5 Unusual Ways to Earn Extra Money
Do you need some more cash? It doesn’t matter how much care you put in to planning and saving your money, it seems like the kids always need new shoes or an unexpected bill shows up in the mail. Or maybe you feel the desire to splurge here or there on a special treat, such as a designer bag! (Or as in my case, start a cosmetics line!) Either way, almost everyone can use some more cash in his or her pocket. Take a look at these five great money-raising ideas to give your finances a boost.
Sell your plasma!
If you want to earn some extra dough, consider selling your plasma. The need for new donors is high! While selling plasma won’t make you rich, you can earn up to $200 a month. It’s legal to sell and doing so will make you feel good; plasma is used to make life-saving medicines. Your plasma will regenerate quickly and the donation has no adverse effects. Make sure to eat and drink water within two hours of your donation to help replenish your body’s blood volume and restore your energy. There is a health screening required prior to the donation, and all donors must weight at least 110 pounds and meet the age requirements, which vary by state.
Sell your junk car!
If you have an old broken down vehicle, it could actually bring you some money. If you’re looking to make cash for junk cars in Los Angeles or New York or anywhere in between, it can become a reality. Find reputable car buyers who will take your old car off you hands and put money in your wallet.
Take care of dogs!
Dog-owners are always looking for someone to walk or clean up after their dogs. Share your willingness to provide paid dog-walking services; tell your friends, family, and neighbors about your new gig. If you are willing to clean up after dogs, people are always glad to pay someone else to pick up their yards. You can also utilize websites like Thumbtack.com or Rover.com to post an ad explaining your services, or share more about your offerings on the local Craigslist page.
I advised friends in this area years ago and it proved to be a pleasant experience for everyone! I know that we always leave someone at our home when traveling because we want the dogs to feel safe at home – not in a boarding situation they are not used to! Most people love the fact that their home is being watched as well so it’s really a great side business to build up over time!
Become a translator!
Are you multilingual? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, translators and interpreters are two of the fastest-growing occupations in the United States. You can make money off of your talents; advertise locally or offer your skills on places like Fiverr, Upwork, Guru, or Gengo.
Baby-sitting is a way to earn some cash, but you can take is a step further. Houses are quiet and won’t argue with you, and they don’t need you to make meals either. There are various websites that offer potential house-sitters the chance to connect with homeowners who are seeking someone to watch their house. If you have the flexibility, house-sitting can give you the opportunity to see different parts of the country. If you need to stay local, advertise your availability to house-sit and willingness to perform maintenance such as watering the flowers or mowing the yard.
Again, this is something that can grow over time with referrals!
If some unforeseen expenses have come up and you’re short on cash, don’t worry. It is okay if delivering pizzas or waiting tables aren’t your thing – these unusual money-making ideas just may be the key to bringing in that extra cash you need!
Have you ever come up with a different approach to bringing in some extra cash? Share any fun ideas!