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post #1 of 24
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What are some creative ideas to earn some extra income? I am barely staying afloat right now and just need to earn a little bit more per month.
post #2 of 24
Hm... if your crafty, you could make things that people would want to buy. Especially around Halloween, costumes that are like the latest hit movies can be money makers, especially Star Wars.
Then there's a pet sitting service. Since the holidays are coming up, people would want to leave their pets to someone that they can trust. I had a friend of mine say that I should start a pet therapy service since I'm apparently really good at giving pets massages. Even the cats come back for more!
And lastly, there's always a good yard sale of anything that you don't use anymore for a bit of quick cash. But, I would think of that as a last resort.
post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by greenvillegal View Post
What are some creative ideas to earn some extra income? I am barely staying afloat right now and just need to earn a little bit more per month.
You can use the Internet to make a nice income. If you run a website or blog and got some visitors try to use Advertising.com
post #4 of 24
If you have a blog you can make money with paid advertisements. I make at least $600/month with payperpost.com. I also use payu2blog.com for another $50-100/month.
post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by kitkat5505 View Post
If you have a blog you can make money with paid advertisements. I make at least $600/month with payperpost.com. I also use payu2blog.com for another $50-100/month.
Wow, are you serious? $600 a month!?!?

People have to click on your blog though right? What makes them interested in it? How can I do that???
post #6 of 24
Lots of places are starting to advertise for seasonal help.
Office cleaning??? Did you try any temp firms???
post #7 of 24
seasonal help and mystery shopping
post #8 of 24
You could deliver papers. You get a lot of money and only have to deliver on cetain days. For example the sunday paper.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
Wow, are you serious? $600 a month!?!?

People have to click on your blog though right? What makes them interested in it? How can I do that???
I'm interested... maybe not interesting enough tho!
post #10 of 24
trying to earn money online seems the easiest way to earn a bt extra cash, although I haven't had a go at this my self
post #11 of 24
Have you thought about doing a Pampered Chef thing or Party Lie or Avon sales? You don't have to do parties, but you can do catalogue orders. Just set them out at your place of work (if they allow it).

I'm definitely interested in that $600 to blog. I can blog...name the topic and I'll blog it
post #12 of 24
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Have you thought about doing a Pampered Chef thing or Party Lie or Avon sales? You don't have to do parties, but you can do catalogue orders. Just set them out at your place of work (if they allow it).

I'm definitely interested in that $600 to blog. I can blog...name the topic and I'll blog it
With Pampered Chef, you have to put some money into it before you can really start. The starting kit when I started was $90, but I think it's over $100 now. You certainly get things that total to over $300, but if you're already hurting for cash, it might not be the BEST option.

I'm an "inactive" consultant for Pampered Chef, btw.
post #13 of 24
You could work as a Nutro demonstrator on Saturdays and pick your own hours. You can work Sundays too if you want. The shifts are four or five hours-your choice. The pay is about $12.50/hr!

http://www.nutroproducts.com/demo.html
post #14 of 24
If you dont need extra cash every month indefinitely, but just have a rough hump to get thru - then you can change your case exemptions on your w-9.
If I change to 9 exemptions from 1, then I get a couple hundred extra dollars.

I've also been making extra $ recently by selling on amazon and ebay.
It is stuff I dont care about and would get rid of eventually anyway.

THe seasonal help suggestion above was a good one too.
I've done it; best part - I got a good employee discount too.
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by emrldsky View Post
With Pampered Chef, you have to put some money into it before you can really start. The starting kit when I started was $90, but I think it's over $100 now. You certainly get things that total to over $300, but if you're already hurting for cash, it might not be the BEST option.

I'm an "inactive" consultant for Pampered Chef, btw.
I forgot about that! I think Party Lite is the only one that gives a kit for free.

$90?! A friend of ours started her PC thing last Fall and only paid $75 for the start up kit. Maybe it depends on who or where you sign up through.
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
I forgot about that! I think Party Lite is the only one that gives a kit for free.

$90?! A friend of ours started her PC thing last Fall and only paid $75 for the start up kit. Maybe it depends on who or where you sign up through.
Could also depend on the season and what products are in the starting kit. *shrug* I paid that in Spring of 2006.

