1. Make Money By Renting Out Your House or Apartment
Have an extra room in your house? Going to be gone for a week and are looking to make some serious dough?
Literally make money from your home.
This is something that not nearly enough people are taking advantage of. If you own a home, consider putting a room (or the whole place) on Airbnb.
Here’s how it works:
Create a listing by filling out a description, taking and uploading photos, and setting a price. Your listing helps guests get a sense of what your place is like.
Then, you set the availability and house rules for your listing. Once your listing is live, guests can book their stay at your home, and you start earning money.
To up the “trust” factor for both the host and the guests, Airbnb does require some verification information, including phone numbers. After a visit, everyone gets the chance to write a review.
Learn more about how you can make money as an Airbnb host here.
2. Get Paid to Deliver Food to People
UberEATS is a great program where you earn money for food delivery.
You get to set your own schedule (hello, flexibility!) and earn money by picking up food from local restaurants and delivering it to people in your area.
Depending on where you’re located, you may be able to deliver food by car, bike, or scooter.
Easy, fun, and you can even get paid instantly if you join Uber’s Instant Pay program!
Sign up for UberEATS here
3. Downsize and Declutter: Sell Your Unwanted Stuff
Before you really roll up your sleeves and monetize your personal or professional skills, why not right-size your life? Selling your unwanted stuff is a great way to downsize and declutter your life while earning some income on the side. If you’re transitioning to full-time work-at-home status, that income could provide a critical boost to your plans for a proper home office, or allow you to maintain your lifestyle during lean times without resorting to voluntary simplicity.
When it comes to at-home income, selling your unwanted stuff is the definition of “low-hanging fruit.” Even if you’re resolutely intentional in your purchasing habits, you surely have possessions that you can do without: old kids’ clothing and toys, disused sporting goods, out-of-fashion wardrobe accessories, electronics, entertainment, valuable but non-sentimental keepsakes such as watches and jewelry, broken-in furniture, dusty tools and outdoor equipment, and perhaps even big-ticket items like a motorcycle or second car.
The real question is: how and where do you sell all that stuff?
Sell Your Old Stuff Online With Decluttr
One of the best places to sell unwanted personal possessions is Decluttr, a website that buys used items directly from consumers. Unlike trade-in marketplaces such as Gazelle and auction websites such as eBay, Decluttr doesn’t act as a middleman between buyers and sellers. Rather, it’s best understood as a bulk buyer: an enterprise with deep pockets and an insatiable appetite for used consumer products.
Decluttr specializes in entertainment (digital and analog) and consumer technology: books, DVDs, CDs, Blu-rays, games, tablets, laptops, smartphones. That makes it an excellent choice for folks looking to reuse and recycle technology products and reduce electronic waste, which is particularly damaging to the environment and human health.
Decluttr is easy to use. Grab an unwanted item, check that Decluttr buys it (for instance: CDs are great, old clothing is not), and enter its barcode into Decluttr’s “valuation engine” or use your Decluttr smartphone app (iOS and Android) to scan your item directly. You’ll receive an instant price quote that you can accept or decline with no obligation. If you accept, just pack your items into a box large enough to fit them, slap a free Decluttr shipping label on it, and bring it to any authorized UPS location (including drop boxes, if your box contains fewer than 25 items). Decluttr issues your payment the day after your item arrives by PayPal, direct deposit, or paper check. There’s no practical limit to the number of items you can sell: each order is technically limited to 500 items, but you can create as many orders as you like in any given timeframe.
Decluttr has some crucial advantages over other online selling platforms:
- Next Day Payment: When you sell on Decluttr, you receive payment within 24 hours after the sale completes and the item arrives at the new owner’s address. That’s substantially faster than many online consignment platforms, which tend to have more flexible payment terms. And it’s much more predictable than auction sites or venues for third party sellers (including Amazon), which typically allow buyers and sellers to work out their own payment arrangements.
- No Sales Commissions or Auction Fees: Since it acts as the sole buyer of products sold through its website, Decluttr doesn’t have to charge commissions on completed sales, nor auction listing fees. When you sell on an auction site, you need to accept both types of fees – and, in many cases, a steep haircut on your take-home earnings.
- Free Shipping: You don’t have to pay to ship your sold items to Decluttr. Shipping costs are factored into the price Decluttr is willing to pay for the items it buys. All you need to do is box up your item and drop it at a UPS location.
- Bulk Selling: For all practical purposes, you can sell as many items as you like on Decluttr. If you reach the 500-item-per-order limit, just start a new order. This is a big advantage for folks staring down huge boxes of old DVDs, CDs, and textbooks. And it’s a distinct competitive edge on retail trade-in platforms, which may require users to enter their items one at a time.
- User-friendly App: Decluttr is a mobile-ready platform made for selling on the go. The mobile app is a great help when you’re hunched over miscellaneous boxes in your dank basement or sweltering attic. You can use the app to scan in your items directly and utilize Decluttr’s “valuation engine” to quickly and easily see exactly how much you can earn. Many popular online selling platforms, including eBay and Amazon, are designed first and foremost with desktop and laptop users in mind.
