Before you get really excited, these are not get-rich-quick schemes. If I’m being 100 percent honest with you, I have yet to find one that actually works. Most money is earned the good ol’ fashioned way using hard work (or even just work) and time. That said, I did take a look into a few ways that you could potentially make $10,000.
Sell Your Old Stuff
Selling stuff is not only a great way to make money, but you can also clean out your space. You know that adage one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, well websites like the Facebook marketplace and eBay prove that time and time again. If you have some old things kicking around your house that you aren’t planning on using and they’re taking up space, put up an ad and make some money.
What you make selling old stuff varies depending on what you’re selling and how much you’re selling it for.
Rent Out a Space
If you have extra space in your house — basically any extra space, you can make a little side cash by renting it out. Getting yourself a roommate might be a good option, especially if you want long-term cash flow and have an extra room. If you’re not into long-term commitment, you might consider renting out a space for tourists or short-term guests on a platform like Airbnb.
Similarly, you can rent out your driveway (pending you have one) with a place like JustPark.com. Or even your backyard through AirBnB for those guests looking to camp!
How much you make renting your space out also varies depending on your space and what it costs.
Rent Out Your Stuff
A space isn’t the only thing you can rent out these days; in fact, you can pretty much rent out anything under the sun. Have a car that’s collecting dust in your parking garage? Rent it out! Have some nice clothes you don’t wear often but don’t want to sell? Make them pay for some of the rent! Have a random thing or two around the house that you think someone else might want to use? Rent. It. Out!
Again, as with the two above options, renting out your stuff varies drastically depending on what it is and how often you want to rent it out.
If you aren’t comfortable letting other people rent your car, perhaps you can drive them around instead! A great way to bring in that side cash without doing a lot of “work” is to hook up with a rideshare company and drive people around on your off hours. You can easily do this for a few hours a week if you have it to spare.
The average amount that a ride-share driver makes varies highly from city-to-city, but let’s say you make a cool $10 per hour — if you want to make $10,000 you’ll have to drive 1,000 hours (about 20 hours per week).
If you have a special skill that you think you could sell on a part-time basis, freelancing is your opportunity to go after it. You can freelance just about anything, but some popular examples include graphic design, writing, social media management or virtual assisting.
Pay for these positions varies drastically, but let’s pretend as a graphic designer you charge $35 an hour. If you’re looking to make $10,000 you need to do 286 hours of work (if you work 20 hours a week you can make that in less than 15 weeks). Note that you have to find clients for freelance work.
Become a Surrogate
Yes, you can rent out a womb (ha!) all seriousness though, if you are you physically and emotionally available you can help a family out and make some legitimate cash (think in the range of $30,000 to $50,000). However, you’re looking at about a year’s commitment including doctor visits and the actual act of giving birth. It’s definitely not for everyone.
How do you make money on the side? Tell me about it in the comments below!
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Tae started out as a journalist before following the money into the corporate world. But it turns out that the grass isn’t always greener and now you can find her spending most of her time writing about all the things she loves. Namely, money, travel and business with a hefty dose of self-deprecating humor. She is a podcast fanatic, blogging aficionado and loves to find new ways to turn passions into cold hard cash!