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10 Ways To Make (or find) $1000

Posted by Dress for Success Midwest Professional Women's Group on September 1, 2010

1. Start a pet sitting business. If you live in a large metropolitan city or even the suburbs, pet sitting and boarding can be a good way to earn extra cash.

2. Provide daycare/aftercare for children in your neighborhood. The best way to go about doing this is to research the costs into getting licensed (if necessary), set up costs (turning the basement or sunroom you never use into the child care area) and determine what your competitors are charging then undercut them but a few dollars while adding a bit more with regards to the services you offer.

3. Secret Shopper. EPMSOnline.com is a great way to get started in secret shopping. It’s really easy. You go to their website, sign up, get verified and then sign up for different “shops” in our near your home or workplace. What yo’re doing is providing secret shopping services for apartment companies that utilize EPMS to help them determine if their employees are providing great service. The typical pay out is around $40 and now most if not all of the paperwork is done online.

4. Reduce your budget. Drastically. Eating out. Shopping for unnecessary items. Limit yourself to 2-3 trips to the grocery store, buy what you need not what you want. Several trips = spending more money you don’t have and don’t need to spend. Cut the happy hours. Personal hobby shopping sprees. Review your budget and cut out the WANTS and leave the NEEDS in place. See how much you save. For some this may be less than and for some more than $1000.

5. Start a blog. This may take you at least 6 months to really start seeing a return but I believe it’s well worth it. Your topic? What are you passionate about? What could you talk about for days and not get paid to do so? That’s it! Find a host, pick a blogging platform, choose your theme and get started. For starters, join this challenge: ProBlogger 31 Days to Build a Better Blog | The Secret to Success.

6. Start an Ebay business. Check out sites like Tradekey.com and Alibaba.com for great prices on wholesale items. Make sure it’s something that you research and know a good deal of information about before you start selling. Customers like sellers who can troubleshoot issues as they arise.

7. Sell unwanted/unused furniture. You might be surprised as they add up once you start listing on sites like Craigslist.org, Ebay.com and Backpages.com. If you have furniture in storage or in a basement somewhere, that $1000 might be calling you!

8. End of summer garage sale. Every weekend in September you can have a themed garage sale. One weekend you sell clothes, another furniture, then antiques or random unwanted items. You choose your theme, make sure the items are clean and presented well. Have your neighbors join you in the fun by hosting garage sales along with you to bring out even more people.

9. Start your own business. This may not be in an area you love or are passionate about but do some market research and figure out where the need lies in your area or online. Where does your expertise lie? What do people need but don’t have? Start there.

10. Add yours here. Share with us in the comments area, how to make or find $1000. You can also share on our Facebook page and Retweet ways to find or make an extra $1000.

About the Author

Girls Just Wanna Have Funds is for the woman that wants to take charge of her personal finances. We value budgeting, investing, frugality and remain mindful of our spending habits. Move over and make way for women who are in control of their financial destinies and not afraid to say it. We’re armed with a positive net worth and not afraid to flaunt it while breaking financial ceilings one stiletto at a time!

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