Some ways to make a few extra bucks

Aaron AvatarIf you're looking to make some side money, here are a few suggestions you can try:

  • Sell your books online
    There are many different online stores you can sell your used books through. Amazon is most notable. Others include: Cash4Books and Ebay. Each has its own fee structure. Of all, I would recommend Amazon. It has a straight-forward payment system and tells you upfront what you'll earn on each listing.
  • Sell your arts and crafts
    The internet has created multiple income generating possibilities for artists and crafters. Among the most widely used is a site called Etsy. For a 0.20 cents listing fee, you can sell your greetings cards or latest piece of art. If selling t-shirts or other wearables is your thing and you don't want to carry any inventory, Cafepress may be the way to go. All you need to do is upload your artwork and place. Cafepress does not charge you any store set-up fees to list a product, but they do take a large commission out of each product you sell. Another free site to sell your goods is Big Cartel. Their basic service of listing up to 5 products is free. If you are a photographer, you can set up an account with stock photo sites, like iStockphoto and receive residual income off of sales of your pieces. If you are a writer, upload and create books via Blurb and then sell them there.
  • Monetize that hidden talent
    Perhaps you know a foreign language? Or know the rules of baseball like nobody's business. Each of us has something we can offer the world and receive compensation for. Find that and offer it for a fee. And, don't sell yourself short.
  • Moonlight
    Independent contractors make-up almost 8% of the total US workforce. One way a lot of these people started their business was by moonlighting alongside their 9-5 jobs. If you've been itching to do this yourself, moonlighting is a great way to see if that “golden” idea you have for a business is truly, golden.

Are there things you are doing to make a few extra bucks?

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