10 Quick Ways to Turn a Profit

By AWD Digital

Spring is here! That means Summer is just around the corner and with it comes Christmas, summer holidays, music festivals and social events of all descriptions. Whilst all of this sounds exciting, it’s a pretty expensive time of year and many people find that come December, they simply don’t have the funds to realise all of their summer plans. If you often find you’re not exactly flush with money come the end of the year, now is the time to start earning a little bit extra on the side. Here are ten ways you can quickly make some money to add to your summer savings fund.


  1. Garage sale

A tried and true way to earn a little cash whilst decluttering. A garage sale only requires you to shift the stuff you don’t want onto your front lawn, make a few signs and sit outside for a couple of hours. Garage sales tend to work best when they are highly visible or near a high traffic area, are well signposted (put up flyers on the day), and the weather is nice.

  1. eBay

The modern version of the garage sale, eBay has been going strong since 1995 and shows no signs of slowing down. If you want to be a successful seller, upload at least 3 good quality pictures, describe your item clearly, and start the auction at the lowest price you are willing to part with it for. Branded items tend to sell best.

  1. Metal recycling

Our favourite option on this list! Metal recycling is a great way to get rid of your junk in a responsible, environmentally friendly way whilst making some money. As Melbourne’s favourite scrap metal buyers, we accept all types of ferrous and non-ferrous metal in all conditions as well as cars, caravans, machinery, car batteries, tyres, PVC and compressors.

  1. Online surveys

There are hundreds of companies out there willing to pay you for your opinion, some will even pay you just for signing up! Just make sure you do your research about which company you sign up with to ensure they are legitimate and not out to steal your personal information.

  1. User testing

If you’re internet savvy, user testing is a great way to earn a little extra money. User testing requires you to visit a website or an app, complete a series of tasks, and then provide honest feedback on your experience either via email, phone or video link.

  1. Use the online sharing economy

The online sharing economy is a great place to quickly earn cash for doing something you’re already skilled at or have the equipment available. Have a van? Help someone move! Got a spare room in your house? Rent it out to holiday makers on Airbnb! Got an impressive tool collection? Lend them out on Tool Mates Hire!

  1. Re-selling

Reselling small scale products like cans of soft drink or chocolate is a great way to fulfil a need in your office whilst turning a tidy profit. Buy a slab of your workplace’s preferred soft drink or energy drink, and when the 3pm slump comes around, offer easy access to a pick-me-up for $2 a pop.

  1. Busk

For thousands of years, hungry musicians have been taking their music to the streets and creating ambience in exchange for a surprising amount of cash. You can continue in this proud tradition although in 2018, you’ll probably need to apply to your local council for a busking license first.

  1. Promote a local business

Has a new café opened up near where you live? Drop by and offer your promotional services (handing our vouchers, wearing a sign etc.) for a few hours in exchange for some cash. If you have a strong social media following, it may be worth approaching local businesses whose target audience intersects with your followers and offering to promote them online in exchange for money, products or services.

  1. Do your taxes

Obviously, this is no one’s idea of a good time and it does take a few weeks for the money to come through. However, if you never sit down to do your taxes, you’ll never know if you’re entitled to a return!


As scrap metal buyers based in Melbourne, Metal Men Recycling are here to help you with all of your spring cleaning (and profit earning) needs! We offer a fair price for all types of metals in a wide range of conditions. To save you the hassle of driving out to us, we offer free pickup and will even drop off a free bin to put your scrap metal in if you have a lot to deal with. To learn more about what we offer, please call us on 03 5941 6677.

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