9 Ways To Earn Extra Cash While Recovering From An Injury

by Shannon Ullman

The world is full of people who work physical jobs, requiring tons of manual labor from them.

But unfortunately for those who earn a living on their feet, one bad injury could put them out of work.

Some employees are lucky enough to get workers' compensation if they've had an accident on the job, but sometimes they find themselves with no income while they heal.

If you're facing unemployment due to a medical issue or injury, here are nine ways you can earn extra cash:

1. Rent A Room

Depending on where you live, renting out a room in your home could be an easy way to earn some income.

Sites like Airbnb allow you to rent your room, house, apartment or even tent in the backyard out to travelers.

This works best if you live in (or near) a place someone may be traveling to like a big city, national park or scenic area. The guidelines are pretty simple and you can set your own price per night.

2. Take Legal Action

This only applies if the injury was inflicted at the fault of another person or place of business.

Hiring a personal injury lawyer could be extremely beneficial if you're looking to win a case.

With proper representation, you can give yourself the head start you need to fight a legal battle that results in some form of compensation.

3. Take Advantage Of eBay

Buying and re-selling items on eBay can be easily done from your home.

The internet is full of resources to help you get started from learning the platform to knowing what to sell and how to collect your profits.

Depending on your injury, you can hit thrift stores and flea markets to find goods to re-sell for a profit.

4. Sell Crafts On Etsy

Etsy is the perfect site for anyone who has a knack for crafts.

You can make virtually anything to be sold on Etsy from sticker decals and knitted sweaters to greeting cards and cookies.

Create your own online store, let the potential buyer learn a little about you and sell all your beautiful handmade crafts for some cash.

This is especially good for those who already have a craft-related hobby.

5. Freelance

Can you write, teach a language, do good voice impressions or take nice photographs?

If so, there may be someone out there who could use your services.

Freelancing sites like Upwork and Fiverr make it easy for people to get paid for their skills.

Signing up is usually free, so you just have to create your profile and get started on finding the best freelance position for yourself.

6. Become A Driver

With services like Uber and Lyft, you can make your own schedule and utilize your car to make side cash.

If you can't work on your feet due to an injury but are able to sit and be comfortable, making money from driving can be a fantastic option.

7. Taking Surveys

Taking online surveys is an ideal option for making money, especially if you can't get around very well.

There are plenty of websites that team up with eager businesses looking to make their services and products better.

You can sit home, on your computer and take surveys to earn money without having to move an inch.

8. Participate in Studies

This one might be of particular interest as there are research centers looking to do studies on people with specific ailments.

Make money by taking online surveys if you have psoriasis, do study visits if you have arthritis and take part in longer research studies if you have rheumatoid arthritis.

9. Test Out Websites

Instead of wasting your time browsing through the internet, make use of it by testing websites.

UserTesting allows you to download a software which lets you look and evaluate websites based on how easy their platform is to use, download times and aesthetics.

Being out of work due to an injury doesn't have to be a hopeless situation.

Keep an open mind and get creative, you might start to like what you're doing to earn some extra cash more than your regular job.