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12 Ways to Earn Money Without Being Employed

12 Ways to Earn Money Without Being Employed

Unemployed individuals don’t need to despair anymore—there are tons of online opportunities for gaining money. What’s more, the joy of earning money without being employed is much more pleasurable than you could imagine. You have plenty of options to choose from without even focusing on a particular niche and with very little hard work.

Being unemployed also gives you much freedom for personal development and investing in your personal growth. You can improve your personal skills daily and become better and better with each masterpiece created. You can reap all these benefits from unemployed status by following one of the proposed strategies and gain a fair monthly income.

1. Sell or rent your personal belongings.
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    If you don’t have a job, and need money—who doesn’t?—the first thing you can do is inspect your house. Which objects don’t you need anymore?

    We all have old clothes that we haven’t worn for years, books we never opened or already read, pieces of furniture that have been unused for decades, and so on. Not to mention, everybody owns new pairs of shoes, kept for special occasions (this may be the right time to put them to a good use), accessories, car items and more.

    Fortunately, second-hand sales are trendy now. These kinds of objects are not called “used items,” but rather, “unique items.” So gather all the things you can give up and organize a sale. There are many possibilities: yard or garage sales; online sales using special dedicated websites (eBay, Amazon, Gumtree) or sales through putting up ads on social networking websites (Facebook, Pinterest). If you are lucky enough to own a holiday house, a caravan, or even a boat, start renting them out.

    There are always people willing to pay for some days of relaxation or adventure. If you plan on going on holiday, take advantage of this and rent out your own room or house. People can do this on Airbnb. If you want to go even further, try this: rent out your parking space while you are away. This method can bring in lots of cash if you live in a central or busy area of the city.

    2. Take care of pets.

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      Do you just love animals? Don’t have money to buy one or to raise it? You can actually spend time with your favorite kind of animal while receiving cash through pet sitting and dog walking. Many people have multiple pets but are too busy to give them the care and attention that they need. During the holidays, many owners travel to visit their families, and will need someone to look after their furbabies while away.

      Find these kinds of jobs by handing out flyers and by adding posters to the local community board. You can also find pet-sitting websites, like Pawshake, Sittercity, Care.com. These sites serve as a platform that connects pet sitters with needy owners.

      3. Use your creative skills.

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        Almost everyone has a weird hobby or a skill they acquired for fun. Maybe you like to knit, make homemade cosmetics, and or create jewelry. Whatever your talent may be, you can make money from it on websites like Etsy. Pinterest is also a good place to display and sell self-made things.

        If photography is your hobby, try licensing the images on Getty through Flickr. There are tons of websites and businesses that are willing to pay you for your stock photos.

        4. Work online for busy persons.

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          There are dozens of busy individuals who need assistance in researching for materials. Machines cannot always do this, so they must hire someone. If you want to be that person, then create an account on Amazon or Shorttask and start looking for jobs.

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          5. Complete online surveys.

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            Earn some pocket money by filling out surveys. Of course, you will not get rich just by answering questions; however, you can get paid small sums of cash for this task. Compensation varies by website, so check the terms and conditions thoroughly. Also, be on the lookout for scam platforms that pay nothing in the end.

            A good place to start is Mysurvey.net. Here, participants earn points that can be transformed in gift cards for websites like JB Hi-Fi, Myer and Woolworths. Other platforms just pay users in cash.

            6. Be a universal repairing man.

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              Every city has citizens who need help with keeping their houses clean and functioning. Some of them don’t have time, while others are not good at fixing things.

              If physical labor is something you don’t mind, go out there and get paid for it. Be it cleaning, painting, mowing, and so on—these kinds of activities can bring in honestly-earned money. AirTasker is a great place to find such tasks.

              7. Become a freelance writer.

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                Now, if you are a bit of a brainiac and have solid writing skills, you can join platforms like Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr, iWriter and so on. These place are visited by thousands of writers worldwide.

