6 Great Ways to Make Extra Money

Are you a stay at home mom who wants to contribute to your family’s income? Maybe you are unemployed and currently trying to pay off your credit card debt? The great news is that you don’t need a nine-to-five job to make a bit of extra money.

1)  Sell items you don’t need.

Clean up your home and turn the items you no longer need into cash. Try selling items of value on sites like eBay. Afterward, hold a yard sale for the rest of your items. You’d be surprised at how much you could make from your junk old stuff!

2)  Tutor students.

Do you have a knack for grammar? Are you an expert at math? If you’re patient and are good at dealing with people, then turn your knowledge into a paycheck. Parents will pay big money to see their kids perform well at school. Advertise on school campuses and the local newspaper and start building up your clientele.

3)  Become a Mystery Shopper.

It sounds to good to be true, doesn’t it? Yes, you can get paid to shop! Research which companies are in need of mystery shoppers and start applying.

4)  Recycle.

If you’ve got steel, plastic, aluminum and other biodegradable materials lying around, then gather them for recycling. You’ll be helping out both the environment and your wallet at the same time!

5) Make money from your crafts.

Are you especially good with your hands? Sell your handcrafted jewelry and knitted sweaters on Etsy—a marketplace for anything handmade. Market your Etsy shop properly and watch the orders (and cash) fly in.

6)  Try freelancing.

If you’ve got a way with words, then try your hand at becoming a freelance writer. Send writing samples and article ideas to local magazines and newspapers. Search for websites in need of commentaries and reviews or check out freelance marketplaces like Elance and Odesk for writing jobs. Freelance projects are also available for program developers, graphic artists and virtual assistants.

These are just six additional sources of income you can consider. Remember, all you really need are commitment, imagination and good work ethic. If you’ve got these three, then the ways to make extra cash are endless!

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