In today's economy, every dollar counts and most people have to do more than just a 9 to 5 job to survive. Earning extra income is easy if you get creative with your time and abilities. Here are some extra income ideas to get you thinking and bringing in that much-needed cash:
1. Have a rummage sale. Clear out the clutter and bring in the money. Go through your closet and pull out anything you have not worn in a year, then have your spouse and children do the same. Do not hang on to clothing that no longer fits, hoping you can someday wear it again. Clear off the bookshelves, removing novels you have read and those you have held on to for far too long. With recipes available online, those excess cookbooks can also be placed in the rummage sale. In addition, decorating and design ideas change with the seasons. Pluck those home improvement books and put them in the yard sale, keeping in mind you can always search online for more home ideas. Dig through the garage and storage sheds for forgotten items you have not missed, then sell them. Assess each room in your home and pull any excess furnishings for your rummage sale. Place valuable items on an online auction site to raise even more cash.
2. Use your talents. If you are a writer, there are countless freelance writing opportunities available online, allowing you to work from the comfort of home at any time of day. Search markets for writers to learn which magazines accept freelance articles, then send query letters with ideas. If you are musically gifted, offer your services for weddings and funerals. If photography is your hobby, develop it into a part-time business. Start with weddings and photo shoots for family and friends at a discounted rate to get your portfolio established.
3. Sit with children, pets, the homebound or the elderly. Many people need sitters they can trust to care for their loved ones, including the four-legged family members. This is a service you can provide on a freelance basis as your time and schedule allows. If you have children of your own, offer to keep family and friends' children in your home. If you are available to sit in others' homes, this service is invaluable for someone who is traveling and needs a sitter for children, pets or an elderly family member. In addition, some people just want a warm body to remain in their house while they are away, watering plants and keeping things running smooth while they are away.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to earn extra income. Do some brainstorming and put your skills to work for you.