15 Ways for Teens to Earn Extra Money

15 Ways for Teens to Earn Extra Money

Have your teens been looking for ways to earn extra money? Yes, older teens can go and find a job, but what about younger ones? Teens that are 13, 14 or even 15 can all find ways to earn money without having to worry about being too young for an actual job. These 15 ways for teens to earn extra money are easy to do and great for teens of all ages.

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5 Hobbies That Can Help Pay The Bills

5 Hobbies That Can Help Pay The Bills

If you’re looking to earn a little money to help make ends meet, then why not put your passions, skills and abilities to good use?  Here are some hobbies that may be able to help you out financially:

1) Photography

Digital photography has opened a lot of new opportunities for individuals with a good eye. If you’re comfortable with handling a camera, you may want to consider a casual career in photography. You can take occasional jobs covering weddings or birthdays, or even shoot family portraits during the holidays.

2) Writing

There are a number of ways to make some dough if you have a way with words. Start putting together some writing samples and dive into the world of freelance writing. Try submitting articles for newspapers, magazines and even websites. You may even want to consider starting your own blog on a topic you are very familiar with, then later start selling ad space on your site.

3) Sewing

Crafters tend to do great on sites like Etsy, there are also other ways you can earn a little money on the side if you’re handy with a needle and some thread. Put out an ad on your local newsletter or bulletin board promoting your willingness to mend blouses, shorten pairs of pants, and sew curtains.

4) Shopping

So shopping may not seem like an obvious skill or talent to bring in money—but you may just be surprised! With a little research, you may be able to land the occasional mystery shopping gig to help pay for your next tank of gas or the occasional lunch out. Another option for shopaholics (with a good sense of style) is personal shopping. Try starting out by offering your services to senior citizens or busy mothers in your neighborhood. If someone compliments you on your outfit, be sure to hand them a business card!

5) Organizing

If you take pride in your overly organized ways, why not consider a freelance career as either a professional organizer or even a virtual assistant? People nowadays have too much clutter, as well as way too much information to deal with. Consider charging an hourly rate and you may have found a great profession to help you pay the bills.

As you can see, even the most seemingly insignificant hobbies or skills can result in a little extra cash when put to good use. List down your skills and passions and see how you can make the most of them!

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9 Secrets to Holding a Successful Yard Sale

Are you looking to declutter your home? Do you need to make some quick cash for your emergency fund or to help pay off your debts? Why not clean out your closets and hold a yard sale? Holding a yard sale isn’t all that complicated—but the task can seem a little daunting if you haven’t had one before. Here are some tips and secrets to ensuring that your yard sale is a huge success:

1) Choose the right date.

The best time to hold a yard sale is the weekend after payday. Schedule your yard sale around the first Saturday or Sunday of the month to ensure that your customers have money to spend!

2) Open early.

Most hard-core yard sale shoppers like to be there early in order to find the best deals. Be ready to open up by 6 or 7AM.

3) Hold a pre-sale for family and friends.

If you have your items priced and sorted ahead of time, then consider holding a pre-sale for your family and friends the night before your yard sale. The more you sell at your pre-sale, the less you’ll have to bring out the next day!

4) Advertise.

If you want people to visit your sale, you need to get the word out that you’re having a sale. Advertise your yard sale in community newsletters and bulletin boards, you can even list your sale for free at Craigslist. If you’re selling big-ticket items such as furniture, electronics or even your car, then you might also want to try advertising in your local paper.

5) Prepare the signage.

You’re trying to make some money and not spend it—so create simple signage for your sale with the help of old cardboard boxes and some markers. Hang them in your front yard and around busy intersections in your neighborhood. Include your address and the date of the sale.

6) Forget sentimental value.

When pricing your goods, remember that people aren’t going to pay more for something just because it has sentimental value to you. Price your things realistically according to what they’re actually worth.

7) Don’t forget the change.

One crucial thing to do on the day before the yard sale is to make a quick run to the bank (or grocery store) and get some change. Stock up on quarters, $1, $5 and $10 bills.

8 ) Get the family involved.

Holding a yard sale can be an almost impossible task if you’re doing it on your own. How are you going to manage handling the money, bagging the items, entertaining questions and keeping an eye on your things at the same time?  Ask your spouse or kids to help out.

9) Keep an eye on your cash.

As much as possible, keep your earnings in a container that allows you to keep the larger bills out of sight.  You may also want to take out the larger bills from your box and place them inside the house for safekeeping after the initial morning madness is over with just to be on the safe side.

