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Earning income doesn’t have to stop at your salary.There’s no better way to learn how to make more money than from people who have actually done it—so read these true-life examples cited by Reddit users.
'When I was in my early 20s, I was living in San Diego. At the end of every semester, I would Dumpster-dive at the local dorms on move-out day. I would load my truck up with stuff from UCSD, SDSU, and USD and then throw a massive garage sale. I made a killing every single time.'
'I had a friend who would make $3,000 to $5,000 a year by Dumpster-diving outside of the maths and engineering buildings on campus. People who wrote textbooks would send them to the department heads to be reviewed and hopefully purchased for the next school year. If teachers didn't like them, they would throw those books out, and most likely a different school would be using those exact textbooks so he'd sell them on Amazon for a fee that would benefit both him and the student.'
'I dog walk...I make $300 a month for a one-hour walk five days a week off of one dog. You can charge more, but I would not charge more than $20 a walk...I walk three dogs.'
' . . . When I was doing this in full force, I made around $10,000 a year extra. It does take a lot of work with packaging, sending things off, answering questions, and providing customer service when something isn't right. Sometimes you have to take a hit on an item -- eBay feedback is decently important for small sellers like me. The effort you put in is what you get out.'
'I tutor kids. I charge $20 to $50 per hour depending on the client, content, and other factors.'
'Look at Craigslist odd jobs section. You can help people move and do yard work, etc., with no schedule necessary and make some money on the side.'
'Me and my buddy used to browse the 'want to buy' sections and find them in the free section and sell it to them at a really cheap price. The best thing about it is, a lot of time we just met them at the 'free site' and sold it directly from there, so there was no need for us to actually haul anything away.'
'Donating blood plasma can net $250 to 350 a month if you go twice a week (or whatever the limit is). Typically takes three hours total per week.'
'Buy some spray paint and number stencils from Home Depot and paint people's addresses on their curbs. I did that before I went to college, door to door, and just told people I was saving up money for school. I could make around $50 per hour, charging $10 per house. Paid for my whole first year of college and then some.'
'Babysitting. Easiest money I've ever made. If you're lucky, the kids will be napping half the time, and you'll get to just sit on your arse . . . I'm babysitting right now and I'm getting paid to browse Reddit.'
'I mow lawns. I only mow for the neighbourhood I live in, so I can walk to every job, so I don't have to buy a trailer. In a good week, I'll make $400 from charging $25 per lawn. It's not year-round income though.'
'Check out our friends at /r/beermoney. You can earn anywhere from a $40 to $300 a month. Basically they have found the best websites to use for filling out surveys and watching ads, and then you give your response to it. Or the easier way is that they have found websites that will monitor your bandwidth usage and give you money based on that. It's worth a shot to look at it if you're on a computer a lot!'
'Whenever a video game is announced that I have an interest in, I will register a domain to make a wiki for the site.
'I will actually make the site, but last year I was able to sell skyrimwiki.com for $1,000. My success story is dredmorwiki.com: pretty much the de facto information site for Dungeons of Dredmor. I only make about $50 per month from advertising from that site, though.
'Setting up a wiki is pretty easy, and users actually generate the content themselves, so there's not too much maintenance involved.
'The trick is right place, right time. There's a lot of luck involved, but it's a fun hobby.'
'It's not me but a friend of mine. Anyway, he's really into Legos. What he does is buy Lego kits on clearance and hit the bins in Lego stores, Goodwill, etc. Then he breaks the kits down and sells them on eBay. He makes about $800 bucks a month after taking out the expenses of purchasing the kits and listing fees.
'. . . Find something you're into and knowledgeable about, like golf clubs or Legos or whatever. Then collect items and turn them over on eBay.'
'I build custom furniture out of pallets and other scraps I find laying around. I sell them on Etsy.
'. . . I'll build things like an 'Adirondack' chair out of a pallet and sell it for $100 or $150 each. It takes me about under two hours to build something like that. All the material is found and free, I do occasionally have to buy a saw blade or screws, so there is a little overhead. I build stuff on the weekend, so if you average it out, I guess I'm making around $200 a week. There are weeks when I don't sell anything and others when I ship five chairs or tables or whatever I make out of pallets.'
'Amazon's M Turk . . . I have made $810 since starting mid-October. A few hours here and there, and I can have an extra $50 in my pocket each week. I also provide respite care for individuals with autism. I go bowling, go karting, to the gym, and out to eat. I am reimbursed for all the expenses, given mileage and $15 an hour.'
'I'm making around $1,000 to $2,000 a month on the side as a student by making simple websites. I use CMS systems like WordPress, Joomla, OpenCart, Magento to set them up and buy premium templates as designs for my clients.
Any of those CMSs are easy to learn. Setting up websites with client content takes me less than a day. I only advertise on free classified ad sites and get at least one client a week, which I charge around $300 to $600 for a complete website or online shop and sometimes even up to $1,000 with extra services. If they ask for hosting, support, and SEO, it can even be pushed to a recurring fee a month on contract from a single client. Recently I have also done some WordPress training for clients, which fetched me $40 an hour.'
'If you live near a large university, they may have a behavioural lab that pays. They're typically one hour or less surveys. Wharton's, in Philly, paid me $10 for a max of one hour (usually 30 minutes) of filling out professors' research surveys. Sometimes you played games and had a chance to win more money. I walked out in under 30 minutes with $20 cash once.'
'I developed an app that makes $150 a month with low maintenance. It took about a year to get there, but the income is steady, and I learned a lot.
'Build an app that does one thing very well, and it will be successful over time.'
'I umpire softball/baseball games for USSSA. There's also Little League, ASA, and others. I make $30 for an hour-and-10-minute game. 10 games in a weekend, and that's $300. You can also maybe pick some games up after work. It's not so bad if you don't mind a little yapping in your ear.'
' I do photography and people pay me $50 to 100 per hour to take their pictures . . . The investment is high, but if you get good enough and get demand, you can make that money back in a few shoots. I am doing a wedding in two weeks that will be seven hours--$700 in an afternoon for a college kid is pretty good.'
'I'm an engineer and I delivered pizzas for the restaurant down the road. Used to make an extra $250 a week working two nights. Disclaimer: I'm very good at pizza delivery. Most guys only made about $75 per night.'
'I do tech support for people that can't get the Internet on various hotels' wireless systems. I make about $450 every two weeks 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Most of the time I'm not taking calls either and I can do it from home, so it's not that bad.'
'Draw caricatures at events. In the United States, the normal rate for a caricature artist is $100 to $150 per hour with a two hour minimum.'
'Make YouTube videos. I have three videos, and each rake in 100 to 300 views a day, which gives me a good $10 to $15 a month, thanks to Google AdSense.'
'I do extra work on TV shows and movies that are filming around town. It's long days, but you can make an easy $200 in a day.'
'I make and decorate cakes in my spare time, and it's not too hard if you have any artistic skills at all. A lot of craft stores do Wilton classes, and you can reasonably charge $25 to $40 for a standard cake (supplies usually run about $7 to $8). Learn to work with fondant, and you can charge a lot more.'
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