26 Creative Ways To Make Money Fast

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New Creative Ways to Make Money

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 a while ago.

I understand that there are points in time when you want to make some quick cash. This book inspired me to give 365 was to make moneyyou some quick cash ideas. (a few ideas are borrowed from the book).

When the book arrived, I stuck it on the coffee table along with the stack of 6-7 books I was reading. Eventually, I turned to a page in the middle and started in. With complete surprise I discovered idea upon idea of viable money making. 

Borrowing money is not a great option, as you ultimately have to pay the money back. So check out all of these money making ideas and let us know which ones you’re going to try.

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creative ways to make money

  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. 
  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.
  11. Sell yourself. (Not that way) Fiverr, Elance, Craigslist give you a platform to sell your skills. Have a beautiful voice? Create personalized phone greetings. Are you a wiz at editing videos? Do it for others. Are you knowledgeable about design? Create a logo for customers. The list is endless.
  12. Be a ghost (writer). The book industry is booming with new writers publishing their work online. If you can write, advertise to ghost write information books and articles.
  13. Freelance. A quick Google search showed up  scores of pages of  freelance writing gigs. From your local Craigslist to sites devoted to matching writers with jobs, there are more opportunities and ever.
  14. Sell money. According to a vintage CNN article;  “People who search circulating coinage successfully for a side income do so in very large numbers, she says. They buy rolls of coins from banks, typically in whole boxes, and sort through it to find stuff that just doesn’t belong, Headley says. Half dollars, for example, were no longer made from 90 percent silver after 1965, but they still had 40 percent silver in them until 1970; either of these turn a nice profit. Presidential dollar errors can be worth $50 to $5,000 each; uncirculated state quarters can sell from $10 to $50 per roll; and rare error coins can value up to $35,000″.
  15. Make money from spouting your opinion. At findfocusgroups.com you can search for focus groups in which to participate. I’ve done this before and it’s quite fun. For up to $100 or more, you can give your opinion, and get paid!
  16. Be surveyed. Marketers are clamoring for your opinion. Find online surveys to take in your pj’s.
  17. Sell your body….plasma, sperm, and blood. Just make sure not to sell it all or you’ll end up – you won’t end up well.
  18. Love mystery? Be a mystery shopper. There are many online companies who can link you up with sweet “mystery shopping” gigs. 
  19. Selling arbitrage-Buy below market items (or pick up free stuff from the curb) on Craigslist or Ebay and resell. You keep the difference.
  20. Sell your crap-Take all the extra stuff that you have laying around the house, that you don’t need and sell it!
  21. Flea market upsell-Buy old and/or flawed furniture and home accent pieces. Get the stuff from Goodwill, flea markets and even family members. Add a coat of paint or some decorator accents and resell. Watch “HGTV’s Flea Market Flip” for ideas.
  22. Be an odd job officionado-Look for odd jobs on Craigslist, and dig in. I’ve paid a handyman to do stuff that he claimed he learned to do on YouTube.
  23. Haul junk-If you have a pick-up truck, there is big money to be made. After moving, we paid hundreds to have the moving boxes removed.
  24. Walk dogs-Love dogs and exercise? Have a flexible schedule. This is a great way to rake in some extra money.
  25. Rent out a room-Friends rent out 2 rooms in their 4 bedroom house, and they barely even see the tenant. This slices their mortgage to the bone. Or use one of the new collaborative consumption sites such as airbnb to list a room in your home to rent for tourists.
  26. Love old people? Elder care is in high demand. As the population ages  there is greater and greater demand for people to run errands, provide care, and help out.  

 Can’t Get Enough Money Making Ideas?

What’s your go to strategy for making cash? What do you “hire out”?

A version of this article was previously published.

    46 Comments

  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. ;-)

    AverageJoe

    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?

    Barb

    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.

    krantcents

    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.

    Barb

    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.

    Barb

    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.

    Barb

    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

    Kate White

    September 24, 2012

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

    Barb

    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.

    BARBARA FRIEDBERG

    February 21, 2013

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

    pskyyy

    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. I don’t have the patience to do those stuff, but I might try doing some of the side jobs on the list especially hauling junk. That would be a fun thing to do. :)

    Nik @ Midlife Finance

    August 12, 2014

    • Nik-If one has a pickup truck and some muscles-the money per hour is quite good. I’m still reeling at the bill I paid 3 years ago for hauling away our moving boxes. It was in the 3 figure area!

      Barbara Friedberg

      August 12, 2014

    • I hire from fiverr all of the time! If you can do a job really fast, and could jam in a few in one hour, why not?

      Barbara Friedberg

      August 12, 2014

      • So true! you could also try sites like eLance and oDesk. There are consultants who charge over $100 per hour so if you have a skill that is in demand these sites are perfect.

        • Nick, You’re not kidding. I’ve used elance for big job in the $100′s. Great way to make money!

          Barbara Friedberg

          August 21, 2014

  32. Online sites like Care.com or Sittercities provides a great source engine to find elders or even children to care for. You can also find animal care jobs as well along with tutoring.

    Alexis

    August 13, 2014

    • Alexis, Thanks so much for sharing those “care” resources. I hadn’t heard of them before.

      Barbara Friedberg

      August 14, 2014

  33. I know that If a person can write well he will earn money by many ways such as The book industry is booming with new writers publishing their work online. If you can write, advertise to ghost write information books and articles

    john

    August 19, 2014

  34. Before I left my full time office job, I freelanced on the side and made a lot of extra cash that way. It was really enjoyable as well.

    Michelle

    August 27, 2014

    • @Michelle, almost all of us have something we can do on the side to make some extra cash. And doesn’t it feel great to earn a few extra bucks?

      Barbara Friedberg

      August 27, 2014

  35. This is very nice list Barbara! There are some things I have never even considered – although I’m not looking for ways to make money online, I also give people tips on ways to make money online.

    There’s also a lot of sites that will pay you for writing articles, blog posts, making lists, doing simple tasks online (Mturk, Clickworker,Fusion Cash, etc…).

    The bigger incomes are going to be made when you venture out and do an online business of some sort like affiliate marketing, network marketing, eBay/Amazon. Even getting referrals on these online survey sites can make you a nice chunk of change.

    Keep the great articles coming Barbara!

    Corrisa Malone

    September 13, 2014

    • Hi Corrisa, thanks for adding resources to your comment. I appreciate the recommendations you offered for making money on line. The more options available, the better for the readers here. Welcome to the site.

      Barbara Friedberg

      September 14, 2014

  36. @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.

    Barb

    June 14, 2013

  37. 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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