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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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6 Great Tips for Selling Success on eBay

When it comes to ways of making a little money, selling items on eBay may not be an obvious option. However, you’d be surprised at the number of people who have raised thousands of dollars on this one website. You don’t necessarily need to sell extraordinary items—you just need to know how to make the most of the site.

Follow these steps and you too can start experiencing selling success on eBay:

1. Do a little research.

Before listing a particular item, do a little research on similar products selling on eBay. Take note of how much interest there is in the item, as well as how much it seems to be selling for.

2. Start your auctions at $0.01.

It may seem tempting to begin your auction at a price closer to what you’d like to actually get, but starting at $0.01 is a smarter choice for small items. You’ll capture more interest this way, and you’ll have more people following your auction until the very end. Of course, you may feel comfortable using a different pricing tactic if you’re selling a very expensive item.

3. Upload professional-looking photos.

People may be making an online purchase, but they still want to see what they are buying. Avoid using stock photographs. If you have a camera, then take nicely lit and arranged photographs of all the products you list on eBay in order to accurately show the item’s condition.

4. Make your message a good one.

The way you write your eBay listing can greatly affect the outcome of your sale. Write an enticing and detailed description of the item, and use any necessary keywords. Include sizes and dimensions when applicable. Be transparent. It helps to include a more personal message, such as your reason for selling the product.

5. Communicate.

Make it a point to check your messages regularly so you can quickly and respectfully respond to all queries. Timely communication with your potential customers can boost sales. Someone might just be waiting to hear back from you before making a bid on your item.

6. Study your shipping options.

You may be trying to make some cash, but don’t make money off of shipping charges. Spend some time searching for the best shipping method for your product in terms of both reliability and expense. Your customers will thank you for it.

These are just some of the many things you can do to achieve success when selling on eBay. Follow these tips and you’ll not only gain good feedback from your customers, but you’ll fatten up your wallet, too.

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Legitimate Survey Sites & Home Business Opportunities

People ask me all the time how they too can go about earning some money from home so I have compiled this list of legitimate survey sites and work at home opportunities that you can check out.  Nobody ever got rich doing online surveys, but you can make a few extra bucks here and there plus you can get products to try out and review and even gifts and prizes on occasion.  Here is a list of legit survey sites that you may want to check out if you’ve got some spare time you wouldn’t mind trading for some spare cash.  At the bottom of the list you’ll find some inexpensive manuals that provide training for several different businesses you can start from home if you’re looking for a part or full-time income.

Global Test Market Panel – Get rewarded for voicing your opinion and trying new products. Earn rewards for every online survey you complete and receive checks for sharing your opinions and helping companies with their market research.

Inbox Dollars – Get cash rewards for taking surveys, playing games and reading email – plus new enrollees get $5 just for signing up!  I do their email ones all the time because they’re easy.

Ipsos I-Say Young Adults Survey – Must be between 18-30 to qualify. As part of the Ipsos i-Say Community, you get to see new products and ideas before anyone else. Earn rewards for taking surveys, plus you’ll qualify for cash giveaways and other great prizes too!

MySurvey – Made up of a group of consumers from throughout the United States who influence future products and services by volunteering to participate in consumer research. By sharing your opinions about products and services, you are rewarded with Reward Points to redeem for cash and merchandise.

Nielsen Consumer Panel – This is an awesome program, if you’re accepted you’ll earn points for doing surveys and for scanning the things that you buy.  You can turn around and use those points to buy all kinds of cool stuff from their online catalog.  (I was a member of the panel for two years and really enjoyed doing their surveys and scanning my stuff!)

Shadow Shopper – Get paid to eat and shop!  You could make $150 or more a week Shadow Shopping part time.

Survey4Profit – Cash payouts can range from $10 to $250 per survey completed. Prizes include Plasma screen televisions, iPods, computers and cars. 

Swagbucks – Win Prizes just for searching the web. Swagbucks is a loyalty program where you can earn free stuff including 1,000′s of products for doing the things you do everyday. Simple to register, no credit card required!  I search with Swagbucks on a daily basis and redeem all of my rewards for cash through PayPal or Amazon gift cards that I use to pay for the majority of our Christmas gifts and other goodies.

Toluna – Earn cash for taking surveys and test free products!

Under One Roof – The people who bring you HGTV, Food Network, and Travel Channel invite you to join an exclusive online community where you can share your opinions, thoughts, and ideas about topics related to home, food, travel and more! Under One Roof is your opportunity to tell us about your experiences in home improvement, decorating, cooking, shopping, entertaining, traveling, vacations, and much more. Plus, you earn points for rewards by participating in surveys and discussion forums. Once you’ve qualified and confirmed your membership in the community, you will also be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of three $250 amazon.com electronic giftcards.

