20 Ideas to Make Extra Money
If you either have an extra room or can crash elsewhere to rent out your whole place, you can also make extra money by renting out your home to visitors to your city with Airbnb or VRBO.
2. Participate in focus groups.
Give your opinions on products and more. Try companies like Focus Pointe Global, Inspired Opinions, Harris Poll Online, Toluna, SwagBucks, MySurvey.com, Opinion Outpost, iPoll and Hiving.
3. Be a test subject.
When researchers run clinical trials, they need healthy subjects to use as a control group against the patients with illnesses. Find out more details from the National Institutes of Health, and search for clinical studies at ClinicalTrials.gov. For psychology experiments, contact your local university.
4. Participate in an online jury.
Help attorneys determine case value or public attitudes at eJury.
5. Write software reviews.
SoftwareJudge.com pays anywhere from $1 to $50 for original reviews.
6. Sell your castoffs on eBay.
Make sure it’s a valuable item and not just your old junk. Take good photos, write a compelling description and price accordingly. For more tips, find out how to declutter and profit from it.
7. Sell on consignment.
For items that you feel are better tried on or viewed in person, whether it’s clothing, shoes or vintage furniture, try a local consignment shop. You can also send items to ThredUp or The RealReal.
8. Sell old electronics.
Instead of recycling these items, see if they can fetch a price. Try stores like Gazelle, Next Worth and USell.
9. Have a yard sale.
For items that won’t sell on eBay, or aren’t worth the hassle of posting, host a yard, garage or stoop sale. Price items low. Think $10 or lower for clothing (except coats can go as high as $15). Antiques and furniture can go as high as $75. Books should be $1, other entertainment items $3-$5.
10. Sell your hair.
Find out what requirements your tresses need to meet before they’re worth money at HairSellon.
11. Sell your photos online.
If you’ve got some eye-catching snaps, post them on Shutterstock, Photoshelter, Fotolia, DreamsTime and/or iStock.
12. If you’re planning to shop, earn cash back.
Ebates offers cash back if you begin your online shopping there. But remember that if you spend a lot of money to get the cash back, you’re defeating your ultimate purpose to earn more. So only use this when you were intending to shop anyway.
13. Sell your gold and silver.
Find out the weight of any gold or silver jewelry you’d like to sell with a kitchen scale or at a jeweler’s. Find out the purity, i.e. 12K, and use Dendritics.com to calculate the potential value. Search for a reputable vendor at Jewelers Vigilance Committee, and also consult the Better Business Bureau. Then shop around for the best offer.
14. Sell bottled water at events.
Buy bottled water in bulk and sell it at festivals or other large events for $1 per bottle.
15. Collect bottles and cans for deposit.
If you live in one of the ten U.S. states that offer a deposit for cans and bottles, you can collect them and obtain cash.
16. Put ads on your car.
Check out AutoWrapped and FreeCarMedia.
17. Get paid for online searches.
Add Qmee to your browser, and if you click on a search result it offers, you’ll earn some change.
18. Look for unclaimed money.
Yes, sometimes you can have money that you don’t know about. Check in occasionally to see if you are owed any.
19. Wait tables or bartend.
Almost anyone can wait tables, and if you know how to mix drinks, bartending can be a quick way to make extra cash. Both can be lucrative in tips. Read here to find out how to earn more in tips.
20. Wash cars.
Even if you don’t have wheels yourself, you can spiff up those of your family, friends and neighbors.