                And here is the reason why—writers can choose the projects they love the most, work on appealing texts, and get a fair amount of money, all while working at your own pace. However, you must keep in mind that every task has a deadline that must be respected, so you’ll need to practice self-discipline to make sure you get everything turned in on time.

                8. Become a ghost shopper.

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                  Do you like inspecting, evaluating and criticizing? Usually, people hate this kind of attitude, but others pay for it. Mystery shoppers are in high demand these days.

                  They go to restaurants, shops, hotels and other places, and pretend they are just a regular customer. Then, based on their personal shopping experienced, they fill in some reports, which are then used to grade employees. You can apply at MysteryShopping.com if this sounds appealing to you.

                  9. Cook for others.

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                    Cooking is not for everybody. Not to mention, there are millions of people out there who don’t have the necessary time and energy for this activity. So if you have impressive cooking skills, take advantage of this gift. Here are some ideas of earning money from cooking: organize a dinner at your house and ask people to buy tickets to attend to it.

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                    This is in high fashion in Australia, and websites like Eatwith have become famous. You could also hold cooking lessons at your house. Try posting ads saying that you are willing to cook for busy individuals in exchange of a fair payment.

                    10. Try tutoring.

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                      Tutoring is the number one activity for making instant money. Students are looking for all sorts of lessons—foreign languages, math, science, chemistry, etc. Foreign languages are in great demand, but other complex subjects are paid better.

                      11. Participate in medical research and clinical trials.

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                        This is definitely not a good idea for everybody. However, there are enough individuals willing to offer themselves to science for some bucks.

                        Before deciding to take part in a trial, carefully read the risks the participants are exposed too. Take them seriously—health is not something to treat lightly.

                        12. Participate in focus groups organized by big companies.

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                          Opinionated people are welcomed in focus groups. Focus groups are led by marketing companies that want to find out more about people’s ways of thinking when it comes to buying something. The experience is actually often enjoyable and you can even get paid up to $100 or so.

                          Featured photo credit: Poor Frog & Macrography by Hamed Saber via Flickr via flickr.com

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                          Last Updated on April 19, 2021

                          40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                          40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                          Ever had those moments where you really wanted to eat something delicious and healthy but didn’t have the financials means to do so? Whether you’re a student or parent, this compilation of 40 great, healthy, and inexpensive recipes will make every night special and help you get fit! No more meals where you have to force the food down! It’s time to make that budget your best friend and turn it into great recipes. Enjoy!

                          1. Fish Tacos in Crunchy Shells ($3.56 per serving)

                          Is there a better way to end the day than a Fish Taco dinner filled with protein and nutrients and is easy on the wallet? This recipe calls for a boys’ or girls’ night in front of a good movie or game.

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                            2. Mini-Meatball Noodle Soup ($3.43 per serving)

                            We’ve heard of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs recipes, but imagine having that same meatball goodness in a soup? It’s like Christmas in a bowl. Healthy, warm, and only $3.43 per serving.

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                              3. Spaghetti and (Vegan) Meatballs ($2.13 per serving)

                              Now it’s time to look at the traditional spaghetti and meatballs recipe, but with a little twist: vegan meatballs. This way, you can enjoy the Italian tradition without adding on the extra calories. I’m sold!

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                                4. Kabocha Squash and Lentils ($3.12 per serving)

                                Absolutely delicious way to end the day with a Kabocha Squash and lentils dinner. The beauty of this recipe is that you can actually make many other things from the mixture, from dips to full-on meals. All under $5 per serving.

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                                  5. Baked Coconut Lentils ($0.91 per serving)

                                  Coconuts are always a good idea, but it doesn’t have to be eaten only for dessert or breakfast. With this great recipe, you can now eat a lunch or dinner filled proteins and a coconut twist. Yum!

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                                    6. Easy Marinated Roasted Chicken ($3.40 per serving)

                                    We love chicken and at less than $5 per serving, we are in heaven with this recipe. Add some vegetables and rice on the side and you’ve got yourself a full meal!

