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November 30, 2011


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"Become a street performer -- Ha! Really?"

If you have any sort of applicable skill (music performance, juggling, dancing, etc.), busking can bring in some extra money and be more fun than sitting in a room by yourself practicing (not that you don't still need to do that too).

I've found that donating blood/plasma doesn't pay. Sure they'll take it from you but they won't pay you for it, at least in my area. I assume the reasoning is the same as why they don't pay you to give blood, if you need the money that bad, they probably don't want your blood.

When I need a few extra bucks quickly I usually do one of two things; first, I ask friends or family who have kids if they would want a night out to themselves, and offer to babysit for a night. This is the easiest and quickest way to earn some cash, and it goes right into your pocket that night without much effort (unless you're taking care of some brats, in which case the gig might not be ideal). Another is to look through my closet and find some clothes that I either don't want or don't wear anymore, and bring it to a store that buy's and sells used clothes, like Plato's Closet. As long as the items are in good condition, and are somewhat fashionable, you can make some quick cash for simply cleaning out unwanted clothing.

Scalping tickets is not always shady. For instance, in my city scalping is legal, but must be performed off stadium property. They can sell for any price they want (as long as they have a street vendor license which must be displayed. otherwise it must be sold at face value), but it's always negotiable.
Scalping is an example of supply and demand. They take the risk and buy a bunch of tickets and then sell for a markup. Many times the markup fee isn't any more than what you would pay Ticketmaster for their outrageous fees.

Some of these ideas are not money making in my book. Either there needs to be a net gain or an eventual return on investment.

I've done dumpster diving. Not to make money, but to save money by getting things I need out of the dumpster. Hey, free stuff! I once got a really sweet futon from a dumpster.

I've actually considered begging before, but haven't been that hard up...yet.

Selling stuff works only if you have extra stuff to sell. Normally, if you have a ton of stuff that's sellable, you probably don't really need the money in the first place.

I live in a desert right now. Fishing is a no go. But when I was in Florida, I used to try to fish to have something to eat. I decided it wasn't worth it. Once you buy bait and hooks, you really don't save much money if you manage to catch a fish.

I'm not healthy enough to give blood or plasma. Autoimmune disease.

Mow lawns... no lawnmower, so no go.

Selling lemonade? Do people buy lemonade from adults? I know I wouldn't buy lemonade from an adult. I only buy it from kids who are trying to earn money, because they're kids. And even then, I've probably only bought lemonade from a kid's lemonade stand no more than a handful of times in my entire life.

Walking dogs or being an online juror might be good. I've never even heard of online jurors until this post.

I've moonlighted do per diem medical social work. That was fine until managed Medicare came into the picture. But seriously, try to find something you really would like to do then try to do it part time. I'd work part time in a book store, or cooking.

I know my friend has donated plasma for cash. But it was a lengthy process, like an hour or two, and she got like $20. So if you are hard-up, eligible, and got time I guess it works. She didn't do it too many times.

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