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Quick Ways To Make Extra Money

Updated on February 1, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Bills Never Stop

Here it is January, and for many people the bills seem to just keep coming in waves. Maybe you overspent at Christmas, or maybe it is just that the utility bills are higher right now, but this is the time of year that a little extra money is a very good thing!

Sometimes, no matter how frugal you are you need a quick influx of cash to carry you through a hard time. It can be done. It is possible to create quick cash legally and in as little as a few hours.

Ideas For Quick Income

Pawn Your Stuff

Do you really need that gold bracelet? Gold prices are at an all time high, it is a very good time to pawn that gold jewelry you don't really need. There may be other things around your home that can be pawned as well. While you will probably get the most money for gold most pawn shops will give you money for electronics, musical instruments, and other items.

eBay

While it is, in most parts of the country, still too chilly for a good turn out at a garage sale consider getting rid of the stuf you don't need on eBay. You will be able to clean out abnd organize those overstuffed closets and drawers plus make a little money at the same time. That's a win-win situation!

House Cleaning

Clean someone's house - lots of people hire people to come in and clean their home. It really is a simple task most of the time. Be sure and meet with the homeowner and take a look at the house before you commit to a price. You don't want to find out when you get there that the house is a good candidate for the show, Hoarders.

Be sure that your price is competitive with others in your area. In many urban areas you can easily make $300 (or more) a week by cleaning houses a few hours a day.

Yard Work

If you have a tiller and some simple yard tools you can trim bushes and branches or till up someone's garden for a price. Often the work is not that difficult - just time consuming.

Make Money With Scrap Metal

Organization

If you are a good organizer people will pay for you to organize a closet, a room, or even their whole home. Be sure that you understand what is involved and check around to see with other people are charging.

Personal Chef

Can you cook? A personal chef grocery shops for people and then cooks several meals in their home, freezing them for the customer to thaw and heat at some later time.

Pet Care

Depending on where you live people may be interesting in hiring you to walk their dogs. This can bring you up to $10 an hour in some urban areas. You can also pet sit when people go out of town.

Share Your Skill

Do you know how to knit, spin, or play piano? Consider tutoring someone else. If you can find a place such as the community center or a local church where you can hold a class for multiple students you will make much more money.

Painting

Paint someone's house or paint a room for someone. If you know how to do faux finishes there may be quite a demand for faux finishing and stenciling in your area.

Half.com

Sell your old books and dvd's on half.com

Dumpster Dive

One man's trash is another's treasure! You can find antiques, electronics, clothing and other sell-able items in the dumpster. Although it is legal in most areas do check the laws in your community to be sure.

Pay For Posts...

If you have a blog do a few Pay For Post advertisements. You can make 100.00 a month pretty easily reviewing things on your blogs. Be sure to follow the FCA guidelines for disclosure - you don't want to break the law.

Errands

Run errands for people- everyone is busy. Advertise yourself as an errand person or personal assistant. Take people's cars to have the oil changed, grocery shop for them, take their dog to the groomers, or pick up birthday gifts. Be willing to do their running around - for a price.

Baking from Your Home

Sell baked goods, birthday cakes and such. Check local health laws, however. In Texas and many other states, it is legal and considered a cottage industry.

Take Care of Trees

Chop firewood for people or, better yet, advertise to haul away trees that have fallen. Charge a nominal fee for hauling and then chop them up and sell the firewood.

Blogging and Content Writing

Blogging and other writing online is a great way to make extra income over a period of time. While you aren't going to make money immediately, if you have a talent for writing and are disciplined you could be making an extra hundred dollars a month within six months or so.

Blogs can be created for free on either Blogspot or Wordpress. These are places where you can write about your personal experiences, recommend items for people to buy, and vent your frustrations about the rising cost of living.

Hubpages and other content writing sites allow you to publish informative articles. By joining these sites and writing well crafted, informative, and original material you can make enough extra money to pay for a vacation or something special...or just use it to pay off bills.

As you write more articles more people will be interested in what you have to say and it could open the door to other freelance writing jobs.

Use Your Imagination

Stay positive and use your imagination. There are lots of things that you can do to earn a little extra cash!

