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New Creative Ways to Make Money

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

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I won 365 Ways to Make Money; Ideas for Quick $ Every Day of the Year by Kylie Ofiu a while ago and was inspired by all of the creative ways to  make money.

We all have those points in time when you want to make some quick cash and this book inspired me to share some quick and creative ways to make money fast.

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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. Get paid when you do stuff online. Swagbucks rewards you (you earn points called SB) for taking surveys, watching videos and even playing games. (There’s even a $5.00 sign up now). If you’re going to surf the net, then why not get paid while you do it?

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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. 

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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″.

16. Make money from spouting your opinion. At Swagbucks (you earn points called SB) and 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.

17. Be surveyed. Marketers are clamoring for your opinion. My favorite place for online surveys is InboxDollars. There’s even a $5.00 sign up bonus now. Sign up here and start earning while you’re watching tv.  

18. 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.

19. Love mystery? Be a mystery shopper. There are many online companies who can link you up with sweet “mystery shopping” gigs. 

20. Selling arbitrage-Buy below market items (or pick up free stuff from the curb) on Craigslist or Ebay and resell. You keep the difference. I read about a guy who did this with washing machines full time!

21. Sell your crap-Take all the extra stuff that you have laying around the house, that you don’t need and sell it. Offerup! and Craigslist are easy places to start. We just sold my daughters loft bed in a day!

22. 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.

23. 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. 

24. Assemble furniture-If you live near an Ikea, there’s great demand for putting furniture together and all you need are some tools and the ability to follow directions. We just hired a woman to assemble an Ikea bed through Task Rabbit. And she also hung a flat screen TV. The cost was reasonable and she worked fast.

25.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.

26. Walk dogs-Love dogs and exercise? Have a flexible schedule. This is a great way to rake in some extra money.

27. 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.

28. 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. 

29. Garage Sale Arbitrage. You’ve seen the early birds at garage sales. They get in early, swoop up the bargains and then resell at their own garage sale or flea market. 

30. Freebie CraigsList Arbitrage. Snare the fee stuff at Craigslist. Refinish the damaged items and resell, either on Craigslist, Flea Market or a Garage Sale.

31. Swagbucks rewards you (you earn points called SB) for doing fun stuff online. You can take a survey, watch a video and even play games. (There’s even a $5.00 sign up bonus now). If you’re going to hang out online, why not get paid for it?

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Updated on August 24, 2017


  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 @

    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 @

    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

    • Yes I do I’m financially struggling no money at all . I’m 18 years old working from job to job looking for a foundation for my self and my family.

      Torrez Esco

      November 19, 2016

  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

    • Nik, If I had a truck, I would consider this one. The payout (at least in this region is huge). I paid several hundred bucks to have someone haul some junk away!

      Barbara Friedberg

      January 10, 2016

    • 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 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.


    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


    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.


    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. Instead of using your free to to bust candy or mash your screen to help a small retarded bird to fly through pipes.. Why not use what time you have to earn a bit of cash that you can withdraw into your PayPal account.
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    There’s also other ways to make money including inviting your friends, watching videos and various other methods.
    One draw back is that you have to reach $10.00 to cash out on PayPal, but iv’e made around $4.00 in the first couple hours, so its actually achievable… unlike other annoying survey sites.
    I hope this helps you guys and girls earn a bit spare spending cash on PayPal that you can spend on whatever you like! Please try and restrain your self from spending it on virtual candy you can crush….
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    November 25, 2014

    • Hi Bigtoe, I’ve never checked out this app, but it seems to be another way to make a few bucks online. If there are other readers who’ve tried it, write in and let us know how it’s worked out for you.

      Barbara Friedberg

      November 25, 2014

  37. Great ideas , thank you very much , I enjoyed them .


    December 19, 2014

  38. I think the mobile car washing idea is a really good job. Even if you only got a 1% call back rate, in a large apartment complex, you could possibly get 10-12 jobs. Consider that you will probably have some repeat customers and this could turn into some pretty good money.


    February 27, 2015

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    Jatin tomar

    January 9, 2016

    • Jatin, Sorry, I can’t help you with this one. You might want to do an internet search.

      Barbara Friedberg

      January 10, 2016

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  42. Hey Barbara you’ve mentioned here many ways to make money that I had not seen in any other post (others I had) that’s nice.

    I think though that many of these ways to make money will help you make some spare cash while others (a little bit more complex) can help you make a more juice extra income.

    Now in me personal opinion I suggest there should be a number 31 on this list (since number 30 was already added LOL) and that would be affiliate marketing.

    Affiliate marketing is my favorite way to make money online because it’s one of the easiest and fastest ways to achieve that extra income (online ofcourse if you’re into that) and once you get the hang of it you can make some decent extra income.

    It’s just my opinion.

    Again good post Barbara!

    Diego Herrera

    May 28, 2016

    • Dear Diego,
      Thanks for mentioning affiliate income. That’s a nice option for those readers with a blog or website. There are hundreds of affiliate offers for a variety of products and services. Certainly worth a try for the website owner! Appreciate the tip!

      Barbara Friedberg

      June 3, 2016

  43. Awesome post, thanks for sharing! Definitely going to look into these 🙂


    July 27, 2016

  44. I am only 13, but I am desperate to make extra cash. Non of these things are going to work out for me. Does anyone have any other ideas I could try?


    September 12, 2016

      • Dear Barbra, thank you for your suggestion, but non of them have worked out for me so far. My mom says I’m too young to have an after school job, and she said no to a everything else. It seems like it’s IMPOSSIBLE to make money. Do you have any other suggestions? Please right back to me when you can.



        September 14, 2016

        • Hi selina,
          You can shoot me an email at and I’ll send you a method of making money effortless. I’ve been doing this for a long time


          September 14, 2016

  45. Great article, and good ideas. However, as a Pro Blogger I can tell you that making life changing kind of money on the internet is a long term goal. The important thing is to do something you’re not only fascinated with but also enjoy doing.

    Deon Christie

    March 23, 2017

    • Deon, Well put. It takes years and trial and error to make consistent online money – for most. Thanks for weighing in.

      Barbara Friedberg

      March 23, 2017

  46. I like the tip for selling cold water on a hot day. I can’t imagine this would need any sort of special license, but I guess it is better to check beforehand :-).


    September 1, 2017

    • Hi Derek, You can get 24 bottles for about $3.00 and sell for $1 per bottle. That’s a sweet 700% return!

      Barbara Friedberg

      September 5, 2017

  47. great article . i like these ideas of making money


    November 22, 2017


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