Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How to Make Extra Money

Latey I have been thinking of lots of little ways to make extra money. I have a steady job and make it a point to put money in my savings every month. However, it is always great to have a way to have a little extra cash flow, especially doing things that you love. I am sharing a few of the ways that I have been making a little extra cash to do fun things that I love. I try to use this "fun money" as my funds for shopping and buying other knick-knacks or things I have been lusting over online.

1. Sell your old stuff online.

Ebay and Poshmark are my jam. I am always amazed at some of the old things that I no longer use that others still want to buy. I have sold everything from gently used scrub tops to bridesmaid jewelry I never wore, to old loved boots and doubles of anything I own. While this doesn't bring in a ton of money a month, it does provide an extra $20 - $30. The trick is to start your prices for items you are selling a little higher than you like, and slowly start to lower them over a period of time. You never know when someone might be looking for an item you are selling and want to buy it now, and you don't want to lose out on a higher profit because your prices were low to begin with. Patience is key to this method of extra cash.

Both of these sites also have apps, which makes managing your sales on the go much easier.

2. Monetize Your Blog

I have to admit, I have not been the best at this. I used to make a decent chunk of cash under my previous blog domain, but I was also in college and had a lot more time to commit to posting. I do enjoy writing reviews for sponsored posts; however, I am very keen on only writing honest reviews on items that are parallel to both my likes and lifestyle.

Blogger pairs with Google Ads, and there are plenty of sites that also allow you to host ads on your site for monetization per clicks.

I will continue to blog with or without cash flow, but it is nice to know there are options that reward you for your hobby and time.

3. Swagbucks

You may have heard me talk about my favorite trending websites a few weeks ago, and I have not wavered. I love that after putting an extra 15 minutes into this site a day I am able to make an extra few dollars a week. I plan on saving this up for the end of the year and then buying a gift card to a site like Amazon where I can buy a variety of items that I use on a daily basis.

I have also been considering listing high quality copies of some of my artwork for sale. I have received a lot of compliments on my original pieces which I have used to decorate my entire apartment. However, I am wishy washy on putting effort into building a site and then not having it be successful. I feel like investing in an Instagram site might be more successful.

4. Shop Smart

Check your credit card...I know Chase Freedom and Discover accounts allow you to earn cashback for many of your purchases. Use Ebates or Swagbucks to earn cash that be deposited directly into a Paypal account as well.

What are your favorite ways to make extra cash?


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