The median U.S. salary is less than $29,000, and even those who exceed this metric are not likely to make more than $45,000. In other words, individuals who are working a typical 9-to-5 job may not be bringing in enough money to have their version of the American dream. This becomes even more difficult for retirees and those who are not suited to a career in Corporate America. Fortunately, there are several alternative methods you can utilize to either boost your current income or to replace a typical job altogether.
1. Join A Clinical Trial
Not every clinical trial offers cash compensation, and the amount paid in others will vary. However, it may be possible to earn anywhere from a few dollars to almost $2,000 for participating in one clinical trial. The trick is to pay close attention to the qualifying criteria and any applicable payments so that you can choose the right type of trial for you. As an added bonus, some people who choose this route are able to gain access to potentially life-saving medication for a variety of medical issues.
2. Start House Flipping
The housing market is continuously improving, but there are still many foreclosed properties that are available for a discounted price. This gives someone who is handy with tools a good opportunity to get involved in house flipping. In a nutshell, the process of flipping houses involves buying cheap homes with the intention of investing enough time and money to dramatically increase their value. The amount of money that you can make will depend on several factors, but a quick house flip has the potential to bring in several thousand dollars in one month.
3. Dog Walking And Pet Sitting
Many people who work full-time hire others to walk their dog or even pet sit throughout the day, and this is also a useful alternative to boarding animals during vacation. In the past, this was something that people in the local area could use as a way to make a few dollars, but the rise of websites such as Care.com and Pet Sitters International makes it possible to earn $10 an hour or more offering these services. This is a great way for animal lovers to supplement their income, and some people have even turned it into a career!
4. Tutor Others In Your Top Subjects
YouTube and other online resources can help students get a better grasp on tricky subjects, but there are still many people who need an actual tutor to answer questions and show them more difficult concepts. Tutors for every subject imaginable can be found in-person and on numerous websites. According to Presto Experts, online tutors can earn at least 50 cents per minute for offering their knowledge to others. This may not be a steady source of income, but it is a good way to earn an extra $30 per hour every so often.
5. Sell Your Hair And Plasma
There are many things that you naturally have on and in your body that are worth money to others, including hair, plasma, and sperm. For example, the online hair price calculator indicates that 6 inches of brown undyed hair is valued at $59. Donating plasma can bring in $200 or more per month, and a sperm donation is usually worth at least $35. There are also some much more highly invasive procedures you can go through if you need to make a larger amount of money. Qualified women have the option of selling their eggs, and a completed cycle is typically compensated with an $8,000 payment.
6. Become A Professional Gamer
Are video games one of your favorite things about life? If your skill level is high enough, you may be able to turn your interest into a viable career. The top professional gamer in the industry earned $454,544 in 2013, but it is important to note that this is not a typical salary. Earning an annual salary of $25,000 as a gamer will require you to win at least one U.S. tournament each year, so you need to be very dedicated and skilled to make a decent living.
7. Turn Your Snapshots Into Stock Photos
Stock photos sites are very common, and almost anyone with a camera can join them in order to make some extra cash. Simply upload any pictures that may be useful for websites or marketers and set your price. Most people will not accrue a lot of money by doing this, and you may end up selling photos for less than 50 cents each. The good news, though, is that this is something that can be done in your spare time, and each picture has the potential to make money after it has been uploaded.
8. Make Your Backyard A Rental Space For Campers
People who do not spend all of their time in one location can turn their house into a rental home, but this is not going to provide any steady source of income unless you have two houses. However, your backyard will always be available, and some resourceful individuals have started renting this space to campers and gardeners. You will need to make sure that you have the proper insurance and that you are not violating any local laws, but most homeowners should have the ability to utilize this unusual revenue source.
9. Become A Local Tour Guide
Do you live in or near a popular tourist destination? If so, you can turn your localized expertise into an easy way to make extra money! There are multiple websites you can join to advertise your services, and this is also a great way to spend time outside while socializing with new people from around the world. Guides do everything from providing a generalized overview of the city to taking people on specialized routes such as the macabre Jack the Ripper tours that are very popular in London.
10. Flip Items On eBay
House flipping comes with a bigger reward than eBay flipping, but it also requires a larger initial commitment. If this is out of your reach, you can start building some capital by picking up useful and collectible items from yard sales and flea markets. After you clean them up, they can be flipped on eBay for a profit. Make sure that you pay close attention to current trends, and it is also wise to invest in a current toy collectible pricing guide so that you avoid overspending.
Combining these money-making tips with some of the most unusual ways to save money is a great way to boost your bank account! Even if you are only able to utilize one or two of these methods, it should soon be at least a bit easier to pay all of your bills and keep some money in your savings account.
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