No matter what you want to do in life sadly it often times requires money. In my case I need money to backpack around the world. If you are like me you live on a set income provided by your employer. No matter what you are saving for in order to reach that goal you have to make sacrifices and cut backs on things you used to splurge on. I made a lot of cut backs and have done pretty good on maintaining them. Well except for the time I got home drunk and splurged on Amazon.
Their comes a time though when you get addicted & want to save/make more money but its not like you can go up to your boss and demand a raise. So instead get creative and make money other ways. These are a few ways that I was able to make an extra $1568.00 aside from my job.
BABYSIT – $220.00
If you are serious about saving you are probably already spending the weekends at home doing nothing. Why not let your friends & family that have kids know that if they need a babysitter you are free. While you babysit you can work on your laptop and tweet the whole time like I do. Oh & if the person you are babysitting follows you on twitter expect a tweet saying to get off twitter and watch the kid (Yvette, I love you).
CUT GRASS (YARDS) – $65.00
I don’t think I had done this much work outside since well I can’t remember. I started as summer was coming to an end so only got to cut my neighbors yard twice. I don’t own a lawnmower so I borrowed my dads. If you have access to one and it is summer go around asking your neighbors if they need there yard cut.
SELL YOUR STUFF – $1283.00
This is the easiest way to make some cash fast. It seems like planning a RTW (round the world) trip automatically makes you a minimalist. I know it has made me one. Look around and get rid of everything you don’t need. Once you do that you will realize that half the stuff you own is junk and you aren’t even using it. I am going to breakdown the contents that make up the total of $1283.00.
DVDS – $478.00
I had an extensive DVD collection. I got rid of over 300 DVDs and I know I spent at least $10-$20 for each of them. Don’t do the math because you will cry (I almost did) at how much I spent on them. List them on Craigslist (just be VERY carful) or let your friends/coworkers know. If you are going to have a place to keep your stuff while you are gone, only keep your favorite ones.
CLOTHES – $100.00
Go through your closet and get rid of all the clothes you have not used in the past 6 months or in my case that also doesn’t fit you anymore. Chances are if you haven’t used it in the past 6 months you are never going to use it again. MAJOR TIP: before selling them in a garage sale take them to thrift stores that buy clothes (BLACKBIRD, TAXI TAXI, BUFFALO EXCHANGE). They will give you more money for the clothes than you will get in a garage sale.
GARAGE SALE – $305.00
After you gather everything you want to get rid of, get with other friends and have a garage sale. I was lucky enough to meet Jenny from Where is Jenny through twitter and we were on the same mission to get rid of junk and travel the world. She was getting rid of all her stuff so she made more money then I did. I just got rid the stuff I no longer needed. I sold a lot of clothes & DVDs in the garage sale and it is included in this total.
LAPTOP – $400
I loved my DELL but I had been convinced by a few people to upgrade to an Apple Macbook PRO. On Black Friday Apple had $100 off so I went ahead and bought it. I am glad I did because I LOVE it. Since I got my new laptop I would no longer need my old one so I sold it.
That is how I was able to make an extra $1568.00. That is a lot of money that can be spent on travel or even your pre travel expenses (I will be writing about that soon). I hope this will help you make some extra money for whatever it is you are saving for. What are ways you have gotten creative to make extra money?