4 Easy, Unusual Ways to Make Extra Money

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By Susan Yoo-Lee

If you're looking to find ways to make easy money, then you're in the right place. Looking for new job or getting a raise at your existing one are not your only options when it comes to boosting your income.

Sell the Side of Your Car

You've probably seen a car with ads on it. You might even have wondered about it. I'm sure you sat there looking at the ads with curiosity or perhaps you thought it looked odd. But did you know that putting an ad on your car is the easiest way to earn a passive income? All you have to do is drive your car around like you would normally do, including going to work, dropping the kids off or going to the grocery store.

Depending on your driving habits, an advertiser can choose your car for their ads. You can make anywhere from $50 for a rear window decal to $400 for wrapping your entire car. The average length of time to showcase the ads range from six to 24 months, according to FreeCarMedia.com. All you need is a fairly new car, insurance and a valid driver's license.

Shop, Scan, Snap and Share

In this digital age, you can actually earn money by taking selfies. With the free Stylinity app, you can take selfies, tag the items in your picture by scanning barcodes, upload it and then share it on your social media networks for others to search and buy. Every time someone makes a purchase, you earn points that you could redeem for cash. If you're already taking a lot of selfies, why not make a little extra cash on the side for your efforts?

Sell Your Hair

You can sell your hair to buyers who will then take your hair to create wigs and other hairpieces. Search "make money by selling your hair" on Google to find sites where you can upload a picture with specific details of your hair. You can set the price or have buyers submit their best offers. You could make hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the length and health of your locks.

Be Someone's Friend

I'm sure you have a lot of friends, but now you can actually earn a good living by being someone else's friend. Whether it's going out to dinner with someone who doesn't want to dine alone or working out alongside someone who travels, there are many reasons why one would rent a friend. According to RentAFriend.com, most friends start at $10 an hour, with some friends making up to $2,000 a week for being a full-time friend. Similar to renting a room in your home, make sure you find out a little more about the person before you agree to be their friend for the day or week. If you think this is a way for you to make some extra cash, sign up to be a friend.

If you're in need of some extra cash or would like to make money the unconventional way, look into some of my suggestions above. Sometimes thinking outside the box can give you more options and choices as to how you can earn an income. Some of these suggestions might sound crazy to you, and that probably means it's not for you -- but it might work great for someone else.

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