Choosing to undergo spine surgery under the advice of our Doctors can be a monumental step towards reducing or completely eliminating your neck or back pain. After you have made the decision to go through with the procedure, you may have some questions about financing, insurance, or about the surgery itself. Our team is standing by to answer any of these questions for you over the phone (1-800-349-6922) or in person, and to help make this process as easy as possible, we’ve put together a list of 6 creative ways you can use to help pay for your spine surgery or other procedure.

1) Embrace Your Inner Artist 
If you like to knit, sew, paint, or one of countless other arts and craft hobbies, you may be able to continue to develop your hobby while also earning some additional income. With the advent of the internet, it has become very easy to set up a small store where you can list your creations for sale. eBay, Etsy, and many other online marketplaces exist that allow you to set up your own storefront and showcase your creations.

2) Recycling Aluminum and Scrap Metal 
If you or someone in your family uses a lot of cans or other aluminum products, you may be able to take these to a local junkyard or recycling center and sell them for a modest price. Picking up cans that have been left in the park or on the beach is another great way to help your community and earn a little extra cash for your procedure too.

3) Clean Out Your Garage 
Nothing beats the classics, and a garage sale is as classic as they come. You may have heard the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” and this is basically the entire philosophy behind garage sales. You would be surprised at how many tools, electronics, sports equipment, and furniture the average house collects over the years. Having a garage sale is a great way to help clean your house and provide some extra income as well.

3) Crowdfunding 
You may have seen crowdfunding in the news lately as it is quickly rising in popularity for not just the medical field, but across countless industries. Essentially, crowdfunding is a platform that allows people to set up a campaign and have friends, family, and the public contribute small amounts to help finance your surgery. Crowdfunding donations are also typically allowed to be anonymous so you can rest easy knowing that your donor’s privacy will be protected. YouCaring and GoFundMe are two popular sites that will allow you to set up a campaign.

5) House Sitting 
With the ease of travel in the modern era, it’s not uncommon for families to travel multiple times per year. Many of these families would like extra peace of mind that their property is in good hands, so they may seek someone who can regularly check up on their home and keep their yard in good shape. Thumbtack and Rover are two sites that allow you to find people looking for someone to watch over their home while they are away.

6) Dog Walking 
Did you know that there are almost 90 million dogs living with families in the U.S.? Unfortunately, busy work and school schedules may prevent some of these families from walking their dogs as often as they should. If you enjoy being around dogs, and wouldn’t mind the extra exercise, dog walking might be a good option for you.