4. Accepting packages
If your normal 9-to-5 involves working from home, this is one of the easiest ways to earn some extra dough. Sign up with eNeighbr to accept and hold shipments for your neighbors when they aren’t home, so they don’t get stolen. Earning potential: $3.50 per package
5. Get Paid to Drive Your Car Around
If you enjoy meeting new people and creating your own schedule, signing up to drive with Lyft can be a great way to make extra money.
It’s worth a try to see if you like it – some drivers have had so much success that it’s become their main income source!
To be eligible, you must be at least 21 years old, have a car to drive, have three years of driving experience, an in-state driver’s license, a clean driving record, and be able to pass a criminal background check.
Sign up for Lyft here
Driving for Uber is also another great option. The amount you can earn depends on factors like, where you live, how often you decide to drive, the time of year, and so on. Sign up for Uber Here
6. Get Paid to Take Surveys, Watch TV, & Play Games
Signing up for InboxDollars is a no-brainer and could be a way to make money on the side and have fun while doing so!
The way it works is: companies sponsor the content and are willing to pay to get people to watch and play. Take surveys, answer polls, search the web, and a lot more.
PLUS, get rewarded just for watching videos! They have a ton of shows that can be watched online, including cooking shows, news, entertainment, health, etc., and you can tune in whenever it’s convenient for you.
BONUS: Get a free $5 signup bonus when you register and click on the activation email sent to your Inbox!
Sign up for InboxDollars here
7. Buy and sell domain names -aka- Flipping Domains
A domain name is just a website address (eg. ‘savethestudent.org’ or ‘mysite.co.uk’) and there are lots of extensions (.com, .net, .co.uk etc).
They cost as little as £1.99 to register with 123-reg.co.uk or GoDaddy.com yet premium domain names can fetch £1,000s if not millions when sold on. In 2007 VacationRentals.com went for a cool $35m!
The trick is to find available domain names which have some commercial value, snap them up and then list them for sale on a site like Sedo.com.
8. Used Book Sales: Sell Your Old Paperbacks
I was checking out some books to buy at an estate sale one weekend, and a woman came in and she began to scan the books with a portable bar code scanner. My curiosity got the best of me and so I asked her what she was doing.
She explained that she buys used books from garage and estate sales, and then turns around and sells the books for cashon sites like Amazon, Ebay, Half.com and AbeBooks. A scanner is used to determine how long it usually takes for a specific book to sell and how much it sells for. This lovely young lady told me that she makes a full-time living doing this.
So, I got the scoop on how to run a business of this type. Here’s what you need to know:
- Finances. You need to be good at quick math and be able to make quick decisions. You have to be careful how much you pay for a book, and then keep careful track of the expenses involved in selling it. For instance, when you sell on a website, they’ll take a commission from the sale. In addition, some sites, like eBay, will charge you a listing fee for each book. If you request that your money be deposited via PayPal, then you’ll be charged a transaction fee per book. If you’re not careful, the fees will quickly negate your profits.
- Storage. Depending on how big your business gets, you’ll need ample room to store the books. You can’t get lazy or disorganized about it, either. You have to keep the books in good condition, and you need to be able to find them when someone wants them. For instance, if you list a book in “like new” condition, and then the pages get smashed during storage, you’ll be in a bind if someone places an order before you realize what happened.
- Shipping. You will only have a few days to ship a book after it sells, and even less time if you agree to include two-day or overnight shipping as part of your options. And since you’ll want to save as much as you can on the shipping, you’ll have to devise a plan. Many people set aside specific days for shipping – say 3 days a week – and then make one big trip to the post office. As long as there isn’t anything else in the package, you can send books via media mail, which is the least expensive option. Finally, your books will need to be packaged in a way that they won’t get damaged in transit.
- Ratings. Whenever someone buys a book from you, they will have the opportunity to give the transaction a rating. This is when they’ll tell other potential buyers whether the book was in the condition that you described, whether it was mailed on time, and if your communications were pleasant and helpful. One bad rating can hamper sales, and a couple of them can downright stop them. Excel at customer service and your ratings will help your company grow.
- Current. It’s important that you stay current in this ever-changing business. You can do so by following some well-known blogs about the topic such as Sell Your Books Online.
9. Make Money Selling Your Stock Photos
Looking for some extra cash? Look no further than the thousands of digital photos taking up space on your hard drive.
Pick your best photos and turn them into money by selling them on microstock websites.
Most sites start their image pricing at just $1 for the smallest size, with costs increasing with image sizes.
Microstock sites, such as istockphoto.com or shutterstock.com, make it easy for amateurs with a passion for photography to get started selling their photos online.
Once approved as a contributor, most microstock sites do not charge photographers to upload photos to their portfolios. Instead, the sites take a percentage of each sale.
First Steps to Selling Stock Photos
It’s important to make sure you have the proper equipment. Your stock photography portfolio is not a place for iPhone photos.
Instead, invest in a good-quality digital camera. Use a camera where you control the settings, like a digital SLR. It’s not a good ideal to use a point-and-shoot camera. Your camera must be able to shoot sharp images,
Learn the importance of learning the ins and outs of your camera so you can take technically-correct images.