With Republicans currently filibustering the Unemployment Extension Bill and millions of Americans about to be unemployed, already unemployed, soon to run out of unemployment benefits or already denied extended unemployment benefits, many of you are worrying about finding a job and making money. With the worry of not being able to take care of your family or kids, sometimes panic makes it difficult to focus on getting a job or making money. Don’t let it. I’m here to tell you how to make money while the Unemployment Extension Bill filibuster continues, even in places you don’t expect.
Write For Associated Content – One great way to make money if you’ve been denied unemployment benefits is to write. Obviously if you’re reading this article, you’ve found your way to Associated Content. Associated Content (AC) is a site where tens of thousands of people who can write do write and get paid for it. If you write something on a subject not already saturated on the web, AC usually offers an upfront payment plus also pays you for page views. With upfront payments usually being between $3-5 per article, it doesn’t sound like a lot, but if you write four articles a day that’s $12-18 or $360-$540 per month.
Plus, for each article you write, AC pays you $1.50-2.00 for every thousand page views. If over a month you write 100 articles and those articles, in total, get 30,000 page views, AC will pay you $45, more if you get more page views. Added onto your upfront payments, that’s more than $600 a month and, the more articles you write, the higher your page views go. I currently make over $1,000 a month on AC. For me, that’s my rent, utilities, cell phone, cable and internet, with some money left over for food. So, if you’re unemployed and looking to make some money, sign up for AC, sit down for a couple of hours a day and start writing. It can’t hurt.
House Sit – When I lived in California, several of my friends who were unemployed made money by house sitting for someone who was on vacation or away on business. Most house sitting jobs last a couple of weeks, a month or more and not only do you get paid to ‘sit’ in the house (ie: live there while the owners are gone), you’re also saving money on electricity and other utilities at home. If you have a family, it’s more difficult as your family may have to stay at home while you’re away house sitting. However, some people will even let your whole family move in, particularly if they’re going to be away for a month or more. A house full of people is much safer for an owner to leave than a house that’s completely empty.
Become a Dog Walker – When I was unemployed when I first moved to California and couldn’t get an unemployment benefits extension, I started a dog walking business. I put flyers up around the neighborhood, on church and supermarket bulletin boards, in people’s mail boxes and told everyone I knew I was walking dogs. Within a few days, I had several clients and as word got around how reliable I was, my client list grew.
I charged $10 a day per dog (cheap compared to the going rate in CA of $15-20 at the time), and that was for walking the dog once in the morning and once at night. I would take three dogs at a time and do three shifts in the morning and three shifts in the evening. Each dog walk took 30 minutes so, totally every day I was working around five hours, including picking up and dropping off the dogs. Total money I made every day? Approximately $90 per day plus tips, or just over $18 an hour and, if you get the clients, you can work more hours if you want to.
If you work five days a week, that’s $1,800 a month, which most people can live off, at least until you can get another job or until Congress passes the Unemployment Extension Bill.
Be a Resume Consultant – If you have a computer and are good at writing resumes, there are so many people who are job hunting right now, maybe you can help someone else who can’t get an unemployment benefits extension get a job.
Again, put flyers up on bulletin boards, around the neighborhood and in mailboxes and offer to write a resume for $25-35 a pop. The resume seeker must write down all the information they want on the resume, then all you have to do is put it in a format that looks professional. With programs like Microsoft Word having templates for resumes, even an amateur can create professional resumes easily.
Edit College Papers – If you live near a college or university, editing college papers can be lucrative. When I was unemployed, I made money by editing class papers for students at UCLA and Santa Monica College. Not only do American university or college students need help editing, but if you have a large foreign student population at a university near you, many need editing help and have money to spare to get it.
Of course you can charge a low rate, but that gets old fast as you have to edit quickly to make much money. I used to charge $30 per paper up to seven pages. Above seven pages and I would charge a flat $30 plus $3 per page. If you find students who want a large thesis editing and really need it to be perfect, they don’t mind paying the higher rates if they get the best quality work, as their future career depends on it. Plus, don’t forget if they need a rush edit (you know how bad students can be at meeting deadlines) then you can charge more for speed. Just make sure you only edit and don’t actually write the paper for the student as that’s just plain immoral.
Sell Handmade Products on Etsy – If you are an artist, a jewelry designer, a knitter, a sewer, a cook – in fact, if you can make anything handmade at a good enough quality that it can be sold, open a shop on Etsy.com and sell your handmade items. On Etsy you can sell anything you’ve made yourself. Setting up a shop doesn’t cost anything, it just costs 20 cents to list each item you’re selling for four months. Then, if you sell an item, Etsy deducts 3.5% of the sale price for their fees, and that’s it. I ran an Etsy shop for a while and sold 3-10 items per day. Money that appeared in my PayPal account as soon as the item sold.
Some artists on Etsy started a shop when they found themselves unemployed and, a year later, are making more money selling their handmade products than they did when they were working for a company or in an office.
These are just a few ideas for making money when you’re denied unemployment extension benefits or can’t get unemployment benefits to begin with. Try some. You might be surprised just how much money you can actually make.
Etsy.com – Sell your handmade products