Sometimes, you have to spend money to make money. In fact, a lot of the time you do. Unless you're working for an employer, you often need to invest a bit of money to be able to make some back. While it might not sound appealing, it can be the best way to make more cash. Although you have to earn back the money you spent first, you could then go on to earn more than you might with any easy-earners like doing surveys. If you're looking for ways to bring in some money, I have some ideas that will require an initial spend but will help you quickly earn it back.
Selling Things You Buy
There are so many ways to set up a business, whether you want to run it full-time or just have something that will pretty much run itself on the side. Opening up an online store is one of the most popular things to do, and you can set it up, so you don't have to do a lot. You can do it without spending much, especially if you use dropshipping instead of buying stock. But you'll still need to spend money on some things, like buying a domain and hosting for a website. Starting a business can be very low-cost, but it's rarely completely free.
Making Things to Sell
While you might not exactly see it as a business if you enjoy making things, deciding to sell them does essentially mean you're running a business. Even if it's a small one. If you're in any way creative or crafty, whether on the sewing machine or in the kitchen, you could make money from the things you create. But, of course, you need to pay for the materials you use, which means it's not something you can do for free. If you want to start selling, you can quickly begin to use your profits to buy more materials.
Renting Out Things You Own
Another way to earn from things you buy, instead of selling them, is by renting them out. There are lots of things you can create an income from with just one purchase. For example, you could buy an inflatable bounce house and rent it out to people having kids' parties. There are some things you probably won't buy just to rent to others, but you can anyway. For example, I think it's a good idea to let people hire my motorhome. A motorhome is an expensive purchase, but not one you can use all that often. Renting it out helps to pay for it and ensures it's not going to waste.
Earn Cash Back
Earning cash back is perhaps more saving money than earning it. But if you're planning to shop anyway, you can view it as making money. There are lots of offers you can find in various places, but it's also possible to access cash back schemes. I like Ebates, which is a popular option.
You don't always have to spend money to make money, but it can help. But before you spend, think about whether your plan is worth it.