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26. Busk in the subway

19. Sell your unwanted books
At Book Off (49 W 45th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-685-1410), you'll get between 10 and $1.50 for your fiction and nonfiction titles. The Strand Book Store (828 Broadway at 12th St; 212-473-1452, strandbooks.com), meanwhile, offers up to one-fourth of the Strand's selling price, depending on how well preserved the tome is, how likely it is to sell and what the shop's current inventory is like. "I'd love to have a first-edition copy of James Joyce's Ulysses," says Strand co-owner Fred Bass. "If it was in good condition, you could get somewhere in the thousands of dollars." A newish copy of The Secret, meanwhile, will fetch up to $4.

20. Clean apartments
Start with flyers in your building—everyone likes the idea of someone else doing their cleaning—and work your way up from there.

21. Have a stoop sale
Stay on private property—your steps, porch or an enclosed garbage area—so you don't have to go through the rigmarole of getting a vendor permit. One Brooklyn couple held a sale last month and made $800 by the end of the weekend.

22. Sell your clothes
Consignment stores like Tokio7 pay you only when someone buys your stuff. Beacon's Closet (beaconscloset.com), on the other hand, gives you instant cash—35 percent of what the item will sell for. A pair of like-new Converses will get you $10--$20, and a cashmere Marc Jacobs sweater $16--$29. "We buy seasonally," says Tiffany Collings, manager of the Park Slope branch. "So if you have a wow piece that's not right for the temperature outside, wait to sell it."

23. Organize people's closets
If you're one of those people whose closet looks like a finely edited Soho boutique, help others tame theirs for $20 an hour. One tip to keep in mind: Don't toss anything without your client's approval! Advertise on Craigslist (newyork.craigslist.org).

24. Refinish street furniture
A little sanding and a bright coat of paint, and the curbside table you found becomes a lustworthy vintage item. Brooklyn Flea (brooklynflea.com) founder Eric Demby has a soft spot for people who refurbish old objects. "The Flea is curated—it's not first come, first-served," he says. "But I love what I call 'rejuvenators.' The usually have good success—people respond to it." Sign up online to be a vendor.

25. Write other people's online dating profiles
Believe it or not, there's an actual business, Profile Helper (profilehelper.com), that interviews clueless daters and charges them $50--$100 to revamp their dating profiles. Clever up your Facebook page to advertise your profile prowess; post info about your service on OKCupid (okcupid.com) and Craigslist. Charge $30 a pop and tell your successful clients to pass the word along. For more money, offer to snap flattering photos.

26. Busk in the subway
The MTA's Music Under New York program (341 Madison Ave at 45th St; 212-878-4678, mta.info/mta/aft/muny/) schedules musicians to play each month in city subway stations. Too underground (har) for auditions? You can still legally perform your acoustic rendition of "Circus" in the subway. As long as you're not using an amplification device, selling CDs or positioned near a booth, in a car, or blocking the flow of traffic, you're totally within your rights. Check in with City Lore's Street Performers Advocacy Project (212-529-1955, citylore.org) to learn the rules.

27. Play online poker
At any given time, there are a gazillion players looking for a game of Texas Hold 'Em on sites like PokerStars (pokerstars.com) and PokerRoom (pokerroom.com). One Brooklynite who asked to remain anonymous tells us he made more than $65,000 playing in his spare time over the course of the past three years. "The key to making money is playing multiple games at once. Sometimes I play eight games at a time," he says. "I like to play in the evening—more people are on their computers, so you have a better chance of matching up with less experienced players."

28. Set up a chair and offer five-minute massages on a subway platform
Prerequisites: shoulder-rubbing savvy; an unsketchy appearance.

 

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Rachel R
Rachel R

Wow this is one of the most comprehensive lists I've seen to date! Guess if one can't find some cool money making ideas from your list then they probably never will. I also agree that paid focus groups are a great way to make some extra money. I just did one last week and made a quick $150 in about 30 minutes! I love these and  usually find many to join through this site here: http://focusgroupmagic.com/

mlmtraining1
mlmtraining1

Very nice list! Anyone can find something on there to make a little bit of money. Surveys are probably the easiest to get started with because you do it from home and the questions are silly easy to do. The payout is nothing to scream about unless you start getting referrals. Some surveys sites pay quite well for referrals.


Focus groups are good too but it's the luck of the draw to get chosen and isn't something reliable enough to consider as a side income.


For bigger checks, you'll want to look into an internet-based business. That's where the money is being made IF you willing to put forth effort.


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