Keeping up with the cost of living is a challenge that most of us face at some point or other. Maybe you have bills piling up, rent’s around the corner or there’s a creditor calling, leaving you stressed out and unsure how you’re ever going to get ahead again.
If you’re looking for ways to make extra money fast, we’ve put together 17 easy solutions that are perfect for everyday Aussies. Not only are they completely legal but they don’t require hefty start up costs, so you can start working towards financial freedom, today!
Open an Etsy store
If you have a creative hobby such as drawing, making clothes or taking great photos, why not open a store on Etsy and join one of the world’s largest independent selling communities? With Etsy, you can make some quick cash by selling your unique items online through a platform of engaged and active buyers. Best of all, you’ll have full control of pricing and how much money you make.
You’ll be amazed at the global demand for handmade gift ideas, so even if you’re not a traditional creative, you can still try your hand at making christmas decorations, greetings cards or even sell off any vintage items you have around the house.
Do surveys online
While doing online surveys won’t make you rich, they are an easy way to make money, especially if you have spare time on your hands. Companies such as Opinion World Australia and Swagbucks are hired by brands to find out more about consumers. All you have to do is register with them online to get started. Keep in mind though that you’re only likely to make a few dollars per survey, and in some cases you may be paid in gift vouchers or by collecting points.
Start a blog for profit
If you have an interest in a particular topic or get a kick out of writing, why not start a blog? Blogging is a low-risk side business that doesn’t cost you anything to get started. Don’t expect advertisers to start beating down your door as soon as you start, but if you have something genuinely interesting to share with the world, chances are you’ll start to gain some momentum that could lead to a great profit turner down the track.
Become a product tester
Before a product is launched to market, research companies look for feedback from everyday consumers, to ensure that their commodity will be profitable.
To get that feedback, brands use product testers to give their opinion in exchange for free products or money (and sometimes both). You could test anything from homewares to new products, make up and even entertainment consoles.
To get started, sign up with a whole bunch of sites to increase your chances of being chosen. Home Tester Club is a great place to start.
Sell your old stuff on Gumtree
If you’ve got unused goods hanging around the house, don’t let them just sit there! One of the easiest ways to make money fast is to go digging for old items you no longer need and set up an add for them on Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace. As a tip, one of the best selling categories on Gumtree is old technology. Items like mobile phones and laptops are in hot demand from general consumers and businesses who buy them to restore and sell on.
Do odd jobs on Airtasker
If you’re struggling with employment right now, Airtasker is an amazing resource that can help you find odd jobs and connect you with a large community of people looking for your services. For some people, Airtasker is their full-time job because it’s a reliable place for making easy money.
Jobs like building flatpack furniture, house cleaning, helping people move, designing a website, or mowing lawns are all great examples of what you can do in exchange for people’s cash. All you have to do is sign up, and either advertise your skills or answer ads posted by the platform’s users.
Start a dog walking business
People are busy. And sometimes this means they don’t have the opportunity to walk their four legged friends as much as they’d like to. Because of this, a great market for professional or casual dog walkers has sprung up across Australia. If you love dogs and are after a flexible gig that can easily turn into regular bookings, check out websites like Mad Paws to start booking your first jobs!
Offer digital services of Fivver
If you have skills in writing, social media marketing, graphic design or translating, signing up to a freelance service like Fivver could be a great way to start making money quickly. Essentially businesses put jobs out to tender or find your work through the platform, and the more jobs you successfully complete, the better your chances of securing more work. If you’re not sure what your freelancing skill is, try your hand at services like audio transcribing or data entry.
Get a roommate
While this won’t be suitable for every situation, if you are experiencing financial stress, sharing your space with a roommate can really help to keep your expenses down and help you pay off rent or your mortgage. Roommates can also split your bill costs and share your grocery expenses, making it a quick way to save money.
Wash or detail cars
While everyone wants their car to look shiny and new, finding the time and motivation to detail and wash it yourself means that many car owners will hire someone to do the job for them. If you’re looking for a way to make easy money fast, this is a great way to do it. Advertise to family and friends on social media or on local community pages. All you need is some cleaning products and you’re ready to go!
Rent out a parking spot
If you live in an urban area or near a public transport station, you’d be amazed at how much money you can make from renting out your spare parking spot to a local commuter. Websites like Parkhound and Findacarpark.com.au are dedicated to helping connect those who are leasing car spots and those looking for them. Some spaces can go for hundreds of dollars a month, so it’s worth checking out.
Rent your car out with Car Next Door
If you don’t use your car often, don’t watch on as one of your most valuable assets sits there collecting dust. Especially when you can be making fast and easy money by putting it up for rent on Car Next Door.
Just as Uber revolutionised the concept of ride sharing, Car Next Door takes it one step further and allows everyday people to share their cars when they’re not using them. Not only can you make easy money quickly but the company will fully insure your car and offer 24/7 roadside assistance to ensure that your vehicle is completely protected.
As long as there are busy parents, there’s a need for someone to take care of their children. This makes babysitting or nannying a great and reliable way to make money for people who are good with kids and can pass a Working with Children background check. If you don’t have friends or family in need of a sitter, try registering with a trusted website like Sittr, who will connect you with families in your local area.
Cut your subscriptions back
We may feel like we can’t live without our endless subscriptions like Netflix, Spotify and even gym memberships, but do you really need them right now? If you’re in financial trouble and need to make money quickly, putting a pause or cancelling some of these services can make a big difference in your overall financial position.
Speaking to your phone provider and utility services about your situation could also help you secure some financial relief if you are in a desperate situation.
Have a free financial consultation with an expert
While all these strategies are a great way to make money easily, if you are experiencing financial stress and are burdened with debt, it may be ideal to reach out for a free financial consultation with a Debt Negotiators expert.
For years we’ve been helping Aussies get back on their feet with practical, professional and non-judgemental debt relief plans that work.
For your free consultation, get in touch with the team today.