The economy may be getting better, but tell that to the jobless eight percent. And yet, odd as this may seem, there are ways to make money while unemployed.
Apply for unemployment benefits. If you're a casualty of the recession (i.e., you were laid off), you can apply for unemployment benefits. You can even work part-time and continue to receive payments as long you're transparent about your weekly wage, which is then deducted from the benefit. Most likely, unemployment pay won't be enough for you to live on but it does put cash in your pocket.
Monetize your love of the written word. Some e-commerce sites are always seeking freelancers to write about deals in their respective city. Sites such as Just Answer and Live Person can make you an "expert" in a certain field and connect you with people around the world who are seeking answers to questions; experts are paid for every accepted piece of advice. Sites such as Yahoo and Helium determine pay by how much traffic a post receives; articles on specific topics the companies want covered could earn up to $200.
Become a professional dog walker. Get some quality time with human's best friend and make money while unemployed. You can swoop in and save a dog's day while owners are away from home by walking, feeding, and giving the pet lots of love and affection. Plus, you'll burn calories as you earn extra cash.
Sell what you don't need. Have a surplus of stuff? Make money while unemployed by selling anything - from an iPod to a couch - you don't need or want. Get started on Craigslist or eBay by consulting the Craigslist FAQ and/or by visiting the eBay Seller Information Center. Have extra gift cards with unspent funds? You probably do: the average American household has $300 of unused gift cards lying around. Resell them at a discounted price by visiting Gift Card Granny, which connects you with the highest-paying option.
Participate in focus groups and online surveys. You can actually make money while unemployed just by giving your opinion. To find suitable opportunities, visit Find Focus Groups. Always be on guard against scams, however.
Do odd jobs. Aside from making money while unemployed, working odd jobs is beneficial because it keeps you busy and helps you stay sharp. Someone is always looking for help on Craigslist, whether for yard work, moving, or a small business gig. Strengthen your skills and find temporary opportunities in various fields at Freelance Jobs. If you're a former teacher or just love helping others learn, consider becoming an online tutor; check out the possibilities at Tutoring Services.
By Alyssa Goldman, Cheapism.com
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