By on Aug 22, 2012 in Make Money, Tips | 33 comments

New Money Making Ideas

Disclaimer; I thought I knew about all the ways to make money. After all, I’ve been in the “money business” for decades. … But I was wrong!

I Won 365 Ways to Make Money; Ideas for Quick $ Every Day of the Year by Kylie Ofiu from a contest over at Dividend Ninja.

When the book arrived, I stuck it on the coffee table along with the stack of 6-7 books I’m currently reading. This morning, I turned to a page in the middle and started reading. With complete surprise I discovered idea upon idea of viable money making options that I would pay someone to do for me! In fact if someone stopped at my door or passed out a flyer for the following options, I would hire them on the  spot. And with today’s busy lifestyles, I am certain that I’m not alone in outsourcing many necessary small tasks.

For the entrepreneurial and ambitious, here are a few money making ideas that you can implement immediately with the promise of making some quick cash now.

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  1. Paint numbers on trash cans (wheelie bins for those in Australia). You could even use stickers to identify the proper trash cans. After all, you don’t want someone stealing your bin.
  2. Clean out trash cans (wheelie bins). Mine are disgusting, in fact, they came with our condo and I don’t know when they’ve been cleaned out; and it’s not on my “to do” list.
  3. Clean out garages. I would love someone to knock on my door right now to help me clean out my garage. I’d pay someone 50 bucks for a couple of hours to organize my garage.
  4. Clean curtains and blinds. Who prioritizes cleaning their window blinds or curtains? I can’t imagine. Even restaurants and businesses need people to clean their blinds and window coverings. The curtains could be cleaned with a hand held steam cleaner for a bit of an investment.
  5. Design and build water features. Although I received a beautiful garden fountain for Mother’s Day, I could imagine someone with a bit of a yard would love the addition of a small water feature. To keep your costs down, use recycled materials and garage sale finds. You could even sell small ones at flea markets.
  6. Become a tiler. Kylie mentions that you must get some training for this one, but with the home improvement boom, there’s always demand for a good tiler. In fact, I’d love someone to tile my backsplash :).
  7. Fix window screens (fly screens as they’re called down under). Buy the screening in bulk and charge $20.00 per window. It’s not hard to learn and you could combine this one with cleaning out gutters. All you need is a ladder and bucket for gutter cleaning.
  8. Wash windows. In fact, businesses need this service performed regularly and lazy or busy homeowners would welcome the opportunity to see through the dirt and grime.
  9. Mobile car washing. Go to a high density apartment or condominium complex and post flyers for car washing service. Offer to wash cars right in the parking lot. Just make sure you’re not breaking any laws or covenants.
  10. Sell cold water at outdoor festivals and busy vacation destinations. The demand is high as are the profit margins. Check out local vendor regulations so you don’t get hit with a hefty fine. While vacationing in Las Vegas this summer, the street vendors with coolers of water bottles selling for a buck were beating the shops who sold the same bottles for $3.00.

 Can’t Get Enough Money Making Ideas?

What’s your go to strategy for making quick cash?


  1. I heard Kylie on a podcast. Sounds very cool. She mentioned one of the more unusual ideas is selling swords! Are you going to try any of the 365 ways?

    Buck Inspire

    August 22, 2012

  2. Glad you liked it Barb. :) There are so many ways in there that anyone can do.
    Hi Buck Inspire, swords is one of the more unusual ones. Glad you heard and liked the podcast too.

    Kylie Ofiu

    August 22, 2012

  3. I have to laugh when $1.00 for water is a “great deal.” When we were kids “the hose” was awesome. Now that method is WAY too full of impurities to attempt. You might die. ;-)


    August 22, 2012

  4. @Buck-Selling swords, very interesting idea. Although we live in a big city (lots of crime), don’t want to add swords into the mix :).
    @Joe-Interesting perspective, who would have thought, 40 years ago, that we’d be spending so much money on plain old water?


    August 22, 2012

  5. Wow, now I’m intrigued and would love to read this eBook as these are excellent and creative money-making suggestions that are useful to others. And, swords. Really? *wondering what other quirky tips are lurking in there*

    Jennifer Lynn

    August 22, 2012

  6. I’ve thought about that selling water thing, especially at baseball games. It’s a great idea, thanks for reminding me of it! And hey, if I do it and get tired or thirsty myself, why, I’ve got 100s of bottles right there for me!

    TB at BlueCollarWorkman

    August 22, 2012

  7. These are actually pretty solid advice. I really like the mobile car wash idea. It’s such a pain going to a car wash, waiting in line, and finally waiting for your car to finish.

    Kevin @ SpringCoin

    August 22, 2012

  8. I used to be a window washer in grad school. Made a lot of dough working high end homes in Bay Area. I’ve thought about strapping on the ole’ squeegee and printing some business cards and knocking on doors again, but I’d rather make money other ways.

    Brent Pittman

    August 22, 2012

  9. Ok. First off, I love the term “wheelie bin.” Secondly, these are some good suggestions! I was in NYC a few weeks ago and it was HOT. I saw lots of people selling bottled water near the Brooklyn bridge. Although I didn’t buy one (too cheap–er frugal–for that!), I think they can probably bring in some satisfying cash with that little side business.

