52 Creative Ways to Earn Some Extra Cash

earn extra cashWhen it comes to managing your budget, the next best thing to saving money is earning extra money. You may be thinking that you are busy enough with school, kids, and work right now and just don't have time to take a second (or third!) job.

Well, you don't need to spend your valuable time making minimum wage working a cash register. You are smart and talented and there are a number of ways to earn extra money while still maintaining a good workable schedule. The list below demonstrates just some of the ways you can earn some extra cash.

Things You Can Do from Home to Make Money

Teach What You Know

Tap into your knowledge base or skill set and you are sure to find something of value that you can teach. What comes easy to you may be difficult for someone else. If you have patience to work with others to teach them what you know, providing lessons or tutoring is a great way to earn some additional money. Below are just a few ways you can make a little extra cash by instructing others:

  • Sports lessons (i.e. swimming, pitching, tennis, karate, golf)
  • Musical lessons (i.e. piano, singing, guitar)
  • Dance lessons (i.e. ballet, tap, hip-hop)
  • Tutoring (i.e. math, reading, foreign language)
  • Cooking lessons
  • Dog training
  • Self-defense

Using Your PC to Make Money

Obviously you have a computer or laptop, so why not get the most out of it? It is already helping you get your degree, and it can also help you earn money.< One convenience of making a little extra money by providing a service that utilizes your computer is that you can do it from the comfort of your own home, day or night. Just a few of the possibilities include:

  • Medical billing
  • Graphic or web design
  • Data entry
  • Transcription services
  • Word processing/typing
  • Accounting/bookkeeping
  • Payroll service

Selling Things to Make Money

Get Crafty

If you enjoy making crafts you may be able to turn this hobby into a profitable side business. People have a fondness for anything handmade, but with today's busy schedules they just don't have time to personally make these items. Selling the crafts you make is a great way to make money doing what you enjoy. Below are a few ideas to get your started:

  • Gift Baskets
  • Soaps
  • Candles
  • Scrapbooking
  • Greeting cards/announcements
  • Painting
  • Knitting
  • Jewelry
  • Hair Bows
  • Paintings
  • Woodworking

Become a Salesperson to Make Money

One woman's junk is another woman's treasure. Even a quick tour around you home can generate a long list of items you no longer use. Try listing them on ebay or Craigslist and you'll reap the rewards. You will eliminate clutter in your home, gain extra space AND make money. If you feel like selling is your thing, you can also step it up a notch and try telemarketing or your own direct sales business. Some suggestions for turning your persuasive powers into cash include:

  • Dealing in Antiques
  • Selling on ebay or Craigslist
  • Direct Sales (i.e. Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Homemade Gourmet)
  • Telemarketing
  • Baked Goods

Provide A Useful Service to Make Money

There is a vast number of ways you can provide a useful service that other will pay for. Some services require a specific trade or skill. Others just require strength and the willingness to do the work that others prefer to avoid.<

Skills-based Services

If your customers are happy with the service you provide they will tell others about you. This means you can stay as busy as you'd like without any official advertising. Some profitable services include:

  • Sewing and alterations
  • Snow removal
  • Home/office cleaning
  • Event planning
  • Car repair
  • Lawn care/gardening/mowing
  • Handyman services (i.e. plumbing, wiring, painting)
  • Photography
  • Organizational services
  • Interior decorating

Delivery and Transportation Services

If you spend a lot of time at home, making money that involves getting out of the house may be perfect for you. This is especially true if you can make money doing things you need to do anyhow like running errands or shopping. Just consider today's fuel prices to make sure your earnings are really worth your time. To cut down on this cost try to combine your personal errands with the driving around you'll be doing for income. Some possible money-making opportunities include:

  • Newspaper delivery
  • Pizza delivery
  • Appliance delivery
  • Moving services
  • Errand running

Personal Care Services

If you are a people person, offering a service that provides some sort of care to others is a great way to cushion your bank account. If you do a good job, you can expect loyalty and a client base for years to come. Some services that benefit from a caring personality include:

  • In-home childcare
  • Salon services (i.e. hair care, nail care, facials, massage)
  • Dietician
  • Personal training services
  • Cooking services
  • Elderly care
  • Pet care/dog walking

These are just some of the ways you can earn extra money that don't include working retail or serving food. With a little creativity you can help finance your college education by doing something you enjoy and using the skills you have.


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