Easy way to make some cash
Let’s face it. We can all do with some extra cash in our pockets. Whether you are in between jobs or just want a little bit more spending money, here are some ways to make some extra cash without too much effort.
Getting paid to have an opinion seems like a dream come true, especially for opinionated people. Market research can be done either through online surveys or face to face market research focus groups.
Here are some popular tried and proven online survey sites:
Rewards Central pays members to take surveys online, read emails, play games, shop with reward partners and more. Members are paid in points for each survey and those points can be converted to cash.
Reward options include gift cards with great brands like Amazon and iTunes, magazine subscriptions, virtual currency for games like Farmville, charitable donations and of course cash via PayPal. Surveyhead will pay you a cash reward via PayPal.
Voted as offering the “best paid surveys in the industry", Valued Opinions will pay for each survey you complete so that you can redeem a reward from some of the leading reward providers, such as Woolworth, Coles, Bunnings, Hoyts, etc.
Becoming a member will give you the chance to participate in surveys as well as product sampling studies. For each completed survey you will receive a reward that can be redeemed through a variety of redemption methods which include cash payments via PayPal, donations to your favourite charity and Mobile Content and Credit Vouchers.
My Survey is the website where panel members can participate in online research, earn My Survey Points and convert them to Cash via PayPal, gifts vouchers form stores such as Myer, JB Hi-Fi, etc. and charity donations.
As a What Do You Think panel member, you will be invited to participate in invitation-only online surveys and consumer research to help shape the future of products and services available for all Australians to enjoy. WDYT Members earn points redeemable for cash, gift cards, vouchers and other specialty items from their rewards catalogue. You can also use the reward points you earn to take part in their exclusive member auctions.
Survey Village is seeking Australian residents aged 16 years or older, to participate in Market and Social Research. All studies completed will earn participants rewards Once you earn enough points you can begin redeeming for gift vouchers from department stores such a Sportsgirl, Jeans West, Toys R Us, Hoyts, etc.
Pure Profile is a market research organisation that is seeking participants for paid market research activities. By answering questions about yourself, you are creating your online profile where you will be sent only relevant offers. For each offer you participate in you will be rewarded in cash to your Pure Profile account which can be redeemed for cash into your bank account.
MommyTalkSurveys are seeking the assistance of mothers to provide their honest opinions on baby products and services. You earn cash rewards, which can then be redeemed through MommyTalkSurveys partners. A cash reward is added to your MommyTalkSurveys account for each completed survey. When you accumulate $25 in cash you can redeem it for rewards with one MommyTalkSurvey partners, such as Amazon.com.
LiveTribe are offering Australians aged 14 years or older the opportunity to participate in online surveys and polls. In return for providing your opinions, you could earn such rewards as points redeemable online for gift vouchers and entries into their regular competitions.
Join the Your Voice Online Panel today to share your opinions for rewards. Get paid point rewards, redeemable for gift vouchers, for sharing what you think about goods, services and current affairs. Earn entries in Quarterly Prize Draws for $5,000 for each survey you take part in.
Participants receive points and entry into prize draws. Points can be redeemed for vouchers (including Red Balloon) or cash into your PayPal account.
Rewards are Market Points as well as sweepstakes entries into daily and monthly cash drawings. Once you reach 1,000 MarketPoints, you can redeem your balance for $50 US dollars.
What could be better that earning cash by doing something you LOVE? Companies like Mystery Shopper provide this opportunity. Mystery Shoppers are independent contractors who receive rewards in the form of gift vouchers, or bank deposits. In addition, on many assignments, free goods and/or services are also available. The amount you will get paid varies by the type of assignment you complete. Payments generally range between $15 to $80 per assignment.
Get Paid To Shop is another great ways to get started as a Mystery Shopper. Payments range from $10 up to $50 or more. In most cases the mystery shopper will be authorised to make a purchase and get an allowance for the purchase on top of the pay. Usually you keep the purchase (especially if you have just eaten it)!
Some other hands on (including some rather quirky) ways to make some extra money:
- Garage Sale - If your house is due for a good clean out, if your kids have grown up or you are moving, why not have a garage sale? Put up posters and hand out flyers, even create a Facebook event to promote your garage sale.
Complete guide to a successful garage sale coming soon
- Dog Walking – If you love dogs, can handle them and don't mind cleaning up doggy mess then dog walking is a good way to get exercise and make extra money.
