If you’re struggling financially the good news is that it is easier than ever to make extra cash. No matter what your skillset, how much time you have or how much you need to earn, there are plenty of methods out there that can earn you some extra money – here are just five ways you probably didn’t think of:

Sell your hair

Where did you think Brazilian hair, Remi hair and all the other newfound varieties came from? If you have long flowing locks and don’t mind getting a smart hair cut, you could make yourself some cash. Wig makers are particularly in need of real human hair. Why not contact local wig makers or take a look online to see what opportunities are near you?

Get rid of those empty ink cartridges

Summer holidays mean finding activities for the children, which can often mean you’re shelling out a lot on ink cartridges if you’re printing things from the internet to keep them busy. Don’t throw your ink cartridges away when you’re done, it’s possible to trade them in for cash. As featured on the Money Aware site, there are companies that are willing to pay up to £4.50 per cartridge. It may not earn you a fortune, but if you have quite a few of them stashed away (and that’s easily done, now that so many printers require individual ink cartridge colours) it will provide you with some pocket change to fund a different activity.

Write online reviews

Consumers have become a lot savvier over the years, thanks to the internet. Before buying a product or investing in a service, it is common to take a look online at reviews written by other consumers. It’s not uncommon to price check on Amazon or eBay these days, and check for reviews. And since reviews have become an important part of the buying process, there are companies and sites out that are willing to pay you for writing about your own experiences.

You can review everything from music to beauty products. Take a look at The Money Charity website for a list of sites that pay for honest reviews. While you won’t earn a lot of money quickly, it’s still extra money to supplement your income and add to your writing experience.

Rent out a spare room

If you have a spare room that you never use, why not turn it into a profit maker by renting it out? Spare room rental is especially lucrative if you live close to a town or city centre because of the shopping and local amenities, but wherever you live you will find somebody who needs a room.

Use your gaming talents

If you’re a member of an online casino, you can turn your pastime into a little profit earner. Obviously, there’s a fine line between gambling for fun and turning into a gambling addict, so this is only something you should try if you’re a member of a casino and you already play for fun. It helps to do a little research to become familiar with the latest tips and tricks to improve your chances of winning and you must always set a limit to how much you’ll spend or else this could be counter-intuitive. If you’re good at it, why not cash in?

These are just five alternative ways to earn extra cash. The internet is a fantastic source of inspiration. Don’t limit your ambitions or imagination and you’ll soon find you can earn extra cash. 

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