If you're looking for ways to earn additional income or perhaps even start a small business, you don't have to invest a lot of money or learn a new skill. By implementing one of many free money-making ideas, you can generate income in a relatively easy way. Ideas can include putting your skills to use, performing services in your neighborhood or selling merchandise you already own, to name a few.


Personal Assistant

In an age where spouses work outside of the home, some people don't have time to run errands or do their shopping. As a personal assistant, you perform tasks, such as going to the grocery store or picking up kids from school or practice for your clients. You may already know people in your neighborhood who could take advantage of your service, and you can advertise by distributing fliers around the area.


Setting Appointments

If you're good at using the telephone, you can earn income by setting appointments for salespeople, including insurance agents or home improvement sales representatives. Set up an arrangement where the salesperson pays you a commission based on the number of appointments you set or a percentage of the sales that your appointments generate. Contact insurance agencies or other sales businesses in your area to offer your services.


House Sitting

When people go away on vacation, they may need somebody to take care of their lawn, look after their pets and take in their mail. As a house sitter, you can get paid for watching people's homes. As with a personal assistant business, you can find clients through people you know or by distributing fliers through the neighborhood. If you know any travel agents, contact them about referring business your way.


Yard Sale

Get rid of unwanted items in your garage, attic or basement by holding a yard sale. You'll earn money while freeing up space in your home. If a yard sale isn't practical, you can sell your items on auction websites, such as eBay.com. If you enjoy the online auction process, the eBay site offers tools to help you start a full-time or part-time auction business.


Use Talents

Put your unique talents or skills to work to earn additional income. For example, if you excel at playing a musical instrument such as the piano, earn money by giving lessons. Contact local schools or network with parents at PTA meetings to find pupils. Another option is to make crafts and sell them at flea markets or craft shows, or even on your own website.

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