4 Ways to Make Money When You’re Short on Time is a GUEST POST by Angela.
Moms are some of the busiest people on the planet.
There are kids needing shuttled around, meals to be made, errands to run, sometimes there are aging parents thrown into the mix. And let’s not forget about housework, PTA meetings, shopping…
One of the most important duties for many moms is the household budget. Making sure those bills are paid, and on time, falls on your shoulders. Occasionally, or maybe a little more frequently than that, ends may not quite meet. But with your already busy schedule you can’t even think about working more hours at a regular 9-to-5.
Luckily, you have options. Here are four great ways to make extra money when you’re already short on time.
Cash Back Programs
I’m a huge fan of cash back programs. Unfortunately, many of us overlook their potential or simply forget to use them when we shop.
Ebates is my go-to for online shopping. Earning cash back is as simple as clicking through the Ebates link prior to checking out. If you install the Ebates browser extension, you will even get a reminder when visiting a site that participates in the program.
I’m also a fan of Ibotta for cash back on your groceries. Just check the smartphone app for rebate offers prior to shopping and scan your receipt and matching grocery items when you get home from the store.
Both programs also have great referral programs. Neither has any fees or requires applying for a credit card.
You can read more and sign up for Ebates and Ibotta HERE.
Sell your unwanted stuff
We all have stuff lying around collecting dust. Rather than loading it up and taking it to Goodwill, consider selling it for extra cash.
Sites like thredUp will take gently used women’s and children’s clothing and pay you cash upfront so you don’t have to wait for it to sell. If you need cash a little more quickly, consider taking your items to a local secondhand retailer like Plato’s Closet or listing them on your local Facebook Buy/Sell Group. Stay away from consignment shops unless you have the time to wait for it to sell before getting paid.
If it’s electronics you are looking to offload, Gazelle is a trustworthy website that pays cash for smartphones and tablets. If you are looking to fund your holiday or birthday shopping, you may want to consider Amazon’s trade-in program which is quick and painless. You won’t get cash, but you will receive Amazon store credit. (Click HERE to read more and sign up.)
Microtasks and crowdsourcing
There are several smartphone apps these days that will pay you for performing little tasks around town. Job Spotter App was introduced by Indeed. With this app, you earn $.50 for snapping pictures of Help Wanted signs around town. I took advantage of this opportunity over Black Friday weekend and it only takes a minute. With this one as well, you don’t earn cash but Amazon gift cards. You can cash out when your account hits $1. That’s just two signs.
Uber is another great option that doesn’t require an hourly commitment. You can pick up work as you please. The holidays are an especially busy time and guaranteed hourly wages may be available. (Click HERE to read more about Uber and sign up.)
Opportunities on Craigslist may require an hour or two time investment, but it can be quick cash if you have some free time. Visit the Gigs section and look for quick and easy job listings. You will often be able to find event setup or teardown or Brand Ambassador opportunities that pay quite well. You may also find odd job listings like gift wrapping, moving or lawn mowing.
These are just a few of my favorite ways to make extra cash without a lot of extra time. What are yours? Leave a comment.
Angie Nelson has been working from home since 2007. Today, she helps others find legitimate work from home jobs on her blog TheWorkAtHomewife.com. Stop by her site for even more ways to make money on your own time or sign up for her free 7-day series on finding work from home.
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I’ve been selling old junk and such on Craigslist as well, and I’ve had a lot of success with it! I ended up creating an inventory notebook and started journaling what I’ve earned.
I figured the trick is that the older the product is, you’ll probably want to price a little lower than half of what it originally was. 🙂 Unless it’s a relatively new/fancy digital item, like a gaming device or a smartphone.
I was really surprised, and I had a lot of fun! I think I’ve been selling since early this month.
Kimberlee Stokes says
That’s awesome Flora! I love the idea to keep an inventory notebook. That’s so smart!