10 Easy Methods To Make Extra Cash In 2018
Earning money in the current economy can seem like an arduous task. Whether you have a job right now and would like to earn some extra money on the side, or you’re unemployed and looking for any opportunity to earn some money, you have come to the right place. From renting out a spare bedroom to getting paid to drive your car or take surveys, we’ve compiled a list of things you can do almost instantly to earn a bit of extra money.
1. Completing Surveys
If you’ve ever read any news articles, you’ll know that some of them include statistics – and some of the statistics are a bit far fetched. How do they know that 6% of people shave by starting with their left cheek? Well, companies actually pay you to complete surveys.
The number of questions on each survey differs, and the amount you’ll get paid also differs, but services such as Swagbucks pay you to do certain things – which includes completing surveys. It’s free to create an account, and you can be paid for shopping online, watching videos, answering surveys, or even finding great discounts!
2. Bank Accounts
Having a bank account seems like a no-brainer, almost everyone over the age of 15 has one. But did you know that different banks will actually give you money to have an account with them? Banks such as Chase give bonuses if you open certain accounts – if you open a checking account and set up a direct deposit, you’ll get a $200 bonus. If you open a Savings account with Chase and deposit $10,000 and leave it in there for 90 days, you’ll get paid $150.
While you do need some money to deposit into the account, at the end of the day you’re still getting free money.
3. Writing Reviews
Love watching TV? Why not put your passion to use and write reviews on your favorite TV shows and get paid for it. Websites such as PrevioulsyTV will pay you to write content for them, but you have to write reviews fast. They usually want reviews for episodes that have just aired, allowing their website to be one of the first ones to have a review available – but you may be able to strike a deal with them if you’re a great writer.
4. Check Your Wallet
If you’ve got some coins and notes in your wallet, check them. Coins with inconsistencies can fetch a lot of money, such as coins that have dents or missprints.
Notes with unique serial numbers, such as repeating serial numbers or strange combinations of numbers can also sell for a lot of money, and websites such as CoolSerialNumbers will buy them from you! They can be hard to spot at first, but once you’re used to checking your bills out before you put them in your wallet, it’ll become a habit. Some of the $1 bills on their website are selling for more than $1,000.
5. Taking Photos
If you love snapping photos of cool and unusual things, you might just be onto a gold mine. You don’t need to have your own business or be a professional photographer to earn money from taking pictures – all you need to do is download an app on your smartphone called Foap.
Foap has a marketplace that allows you to upload images and sell it. People could be buying your photo for $5 each time – so if 100 people buy it, you’ve earned $500 from just one image. Unfortunately, you can’t just upload any image to the marketplace – it has to be approved by the developers first. Images that are too grainy, pixelated, or just boring won’t make it to the marketplace, so use your imagination and take an image of something that people will love!
6. Becoming An Uber Driver
By now almost everyone in the world has heard of Uber – they’ve been making headlines over the last few years for impeding on taxi drivers’ domains, but there’s a reason why. They are a lot cheaper than taxi drivers, and it isn’t that hard to become an Uber driver. Sure, there are a lot of background and security checks, you also have to have a well-presented car, but after that you can start earning money.
If you’re not too keen on having people in the car with you, check out Uber Eats. Uber Eats is essentially a delivery service, but not being employed by the restaurant.
7. Get Paid To Shop
Apps such as Shopkick allow you to earn money and gift cards by shopping at your favorite stores. Shopkick will allow you to earn money by walking in select stores, such as Target, by scanning barcodes, purchasing with a certain card, submitting your receipt, and by shopping online. If I knew that you could make money by spending money, I would have started this a long time ago!
If you have a well-presented home with a spare room or two that you never use, consider renting it out. Services such as Airbnb allow you to post a room or house for people to rent for a certain period. Rather than paying exorbitant fees for a hotel room, many people are using platforms like Airbnb to find a room to stay in while they’re travelling.
If you have an event nearby, you’ll be earning hundreds of dollars. Check your city’s event calendar and if there’s a concert or sporting event in the near future, list your room. Just make sure you stock the room up with all of the necessities you’ll find at a hotel – linen, towels, toilet paper, soap, etc.
9. Get Paid To Lose Weight
Everyone makes a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, but how many people actually follow through with it? If you’ve always needed that little extra motivation, money should do the trick. Websites such as DietBet and HealthyWage allow you to place a bet against yourself – if you reach your goal weight, you’ll earn money!
If you are already at your goal weight, why not earn money by helping other people lose weight? Find a local park and start a boot camp; hand out flyers and see how much people will pay you to help them lose weight.
10. Sell Items
We all have items in our house that we don’t use – why not sell them and earn yourself some extra cash? Websites such as Craigslist and even the marketplace on Facebook allow you to post items you don’t want anymore and someone else will buy them. Have a look around at what similar items are selling for, and you’ll have people messaging you in no time.