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5 of the Easiest Ways I’ve Made Money

5 of the Easiest Ways I’ve Made Money

How to Make Money Easily (and Fast!)

Since I was a kid, I’ve always looked for extra ways to make money.

At 13, I presented Dad with a plan to make money so I could buy a house if he would go guarantor/get the loan for me. He said no.

As an adult, I worked mostly from home and looked for ways to bring in extra cash, especially when I was going through a bitter divorce and custody battle.

Our life is flexible and quite different to the norm mainly because of the different ways I’ve made money.

I always knew I wanted to be available for my kids, give them every opportunity to excel and to do that, I needed easy income that did not require me to be there all the time.

When I originally wrote this article, I had 2 kids from my previous marriage who were 11 and 12. Now they are 16 and 15 plus I have a 2 and 3 year old.

We’ve travelled a lot, they’ve been able to compete at national and international leves for their chosen interests and I have been there to support them through some traumatic issues.

The only reason this was possible was because I worked out ways to make money that were easy, paid well and ongoing.

Here are the top 5 easiest ways I’ve made money over the years.

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1. Reselling

Clothing, cars, websites, camping gear, books, Tupperware, basically if I could make a profit, I flipped it.

Most items were bought or acquired and sold fairly quickly as I know what to buy and where to sell it.

I got started because of a challenge in 2017 and in my first month, I made almost $3,000!

Within a couple of months I made over $10,000 in a month and it has consistently been one of the easiest ways to make money as it takes me 3 minutes to list and I post the items on my way to other things.

However, I can’t do this easily while travelling so it tends to be something I do only when I am in one location.

Top Tips for Buying Things to Resell

I get asked a lot about buying things to resell. I have a whole guide on how to do this.

Within 4 months of starting a challenge to make $20,000 in a year buying things to resell, I made over $10,000 in a month.

Here are a few of my top tips and what is working for me now in 2024.

Know what you are buying

My niche items were rockabilly clothing and camping gear mostly because I knew those items well when I first started.

Early on, books were easy as there were numeours platforms I could sell them on, but that has become harder.

Knowing what things are worth, which brands to look for and where they sell well makes it so much easier.

Check Items Throughly

When looking for items to flip you want to be sure they are in good condition or easy to fix.

Check clothing for holes, tears, stains, missing buttons, problematic zips etc.

Some are an easy fix such as a split seam, others are not.

Whatever you are buying, look over it thoroughly and decide whether the work it needs is worth your time and effort for the profit you’ll make.

Take Clear Photos

Humans are visual creatures so good photos make items sell easier.

Take them in a well lit location, preferably in the morning or later afternoon instead of direct sunlight.

Ensure the images are clear, not blurry. Edit them a little but also be accurate about it.

List Accurately in the Right Locations

When listing your items for sale, think about where it is best to list then and be detailed in the listing about any flaws etc.

Niche Facebook Groups worked best for niche items such as camera gear and rockabilly clothing for me. Other items did better on eBay.

Post Quickly With Tracking

Post as soon as payment is made, pack the items carefully and always use tracking.

I won’t sell and post an item without tracking as not everyone is honest and if you don’t have proof you sent it, PayPal etc can take the money back.

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2. Writing – Books, Blogging and Freelance

As a teen, I said I would be a writer and was laughed at by most people then strongly advised not to.

So I pursued other things (hairdressing, beauty therapy, office work etc) because that’s what was expected.

As a high school dropout, my job options were limited so a hairdressing apprenticeship was easy and at the end, I had my own business.

However, writing has brought me the highest income, the most joy, overseas travel and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Writing enabled me to leave an abusive marriage and provide for my kids and have income coming in because of various writing projects including royalties from books.

When I say writing, I am talking about books I get royalties from, websites such as this one and freelance writing for magazines, newspapers, other websites etc.

Blogging isn’t as easy as some people make out but once set up well, it can be.

You need to spend time and money setting it up or buying one, creating a community, content etc.

It’s either an investment of time, learning it all and doing it all yourself or paying others to do it, then hoping the investment pays off.

I’ve done both, set up my pwn and purchased sites, in fact, this one was purchased and I made back the purchase price in a week.

Check out how to set up a blog and make money blogging for tips.

Freelance writing varied depending on how much I wanted to do and the type of work I was doing.

Since there are standard rates and plenty of work in different genres if you have the right connections, it’s can be good. I love to write so this was easy for me.

Being an author is another writing option but usually works best with either freelance writing or blogging as well.

You can self-publish on Amazon or pitch to publishers.

I published with Wiley and still get royalties from that as well as self-publishing. I made more self-publishing and enjoyed the process.

However, originally publishing my first book with Wiley gave me creditbility as a writer/author and opportunities I might not have had if I had only self-published.

