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10 Awesome Ways to Make Money Without a Job

Updated on July 13, 2019
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Being without a job is scary. Even the thought of not getting salary in the bank account by the month end gives goosebumps. But times are uncertain these days. Job security has become a thing of the past. Regardless of academic qualification and experience, stretches of unemployment have affected all of us in recent years. While we might not be able to control being unemployed, we can keep ourselves busy and productive. We don’t necessarily have to be in a job in order to make money. Whether one is looking for work, or just taking a breather between assignments, one can make some money on the side by doing these gigs

1. Ghost Shopping

Ghost Shopping refers to a service of shopping on someone’s behalf. It sounds weird but there are people who have money but they don’t have time to shop. So they pay you to do their shopping for them and delivering the goods.

Some companies or market research firms also hire people to visit retail stores, posing as a casual shopper to collect information about the stores' display, prices, and quality of their sales staff. Ghost shoppers are paid a fee to conduct each mystery audit and if the audit involves purchasing or consuming anything - the ghost shoppers are provided a reimbursement of the money they spend as well.

Many folks think they aren’t good at earning money, when what they don’t know is how to use it.

— Frank A. Clark

2. Street Perform

This is for those who have any kind of entertainment skills, be it music, acrobatics, singing, magic, puppetry or dance. Many guitar players in busy streets actually make good money. Street performers are generally rewarded in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given.But one needs to be careful about one's city laws. In case prior permissions for street performances need to be taken then one must abide by them.

3. Dog Walker

Walking dogs for pet owners can actually earn you money. And if you are a pet lover then you will actually enjoy this work which pays you to do what you love. Professional dog walkers are paid by dog owners to walk their dogs for them. Some dog walkers will take many dogs for a walk at once, while others will only take a single dog. The length of a walk might vary depending on the breed or owners' request. In some jurisdictions, dog walking business must be licensed and the employees should be trained in animal first aid.

4. Sell stock photos

If you have an inclination towards photography then you can consider taking stock photos and selling them for a price. There are many online sites which let you upload your photographs and pay you a commission every time your photograph is downloaded. Some sites pay an upfront flat fee for your photographs. With stock photography booming and stock photo websites becoming popular, more and more photographers are selling stock photos to earn a decent stream of passive income. Shutterstock, Alamy, Crestock, 500px, PhotoShelter etc. are some of the popular websites to sell stock photos.

5. Rent a room

If you own a house then you can consider renting a room to earn money. You can also consider keeping a paying guest and charge extra for food. You can also list for Airbnb to offer lodging, primarily homestays, or tourism experiences.

6. Work Online

A great option if you’re unemployed is online work. There are different sites offering a variety of ways to make money online. Micro job sites such as fiverr, writing sites like Hubpages as well as sites that pay for you to take surveys, are all legitimate options. While these sites offer lower pay, but gradually one can earn good money online. But one has to make sure the site they’re working for is reputable.

7. Drive Services

Cab services like Uber and Ola have completely revolutionized cab industry. If you have a car and a driving licence then you can consider registering with Ola or Uber. All you have to do is register with them, install their app and be a part of personalized taxi services. You must meet requirements for age, health, car age and type. You should have a driver's license and a smartphone/tablet and must pass a background check. Many people nowadays are actually earning a living by becoming an Uber or Ola driver.

8. Home tuition

Home tuition is a good way of earning money. You can take batches of home tuition according to your academic qualifications and subject expertise.The earnings also varies according to the subjects and age groups that you teach. Tutors for subjects like Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Economics etc. are more in demand.

9. Flip Stuff

Another good way to earn money is to sell unused possessions. You can sell your stuff at Flipkart, eBay or Amazon. You can also consider buying stuff for cheap and selling it at a higher rate. You have to be on the lookout for good and cheap stuff in the local markets or sites like Craiglist and then you can sell them for a profit on Amazon or eBay. Traditional garage sales is another fine option. You can sell off a few video games, or some electronics or furniture for some quick and easy cash.

Money can’t buy happiness, but it will certainly get you a better class of memories.

— Ronald Reagan

10. Sell your Art

If you are good at any crafts- drawing, painting, accessories, stitching etc then you can sell your art to make money. You can set up an online shop on sites like zazzle or etsy where you can sell your craft. You can also take orders from friends and family for the same.

Being out of job can be frustrating but one has to stay hopeful. It's all in the mind. You can keep getting frustrated or you can make the best use of the time by doing something of your own. Who knows you might actually be so successful at it that you will never want to get into a full-time job again!

Dog walking business has big payoff

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Shaloo Walia


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