I LOVE Pampered Chef, but I'm not motivated enough to be a great salesperson. I'm pretty much giving up on it.
post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by ConsumerKitty View Post
You could work as a Nutro demonstrator on Saturdays and pick your own hours. You can work Sundays too if you want. The shifts are four or five hours-your choice. The pay is about $12.50/hr!

http://www.nutroproducts.com/demo.html
I'm going to have to check into that. I'm going back to school after we move and will need a part-time gig.
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by ConsumerKitty View Post
You could work as a Nutro demonstrator on Saturdays and pick your own hours. You can work Sundays too if you want. The shifts are four or five hours-your choice. The pay is about $12.50/hr!

http://www.nutroproducts.com/demo.html
Dang! I wish they had that for Chicken Soup, I'd make a killing

I've been thinking about delivering papers, but it's hard for me to get up in the morning as is and I'm not sure I could justify the extra gas and wear and tear on my car.
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
Wow, are you serious? $600 a month!?!?

People have to click on your blog though right? What makes them interested in it? How can I do that???
Come up with interesting content.

(Hey, nobody said it would be easy!)
post #20 of 24
I did just read the terms on one of those blog sites, it says you must have had your blog for at least 90 days before you can start taking on the reviews. it does sound like a great idea, especially if you already have a blog
post #21 of 24
Well, I have a game review site (that I've let stagnate but will get back to soon) and signed up as an affiliate with rewardfish.com so links to games sold from my review site (the homepage in my profile) earn me 25% if anyone is introduced to the company from my site links and buys a game, even if they buy a game years later or a game I didn't advertise or follow a link from someone else's site. I get about $4 or $5 a day from that program currently, but it took a few months before I had enough traffic to work up to that...

However I know some sites put more work into their blogs and make quite a bit from affiliate programs and adwords. If you're knowledgeable about any topic and can write a regular blog or column, someone out there will read it. And if you write well, more people will come and you'll start making money.
post #22 of 24
You could make a flyer and babysit or house clean or something like that.
post #23 of 24
Depends on how much extra cash we're talking about. If you want big bucks and you're good with people, go real estate. You can end up making more money doing real estate part time than at your day job. Location is a big factor though.

If you're just looking for pocket change here and there, do what you're good at. If you're creative exploit that. Or if you're good with computers/software there's a lot of money to be made there. Or if you're good with carpentry, masonry, building, etc.

For those who can handle kids and like to teach, tutoring can make some serious cash. Especially if you have foreigners around who want to learn english, or want their kids to get a jump start in english.
post #24 of 24
I forgot I'd posted here and didn't check to see if anyone had questions on the blog thing. Here's a copy of an email I sent to someone who asked about it:

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Here's my blog link http://nuttierthanyou.blogspot.com I write about anything I feel like, usually just whatever's going on in my life, my kids, random thoughts, etc.

I make money through a few different companies. www.payperpost.com makes me the most money. To sign up with them you have to have your blog for at least 90 days with at least 30 posts in that time with no more than 20 days between posts. The more traffic and linkbacks your blog has, the better paying opportunities you get. When I started I was bringing in about $100-200/month and lately I've gotten to about $900/month. You can do up to 3 opps a day for them, the lowest price you get per opp is $5. The other company, that I really like, is www.payu2blog.com I don't make as much from them, maybe $50-100/month, but I like the way they run it better. You don't have to write an ad for a product, you just have to include a link in a normal post. Plus they do product reviews, I've gotten a baby sling, wood blinds, and a gorgeous locket for free to keep and review. And they don't have as many restrictions as payperpost. They don't have any specific rules about when you can sign up, but they approve established blogs more. They hand out assignments randomly, some weeks you could get 5-6, some weeks you might not get any, and they are all worth $5.

The best way to get your blog noticed and generate traffic to it is by visiting lots of other blogs, commenting a lot, especially with blogs that interest you. You can do like mine and just have it about anything, or be more specific, like all about cats or something, both ways bring in visitors though from what I've seen the more specific ones seem to get more visitors from like-minded people.
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