Make a list of the things you enjoy doing - hobbies, skills, abilities. Consider which of those might translate into a money making opportunity. Don't just choose one though, do several things. Remember the old adage, Don't put all your eggs in one basket! You might be surprised at how much money you can actually bring in.

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      Gwendolyne Black 4 years ago from Erwin, TN

      Very useful! Thanks!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      Some good tips and ideas there!

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      Unique Hiram 5 years ago from Midwest

      Great Hub and information ... thanks for sharing! Voted up.

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      monicamelendez 5 years ago from Salt Lake City

      Anyone want to run some errands for me? I'm so busy right now it's ridiculous.

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      eric-carter 5 years ago from Fulham, UK

      A wonderful hub indeed - voting up! Best of luck to you :)

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      Ken 5 years ago

      Ya, there's a lot of good info here. I can see myself doing some of this.

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      Ann810 5 years ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi, I have a few hobbies that I can be consistent with and possible turn them into revenue. Great article and useful, thanks. Voted up.

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      Reve 5 years ago from Dhaka

      There are several ways of earning cash when you need extra money for person or household reasons. Freelancing has been the revolutionary idea for many of us.

      Thanks a lot for your useful hub. This will certainly help me in future :)

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      jiro 5 years ago from India

      An informative hub to make money

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      Dorothy 5 years ago

      Hay I dont know why you folks are hollering dumpster diving doesnt make a lot of money .My husband has done that and he has made couple thousand bucks a month .You just got to know what your looking for and how to make money from what.And you dont have to dive all the time ,drive the neighbor hood and you will find stuff too.Try mechanic shops computor places anything metal ect .

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      AMBER 5 years ago

      THOSE ARE SOME DANG AWESOME IDEAS NO CHEESS!!

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      seanorjohn 5 years ago

      Yup , you are right ebay is still a good way of raising cash. Electronic cigarrettes are sometimes heavily discounted and then resold on ebay. Getting hold of discount codes and then placing the goods on ebay can mean you double your money.

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      jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

      This is a very interesting and informative hub with lots of great ideas. I am really interested in blogging and will check it out now that I have written a few hubs and gained a little more confidence. Thanks for the brilliant tips.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      I should have been blogging and writing a long time ago. I am new to the blogging world and am having a great time!

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Very good ideas! I've done the painting, cooking and pastry (cookies and cakes) selling. It hasn't expanded because I serve mainly family members and friends, a much reduced group of people. Do you have any ideas on what would be a good, fast and effective way to advertise my services? Especially for “alfajor” sales (which is a sandwich sort of cookie with dulce de leche filling) this is my top selling product, in my current small niche.

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      Thanks i really need money fast im 12 and looking for &100 in 4 day cause im going swimming soon and i need some cool bathers xox

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      Leah Helensdottr 5 years ago from Colorado

      Excellent hub, Marye; I think most people could successfully try one or more of your suggestions. I know I'm going to!

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      Marye Audet 6 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      Most of those aren't free

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      Aceblogs 6 years ago from India

      Great tips you have given in there , but now there are many more ways , investing in stock markets , gold markets , property investments , blogging the way out , providing free lancing progamming online and yes Hub pages like sites :)

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      djd616 6 years ago

      Here's a thought. I see a lot of pictures of animals on this site including my picture. I wonder if there are legitimate websites where we can enter either pictures or short videos of our pets into a contest?? Like I said, just a thought.

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      Dr Rockpile 6 years ago from USA

      A nice and varied list. Just about something for everyone there.

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      djd616 6 years ago

      Then there's this crazy thing going around the internet that I'm sure you have all heard of. Something about making money with pay pal. You take the first person off the list and put your info last and everybody goes up one step. Everybody is supposed to make quite a bit of money. But if it's that easy, everybody would be doing it and if thats the case, it's one of those too good to be true ones.

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      Ayaba1 6 years ago from Abuja

      This is wonderful! More greese to your effort. Big tips

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      sashikanta mutum 6 years ago

      i want to get money by cheque or transferring to my SBI account by working in online jobs

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      pig 6 years ago

      is putting your name in the paper for yardwork a good idea btw im 15

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      SAMCHUNGASUNG 6 years ago

      GO TO YOUR CORPORATE TIRE STORES AND GRAB USED TIRES THEY HAVE TO PAY SOMEONE TO REMOVE. THEN RESELL TO SMALLER STORE. I USED TO MAKE 100 PER DAY BEFORE I HAD A CAREER. YOU NEED A TRUCK.GOD BLESS

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      raisingmoredough 6 years ago from USA

      Awesome! Finding alternative ways to supplement income is something that I have been curious about for some time now. Finding HubPages has given me an outlet for it. I hope to follow you and learn from each other.

