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25 Weird & Easy Ways to Make Money

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August 26, 2015 · 1.2k Views

Cash is one of those commodities that most can agree to be a universal perk, whether you find it on the sidewalk, earn it, or make some from a side gig. This is also why we are constantly on the hunt for ways to save or generate more cash on the side. Consider these easy and effective tactics (that may not have occurred to you) to increase your funds, and anyone with any skill set on any schedule can do them.

1. Fiverr

You can literally offer anything that you’re willing to do for $5, and others will pay you for this deed. It’s free to use and your earnings will be deposited directly into your bank account.

2. Sell What You Grow
A lot of interesting things can be exchanged for cash – blood, hair, plasma, even breast milk is all fair game and completely legal. Sell each of these, or all if that works with you, for some extra dough.

3. Sell Stuff Online
If something is of no use to you, why not check if someone else will pay for it? Consider garage sales, Facebook pages, or lots of different avenues online. For your own safety, please make sure to meet in a public area!

4. Exchange on Amazon
This tycoon is willing to pay for secondhand goods. Browse Amazon to see how much they’re willing to pay for an item that you own. The cool thing is they’ll even pay for shipping, and once they receive the item, your account will be credited. Since you can find almost anything and everything on the site, your item sure to be a welcome exchange.

5. Sell Your Car

If you’re a city dweller and public transport is easily accessible, cars are deemed unnecessary and expensive. Beyond the value of a car, you need to consider the cost of gas, maintenance, parking, insurance, etc. Contemplate selling your car for an amazing amount of annual savings! eBay and Craigstlist are great avenues for car sales.

6. Rent Your Home or Yard
Have an extra room that’s collecting dust? Rent it out! Have vacant, desirable parking spots? Charge a fee for others to park there. Figure out what isn’t getting used and what others are willing to pay for. Take a look at Airbnb for different ways you can rent out a single room or your entire abode.

7. Recycle

Your collection of cans, metals, and cardboards can provide you with a hefty sum. Start saving now then head over to a recycling center for a environmentally friendly and economical way to earn on goods you’ve already purchased. Read more about Why You Should Recycle.

8. Get Crafty and Creative
Websites like Etsy and eBay allow you to sell innumerable types of handmade items. Whenever you’re feeling creative, strike up your own endeavor and post your goods online. Generally, you will experience very little overhead and an incredible growth opportunity.

9. Assist Others
In addition to other sites, merchants like Amazon allow users to perform everyday tasks for earnings. You can do whatever your schedule allows for a specific rate – rake leaves, laundry, walk dogs, etc.

10. Pawn Your Goods

Important valuables that are just laying around your house may serve a monetary purpose to you. We have some goods that have been around for so long, we don’t even remember where they came from. Consider pawning these items for some quick cash. Try Pawngo to sell your valuables online for cash. Don’t forget you can also check out eBay and Amazon for an easy method of selling your used, old, and even new belongings.

11. Sign Up for Experiments
This might sound creepy, but for the most part, you get to choose what is done and for how long. More often than not, these experiments just take time, but once completed, a hefty check awaits.

12. Buy Low, Sell High
If you know where to hunt for bargains, go ahead and make the purchase. After that, try creating the highest profit possible in a short amount of time. This is a great method to use on tickets, weapons, furniture, etc.

13. Put Ads on your Website or YouTube Channel
Own some space on the web? Incorporate ads in it for a quick, effortless, and effective way to earn money. Every time a viewer clicks on your ad, you get paid. Try getting a video to go viral on YouTube to collect generous ad revenue!

14. Trade in Empty Cartridges
Now that it’s been depleted of ink, it’s time to sell the cartridge for a return. Make sure to do your research for the best price, or take it to a local store for a clean way to earn.

15. Upload your Photos Online

Did you know people get paid when their photos get used and how they can be altered? Sign up for free on sites like Shutterstock and choose the license you want, then each time someone wants permission to use your image, you’ll make revenue.

16. Consignment
Second-hand stores will pay a decent amount for clothing or household items that you no longer want. You can choose to collect the money up front, or allow them to sell it later for a better payout. Look for a consignment store near you.

17. Show Travelers Around Town
If you’re a personable individual who knows their way around town, offer tour guide services. You’re typically cheaper than most companies, and you can definitely provide a unique experience for all your tourists.

18. Refer Friends
Always ask what service companies (Internet, groceries, etc.) provide for rewards programs. Many will offer free months or discounts to those who refer their friends and family. Start spreading the news!

19. See if You’re Owed Online
Legally, states are required to notify the next of kin if they are due any funds. Browse the web to see if any long-lost relatives have left anything behind for you.

20. Sign Up as a Product Tester

Today, testing new products is safer than ever, and sometimes you can earn some serious dough if you sign up. You might even have a weighty effect on the shopping shelves! Read more about becoming a product tester.

21. Sell From Home
Thousands of companies allow you the liberty to work from home. Sell goods whenever it is most convenient for you, fits your taste, and as often as you’d like. Because it’s commission, you have the ability to earn easily without putting in extra hours.

22. Join a Focus Group
Offer your own opinion(s) and get paid for your input. Opportunities vary depending on your location, but your contributions can accumulate to some serious earnings with little work!

23. Sell Used Books
No longer a practice that is popular with the college crowd, bookstores and consignment shops are paying cash (or store credit) for those who turn in any number of literature. If you own a rare copy, you might be in for a bonus!

24. Sell Your Unwanted Gift Cards

You can collect all those unwanted gift cards to stores at which you never shop and trade them in for cash, no matter the amount or the establishment. Even if the gift card is partially used, you can resell them to websites like or

25. Drive People Around
Have a car and some extra time on your hands? Get paid to drive people around! It’s easy and it can be a memorable experience. Check out Uber and Lyft to find out how you can start and get rewarded when you refer your friends to be drivers. Note that if you drive during peak times like holidays, nights, or weekends, you get a bump in pay!

by Daisy Tran

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Daisy loves to write with humor and can be quite the sarcastic commentator when it is appropriate. Loves carbs, fashion, staying active, and pinning the latest DIY projects for her room (which she will actually never do).

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