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6 Surefire Ways To Make Extra Money Fast

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Whether you need extra money to pay off debt, deposit into your savings account, or simply make ends meet, there are many ways you can get started earning cash today. These businesses do not require any special skills or knowledge. In addition, you can start on a shoestring budget because they can be advertised inexpensively via fliers and free Craigslist ads.

Here is a list of some of the best business ideas to get you started:

  1. Dog waste removal: Yes, it is a dirty job but somebody’s got to do it and it pays well. People just don’t have the time or desire to pick up dog waste. Make fliers and put them up on bulletin boards or telephone poles at popular dog parks around the area where you’d like to operate. Pet stores and veterinarians’ offices are also good places to leave business cards or fliers.
  2. Christmas lights installation: If you aren’t afraid of heights, this is an excellent quick cash business that is easy to start. Many homeowners don’t have the time or desire to spend their weekend dealing with Christmas lights and would be happy to pay a professional to handle it. You can make very good money installing Christmas lights, and once you start getting clients the word will spread like wildfire and you should have plenty of business to stay busy for the season.
  3. Hauling: If you have a truck or a trailer, hauling is an excellent way to make money quickly. Make sure you check into the fees at your local dump so you can be sure not to undercharge your clients. In addition, get a list of any items that the dump will not accept so you don’t get stuck with items that you cannot dispose of. One of the perks of having a hauling business is that you will often end up with items that you can sell. Metal items can be sold for scrap instead of taken to the dump, for example.
  4. Buy and sell Craigslist items: Check Craigslist for items that people are giving away for free. Contact the seller right away and go pick up the item.  If the item needs any cleaning, painting, or repair that you can do yourself, this will increase your selling price when you re-post. Take good, clear photos of the item and list it for sale in the appropriate category.
  5. Dog walking/sitting: You can start this business by posting fliers at parks, pet stores, and veterinarians’ offices. In many areas, dog walkers are so busy that they actually have to turn away new clients.
  6. Lawn mowing: This is a classic business model that works for kids and adults alike. If you already have a lawnmower and a truck or trailer, you can get started making a very good hourly rate by mowing lawns. During the Fall you can add raking and leaf removal to your services.

These are all easy businesses to start and they will generate cash quickly. The best thing to do now is choose one and get started.

 

By Craig Timmins

Thanks to Craig from SellCell.com for providing these practical ideas to help earn yourself a few more bucks. You can also trade in old iPhones with Sell Cell to make even more money for yourself this Christmas time.

 

The 16 Worst Types of Selfies

A cool self portrait.

A cool selfie.

Hello, cyber friends. I would like to address something that is causing me great anxiety and has become the bastard child of social media. Now don’t get me right, I love social media. Twitters, The Facebook, Instantgrams, Youporn–they are all amazing and consume just about 90% of my waking hours. However, with the good comes the bad. A dark side of social media has evolved. And I don’t mean FEM/DOMS on Craigslist; I am talking annoyances such as The Poke, Farmville, #VineAfterDark (please don’t look at that), political rants, #blessed humble brags, potty training posts, and so forth. But there is one granddaddy of them all that sucks mud. I am talking about the offspring of asshole and douchebag: The SELFIE.

Read more and see examples via The 16 Worst Types of Selfies | Witty + Pretty.

Funny Grammar From Craigslist – The Best Of The Best

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Craigslist is a great resource for people to find a variety of local items, events and jobs. By posting a simple ad on the site, you can sell items you no longer need, buy items you want at a cheaper price, find jobs or gigs, hire people for jobs or gigs, find places to live and much more.

When posting an ad on Craigslist, it’s important to take the time to proofread your work to ensure it’s grammatically and contextually accurate. If you make major grammatical mistakes, you could end up on a blog post like this, which showcases the best of the best funny grammatical mistakes found on Craigslist.

White Girl’s Dresser

When describing the item in the subject area of the Craigslist post, this individual turned an innocent white dresser into a racist comment. The subject states, “Free White Girl’s Dresser”. Yes, the poster was obviously trying to state they had a free dresser that was white in color and meant for a girl. Unfortunately the post came out sounding as if they were getting rid of a dresser made intentionally for Caucasian girls.

Bear Legs

Some people use Craigslist to try and find that one cute person they saw at some point in his or her lifetime, but if you’re going to do this, make sure that you learn from this guy’s mistakes. When you’re describing the individual you want to meet, you should compliment them. Instead of saying “bare legs”, this guy wrote “bear legs”, which in turn made people think that this poor woman was walking around with extremely hairy legs.

Too Many Mistakes

There’s a difference between having one or two grammatical/spelling mistakes in your Craigslist ad and having a plethora of mistakes. In this ad, the poster wanted to trade his “Caddy Suvill” for another car, but “Seville” was not the only thing this poster spelled wrong.

Apparently, the individual looking for a new car is not the only Craigslist poster with a poor knack for spelling and grammar. Another case of too many mistakes falls in the hands of this poster who is looking to sell his sailboat. One sentence of the ad states that the boat is “canfortobol” and “wery clin”. Unfortunately it just gets worse from there.

