Summer time is here and while some may go on vacations, it’s a time where others such as teachers, students and others have free time. During this free time many of us look for ways to make extra money. It’s the time of year when we can turn our spare time into real cash. Sure, some may lay around the pool, but for those of us who don’t make a whole lot of money to begin with, it’s just another opportunity to make extra money.
Here’s a few ways I use to make money every Summer. They’re not glamorous, but they will put cash into your pocket.
The first thing I do is hit the garage sales and estate auctions. I have a few areas where I know what I’m looking for. Things such as antiques, collectible toys and rare figurines are all things I’m looking for. Once I find some good items, I’ll then post them on eBay or craigslist. You can really turn a casual trip to a neighbors yard sale into some serious cash. My mother-in-law loves romance novels. Apparently there are a few authors that are really worth some money. She finds the rare novels and buys them for a buck or less and turns around and lists them on Half.com or other auctions sites and routinely makes 10 to 15 bucks of some of these books! Find something that you know about, see if there’s a market for it and then look to buy those items for well below the asking price. You better know she knows how to make that money for bingo!
Another method that has worked real well for me is putting a service ad on our local Craigslist page. I know several programs extremely well such as Word, Excel, Power Point and Photoshop. People will then contact me to teach them how to use these programs or pay me to do a project for them. Between these two methods, I earn nearly as much in the 3 to 4 months of Summer as I do the whole year as a teacher. Try it, you just might find yourself learning a new way to make extra money this Summer!