In this economy nowadays, who doesn’t want to generate extra cash? Whether you are saving up to afford a year- ender getaway, pay off your debts, or to buy a cool gadget, you’ll need extra money to flow in your account. These are just some ways to increase your income.

Sell old junk

As some people have put it, there’s money in garbage. If you just find the time to ransack your pile of old stuff, you might find items that are actually useful for other people, even if you don’t know it. You may want to visit the junk shop and sell your broken electronics, old newspapers, and empty bottles. You may want to clean your closet and put those clothes that don’t fit you anymore into a yard sale. You can also sell old furniture, toys, and mobile phones in online auctions such as Ebay or Craigslist. The possibilities are endless. What you need is to start looking and think twice before throwing an item.

Rent out a room or parking space

If you have an unused spare room in the house, you can turn this space into money and rent it out. You may also want to turn it into an office. Likewise, if you live near a crowded and well visited landmark, you can rent your parking space to visitors and tourists. It’s like finding a gold mine in your yard without much effort.

Babysit

One of the simplest ways to earn extra cash is to babysit for a family or neighbor. Maybe your cousins will go out of town and no one will look after the kids. You may not make it a full time job if you don’t want to, but a few hours every now and then can surely add up.

Work online

Many people are not aware of it, but there’s money in the internet. Instead of doing your usual browsing for free, why not earn money in the process? Most of you may not be aware of it, but you can actually get paid for doing things that you already do, like answering surveys, reading emails, and online shopping. Why not get paid for these activities? You can also buy things that you already use online and get rebates from them. Although there are some sites which are scams, there are lots which are actually legitimate.

Start a home based business

If you love staying indoors and you have a certain passion, like cooking for example, you can turn this into a real business. You can offer to cater at a neighbor’s party, and showcase your dishes. Many people might actually notice your cooking and you can begin to expand through word of mouth.

Swap your talents

The best way to earn for free, is to sell your talent or knowledge. Perhaps you are good with words, maybe you can work as a part- time writer. Or if you have a to- die for recipe, you can trade this for a job around the house, so you won’t need to pay for the services.