You’re looking for a little expendable cash, but don’t have the time, interest, or desire to pick up a second job. You would prefer to stay at home and still make a little spending dough. Generating some cash may be as easy as looking around your home and capitalizing on what’s already there. As they say, “Home is the starting place of love, hope, and dreams.”
Here are some ideas you may want to consider.
Have a yard or garage sale. Garage sales go by many other names. Maybe you’ve heard them referred to as rummage sales, tag sales, lawn sales, or even moving sales. Regardless of what we call them, the garage sale is an irregular, informal sale where people place their clutter in an accessible space to make some extra money or to unload unwanted or unneeded items. Yard sales are a regular occurrence in the US and Canada but have historical roots dating all the way back to the 18th century when the first rummage sales were held at docks, where cargo that was left behind or unclaimed would be hauled out of the hold and put up for sale.
If you’re looking to make a little money, take a look around and see what you can set out for others to purchase. Baby clothes, baby items, and toys are big sellers but don’t forget that even adolescents and adults may be in the market for second-hand items. You may even want to draw more traffic to your sale event by posting it on PostMyGarageSale for free. If sitting in the sun all day waiting for passersby isn’t your style, list your items on high-traffic sites like craigslist.com or nextdoor.com and let the buyers come to you at a mutually convenient time.
Start a dropshipping company. According to SuperMarioPC, “dropshipping is a fulfillment method in which an ecommerce business does not keep products in stock. If your online store wants to sell a product, it purchases the item from a third party and has it shipped directly to the customer. There is little to no startup costs involved with starting a dropshipping company. You do not need to make, store, or ship the product. All you need to do is choose from among the trending products available for drop shipping, choose a dropshipping wholesaler, set up your website, and go.
You run your business from home, using a computer and internet, allowing you the freedom to work around your family, home, and primary employment obligations. Beginning drop shippers report income of a few hundred to a thousand dollars a month, with full-time dropshippers making as much as $10,000 or more. You will not be tied to one location, allowing you the flexibility and freedom to make money wherever and whenever you want. Scalability for many businesses is a problem, but for drop shippers, you don’t have to worry about an increase in sales because you do not need to increase production. You can grow your business quickly and efficiently, with no concerns about product development or the logistics of shipping.
Get paid to be creative. Crafters of all shapes and sizes can make things to sell. Whether you knit, sew, do calligraphy, bake, or can paint, there are many places to see your handmade crafts or products online. From candles to unique baked dog treats, there are many convenient places to sell your wares online. If you are especially enterprising, you can even market your goods independently by starting a Facebook business or setting up an e-commerce website.
Take surveys at home. Many survey sites will pay you for your opinion. Many surveys only take only 5 to 10 minutes and pay a few bucks a piece, but there are others that take longer can pay significantly more. Be sure to only invest your time and effort in websites that are legitimate and pay the best for your time in completing the surveys.
Review websites. If you’re handy with a browser and like to write, you can get paid to browse websites and review them. UserTesting.com pays everyday people $10 per review to assess the website. Each review takes around 20 minutes, and you are paid via Paypal. Sign up, complete a test review, and start making some extra cash.
Making cash may be as easy as using your home computer or selling off your unwanted household items. It may include marketing your unique skill or even developing a new one. What are some ways you’ve made money without leaving your home? Feel free to share below.