5 Easy Ways to Make Money Even if You're Unemployed!

As unemployment continues to rise, everyone is looking for other ways to bring in some money while still searching for another job. Although a job is the conventional way to earn money, sometimes you need to think outside the box or search outside your comfort zone in order to try something new and bring in a little bit of money to help you out.

1. Recycle
Think about how many bottles and cans you throw away every single day. Collecting these in your garage or basement and then taking them to a grocery store or another location that has recycling machines can bring in a little bit of money. Although five cents here and there may not seem like much, it can definitely add up more quickly than you think. Some bottles are even worth a quarter!

2. Babysitting
Everyone needs a babysitter. Sometimes it helps if you have experience, but if you know families that need a babysitter you should definitely ask around. People would rather hire someone they know than strangers so if you have friends with kids offer to look after them while they go out for a night. Or if you have family members, offering up your services for a small charge can be beneficial to both you and them!

3. EBay/Craigslist
People are looking for any types of deals right now. You may have some “junk” lying around your house that is someone else’s treasure. Never throw something away without trying to put in on EBay or craigslist in order to make some money first. People buy anything and everything if the price is right. With the current economy, people are even beginning to look on these websites for clothes that others are willing to sell at a discounted price. Try your luck…you might earn more money than you ever anticipated. Just remember that when you do post items, we are in a recession so don’t make your price too high. If you were going to throw it away anyway, any little bit of money helps!

4. Garage Sales
Couldn’t sell your items on EBay or craigslist? Well, don’t give up just yet! There is a huge population of Baby Boomers that do not necessarily like to use websites like these. There are also a lot of people who enjoy searching out deals at garage sales. It doesn’t cost you anything to set up a garage sale, just some time and maybe a poster or two (think big and think arrows!) to hang up. Spring and summer weekends are great for garage sales.

5. Substitute Teaching
Although this is not guaranteed, since nobody knows when they might need a substitute teacher, having this as an opportunity to earn money can be great. You do not need a teaching degree to be a substitute teacher. Plus, there are many benefits of having this job: you may only have to be at school for a few periods, but often you get paid for a whole day. Also, the hours are great! Since you are not a full-time teacher, you do not have to stay after school for extra help.

These suggestions may not bring in as much money as a full or part time job would, but they will definitely help you out a little bit while you are searching for a job. Don’t just give up! Searching for a job can take up a lot of your time, but trying out some of the above can be a little bit of a pick-me-up, and the money can help you with those bills that keep coming regardless of your current employment situation.

~Featured Author: Geezeo.com


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