When you think about it, there are so many ways to earn extra money. No longer do you have to scour the internet or help-wanted ads to find work. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you can take on a second income with just one of these ideas:

–Car Broker for Hire.

If you’re good at selling things and like cars, consider combining the two and be a middle-man for people too busy to sell their own cars. You could charge 6% like real estate agents do, and the only expense you’d have in the operation would be advertising . It’s a unique job, something you could do part-time, and a good way to help someone sell a car. Make sure the car is clean and that the owner has verified in writing that it runs satisfactorily, then show it to potential customers.

–Rent Musical Instruments.

This idea will work even if you don’t know how to play an instrument. Just purchase some musical instruments, like keyboards, guitars, pianos, and drums, and you can rent them out to local people in need of one, like a high school student just learning to play an instrument but can’t afford to buy one. You don’t even have to have a full set of drums. A drum machine will work for some musicians, and it doesn’t even have to be the best drum machine, because they can get expensive, as with any musical instrument. Keep it simple at first, then build your inventory as you earn more.

–Bring Full Service Back.

The old-school way of service stations was for someone to walk out to your car, pump your gas, clean your windshield, check the oil, water, and tire pressure–and you could be the person to resurrect this practice, and make good money while doing it. Approach the owner of a service station and present the idea, with the selling point being that it will bring in repeat customers. You would be working for tips, but the tips would add up quickly at a busy station. A lot of drivers would love for someone to do this for them, especially if they had on clothes that they wanted to keep clean, or a vehicle full of kids.

It would take about 5 or 6 minutes, and you could earn about 100 dollars each day. Remember to dress well, and be courteous but not intrusive. If you’re pleasing to the eyes and ears, you may get a bigger tip. Always put your best foot forward.

–Ghostwriting For Dollars.

Ghostwriting is a good way for a writer to earn money, and you have to look no further than your local professionals. They’re always in need of new clients, but may not have the time to woo them because of their current clientele, so this is where you would come in. Go to the professional, be it attorney, massage therapist, psychologist, real estate agent, or whoever, and offer to ghostwrite one article a week for the local newspaper. If it’s cheaper than advertising, he or she will probably go for it.

It will keep their name in front of the eyes of the reading audience, and will offer valuable information to the community by way of advice column, Q&A column, anecdotes, or whatever information the professional wants to offer. Show the professional some of your work, and make sure he or she understands that ghostwriting is legal and legitimate. You may know what ghostwriting is, but a lot of people don’t. Remind them that some of the most successful celebrities and business people often use ghostwriters to write best-selling books.

A related money-making idea is to ghostwrite newsletters, autobiographies, and recipe books. Discuss your fees upfront, and even charge for rewrites if any are requested. Some people don’t want their reading audiences to know their book or other literature has been ghostwritten, so remember to use discretion where appropriate. Your business may start out slow, but over time, and with word of mouth and networking on the Internet, it could grow from part-time to full-time in no time.

–eBay is The Way.

Learning a few tricks about finding bargains at eBay and then reselling them for profit isn’t that hard. One way to do it is to find merchandise that has no photos with them, since these don’t sell as well as items that do have photos. To find these items, use the terms “without photo”, “no pic”, or some similar term in the search box. Another way is to find auctions on eBay that are over late, late at night.

Most people just aren’t awake at 3:00 am, but this is when a lot of people start their auctions, so this is when you should do your bidding–at the end of it, when most people are in bed. It’s easy to find out when auctions are ending in the wee hours of the morning, just do a check for them on eBay. Another way to find a bargain to resell is by looking for merchandise that has been misspelled, or the wrong model or serial numbers have been entered, which makes the items impossible to find by bidders. The tricks are out there; it just takes a little investigation and practice.