The summer season is over and it’s time to start gearing up for fall vacations and holiday shopping. If you’re like most of us, you could probably stand to make a few extra bucks to supplement the extra spending that is coming your way. In an ideal world, we’d all get raises and bonuses at work by simply asking. Unfortunately, most of us only get the opportunity to do this once or maybe twice a year. If this is the case for you, it’s important to note that you do have several simple options to earn a few extra bucks outside of your regular job, and without breaking any contracts that prohibit freelance work.
Here are five creative ways you can earn a little extra money to supplement your income this fall!
Sell your cool photos
If you dabble in photography when you visit a cool local spot or travel to a new town, it’s possible that you have a photo or two that you could sell to a stock photo gallery for a little extra money. The photos you submit will need to be high quality in order to be considered, which rules out phone camera photos, but you won’t need to worry about your lack of professional photography skills for the most part as most stock galleries are looking for photos that appear to be more natural and candid these days.
Sell your old accessories
One of the most valuable assets you’re probably sitting on without realizing it is your collection of old or outdated watches and jewelry. If you find that you’ve got a lot of old stuff that you really won’t ever wear again and don’t have anyone else to give it to, selling your old accessories might be your best option.
The process of selling high-end accessories is actually surprisingly quick. Once you’ve sent a piece to a potential buyer, you can usually get through the process of shipping, receiving an offer, and receiving payment in about two days.
Take some surveys
We’ve all heard that taking a survey or two can help you earn a little money. Although the amount that comes from these surveys might seem a little small to be worth it now, it can actually add up to a decent sum if you commit to a consistent schedule and find a quality platform for your survey-taking.
I recommend checking out SurveySay’s guide to the top sites where you can take surveys for money.
Become a pet sitter
For my fellow animal lovers, becoming a pet sitter is an excellent way to supplement your income while enjoying the opportunity to walk and play with some cute cats and dogs. To start your pet sitting business, I recommend visiting a site like Rover.com. Their sign up process is pretty simple. All you need to do is create a profile and wait for approval. Once your profile has been reviewed and you’ve qualified for a position as a pet sitter on the site, you’re open for business and ready to start making money while working with adorable clientele.
Sell your old technology
Most of us have a pile of old DVDs, videos, and CDs laying somewhere around our homes and offices. The funny thing is, most of us don’t even own a DVD player or VCR to play these outdated media forms anymore. Although you might question whether or not someone would actually want to buy this stuff, there’s a whole market of people willing and ready to pay to take these items off your hands. Fortunately, Amazon can do the heavy lifting for you to find these people and sell your stuff to them.
Check out Lifehacker’s guide to find out more about how you can sell your stuff on Amazon.
Earning some extra money when you’re strapped for cash might seem impossible, but it’s certainly not! You have many options for quickly and easily earning money on the side without heading to the blood bank or compromising your professional contracts with freelance work. Have a question about these tips or perhaps a tip of your own you’d like to add? Comment below!