Top Tips for Writing

To set up a blog and learn how to make money blogging check out this post.

Or check out how to become a freelance writer if you are more interested in that.

Both can be done at the same time and a blog is often a great way to showcase your portfolio and writing skills, get new clients and make money while still freelance writing.

Get Experience and Knowledge

Writing is a skill and not as easy as everyone assumes. Correct formatting, grammar and research are all part of it.

Learning SEO and being able to write for the correct audience on the topic you’ve been hired to write for all take practice.

Consider doing a course and joining writing communities or groups on Facebook.

In these communities, you aren’t in competition with each other, you are supporting one another and it is another great place to learn as well as pick up gigs.

Rejection, Ignoring and Slow Payments

Getting rejected isn’t uncommon especially if you haven’t taken the time to do some research and pitch to the right person.

If you are simply sending out the same pitch to everyone, it won’t work. You will either get rejected or ignored.

Rejections happen for numerous reasons – the magazine or website might have similar content planned, they might have already allocated their budget or only be hiring from a specific group.

Don’t take it personally, don’t harrass the editor, take your piece and pitch elsewhere.

If you’re hired as a contract freelancer for ongoing work, be sure to work well with your clients.

Get clear on what they want, have a solid brief and limit edits to save yourself time, money and stress.

If someone hasn’t responded, it is ok to follow up once but do not follow up constantly.

They’ll block you and you will get a bad reputation.

With payments, realise some payments take months, others are paid upfront.

You negotiate your terms and what you will accept.

Personally, work is usually paid upfront unless it is over a certain amount, then it can be 50% now and 50% later.

I have long, specific terms and conditions with a contract before starting or agreeing to any work. Always have a contract!

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3. Renting out my Space – Airbnb, Spacer, Boarders

In Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne I had boarders, rented my home on Airbnb or rented out the garage.

My garage in Sydney was rented to a single mum to run her business.

In Canberra, my garage was used at one point for someone to store things, later I had boarders then also trialled Airbnb there.

My Melbourne experiences were all 3. The garage in my unit rented for $50 a week to someone storing a spare car they loved.

I rented the apartment out when we went away, which paid for whatever expenses I had related to going away.

At one point, I had a young couple I know renting with me as well.

Check out how to make money with Airbnb as well as these 14 questions to ask before accepting a boarder.

Be sure to check you can legally do this in your area.

4. Bank and Sign-Up Bonuses

There is a lot of money available in the form of bank and sign-up bonuses for other businesses if you know where to look and what you are doing.

In an effort to get new customers, banks and other businesses will offer a sign-up bonus and sometimes you don’t need to do anything other than join.

E.g. Up Bank offers $5 to $14 when you join, they are fee free and you don’t need to do anything else. The money is deposited into your account as soon as you open it plus they have other perks, read the full review here or join instantly here.

ING offers up to $100 cash when you open an everyday account with the code CNW116 and follow the steps.

If you want more sign-up bonuses and freebies check out the freebie section and this list of Aussie birthday freebies.

Note: I am no advocating credit card churning or signing up for a bunch of them.

Doing that will destroy your credit rating and impact your capacity to get a mortgage or other things so get profressional advice around those.

5. Flip Websites

In 2014, I started buying and selling websites for a decent profit.

It wasn’t something I did a lot but when I did I made between 10 and 20 times what I paid for it.

The Thrifty Issue was originally purchased with the intention of selling later but I loved the community here so kept it.

When buying a site, I looked for a low price with huge potential.

If I could makeover a site, add affiliate links and get sponsored posts easily, I was interested.

I typically stuck to finance sites as I could get them easily through the communities I was involved in and resell them.

One place you can buy and sell is Flippa which I used a few times.

The prices tend to be lower on ther so I bought but most of my sales were done directly through groups I am in with peole I know.

Other Ways To Make Money

Market research paid $100 per hour which was easy although you have no control over how many gigs you’ll get.

Online surveys make many people $2,000 to $5,000 a year. The best Aussie online surveys are here.

Medical trials were fast and easy but it is not something I could do regularly and can impact your health.

The $4,050 was a nice chunk of change for the one I did. It paid in a couple of stages, not all at once but worth it as I needed the money at the time for legal fees.

I shared my experience and tips if you chose to do it here.

When I was a teen I did babysitting. I’ve also wrapped gifts, mowed lawns, cleaned and done any odd job possibly but most of those things were not quick or easy!

Babysitting can be easy but I was babysitting mostly neurodivergent children so it was full on the whole time.

Check out 43 ways for single mums to make money, How I’ve made money from home or remotely and how I made $33,277.57 on the side in 12 months for more ideas.

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