In these tough economic times, sometimes the only way for many of us to stay current on our bills is to find another source of income. Whether you are someone with a job who is looking for a way to earn extra income, or a stay-at-home mom looking for a way to supplement her husband's income, it often isn't feasible for you to take on a second job. Below is a list of ways you can earn extra money in your spare time without getting a second job.
Enroll in eHow's Writers Compensation Program. If you are an American citizen with a social security number and a PayPal account, simple go to eHow.com and sign up for the program. In your spare time, write a few articles and wait for the residual income to start rolling in. It may take a few months for you to start earning a decent amount, but it's not uncommon for writers with a sizable library of articles to earn $200+ per month.
Sell your platelets. This may sound gross to many people, but you can earn extra money while also helping people. If you are in good health, you can sell your platelets up to 24 times per year. It takes 1-2 hours to complete the donation, but most blood centers will pay you $50-$70 per donation. Over the course of a year, that's an extra $1200-$1400.
Babysit on weekends or evenings. Many adults don't bother babysitting because this was something they did as a teenager, but many parents will pay $15 per hour for an adult to watch their child. If you limit your availability to evenings and smaller children, you will find that the child you are babysitting will be sleeping most of the time you are there, freeing you up to watch movies or television. Instead of watching television at home and earning nothing, you are now earning $15 per hour to do it.
Take online surveys. Be careful with this one, because there are many scams out there. Keep in mind that you should never have to pay to receive surveys by e-mail. You should also spend a few minutes searching the internet to find out which ones are legitimate. You may only earn $1-$5 per survey, but it quickly adds up.
Sell your unwanted items on eBay, craigslist, or other internet sites. If something is laying around your house collecting dust, why not sell it? Sites such as eBay reach a large audience, but you have to pay a listing fee to the company even if the item doesn't sell. Sites such as craigslist are free, but your buyers a typically limited to those in your local market.
For babysitting, you can advertise yourself for free on craiglist, or pay a small fee to sites such as care.com or sittercity. When selling items locally, try to meet the buyer at a public place.