There are those who find themselves unemployed and with no immediate and definite plans of what to do next. For such people, there is a great wealth of possibilities just awaiting exploration. Congratulations! You now have the perfect opportunity to choose how you can get your hands on that needed money without having someone to “boss you around.”

Of course, there are very many items on the menu. However, here are “chef-recommended options” that you might want to sample yourself:

 Let your creativity work for you

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Every person has a creative side. If you haven’t fully tapped into this part of your persona, let it come out by listing down all your known skills and then your interests. You can even take free online tests to help you figure out what you’re good at. You, of all people, are in the best position to know where you’ll shine.

  • If you like photography, use the talent to freelance as a contributor in money-making sites or be the photographer for an event.
  • How about writing? If you have the talent and passion for it, write blog posts for sites.
  • Are you into crafts? Start working on your art pieces and “showcase” them to your neighbors, family, friends, and former colleagues. If they find them good, then you just might earn from them.

Participate in online surveys

There are survey companies that are paid by their clients to conduct surveys through the Internet. Respondents get rewarded in return in the form of cash. Although this may not make you rich, you can make extra money by simply participating in the surveys. Just be wary of hoax sites” that pay you nothing in the end.

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 Work for someone from the comfort of your home

You can do this while waiting for another job or make it your new job. The latter case has proven to work in the past few years. This is particularly the case with the Internet and various platforms being available to make online work workable and lucrative.  A lot of business owners out there are in need of someone to help them run their companies remotely.

Get rid of the belongings you don’t need

You may sell items that are still in good condition but have no use to you anymore. Platforms such as e-Bay are there for this purpose. In fact, it can be a fun and literally rewarding experience. Do you have an extra space perhaps that you’d want rent out? You will definitely get money out of it by fixing that unused space and putting it up on the market for lease.

Take part in medical research and causes

Do this with extreme caution! This suggestion may not be for everyone because you have to consult with your doctor how safe it is for you to participate. Like bloodletting, which pays, you can look at this option but only if you know very well and accept the risks that come with the exercise.

Babysit or “pet-sit”

This option is only for those who enjoy “taking care of babies or pets”. You spend a few hours watching over your client’s baby or kids and get paid right away. Interestingly, even pets need to be taken care of by a sitter these days. Another form would be walking the dog (which is a skill, by the way), and usually, this is on a regular basis. The now famous Dog Whisperer legend, Cesar Milan, started out that way. Look where he is now!

Whatever you decide to try out, just keep an “open mind” and take each step with a grain of salt.