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Make Money in the "Real World"
In today's economy it is hard to find employment unless you live in a larger city. There are many ways to make some extra money while still applying for jobs, or continuing a job search. If you have a career that is at a standstill or you are going back to college to get more education, perhaps you will need a bit more cash on hand. This article is meant to give you some ideas and help you get out of a negative state of mind, in case you are worried about money.
There are the regular things that people do for money, especially when those people are teenagers! But even as an adult, you can find some quick cash by offering services to those that know you, friends and neighbors may need a hand. You can try babysitting, elder sitting, house sitting, lawn maintenance or even car washing. Always insist on cash payment that day.
Years ago I heard of an amazingly simple idea: painting addresses on curbs. Homeowners that live in a town or in a city are responsible for their address to be displayed on the curb so that it can easily be read by firefighters, ambulance drivers and police. Yet many homeowners over look this teeny tiny detail. Here's the plan: go to your local art and craft shop, such as Michael's, and buy white and black spray paint, duct tape, number stencils and a receipt book. This will cost you under 20 dollars, quite possibly way less even. You then approach your target neighborhood with nice clean clothes on, well groomed (ie, trustworthy looking!) and tell them that you are a curb painter and you are working in this neighborhood for the day and that you noticed they could use a little spruce up on their house number. Charge whatever you think is fair and insist on cash (lest they give you a bum check). I think $20 to $25 dollars per house is fair. Get several houses to pay you before you begin to make your work easier. Then you tape off the edges, spray paint all the white areas first. If you have 5 or more lined up, then this will go really fast. Once you sprayed the final area white, go back to the first house and arrange the number stencils neatly and make certain it is the correct address! Then spray paint the black numbers. Give the customer a receipt in case this is a tax write off for them and make certain they are happy with your work. If not, redo it with a smile and thank them for improving your performance. Take pride in your work and be grateful to the homeowner. This is an ingenious and simple way to make quick cash on any given day that you need to. The start up costs are low and you will recover these with the first house.
Another way to make quick money is to offer to run errands for the sick and elderly. Offer this on craigslist.org and your local newspaper websites that do not charge a fee for advertising. For example, in Los Angeles, there is a newspaper that is free and comes out on Thursdays called The Recycler. You can offer services or sell items on TheRecycler.com for free via their website. These are also printed up in the newspaper and will run for a month, again for free. Also advertise by posting up little notices around town in restaurants, health food stores or grocery stores that have a community board.
Another idea is to sell products at a booth. This could be crafts at a craft fair, yard-sale-type stuff at a flea market, cleaners or products at a local home and garden show, or gifts at a street fair. Find out what your overhead will be and pick a product that will create a good revenue for you. This is not exactly "quick" cash but it can be an ongoing source of income. I have done Handwriting Analysis at a Psychic Fair and mini Hypnosis sessions at a Health and Safety Festival. Of course I have training in those areas, so you need to do what you have training in and what you like to do. You can even have an art booth for donations and have kids draw or paint for a dollar donation.
A year ago I was talking to someone about how the guys outside a ballgame make a lot of money selling things that are not that expensive normally. This is a GREAT way to make quick money. When you stand outside a local college game, you can sell things that people have forgotten to buy on the way there. They have already parked and it was a pain to get to the gate, all the walking and waiting, etc. You are there, with exactly what they need but at a premium price: for example: You sell them umbrellas and plastic parkas on rainy day for 5 dollars each. It is a bargain because they are cold wet and desperate! You buy these things in advance at the local Dollar Tree or 99 cents store.
Also, you can go to the local park and sell ice water in hottest days of summer. Put your cooler on a trolley, fill it with ice and bottled water, take it around the park and sell the water for up to 2 dollars each. At your local discount grocery store such as FoodMaxx or Winco, you can get 24 waters for $2.50. This is a quick and easy way to make money while providing a good service to people.
Outside of our local Target store every year there are kids selling fresh mistletoe for Christmas. This is an easy way to make money and helps the owners of the trees that are infested with the mistletoe. You have to find trees that have this problem, ask the owner if you can gather it and then climb the tree and gather it up. Buy red and white pipe cleaners at your local craft store and twist them together to create a "candy cane" look and wrap it around the mistletoe. Or use red ribbon. Either way, as long as it makes it easy for people to hang up above their doors when they get home.
