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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.
For Rent Real Estate Sign in Front of House

    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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    dog walking

      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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              freelance writer

                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.

                ghost shopping

                  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.

                      medical research

                        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.

                        focus groups

                          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.

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                          Last Updated on June 26, 2020

                          25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

                          25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

                          “How to save money fast?” This is the question asked by all of us not in the top 1% of rich people.

                          If you are looking for ways to drastically reduce your expenses immediately, first look at what you need to spend money on every week. And I mean really need.

                          You don’t really need to order in food. You don’t really need to buy expensive perfume.

                          Building from that, you can work out how your regular expenses can be reduced.

                          As for irregular expenses, they can also be deceptively costly in the long run. Once-off buys can also be tackled with some prudent planning and a little extra research.

                          And remember: a budgeted lifestyle does not mean a bad or boring one!

                          But first, understand what budget you can cut down on daily:

                          • Regular expenses for the average adult (can be trimmed but not eliminated):
                            • food
                            • rent/mortgage
                            • cell phone
                            • insurance
                            • socializing/entertainment
                            • transportation
                            • hygiene products
                            • household bills
                          • Irregular expenses for the average adult (can be eliminated or cut down a lot):
                            • travel
                            • clothing
                            • medication (*depends)
                            • grooming (hair, nails etc.)
                            • gifts

                          Now, let’s dive right into the 25 ways to save money fast:

                          Save Money on Food

                          1. Bring a stock of food to the office/work

                          Instead of popping out for an overpriced salad and a smoothie, leave a set of basic utensils at the office as well as a stock of non-perishable goods such as tinned fruit, tuna, rice crackers and so on (try to avoid the junk food and this can turn into a pretty great diet!).

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                          Stocking up means you won’t forget or say “I didn’t have the time” when you rushed out to work in the morning.

                          2. Buy the store-brand version

                          Many basic foods, such as bread and milk, will taste exactly the same as their branded alternatives. Go for stuff with minimal additives and preservatives. Meat in a tube is probably insanely unhealthy!

                          3. Eat cheaper cuts of meat

                          Learn how to tenderize and flavour cheaper meat and fish, and save on the (typically) most expensive item on your grocery bill.

                          4. Have group dinners

                          If 10 friends put $5 each in the kitty, it’s pretty easy to make a giant lasagne and get refreshments, as well as hang out with your favourite people.

                          Save Money in Transport

                          5. Get a bicycle

                          Save on gas money and bus/metro fares with this underrated mode of transport.

                          6. Use public transport and/or don’t get taxis

                          Some places can only be reached by car. But as a good practise, check your public transport website and see if any routes pass nearby where you need to get to. Walk as much as you can.

                          7. Find the cheapest gas

                          Regularly check out where the cheapest gas can be bought.

                          Save Money in General Shopping

                          8. Shop online

                          Not only will you save on the gas or transport fares from going to the shopping mall but you will also find better deals

                          9. Sell your old stuff

                          Get your unwanted belongings up on eBay ASAP and earn a few dollars.

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                          Here’re more ideas for you: 25 Things to Sell to Make a Lot of Money

                          10. Bulk buying stores

                          For regular non-perishable/slow perishable purchases such as toilet paper, cat food, pasta, washing powder and so on, do an epic stocking-up trip to a co-op or equivalent (my mum used to go to a place that restaurants buy from).

                          Be wary of supermarket “deals”, as some have been found to be fraudulent after working out a simple calculation.

                          11. Become a flea market/car boot sale/street market guru

                          You can find original gifts and develop good negotiation skills at these places.

                          12. Generic brand medication

                          More often than not, the generic version of paracetamol and other basics work the same as the branded version.

                          13. Choose deodorant, not perfume

                          It blows my mind when someone drops $70 on a bottle of spray. Stick with a nice deodorant, and not only will you smell just fine but you’ll be sweat-free as well!

                          Cut Down on Household Expenses

                          14. Printing

                          Ink is one of the most expensive substances in the office and coloured ink is doubly so. B

                          e more efficient and choose black and white, and if your printer doesn’t have a print-both-sides options, just print odd pages first, re-insert the paper and print even pages.

                          Expand the margins of what you are printing as often as you can to save on paper.

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                          15. Minimize SMS and phone calls

                          A combination of a free chat service such as WhatsApp and a free call service such as Skype can reduce your bill to nothing (so long as you have a decent Wifi connection).

                          16. Shop around for insurance

                          Most people don’t spend enough time searching for the best insurance deal.

                          Keep a watchful eye out for deals and new competitors in the market.

                          17. Try re-negotiating your rent/mortgage

                          If you have built up a good credit history or a good rapport with your landlord, then chances are a frank chat about needing to tighten your spending could result in lowering your payments. You’ve nothing to lose from trying.

                          18. Don’t get a TV

                          Invest in a computer/laptop and an internet-only package. You can watch more (and often better) entertainment on the web, and skip the advertisements as well.

                          19. Pool your internet bill with a neighbour

                          My apartment building is basically a big old house split into three apartments. There are five of us in total. We pool the internet bill, making it crazy cheap.

                          Save Money in Socializing, Entertainment And Travel

                          20. Have house parties

                          Instead of paying for overpriced drinks, set up a series of in-house get-togethers with your friends. Everyone takes a turn, so it’s not always your house that needs cleaning.

                          For sound insulation, hang heavy drapes on the walls and windows. For music, invest in a good second-hand set of speakers which you can connect to your computer. Let Spotify or Grooveshark playlists do the rest.

                          21. Open festivals, meetups and events

                          It never fails to surprise me how much underground stuff goes on around me for free or for very cheap. Find out who runs the blogs and websites that list all the less well-known cultural activities.

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                          22. Volunteer

                          If you can’t pay for a ticket, volunteer and get to be there anyway.

                          23. Housesit

                          There are multiple housesitting websites offering you the possibility to avoid paying hotels and skip the discomfort of crummy hostels.

                          Save Money on Hygiene and Beauty

                          24. DIY beauty

                          French manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrows… pretty much all of these can be achieved at home (and done well) with some practise. There are plenty excellent blogs and YouTube tutorials to help.

                          25. Fewer haircuts/volunteer at a trainee hairdresser

                          If you can’t bear the risk of a trainee touching your locks, learn more ways to manipulate your hair as it grows and get haircuts sparingly. Women’s haircuts are outrageously priced in many cities.

                          Bonus: Effective Money-Saving Tips for Everything

                          Here’s a summary of what you can generally do to save more money:

                          • Share/pool resources. Organize a neighbourhood sharing scheme, common resources for your apartment block or with your friends. Not everybody needs an individual lawnmower.
                          • Buy energy-saving everything. The easiest way to lower your bills – replace those lightbulbs!
                          • Buy in bulk. Be sensible about it (i.e. make sure you have space!), and drastically reduce weekly expenditure.
                          • DIY. Skill up using YouTube tutorials on plumbing and many other essential services so you never have to pay for simple problems again.
                          • Research a lot before making a decision. Most money-wasting is the result of poor preparation and planning. Don’t shirk this part just because you don’t like it!
                          • Use your network. Your network is full of resources that can ease the pain of budgeting. Ask for help.
                          • Stop and think. Do I really need it?

                          Unfortunately, there are some things that require plain ol’ giving up for the time being. This can include high-cost sports such as skiing, the latest versions of some technologies, the finest brands of food/drinks, premier seats at the opera and most other indulgences.

                          What is important to remember during lean times is that when you look back on your life, it will be the experiences that stand out, not the extra comforts.

                          Living on a budget can teach you a lot about how much you can really get out of your paycheck. We only live one life, so make the most of every penny you earn!

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