We’ve all had the income streams that ebb and flow much like the ocean. Sometimes the tide is high and you’re just rolling in dollar bills, much like the couple in Neighbors 2 (seriously, one of my favorite movies, feel free to judge). Instead of one consistent revenue stream, the new normal is to have multiple revenue streams to keep yourself balanced during the slow seasons.
When I first started freelancing in February of 2013, I was in high demand. Finding entrepreneurs to work with and making a steady income that year was not an issue. February of 2014 was a different story. Even though it was the same season when I had been busy, work slowed down, projects weren’t coming in, and I had nothing to do. Thankfully, I had an alternative source of income that kept me balanced while I searched for new projects to work on.
Sometimes, when revenue isn’t flowing the way you’d like, or if the holiday season is creeping around the corner and you need extra funds for gifts, or events like birthdays, weddings, and trips, you’ll want to make some fast cash! Here are the resources I recommend when you need money, like, yesterday!
Do you shop online frequently? If so, make it habit to get cash back. While there are many credit cards that offer cash back, I personally like to stay out of the habit of using credit. Enter the app, Ebates. It’s a Chrome extension which detects you are on a website and tells you how much cash back you could get. Plus it has several other special offers. To date, I’ve already received $20 in cash back on purchases that I’ve made online. Although it feels like you’re getting a paycheck when you get your cash back bonus, it’s actually paying yourself to shop.
Sign up for Ebates here plus you’ll get $10 when you make your first purchase. That’s easy money.
Now, most times you won’t actually want to spend money to make money, and you don’t have to! Sign up to be an affiliate for an entrepreneur your respect, possibility even one you’ve taken a course from.
Affiliate marketing works well if you already have an online tribe or community and can make recommendations to them because they trust you.
Personally, I’m an affiliate for Alex Tooby. I’m in her tribe, interact with her on Instagram, and am a huge fan of her courses. When you use my affiliate like to enroll in one of her two Instagram Marketing Courses: Hashtag Hero or Infamous to Influential, I make money!
It’s nice to see those commission checks roll in each month, but to make it worth your while, you’ll need to be an affiliate for people that have payouts that will be beneficial to you. Personally, if a payout is $50 or more, I’m more likely to be an affiliate.
Interested in being one of my affiliates? Sign up here.
This one is for you if you enjoy driving, have a fantastic driving record and have a newer vehicle. Ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft are seriously competing with taxis and other ride-sharing services.
Immediate out of pocket expenses are as simple as washing and vacuuming out your car. Once you apply, you can be approved in as little as 48 hours and then you’re good to go.
I’m actually an approved driver for Lyft which I use when I’d like to make some extra money and I want that money today. The best part is, you can set your own hours and easily make $100 or more a day. Once you make $50 you can deposit it directly into your bank account.
Personally, I recommend Lyft over Uber any day. With Lyft you have a mentor who will go over the ropes with you, however, neither Lyft, nor Uber are available in every city.
Is caring for others a skill you have? Providing care is also something that earns you quick money when you need it. Whether you’re interested in babysitting, housesitting, or petsitting, there are many people who need someone for one-time services and some who need short-term or long-term care.
Here’s the deal, since I don’t have any kids, I get my parental needs out by nannying for a family each week. They are low key, flexible, and completely get it when I’m out of town every month. While I’m only there a minimum of 4 hours a week, at the end of the month, it adds up. If you’re not particularly fond of kids, look for housesitting or petsitting gigs near you.
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Have you noticed that all of these alternatives include working for other people? You can always say yes or no to any of these, or if you prefer to rent out a room, you can do so. Couchsurfing allows you to network with people who are new to your city and in town for a day or even a couple of days.
Airbnb allows you to become a host and rent out a room, or your entire place if you prefer. Honestly, I haven’t done either of those but I am a member of the Couchsurfing community and I use Airbnb for traveling.
Learn how Airbnb can help you save when you travel.
Have an Event
One of my favorite ways to make extra cash is by having a book signing event. If you sell products, having an event is a fun way to do what you’re passionate about and turn it into funds.
For the most part, whenever I have a book signing or go to a book festival or event, I make at least $100, most times, much more. The audience size doesn’t tend to matter at all, I had an even recently where about 13 people attended, and it still resulted in book sales.
When push comes to solve, get creative with the ways you make money. Remember, money is not a 4 letter word and you have nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to making that extra cash, and making it now.
What creative ways are you making extra money?