Tips for Making Extra Cash
Living paycheck to paycheck can lead to frustration, even depression! Whether your goal is to save more or spend more, the job, or jobs, that helps pay for your monthly obligations only goes so far. Not to mention unplanned emergencies! Yes, you can cut down on expenses but there’s only so much fat you can trim at the expense of huge sacrifices. There are things that we must do, like paying bills on time, and things we want to do, or do more of to help keep our sanity. Here are several tips to make extra cash.
Get a Different Job
The Trump administration seems committed on providing HUGE (pun intended) job growth opportunities. Trust us, there are plenty of jobs available but there’s a big gap between candidates and the skills required to fill these jobs. You can get a different job with your current company or change companies. Professional resume writers like Resume Builder are experts in making your resume stand out from the rest of the applicant pool. This is an investment in your career that will translate into higher long-term earnings. Once you have a professionally written resume, it’s time to upload it onto job boards like Monster, Indeed and Career Builder, to name a few.
- Same company, different job. Ask your boss what’s needed from you to get to the next step and reflect on whether you’re putting your best foot forward to be considered for a promotion. Work with your boss or find a mentor, set SMART goals and pursue them relentlessly.
- Different company, same job. You can change jobs within your industry. Our colleague recently dined out at Bonefish Grill where his server Ricardo had just recently switched from waiting tables at Applebee’s. No disrespect, but Bonefish is a step above and that means bigger tips based on bigger customer checks. Build your skills in your area of expertise and always have a positive attitude.
Get a Second Job
Lots of people work two jobs! You can get just another job OR… get a second job with PURPOSE; ask yourself what your goals are and find a job to help develop skills that can help propel you AND your earnings to the next level.
Get a Side Hustle
A side hustle is a way to make some extra cash that allows you flexibility to pursue what you’re most interested in. It can also be your true passion – a chance to delve into fashion, travel or whatever it is you care about the most without quitting your day job.
- Blogging: If you have an area of expertise, you can create a website with ads and affiliate links, like blogger J. Money did (boosting his net worth $400,000 in 7 years) in and as Smart Passive Income guru Pat Flynn, who has so far earned $3 million blogging, does. Get Flynn’s tips on how to create value for your audience. Lypper was born of the desire to accomplish great things. It’s taken two years of thinking, reading blogs, learning WordPress, talking to people, planning, and also going back to the drawing board. The founder has spent a lot of late nights and weekends working at local libraries and Starbucks to bring this to life on top of a 50 to 60-hour work-week.
- Coach: If you have enough experience in your field to coach others with their careers, then create a website — or, if you have one, add a section describing what you’d offer as a coach. Advertise your services in industry forums and give new clients a discount or other incentives to refer you.
- Tutor: Whether for high school students or adults, you can monetize your expertise by teaching people with less experience or knowledge than you in that subject area. You can work with an established group like Kaplan for, say, SAT tutoring, or you could try hanging out your own shingle and making your services known either to students, parents and schools in your community. If you are targeting adults, you can create your own website or list your services with adult tutoring companies.
- Temp: Many offices need temporary workers, so old-school companies like Kelly Services do still exist and list such opportunities. Indeed.com aggregates listings by location. Do an Internet search to find local listings.
- Cash in on your crafty side: Do you knit or make jewelry or create letterpress items? Sell your wares on Etsy, Cargoh, Craft Foxes, Shopify and other such sites.
- Put ads on your car: Check out AutoWrapped and FreeCarMedia.
- Be a delivery person: You can apply at local restaurants, or try a service like Postmates.
- Promote products and events on the street: Try Street Team Promotion for opportunities.
- Rent your car out: Try GetAround and RelayRides.
- Sell on consignment: For items that you feel are better tried on or viewed in person, whether it’s clothing, shoes or vintage furniture, try a local consignment shop. You can also send items to ThredUp or The RealReal.
- Translate: If you are proficient enough in another language, get paid for translating in the comfort of your home at Translate.com
- Get paid for online searches: Add Qmee to your browser, and if you click on a search result it offers, you'll earn some change.