If you’re given the choice, opt to get paid in cash. If you get paid in gift vouchers, spend them ASAP. Doing so reduces your chances of being left with invalid vouchers should the retailer go bust on you. Plus it means you can’t lose them or forget about them until they go out of date. For more info on this, see our Gift Voucher Warning.
Great tips Megan! I had no idea there were so many ways to make quick cash! Also, if you are a skilled photographer, you could pick up a few clients. Or sell your photos online through a stock photography website or Pixabay/Pexels.
Sure it takes time and effort to figure what opportunity is right for you, learn the market, and set up the business. And there will be plenty of trial and error as you figure things out. But at least you won’t have sunk a bunch of money into it.
I hope this answer will give you enough hope inspiration to make money online by yourself. Making money is not that easy. But if you are ready to properly work in disciplined way for couple of months, you can surely do it!
I first learned about you when I downloaded your free e-book, How to Make Money – BLOGGING, via Amazon Kindle. It was a sure one-sitting kind of book but is very meaty. I got all the wonderful ideas from your book and finally decided to visit your website to harvest some more inspiration. I am so glad my path was directed here because I also have just started my incognito blog.
Set up a roadside stand. Depending on where you live, you could profit handsomely by setting up a roadside stand. If you live near a resort area, for example, you could buy cases of bottled water, put them on ice, and sell them to passers by for twice what you paid. Selling fruit and produce you grow yourself is also a smart idea in highly-traveled areas.
This is predictable and very much tried and tested. The only skill you need to have is good English and the only tool you’ll need is a laptop. And with these two weapons you can set out to conquer the world of online income. But like all easy things, the catch here is, the world is full of English speaking people (thank the Britishers for that!) with an access to laptop and internet. And hence, the payout are very marginal for your articles, competition is very high as most of the websites are based on bidding for projects and you have to spend a lot of time on doing research and being creative writer (because copy pasting content may be fun during colleges, but here you’ll be banned or worse penalized for plagiarism). Some of the websites I came across with good payouts and number of projects/clients from a variety of content field requirements are as follows –
You can sell your unused gift cards online, but you won’t get the cash in the next hour. To sell your cards quickly, you need to turn to friends and family again. If the cards are for stores where they typically shop, they might be happy to buy a $50 card for say, $40.
If you know any real estate agents, insurance agents, car dealers or just about any one who sells for a living, ask about being a compensated referral source for them. A $100 referral isn’t hard to get.
Aluminum. Collecting aluminum and selling it to the recycling outlets rather than just letting the city recycling truck take it. We made $107.00 in one day taking all of the aluminum cans we’d collected and saved up.
Gomez PEER is a research company that pays users for installing their app. This app gathers information as you browse the web. It doesn’t collect any sensitive or personally identifiable information. It mostly collects data related to the usage of different websites.
The website Fiverr promotes members’ talent in multiple disciplines and connects them to people looking to pay for those skills. For example, if you’re a digital photo editing guru, you might find freelance projects you can complete for compensation.
Teach people from home. Give online computer lessons for beginners, if you’re qualified, or give music lessons to raise funds. Perform oil changes and small repairs, or teach someone how to do their own.
Your local government often has a person or office that acts as a clearinghouse for social services. Don’t forget about churches and social clubs, too, who often have less formal outreach programs, especially for members in distress. You’d be amazed at the not-for-profit groups that are sitting on many thousands of dollars simply because no-one has asked them for some of it.
Return bottles and cans for a refund. In some states, you can get 5 or 10 cents per can or bottle by returning them to a deposit center. There are a number of ways to take advantage of this opportunity:
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And, with Amazon, you can even have them fulfil your orders. No fuss, no muss. Amazon says there are more than two million sellers on their site, representing 40 percent of all sales. So you’ll be in good company.
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The only question left is, If Felix Dennis had known he would die so early, would he have spent those decades chasing wealth, or simply followed his desire to travel and write poetry, on a more modest budget?
No matter what you do to make money online, promote it on your social media accounts. You have a base of people who are already interested in you and have a vested interest in your brand – why would you not want to take advantage of that? By promoting yourself and your projects on your social media accounts, you’re greatly increasing the chances of people actually giving you money in exchange for your goods and services. Stop being shy and get out there.
The catch is the app is invite-only in certain areas. Roamler’s press office says it’s pretty easy to get one if you monitor its Facebook page for hints on how (or you might get lucky if you request one).
Try pet sitting. Find friends who are going out of town and offer to take care of their pets while they’re gone. Professional boarding places tend to be very expensive (not to mention impersonal and intimidating for a pet), so your cozy little house or apartment may seem like a very nice alternative. Around the holidays, pet-boarders fill up quickly, meaning you can probably charge more.
Greetings! As a 20 year old Kenyan I have grown fond of your works in the past few years, seeking to walk in your foot steps and the beat virtue I learned is patience and it has soon started to pay off as I started when I was 17. You are a legend and your legacy will always live on! Thanks for all the mind-openers.
Have a number in mind but don’t toss it out. Do some research to determine what others in your industry and your geographic area are making. Someone working in New York City can expect to make more than someone doing the same job in Nashville.
Everybody wants to make money online, but very few people know where to start. For most people it comes down to having to learn advanced skills that they never have time to master, resulting in the feeling of helplessness about making money online.
Kelly Paras, a writer based in the District of Columbia, started volunteering with Dupont Underground, a nonprofit that’s turning a subterranean street car station into a public art space, a few years ago. Now, Paras gets paid to lead tours. Paras says tour guides need to develop public speaking skills and an ability to mix humor with history. “Sometimes your jokes fall flat, but you can’t let that stumble you up,” she says. The median hourly wage for tour guides is around $11.50, according to data from the BLS. If you’re a history buff, you may also be interested in moonlighting as a museum docent or working as a historical re-enactor.
31. Mystery Shopping – Do you enjoy fast food or going into retail shops? Many companies hire mystery shoppers to test the customer service of their stores. A common one is Subway, which hires mystery shoppers to ensure that “Sandwich Artists” are following all the franchise guidelines. If you have time and can travel to different places, this could be a good side hustle.
In April 2013, Homebase faced criticism following outrage, after a poster from a store in London was released. The poster appeared to highlight the benefits of free labour through work experience, called Workfare. The offending poster depicts a number of volunteer staff at the Haringey branch and is captioned: “How the work experience programme can benefit your store. Would 750 hours with no payroll costs help YOUR store?””
Hi Bryan – Thanks for the suggestion and link. That is an excellent way to make money, and maybe I’ll cover it in a future post. Of course, it will be part of a list of several similar opportunities, like this article is.