You CAN Make Extra Money!
If you need to make extra money because you’re having trouble making ends meet in a tough economy and you’ve already cut your budget to the bone, here are a few ways you can make some extra money that you can do right now to help get your bills caught up, and start paying down your debt. Some of these are just plain common sense and some you may have never thought about, but all of them can make you some extra scratch to get by on even when the overall economy is not so hot.
Whether you do accounting or carpentry, if you have a marketable skill, then you can hire yourself out to do freelance work on the side. Unless your employer strictly forbids freelancing, it can be a great way to make extra money. In fact, you could even grow your freelance work into a full time business. It’s very easy to advertise your services on such sites as Craigslist and Elance.com.
Are You Crafty?
If you have arts and crafts skills you can make whatever you think you could sell to friends, family, or anyone else in the world by setting up a shop at Etsy.com. It’s a web based marketplace for arts and crafts that can connect you with people around the world that are willing to buy what you make. That’s definitely a lot better than setting up shop at a flea market or trying to convince a boutique owner to carry your stuff.
Got an Extra Room?
Rent a room or your whole house to someone who is traveling to your city using AirBnB.com. You can list what you have available on their website and people sign up to stay. Charge what you want per night and you have the power to approve or deny who stays. Each traveler and destination are rated by the participants so you have a better idea of what you might be getting. AirBnB will even send a professional photographer to take pictures for your listing at no charge to make sure your accommodations are represented as professionally as possible. Here’s a quick video to show you how it works.
Drive Like a Wrap Star
Ever seen those cars zipping around town wrapped in advertising? They aren’t always driven by small business owners promoting their business. Some people actually get paid to have their car wrapped in advertising and go about their normal daily driving habits. Depending on where you live, what your driving habits are, and the advertiser, you can make as much as $400 a month just for driving your car. It can be a little difficult to get picked if you drive less than 800 miles per month and don’t live in a heavily populated area, but it may be worth 20- 30 minutes of your time to fill out the forms necessary on the different websites to see if you qualify. Just do a Google search for “auto wrap advertising”.
Is Photography Your Hobby?
Then you can actually sell your photos online at sites such as Shutterstock, Fotolia, or istockphoto.com. You may already have a large collection of photos or you can shoot what interests you and upload them to these sites. You’ll typically make about $ .25 every time someone purchases one of your pics, so you won’t make millions, but remember, each photo can be sold an unlimited number of times. So if you upload dozens or even hundreds of good quality photos, it can become a steady stream of income over time.
Whether you’ve lost your job, had your hours cut back, or you just want to make extra money to pay off your debt because you’re becoming intense about getting debt free, remember, there is always a way to hustle and make extra money, even in a bad economy.
In fact, I would argue that there has been no better time in history to make extra income due to the power of the internet and its ability to connect one single person with almost every other person on the planet, a segment of those who are looking for exactly what you have to offer.
So go ahead, get crackin’ and find a way to make that extra money you need to achieve your financial goals.
Have any ideas on how to earn extra income?
Let me know in the comments.