Making extra money is a dream that many have. The problem is that some of the ways to make extra money aren’t as easy as others. Sure, you could start a blog and hope to make money like crazy but unfortunately something like blogging takes a lot of time and often many do not make money from blogging (although if you are still interested, check out StartABlog123.com).
In light of that, I thought I’d share some of the more simple (or maybe not so simple if you ask some) ways to start making extra money that you can reap benefits from sooner rather than later.
Selling Your Stuff is a Great Way to Start Making Extra Money
How much stuff do you have sitting around your house? If you’re like me, it’s likely quite a bit. What does this have to do with making extra money? A lot in my opinion! If you’re finding that you have a lot of stuff that you simply don’t use anymore the first thing you should look to do is sell that stuff. Crazy thought, huh? Now, you likely won’t become rich doing this, but it can be a nice little money-making source for you.
There are many options to consider when you’re wanting to sell your things to make extra money. You have Craigslist, Ebay, Farmer’s Market or even a garage sale to choose from – to name a few. My wife and I sell stuff on Craigslist several times a year which usually nets us at least several hundred dollars each time and that’s money we can use for other things, mainly saving or investing. This can also be a great way to build up an emergency fund if you’re in need of doing that. Just remember though, don’t take that extra money and go buy more junk with it, or you’ll defeat the purpose!
This is likely my favorite way to start making extra money. We all have skills and talents that we can market. For some it might be programming and others it may be writing. Those are skills which can be monetized. This can be easier said than done in some cases, and some will take longer than others but the beauty is you control it.
Start thinking outside the box to see what talents you have and how you could monetize them and start to make more money that can go directly in your bank account.
What if you feel that you don’t have a marketable skill? First, you’re likely wrong and second, there are options if that were true. Do you live in a pet-friendly neighborhood? Do you have friends who travel on occasion? Do you have friends who have babysitting needs? Those are all options you could look at as they could result in picking up dog walking, housesitting or babysitting gigs. It likely won’t be a ton of money in the beginning but many make quite a bit in the long run doing everyday things like that.
As with anything related to finances, your mindset is key as many even turn these skills into side businesses that thrive.
Pick Up a Part-Time Job
What do you do if you want to make extra money on the side but don’t want to take the time or effort to start marketing yourself or monetizing your skills? Another possible option to consider could be picking up a part-time job. This may not be as desirable as being your own boss, but it’s still an option to consider for many wanting to earn extra income. There are many options to consider when it comes to working part-time jobs:
- Retail jobs
- Working in a call center
- Temping in an office setting
Those are all more along the lines of a customer facing retail setting, so what if that’s not your thing? You could also look at things like tutoring or assisting a friend with his or her business. The point is, that there are a good number of options out there, you just have to look into what’s available and how that would work into your schedule.
What are you doing to start making extra money? How are you increasing your net worth in tangible ways?
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