There are several ways to make extra money. The means through which you accomplish this pressing necessity are completely up to you. Accomplishing this goal depends on how much money you want to make, what resources you have available to you and of course what you are willing to do.
There is a Jamaican saying that comes to mind when I think of financially challenging circumstances: Hard times tek you, pickney frock fit you. Translation: when hard times overtake you, children’s clothes will fit you. Meaning: when things are bad enough, you will make use of resources never before considered.
It’s safe to say people are facing hard times in the Unites States and abroad. If you are in any sort of financially challenging circumstance, you are probably ready to make use of resources never before considered. You may also be at the point where you have to take action and failure is not an option. It is important to analyze your situation, identify your goals and evaluate your options in resolving in problems. Five great ways to make extra money are:
- Working online
- Securing a part time job
- Creating your own opportunities
- Selling items no longer of use to you (online and offline)
- Budgeting to save more money
For small pocket change there are websites like Mechanical Turk. You probably won’t become a millionaire working on HITs, but you can create a steady source of gas money. Other online opportunities include being an online juror, online tutoring, freelancing and affiliate marketing.
Part time jobs vary in hours and responsibilities. Retail, answering services, customer service, data entry and seasonal openings are all great ways to put extra cash in your pockets.
Creating your own opportunities can be very rewarding and possibly lead into more beneficial possibilities. You can work as a freelance writer, graphic designer, photographer, videographer, driver for seniors and disabled persons or a dog walker. Teaching music or other lessons and consulting companies based on your area of expertise can also prove lucrative.
Selling items that no longer have use has become a well known source of money. eBay can attest to the success of discarding junk. You can also hold online auctions or simply hold a yard/garage sale in your home. Consider organizing a neighborhood tag sale and advertise in the local newspaper and by posting flyers.
Budgeting, even though it may not bring in extra money will definitely keep more money in your bank account. Itemize your monthly expenses and note where you can cut back, reduce a bill or even place applicable accounts in forbearance in order to save money.
Are you interested in other ways to make extra money or better manage your career search? For additional information on this subject, check out career forums. There are many useful resources online that will help you put some change in your pockets. Use quotation marks when performing searches. This will create a more specific command for the search engine and deliver more targeted results. Finally, don’t be discouraged. Times are tough for millions of people, so you are not alone and you will make it.
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