Bank account looking a little sad after the silly season excesses? Follow our ideas on how you can get some extra money in your pocket, with minimum effort.
There's no doubt the past month or two has created a huge dent in your wallet, with parties, Christmas presents, and vacations. While you're back at your work desk and wondering how you can make that little bit extra to pay off those expenses, consider these ideas below, that could boost your bank balance and wellbeing, in the long-run.
1. Sell your stuff
If you’re in need of cash, the first place you should start is your own home. There are so many ways to flick stuff you no longer need - you could have a garage sale, markets, car boot sale, sell to friends on Facebook, or sell on many of the online sales sites.
It might be old electronics such as computers, cameras, white goods, clothes, antiques, furniture, toys, clothes, accessories… you can sell almost anything that’s in good condition. The second hand goods market is booming but remember, you need to offer items that people actually want. Having said that, your trash just might be someone else’s treasure! Try 'Buy, Swap, Sell' sites in your area on Facebook, Gumtree or Ebay.
2. Rent your stuff
If you’ve got a boat, caravan or holiday house, why not consider renting them out? You could get top dollar during the holiday period, or if you’re going on holiday, you could even rent out your room or house on Air BnB. If you live in a major city, renting your room can bring in a decent chunk of cash. Or, if you take your car to work, rent out your parking space. These can rent for great money, especially if you live near public transport.
3. Pet sitting and dog walking
Calling all animal lovers! Most people want someone they know – or at least can meet in person - to look after their fur baby while they’re on holiday, away on a business trip, or even at work. If you can commit to feeding or walking a pet twice a day, the easiest way is to do a flyer drop or put a notice up on your local community board.
There is also a great service called Pawshake which matches people wanting pet sitters or walkers to people in their area. But taking care of pets is a big responsibility, so only sign up for this if you’re willing to be completely responsible for the pet you’re looking after. Having some previous experience helps.
4. Get creative
More and more people want to buy personal, one-of-a-kind presents for themselves and loved ones, so whether you knit jumpers for cats, make home-made soap or sculpt pottery teapots in the shape of Star Wars characters, there’s a good chance you can sell it on websites like Etsy. If you fancy yourself a bit of a photog, then you can sell or licence these to Getty through www.flickr.com/images.
5. Do the busy online work for someone that can’t
6. Do online surveys
Don’t expect a full salary, but money can be made just by filling out surveys. Sign up to several survey sites – and be aware that compensation will vary. Some may pay you money, others will pay you in free products, but whatever you do, make sure the site is legitimate. Mysurvey.net.au is a good place to start - the points you earn can then be redeemed for gift cards to sites like JB Hi-Fi, Myer and Woolworths. There are other polling companies that pay in cash, but beware of scams.
7. Write online reviews
Some websites will pay you for reviewing their products – others will pay you money based on the number of times your reviews are read. Try advertising your services on fivrr.com or freelancer.com – you could earn five dollars for each review.
8. Be a home handyman
Whether its home cleaning, furniture assembly, pick-up and delivery, fixing a leaky tap or changing a light bulb, there is someone out there that just doesn’t have the time or the inclination to do it – which is where you come in. Websites such as Air Tasker help you earn money for doing something that someone else doesn’t want to do.
There are many ways to earn money through blogging including advertising, sponsorship, affiliate programs, and selling e-products such as e-books, or physical products. However, don’t expect to get rich quick. How much money you make depends on how much time you are willing to invest, how much traffic you get, how engaged your audience is. Be patient. It takes time but if you need motivation, there are wildly popular bloggers who pull in six figures a month!
10. Sell your expertise
At sites like Fiverr, Elance and Freelancer, you can offer any service to the world for the low price of five dollars. Popular offerings are voice overs, writing projects, developing websites, technical support, design, marketing, customised cartoons, logos, Photoshop editing and web site promotion.
11. Sell an e-book
Can you make scones in 50 different flavours? Craft like a wild thing? Have 100 fancy dress ideas? Braid hair like a Viking? Or are you an expert at getting a child to sleep? Put your how-to's in an e-book and make some money! You can make your book available on Amazon or Kindle – it could even be as easy as pulling together a collection of your most popular blog posts.
12. Be a ghost shopper
Heard of those mystery shoppers who are hired to pose as a potential customer in a shop, hotel or restaurant? That could be you – and once you evaluate your experience, the company could pay you good dollars to do so. You can apply to become a mystery shopper on any number of websites, such as Mystery Shopping.
13. Cook up a storm
If you fancy yourself a master chef but don’t have anyone to show off to, then put your skills to good use by organising a bake sale, or you could even arrange a fancy dinner party which guests buy tickets to. Eatwith.com is just gathering speed in Australia but has already seen success overseas – it allows amateur and professional chefs to invite strangers into their homes for dinner parties and cooking lessons.
14. Become a tutor
Fluent in a foreign language or a whiz at math or science? Advertise your skills on community bulletin boards, nearby schools and universities and let others take advantage of your expertise.
15. Take part in medical research and clinical trials
If being a human guinea pig doesn’t make your stomach squirm, then you could earn a reasonable amount of money by offering up your body to science. Some medical tests may be completely harmless, while others have the risk of mild side-effects, so it’s important to go in fully aware of what you’ll be expected to do.
16. Participate in a focus group
If you like to have an opinion heard, and get paid for it, then consider participating in a paid focus group. These are research groups conducted by marketing companies to evaluate attitudes, beliefs and perceptions around a certain product, brand, service or idea. Held in an interactive group setting, you’ll need to be outspoken and not shy about voicing your opinion. And for your trouble, you could get paid up to $100.
How do you make extra cash? Let us know by commenting below!