Christmas is not too far away and financially it can be a little stressful. I try not to focus too much on the material side of the holidays, but let’s be honest the gifts, food, and parties can add an extra punch to the wallet. We’ve done some research on the quick and easy ways to earn extra cash and there are many ideas, but we’ve narrowed the list down to the best and most effective options. Here are our favorites:
You can earn points to use toward a number of different gift cards just by searching and shopping the internet. You can also earn points by taking surveys, watching videos, and playing games. Here’s a quick video to explain what it’s all about. Go to www.swagbucks.com to sign up.
Trade in your used books, CD’s, DVD’s, video games, and electronics. Click the image above to learn more. They even pay for shipping your products to them.
This awesome site has thousands of “gigs” or quick jobs that others have listed that they need done. Most take only a few minutes to do and earns you $5 (fiverr takes a commission of $1). In less than an hour you could do 7 or 8 virtual jobs and earn around $30. If you’ve got some specific strengths or experience you can also offer your services and people will come to you. Click image above to go to their site.
TAKE A SURVEY
You won’t get rich by taking surveys, but if you’ve got some time it’s a great way to earn a little side cash. Here are some good survey sites and their links:
Listia is an online auction similar to eBay yet no money is exchanged (unless the winning bidder pays for shipping). Instead, credits are used to win auctions and are received when your auctions have “sold”. You can then purchase gift cards and other awesome products as gifts using your points.
oDesk, also known as Upwork, is a site that allows companies and individuals to post a job listing for something that can be done through telecommuting. It could be the development of an iPhone app, a request for blog postings, or a desire to have someone transcribe a few audio files.
MARKET RESEARCH AND FOCUS GROUPS
There are several marketing companies that hire people to come to them and help them with research. Most of the time it takes just a few minutes and can be as easy as taste testing a new food item. Greenbook.org is a popular one and helps you find facilities and jobs in your area.
SELLING ITEMS ONLINE
You already know about selling on Ebay, Craigslist, local online newspapers, and Etsy, but many have success selling on Facebook Yardsale sites. Search for your local yardsale page by looking up your city or area on Facebook.
OFFER YOUR TIME AND SERVICES
Many mothers are especially busy during the holidays and would gladly pay for child care so they can take a few hours to shop. Offer a kid’s craft morning or activity time to the mothers in your area for a fee. You could also offer pet sitting or house cleaning.
SELL YOUR CURRENT USED CLOTHING
There are a few children and women’s used clothing stores that will purchase your almost new clothing. Platos Closet is a women’s clothing store found in many cities. Search online or in your phone book for used clothing stores. You can also sell your used clothing online at thredup.com.