Whether you’re having trouble finding a steady job, need extra cash to make ends meet, or simply like being your own boss, there are ways you can make quick cash with little or no start-up costs.
From home-based small businesses to jobs you do here and there, these money-making ideas allow you to set your own schedule and bring in the extra cash you need — starting today.
Tell me more: Freelancing can take many forms, but some of the easiest (and most plentiful) freelance jobs to get are in web and graphic design, and writing.
What does it entail? Jobs can range from large to small and can include: designing flyers, designing websites, editing and proof reading papers, dissertations and web content, writing resumes, coaching students in writing more effectively, putting together small business plans, promoting events, translation services if you’re bi-lingual and more.
How much can I make? Services start a few dollars per page for proof reading to several thousand for web design.
Where are the jobs? Craigslist.org is a great place to start. Check out the “Writing/Editing/Translation” section under Services.
Selling Your Creativity
Tell me more: Turn your hobby into cash. If you’re a creative person, you can make cash doing what others can’t do— being creative.
What does it entail? Creating handmade products or offering creative services. Some examples: selling handmade items – such as knitted goods, embroidery, jewelry, wedding and party favors, etc.— cake decorating, photography, gardening and garden design, and more.
How much can I make? Handmade one-of-a-kind products sell for as much as $50 online depending on the item. Novice photography services can make a couple hundred dollars depending on talent and the event.
Where are the jobs? Etsy.com is the best place online to sell anything handmade. Also check out local flea markets, and to offer local creative services, Craigslist.org.
Home Day Care
Tell me more: Twenty four states allow providers to care for five or more children before a license is required. Additionally, licenses are relatively easy to obtain for those who are interested.
What does it entail? Caring for infants, toddlers and preschoolers while their parents are working.
How much can I make? Childcare services generally range from $100-$250 a week per child depending on the child’s age and your location. For example, according to The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, in 2009, the average annual cost of care for an infant in a family child care home ranged from $3,582 in South Carolina to $11,940 in Massachusetts.
Where are the jobs? If you are licensed with your state, the state will list you if people call looking for daycare homes. Additionally: Craigslist.org, word of mouth, posting flyers.
Tell me more: Housekeeping requires no prior training. All you need is a mop, a broom, a rag, attention to detail, and some tunes to keep you upbeat. Supplement your housekeeping services by also cooking or offer those services separately.
What does it entail? Cleaning and cooking. It’s that simple. Whether it’s a steady job where you come in daily or a twice a month gig, cleaning and cooking are jobs that are relatively easy to find and quick cash earners.
How much can I make? $15-$25 an hour for cleaning.
Where are the jobs? Craigslist.org, flyers, word of mouth.
Tell me more: Caring for pets while the owners are at work or traveling. In major cities like New York, dog walking is big business.
What does it entail? Pet sitting while owners are traveling, feeding pets, walking dogs, simple grooming (baths, combing, etc), pet taxiing (taking to vet appointments and grooming), and pet training if you have experience. Walk several dogs in a neighborhood at once for maximum earning potential.
How much can I make? Dog walking: $8-$35 per walk, per dog.
Where are the jobs? Craigslist.org, flyers around the neighborhood, word of mouth. Tip: find clients at the local dog park.