Too many bills and not enough money this month? The average wage can be tough to live on and if you make below the average it can be even harder to save or find the money you need in emergencies. Sometimes you just need to make money fast! Here are 10 ways you can make $1,000 this month!
1.) Sell unwanted stuff
It is often touted as the best way to make money fast. Brand name clothing, kitchen items, books, furniture, anything you no longer need and can sell, sell. Alternatively, you could buy things to resell, offer to sell things for others for a commission or refurbish other things such as furniture to resell.
Depending on what you or others have to sell you can make very little or through to thousands.
2.) Rent a room or other space
If you happen to have a spare room, space in your driveway, an attic, garage or basement there are multiple ways you can make money. A spare room can be rented on Airbnb (check out this post for more info), list it in Facebook groups, on Gumtree or let others know. I have rented rooms for between $50 and $250 depending on the area I lived in and features of the room.
If you have garage space you could rent it out to someone needing to store their boat, a special car, excess stuff or even to a small business owner needing the extra space.
The most I have made is $250 per week renting a room – room only, no food. It was a large master bedroom with a walk-in robe and ensuite with its own spa. The house had a swimming pool as well. That was $1,000 a month.
3.) Offer your services
What services could you offer? Babysitting, cleaning, yard work, virtual assistance, anything you can do to make some money you could list on Airtasker, Gumtree or Facebook. Choose your prices and be prepared to work.
In my experience, in Australia, most of those sort of services go for $25 to $50 per hour. At $25 you would need to work 40 hours that month/10 hours a week for $1,000 and at $50 per hour it would be 20 hours or 5 hours a week.
Check out how to make money with Airtasker for more info.
4.) Freelance writing
This won’t be immediate money and usually relies on you having some sort of online presence, degree or experience already. Freelance rates I have seen varied from $5 per article (which I don’t recommend anyone does) through to thousands per article or 1cent to $1 per word.
Create a profile with a bio and sample work if you have some. You will need to establish credibility to begin with and a good way to do that is through guest posting on other sites. Some guest post positions pay $50 straight away, just follow their guidelines. For regular paying jobs look for staff writer positions, contact sites you like yourself and continually check classifieds. Check out the Problogger job board, UpWork and Freelancer to get you started.
My very first freelance article in 2011 paid $125. In my first month of freelance writing I made over $1,000.
5.) Uber/share your car
If you have a relatively new car you can sign up to be an Uber driver if it’s available in your area (or look for similar services). Depending on where you live you can earn $19 to $35 per hour based on what I have read and Uber drivers I have personally talked to. Many drivers do it on weekends or between other jobs and make a few hundred to over a thousand a week.
Alternatively, look into renting your car out, putting a car wrap on it or trying other suggested here.
If you average it to $25 per hour, it would be 40 hours of driving, or one Saturday a week to get $1,000.
6.) Jokes, puzzles or real life stories for magazines
You can get between $25 and $50 for a joke in many magazines. Other magazines pay $100 to $2,000 for a real life story. Stories are done in the first person usually and must have relevant photos.
One story could net you $2,000. Or 40 jokes would be $1,000.
7.) A second job
If you are going to need extra money long term and the other options don’t appeal too much plus you want a regular, guaranteed income, a second job might be the best option. Waitstaff, barstaff, nightshift in hotels, packing shelves, petrol stations etc. Many of these jobs pay between $20 and $40 per hour.
As with any extra money, depending on how much you work and how much you make it may change your tax bracket which would impact on the actual amount you earn.
To earn $1,000 extra a month at $20 per hour, not accounting for tax, you’d have to work 50 hours.
8.) Run a seminar or workshop
If you have expertise or skills in a particular area, look at running a workshop or seminar. You can set it up on Eventbrite or start a MeetUp group if you want to run it regularly. Have a way to market your seminar such as through social media, local businesses, the local media etc. Pick a location, time and date then get organised. Decide if you will include refreshments, how much you will charge, if it will be a one off or if you will run more and how you will follow up with attendees after the event.
With 20 attendees at $50 each, you will make your $1,000 depending on your other costs. Alternatively, 10 attendees at $100 is $1,000 too.
9.) Party Plan
Before you run away screaming, party plan options don’t need to be a nightmare. It’s a fair amount of work to get started, especially if it is with an older company and all your friends already have the products they want.
If you are good with sales, are a people person and genuinely believe in your product it can be fantastic. I did Tupperware years ago. I made my $1,000 in my first month plus won over $1,000 worth of free Tupperware.
Think outside the box with how you will do parties too. The top sales people have been drag queens.
10.) Use your current employment
Can you cash in your holidays? Do you have any days in lieu owing you might be able to use and do one of the other options above on those days to make extra money? When was the last time you asked for a raise? Re-negotiate your salary if you are genuinely worth it. Is there an extra project you can take on for more money? Sometimes working with what you already have is easier than trying to add something else.
What ways have you made money fast? Do you do party plan and if so, which one?
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