What could you do to make an extra $200? There are lots of ways to generate cash in a hurry. Try it.
Times are tough right now and holidays are right around the corner and so are lots of expenses. Every one of us is scratching our heads and trying to figure out ways to bring in some extra cash. You may need extra money to buy gifts or just to pay the rent.
Even if you work full time or are working part-time in three jobs, like many of my friends, you still need some extra cash now and then. Maybe you need to “pay someone else” or maybe you realize it is time to “pay yourself in the retirement or emergency fund.”
Creative Ways To Generate Cash
In our family with six kids there were many weekends where we all worked on a project to make extra cash for something special or even to buy groceries. We have a list of about 20 things we did to make an extra $200 in a weekend.
Then, our kids thought we were the meanest parents in the world. But now, they all have entrepreneurial skills and never lack for a job. Employers are always impressed by how hard-working and diligent they are, no matter what the task or assignment is.
Top 3 Ways To Earn $200 in a Weekend
Here are some ideas that we have used and I am going to be blogging about more daily at http://www.judyhwright.com so be sure and check it out. Find your sweet spot of talent, skill, effort and end product, and your family will be $200 richer by next week.
Top 3 Ways To Earn $200 This Weekend
1. Sell “stuff” on Craig’s list, eBay, etsie or your online classified listing. It is amazing what people are looking for and willing to buy. You bought it once and so will they. Look around your house and office and spend a few minutes taking a photo, writing a compelling review listing all the features, benefits and reasons for selling.
This week, I have sold a camera that I hated because I couldn’t figure it out, a long dress coat (that I had bought at a thrift shop) and a teapot that once belonged to a relative.
Bingo…I made $187.
I am comfortable having people coming to my home, but my friend Tee always has people meet her in the Costco parking lot. We both ask for cash.
2. Sell at craft and art shows. In order to make a profit from a handmade or wholesale product the markup is four times what it cost you to produce. So if you buy a bunch of earrings online for $1.00 then you have to sell them for at least $4.00 to cover costs and make a profit.
Many new entrepreneurs forget to figure in their time. If you make jewelry while you are watching a movie, then you can figure a lower hourly “wage.” If what you are doing is labor and time intensive, you should be figuring a salary to cover your costs.
My friend Kay loves to take photos and so she has them printed on cardstock and sells them as cards, singly or in a package. She buys the envelopes wholesale and can usually sell $300 to $400 worth in a heavily trafficked art show. She also sells them online but figures in the cost of mailing and time to go to post office etc.
It is getting competitive to get into art shows and craft venues, so plan ahead and have your products ready to go.
PS: Stand up and greet every person with a smile. You want them to buy your products as a gift, so give them a gift of being proud of your product.
3. Do services for others. In my blog posts, I am going to go into greater detail about the many ways you can profit from doing something you like to do that others don’t. Most people take it for granted they are handy, organized, good cooks, know how to clean a house, wash windows, plan a party, clean a garage, detail a car etc.
Trust me, not everyone knows how to do those things and would willing pay to have you perform your service for their benefit.
A nephew has a small pickup and advertised that “Have Muscles & Truck-Will Help You Move” He worked during the week, but could usually pick up a couple of hundred on a Saturday helping people move from one house to another. He even sub-contracted with his girl friends to help people pack for a fee.
See Solutions Where Others See Problems
What could you and your family do to bring in an additional $200 this weekend? Brainstorm some ideas, set an intention and get to work. We all have choices and those who are happiest in life are those who choose to be pro-active and go after their goals.
You can do it. I have confidence in you. Be sure to claim your free ebook on Using Encouraging Words. You will be glad you did.