3 Simple Ways to Start Making Extra Money Now

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make more moneyMaking extra money is a dream that many have. The problem is that some of the ways to make extra money aren’t as easy as others. Sure, you could start a blog and hope to make money like crazy but unfortunately something like blogging takes a lot of time and often many do not make money from blogging (although if you are still interested, check out StartABlog123.com).

In light of that, I thought I’d share some of the more simple (or maybe not so simple if you ask some) ways to start making extra money that you can reap benefits from sooner rather than later.

Selling Your Stuff is a Great Way to Start Making Extra Money

How much stuff do you have sitting around your house? If you’re like me, it’s likely quite a bit. What does this have to do with making extra money? A lot in my opinion! If you’re finding that you have a lot of stuff that you simply don’t use anymore the first thing you should look to do is sell that stuff. Crazy thought, huh? Now, you likely won’t become rich doing this, but it can be a nice little money-making source for you.

There are many options to consider when you’re wanting to sell your things to make extra money. You have Craigslist, Ebay, Farmer’s Market or even a garage sale to choose from – to name a few. My wife and I sell stuff on Craigslist several times a year which usually nets us at least several hundred dollars each time and that’s money we can use for other things, mainly saving or investing. This can also be a great way to build up an emergency fund if you’re in need of doing that. Just remember though, don’t take that extra money and go buy more junk with it, or you’ll defeat the purpose!

Market Yourself

This is likely my favorite way to start making extra money. We all have skills and talents that we can market. For some it might be programming and others it may be writing. Those are skills which can be monetized. This can be easier said than done in some cases, and some will take longer than others but the beauty is you control it.

Start thinking outside the box to see what talents you have and how you could monetize them and start to make more money that can go directly in your bank account.

What if you feel that you don’t have a marketable skill? First, you’re likely wrong and second, there are options if that were true. Do you live in a pet-friendly neighborhood? Do you have friends who travel on occasion? Do you have friends who have babysitting needs? Those are all options you could look at as they could result in picking up dog walking, housesitting or babysitting gigs. It likely won’t be a ton of money in the beginning but many make quite a bit in the long run doing everyday things like that.

As with anything related to finances, your mindset is key as many even turn these skills into side businesses that thrive.

Pick Up a Part-Time Job

What do you do if you want to make extra money on the side but don’t want to take the time or effort to start marketing yourself or monetizing your skills? Another possible option to consider could be picking up a part-time job. This may not be as desirable as being your own boss, but it’s still an option to consider for many wanting to earn extra income. There are many options to consider when it comes to working part-time jobs:

  • Retail jobs
  • Working in a call center
  • Temping in an office setting

Those are all more along the lines of a customer facing retail setting, so what if that’s not your thing? You could also look at things like tutoring or assisting a friend with his or her business. The point is, that there are a good number of options out there, you just have to look into what’s available and how that would work into your schedule.

What are you doing to start making extra money? How are you increasing your net worth in tangible ways?

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  1. My daughter sells her stuff all the time. It must be something to do with her generation that sees this as lucrative. I just see my stuff as junk that no one would want to pay for.

    I am thinking about the part-time work in retail. I just don’t know if I could handle the work on top of an already stressful job and long work hours. I just like the possibility of having an extra $500 to throw at debt each month.

    The site looks good, BTW!
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    • You’d be surprised. I thought the same thing as well before, but there are many things I thought wouldn’t get bought by someone and it went quick.

      That is definitely a valid concern. I think it has to be a unique situation to work out and may not be worth the extra time in the long run.
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  2. Love what you said about marketing yourself, John. I think we all have a good share of skills that we don’t realize are money makers. Stuff like a love for pets leading to pet-walking or pet-sitting, someone who’s great at fixing things starting a handyman service. Often we just don’t equate our skills with an opportunity to make money from them.
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  3. We’ve accumulated enough “stuff” to have a garage sale sometime this summer. I am really looking forward to freeing up some space in my house and hopefully getting a little cash too!
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  4. There are so many ways to make money in the USA it is unbelievable. You have to have ambition, and motivation. You have to ask for the sale, and you have to collect the invoice.

    I once was going to be laid off, I took my lawnmower and made $25K over the course of a summer working only 20 hours per week. Put an ad on Craig’s to do whatever you are already skilled at. Price yourself lower than most, and let the jobs roll in.

    Here in the USA, anyone can be a millionaire. You just have to work at it.
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  5. I’m always on the hustle! I currently have a full-time job, and 2 part-time jobs. One pt job will end in a month, the other is only 2-5x per month. I’m also getting into freelance writing which I love! You always need to be ready for the next opportunity and market yourself accordingly.
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    • That’s a good point Joe. I think there is definitely a possibility of that in a number of industries. I know I had to get things like that approved by Compliance in my last job, who had the power to nix it. That said, there are a number of industries where they actually encourage freelancing and working on the side.
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  6. I love the idea of marketing yourself and using your existing skill set in creative ways to make money. If your day job is as a graphic designer, consider making some money on the side designing graphics online. A writer – try writing freelance for one of the hundreds of websites that will pay you to do that.

    Hustle on the side so you can build up that income and set more aside to give and live!
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  7. Great stuff, John (and Grayson!) The new blog looks awesome 🙂 We will be sure to visit regularly!

    As for making extra money, I agree that selling your stuff – specially things that are not being used is a wonderful way to get a little extra dough on the side. The hubs and I are constantly “editing” what we need and if it’s extra, we have no qualms putting it up for sale. As we get closer and closer to starting a family, we need to do a lot of selling to clear out our spare bedroom. That’s gonna be a super fun project LoL!
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  8. Selling your stuff is a great tip! I just sold an unused computer supply taking up space in my closet for $110 on ebay!!

  9. These are solid suggestions for ways to earn extra income. No matter what choice you try, to me, the underlying theme is you’ll need to work hard. Getting a 2nd/part-time job can be grueling. Marketing yourself usually isn’t super easy (at least not at first). Selling your stuff is probably the easiest, but it’s really only temporary because you’ll run out of stuff eventually. You’ve got to want to make extra money – it doesn’t grow on trees either!
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    • I could not agree more Mr. Utopia. Hard work is vital to any of this as it won’t just fall in your lap. That said, these are also general in nature as each of us is going to have our own situations that are going to make it easier or more difficult to do certain things.
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  10. Great points. I think so many people would benefit from picking up a second job (especially when they are in debt and don’t have kids) but then again, when would they watch all of their favorite TV shows? And I try to go through my things at least once every few months to see what I can sell. Even if it’s just a few hundred bucks, its a few hundred bucks, you know?
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  11. Hey John and thanks for an informative post 🙂

    I gotta go with Market Yourself for sure! I do that all the time as a guitar teacher so I’m used to the concept. I’m now going to also be Marketing Myself for blog post writing, commenting and whatever else folks need. This way, not only do I get to market myself, I hopefully will get word of mouth from my clients which is the BEST form of marketing I can think of!

    Thanks again and take care. My best to all.

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