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Ways to Make Some Quick Cash

Ready for Christmas?  Or trying to save for something special?  No matter what your specific situation, many of us are interested regularly in bringing in some quick cash.  The key is figuring out something that you can do in the free time you squirrel away.

Hobby Jobs

If you can fit in a few shifts on top of what you do already, hobby jobs are an excellent way to score some extra money or pad your bank accounts as you prepare for tougher months.  I have worked a hobby job as an assistant at a small book store.  I’m also currently a mascot for Chick-Fil-A.  I couldn’t survive on either job, but I appreciate extra money.

My husband has worked as a sports official for more than 7 years now and brings in about $500 a month during whatever seasons he works.  For example, he makes $80-$120 every Friday in the Fall by reffing varsity football.  He’s gearing up now for softball from January through May and Pee-Wee football next Summer.

He also brings in $400-$600 a month by working a couple of shifts a week as a mechanic at our local bowling alley.  If you have a skill or the ability to learn, you can also find a place that needs some help once in a while.

Depending on the job, this is a great way of bringing in a few hundred a month without giving up absolutely all of your free time.  My husband and I still go to a poker night, a bowling league, and hang with friends on Saturdays, but all of our hobby job income adds a nice $1000 padding to most of our months.


If an actual side job is just not your thing, you can think about freelancing on a case by case basis.  When we were saving for a vacation a few years ago, I started advertising my services as a petsitter on Craigslist.  Within a few weeks, I was taking care of a dog overnight at least once a week and bringing in $150-$250 a month.

Or how about babysitting?  During that same time, I grabbed an evening job once or twice a week as a babysitter and brought in about $10 an hour.  That was an additional $400 a month and I just gave up a few Friday nights and a couple of Sunday afternoons.

I’ve also seriously considered poop pick-up as a side hustle as well as house sitting or sign holding.  Honestly, if you are looking for ways to make some quick cash, just browse the “Gigs” section of Craigslist for some ideas on what is needed in your area.

Earning some extra money doesn’t have to be impossible.  Just figure out your likes and make a plan.  Good luck!

Article publié pour la première fois le 06/12/2012

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