Are you an older man that has a beer belly? You can play Santa Claus for money! Offer to play the jolly old elf at private parties. Remember that Santa does not smoke cigarettes nor does he do drugs or drink. He does smoke a pipe, IF you must! :) Deliver packages to people or just come and ask the kids what they want if it is an early December party. Again, you can offer this service on craigslist or through friends that know you personally. You may want to run a background check on yourself and have this readily available to help the parents rest assured that you will do a good job and be safe around their children.
You can start a microbusiness for under $1500 dollars and sometimes much less. Print up some business cards and a few flyers to pass out around your neighborhood (or a richer neighborhood) that offer your services. This can range from maid service to pool cleaning or any easy service you know you can perform cheerfully and well. If you build up a regular route and loyal customers, you can sell this business in 2 years for a hefty profit. This is not exactly a "quick cash" remedy but it can help in the short and long run. Eventually you may have to hire a manager and workers to get all the work done. Then you just collect the money, provide excellent customer service and pay your people.
Recently I started looking into gold panning! At over $1300 dollars an ounce and living here in gold country, why not? At the very least, I get to be outside in nature and can be an example of living hope for a few hours at a time. :) Also, you can sell your old broken jewelry for scrap gold. Anything that is gold has value: gold teeth, watches, broken necklaces, old wedding rings from three marriages ago, etc. You can get cash from this at your local mall or ask your local jeweler who would take this. Here in gold country, we have "assayer's offices" where we can bring gold dust, nuggets and sometimes gold coins and jewelry for cash.
You can make money in the real world without a job, just let go of all your financial worries and think outside the box. Pray to God or ask the Universe for a solution that will suit your needs and this answer will come. It may even surprise you!
Making Money Online
To make money online, it will take some time and research.
Quickly here are some easy ways to make money:
-Become an affilliate on clickbank to represent any number of products then sell via twitter, facebook or your blog.
-Start writing a blog and use Google Adsense to make money with ads
-On-Line Home Based Business with an automatic partner website. This is NOT a quick way for cash but it can provide a wonderful opportunity that can change your life. I will write a blog on this form of business in the future. It is not for the faint of heart or people that have no patience with other people. It can take up to a year to build up a business that makes decent money. You need a lot of contacts other than your family and friends, you need to spare them and yourself this stress at least until you are successful enough to make them take notice!
-Write and or sell pdf books on any topc. Sell on e-bay, craigslist, your blog, Facebook, twitter, youtube, etc.
-Last but not least: e-bay! Sell all your old used things, or sell brand new things via a trustworthy drop-shipper.
There are dozens of ways to make money on-line and it can take some time to master any one of them, but I feel it is worthwhile to pursue this path if it feels right to you.
No matter what form of extra money making idea you go after, I wish you the best of luck and tons of Mermaid Money!
Monetary Blessings to you,
FocusGroups on May 25, 2016:
Focus groups are a good way to make some extra money too! They're fun to do and most usually pay around $100 for a couple of hours. Check http://focusgroups.org
Alanna Fox Starks (author) from Detroit, Michigan on December 26, 2012:
Thank you so much, Sustainable Sue! =) Always I am here to help and give people hope. I heard that someone ran with this idea to paint curbs years ago. He called it "curb in a box" and made one million dollars with it... he sold it to other people who were desperate for a business!
Sustainable Sue from Altadena CA, USA on December 26, 2012:
You've got some innovative ideas here, Mermaid Money. It jiggles the imagination and raises hope. :)
lar and asr from Cathedral city, CA on January 29, 2011:
thanks for the tips and already thought of the street curb idea but still thanks
Alanna Fox Starks (author) from Detroit, Michigan on November 21, 2010:
Thank you for your comments! I am so glad you enjoyed this article!
Have a good week,
Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on November 21, 2010:
Awesome ways and tips on making money,a very well written hub!
Abeniel from New Delhi on November 18, 2010: