Nine ways to Make Money

The secret to making money is not working at a great paying job, it is discovering solutions to people’s problems, and it does not take a graduate degree to do that. To get your creative juices growing, check out these universal and not-so-regular ways of making some extra cash.

1. Bargain hunt at yard and thrift sales. If you have a bit of knowledge in a particular or even just a good eye for quality, visit private sales early and often to find unanticipated deals.

2. Buy underpriced used books. Outfit a phone with a scanner, scan the ISBN numbers of books at used bookstores and thrift shops, and compare the asking prices with what the books are selling for on a site like Amazon. Whenever you get a good one, buy the book and resell it online.

3. Refinish old furniture. If you have lacquer thinner, sandpaper, stain, and some craft sense, you can buy worn-out furniture and fix it up for a great resale price.

4. Take a visit to police auctions. You can find incredible deals here, and though may not be able to resell a car that was involved in a serious crime; you can probably find some spectacularly cheap jewelry that you can resell.

5. Rescue battered wood. Look for untreated wood at construction sites, buildings under renovation, or shipping warehouses and plane them down or dry them in a homemade kiln-dryer to uncover their beauty. You can then resell the wood as is or even turn it into reclaimed beautiful furniture.

6. Sign up with focus groups in your area. Studies that you are eligible to participate in pop up sporadically but pay quite well, many times more than $40 for an hour of your time, you can also look for focus groups online but will have to sort through a lot questionable ones.

7. Flip houses or apartments. If you are a handy with great design sense, knowledge of what’s valuable in the construction of a home, and assets you’re willing to play with, consider buying, fixing up, and reselling real estate. This requires quite a lot of cash and determination, but the payoff can be large

8. If you have a decent camera and a good sense of light, color, and composition, you can take and sell stock photos. Stock photos of locations are easier to take, but stock photos of people usually sell for more, as they have more uses and require the written legal consent of your subjects.

9. Write product reviews. Many companies will pay a lot more than two cents for your opinion. Product reviews are a great way to get paid for being opinionated that doesn’t require the writing background that many other writing jobs need.