So you might already know of all the standard ways people make extra cash.
This is the guide for those who have already tried all of those ideas – here are a few wonderful and weird ways to make extra money!
Sell your hair
If you’re blessed with long luscious locks, why not consider selling them off? If your hair grows quickly, it’s worth noting that there is a huge market for quality hair. After all, those extensions have to come from somewhere!
Make your pet a star
In fact, there are lots of pet-related ways to make money. Whether you are willing to pick up poop for a fee, dog walk, pet-sit or just turn your cute pet into an online phenomenon, pet-related ways to make money abound. Read more about success people have had with making their pet popular online here.
Become a professional eater
Are you really good at eating? Turn it into cash by becoming a professional eater – enter competitions and you can go home with some cash as well as a full stomach. Check out competitions online at Major League Eating.
Rent out your friendship
Did you know you could be a friend for a fee? Rent A Friend is a service where you can sign up to be a friend to someone – it’s totally platonic and you can earn extra cash just doing things you might already do anyway. Might sound odd but it’s just another way you too can cash in on everyday activities.
Participate in trials
Signing up as a participant in clinical trials can seem a little risky – but some are much less scary than others. Consider those that mostly just want your views on experiences you have day-to-day – psychological trials, for instance. Or, if you’re up for it, consider some of the more invasive ones. They usually just require you to complete simple tasks over a certain period time. It’s up to you on this one, but make sure you investigate the terms carefully before you commit.
And here are some that are slightly less weird:
Again, if you’re a student you probably have had to learn a lot about a particular subject. Advertise your services, be it in languages, mathematics, sciences, or more, and you could earn a tidy extra sum as a tutor for high school students (or younger). You might even be able to help those just starting out at university who are struggling. Take advantage of your student status and get a little extra cash in the process – it’s flexible and easy to work around other commitments.
Do odd jobs
Fill in spare time with extra odd jobs using online tools like Fiverr or TaskRabbit. There’s a never ending supply of odds and ends that you can help with – from mowing someone’s lawn to helping with essays, taking photographs or babysitting. Whatever it might be, you can help.
Have an online store
Whether you’re selling pet rocks, embroidery, knitted scarves or birthday cards, there’s a way to sell almost anything you can think of online. Sites like Etsy were made for the home creative, so why not get down to your local art shop and crank up the imagination? It’s a great way to earn a bit of extra cash alongside your day to day efforts.
Car boot sales are great treasure troves of things you can buy cheaply and sell at a profit. Use eBay, Etsy, Gumtree and more to show off your found treasures online and get the best price. Check out this guide on ‘how to be amazing at selling on Ebay’
Sell a book
Here’s the thing about being a student: it requires you to know a lot about a subject! Why not put that to good use and write an eBook? There are lots of great ways you can get your book out there and sell it – even if it’s just for a few quid a pop. These things can add up, and if your book becomes popular enough you never know what it could lead to. Read more about someone else’s success with eBook publishing.
Rent out whatever space you can
Even if you just have the simplest of spaces left over in your apartment, you can still make some cash by putting people up. You can use AirBnB to market almost any kind of space – just think up a witty way to sell it!
These are just a few ways to make some extra cash that might not be the most obvious. For even more ways to make money, take a look at our A-Z Guide to Making More Money.