Unusual ways to make extra cash

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7 quick and easy ways to boost your budget and make some fast cash

When you’re unemployed, a student, on Centrelink benefits or struggling to get by on a low income, you’re always looking for extra cash.

Here’s 7 unusual and easy ways you could make yourself some extra cash

  1. Sell your stuff
  • One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – you’ll be surprised how much cash others might pay for your unwanted goodies!
  • Host a garage sale, and use social media to promote it free, or list it on Gumtree under area garage sales.
  • Or list your unwanted furniture or other items for sale on Gumtree or the Trading Post.
  1. Rent your spare room
  • A fast and easy way to get cash to help with the rent is to sublet a room.
  • Use sites like Flatmates or Real Estate to list and browse share accommodation options near you.
  1. Get crafty, and get cashed up!
  • Use your talents to get cashed up. Consider making and selling handmade items at local markets.
  • Whatever your passion – sewing, horticulture, baking or upcycling old furniture finds – turn it into cash!
  • Try making cash by selling your wares at your local markets.
  1. Sell your skills
  • Got a skill you can make cash from? Perhaps you’re a talented wordsmith or a whizz at graphic design.
  • Use your skills to make cash online.
  • Promote your services amongst your network of contacts and use sites like Gumtree and Seek to check out the range of freelance work available online in your area.
  1. Get arty
  • If you love illustrating or capturing interesting images with your camera, turn them into cash!
  • Register your images and creations online on sites like iStockPhoto.
  • You’ll earn cash every time someone uses your work.
  1. Do odd jobs
  • Be your own boss and pick up small odd jobs around your local area to make fast extra cash.
  • Search for local handyman, cleaning or babysitting jobs on site like Jora or Indeed.
  • Or browse Airtasker for tasks in your local area – you can make cash doing anything from hair braiding to rubbish removal!
  1. Get paid to shop
  • Yep, for real! Businesses will pay cash for you to become a mystery shopper.
  • A quick online search for mystery shopper job listings in your local area is bound to return numerous results – so apply today, and get shopping!

Still need some extra cash, fast?

  • If none of these ways to make fast extra cash are for you, and you need a bit more cash for an unexpected expense, City Finance understand and are here to help.
  • If you need a small cash loan to help you through, just pop in and visit the friendly staff at your local branch for a chat, or phone us on 1300 34 62 62.