Money. It feels like there’s never enough. Whether you need extra cash for something fun, like a vacation or a fancy new outfit, or you’re scrambling to make an emergency purchase, like replacing a broken water heater, life is expensive no matter what time of year it is. You might be looking ahead in the calendar and asking yourself, when will my budget have a bit of room to breathe? Unfortunately, the forecast shows nothing in the future that doesn’t require a healthy supply of cold, hard cash. Rainy day funds only go so far.
But don’t fret: There’s some good news.. For those with anemic wallets, there are a few ways to make some quick cash from home (and yes, they’re totally legit). Keep reading for five money-making methods you’ve likely never heard of.
Sell unused gift cards
We all have at least one friend or relative who buys gift cards that we’re never going to use. So, why not sell them online? For those with cards simply collecting dust, check out services like CardCash. Simply enter the card info to get your free quote. According to the site, they’ll pay as much as 92 per cent of the cash value for your cards. You’ll get paid by direct deposit, PayPal or check—and get money you can use for those gift cards you can’t use. Problem solved!
Get a little selfie-ish
You love taking selfies, right? (It’s OK, just admit it.) Well, that selfie addiction can actually earn you some cash. Using an app called Stylinity, you snap your usual selfies, tag any items pictured with scanning barcodes, then upload and share it on other social platforms like Facebook. Anytime someone purchases one of those items, you earn points that are redeemable for money. While this method isn’t exactly a steady paycheque, those with large social networks can use this to build a stream of passive income for an occasional budget boost.
Get a micro job
Are you creative? Or do you have a robust following on Twitter or Facebook? Then Fiverr might be a great option to acquire some extra dough. Post a gig on your account offering to write a poem, Tweet or post an advertisement to your thousands of followers or friends, or browse other offers and devise your own creative offering (recording a short song using someone’s name, for example). It’s a pretty low-key way to make $5 (or $4 after Fiverr takes it fees). The money is then disbursed within two weeks for you to withdraw. While each payout is small, those gigs can add up.
Become a tasker
We all lead busy lives, and sometimes stretched-thin people choose to outsource their errands or chores (think housecleaning or assembling that new desk from IKEA). If you’re happy to complete menial tasks in exchange for pay, give TaskRabbit a try. Set up a tasker profile and then bid on virtual projects as well as local errands in your neighborhood. Then simply complete your assigned tasks and collect your cash!
Sell your recipes
Are you an inventive cook? How about those to-die-for chocolate caramel cookies that everyone raves about? Specialty food magazines are always on the prowl for unique recipes to print in their pages—for pay, of course. So take some time to pitch your creative concoction to food editors at various publications A good recipe is made to be shared and enjoyed, right?
Now you have five new ways to make some side income on your own time. Now go get started, and best of luck!
Do you make side income in another way not on our list? Share your unusual money-making methods in the comments below.