If you are like me, you have probably stepped over a penny, or two, while out and about. Stop ignoring money! Every penny counts, so pick it up and stash it in a big jar. Once your jar is full you can go to your local bank or grocery store, where they should have a coin star machine, and you get bills for your coins. The machines usually charge seven or eight cents on the dollar, but it's worth the convenience as some banks do not accept rolled or loose coins.
Do you know anybody who drinks a lot of canned soda, or who eats a lot of canned fruits, veggies, and soups? I do, and it's my mother. She stacks her used cans in her garage for me. I pick them up once a month and take them to my local scrap metal recycling plant and exchange them for cash. It's not a lot of money, but it's more than what I started with. If you don't have someone to collect cans for you, find out when recycling day is in your neighborhood. You can scavenge for your neighbors cans! I also like to dumpster dive, and if I'm at a gas station where the trash is overflowing, I will get the cans that are easy to reach. People will stare, but what's free is free and they are haters if they frown on what you are doing.
Many neighborhoods have arts markets that are held every weekend, or maybe once, or twice, a month. Sign up to be a vendor. Sell your salsa or your amazing cakes. Not into food items? Sell your psychic abilities or paint kids faces. At my local market, soap shops, hand bag makers, and local musicians do very well.
Everyone loves a good party. You don't even have to be a professional event planner to offer your services. There are many party planning tools and templates that are free and easy to use, and can be found at places like Target or Walmart. All you need to do is advertise and get organized. Ask a friend to use their back yard to stage a photo shoot for an outdoor birthday, and, abracadabra, you've got something to show a potential client. If doing this makes you uncomfortable, you can always intern at and event planning firm. They always need plenty of free help, and it's a good learning experience to get your feet wet, and to get an idea about what to expect from your customers and your competition.
There are countless websites in the world wide web that offer small amounts of money for random thoughts, opinions, and expertise on many topics. You will not get rich quick freelancing, but you may find something that is good supplemental income. Lots of sites pay between three cents to three dollars per word.
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