Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Need Some Cash For Christmas? Check Out These 10 Fundraising Ideas

Fund collecting ideas
With Christmas just around the corner, you will no doubt have a list of people you need to buy presents for. As you can imagine, the more folks you've got on your list, the more cash you need to spend! It's no surprise that Christmas is a time where a lot of money gets spent with retailers.

So, what happens if you're broke? Well, you could just give people a card only and tell them you can't afford to get them a present. But, what if I told you there were a few ways you could raise the cash you need?

You might not realize it, but there are plenty of opportunities for making money! Here are ten of my tried and tested methods for you to check out:

1. Sell your unwanted items on eBay

Most people don't realize that they could be sitting on a potential goldmine at home! Let's face it; we all buy stuff of high value and sometimes don't use those items much.

If you've got valuables that you seldom use, now is the time to convert those goods into cash! eBay is one of the most popular ways to sell unwanted items online. In fact, it's the Internet's biggest marketplace! You could also try other classifieds site too, such as Craigslist.

2. Get a small loan

Do you get paid on the last working day of the month? If so, you could find it hard to pay for your Christmas gifts before payday. Instead of celebrating Christmas after the 25th December, why not take out a small loan?

It's easier than ever to apply for cash loans online these days. Assuming you get approved, you could have the money in a matter of hours. When you get paid at the end of the month, you can then pay it back in full.

3. Get an evening job

If you have a 9-5 job, one way to make some extra cash before Christmas is to get an evening job. You could use your car to deliver takeaway food, for example. Or you could run a convenience store. There are thousands of evening job ideas out there.

I should point out that it's only an option for those that don't have a family in tow at home. So, if you're an eligible bachelor, this is a viable option. But if you've got a spouse and three kids at home, it's better to spend the time with them instead!

4. Do some online work from home

The brilliant thing about the Internet is that there are hundreds of ways to make money online. And you can do all those things from the comfort of your home!

From copywriting to Web design, there are plenty of ways to earn some money. You could even take part in surveys where you get paid for your opinions! There's no denying that micro-entrepreneurism is on the rise. Why not be a part of that digital revolution and make some money for Christmas?

5. Sell your scrap metal

Is your backyard more like a junk yard? If so, now is the time to get rid of that stuff and make some money in the process. Scrap metal dealers will pay you cash for your steel, iron and copper.

Even things like old car batteries are worth some money! It's worth having a look around your home and seeing what scrap metal you could sell. Not only will you make some money, but you'll tidy your home up at the same time!

6. Rent out your driveway

Do you live near a major town or city? Perhaps you are close to a significant public transport connection? If either of those scenarios are true, there is one innovative way to make some money. I am, of course, talking about renting out your driveway!

Many people will pay to pay their cars during the day in a safe off-road location. A lot of folks may have to travel long distances for work, for example. Instead of commuting on a long car journey, they'd rather get on a train or bus.

7. Become a tutor

Are you an expert in a particular niche? If so, you ought to consider becoming a tutor! There are many ways to make some money. For instance, you could offer piano tuition services.

Or, if you are good with pets, you could teach dog and cat owners how to train their companions. People will pay good money to learn more about particular subjects. Why not capitalize on that fact and help them out at the same time?

8. Sell your car

If you don't use your car that much, it's likely that it just spends most of its time parked up on your driveway. In such scenarios, you should consider selling your auto and pocketing the cash.

First of all, you'll raise the money you need for Christmas. Second, your car will get better use with its new owner. And, third, you can make even more money if you rent your driveway out because of the freed-up space!

9. Crowdfund your plight

Plenty of people go on crowdfunding sites to ask for money for various things. Most of the time it's to fund a new business idea. For others, they crowdfund for personal reasons.

There's no guarantee you'll get the money you need. But, if you've got a compelling story, people might feel for you enough to make a donation to your fund! I'd probably consider this option as a last resort if I'm honest. Still, it's worth bearing in mind just in case.

10. Offer your services as a handyman

Are you good at DIY? If so, there's bound to be people in your neighborhood that could do with a handyman! You could offer a variety of services, such as fixing broken doors and windows.

If you're a qualified electrician, you could also offer electrical repair work. It's worth advertising your services in a local newspaper for extra promotion.

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