5 Ways to Make Extra Money This Spring
Nearly everyone can use some extra cash during the spring. This is the time of year when people need extra money, because the kids are out of school for spring break or because they are saving up cash for a long summer vacation. The good news is many ways to make some extra cash exist. Perhaps you’re among them.
Some of them, like getting a part-time job, will be known to you. Others will be gigs and opportunities that you’ve never thought of. Regardless, all of them will put some extra dough in your pocket before your spring fun commences. Here are five ideas to get you started.
According to the Penny Hoarder, you can make hundreds, even thousands of dollars from doing an AirBNB gig. It’s all about making your property really enticing to the average vacationer.
Here are some ways to do that:
- If you must limit the time you want to put your home on AirBNB, make sure that you at least list it during the busy times of the year in your area. Maybe you live near a famous outdoor arena and the summer concerts are to die for. Or maybe you live in one of the hottest vacation spots for couples this side of the Mississippi. Whatever it is, make sure that your home is listed during these times.
- Get out the personal touch. People who stay in an AirBNB home typically like a more personal and intimate situation than those who stay in a hotel do. Make sure that you make the experience personal. It’ll pay in the end.
- Make sure that your guests don’t want for anything. Stock your home with paper towels, soaps, and other items. A stocked cupboard or fridge can be a bonus that attracts more vacationers.
2. Have a Craigslist Sale
Did you know that you can make some serious bank on Craigslist? You can, according to an article on Entrepreneur. If you have some extra stuff lying around, put it up for sale on the site. You’ll earn a commission for doing so, and best of all, you won’t need to leave your house to do it.
To get the best results, make sure that you use plenty of keywords and other kinds of online marketing techniques. Be sure as well to maximize the effect of each online sale that you have by holding a Craigslist “garage sale.” Basically, what this means is that the sales page for any item that you’re selling should include links to all of the sales pages for the other Craigslist sales you’re having.
This allows you to put all of your wares in front of more eyes. You’ll spend less time going out in search of customers: The people who respond to your ads are clearly looking to spend money. Start with this demographic first.
3. Open a Bank Account
Banks like Chase are so willing to fight for you as a customer that they’re willing to pay you to open an account with them. To take advantage of this, The Penny Hoarder recommends that you open a Chase Total Checking(R) account. For your trouble, you’ll get $200.00 just for opening the account.
You’ll get another $150.00 if you put $10,000 in a Chase Savings(SM) within 10 days of opening your account. You need to keep it in the account for another 90 days to earn the cash.
4. Work Online
Companies like Fivrr, Tutor.com, Textbroker, and others allow you to earn money in your spare time. If you work for these sites, you’ll do things like write articles, create logos for companies, tutor people in math, science, foreign languages, or other subjects, and much more. These types of companies appeal especially to digital nomads and to people who have kids and can’t leave the house that easily.
Most of these jobs are contractor positions, which means you’ll have to take care of your own taxes. That said, they also to allow you to work full- or part-time, an important consideration to those working other jobs or who need a stop-gap job until their next full-time gig materializes.
5. Become a Lyft or Uber Driver
If you’re at least 21 and have a four-door car, you can join the personal taxi revolution. People who drive for Uber or Lyft can make upwards of $750 per week. Like the gigs under header number four, these driving gigs make you a contract worker. You work when you want and how often you want.
Your car will need to have insurance, and you’ll have to have a background check. You also need to own a relatively new car. It must be a year 2007 or newer. If you’re one who loves the open road and sharing in other people’s adventures, this might be the part-time gig for you to raise some money for your spring holiday.
Final Thoughts on Earning Money for Spring
Earning some extra money this spring will allow you to enjoy your kids’ spring break or to take that grand vacation during the summer months. Getting hooked up with one or more of these gigs allows you to earn some extra money for your spring and summer activities. Most are extremely flexible and creative like auto equity loans. Best of all, they allow you to earn a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand extra each month.