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great ideas. I need to bookmark this hub to review all the ideas if I ever find myself out of work. For now, besides the full and part-time job, I'm focusing on Hubpages and hoping to move into some more freelance writing eventually. Glad you talked about that potential, too. Voted up, useful, awesome!

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      cowtowngirl77 6 years ago

      Great tips, sometimes you have to do what you haveto do.

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      mohin28 6 years ago from London

      Fantastic Hub and awsome TIPS!

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      MZHF 6 years ago

      Great tips, thnx

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      Venture Boyz 6 years ago from Floating in the clouds

      Great Hub! Everybody is always trying to think of ways to make an extra buck. I really need to get into that whole ebay thing. Maybe it's time to dust off my attic door and search for some hidden gems.

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      deb 6 years ago

      At christmas time I cut some Mistletoe out of some trees on a country road and set on the corner near a shopping center and sold the 'Kissing Mistlettoe' out of the trunk of my car on the weekends and made money to buy christmas presents. I wrapped a red bow around the branches and sold 3/$5.00. I found people wanted Mistletoe and could not find it anywhere. I also set up for about 45 min. on my lunch hour by a busy cafe and made about $25-$50 a day. Ikept them in plastic florist tubes in a cooler.

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      scottie g 6 years ago

      Great hub. Enjoyed reading it. I'm a newbie at the online publishing sites. I'd love if you had time to check out my first few hubs and leave me some feedback. Thanks again

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      KB 6 years ago

      Thanks for this hub post give info for earn more money

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      What a helpful hub this is. Excellent ideas. So glad I stopped by to check this out. Rated up and I'm ready for more! :) vocalcoach

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      AllSuretyBonds 6 years ago

      Great Hub. These are all very good ideas. This is the perfect article for people who are looking to make extra money on the side and need some ideas on where to start. Voting you up!

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      Evelyne 6 years ago

      I buy and sell Silver coins to make a profit. Silver is going up, and from what i've been hearing it will be the same price as gold , since gold is hoarded and silver is consumed. Silver is used in all kinds of products, like cell phones and computers etc. If you wanna know which silver coins to buy and how to avoid buying fake ones i suggest you visit Youtube.

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      Emma 6 years ago from UK

      Great hub. I am always astonished of peoples lack of imagination.

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      =D CP guy 6 years ago

      fix things like bikes,people will pay a fair bit to have something they treasure fixed

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      On Making Money Quick 6 years ago

      If you'll notice all your suggestions -- and very good ones they are! -- have to do with manual labor. I think this is something often very much not understood, that the quickest way to make cash is to do sweat work immediately for someone -- work that someone prefers not to sweat but pay for.

      With that in mind, it may pay off to add that doing work for those who are either no longer capable of straining themselves or have no time to do it makes the opportunity even more sure to pay off quickly.

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      vitos 6 years ago

      Great tips to make money. thanks

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      Gus 6 years ago

      how do you charge money for ads on your

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      nikitha p 6 years ago from India

      Great hub, thanks for sharing this.

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      SantaLady 7 years ago

      Great ideas.

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      Olalekan Kim Animashaun 7 years ago from lagos, nigeria

      thanks for the tips

      helpful ideas

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      TeamSTM 7 years ago

      Right now scap metal is trul growing in popularity! There are a few people who actually make enough to live by doing this and since this is not a job, the money earned doen't have to be reported. They get their cash in a ban with every metal part in their hand. Copper has the highest payout, but is the hardest to find!

      This is a very enjoyable and informative HubPage, I had to vote this up!!

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      FirstStepsFitness 7 years ago

      Great post very useful ideas

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      Tusshar 7 years ago

      thanks very nice articles

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      iluvceleb 7 years ago

      Some of the tips make me realize that it takes a lot of hardwork and patience to make money :D Thanks for sharing

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      mary 7 years ago

      Let me rush over to grab extra income from ur great ideas thanks

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      Nevada Logan 7 years ago from USA

      Just found this hub, this is some great tips on how to earn extra money. I love ebay, it made me enough money one year to send me and the family to the beach for a week.

