I've been short on cash lately after getting a root canal and crown. Yeah, that's an easy way to spend a 1000 bucks -- even post insurance. Nonetheless, I've been looking at a few ways to get some extra cash after the holidays.
I listened to a lot of Dave Ramsey stuff and I like his idea of getting ahead in life by working second jobs and investing in your future -- i.e., taking control of my actions and improving my life. No more stupid spending, etc. But the dentist was essential
That still lead me to a way to make some extra cash, so I went searching on the internet. BTW, there's a lot of crap out there about getting money. Make bloggers seem to prey on people; they offer a way to make money online but they charge people for crap information.
I came across a couple sites (here, here, here) that have substantial info. I like it because it's not "free" $ per say. It does require work and thought. Here's a list of the articles I read:
'I Need 100 Dollars Now' -- 5 Options But Work's Involved!
'I Need 200 Dollars Now': What You Can Do
Question: I Need Money Right Now - What Can I Do? (ANSWERED)
I Need Money Now Desperately - Options To Get Help With Financial Assistance Today!
I did give some of the methods a try. Granted, I needed a few extra bucks but I was not desperate -- there's a big difference -- so I wasn't pouring my heart and soul into a letter to a big name celebrity.
I choose a more direct route: Shucking snow and recording voice-overs. I make some quick dollars after the last couple snowstorms. Right after the snow stopped, I went up and down my block offering to shovel driveways and sidewalks.
After I got a few takers, I came back with my snow-thrower and shovel and went to work.
I spend about 4 hours total and made $130. That included a job well-done tip :)
Not too shabby, if you ask me, because it turns out to be $32.50 per hour. Yeah, that's before taxes, but what Uncle Sam doesn't know won't hurt him, don't you know?
A few days later I created a fiverr gig. I studied a little theater in college so I am pretty good making professional speech tracks.
I sold two of them and they were both to the same person. So I made 8 bucks from that. Fiverr takes a buck for each gig. Not too profitable.
All in all, it was pretty good I made a little extra and have a few more good ideas to try over the next couple days.