I know this is not all about ways to earn money online in this article but I know several people asking how they can earn money to pay for that spring break trip. So here are a few of the fast and furious methods of putting a few dollars in your pocket with a few days. Again not all of this is about earning money online.
It is a fairly simple an straight method of selling off some of your unwanted or unneeded tech toys or sporting items. Simple and easy post an online ad, carefully choose the right buyer and provide them the item. (please note always use a public place if the item is of high value to avoid thieves.) Simple one to two day method
Recycle Scrap Metal
One way you can get some quick cash is to sell scrap metal to your local salvage yard or recycling center. One DailyFinance blogger's co-worker bought a used camper for just over $600 and took his old one to get scrapped. The scrap value of his camper almost paid for his new camper purchase.
We want to focus on the legal ways to get some money from scrap metal so first we need to find some. If you are remodeling or have unused copper pipes in your house it may be worth pulling them out and heading to the salvage yard. If pipes are out of reach, check out your garage, basement or shed, where I am guessing you can find something to salvage. This endeavor may be especially profitable if you have been something of a packrat in this metal treasure trove of yours.
Don't have a room or building full of old odds and ends at your disposal? You can still get in on the salvaging action! The first places to check are any refuse areas around your neighborhood, where you can look for discarded metal objects. If dumpster diving disgusts you then, look at your neighbor's property. Do they have an old swing set nobody uses or a garage packed full of "junk"? If so you can either be upfront and split the profits with them under the pretense that you'll do the heavy lifting, or you can offer to "clean up" their garage as a neighborly favor!
Make Stuff To Sell
Think of the proverbial lemonade stand, but all grown up. When DailyFinance blogger Sarah Gilbert is entirely broke, she'll get out her sewing machine and make her favorite quick project: stuffed geese (made out of thrifted fabric). They sell like crazy on Etsy, an online shop devoted to crafty vendors, and is her go-to-plan when the well runs dry and she needs to bring in some quick cash.
Another category of handmade items that sell especially well is soaps and perfumed or infused oils, although these typically take a little longer to make. Especially talented friends make great money selling their handspun yarn or knitting patterns. The potential for turning your favorite craft into quick cash is only limited by your imagination; but remember to test the market for an item first.
Selling crafts is a fantastic way to make quick money (as long as you don't get too hung up in your hourly wage), especially for an at-home parent or someone with a lot of time gaps in your day. However, it's typically not a great way to earn a living -- there's a fine line between enjoying your skill with handicraft and turning your sewing room/pottery wheel/workbench into a sweat shop.
Hold a Yard Sale
How much money can you raise at a yard sale? It depends - on what you have to sell, where you are selling, the weather, advertising, the competition.
A few tips:
1. Be realistic. If you are selling an item in almost new condition, don't expect to recoup much more than 25% of the original retail price, less if it shows wear and tear. If the item is actually what dealers call, "mint in box," then you might see 50% but consider any offer.
2. You can reduce advertising costs and increase traffic to your sale by running a multifamily or block sale. Make sure to run ads in local newspapers, and if your town allows, post signs. Specify big ticket items in your ad (child's bedroom set, water skis) but include enough broad categories to attract the general yard sale shopper.
3. Check with your town or city hall to see whether you need a permit.
4. Price in advance, open early, have small bills and change available, and if you can handle it, let the early birds shop. Consider cutting your prices in the last hour(s) of the sale.
5. Enjoy yourself. Make it pleasant for people to buy from you. If an offer seems too low by all means counter-offer but don't be offended. You'll have a chance to make someone's day - possibly a child's - so don't miss the opportunity.