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                                      7. Organic Greens and Goat Cheese Gratin ($2.36 per serving)

                                      This is absolutely divine. You get in your healthy greens and your fat macros with this great recipe. Takes only a few minutes to make and it’s easy on the wallet. Bon Appetite!

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                                        8. Beef Pot Roast ($3.22 per serving)

                                        One word: perfect. This meal will warm your insides and fill you up with the high protein content.

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                                          9. Fajita-Style Quesadillas ($0.43 per serving)

                                          If you want to eat Mexican tonight but want to stay in your budget, this Quesadilla recipe is your best friend. It’s tasty and filled with healthy ingredients for less than a dollar per serving.

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                                            10. Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream ($2.82 per serving)

                                            Another great lunch idea for the busy days ahead. Prep this in the morning or the night before and you’ve got yourself a healthy and cheap lunch meal!

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                                              11. Beef and Black Bean Chili ($1.36 per serving)

                                              Might not look like much, but this amazing chili is actually extremely healthy for you. The protein from the beef and the carbs from the black beans will fill you up in no time, and keep you full for a long period of time. Delicious and warm, just right for the winter!

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                                                12. Crispy Fish and Peppers ($2.18 per serving)

                                                Amazing recipe for anyone looking to change up their meals while keeping their macros in check and not going overboard on spending. Satisfies your crunch tooth (see what I did there?) and gives you all the protein you need to stay full and lean.

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                                                  13. Vegetarian Gumbo ($1.50 per serving)

                                                  You have the perfect macro mix here with the carbs, fats, and proteins. At less than $5 per serving, you’ve got yourself a meal that will last for the whole week!

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                                                    14. Mexican White Bean Soup ($0.99 per serving)

                                                    With the cold weather creeping in, it’s not a surprise that soups are coming back in style. This great Mexican White Bean Soup dish will keep you warm for winter without making a hole in your pocket.

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                                                      15. Black Beans with Mango & Cilantro ($0.38 per serving)

                                                      Mangoes make every dish a little bit sweeter, which is why we absolutely love this recipe. A normal rice and bean dish might be a little meh, but add the sugary taste of mangoes and you’ve got yourself a party!

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                                                        16. Bean Burritos ($0.71 per serving)

                                                        If you’re having people over tonight and don’t want to spend too much time or money on food, this dish is a great option! You can even cut up the burritos into pieces and make finger foods while everyone’s watching the game or gossiping.

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                                                          17. Five-Spice Beef Kabobs ($2.43 per serving)

                                                          The spices in this recipes add a delicious twist to the beef kabobs, which is definitely worth trying!

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                                                            18. Cornmeal Crusted Pork ($1.92 per serving)

                                                            If you like the fried crunch but want to opt for a healthier alternative, cornmeal is your man. This healthy recipe will satisfy all your fried desires without making you pop open your pant’s button.

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                                                              19. Chicken, Tomato & Cucumber Dinner Salad ($2.57 per serving)

                                                              Easy to do, extremely healthy, and super delicious. A must-try!

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                                                                20. Lentil Soup with Beef and Red Pepper ($1.90 per serving)

                                                                I can’t believe how cheap this meal is, especially for all the nutrients it contains. You can make a big pot on Sunday night and divide it into small portions to last you a whole week.

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                                                                  21. Smoky Mushroom Stroganoff ($1.90 per serving)

                                                                  Craving pasta but not sure what to top it off with? How about smoky mushrooms with a twist?

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                                                                    22. White Bean Tuna Salad ($1.36 per serving)

                                                                    You can add this White Bean Tuna Salad in your sandwich or just eat it as-is for a quick lunch on a busy day.

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                                                                      23. Sausage Eggwiches ($0.80 per serving)

                                                                      Who says you have to eat fast food to get an eggwich? This delicious recipe will give you an amazingly healthy eggwich for less than a dollar per portion. Can you say Breakfast?

