By: Tricia Romano
Unless you’re Donald Trump, you can always use a little more money. (Or a lot).
But unless you’ve got a ton of time on your hands, it’s hard to eek out a few extra dollars. Fortunately, there are a ton of ways to make some extra cash in your spare time (or get Cashback…see what we did there?) in this new sharing economy.
1) Get Creative
Are you one of those knitters, painters, or decorator crafty types? Do your friends always comment on how you managed to take that beat-up yard sale bookshelf and turn it into something cool? Do that for fun, and then sell the finished product on Etsy. It’s easy and pretty affordable. Open a “Shop” – with no membership fee at all. Pay a whopping twenty cents to list your item. Once you sell it, Etsy collects 3.5%. That’s it.
2) Rent Out Your Apartment
There are certain cities and states that have banned Airbnb, the apartment-sharing service (be sure to check), but overall this is a great and relatively safe and easy way to make a little extra cash. Pay for that vacation, pay down your credit card bills, or just have a little extra spending money simply by renting your apartment while you are out of town via Airbnb. Once you sign up for free, you build your apartment’s profile, putting up pictures, describing the amenities and “house rules” (no smoking and no pets, for instance). Then, you set up availability dates and the price. Airbnb takes 3% of the total fees (including cleaning). If you’re worried about your stuff, they have a $1,000,000 insurance policy and they are notoriously good about covering damages.
3) Become a Driver
If you want more consistent cash flow, and some part time work, you can become a driver for car-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber. Signing up is simple, but you will need to meet basic standards: clean driving record, a four-door car, and own a 2004 or newer model. Sign up now through DubLi.com and receive Cashback on your new Lyft account! The other popular car-share company, Uber, charges between 5 to 20% of your take-home for a software licensing fee, and then rest is yours to keep.
4) Sell Your Stuff
You’ve got all this stuff in your basement that needs getting rid of. Maybe a garage sale is in your future. Or, you can just post it online, via the great free site, Craigslist. Got a laptop that still works but you want to upgrade? Post it. It’s free, they don’t take any money from your sale, and you get to keep the cold, hard cash. Craigslist is great for in-person, hand-to-hand sales, but if you can’t get rid of it locally, eBay is another great option. Ebay charges a small fee —either an insertion fee or a final value fee—but the rest is yours to keep. eBay is especially good if you have many items you want to sell or are starting a small online business.
5) Get Cashback Whenever You Shop
Well, not to toot our own horn, but while there are other retail coupon sites in the world, most don’t pay you to shop. At DubLi, you can register for free and enjoy Cashback on all your online purchases when you shop through our site. If you register as a V.I.P. Member for $99 a year, you’ll receive an extra six percent monthly Cashback on products from categories like travel, entertainment, electronics and clothing & apparel. Join DubLi.com and gain access to hundreds of popular online stores, coupons, V.I.P. offers and Cashback savings as high as $80 for some retailers.