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7 Quick Money Making Schemes That Are Easy and Don't Take Much Time

Updated on June 26, 2017
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An advocate of the "don't take life too seriously" school of money making, Jorge likes to write about many fun income sources.

Easy and Quick Money Making Schemes - What Are Some Legit Methods?

So you're broke and need a way to turn your hard work into cash. There are many ways to do this in today's world, and you just have to get a little bit creative. Instead of just barely paying your bills this month, why not devote some of your time to these interesting odd jobs and accumulate a stash of notes that you can throw under your mattress?

Here are some easy money making schemes that you can start right now:

Need some money making ideas? Read on.
Need some money making ideas? Read on.

#1: Doing Freelance Work Online

Not all freelance sites are created equal, and some of them are a rip-off, but if you're strapped for cash and you don't have the means to find your own customers, they can be a lifesaver. Look around for reviews of freelancing sites and give a few of the good ones a try.

Now, you might be wondering, what kind of services should you sell? Well, make a list of the skills and talents that you have, and you should get an idea. Most freelancing sites have customers who are hungry for business content. This could mean:

  • Writing articles or sales copy.
  • Writing ebooks or reports.
  • Making logos.
  • Making illustrations.
  • Other graphic design work.
  • Making video presentations.
  • Giving advice related to your expertise.

All of these skills can be monetized, you just need to be basically competent and have some customers. The freelancing site will take care of the second part.

#2: Cleaning Up Dog Poo

Have you ever stepped on a fresh dog turd and tracked it all over the house? No lie, right now, at this very moment, someone is avoiding their back yard because it has pretty much turned into their dog's toilet. These are the people who hate cleaning up poo (most people).

That's where you come in. Start with your neighbors and friends, and offer to make their backyards a sparkling poo-less paradise for their pooches--for a small fee, of course. At least a few people are bound to take you up on that offer.

While cleaning up poo is one of the more disgusting money making schemes on here, it's easier and less back-breaking than other yard work. Best of all, unless your neighbor has a giant yard or a pyramid of manure, it shouldn't take too long for you to clean it up. It will be quick and easy in most cases. With enough customers, you might even be able to make a handsome living.

You'll have some job security, too, since poop cleaning is hard to automate or outsource.

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#3: Raising Bugs

It's hard to believe that some people will pay big bucks for what other people try to shoo out of the house, but it's true. All you have to do is focus on the profitable insects in this money making scheme, and you can make a killing, especially if the bugs are in demand in your area.

People need insects for a variety of reasons. For example, they might need dozens of meal worms (darkling beetle larva) to feed their reptile pets. Maybe they need tons of crickets for their chickens. Maybe they want hundreds of ladybugs to use as pest control in their garden.

Unlike mammals and other animals, bugs don't need much attention, much food, or much room. Often, they don't even need a lot of light and you can keep them tucked away in drawers. Do some research and see what kind of bugs work best for you.

#4: Putting Up Flyers

Lots of businesses need to advertise to a local audience, but they don't have the manpower to run around town and put up a thousand posters. This is where you come in. Approach local businesses and let them know that you'll do them this grand favor--for a price! If word spread of your efficiency, you might even have some businesses coming to you.

Can you see some good things in that old box?
Can you see some good things in that old box?

#5: Sell Stuff From the Trash

People throw away perfectly good products that are still usable. Consider doing the Earth a favor and recycling them for fun and profit.

It may be time-consuming at first to prowl around looking for items that you can hawk on Craigslist for a few bucks, but in time you will learn which neighborhoods yield the best stuff.

After you find something good, there are a few different ways you can get cash for it:

  • Selling to your friends and family.
  • Having a garage sale. You could have one once a week and sell all the stuff you discovered the previous week.
  • Selling on Craigslist, on your local exchange board, or on any number of apps that do the same thing.
  • Selling to a pawn shop.
  • Trading in media to a media store. For example, many times you can make a quick buck selling video games to game stores. (Though this is probably the least lucrative method.)
  • Selling the item on Amazon or Ebay.

If you find that you really like this and you have the capital, then you might considering opening your own thrift shop.

#6: Sell Your Creations

If you like to make stuff, you may be able to turn this into a profitable side business and earn some serious money. People love art and entertainment, and if you can strongly appeal to a certain demographic, you might just have some customers for life.

You could:

  • Write books that cater to an under-served niche.
  • Make unusual art.
  • Make crafts that appeal to people's nostalgia or culture. (For example, there are lots of Pokemon-related hand-made crafts that sell well on Etsy.)
  • Make videos that help people understand important subjects in a creative way. (For example, can you make math easy and fun to understand for college students? Your creative skills can definitely be monetized again and again.)

The best thing about this quick money making idea is that you're bound to have fun if you're doing something creative that you like--and that's priceless.

Teach people what you know. They will be grateful.
Teach people what you know. They will be grateful.

#7: Tutor / Mentor People

If you have experience with anything, chances are that someone somewhere is willing to pay for some advice.

Are you a skateboarder? Offer people lessons.

Do you know how to get women to go home with you? Offer a service where you take guys out and show them the ropes.

Do you have a thumb greener than an golf course on Sunday? Offer to teach people how to make their plants not die.

Brainstorm some ideas on how you might be able to help people. If you can help people well enough, they will be willing to pay for it if you have the courage to ask for compensation.

The best money making schemes, after all, are the ones that help your customer just as much as they help you. If there's no obvious benefit to the person who is buying, then you are scamming people!


Are you looking for a money making scheme that requires no work? Well, you won't find that here...or anywhere, actually. You'll always have to do something to make someone's life easier or better before you can make money. That's why they pay you!

It doesn't have to be hard or soul-sucking, though. Use any of the above methods and you can make pretty good cash on the side quickly and easily.

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2017 Jorge Vamos


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