How to Make Extra Easy Money—These 12 Unusual Ways

money-ideasWith the economy still floundering right now, it’s understandable that people have to get a little more creative with their money-making ways. With the availability of “traditional” jobs severely hampered at the moment, there’s no harm in looking into unconventional jobs or sidelines.

That’s right—even if you’re employed full-time, you might still find a few of these suggestion applicable for earning a little extra money.

 

 

Here are twelve unique money-making ideas you ought to check out:

1.) Become a Mystery Shopper

Large companies—especially chain stores—need to know if their crew can actually handle customer service requirements in an excellent manner. As such, “mystery shoppers” are given specific instructions before they’re sent out to “shop” in order to investigate the target store’s customer service, facilities, and overall quality.

But the word “mystery shopper” can be a misnomer since these undercover “customers” can be sent to investigate not just retail stores, but also restaurants, gas stations, and movie theaters. It’s important to join up with reliable mystery shopping companies, though. Check out Shoppers Critique, Secret Shopper, or consult the Mystery Shopping Providers Association for more options.

2.) Rent Out Your Home

Airbnb has become quite a name for many travelers who don’t want to spend too much. The idea is simple: rent out a room in your house or a second home you rarely use to travelers. However, if you’re not into having random strangers coming in for short stretches of time, you can make it official and just rent out your room or second house.

It’s important to have a lawyer draw up a proper lease or rental contract, though, because these can be seriously tricky. It takes some work and research to become a landlord legally, so maybe you can start with vacation rentals and decide from there.

3.) Rent Out Your Parking Spot

As with your extra room, you can also rent out your extra parking space. If you have two spots and only one car, make some money by renting out the space to neighbors. Since you’re not exactly a “landlord” in this scenario, the usual rules might not apply. However, you can still see a lawyer and have a simple contract written up to make things formal.

4.) Turn Your Car Into a Billboard

Yes, your car can make money for you. You’ve probably seen some cars covered in advertisements while you’re out driving, and the most common misconception is that these are company cars. Nope. Companies like Free Car Media and Autowrapped serve as brokers to bring advertisers and car owners together.

All you have to do is sign up and answer the online questionnaire. Now companies who want to target your area and demographic will get in touch with you through these websites. Once you’re selected, your car will be wrapped in advertisements (don’t worry; they won’t damage your car at all) and you’ll get paid a nice income—depending on how long the contract lasts.

And even if you don’t have the car, some companies will provide you with one. Your only responsibility is to drive it around.

5.) Turn Your Body Into a Billboard

Not content with turning your car into a moving advertisement? Some enterprising individuals have gone ahead and auctioned their body’s “real estate” off. Though there are some companies who now offer to work as brokers between companies and willing participants, most people who get into the business of advertising through their bodies still do so on their own.

This is how it works. You auction off a part of your body—popular parts include the forehead, back of the head, thighs, and arms—wherein for a given amount of time (like 30 days, for example) you will sport a temporary tattoo of the company you’re advertising.

Most walking advertisements prefer to go through eBay as individual sellers rather than join a company.

5.) Turn Your Body Into a Billboard

Not content with turning your car into a moving advertisement? Some enterprising individuals have gone ahead and auctioned their body’s “real estate” off. Though there are some companies who now offer to work as brokers between companies and willing participants, most people who get into the business of advertising through their bodies still do so on their own.

This is how it works. You auction off a part of your body—popular parts include the forehead, back of the head, thighs, and arms—wherein for a given amount of time (like 30 days, for example) you will sport a temporary tattoo of the company you’re advertising.

Most walking advertisements prefer to go through eBay as individual sellers rather than join a company.

6.) Join a Focus Group

Your opinion is valuable. In fact, it’s so valuable that companies like Find Focus Groups collate the many focus group sessions scheduled throughout the country. As a participant, you will be paid to give your honest reaction a wide variety of products, films, television episodes, even music.

In certain cases, you have to fit a particular demographic to be selected as a participant. Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to try so do look into the focus groups convening near you.

7.) Become a Test Subject

Medical research requires human volunteers to test their treatments and medication. It seems like a frightening concept, but do consider that becoming a test subject for medical research not only nets you cash, but also lets you help researchers find better cures for diseases. The National Institute of Health often requires healthy test subjects.

If you’re not into taking experimental treatments, though, you can visit GPGP.net to look for other options. Some medical experiments only require test subjects to undergo certain circumstances like sleep deprivation or sensory tests.

The most famous medical research project, of course, is NASA’s bed rest study. Test subjects are paid to lie in bed for 90 days, recreating the minimal muscle use that astronauts undergo when in space.

8.) Write Reviews

Odesk offers many variations of this sideline. If you love books, look up offers that require you to read and review. Often times, these job offers require you to read whatever book the client needs reviewed, so it’s not all leisure. Topics can range from fiction to academic.

Alternatively, you can try to write for Software Judge, where you will be paid for your opinion on computer games and other programs. The pay may differ depending on how valuable your input is.

9.) Tutor Students Online

These days, the Internet is so far-reaching that you can easily outsource almost anything. It’s therefore unsurprising that the option to work as a tutor online is now available. Tutor.com requires applicants to take an exam and conduct a sample session before hiring them. You can teach a wide variety of subjects like math, science, or history. You can even teach English if you like.

10.) Get Into Ride-Sharing

Companies like Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar are contenders in the ride-sharing industry. It’s a simple enough business model. The company serves as the link between the driver and the passenger, often through the use of mobile apps.

If you have a car and drive to work daily, sign up to be a volunteer driver and list your route. The minute a match comes up, you’ll be sent to pick up the rider. Payment depends on the company handling the match, so read up on the fine print beforehand.

11.) Scavenge and Recycle

You can make money from scraps. Though you will have to check your city’s laws on scavenging, it’s actually quite lucrative if you keep at it. Start by picking up used aluminum cans. Learn how to store them properly before taking them to the recycling center. It’s not really a lot of money, but your returns will increase if you’re diligent.

The same can be done with scrap metal. Learn more about the recycling practices in your area and see how you can make a profit.

What other unusual ways can you think of to make extra money? Are you going to try any of ours? Share with us in the comment box below!

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