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With summer coming, we are all thinking of ways to earn cash quickly for those vacations! It’s become a pretty common trend in this day and age to see people working more than 1 job in order to live their life on their terms. Many of you work in a career field that allows you to earn cash but just enough to keep up with your monthly bills and emergency expenses. This leaves little cash for fun and extras.
Enter: The Second job. These can be a great way to supplement that main income and have the extra cash needed if you have the time available to you. Then there are those of you who don’t want to or can’t fully commit to a part time job on the side. That is where these great money making ideas come in handy!
Create Things to Sell
Okay, so I get it. Not everyone is Little Miss Crafty. I couldn’t sew a hole in a pair of pants if it was the last pair on Earth. But these days, crafts and DIY projects aren’t always as difficult as threading a needle and working a complex sewing machine. Try re-purposing furniture you find at a yard sale and list it on an online marketplace. All that takes is some sanding and painting and a little bit of time! Ever created your own decorations for your kiddos birthday parties? Moms love handmade stuff like this! Check out Pinterest for tons of inspiration.
Deliver Groceries in Your Neighborhoods
This is a fairly new concept that has been implemented in most major cities and I love to take advantage of it. We all have those days with a schedule that is WAY too packed and finding the time to spend an hour or two perusing the aisles of the grocery store just isn’t likely to happen. This handy service allows you to create your grocery list online, choose a time for delivery, and check out, all without leaving home! Then, one of the services shoppers will go through the store and fulfill the items on your list, while communicating any out of stock or substituted items to you. Then your groceries are delivered to you at home, just like a piping hot pizza! Signing up with Instacart, Shipt, or any other of these services allows you to earn cash on your own time. You choose your hours!
Yeah, I know, this is what you did for $20 on a Friday night when you were 13 but hear me out! Do you know any overworked/tired moms who have kids, maybe even kids around your own kids age? Does it ever seem like they struggle to find affordable and dependable childcare for a weekend out or a date night? Imagine if those same friends leave their kids with you. This is an effective way to not only earn cash, but entertain your kids also! Try advertising your services on your Facebook page or in your mommy groups. You’d be surprised how hard it is to find quality sitters that are trustworthy these days!
Do Some Spring Cleaning
This is one of those tasks that you have to complete anyway so why not earn cash for yourself in the process? Have each member of the household go through their closets and drawers. Challenge each person to bring you 15 things they no longer wear. It sounds like a huge number but most of us have twice that in items we haven’t worn in years! Once everything is presented to you, organize it all nicely and snap some pictures. Utilize Poshmark, ThredUp, or Facebook to sell the items! Next, go for toys and then household and kitchen items!
These won’t make you a quick millionaire, so don’t get your hopes up but you CAN earn cash! They can be time consuming but the great thing is, they are pretty mindless and can be completed from just about anywhere. Sitting in the waiting room of a doctor’s office? Knock out 2-3 surveys in 10-15 minutes! Waiting on that dang PTA meeting to finally start? Plow through those surveys and you’ll be getting paid to wait! Whenever you find the time to do these, just go ahead and knock some out. The cash builds up before you know it and can really be helpful to pay that late water bill this month or save for an excursion during your upcoming cruise! My all-time favorite survey company that is a consistently high earner for me is Survey Junkie!
Offer Help to Family & Friends
I know that we try to do all that we can for family and friends without expecting anything in return. This doesn’t have to seem greedy! Try making a little simple mock-up flyer stating what services you will be offering. I.E. Laundry, lawn care, general cleaning, personal shopping, etc. Once you have created this flyer, share wit with family and friends by asking them to pass it along as well as to get in touch with you if they could use any of your services!
Virtual Assistant Work
Are you fantastic at proofreading? A whiz at producing quality memos in no time at all? Do you love to set appointments or make phone calls for other people? Try looking on freelance websites for Virtual Assistant gigs. It’s common these days for people to work from home or run their own business while still running a family. From authors to bloggers to crafters and entrepreneurs in general, they have their hands full. Having someone help comb through the mountain of emails or set up podcast interviews could take a load off! This is an awesome way to earn cash that utilizes skills you already have!
Whatever option you chose to earn cash, make sure you put those pennies in a safe spot! Follow these tips and you’ll be enjoying that time off before you know it!