Everyone’s looking to earn an extra buck or two. Why not do it from the comfort of your very own home? You may not even know it, but there are ways to make money from your property. It just takes a little bit of thought and a little extra work.
If your piggy bank is feeling a little empty, you have come to the right place. Read on to find clever ways to earn money from your property.
1. Turn your home into an office
Earn a paycheck and save yourself gas money by working from home. Depending on the kind of work you do, you’ll only need a computer and an internet and phone hook-up to get started. Also, sometimes money spent on a home office can be a tax write-off!
2. Grow a cash crop
Right now, locally grown produce is all the rage. Why not start your own garden and sell what you raise? All it takes is a little bit of research, some seeds, water and sun. Once you have begun harvesting your crop, find a local farmers market and set up shop.
3. Get a roomate
Another way your home can make you money is by taking on a renter. You can post ads outside your home, on Craigslist or in your local newspaper. Make sure to check out your renters thoroughly. You may even want them to submit references from previous landlords.
4. Cook your way to cash
If you are a good cook, why not use your skills to make you a little extra money? Use your kitchen to turn out things like cake, cookies, pies or even full meals. Of course, some localities may require that certain guidelines be met if you are going to selling goods for profit. Make sure to check out if any permits are required before you launch your big business.
5. Sell your stuff
If you are anything like me, you sometimes feel like you are drowning in clutter. Free yourself by getting rid of some of your stuff. Try holding a garage sale – you can even get other neighbors in on it if they are also looking to unload unwanted belongings. Another way to turn your trash into cash is by taking it to a consignment shop. If your belongings are in good condition, consignment shops take them and give you a cut of the profits if the items are sold.
6. Firewood for sale
Do you have trees on your property you are looking to cut down? You might want to consider selling the lumber for firewood. This job is somewhat labor-intensive, but it can also be pretty lucrative. You will need to either cut the trees down yourself or hire someone to cut it down for you. Then, you’ll want to give it space and time to sit and dry out. Most firewood needs to dry out for about six months. Begin advertising your firewood in the fall, before the real cold weather starts.
7. Pay to park
Do you live near a major destination like a sports arena, concert venue or even a major city? Chances are, you get annoyed whenever a big event is held and crowds swarm your neighborhood. Why not turn your annoyance into cash by renting out parking space in your yard or driveway?
If you have some extra space and you love kids, you may want to consider turning your home into a daycare. You’ll need to invest some money into the venture – there are permits to obtain and some classes you’ll have to take – but a daycare is a great way to make money in your own home. There will never be a shortage of parents who need to go to work, or kids who need looking after. Plus, you get to play with toys all day long! Score.
9. Go Hollywood
If you know a television or film company will be filming in your area, you may be able to use your home to make it big. Directors shooting on location sometimes need local homes for filming – why not your home? Experts say you can earn as much as $4,000 a day if your home is used.
10. Share your storage
If you have a garage, you may have a money maker. Offer up unused space in your home to people looking for extra storage space. If you can’t find anyone looking for storage space, you might want to consider renting out space for another car.
If your piggy bank is feeling a little empty, you have come to the right place.
Everyone has had to tighten their belts these last few years, but that doesn’t mean extra money isn’t out there. The early bird gets the worm and the smarty-pants gets the cash. Put on your thinking caps and figure out how to make your home work for you!