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Unique and Smart Ways Millennials Can Make Some Extra Money

Sometimes, one job just doesn’t cut it. Especially if you’re just starting out and have a mountain of student loan debt to pay off. In addition to your typical day job, why not try to make some extra cash? Here are some ways to do just that.

Utilize Amazon

You probably already know that you can sell things on Amazon Marketplace. But Amazon provides a whole bunch of other ways for people to make money. If you’re artsy, Merch by Amazon lets you design t-shirts and they take care of printing and shipping them. With Amazon Homemade, you can sell crafts and homemade items that you make. For writers, consider publishing that book you’ve been working on through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publisher.

If you have your own site and you promote any Amazon products, you can attach an affiliate link with Amazon Associates. This gives you a small commission if someone clicks on the link and buys something from Amazon. And if you’re in a big city that has Amazon Flex, you can deliver products for them.

Buy and Deliver Groceries

People truly hate having to go to the store and buy their own groceries. That’s where you can come in. You get to pick your own hours so it’s totally flexible with your current schedule. It also pays pretty darn well. Shipt is a current popular one that also lets customers give you ratings. The better your rating, the better the chance you have of getting orders—as well as good tips.

If Shipt isn’t available in your area, InstaCart, Peapod and WeGoShop are all options as well. Still not available? Consider starting your own grocery delivery business. Your business might be exactly what your town is looking for.

Sell Things You Don’t Need

We all have some stuff lying around that we don’t really use anymore. That stuff could get you some extra cash. Make sure you’re smart about it, though, and know what your items are worth so you don’t get ripped off. Have some old jewelry from an ex? You can get it appraised so you know what it is worth. Have movies and video games you don’t play anymore? Search the Internet so you know about what they’re going for.

Yard sales are good options if you want to get rid of a lot of stuff quickly, but may not be the best moneymakers. People come to them looking for deals, so it’s unlikely you’ll be able to sell anything for what it’s worth. Try Craigslist or specialized sites for what you plan on selling. There’s a good chance you can get a bit more that way.

Get Your Car Wrapped

You can make money just by driving your car around. Companies want people that drive frequently—they usually have a minimum amount of mileage you have to drive per month—and that live in decently populated areas. There are a few other requirements, like age and a clean driving record, but it’s a pretty simple way to make money if you meet those requirements.

All you should do is get your car wrapped with a vinyl decal that advertises the company or product. It’s normally bright and flashy so that it draws people’s attention. Sign up online with car wrap firms to get started!

Be Someone’s Friend

Seriously. Rent A Friend is a legitimate service where people pay to have you be their friend for an event or activity. It’s strictly for friendship, so nothing else is expected of you. They might need someone to show them around town, be a workout buddy or just go out to dinner or a movie with if they’re in your area.

If you’re a people person, this is a great option. You may get to do some awesome stuff, like go to a sold-out concert or VIP event that you wouldn’t have access to otherwise. All you have to do is fill out an application form detailing your personality and send it in to the community manager.

Become A Field Agent

You’re constantly on your phone anyway, so why not download this app? If you’re at the store or have some time to kill, the Field Agent app gives you “jobs” to do for some cash. Mostly you just use your smartphone to take pictures or videos to collect information in stores. This info is used by the businesses to help better serve customers.

While it probably won’t make you a ton of cash, it’s an easy enough thing to do for extra money. Once you get enough you can “cash out” to your PayPal account and do with it what you please. You may find it adds up surprisingly fast if you do enough!

There are so many ways to pick up some extra cash. See which one you think is the best opportunity for you, and get started today!

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