TIPS Great Ways to Earn Hundreds of Dollars This Month Alone

Fred W

Jun 14, 2018
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….nope, not for free. Just thought I needed to put that disclaimer straightaway :)

If you suddenly find yourself in need of cash in the area of $500 to pay off a debt, take advantage of a great sale, or just treat yourself to something nice, then you will be glad to know that there are ways to going about getting it. Legit ways, mind, not the kind of get-rich-quick schemes that a lot of scams are made of.

I myself have resorted to doing side hustles to get myself some extra cash for different reasons. Today, whenever I find myself a little short on cash, I go back to the tried-and-tested methods of raising it on my own so I won’t need to dip into our savings or get a loan for it. I want to share some with you, and hopefully, you will find them useful, too.

Clear out your closet, basement, and garage

...specifically, declutter to earn a buck! Call it spring cleaning with a lucrative purpose. I do it and encourage the rest of my family to do it too because it’s doubly beneficial: we get to have more storage space for new stuff, and we get to sell gently-used second-hand items that other people actually want and need!

eBay and Etsy are just some of our favorite go-to online selling platforms for the more unique and craftsy items we have kept in storage. A big percentage of the clientele in these sites are made up of collectors and “thrifters” - those who are always on the lookout for unique bargains that come from certain eras or are reminiscent of their childhood days or a good period in their lives. If the item you’re selling is truly unique, rare, and in good condition (like my wife’s sterling silver jewelry set), eBay ’s bidding platform can raise its value several times than its original worth!

But for other practical and useful stuff, there are actually online apps to help you sell them like I’ve written in this article about decluttering. Books, electronic items that can still be used (record players are especially big with collectors nowadays!), and athletic equipment can fetch you hundreds of dollars if they are still in great condition.

Participate in “sharing economy”

You know how Lyft and Uber and other ride-sharing platforms are being touted as great examples of sharing economy jobs? Because the potential for earning here is really good! As a disclaimer, I haven’t signed up to either one of them as a driver because I have yet to meet certain city requirements to be one. Also, I have quite a number of home-based jobs I need to juggle, so being a ride-sharing driver is on the back burner, for now.

But talking to a number of drivers when I was a passenger made me realize that it’s quite a good gig, with Lyft in particular even allowing drivers to get tipped by satisfied clients. There are weekly bonuses and referral bonuses, plus drivers have been paid out $200+ million in tips!

If you don’t have the navigating skills and don’t meet the other requirements of ride-sharing, however, there are other ways to participate via the sharing economy. If you have a spare room, loft, or entire guest house, Airbnb can help you rent it out as a host and earn some money from it! Depending on its condition, your location, and how long the renter will be using it, you can actually make enough to cover a significant amount of your monthly expenses like utilities and groceries!

Now if you have a spare car that isn’t getting regular usage, why not try renting it out via Turo? It’s like the Airbnb for cars, and it offers benefits that promise to outweigh those of a traditional rental car. For starters, clients can choose the kind of car they like without worrying about steep rental prices. As for the hosts, Turo offers $1 million in liability insurance and makes sure that your car is protected against physical damage!

Turn to crowdsourced sites for jobs

Instead of a full-time or long-term employment, I go to “short task” sites that don’t require the kind of commitment that the former ones demand. My wife introduced me to Fancy Hands, a site looking for US-based virtual assistants to perform small tasks like scheduling, text messaging, researching, purchasing, etc. I am normally skeptical of virtual assistant jobs, but this one just makes it a pleasant experience for both client and assistant. Plus, you can do it in your free time without worrying about long-term commitment!

Amazon Mechanical Turk or mTurk is also a fave go-to crowdsourced site of mine for when a specialized need is required which I can fulfill. I especially like auditing user-uploaded images or videos as a way to moderate content because it’s easy, interesting, and I get an idea of what sites consider appropriate or not. There are a host of other interesting tasks on here too, which is why I always keep mTurk on my list of quick money-making methods!

The verdict

As I’ve mentioned before, these tasks and earning methods are some I’ve tried (or at least referred and highly recommended to me by friends), and have worked for me satisfactorily. Now, I am in no way guaranteeing that you will get rich by performing tasks on these platforms, but based on experience, they do make a significant contribution to monthly grocery and utility bills - which helps my family a lot!

Your turn

Have you ever need money and needed it fast? What methods do you usually employ as side hustles to earn extra cash quickly? I would love to learn from your experiences.
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Jun 14, 2018
You had me at “earn hundreds of dollars this month alone” haha! I agree, though. There’s no time like the present to do some side hustle for that holiday shopping fund. I personally like doing my holiday gift-shopping during the fall season, when it isn’t too much of a hassle driving around, and the air is crisp with promise (plus I can get all my Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas purchases in one go!).

I decided to chime in on your article and attest to Fancy Hands virtual assistant jobs. FancyHands is something I will recommend because it basically just requires Internet-savvy people to assist anyone, anywhere in the world (as long as English is the language of communication) - without the virtual assistant leaving the comfort of his or her own home! Being a WAHM juggling other online tasks, I cannot be thankful enough for this platform.

The requests for assistance are allowed a maximum of 20 minutes so it really doesn’t take up too much of your time to be a VA with FancyHands! The average pay is around $5 per task - not a huge amount, I agree, but infinitely better than a couple of cents per survey completed at around the same amount of time (and you don’t have to work towards a huge minimum payout). I guess my bottom line is, I like it, it works for me. :)
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Jun 13, 2018
Awesome write-up. Thanks for teaching us how to earn hundreds of dollars this month.

I’d like to add that Lyft was one of my favorite money-making methods. I’ve tried quite a few different methods already, but being a ride-sharing driver was pretty fun and fulfilling. I actually felt like a bartender at times (minus the alcohol, of course) because I met so many different people and got to dispense some driver’s wisdom to quite a few passengers.

Here are a few more benefits of being a Lyft driver:

Pay is pretty good

I made around $17 an hour. Not bad for a part-time gig. But that amount did fluctuate depending on the time I was available to receive bookings. Rush hour trips paid the best, but they were a hassle because, well, rush hour. But if you wanna earn, you gotta hustle

People can hire you as a tour guide

Now, this isn’t part of Lyft’s program (I’m not even sure if they recommend it) but a few passengers have hired me as a tour guide. It started when I picked up a group of Japanese tourists via Lyft. On the way to their destination, we started chatting, and they eventually offered to pay me to take them around any notable locations in my city.

It worked out well, and I’ve even gotten some repeat customers. But take note, you’re not protected by Lyft’s TOA, so be careful.
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Jun 13, 2018
Decluttering is an awesome way to earn hundreds of dollars! I used to have soooo many clothes that I would honestly never get to wear. I used to have this rule that if I hadn’t worn something in two years, it was time to let it go. But to be honest, that rule was more like 5 years, lol

Fred recommended a lot of good sites for selling old stuff, but I would also recommend Poshmark if you’re selling clothes. But keep in mind that you’ll have to make sure your clothes are presentable. That means investing a bit of time to make them enticing to potential buyers. Take photos, write enticing copy, and price them accordingly. If you have vintage (instead of just “used”) items of clothing, you can sell those at a premium.

If you’re clothes are old, or no longer fashionable, you might want to think about selling them to thrift shop (or even donating them to charity). You earnings won’t be as big as if you sold them on Poshmark, but you’ll still be able to free up space. And you can usually sell there in bulk, meaning you won’t have to go through the hassle of photographing individual items, setting up selling pages, and sending them out to individual buyers.