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                                                                        24. Baja-Cali Black Bean Salad ($1.17 per serving)

                                                                        Great snack to add to a movie-night with friends. You don’t have to use chemically-processed salsas anymore, you can now use this homemade salad for your chip dips.

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                                                                          25. Gnocchi, Sweet Corn & Arugula in Cream Sauce ($2.24 per serving)

                                                                          Italians always knew how to make carbs look good! This delicious Gnocchi recipe will give your lunch a whole new meaning. Easy to make and only $2.24 per serving.

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                                                                            26. Vegetable Lasagna ($1.73 per serving)

                                                                            If you were looking for a healthy lasagna, you’ve just found it. At under $5 per serving, you can fill yourself up right away without putting on the extra calories.

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                                                                              27. Fajita-Ranch Chicken Wraps ($2.05 per serving)

                                                                              Don’t know what to make for lunch this week? How about delicious chicken wraps with a healthy ranch? This recipe will make all your lunches, even the quick ones, healthy and colorful.

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                                                                                28. Quinoa with Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                                A dish that has quinoa and brussel sprouts can’t be unhealthy, it just can’t, which is why this dish is one to keep in the books. Easy to make, healthy, and will keep you full for a long period of time.

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                                                                                  29. Butternut Squash Chili ($1.04 per serving)

                                                                                  You don’t need meat to make chili now that you have this recipe! It’s 100% healthy, filling, and smells absolutely delicious.

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                                                                                    30. Fast Shrimp Bisque ($2.03 per serving)

                                                                                    Seafood doesn’t have to be expensive if you know how to do it right, and this fast shrimp bisque is a great recipe to try if you’re in the mood for some seafood!

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                                                                                      31. Chicken-Noodle Casserole ($0.98 per serving)

                                                                                      Looks divine doesn’t it? This super easy to make dish will satisfy all your taste buds without burning a hole in your wallet or adding a few extra numbers on the scale.

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                                                                                        32. Burrito Cups ($1.18 per serving)

                                                                                        Entertaining someone tonight and don’t know what to make as appetizers? These burrito cups are a great alternative to chips or other greasy finger foods. All you need to enjoy it is a spoon and a cup.

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                                                                                          33. Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Pasta ($2.45 per serving)

                                                                                          Another impressive shrimp recipe under $5 per serving. The lemon-dill twist adds a great taste to the dish.

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                                                                                            34. Potato Frittata ($0.87 per serving)

                                                                                            If you want to eat potatoes for breakfast but still want it to be healthy, this is the recipe for you. At under a dollar per serving, this potato frittata will make you see potatoes in a whole new light.

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                                                                                              35. Grilled Pork and Pineapple ($2.67 per serving)

                                                                                              Meat and fruits? Oh, yes. The juiciness of the pork mixed with the liquid sugar in the pineapple will make you wish you knew about it sooner.

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                                                                                                36. Greek Honey-Lemon Pork Chops ($2.15 per serving)

                                                                                                Another splendid recipe mixing sweet and salty for a healthy meal. Easy to make and absolutely mouthwatering.

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                                                                                                  37. Jamaican Pork Stir-Fry ($2 per serving)

                                                                                                  You can add this healthy stir-fry to any dish as a side or amply enjoy it as-is for lunch or dinner. You can even make a wrap sandwich out of it if you’re in a rush to eat.

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                                                                                                    38. Herbed Salmon ($2.49 per serving)

                                                                                                    Salmon contains a healthy dose of fats that will boost your metabolism, lower inflammation, and make you happier. At under $5 per serving, need I say more?

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                                                                                                      39. Five-Spice Pork Kabobs ($1.96 per serving)

                                                                                                      Exquisite recipe under $5 per serving that will most definitely awe everyone at your dinner party.

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                                                                                                        40. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Mango-Black Bean Salsa ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                                                        You don’t have to eat sweet potatoes alone anymore with this flavorful recipe.

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