Cash Under Your Nose – 3 Easy Ways to Make Money From Your Home

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As a new mom of a toddler, I learned how expensive a child can be. The extra cash I had before my son was born for pedicures, manicures and hair appointments disappeared to fund my son’s necessities. As a woman, I could not afford to let myself go, so I had to find ways to pay for my pedicures, manicures and hair appointments. You can do all these things yourself to save cost, but if you are not gifted in these areas you need a professional.

Here are three techniques that worked for me, and I know it will work for you too.

#3 – Look at pennies differently – Have you heard of the saying, “Pennies make dollars” or “Trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents”? Well, I find these sayings to be true.

Last year, I save $30 in pennies in one month. It was not much, but I was able to treat myself without going into my account.

Challenge: Try saving your pennies one month and see how much you saved. If you want to step it up a notch, save nickels and dimes too! I don’t recommend saving quarters, because temptation will rise to dip in and out the jar. Once you see how much pennies you saved in one month, see if you can save for six months or a year.

Where to find pennies;

– Everywhere! Look around your house, in your couch, in old coats and pants pockets, etc. You will be surprised how much pennies you can find.
– Ask close family and friends as well (my mom gave me $12 worth of pennies to help me with my savings).

#2- Sell what you don’t use – Yes ladies, this may mean to sell clothes, accessories, shoes, appliances and more. If you have not used them for 6 months or more, you need to get rid of it. Think of it as getting your money back or some of your money back. Letting go and selling the things you do not use is a healthy experience. 1- You will be helping someone buy something they need at a discount price and 2- You are conquering the battle to let things go emotionally.

I sold my Sons Eddie Bauer heavy duty stroller and car seat on Craigslist. I paid a little over $200 for it but since I used it a few times, I sold both items together for $125. In actuality, I only paid about $85 for my son’s name brand stroller and car seat. I thought of it as getting a partial refund from the price I paid.

Note: If you list your items and no one purchase them, don’t give up. Check your price and see if it was too high. Then list again. Someone will find treasure in your unwanted items.

Challenge: Go through your closet, home and garage. See what you don’t use anymore. Then write a list of your items with the price you would sell them for. Be realistic in your prices. For example, when you buy something out the store the value depreciates and automatically goes down. So, if you brought a item five years ago for $200 and it looks like its been used often but is in great condition, instead of selling it for what you paid for it ($200) sell it for $100 to $150 depending on how good it looks.

Places to sell your items;

– Have a garage sell
– List on Craigslist.org (take detailed pictures)
– Sell on eBay (take detailed pictures)
– Or any place or website that would take used items

#1- Turn your passion into cash – This will bring you the most cash. For example, if your passion is baking cookies, have a bake sale in your community. If you love to sew, make clothes for people. Whenever you enjoy doing something, it should be done often. This will keep you joyful inside.

Five years ago, I took a weekend trip by myself to Atlanta directly after work on a Friday evening. I wanted to escape New York and just relax for the weekend. While, in the hotel room I wrote down what I liked to do in life. This was a time when I was searching for something exciting to do with my life. One of the things I wrote down was that I liked sweets. Hours went by and I decided to go to the mall. I came across a newsstand and decided to go in and look for a good magazine to take back to the hotel. When I got back, I began to read the magazine and found a ad for a franchise that deal with personalize candy bar wrappers. I knew this was something I would be interested in because I love sweets. I have been personalizing candy bar wrappers ever since (www.everydayssundae.com).

Challenge: Write down what your passions are. It can be one word phrases. Just write down your true feelings. Ask yourself, “what brings me joy”? Don’t worry about how you will get there, just write it down for now.

What’s next?

– Try out your passion with close family and friends. This will give you a chance to see if you would like to do this long term.
– Once you decide to pursue, check with your state (usually on the states website) to see what you need to do to make it a small business.
– Write down a plan and/or budget that will work best for you. Don’t spend money if you don’t have to. For ex, if you like to sew, and someone wants you to make something for them, tell the customer to pick out and buy the fabric, thread, etc. This way you don’t come out your pocket.

Try one or all three tips this month. I guarantee you will find cash under your nose.


write by Orson

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