Tuesday, March 1, 2016

20 Unconventional Ideas to make money for your adoption

Fundraising for your adoption is a smart way to lower the cost of your adoption expenses (and boy, there are a lot of expenses!). Here are some unconventional ways to make money for your adoption:

1. Lyft
Why not drive people around and make money? This is a great way to make some side money on Friday and Saturday nights, especially if you live in a big city. Make sure you have great ratings because you want people to ask for you! If our car was a newer model, I would definitely be doing this right now (and if it wasn't illegal in my city, but that is slowly changing)!

2. Uber
This has the same concept as #2.

3. Airbnb Host 
I wish we had a house for this very reason! If you don't mind letting strangers into your house this is a really nice way to make easy money. I've heard people making $1000s each year by just renting a room in your house. This is a high reward but low effort way to make money. You need to make sure you have good reviews so you can have more renters!

4. NiceTalk Tutor
This is an easy way to make money. This is a Chinese app that lets Chinese students practice their English with you. If you can communicate well and can help someone learn English, then this is for you!

5. PalFish
This is similar to NiceTalk Tutor, but with this app you can set your own rate. With NiceTalk you get a flat $10 per hour, but with Palfish you can set your own price. You might want to start out in the lower end of prices until you have enough experience. Then you can bump up your pay. With using this app, we get more calls than NiceTalk. And with these types of apps more calls = more money.

6. Dog walking
Put an ad out on Craigslist that you will be willing to walk dogs. Put fliers in coffee shops, mailboxes, and on doors in your neighborhood.

7. House sitting
Same deal as the dog walking. The more you advertise, the more clients you can potentially get.

8. Pet sitting
Same deal as the dog walking. The more you advertise, the more clients you can potentially get.

9. Gigwalk
This is a great app if you live in a big city.

10. Viggle
Get rewarded for watching TV and listening to music.

11. EJury
No one likes to be a jury on a trial (except for Wes-he loves it and was jealous that I got summoned for criminal court in Orleans parish. I was terrified and it was a horrible experience!). Probably because you are missing out on work and you need the money. But what if you could be a mock juror and get paid for each trial?? Umm..yea sign me up! You can make between $5-$10 for submitting your opinions. Its an easy way to make some money on the side without having to put out a lot of effort.

12. Ebay
Look around your house. Do you have items that you could sale on Ebay? If not, try shopping at Goodwill or another thrift store in your area. Find and buy the name brand clothes/shoes with no defects and post on Ebay. You do need some money to buy product, but not much, especially if some thrift stores have a 50% off day or $1 days.

13. Coinstar
Go through your couches, pockets, and change holders and gather up all of your change. Find a Coinstar near you and change out your coins for cash. To get 100% of your money, opt for a Amazon gift card. Save the gift card the next time you want to buy something and put the money you would have spent into your savings. I like to save all of my change and then get one big Amazon gift card to buy my Christmas gifts. The money I would have spent for Christmas goes back into my savings! In some Coinstar locations, you can also trade in your unwanted gift cards for cash or another gift card!

14. NiceTalk Jr
It's the same as #4, but it's for Chinese children who want to learn English. And you make $14 an hour! You still need to download the app to get signed up with Nicetalk Jr.

15. Craigslist
I know this may sound sketchy, but there could be some legitimate part time jobs. I recently found one for a nanny position for $16 an hour from 5am-9am in the mornings. If we had two cars and Wes was able to keep Smalls, I would definitely had applied for that job. There are all kinds of random opportunities in the part time section of your local Craigslist. Check once a day until you find a job that fits you and your schedule.

16. Ask for a raise
If you're not able to pick up a part time job or perform extra side jobs, asking for a raise would be an easy way to "make" extra money for your adoption. I'm assuming that your boss hasn't given you a raise in quite some time. If they have recently given you a raise, then I wouldn't ask for it. But, if you haven't gotten a raise in a long time and you are a hard worker, go for it! Once you get the raise (fingers crossed), pretend that you didn't receive one and start a savings account to put the "extra" money that you are now getting into your savings account for your adoption.

17. Find odd jobs with your current job and licenses
Are you a lawyer? Then become a notary on the weekends. Are you a nurse? Get certified in teaching CPR and contact local doctor's offices. They are always looking to renew their certifications and to train their new staff in CPR. Are you a teacher? Become a tutor on the weekends or after school. Whatever you do professionally or have a license in, use that for your advantage to pick up some extra money. When you are fundraising for your adoption, offering services is 100% better than just asking money for a good cause. More people will be apt to give to you if you offer them a service. Market your services on Craigslist and other social media avenues to get your name out to potential customers.

18. Babysit
This one's an easy one. All you have to do is get your name out there. Contact mommy and me groups, your local church (if you're a part of one), friends with children, and your relatives. Get your name out there. Tell them that all of the proceeds go towards your adoption. I would definitely hire you if I knew that you are trying to make some extra money for your adoption. You could even throw out there that you are having to take lots of parenting classes and reading lots of parenting books for your adoption. Parents love a babysitter who is educated!

19. Pizza Delivery
I know this does not sound glorious, but it's extra money! Pizza places are always looking for pizza delivery people. This would be a great temporary job to earn some extra money on the weekends  or week day nights. And you get tips!

20. Bake goods for people
This is a great idea that I got from my church. We have several people in our church that make tamales, salsa, cookies/cupcakes, etc... Do you have a special recipe? Then tell people a week that you will be making it and they need to place their order to you. And as always, 100% of proceeds go towards your adoption!

Do you have any other unconventional ideas to help raise funds for your adoption? Please comment below!

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