In today’s economy, unless you’re in a position where you’re real well off, such as a lawyer, an accountant, or a professional athlete (which for the majority of us, isn’t happening), extra income is nice to have.
While it will take extra work to earn that income, the extra pay could be incentive enough to help you push through it.
And if you know where to look, you can find an extra job that you also enjoy.
Here are five ways to make extra income:
1. Start an online business
Online businesses seem to be the craze these days. With multiple options up to choose, including becoming a BeachBody coach, to selling Mary Kay as an independent consultant, to a host of other options that you can sell products online through, you can find a niche that you enjoy and begin your online business venture.
Ten years ago, or even five, it seemed like a crazy idea if you said that people aside from taxi drivers could make money driving.
It’s an age-old concept, but working retail can be a great way to make extra money. While working retail during the holiday rush of Christmas will bring added stress, it could mean nice chunks of change in your pocket if you pick up the hours that are needed.
Besides, stores may offer discounts to their employees, which would pay off for you if you’re looking to buy from where you work. And if you can include multiple people on that discount plan, you’ll be set for your Christmas shopping.
4. Freelance writing
If you enjoy writing, use that passion to your benefit. Freelance writing has its perks in that you can pick what you want to write about, how often or how seldom you write.
There are multiple sites and guides to use to find freelance writing jobs, and even Indeed can help you find reliable freelance jobs. Other than that, take a look at whatever publications you would want to write for and check out their submission guidelines to find out what you could submit and their deadlines, pay rates and pay timetables.
As for putting in your pitches, keep those short. The people reading your pitches are very busy on their production schedules, so you don’t want to overload your pitch and have them ignore it.
5. Freelance photography
If you have an interest with cameras and like taking people’s pictures, start a photography venture. You can book weddings, engagement shoots, family photos, senior photos, or anything .
Keep your rates reasonable and be aware of your competition.
Good luck as you find secondary employment. May you find something that will help you with your financial picture and something that you will enjoy.