10 Fast & Easy Ways to Make Money Online
I talk a lot about how to make extra money here on Margie’s Mountain View. I truly believe that making extra income through the internet can change a person’s life.
I should know – I’ve tried a lotta different ways to make money online. But all the while, I just knew that there were reliable ways to make money online. I just had not figured out the best way to do it yet.
In the fall of 2016, I was thrown off a horse and wound up with multiple fractures of my pelvis. My doctor sentenced me to 3 months’ bed rest.
At the time of the injury, I was interviewing with prospective employers. Without a job in hand, we faced three months with no paychecks and no opportunity for short-term disability.
So, while I rested by busted butt in bed, I explored many ways of making a buck from your bedroom. I got busy with Google and I quickly learned all about side gigs and the many different things you can do to make extra money.
I must have tried a thousand different ways to make money online. Some worked well, some not so much. I’ll review them here in the hopes I can spare you some of the brain-numbing frustration that I went through.
Starting a business on the side can be a great way to make extra money and it may even eventually lead to becoming your full-time career. You just never know!
Here’s a list of my all-time favorite ways to make money online, along with some tips that I learned along the way:
1. I Have Sold My Junk
When I first discovered Craigslist, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. People will actually pay money to haul off my junk?
You bet they do!
In the ten years that I have been selling online, I have sold over $350,000 worth of furniture, artwork, appliances, building materials and other commonly sought items.
I have sold some crazy shit too – everything from fancy evening gowns to tractors, used tires, car parts, and even extra cabinets from the kitchen remodel in our old home. If I could buy it cheap enough, I bought it and turned around and sold it for a profit.
I sold things for friends that I had never knew existed before they asked me to sell it for them. Like an 18-foot flatbed gooseneck trailer (that’s you, Tom!). That’s the beautiful thing about the internet – if you need to find out about something, just Google it and learn what you need to know. It’s as simple as that!
I even developed seasonal campaigns, knowing the traffic jams that packed our main thoroughfare every fall for leaf peeping: SEE THE ASPEN, High-end Furniture, Artwork, W/O Equipment, Bldg Materials
In addition to Craigslist, there are many other places you can list and sell your stuff:
Facebook Garage Sale Groups
eBay – eBay can be a great way to expand your reach to a larger market. When I was selling on eBay, I was consistently making an extra $300-$500 a month.
The easiest way to sell on eBay is to find something that you can replicate over and over – and find a way not to have to pack and ship it yourself. I have friends who set up shipments from different manufacturers directly to the buyer, known as drop-shipping.
As for me, I never found a way to simplify the process, so I grew tired of eBay. I found the packing and shipping too time-consuming.
Insider Tips for Selling Your Stuff:
Write a Catchy Headline
Moving, everything must go!
Fall Clear-Out Sale – quality HH items, artwork & decorator items
Ex E-bay Seller – quality items CHEAP
2. Provide a thorough description of the product.
Include a full description along with how old it is and maybe even why you don't want or need it anymore
Product Features, whether it is new or used, and how old it is. I typically copy & paste the information directly from the manufacturer’s website to ensure accuracy.
Start at half of retail
Show and describe any damage
Include pictures, if possible
2. I have sold to traditional & online consignment stores
There are tons of both traditional brick-and-mortar consignment stores and online versions for women’s or children’s clothing, furniture, sporting goods, jewelry and more.
Online stores like Plato’s Closet and ThredUp will pay upfront for clothing that is recent, and they take all the legwork out of selling items, which is a bonus.
ThredUp provides a free clean-out kit – a huge postage-paid envelope that you can stuff all your unwanted items into. Seal it and shove it into the mail box – it’s as simple as that!
For items they accept, they either pay you immediately or they post the clothing on their site to sell it on consignment. Items not sold through their store get donated to a local charity.
3. I have sold books on Amazon.
Amazon makes it easy to list and sell used books on its marketplace. You can make more than just a few bucks, especially if you have pricey textbooks from college.
Be sure to be accurate in how you describe the condition and price accordingly. Your online reputation is at stake and those five-star reviews help keep you as a preferred seller.
4. I have rented extra rooms in my house.
We have rented rooms in our home off and on for years. Renting a home in our house was a very easy way to make extra money since we always had the room and no work really had to be done.
For specific tips, read A Complete Guide To Renting A Room For Extra Money.
Ready to check out how easy it is to get started? Click here to register on Airbnb.
5. I have rented out our entire home as a vacation rental.
With the popularity of sites like VRBO, HomeAway and Airbnb, people have been flocking to the vacation rental marketplace to rent out their homes as short-term rentals in sought-after destinations.
If you have a home in a vacation destination, it could well be worth looking into renting it as a short-term rental.
Of course, you need to abide by any local laws, rules and regulations. Also, if you don’t own the home, you need to make certain that you have the permission of the owner before trying your hand at vacation rentals.
Do a bit of research. Are people in your area renting their homes on sites like Airbnb? How much are they charging? How do those properties compare to your home?
There are a lot of things to consider if you jump into vacation rentals. The more care and attention you put to the finer details here, the more profitable it will be. (More to come on how to's for Airbnb, VRBO and the like.)
Wanna see how easy it is? Click here to get started as an Airbnb host.
6. I Have Done Gigs on Fivver.
Fivver allows you to put your skills to work and make money doing it. Services range from writing and editing to graphic design. As a seller, you can offer almost anything on Fiverr.
Some of the gigs only pay $5 a piece, so if you want to make serious clam you have to know what services are in demand. Popular services include writing and editing and video editing. Social media gurus are also highly sought after.
Fivver has expanded beyond just the $5-per-gig model. Fiverr Pro pools the best talent on its platform. Depending on your skills, you could do considerably well on here.
7. I have updated resumes and LinkedIn profiles.
Resume writing is something that people will pay top dollar to get done right. As it should be - if done right, these services can get you hired faster - and for more dough.
8. I have gotten cash back for online purchases.
Believe it or not, there are sites that help you to save money online. One of my favorites is Ebates, the cash-back shopping site. By partnering with hundreds of retailers, they offer coupons and cash back on all your purchases.
The best part is that it's free - and you don't have to do a thing. It does all the work for you!
9. I have gotten paid to open a new bank account.
I don’t typically do business with the big banks – you know like Wells Fargo, Bank of America and the like. They were terrible during the Great Recession of 2008 and we got caught in that whole mess.
I make an exception with Chase because they offer a generous package for veterans which waives a lot of typical fees. And yes – I love a bargain, so I can justify working with them.
Plus, Chase pays you $200 when you open a new checking account and make a direct deposit within the first 60 days. They offer another $150 for a new savings account with a minimum balance.
10. I have gotten paid to open an investment account.
Don’t think you have what it takes to invest in the stock market? Think again.
Now there’s an app that enables even small investors to get in on the goods. The best part is that you set it and forget it, because Acorns because it does all the heavy lifting for you.
You can start small —only $5 — and build your account up over time with its “round-up” feature, meaning that when you spend $70.13 at the grocery store, they round up to the nearest full dollar, so 87 cents gets deposited into your Acorns account.
Then, the app does the whole investing thing for you.
This app is great for those who have trouble saving up for an emergency fund because the amounts are so low you hardly even notice the difference.
Acorns charges $1 a month for balances under $5,000, and you’ll get a $5 bonus when you sign up.