This article is contributed by Chantille McDonald.
If you’re currently struggling to make ends meet and to afford the increasingly high costs of living, then you probably wouldn’t turn down some supplementary cash to add to your income. A tailgate sale is a possibility but you have other ways you can try.
While you probably wouldn’t directly say no to such extra money, in many ways you already are turning down extra money through inaction – as there are plenty of ways that almost anyone can earn some extra income these days thanks to the wonders of the web. You don’t have to be an expert in programming or business, and you don’t even need to leave the house. If you have access to a computer that’s connected to the web and a little time to spend in the evenings, then you can start bringing in some extra money that will make life much easier for you and could make a big difference. Here we will look at some of the best options available.
Selling on eBay
eBay is something that everyone understands and that most of us already have a password for. As such it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch to stop buying things with it and instead start making money by selling things through the auction site.
The most obvious approach here is to just start selling your belongings, and if you’re like most people then you’ll have plenty of old junk lying around that could fetch a pretty penny. Try to be ruthless – often the things we think we need don’t actually get used on a regular basis and it can be quite liberating to have less clutter around the place. Common examples of things to sell include DVDs, jewellery, furniture and old gadgets such as phones.
And if you don’t have anything you can sell around the house? Then why not consider starting some kind of art or craft and making something that you can sell instead. Or if you’re willing to take a risk and start a basic business – why not see if you can’t buy some things cheaply in bulk and then sell them on for more? Literally anyone can do it, but it can nevertheless earn you a fair bit of cash in a relatively small timeframe.
Sell an Online Service
If you have a service that you can provide that doesn’t require you to be present in person, then you can easily find clients who will be willing to pay online. Common services to provide include writing, editing, web design, programming, photography, copywriting and the list goes on. Look for job advertisements around the web that allow you to work from home, and if you can’t find any, try promoting your services through a webmaster forum such as Digital Point or Warrior Forum.
Sell a Digital Product
Selling a digital product is something that requires a bit more time and commitment on your part, but is currently easier than it ever has been thanks to a range of technologies and sites. For instance you could consider raising some capital by selling an app (surprisingly easy to program if you have some basic knowledge) or by selling an e-book which is even easier and completely free to distribute through Kindle.
Author Bio: Chantille McDonald is a pet activist and and tries to improve the living conditions of pets in our neighbourhood.
- tailgate sale image courtesy of MorgueFile
- Ebay front image courtesy of Ryan Fanshaw Photography via Flickr
- digital products image courtesy of schnaars via Flickr