If you truly want to sell your item or find exactly what you’re looking for on Craigslist, it’s important that you take the time to ensure your ad is grammatically correct. All of these ads show that a lack of effort will not only confuse your audience, but it will turn your ad into an Internet sensation for being one of the worst ads ever posted on the site. All of the aforementioned posts could have been completely avoided with one simple step—they could have used a grammar checker. If you’re going to post an ad on Craigslist, do yourself a favor and take the time to check your writing before you post.

Christina Parker is a frequent Craigslist shopper an avid blogger. She enjoys writing about shopping and childcare in her free time.

Solo Parenting: Tight Budget? Barter!

As much as solo parents face emotional problems dealing with the absence of Dad (or Mom, if the solo parent is a widowed or custodial father), not all problems that challenge solo parents are of the interpersonal variety. Some are practical…like the shortage of funds that is frequently more severe in a one-parent family.

These days it seems that everyone is feeling the pinch…but, as usual, the problem tends to be more severe when there is only one wage-earner, and especially when she needs to also pay for child care while she’s out earning those precious dollars. But even if your kids are old enough that you don’t need daycare or after-school care for them, money is likely still an issue.

An old-fashioned approach to this problem still is very valid in today’s society: barter. And it solves not only financial issues but other issues as well, such as a shortage of time or talents.

Shortage of time? Yes. Suppose you feel you don’t have the time to clean the house thoroughly every week and work 9-to-5 and help the kids with their homework and cook nutritious meals and balance the checkbook and pay the bills and spend at least a little quality time with the kids…never even mind having some “me-time” just for yourself? What if you could get someone to clean the house for you? Or cook dinners? Again, money figures into the equation: Most any service is available for those well-heeled enough to pay for it, but you may not be related to Donald Trump or have access to Warren Buffet’s wallet.

You can barter for the services you need. Is there something you can do, create, or otherwise trade for the services of someone who can in return clean the house or make dinners for you? Now, of course it’s likely to take some of your time to perform the service you’re trading, but maybe that will take place at a more convenient time for you. Maybe it’s not that you lack time altogether to do the task you’re looking for help with. Maybe you just don’t have time to make dinner when you first get home from work, if the kids are little and you want them to be in bed early, but you have time later in the evening during which you could do some sewing on your machine for a friend in trade for her delivering prepared home-cooked dinners for you five days a week. Or maybe your workday ends at 3 PM and you could watch the kids after school for another friend, along with your own kids, in trade for her cleaning your house thoroughly on Saturdays while you go out grocery-shopping and doing errands.

Shortage of talents? Yes. Maybe your problem isn’t a shortage of time so much as a lack of skills at sewing the kids’ clothes, painting the house, grooming the dog, or doing some other task. Again, these are skills that can be hired if you have ample money at your disposal, but these days few of us do, especially solo parents. So rather than strain the budget, botch the job doing it yourself, or go without, see if you can barter.

Finding a bartering partner

How do you find a bartering partner? Start with the people you know. Who among your friends or acquaintances can create or repair those clothes, clean your house, install that new garbage disposal, paint your living room, groom your dog, or perform whatever other task you need? Be ready with an offer of your own in return: What can you offer to make or do for this other person? Have several suggestions in mind in case the first one is rejected. The person you tap to barter with may be amenable to a bartering arrangement in principle but not in need of the first thing you suggest trading for. If Sonja is willing to clean out your garage but doesn’t want an apple cake every week for four weeks in return, what else can you offer her in trade? Can you tutor her son in math? Can you help her write her résumé if she’s seeking a better job?

If none of your friends or acquaintances is interested in bartering or is able to provide the specific service you need, enlarge your scope. Try advertising on CraigsList, on a community bulletin board (literal or online), using word of mouth (asking friends and acquaintances whom they know who might be able to provide the needed service), or you might even consider setting up a barter exchange organization in your community and becoming your own first client.

Too, if the service you want to have performed for you is something that might be performed by a business owned by a sole proprietor, try approaching the business owner with a bartering proposition. If a company is a Megacorp-type with a board of directors and stockholders (public or privately held), forget about it. But remember, some corporations and LLCs are simply legal protection sheltering a sole owner or, perhaps, a pair of partners or a mom-and-pop operation. So don’t let the fact that Pete’s Plumbing is owned by Plumbing Specialists, Inc. dissuade you from making your proposition to them. The sole stockowners in Plumbing Specialists, Inc. might be Pete and his partner or Pete and his wife…or just Pete himself.

In this tight economy, Pete’s Plumbing, Housepainters Deluxe, and various other service providers are likely struggling to make their own ends meet, and while they’d love a cash-paying customer, if you can provide a service (or item) in return for their services, and it’s one they want or need, they may be very happy to be able to get it without a cash outlay. Can you design or write advertising materials for them, clean their offices, write a commercial jingle, or provide any other service for their business (or possibly for their home), in return for their doing some work for you?

I have heard from more than one person whose father was a doctor in “the old days” and accepted chickens or slabs of bacon in payment for their fees. While it’s rare anymore to find a physician who’ll barter his or her professional service for other services, let alone for food, many other types of service providers may be agreeable to that kind of arrangement.

You never know till you try.

Bartering—it’s an idea from the past whose time has come again, and it can be a particular boon to the solo parent with just one household income and one set of skills (yours) in the home. Try it.

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