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      MBA2010 7 years ago from North America

      I was sure I would read donate plasma! Oh well, maybe next time.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 7 years ago from Philippines

      Great ideas on making extra cash in many unexpected ways! Great tips! Thanks for sharing this.

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      shaulz 7 years ago

      great and helpful hub thanks!

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      tatreviews 7 years ago

      You have a lot of great ideas on earning some extra cash. My personal favorite is writing for hubpages, but I also have made a fair bit cleaning houses.

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      Madison 7 years ago from NYC

      Very helpful tips...thanks!!

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      pickles1 7 years ago

      Great Tips, all very good, valid and most importantly legit.

      I myself have tried all of the usual ways of making a little extra money, most of them not much cop, i.e. online surveys, niche selling, and so called scams. none of them were a success for me. But at last 2 weeks ago i found something, a very easy idiot proof way of making money, and my god it works. I have made a hub about it so come visit me

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      Ashraf Mir 8 years ago from Dhaka

      nice tips. nice hub. thanks.

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      glass railing 8 years ago

      Those are some great ideas... Im self employed and sometimes I need a little extra as the month goes on... thanks for the creative tips...

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      prasannasutrave 8 years ago from mumbai( india )

      Nice list to make money but still i love to use google adsense to make money online.

      Blogging can make money for us if we use this platform very seriously and honestly.

      Anyway thanks for the list.

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      admin08 8 years ago from Guwahati

      Dumpster Diving - that's a good one. . Nice tips about making money. I have been rejected by Ebay. Should I reapply again?

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      Tina 8 years ago from Wv

      Cool site! Might I add to "dumpster dive" in college towns right after the semester ends. It is amazing what stuff kids will eave behind because they don't want to pack it up!

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      mws44 8 years ago

      I have sold my scrap gold jewelry online and raised some extra cash. This method has proven to give me the most money per ounce and contrary to my first thoughts is very secure, safe, and confidential. I don’t have to go to a pawn shop and simply mail my unused jewelry. I receive my check fast and was able to pay part of my debts. I would recommend everyone who has broken jewelry pieces to use this method. These online refineries pay better than local pawn shops and are very professional. They also buy silver and platinum jewelry at good prices.

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      Candace Morgan 8 years ago from New York

      Great tips in this time. Thanks.

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      Dorsi Diaz 8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Great tips! I know a couple people that make good money doing faux finishes and murals in homes. I have even thought about doing that again for some extra money (and it can really be quite lucrative!)

      Great hub!

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      nancydodds1 9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I believe that your list of ideas for quicks income can work for those who need cash in an emergency situation. Very interesting topic with a lot of good tips, Thanks.

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      rethansmith 9 years ago

      Great stuff here.

      I would say the best way to get cash fast is to pawn/ebay/amazon/sell the stuff you dont need anymore.

      I read a statistic that says the average american has about $1500 worth of stuff they could get rid of and not miss.

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      meteoboy 9 years ago from GREECE

      Excellent and useful ideas. Thank you. Greetings from Greece.

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      Die'Dre' 9 years ago from The Great Pacific Northwest

      Great tips. I like the blog review idea. I heard from a friend in Canada. She's going to be a House Stager. You decorate/arrange homes that are up for sale to make them more appealing.

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      Wayne Tully 9 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Dumpster diving sounds good, I used to work as a bin man and at the main tip I found allsorts of uselful and great stuff others threw away, I found the original war of the worlds LP (back when LP's were all the rage!!) a computer that worked too with printer and scanner, a cb radio, a telephone, a computer desk with chair...and much more, the things people throw away is ridiculous!!!

      I wouldn't want to do others gardens, I have enough with mine especially the mrs's bush, it sure does need a trim!!!

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      Jaisri 9 years ago

      Good help for everyone, good and useful information for extra income.

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      philipmok 9 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Marye,

      Great ideas for Making Extra Money! I love the ideas that promote recurring and passive income! Best to work a little and give BIG returns. Ha Ha ... easy said than doing it.

