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6 Ways to Make Money in Your Neighborhood

6 Ways to Make Money in Your Neighborhood PhotoThe most lucrative job opportunities may be lurking around the corner, literally. Those odd jobs that neighbors need to get done prove to be a lucrative sideline.

So don’t hesitate to hawk out yourrr services to neighbors. Working with them is sure to be a breeze, since you’ve known them for ages, and collection of payment is as easy as knocking on their doors.

If you have some time to spare, the neighborhood can be a goldmine of ways to rake in cash. Check out some ideas below.

1. Babysit

Got a free weekend coming up? Put it to good use by offering your services to the friendly couple next door. Most parents will never pass up the opportunity to have their kids babysat while they enjoy a rare night out.

The need for child rearing services are on the rise based on recent surveys.

Babysitting is a great way to earn extra cash if you have an affinity for children anyway. The pay is pretty good, and you get to spend a couple of hours reminiscing on your childhood. Win win!

2. Cook and Bake

If your neighborhood is lacking a resident Martha Stewart, use your love for cooking and baking to spread cheer. Bake up batches of sweets and go door to door offering your treats.

You can also inform neighbors that your treats are available for special orders such as for holiday or birthday parties.

If you live in a place teeming with busy yuppies, spend a couple of hours packaging mini casseroles in microwaveable containers. Sell these instant dinners as a healthier alternative to take out.

3. Hold a Garage Sale

Looking to clear some space in your cramped room? Try the never fail technique too get rid of clutter, hold a garage sale!

Round up some of your friends and make fliers to advertise. You can use the extra cash you earn for that wardrobe revamp you/ve been wanting

4. Organize a Fun Run

Take advantage of the recent fitness craze and hold a fun run around your neighborhood. Chances are, a lot of your neighboors are frequent joggers, so they”d love to participate

Get a couple of sponsors and charge a small joining fee in exchange for free loot. If you want to jazz it up even more, incorporate a theme to the run.

5. Be the Neighborhood’s Designated Tech Support

If you’re known as the resident tech geek anyway, take your reputation up a notch and offer tech support to your neighbors.

Offer hourly basic computer tutorials to housewives who want to download their soap operas, or to the old couple next door so they can finally Skype with relatives.

If you’re good with tinkering with hardware and debugging, you can even offer to do minor computer upgrades or repairs for a fee too!

6. House Sit

This  is probably the best neighborhood gig you can hope for. Keep your ears peeled for any family that’s planning to go on extended vacations, and offer to look after their house and  pets while they are away.

They’ll definitely enjoy that Mediterranean cruise better if they know their house isn’t burning down. On your part, visiting the house a couple of times a day to check on gas valves and feed the dog is definitely easy work for you.