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We could all do with a little extra cash every now and then. Whether it’s for Christmas, or a child’s birthday; whether it’s because you want to take the kids on vacation, whether it’s because they suddenly outgrew all their clothes and need complete new wardrobes… whatever the reason, coming up with the extra money needed isn’t always easy. These ideas on ways to make money in unusual ways could help you out.
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Filling in online surveys won’t make you rich, and it can take up rather a lot of time too. However, if you’ve got a few hours spare of an evening, for example, when you can complete your surveys with the TV on in the background, or while the kids are doing their homework, then you can make a few extra dollars for not doing very much at all. It may not be the most stimulating work, but if it tops up your bank account, it might be for you!
Start Your Own Website
Having your own website doesn’t have to cost you anything. You can sign up with a variety of different providers and receive free hosting straight away. Make a blog that’s interesting, fill it with things that people will want to read about, and charge for advertising. This idea will take some time to set up – it’s not an overnight get rich quick scheme, and you will need to build the site and then market it properly – but once it’s rocking and rolling it should provide you with a decent passive income. Make sure you’re connected to social media too, as this is the best way to get visitors to your site.
Sell Your Old Stuff
Look around your home and really take stock (literally) of what’s in it. All those things, those books, those DVDs, those clothes, those toys, those knickknacks… How many of them do you really need? How many are just there because you don’t know what else to do with them? The answer is simple: box up everything you’re not using and sell it. Sell it online through an auction site such as eBay, sell it in a garage sale, or take it to your local flea market – it’s entirely up to you how you do it, but if you don’t need it, don’t use it, and could do with the extra cash, get it sold.
Rent A Property
This idea will need an investment up front as you’ll need to purchase a property first, but once you’ve got one and you can rent it out, you can easily make a nice extra income. It doesn’t even have to be somewhere local as long as you have a manager who can look after it for you. Check out property for sale in Marbella for a really good deal.
Write An eBook
With the tide of self-publishing companies now available to use, you can write an eBook and then publish it, and make some money. Look at what’s selling and do some research; you don’t want to rip off someone else’s idea, but if invisible werewolves are what’s hot, and you can write a story about them quickly enough, do it. That’s what people want. Once you’re an established author with fans, you can write about anything you want to because people will buy your books due to your name, not the book itself – but until then, stick with the genres that are selling and don’t forget to market yourself. You can create an author page on social media, run competitions, have your own website, or even do book signings in libraries and local bookstores.
Recycle Your Cellphone
Perhaps you’re like many people, and you have a few old cellphones hanging around the house. They may not be any good to you anymore, but you can sell them for a bundle of cash, which will make you a little wealthier, and also de-clutter your home a bit more. It’s also a good way to help the environment, so it’s a win, win, win! Search around online for companies that will buy your old phones from you and see how much you could get. Check out reviews first, though, to make sure it’s all legitimate.
Although this is not a guaranteed way of earning an income, it’s a fun way of trying! There are thousands of competitions running at any one time – online, in print, on the radio – and if they are free to enter you may as well do just that; enter them! You could end up with a big cash prize, coupons, baskets of food, vacations, or just about anything else.
Buy And Sell Domain Names
The domain name of a website is its URL, or site address. You can buy them for just a couple of dollars at a time, but if you pick the right ones, you can make a great profit when you sell them on. One of the biggest payouts was for $35million – that was in 2007, and it was for vacationrentals.com. Now, we can’t promise that kind of return, but if you do some research and choose wisely, you could certainly make some money this way.
Be A TV Extra
You know when you watch TV, or even a movie, and you see all those people who aren’t the main characters milling about in the background, sitting and chatting, drinking coffee, generally walking about? They’re the extras. TV shows couldn’t do without them because they are there to make a scene look more authentic. Their main job is to simply blend in and be inconspicuous, and it’s a very important job indeed. Signing up to be a movie or TV extra is a lot of fun, and you might spot yourself on TV sometime in the future. More than that, though, the pay is great, at anything from $80 a day upwards. If you get a line to say, you get paid even more, so it’s always worth asking around to see if the director is looking for an extra who speaks too.