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4 Ways to Earn Extra Money Playing Trivia

Are you a smarty pants? Do you know who won the 1966 World Series? Or the name of the movie Joan Crawford won an Academy Award for? If so, put that useless knowledge to work and start playing trivia for [...]

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Love Farmers and Craft Markets? Earn Extra Cash as a Porter

Forget the shopping mall: local markets for everything from fresh produce to arts and crafts are popping up in neighborhoods large and small. The offerings at these markets can be hard to resist, but tough [...]

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A Simple Side Business You Can Start for Under $40: Painting House Numbers

A friend told me he charged homeowners $20 to paint house numbers on their curbs, and paid college students $10 per hour to do the painting. Some of his employees did 15 jobs each day. My first question, [...]

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Bird Poop Earrings and Other Strange Jewelry You Can Sell

Frank O. Hill appeared with his acrylic-encased quail poop creations on the Tonight Show over 30 years ago. Since then, artists have followed his lead with similar excremental fashions. For example, Alicia [...]

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Weird Job: Bring Characters to Life as a Party Princess

This post is part of our series on Weird Jobs. Check out the other articles to learn about more weird jobs you could try! When faced with the question, “So, what do you do for a living?” in my daily [...]

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Starting a Freelance Business: Here’s What You Need to Know

You’ll find a lot of ways to make money on The Penny Hoarder, but one of the best ways to make extra money is to jump in with both feet and start a freelance business. Whether you want to become a full-time [...]

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A Money-Making Option for Artists: Carve and Sell Walking Sticks

Cut down a small sapling, trim it to about five feet in length with a saw, and carve off the bark with a pocket knife. Let it dry for a few days, and then dress it up with some leather. Boom — you’ll [...]

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How Teaching English in China Helped One Woman Save $2000

During my senior year of college, while most of my peers were contemplating the pros and cons of inner-city versus small-town teaching positions, I was attempting to sell my family on the benefits of teaching [...]

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Get Paid to Surf and Ski: How to Find and Land Seasonal Jobs

Picture this: you’re riding a beautiful horse under a blue sky that goes on for miles. Mountains and streams surround you, and you feel like you’re in a watercolor painting. Riding alongside you are [...]

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The Secret to Making Money by Writing Free Ebooks

Did you know you can make money by giving away free ebooks? It doesn’t sound possible, but it is: I’ve done it with five of my books. If you can write, edit or hire a writer, you can make hundreds [...]

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How Dressing Up in a Funny Costume Could Earn You Money

Every part of him was painted silver, including his eyelids. A crowd gathered around him on a street corner in Baños, Ecuador. I dropped a coin in the slotted box at his feet and he jerked into motion, [...]

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5 Creative Ways to Meet Spending Requirements for Credit Card Rewards

Have you ever wanted to jump into the world of travel hacking with some hard-core credit churning? Signing up for half a dozen credit cards (or more) could help you earn a first-class ticket to anywhere [...]