There’s a saying that goes “Why is there so much month left at the end of the money?”
If that’s something you find yourself thinking far too often, maybe it’s time to think about increasing your income. Aside from asking for a raise, there are a few ways to bring in some extra cash…
Get a second job
Depending on how rigid your schedule is, a casual or on call job might work better than a straight part-time gig – think working at events and concerts, or a seasonal retail job. You could be an usher, work in security or hospitality, or even coach a sports team.
Parents still like to go out on a Friday or Saturday night from time to time, and will pay you to give up yours to look after their children. Pretty handsomely, in some cases…
Think back to what subjects you did best at in school. Could you tutor kids in essay writing? Biology? Calculus? Or if you have a degree, many people will pay good money for your help with course content. While halfway through her law degree, one of my best friends tutored a first-year law student at $30 an hour.
Just Google “mystery shopping” and sign up with a couple of companies. Secret shoppers typically evaluate customer service at various stores by going in with a false enquiry and observing how staff deal with them. You could also get meals, clothing, petrol and even plane tickets for free this way.
Some people have a knack for finding bargains either online or in brick-and-mortar stores, then offloading them for a profit online. Or if you’re the crafty type, make and sell your own creations! Etsy was the de facto home of aspiration before Pinterest came along, and Makeably caters for custom individual projects.
Got a creative streak? Maybe you could do some design work in your spare time, or pitch a few stories to magazines. You could do the same with accounting, programming, website design… start out by asking around your network for leads, or check online job marketplaces (but beware of the aggressive underbidding that often happens; be smart about where you devote your time). With a couple of recommendations under your belt, you could soon have a humming side business going.
Hopefully these ideas will get you started – as you can see, using your skills or talents to make some money on the side doesn’t have to be complicated!