- Pet sitting - Believe it or not pet sitters are very sought after as many people reach the dilemma of what to do with their pets when they go on holidays. Make sure you have the appropriate space and environment to look after pets and be aware of animals that may not get along.
- Tutoring - Are you an expert in something? Have you got a degree or field experience in a particular area? Tutoring people from high school students to adult education students can bring in some money. Depending on your level of experience, tutors can charge anywhere between $30-$70 an hour.
- Artists model - This isn't for everyone as not all of us are will to take our clothes off in front of a classroom of artists but if you're confident enough this could be a bit of fun.
- Avon/Nutrimetics - "Ding Dong Avon Calling"... We all remember the advertisement but selling beauty products has actually become a lucrative business as we are becoming more and more time poor so having things delivered to our door is very appealing.
- Homestay - If you have an extra bedroom and want to make a decent bit of spending money, having an interstate or international student stay in your home is a great experience. Many people that have done this seem to really love it. Companies like OzHomestay and Auzzie Families have great success with students and host families.
- Sell old gold - If you have any unused or broken gold jewellery you can take it to places like Cash For Old Gold or Gold Company and see what its worth. You may have also seen various Gold Buyers stands in shopping centres. They are very convenient but may not represent as good a value. So make sure you get the best value by shopping around.
- Become an extra- Ever wanted to get your face on television? Being an extra can be tiresome, with long days and standing around and waiting but getting paid to not do very much is a great incentive.
- Babysitting - Many of us have babysat our siblings when we were in our teens but have you ever thought of doing it as an adult? Of course loving kids, having the right disposition and having appropriate police checks will help. It’s a good way to get paid to play with kids and watch television, especially if you are already doing this with your own kids.
- Busking - Can you play an instrument or dance a jig? Buskers can earn good money, especially if you need to practice your skills anyway. Be sure to get a busking license for the area that you'll be performing in.
- Ironing - Ironing can be tedious which is why so many people pay others to do their ironing for them. If you don't mind it, why don't you give it a try?
- Mow Lawns - Here is another thing people generally hate to do themselves so if you have a working lawn mower and pride yourself in nice looking backyards then you might be in high demand in your local area.
- Become a child entertainer - Whether you want to be a clown, superman, a fairy, face painter or balloon artist, being a children's party entertainer can be lots of fun and good money. It's not easy though and you must love kids!
- Sell stuff you don’t need - eBay of course springs to mind.
Here are some steps you can take to become an eBay seller.
- Step 1: Register as an eBay seller
To begin selling on eBay you must:
Register as an eBay member
Open Pay Pal account
Familiarise yourself with eBay’s Rules for Sellers
- Step 2: Prepare to sell your item
Choose how you want to sell. The basic choice is between a fixed-price sale or an on-line auction. Or you can offer both options (at axtra charge).
Select the category you want your item to appear in. There is a countless choice of categories, but all are represented in a drop down menu.
Before you start to list your item do some research so you'll list accurately and efficiently.
Use the completed listings search to find similar items that have recently sold on eBay.
Notice the starting and ending price of items that have sold successfully and whether they are Auctions or Buy It Now listings.
This information can help you decide how to sell your item.
- Step 3: List your item for sale
Listing details. Information in a typical listing includes a: title, description, price, payment method, shipping cost, and a photo.
Price and postage. The other details to add at this stage are the financial. What’s the auction starting price, and reserve price? How would you like to be paid? And how much do you want for postage?
Learn more about the steps involved in listing an item for sale.
- Step 4: Manage your listing
Track your eBay activities from eBay. This page is especially useful if you have more than one item for sale or if you are selling and bidding on several items.
Answer buyer’s questions. Buyers may email you with questions about the product, it is in your best interest to respond quickly to them. They are clearly interested in buying the product, otherwise they wouldn’t have spent the time emailing you about it. You can respond to their questions and see what each item is going for from your Ebay account.
- Step 5: Complete the sale
At the end of a successful listing you'll receive an email from eBay that includes your buyer's postal address and payment method.
Once you receive payment you can post your item. It is very important to post the item timely to obtain positive feedback. In case of any delays you need to communicate with the buyer via email regularly.
Leaving feedback for your buyer, after you complete the sale, is optional. It is encouraged however as it’s an important part of participating in the eBay Community and will help you establish your reputation as a seller.
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