Thursday, January 30, 2014

5 Quick and Creative Ways to Make an Extra $50.00

Sometimes you're short on cash and just can't seem to get any extra hours at work. You might need it to pay off some bills, or buy a ticket to that concert where your favorite artist is playing. Money isn't free, though, but luckily there are several ways you can build side income in your spare time. Here are five of our favorite ways to make that extra $50.00. 

Carpentry and Woodworking:

Here's a creative way to rise above artistic competition: woodworking. While most artists try to sell their ideas through print mediums, woodworking is a relatively less common form of commercial art. While many artists are interested mainly in selling an aesthetic piece, wood workers can make their pieces functional as well. You could carve keyholders, banisters, nameplates- you name it and it's probably a possibility. Good wood workers can easily sell commissions, and with little more than a carving knife and a block of wood, you can create a piece worth 50 dollars or more. 

Earrings out of clay:

Online customers will pay tons of money for custom jewelry, even if it doesn't contain any precious metals. Clay earrings are especially popular items for artists to make because they're fast, long-lasting, and easy to create for people new to sculpting. With your imagination, you can make abstract pieces that incorporate other materials, or maybe pieces based off of characters you created in a webcomic. The cost of creating earrings is relatively low, and the biggest determinant of your earring's selling price is their craftsmanship. 

Freelance Writing:

Freelance writing is easier than ever thanks to the internet. There are many websites looking to put all the hours you spent in English class to good use. Some places pay weekly, while others trade less regular pay for higher rates. The best thing about freelance writing is it's flexibility; you can work from virtually anywhere, meaning location isn't a factor when you're trying to make some extra money. 

Pawn shops:

Do you have some items lying around your house you no longer need? Pawn shops are a great place to take them, whether it be finding a buyer for your electronics at pawn shops in Fort Lauderdale, or selling off that saxophone in Seattle. It's not just instruments and electronics pawnshops are looking for, though. Many buyers are also hoping for items made of precious metals. Artwork is also a common buy for resellers; don't be afraid to take those off-the-wall things into pawn brokers. The worst thing that can happen is brokers will turn you down. 

Tutor in specialty subjects:

Anyone can quickly find a tutor for Spanish or Algebra, but if you have in-depth knowledge about a specialty subject don't doubt the money you can make. Do you know a lot about 3D printing? Put your expertise to good use for people interested in staying on the cutting edge. While lots of students want to learn French and Spanish, subjects like Arabic and Korean tend to have fewer tutors. You can put away a pretty penny if you're a speaker of a less popular language, especially if it's your native tongue.

Feel like 50 dollars is a lot to make? Don't give up. While it may require a bit of self-promotion and persistence, you too can make money on the side. You're in a world more connected than ever; think about all the people in need of the creative, unique skills and products you have to offer.

Author Bio
Karleia is a freelance blogger residing in Utah. Away from the office she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband.


  1. Working like a horse and having no enough money to buy needed things we start to think about spin off job. It is a way out to take loans online if you need something emergently but still you will have to return even more than you have taken. So it is a good idea to find an extra job.

  2. Not having enough money can be a nightmare Sometimes there's a financial emergency and you don't know where to turn. There places that can help where you can get loans online. This is sometimes better than getting another job.


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