In 2018 I plan to take a month long pilgrimage to Thailand to receive my yoga instruction certification. Sure, I could totally stay in the states and go to practices and courses that would only cost me $2,000-$4,000, but for $7,000 I could buy a round trip ticket to a beautiful paradise, pay for a month’s stay in their hostel, and pay for my classes, books, and certifications. That being said, $7,000 for me, and probably to a lot of you as well, is no little thing. That’s a few months of rent, nearly a year’s worth of student loans that I could pay off, or the rest of my car payment. If your budget, like mine, is already pretty tight, here are five of my favorite ways to make some extra money for your next adventure.
1. Freelance Writing
Admittedly you won’t make as much as a professional writer, but there are a plethora of clients on Upwork that are willing to hire inexperienced writers for a quick article or five thousand word story written in readable English. These are projects that the average person can knock out in ten to twenty minutes and make anywhere from five to ten bucks from them.
2. Sell your clothes
Though it’s not quite like a good old fashioned yard sale, it’s still pretty easy to create a Poshmark account and sell any clothes, shoes, makeup, or accessories to the multitude of people trying to keep their beauty budget on the down low. You’re not going to be able to sell anything for full price, and yes, your products have to be in tip top shape, but it is a great way to make a few steady bucks a month while effectively cleaning out your closet and makeup drawer.
3. Take A Survey
If you have fifteen to forty-five minutes every day or so to spare, consider taking a survey online. They’re easy to find, especially on Craigslist (just be careful), and can pay anywhere from $10 to $50. Some websites will even allow you to build an account and will begin to send you surveys that you may excel in taking.
4. Be a Driver
There a few “if’s” about this one. Both Uber and Lyft boast high-paying checks for using your spare time to be a driver, but after speaking to quite a few ex-drivers, it seems that the only true money you make is the $750 sign on bonus for the first month of driving. So, if you’re willing to invest a month or two of driving to earn the bonus, then it’s a pretty easy way to make three quarters of a grand.
5. Keep Your Emails
This one is pretty fun. There’s a new tool called Paribus that extracts discounts from your online shopping accounts via your email receipts. Anytime you buy a product from the site and the price drops, the tool alerts the store that you are owed a discount and credits your account the difference in price. Pretty awesome right?
Even if you’re not planning a trip, these are still some easy and great ways to add extra padding to your wallet. I practice four out of five of these tips, and since last October I have earned a little over $2,000 from these “pocket change” jobs! Even though it may not seem a lot at the moment, keep your head up, take it easy, and remember, every penny counts!
Cassidy Pittman was born in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, and has lived in various parts of the United States and China. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s in Literary Studies and Writing Skills in May of 2012. Cassidy has worked as a ghost writer and editor for international companies.