Life is expensive and not all of us have the luxury of having an abundance of disposable income to enjoy when payday rolls around. Paying out for basic monthly requirements such as rent, bills, and the food is expensive enough and if an unexpected problem arises then that can feel like our worst nightmare is being realized.
Maybe there are some stylish fashion essentials you’ve got your eye on for your next vacation and you don’t want to have to choose between one pair of shoes or another when you could have both!
In an ideal world we’d ask our bosses for overtime at work or an advance on our salaries but unfortunately, that isn’t always possible, especially if our jobs are salaried with no opportunity to make a little extra here and there when needed or we are working in a declining industry. With that considered, there is no need to feel disheartened, and there are certainly several opportunities available for you to earn an extra income which has been outlined for your consideration below.
Have you ever considered freelancing in order to gain additional work and income? Once upon a time, making money online sounded like a risky impossibility, however with an ever increasing people working remotely in favor of opting for a traditional work environment, more and more businesses are looking for skilled individuals online which is perfect for you if you would like to make a couple of extra hundred bucks in evenings and weekends. Virtually any skills or workspace experience that you have could be marketed online. For instance, work in media or marketing? Why not reach out to businesses and marketing agencies offering your freelance services in social media marketing? Alternatively, perhaps you enjoy writing or other creative endeavors (art, graphic design, etc). Even if you don’t have specified professional experience in these areas, you are still in with a chance of winning freelance contracts in these fields if you can demonstrate that you are skilled enough. For instance, if you are interested in writing or illustration but you don’t have work published anywhere, you can create a blog site or portfolio of work in order to demonstrate your ability. Think big and you could experience great success in this area.
This one is worth a category of its own because there is potentially so much value held up in these unloved items.
Some pieces of jewelry are worth holding onto because they come in and out fashion with the changing seasons. However, there are others that just sit around on your vanity table collecting dust for months or weeks on end because you can never envisage wearing them again. Perhaps some of them are eye-grabbing statement pieces, or others you look at with an air of “what on earth was I thinking?” As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure – so that clunky ghetto gold necklace that you’ve got hidden away may disgust you, but another person may love it so much that they want to wear it every day. When it comes to jewelry, a lot of these items can also be worth a fair bit of money so they are definitely worth getting valued and selling your old jewelry if you can’t imagine yourself ever wearing them again.
From furniture and electronics to clothes and shoes This is a great way to de-clutter your life as well as make some fast cash. So many of us hold onto things for years and years even though we have passed the point of liking them or have no intention of using them again. You would be surprised by how much value you can find browsing around your house and clear out the attic. You will note that there are several websites out there each dedicated to selling different items – simply conduct a search on Google with the phrase “Sell ….. Online” and the particular category of item.
Did you know that there are several apps and websites out there where you can teach people to speak English online? You don’t even need to hold any formal qualifications or be an experienced teacher – the only thing that is necessary is that you are a native English speaker and you have a genuine interest in helping other people learn. Many of those wanting to pay for an online English teacher are students and other young people based in the Far East who need to be conversational in English in order to succeed in their careers. Rather than needing to consult with a Teacher about complex matters about grammar and verb conjugations, they simply want to practice talking and improve their pronunciation. Perfect as a side hustle for you since you can hold conversations with these people over the phone while preparing your evening dinner, or instead of watching TV on an otherwise unproductive Sunday. You may even make friends and learn about a new culture in the process!
In a similar vein to selling your marketable skills online, you could also consider selling an e-course if you possess some skills which are in demand. Going back to the examples mentioned previously, social media marketing and advertising are great examples of this. Many companies want to improve their social media footprint or use their socials in order to drive traffic and profits to their site but they are just unaware of how to go about doing this. In a perfect world they’d hire a consultant or an employee to assist them but maybe they don’t have the finances or it’s more convenient to self-train and so they opt for purchasing a course.
The great thing about this for you? This income is completely passive income – meaning that once you create the course, no additional work is necessary and effective, you make money as you sleep!