      Cheers,

      Philip Mok - Singapore

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      tinnagraham252000 9 years ago from mcclure illinois

      great ideas thanks hubs

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      Kumari 9 years ago

      Helpful & great idias for extra income. Not for lazy people!

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      rarestone1 9 years ago

      Useful tips there. Thanks!

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      02SmithA 9 years ago from Ohio

      Interesting scrap metal video at the end. Nice ideas! Thanks!

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      careertest 9 years ago

      Marye, good advice. I believe that your list of ideas for quicks income can work for those who need a little extra cash in an emergency situation. I just wanted to add that we also need to set aside some time for building our own business (online or offline) as this will help us get more stable income in the long run.

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      Marye Audet 9 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      Kam- very trrue...and if you get out of bed in the morning you could get eaten by a lion...

      nothing ventured nothing gained.

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      kamrulmi 9 years ago from Bangladesh

      Nice to say but all these ideas may not work for all. so thanks.

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      Veena Balan 9 years ago from Kannur, Kerala

      I think that a good way of earning money is also joining some of the good paid to click sites, survey sites, free SMS, and ad posting sites like I have done...

      I am waiting payment from some of them too.

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      eugie17 9 years ago from online (everywhere)

      good hub

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      Karen N 9 years ago from United States

      Very interesting topic with a lot of good suggestions, Thanks.

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      megawebs 9 years ago

      great hub! I suggest we make the money work for us rather than working for the money. Let's build a continued money stream using say ebay, affiliate marketing, etc. such that even if we are not mowing the lawn for money, we are able to automatically earn commissions from selling other people's products or our own products.

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      Pete Michner 9 years ago from Virginia

      Very good hub, I know in my area the going rate for a nice lawn mow is $40!

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      Kavitha Rajeev Kumar 9 years ago from India

      Great ideas and tips! I too wish to make some extra money.

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      _Aaron_ 9 years ago from California

      Haha.. that was quite amusing and what's sad is I've done 12 out of the 16 myself lol

      By the way I love the idea of dumpster diving. The problem is the hauling and the gas money to get there and back. But if you live in a huge apartment complex then you might as well get your free gold.

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      sadonna23 9 years ago from Alabama

      Great tips!

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      Stayathomejobs 9 years ago from NC

      These are all good ideas. Things that are available to most anyone.

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      grshelton3 9 years ago

      Great common sense info! The thing about each of those things is patience, patience, and patience. There are no get rich quick schemes that work!

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      Chuck Nugent 9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Thanks for the great Hub and information.

      The people commenting also had some good advice as well. Having been downsized out of a job early in my career I am a big proponent of both diversifying ones skills and ones sources of income. Things change and we have to be ready to change as well.

      I have forwarded a link to this Hub to my sister who recently lost her job and is looking for ways to make money both to help while she is looking for new work as well as set herself up so that she is not as financially dependent on a particular employer for income.

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      Just AK 9 years ago

      Haha, very nice, I love the dumpster diving. I don't think it's for me, but there is some excitement in searching for treasure, even if it's in a dumpster.

      Cheers!

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      Hannam 9 years ago

      I am currently reviewing and trying out a free no cost ever business online,so will keep you all posted here;if I make real money..

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      Internet MLM Now 9 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great hub and now I'm headed for my jewelry box :) I'm actually kidding but something I really am going to do is sell antiques that were given to me that I really don't deserve. I need an antique appreciation course I guess.

      With as many hubs as you have, adsense probably sends you checks and checks! I'm going to get busy and write one on antiques for sale :D

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      John foster 9 years ago from South Africa

      Great post. Brings back the message "nothing ventured ,nothing gained". Good idea's make money, but it is always accompanied by lot's of hard work as well.

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      John foster 9 years ago from South Africa

      Great post. Brings back the message "nothing ventured ,nothing gained". Good idea's make money, but it is always accompanied by lot's of hard work as well.

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      byee 9 years ago

      Great ideas! As always, there is no such thing as a "free lunch". There may be quick ways to make money but it still requires some work!

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      Louie Jerome 9 years ago from UK

      Some useful ideas.

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      Joe 9 years ago

      Great ideas, thanks for sharing!

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      magriet 9 years ago

      Some good ideas. What a pity that you always have to WORK for money, wish there was an easy way!