Vindale Research – Review products and take simple online surveys. Make a difference by sharing your opinion and you’ll receive up to $75 per survey completed, plus you can choose to keep the products that you review.

Zoom Panel – Get paid $5 to $75 to take surveys plus you can get paid to review new products.

Work At Home Opportunity Training Manuals

How to Make Cash From Your Crafts

Sewing Machine Repair As A Home Business

Sewing For Full Figure Women

Sewing For Plus Size Children

Start & Operate A Profitable Clothing Alteration Business

Write eBooks That Sell

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Cash In Your Old Electronic Gadgets

Cash in on your gadgets!

I’m still working on my New Year’s resolution to get more organized so I’ve been tossing and recycling all kinds of stuff – today I’m getting rid of a couple old cell phones and I just got paid to do it!  It’s super easy to cash in on your old gadgets at Gazelle – all you do is type in the name or brand of your item, then answer a couple questions about the condition of the item, and they’ll make you an offer.  You can take it or leave it, choose to get paid via check or PayPal, get paid in gift cards for your favorite retailers, or donate the value of your items to charity.  Once you’re done they’ll even send you a box and a prepaid label if you want.  They buy all types of used electronics like hard drives, computers, laptops, digital cameras, MP3 players, satellite radios, video games, movies and more.  Plus you can get an additional 10% on laptops and cellphones through the end of January with promo code NEW.  They just offered me $85.80 for two old Blackberries that have been in the closet for awhile and I happily accepted 😉

Earn Cash – Get Paid for Your Old Books!

I’ve just spent most of the day cleaning out the “junk room” so I can have a larger office space and I’m thrilled to have also made $85.77 for my effort!  I divided up all the books that I found into piles of those I wanted to keep and those I just didn’t need anymore, then typed all of the ISBN numbers in at Cash4Books to see what they were worth.  Of the 15 books that I typed in they offered to buy seven of them for a total of $85.77.  They pay for shipping and there are no fees, I even got a free upgrade to FedEx shipping since I have more than five books to send in.  You can request a check or to get paid through PayPal, which is the option I chose.

Another cool thing you can do with Cash4Books if you’ve got some spare time and would like to make a few extra bucks, is that you can use any cell phone with Internet access to look up what they’ll pay for books before you even buy them.  You could look up books you find at garage sales, flea markets and used book stores to see if they’d make you a profit.  They even have an Android app that allows you to simply scan a book’s ISBN to get an immediate quote.  As for me, I’m just happy to have been paid to clean out my new space 😉

Last Chance – Synovate Offer is Closing

I really like participating with Synovate, their surveys are fun and it’s easy to get paid quickly.  Their panel only opens up occasionally and when it closes it stays that way for quite awhile so grab this opportunity to join Synovate while you can!

You Can Make A Difference

  • Help companies improve everyday services, products, and household items Be the first to test new consumer goods
  • Help design new products before they appear on store shelves nationwide
  • Being a Panel member is easy, fun and provides many rewards. Rewards are easy to earn by simply spending some time each month answering questions about your likes and dislikes.

You Will Be Rewarded

  • Register today to be entered into their Monthly Sign-up Sweepstakes with over 200 winners monthly
  • Earn points redeemable for cash by taking surveys with the Synovate Rewards Program Their minimum payout is only $5, so you can start earning quickly. Signup now!

Legitimate Survey Sites

Nobody ever got rich doing online surveys, but you can make a few extra bucks here and there plus you can get products to try out and review and even gifts and prizes on occasion.  Here is a list of legitimate survey sites that you may want to check out if you’ve got some spare time you wouldn’t mind trading for some spare cash.

Inbox Dollars – Get cash rewards for taking surveys, playing games and reading email – plus new enrollees get $5 just for signing up!  I do their email ones all the time because they’re easy.

Mindfield – You’ll get lots of invitations from them, just take them up on the ones you want to do – some of them lead to free trials. 

Nielsen Consumer Panel – This is an awesome program, if you’re accepted you’ll earn points for doing surveys and for scanning the things that you buy.  You can turn around and use those points to buy all kinds of cool stuff from their online catalog.  (I’m a member of the panel and I enjoy doing their surveys and scanning my stuff!)

Panda Research – Earn $3 to $75 for each survey that you complete and 3¢ to 25¢ for every email you read!

Survey4Profit – Cash payouts can range from $10 to $250 per survey completed. Prizes include Plasma screen televisions, iPods, computers and cars. 

Toluna – Earn cash for taking surveys and test free products!

Zoom Panel – Get paid $5 to $75 to take surveys plus you can get paid to review new products.