d prefer to sell in person, you can take your goods to a pawn shop. The greatest downfall is that you will not get full price. They will pay you a small amount so that they can make a profit off of your goods. However, it is quick and easy. You also have the option of holding a garage sale, which takes much more effort, but allows you to set the prices.
If you have a talent for making goods, look into selling them on Etsy.com. Etsy is a large community of crafters and sellers alike who can reach a large audience of buyers. While the site comes with a fee, you’ll find that you can reach the most buyers through Etsy.
Depending on where you live, plasma donation may be an option. This is an easy, yet fulfilling way to make a little extra money. Plasma is a portion of your blood that can be lifesaving to those in need. It cannot be produced synthetically, so patients in need rely on generous donors. When you donate plasma, you’ll be connected to a machine that separates your plasma from your blood and collects it. The process generally takes an hour. Once you’re finished, you’ll be compensated for your time and donation. The plasma is then used for patients with disorders such as hemophilia and those with immune system deficiencies.
Generally, you must be at least 18 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. It also helps to not have a fear of needles. Most plasma centers run specials for new donors, so keep an eye out for those to make a little extra. Other than the specials, you can make money each time you donate. However, you can only donate twice within a seven day period, with at least one full day in between donations.
To find a center near you, visit http://www.donatingplasma.org/donation/find-a-donor-center
If you have an eye for great photos and a higher-end camera, consider using your photography skills to make some extra cash. The most popular way to do this is to take family photos for people in your community, but this requires working around others’ schedules and dealing with their demands. A better, easier, and more convenient way to make money from photos is to sell stock photos. Stock photos must be high quality and unique. Each company has different requirements, so you’ll need to check those out before you take and edit your pictures.
If there are people in the pictures, you’ll need to have written permission in the form of a contract to sell a photo with them in it. These contracts are often available on the websites where you sell your photos. The best thing about selling stock photos is that you can take the photos anytime. Whether you’re taking your kids to the park, on vacation, walking around your community, or sitting inside on a rainy day – you have an opportunity to make money from random photos.
If you are internet-savvy, learn how to build and manage websites. If you already know how to code, you’re ahead of the game. Similar to freelance writing, you can find freelance websites that connect you to clients. However, most of them will take a cut of your profit. The best way to make money building websites is to promote yourself to your friends and family, then have them spread the word. Websites basically advertise for you, and the more people who view the websites, the more you’ll see jobs coming in.
Be a Mystery Shopper
Everybody shops in some way or another, so you might as well get paid while you’re doing it. A mystery shopper generally goes to assigned stores and reports back to the stores’ owners, rating cleanliness of the store itself and helpfulness of the associates. You don’t have to buy anything, but nothing is stopping you from doing so.
Participate in Studies
Studies are always seeking participants. Don’t worry, there are many laws in place to protect study participants, so you won’t actually feel like a human guinea pig. They generally cannot put your health at risk or put you in any physical or psychological harm. You always have the opportunity to opt out if you change your mind throughout the study as well.
While not all studies pay for participants, there are a great many that do. The length of time will range from a few minutes to months or even years. If you’re looking for quick money, keep checking the websites, www.clinicaltrials.gov or www.gpgp.net, or local universities for short-term trials and studies. They come around more often than you may think.
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