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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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      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 August 15, 2018

                          30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

                          30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

                          Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

                          Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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                          1. Visit a strawberry festival

                          Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

                          2. Have a picnic

                          Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

                          3. Camp in your back yard

                            The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

                            4. Take long walks

                            Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

                            5. Break a world record

                            Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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                            6. Go on a bike ride

                            The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

                            7. Join a gym class

                              The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

                              8. Find a new hobby

                              The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

                              9. Join a sports team

                              Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

                              10. Make a slip ‘n slide

                                Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

                                11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

                                Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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                                12. Visit a free festival

                                Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

                                13. Visit the zoo

                                  Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

                                  14. Take a road trip

                                  Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

                                  15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

                                    Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

                                    16. Make your own ice cream

                                    Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

                                    17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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                                      When was the last time you invited your neighbors over? Do you even know them? Now’s your chance. Just ask each person to bring a food item so costs don’t mount up for you.

                                      18. Get a summer job

                                      For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

                                      19. Attend a charity event

                                      Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

                                      20. Visit a national park

                                      National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

                                      21. Visit your local comedy club

                                        Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                                        22. Make your own hammock

                                          Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                                          23. Read in your new hammock

                                          Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                                          24. Watch a movie outside

                                          Movies are great. Relaxing outside in the evening is great. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect combination. In D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer, for example, you can enjoy a huge number of movies outside.

                                          25. Take a hike

                                            Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

                                            26. Learn how to fly a kite

                                            As a child, you probably had a kite and haven’t touched it since. Why not dust it off and attempt to fly it? It’s tricky, but well worth the challenge.

                                            27. Work out at the park

                                            American cities are full of parks with ample space for a work out session. No doubt you’ll be happier to work out in the sun rather than a crowded gym.

                                            28. Take your dog to the beach

                                              One of the many joys of owning a dog is taking him or her for long walks during the summertime. This joy is enhanced when visiting the beach, for both you and your dog.

                                              29. Make a summer smoothie

                                              Healthy, delicious and perfect for the summer. Not only that, there are countless recipes ready for you to try.

                                              30. Attend a free yoga session at the beach

                                              No experience needed and all skill levels are welcome. Take yourself and a buddy down to the beach and try some yoga. You’ve got nothing to lose!

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