If your money bags have dried up, it's always nice to read some easy and quick ways to make money. Here is a collection of different ways you can make some quick cash this year.
Simple Money Making Ideas
With these simple money making ideas, you don't need to get a new job or even a payrise. In fact, there are many enjoyable ways (some of which are tax free) to boost your cashflow without you resorting to pulling pints or stacking shelves. So take a look at these money making ideas for 2010...
Get a cashback credit card
If you use your credit card to pay for most things, you can earn money back via a cashback card.
These pay back a percentage of your purchases - usually up to 1%, although some cards have limited introductory offers of up to 5%. But be careful that you can pay back your balance or you'll be paying out the cash you've made in interest.
If you shop online then get cashback on your purchases. Here in the UK there are many to choose from but one of the best is Top Cashback.
Crazy Money Making Ideas
These following money making ideas make not be everyone's cup of tea.
We heard from the side of a U-Haul truck that Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas lets you keep any diamonds you find while camping there. We also heard that it's relatively easy to find diamonds in parking lots in the summertime, due to the drastic difference in temperature between the inside of somebody's car and a broiling-hot mall parking lot.
Selling Your Hair
A slightly more unusual way to bring in some cash, granted, but cosmetic and medical wig makers are always on the lookout for locks, particularly if your long hair is being cut short. However, be aware that they're only on the lookout for natural hair, so if you've used a lot of dye or other treatments you're not going to be eligible. Banbury Postiche is the UK's oldest raw hair merchant and you can find out more about selling at their Purely Wigs website.
You know why being a human guinea pig is better than being an actual guinea pig? Human guinea pigs get paid to be tested on. Some people make a career out of ingesting medicines for the advancement of science, but it's also not a bad way to make a little money on the side. We know a guy who says he knows a guy who made $3,000 to let a doctor cut off his toe and reattach it. Whether or not that's true, it does make for good cocktail party banter. Check out website like
You probably have some sort of secret talent squirrelled away, right? Maybe your grandmother taught you how to crochet little flowers, or you have a secret stash of robot paintings in your closet. Sit on that talent no more! Sell your wares on Etsy.com and make some extra loot. Plus, when people ask what you do for a living you can say, "I'm an artist," instead of "I'm a receptionist at a company that sells ball bearings."
Doing Teenager Work
What are teenagers doing these days? Having sex in the backs of cars and playing with their Gameboys, probably. Well, doesn't that leave a lot of sidewalks unshoveled, leaves unraked, lawns unmowed, babies unwatched, and gutters uncleaned? Reap the benefits of the next generation's addiction to Facebook by going out and stealing that cash they should be making.
Selling Your Photographs to a Stock Photography Company
Become a member at istockphoto.com (it's free), and you can buy and sell stock photos there. As in all that useless garbage taking up space on your memory card might actually be worth something. It's worth checking out, especially if you're the type of person who likes to pass the time by making people dressed in business attire pose for the camera while smiling and shaking hands.
Auctioning Your Panties On eBay
Is vaguely unnerving? Yes. Would you tell your parents? Definitely not. Does it pay? Absolutely.
Donating your eggs can pay serious bank, upwards of $5,000 sometimes. That's way better than what dudes make for spermies. Unfortunately, while they get to *ahem* pleasure themselves, we have to administer quite a few shots to ourselves, go through a barrage of psychological exams, and go under general anesthesia to be operated on. So you definitely earn what you make.
Granting Somebody Citizenship
Remember that movie "Green Card"? Yeah, it's sort of like that. Maybe it's not exactly legal, and we don't advocate breaking the law. We're just saying, maybe you could make some money and accidentally fall in love with Gerard Depardieu.
Apparently there is a job out there for people who want to sit in a field all day and read a book, and it is ostrich babysitting. The only catch is that you have to keep the ostriches from killing each other and try not to get any broken legs.
Got a Computer?
Then here are some ways to make money online:
If you've got something to say and you can say it articulately online, then you could earn extra cash. How? Well you can host what are known as affiliate adverts on your blog. The more readers that click on them, the more money you earn. The key is to make them relevant to what you're blogging about. There are a host of affiliate sites that work on behalf of both high street and more niche brands.
So if you're an expert on a particular subject or you like stoking up the fires of online debate, get writing and you could be earning.
A lot of shopping websites will pay you for reviewing what you've bought. However, some only pay if other people find your reviews useful, so it pays (literally) to make them helpful and to the point.
And it's not only shopping sites that want your opinion. Travel website Simonseeks.com pays people to review their holidays, although again you get paid based on the popularity of what you write.