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How To Make Extra Money

Who couldn't use a cash infusion now and then? Here are some ways to make extra money that you may not have considered.


  • Step 1: Take advantage of the seasons: When it snows, knock on doors with a shovel. When the leaves start falling, do the same with a rake. In the summer, ask people with gardens if they need help weeding or mowing. If you live in area with farms, ask about work there.
  • Step 2: Become a flea market vendor. For a nominal fee, you can sell whatever you want – old things, or new items you've made. Ask family and friends if they have anything they want to get rid of; many people will gladly give you their discards just for hauling them away. Find venues by typing "flea markets" and your city's name into a search engine.
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  • Step 3: Become a salesperson for a company that pays you to demonstrate their products at in-house parties you host; you earn a commission on every sale you make, perfect for a little extra money. There are organizations that sell everything from kitchen gadgets to chocolate goodies.
  • Step 4: Become an umpire or referee for local youth teams. Contact league officials for information on how to get certified.
  • TIP: Stop by shops and restaurants that you frequent and ask if they have any part-time work.
  • Step 5: Offer lessons in something you know how to do, like play a musical instrument, set up a website, or sew clothes. Advertise on the internet, take out an ad in the local paper, or ask if you can post flyers in neighborhood stores, the library, community centers, and so on.
  • Step 6: Let everyone in your life know you're looking for odd jobs to earn extra money, and ask them to spread the word. You never know who may be willing to pay someone to help clean out a garage, paint a room, or check in on an elderly relative once or twice a week.

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