    Bethy @ Credit Karma

    August 22, 2012

  10. I am going for the screens! I replaced the screen material on 2 windows and did it in less than 30 minutes. I could average $80 an hours for a simple job. I might even get more efficient and increase my productivity.


    August 22, 2012

  11. I think I can handle the window screens! :-) I’ve taken some off and place them back. I was so proud of myself

    Ornella @ Moneylicious.org

    August 22, 2012

  12. Thanks for the positive feedback everyone! It is crazy that people will pay so much for stuff. Just so you know, the prices of virtually everything are a lot more in Australia too. For example, my sister and I were in Darling Harbour (Sydney) and 2 drinks plus a muffin was $15. And that is normal there!

    Screens is a good one, especially in Spring because if people live in an area with mosquitoes or other bug issues, one tiny hole in the screen can make the difference between the house being bug free or being bitten all night and most people don’t realize it’s so easy.

    Good luck with your money making everyone! :)

    Kylie Ofiu

    August 22, 2012

  13. @Jennifer, Kylie has a real gift, the book is so creative. As you can tell,I recommend it.
    @TB, The supply and demand thing is incredible. When it’s hot and there’s not accessible water, it’s amazing what folks will pay for a bottle. On a recent trip to FLA, I shelled out at least 3 bucks for a bottle of h20.
    @Kevin, I think that’s why my car is usually dirty, getting washed is low priority. If someone came to me, I’d gladly pay up.

    Barbara Friedberg

    August 22, 2012

  14. @Brent, Window washing is the job very few want to undertake, thus good opportunity for those who are up to the challenge:)
    @Bethy, No apology necessary for being a bit “cost conscious”. That’s how long term wealth is built.
    @Krantc-$80 bucks an hour is nothing to sneeze at.
    @Ornella-Good luck with that, maybe you can pair up with Kranc:).

    Barbara Friedberg

    August 22, 2012

  15. Back in high school, my friends and I made money by cleaning out garages, windows, and kitchens. Yes, even washing curtains and linens! When you need money, you cannot be choosy. You will do everything to earn decent money.

    At present, aside from my writing gigs and stocks investment, I babysit our neighbor’s 3-year old son thrice a week. A couple of parents also asked me if I can tutor their children in Math and Science, which I am considering when school starts.

  16. @Miss T- I wish I had enough extras to sell. My first year gardening has yielded less than stellar results.


    August 28, 2012

  17. I like your creative list. They all take time, though – do you think that the return on your time investment is worth it? Some, like putting in screens, could potentially take more time than they are worth.

  18. @Wayne-That is an astute question and one that should be examined whenever we undertake a new money making initiative. You have to consider how much time you have as well as your other sources of income. There are those with more time than money and for that group, learning a new skills, such as repairing screens, might turn out to be a good move.


    August 31, 2012

  19. I haven’t read Kylie’s book yet, but I’m going to have to add it to my list. Thanks for sharing Barb. :-)

    Jen @ Master the Art of Saving

    September 1, 2012

  20. @Jen, It’s definitely worth a look!!!
    @Luke, Certainly most skills can be used to make some extra cash.


    September 20, 2012

  21. Great ideas. There are many more ways to make money that may require less effort. Such as completing online surveys, ‘comping’ (entering competitions as a hobby), starting up a blog and if you have something very interesting happen to you, you could sell your story to the press.


    Kate White

    September 24, 2012

  22. Hi Kate, Thanks for adding more money making ideas to the article!!! I appreciate it.


    September 24, 2012

  23. Great list of ways to make money in creative ways. Love your ideas

    Justin Harris

    October 7, 2012

  24. In the U.S a similar thing was painting the street address numbers with a stensil in front of houses for $5 bucks a pop. Like your blog and think the networth concept is great. Will be reading more.

    Steve @ CreditCardReviews.org

    February 21, 2013

  25. Hi Steve, I paid someone once to pain our numbers on the curb. What a low overhead business and way to pick up some cash.


    February 21, 2013

  26. Your knowledge of the subject of money-making is on point. Thanks for a great read.


    March 23, 2013

  27. Interesting approach. I arrived expecting internet solutions. But you have applied some great real world techniques to earn some serious money.
    Thank you

    r.l. toney

    July 29, 2013

  28. Being a fresher this post really worked for me. Thanks for sharing your valuable ideas of making money fast and easily. Great work.

    Credit Union solutions

    August 14, 2013

  29. Actually I do (picture embarrassed face here) prioritize my blind cleaning. I do it once a year, each fall whether they need it or not!

    Marie at Family Money Values

    October 10, 2013

  30. @Marie, I’m impressed! My drapes (2 years old) could certainly use a freshening up!

    Barbara Friedberg

    October 12, 2013

  31. @Jim, I’ve heard that taking surveys is a good money making opportunity. It’s probably best suited for those with some discretionary time on hand and can complete the surveys rapidly.


    June 14, 2013

  32. William, Since you are writing on behalf of this site, I’m not certain you are completely impartial :).

    Barbara Friedberg

    July 16, 2013


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