Ways to Bring in a Little Extra Money

So you have been following along the financial series here at Making Mommas.  Great!  We will be tackling the much dreaded budget very soon.  But if you already know that you don’t bring in enough income to cover your expenses, here is a list of some things you could try, to bring in a few extra dollars.  Pick a few that you think would work well with your personality and lifestyle, and give them a try.

  1. Moonlight – pick up a part-time or temporary job that works around your “day job’s” work schedule, such as weekends or evenings.
  2. Sell Stuff – everyone has stuff around their house that they no longer use.  Put it on the great world wide web, bring it to a local consignment store, pawn shop or auction, list it in the paper/radio ads, or have a garage sale.
  3. Baby Sit – it’s so easy to fall back on the way so many of us made money in the first place.  Do some babysitting for folks who have a hard time finding daycare for those odd hours.  Maybe they work an evening job or weekend job, and there are no daycares for those hours.  Offer your services.
  4. Start Your Own Business – think of any skills you may have.  How can you use them to do a little contracting work on the side?  Can you landscape?  Mow lawns?  Offer your services as a decorator or party planner?  Clean houses?  Tutor?  Write grants?  Proofread?
  5. Start a Blog – I have been told you can make money blogging.  I haven’t seen any yet, but give it a try!  It’s fun, if nothing else.  🙂
  6. Refunding – I know people who have done this.  My mother-in-law did this and took her kids to California with the money she made – twice!  I’m not sure of all the in’s and out’s of it, but basically how it works is companies offer refunds of their product if you send in the UPC from the package and the sales receipt.  If you do this enough, you can end up with quite a little stash.
  7. Online Surveys – I have been told you can make extra money online by taking surveys and answering quizzes.  Again, I’ve never tried this.  So be careful proceeding.  There are a lot of scams out there as well, and I wouldn’t want you to get caught up in one.
  8. Bring in Scrap Metal – Do you have a lot of old junk laying out in the yard?  If it’s made of metal, find a local salvage yard and see if they will take it. They pay you to take it off of your hands.  🙂  Do this with any old copper wiring you may have laying around as well.
  9. Sell a Craft –  Are you a crafty person? Then sell what you make!  Set up at local craft fairs or online.
  10. Sell your baked goods – Can you bake?  Then sell what you make!  Set up at a local craft fair or Farmer’s Market.
  11. Gardening – Can you offer fresh fruits and vegetables in the fall?  Or canned goods? Again, set up at a local craft fair or Farmer’s Market.
  12. YOU PICK – Do you live in the country?  Do you have a lot of extra space? Start a YOU PICK business.  You pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, corn, pumpkins, asparagus.  Whatever works.
  13. Seasonal Fun – can you offer a corn maze? Pumpkin Patch? A Haunted Woods?  Campfires for those city folks?  Use your imagination, and your space, to offer something to those who don’t experience the joys of living in the country on a daily basis.
  14. Rent out your home – Do you travel a lot for business?  Then rent out your home to others who do as well.  Many people are preferring to stay in a fully furnished house rather than a hotel these days.  Or, if you have a lake place/vacation home, offer up time shares or rent that out when you aren’t around.  Or, if you have extra space in your house, take in a roommate.
  15. House Sit – Live in someone else’s home while they are gone, to care for it.  This gig often includes caring for their pets.

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