Top Eight Ways to Make Money While Out of Work - Divine Lifestyle

Top Eight Ways to Make Money While Out of Work

With unemployment at an all time high, this means that more people are out of work now more than ever. Many people while looking for a job, are continuing to search for additional ways of making money including many online jobs.

1. Sell Your Stuff
A good alternative to the yard sale is to sell your stuff on Craigslist or eBay, depending on the quality and whether you want to deal with shipping. Both sites allow you to sell nearly everything, from furniture and bikes to artwork and crafts. CraigsList is free and organized by region. Consult the CraigsList FAQ before you begin. eBay will take a cut of your profits and requires more technical savvy, but it's a good outlet for collector's items, higher-end electronics, etc. Read the eBay Sellers Guide before you get started.

2. Earn $5 at a Time is an easy way to cash in on unusual skills, like your ability to write a custom birthday song or create a claymation portrait for a client. Fiverr members post what they're willing to do for $5 (keep it clean) and surfers contact them directly. There's no charge for this service; Not even $5.

3. Rent Out a Room
Sharing living expenses can put more cash in your pocket. Make sure you draw up a lease agreement specifying rent, security deposit terms, length of stay, etc. This becomes even more important if you're renting to someone you know.

4. Monetize Your Web Stie or Blog
You're already spending a ton of time on your blog or Web site. Why not earn some money from all your labor? Google AdSense and nine other sites listed onMoolaDays require little to no supervision: Once it's there, you don't need to do much more.

5. Sell Your Hair
Sales for generous lengths of tresses reportedly can net you several hundred to over a thousand dollars. WiseBread explains how to sell your hair and includes sites where you can list and market hair.

6. Resell Your Unused Gift Cards
The average American household is holding on to $300 in unused gift cards. In fact, an estimated $30 billion to $40 billion gift cards lie unspent in dresser drawers across the country. But there are plenty of people who DO use budget gift cards, and they're willing to pay money for yours.

That's where you come in. You can sell the gift cards you're no longer using to resale companies for a percentage of the face value and they will sell them at a discount price to others who will actually use those precious pieces of plastic. can link you up with the highest-paying gift card resellers in the industry.

7. Give Blood
Some plasma banks pay up to $35 per pint. In the United States, federal regulations state that an individual may donate two times in a seven day period, with a minimum of two days in between donations. provides details and a searchable plasma-bank database to help you find a plasma bank in your area.

8. Become a Human Guinea Pig
If you live near a university with a med school, you can earn anywhere from $15 to $2,000 for taking part in a clinical research study. The National Institutes of Health lists thousands of clinical studies that need volunteers.

As a broadcast and print media source, Consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch has appeared on ABC News NOW, NBC's Today Show, FOX & Friends, MSNBC and has been quoted by SmartMoney, Kiplinger Personal Finance and many more. See Andrea's recent interview on NBC Today Show.

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  1. Great tips! Thanks! Love the one about Fiverr.

  2. I agree about selling stuff, that will help to clean out closets and attic, very useful

  3. Krista

    Great list. That seems to be what a lot of us in Ohio are doing… finding odd jobs and misc. ways to get from day to day. Fiverr is a great way to make money. I also like Etsy if you are crafty enough. My friend just moved out of state and was able to find work right away in Atlanta. It seems there are more than enough Atlanta jobs.

  4. ellen

    I have never heard of fiverr before! Great lsit – I also have never heard of selling your hair- I donate mine (will likely keep donating) but if someone wanted to thats like your blood- a renewable resource 🙂

  5. Eileen

    Wow….some really good tips here I would not have thought of or heard of! Hubby just cut to %50 so it is scary for us. I do like the idea of selling things we dont need. Especially kids stuff…it accumulates SO fast!
    We do live close to where you can become a guinea pig, and had thought of this as a single mom when I moved here. but the meds thing makes me a bit leery. The I will be visiting RIGHT now!


  6. Debra P

    I’ve actually never seen a time when more people that I know are unemployed. It’s like an epidemic. I do freelance so at least I have that. I am very interested in and want to thank you for introducing that here. I once had a job in LA writing poetry and letters, then we would hand print them, tie them with gorgeous ribbons and send them. It was a lot of fun, especially when they gave you personal details that you could use to make it really special.

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