Being a graduate student means we are on a pretty tight budget. Things that aren't "needs" we pay for with our monthly allowances or by making extra income ourselves. The following is a list of my favorite ways to earn extra cash for that new blog design or fancy pair of sandals I want.
Every 6 months or so, I go through my closet and fill up a ThredUp Clean Out Bag. All you do is order a prepaid bag from their website, fill it up, and drop it off with your mail carrier or FedEx. Then, ThredUp goes through your bag and you get a payout! You can choose to receive store credit or cash. It's hassle free and once you learn more about what they do and do not buy, you can really maximize your payout!
Although sponsorships aren't a huge money-maker (and honestly, I don't really do them for the money), they are a good supplement. Typically, I reinvest about 70% of the income I make back into my blog via design updates, sponsoring other bloggers, or participating in giveaways, but sometimes I will use a fraction of this income for other things like an ebook.
Do you love to shop online? Then Ebates is for you. EBates allows you to get cash for shopping online. All you have to do is visit their website, choose where you would like to shop (this will re-direct you to the website of your choice). Then SHOP! SHOP! SHOP! THAT IS IT. Nothing more is required of you! You can't beat earning cash back for the things you are already buying online.
4. Referral programs.
I use referral programs through Stitch Fix, ThredUp, and Ebates! Each time someone signs up using your referral link, you get paid too! I especially love ThredUp's referral program because the referrer and the person that signs up each get $10 in store credit for free! How awesome is that? Stitch Fix's referral system is also great because you can use the credit towards future fixes and less comes out of your pocket!
Looking to update the furniture in your home or do some other update? Sell your used home goods on Craigslist! It's an easy way to make quick (and fairly easy) cash.
How do you earn extra cash?