After Christmas, we are all a little strapped.
Thanks mostly to the advent of the internet, it has never been easier to make a little bit of money on the side.
Theoretically you could make extra money by having a successful blog, YouTube channel or Instagram account, but the competition is fierce and you’d have to put in a lot of work in order to build up any kind of following.
These options don’t require you to give up a full-time job or all of your free time. And by the end, you could have some money to treat yo’self.
1. Look through your attic/garage
Did you know that you can make a mint selling rare Pokémon cards that are still in good condition? Or that Beanie Babies fulfilled their promise and finally became worth something? Or that a Nintendo World Championships game cartridge recently made headlines after it sold for $100,000?
Chances are you have a goldmine in old toys hidden away somewhere.
2. Sell your second-hand books/CDs/DVDs to Chapters
Chapters on Parnell Street has a second-hand department which will take your old books, CDs and DVDs.
They've the usual restrictions on what they accept, such as no rips, tears, stains, broken bindings or loose pages. They will give either cash or vouchers to use in-store, but will give less monetary value when giving cash.
Of course, you can also sell these items on eBay.
3. Get rid of your designer gear
Siopaella is an Irish consignment shop. You can exchange your items for cash, part of the profits from the sale (previously, around 20%), or store credit. However, they’re only looking for very expensive items, like Chanel handbags.
You can obviously also sell these items on eBay as well.
4. Sell your designs online
If you’re the kind of creative person that’s constantly putting together thoughtful hand-made gifts for people, you could use your skills to make some money on sites like Etsy.
5. Do local jobs
Maybe it’s old fashioned, but one of the most reliable ways to make money is to do jobs for people in your community, whether that’s babysitting, house-sitting, dog walking or garden work.
Despite the advent of Craiglist, probably the best way to connect with people is still to put up a notice on the board of the local supermarket or to drop flyers around door to door.
6. Do online surveys
Sites like MySurvey and Europinions seem legit. The catch is it seems like you need to put in a lot of time in order to earn even a little bit, but it's definitely one of the easiest ways I've seen to make money.
7. Give grinds
It doesn’t cost you anything to register as a tutor on TutorHub.ie, and you may get some extra money out of it.
8. Rent your spare room with Airbnb
If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room, why not use it as a way to earn some extra money and meet new people from all over the globe?