It’s no exaggeration to say that planning your wedding should be one of the most exciting periods in your life. While there are no rules about how much a wedding should cost and it’s absolutely possible to have a magical day on a tight budget, it’s a shame when you have to compromise on your dreams because you’re strapped for cash. Whether it’s the budget for the dress, the cake, the photographer or the reception, sometimes just a little extra money could enable you to take an aspect of your wedding to the next level.
If you are looking for ways to make some extra cash before your wedding, here are six ideas to get you started.
Pet-sitting in your local community
Pet-sitting for people in your area, and for friends and family, could be a great money-earner for you. If you love being with animals it won’t feel like work at all! You can even do it in your own home on a schedule which suits you as many people are happy for you to keep their dog at your home, as long as they have company and get the care they need. Take a look at Petsitter.com to advertise your dog-sitting services or Care.com is great for cat and dog-sitting.
Depending on how confident you are with children, you might want to do some babysitting in the local community. It’s a great way to earn some extra cash at the evenings and on the weekends when babysitters are in high demand. If the kids are old enough, you could even get them on board with some handmade wedding decorations as a fun craft project. Online sites like SitterCity.com are great places to advertise.
Place some bets or play online games
If you’re feeling lucky you might be able to spin yourself some more money by placing some careful bets on a website like Unibet or another kind of online game which rewards you with money. It can be a fun way to generate some extra cash, but it should always be approached with caution and responsibility. You may even be able to win prizes or a honeymoon which could make the start of your new life a little bit more luxurious.
Rent out your spare room on AirBnB
Why not rent your spare room or, if you’re heading away on a trip, rent out your home for someone who needs accommodation in your area? AirBnB is an international service which enables homeowners to earn income in a safe and regulated way for as long as you want to. Find out more on AirBnb.
Take on some freelance work
Do you have a talent or skill which could be of use to others? Perhaps you’re a musician or an academic who could tutor children, or you have skills in writing, designing or marketing? Some people who run their own business are in need of virtual assistants who can help the with administration or organization. You can post your availability on websites such as Elance.com where people go to look through for people with the skills they need.
Sell what you don’t need or want
Everyone has furniture, clothes, technology or other valuable items which they don’t use anymore. Gather up all of your items and post them on eBay or perhaps Craigslist. You’d be surprised what other people will pay for what seems to be junk to you.