7 Easy Ways to Make Money
Bring in some quick cash…today!
Times are tough, but as the saying goes, “the tough get going.” This economy remains a challenge and there is good reason to expect that it will remain so for the coming year. That means one thing: if you are looking for ways to make money, a regular job may not be enough.
To help our readers out, we’ve pulled together seven easy ways to make money. Please use one or more of these tips to help you not only survive, but thrive:
1. Take surveys — You won’t get rich taking surveys, but you’ll put some money in your pocket, perhaps earning enough cash to supplement your income. Some survey companies also offer points towards airline miles and hotel stays, enabling you get that free night or discounted flight down the road.
2. Pet care — Who doesn’t need to have a pet cared for on occassion? Moreover, boarding rates can cost pet owners a mint. Consider boarding a pet or taking care of an animal from its home. You can post an ad on Craigslist to solicit people who would prefer to leave their furry friend with an individual than at a boarding facility.
3. Lawn care — Busy people don’t have quite the time they would like to care for their lawns. Some people don’t have the money to pay for landscaping services, but would welcome the occasional help by someone who can rake their leaves, turn over a flow bed, cut the lawn or trim bushes and trees. Look around your neighborhood for homes that could use a little TLC.
4. Hold a sale — Who said that you have to hold a garage or yard sale on weekends? If you have time available during the middle of the week, then hold your sale on a Wednesday. Go through everything in your home that you don’t want or need and put it up for sale. You’ll get some unique traffic and find that holding a garage sale is one of the easiest ways to bring in some fast cash.
5. Sell bottled water — Wherever people gather in large numbers, they’ll grown thirsty. Take your ice chest and fill it with bottled water and ice, and head out. Pay less than 20 cents per bottle and sell your drinks for $1. You may need a vendor’s license for this idea, so be mindful of local regulations.
6. Sell your recyclables — So much stuff we recycle can be sold. Your town picks up aluminum cans, but sells it to aluminum refiners, earning cash for the town. Collect your cans and ask your neighbors for their cans. Chances are they’ll be happy to oblige, freeing up room in their recycling can for other items. Other recyclable items that can generate cash include computer monitors, newspapers, ink cartridges, books, clothing and furniture.
7. Return an item — Do you have regrets about that purchase you made last week? If so, return that item and keep the cash. We can make purchases and decide later we don’t want that item. Some stores allow you to make a return as much as 30 days out, therefore wrap up what you bought and return it. “Now, where did I place that receipt?”
Making money fast can be a game, one that can show you how quickly funds can be raised. Mix it up too — try one idea one day and another idea on a different day. Or, combine the two — for example, sell bottled water at your garage sale.