I don’t know about you, but it seems that whenever the holidays are coming up I always need extra cash for one reason or another. I do pretty well sticking to my Christmas budget, but sometimes the occasional budget buster will appear during the holiday season. For example, we just found out that our A/C has a freon leak and we are going to need have some expensive repairs done – ugh! While we have an emergency fund we can dip into for repairs, I usually like to find a way to cover an expense like this by making some extra cash.
Here are some of the best ways that I’ve found to earn some extra cash:
Sell Stuff on Ebay
I’ve been doing really well with selling children’s clothing on eBay. I’ve had the most success with brand names like Gymboree, GAP, and The Children’s Place. I’ve found that the auction format works best for me – competition brings higher prices. I also make sure I regularly research the clothing prices so I am pricing my auctions competitively and I only sell clothing that is in the current season. At present I am selling clothes that the kids have outgrown, but I am doing a feasibility study to see if clothing resale through eBay would be a viable side business for the long term.
Since I’ve been blogging for such a long time, I’ve built a few relationships online which have led to freelancing opportunities. I have provided ghost writing, staff writing, editing, and blog content services to both small and large blogs. I’ve helped cover bloggers when they needed an extra article or two, needed time to take a vacation, or even needed to take time off for a maternity leave – I guess in a way you could call me a “blog babysitter”. I also have ventured into blog management and social media. Most of my clients have contacted me directly, but I have now added a “hire me” button to my website so that others who are in need of those types of services will know to contact me. I’m also looking to work with more brands since that has been lucrative in the past, so I’ve reached out to some contacts with regards to that.
This is one of the easist ways I’ve found to make some fast cash online. With Swagbucks I earn by searching the web, taking surveys, playing games or shopping online. I found I can earn around 50 Swagbucks per day easily just by playing Mahjongg (my favorite!) and by watching videos and doing the daily tasks such as doing the daily poll, etc. I turn the Swagbucks I earn into Amazon.com or Target gift cards. By earning 50 Swagbucks each day, I can earn one $5 gift card every 10 days.
Having kids from a wide range of ages has allowed me to hone my skills in English and Math. I provide after school tutoring in my home for neighbors and friends. I charge $25 to $35 an hour (for middle school/high school) depending on the level of tutoring work needed. I’m looking into adding SAT/ACT tutoring as well, since the going rate for tutors for those standardized tests is anywhere from $40 to $50 per hour!
Offer Babysitting Services
Especially during the holidays, families are in need of babysitting. It won’t bring in a lot of money, but every dollar counts right? I offer babysitting services when I know people are most looking for help – usually Friday and Saturday nights or during the weekends when folks are trying to finish up their Christmas shopping. Another option to add is to offer babysitting after the holidays, when parents are trying to “de-stress”, especially with little ones out of school for the holidays.
Well that pretty much highlights what I do when I want to bring in some extra cash. Do you have a favorite way of bringing in extra cash? Would love to hear from you – leave a comment below!
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