Even when we plan ahead, sometimes we end up spending much more than our set budget over the holidays. Fortunately, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there are many ways to make some extra cash to buy gifts, arrange a party, or just enjoy a nice date with your significant other.
Here are five clever ways to make money before Valentine’s Day.
1. Sell your electronics and gadgets
Look around your home and the chances are that you’ll find loads of electronics, gadgets, and small appliances sitting untouched and collecting dust. One of the quickest and easiest ways to make some extra cash for Valentine’s Day is by selling these electronics that you no longer use with the Gone iOS app or Gone SMS. Simply snap a photo of your items and Gone will take care of the rest — from finding a buyer, shipping your items, and collecting payment for you.
2. Have a yard sale
Sell all of your leftover household items at a garage sale. This is the perfect way to sell all of those items you can’t unload on the Gone app — such as clothing, jewelry, handbags, or old furniture. Just hang up a few signs around your neighborhood and start selling! Not only will you declutter your home, but you’ll also put some cash in your pocket.
3. Start a side gig
Thanks to the Internet, starting a small business from the comfort of your home is now easier than ever. Have design skills? Set aside a few hours this month and offer your skills to design logos or set up websites for local businesses or friends. You could also start an errands-for-hire business and run extra errands for busy people or the elderly. Get creative and use your strengths and skills to figure out how you can create a side gig and generate some extra cash.
4. Pet Sitting and Dog Walking
January and February are popular months for travelers to escape the wintery weather. It’s also the time of year our furry friends are cooped up indoors for hours. You can make some extra cash by offering to pet sit, or walk your neighbor or family’s pets on sunny days. Wag!, the Uber of dog walking is taking traditional dog walking by storm. Find out if you can sign up to walk dogs in your city.
5. Rent out your space
If you live in a big city or close to a touristy site and have an extra bedroom to spare, consider renting your space on Airbnb. Of course, not everyone lives in a place like this, but it’s still worth listing your place to make some extra cash once in awhile or for special occasions.
Love is in the air, but loads of cash may not be. Using these tips and Gone, you can take the stress out of Valentine’s Day and make some extra cash to spend on your special someone.