Being homeless can send you into a downward spiral, and you can quickly find yourself trapped in a dangerous loop. People who are homeless cannot find a steady job, for the simple reason that they don’t have an address, and there’s always the problem of not being able to look presentable enough to go to interviews.
However, even if you are homeless, there are methods to make some money. Make sure that you get a small cash box, to protect your money, and you can even start a bit of a saving plan. Here are some ideas that have already been tried and tested with success by other homeless people.
It will take all your day, but gathering empty beer bottles and other recyclable items with the purpose of carrying them to local recycling centers can bring up 15 dollars a day, if not more, on summer days. It is not much, and you will walk a lot, but such a thing can keep you floating.
If you have only recently become homeless, a good idea to make money fast is to sell your valuables, and as quickly as you can, while maximizing your profit. There are some big or expensive items you would not be able to take with you, so getting rid of them in exchange for cash is a good idea.
Local contractors, especially those in construction and agriculture fields, need a lot of people to help them day to day. Of course, you cannot expect the same benefits as you would as a full-time employee, but many such jobs will pay well for a workday. The plus is that you don’t have to be dressed up to snuff, as such jobs will make you dirty your clothes and your hands anyway.
Put your artistic abilities to good use
Do you happen to be an amateur painter? Or are you handy with a carving knife and can make wooden statues that at least will make one passerby or two stop and look? Offer your small creations in exchange for a bit of money.
If you are healthy, it is always an excellent option to donate blood. You may not be able to donate blood too often, but a single time can bring you 50 dollars. Some people donate plasma, not blood, and also make a good buck. At the same time, you are doing something good for other people.
Help at local sports games
When local sports events take place, a lot of odd jobs open up that can be filled in by homeless people. Whether you may help after a game with gathering all the trash or the personnel needs help with someone that is handy with passing a ball, you will find that there are a few things you can do in exchange for cash.
Find local expositions to help
If you happen to leave in an area where there are plenty of local exhibitions, here is another opportunity that will open up. All the people who are part of such events need help with setting up their tents, and their booths, and that is where you can readily offer your services.
There are all kinds of small jobs you can do on the spot, without having to be employed. Such a job is washing dishes at a restaurant. You may be surprised to learn how many people who have later become successful started by washing dishes because they didn’t have any opportunities to do something else at one point in their lives.
Buy and resell
There are plenty of garage sales and flea markets where you can hunt down bargains. Make sure that you buy low and sell high, as any investor worth his or her salt can tell you. If you happen to see some scuba diving fins lying in a corner with only a 5-dollar price tag, be sure that you can sell them for a few times that price, even if they are used.
Even though your options may be limited, since you have plenty of time on your hands, you can spend hours every week hunting down such bargains. People who go to work for 8 hours a day don’t have this possibility, so you can be the one to sell them things they need, for a small profit.