Almost everyone can use a little more cash in their pocket from time to time. As we pointed out in the article “ 50 Ways to Make a Fast $50 ,” expenses can arrive when you least expect — and often at the least convenient time:
Whatever the reason, we have a slew of unusual ways for you to bring in extra cash.
Sell your body
No, not that way!
Instead, sell your plasma or even your hair. Either can be legally sold for money. Unfortunately, the government frowns on you selling a kidney — something about ethics, I hear. (In fact, it’s illegal.)
Plasma will garner you pocket change, while there are big bucks to be made with the right hair.
Participate in a clinical trial
Do your part for science and earn some cash on the side by participating in a clinical trial.
Clinical trials are often intended for people who have specific medical conditions in the hopes of seeing how they respond to new treatments. However, some clinical trials also recruit healthy adults as a control group.
If you don’t mind being a guinea pig, you can find clinical trials by searching on ClinicalTrials.gov . Use the advanced search feature to find trials that accept healthy volunteers.
Round up scrap metal
If you have access to a truck or trailer, you can collect old metal items and head to your local scrap yard.
You need to do a little research to learn which items can be scrapped and where to find them. But this can be a lucrative niche for those who know what they’re doing.
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Walk some dogs — or clean up after them
Spread the word to family and friends that you are available for dog-walking services for pay.
You can also join a website like
Rover.com or Thumbtack.com , post an ad on Craigslist or contact local kennels to see if they need anyone to exercise the canines under their care.
Get creative and open an online store
Various types of websites make it simple to create designs or products and then market your wares. To learn more, check out “ 4 Ways Creative People Can Make Money Online .”
Additionally, online marketplaces for freelancers, such as Fiverr.com and
Thumbtack , enable you to sell your creative skills themselves rather than a product.
Become a translator
If you’re multilingual, you’re a hot commodity. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that interpreters and translators belong to one of the fasting-growing occupations in the nation. Demand for these professionals is expected to jump more than 28 percent from 2014 to 2024.
Of course, you can still make money off your talents without working full-time as a translator. Advertise locally or work on a contract basis through marketplaces like Fiverr , Guru ,
Thumbtack and Upwork. Or check out
Gengo , which is solely for freelance translators.
Make money with your phone
You’re attached to your phone 24/7, so why not let it make a little money for you?
We’ve got a big list of apps that can make your smartphone a money machine.
Be a tutor
Flip items on eBay