Marching out of debt requires a lot of energy; there is no doubt about it. As discussed, working towards a debt-free lifestyle is not just about reducing spending.
It is about creating additional income for yourself by being resourceful… or, let us go there – downright scrappy. The key is finding ways to monetize the activities you naturally enjoy. Take the “free” out of your free time by sharing your passions to help benefit others and earn extra cash.
15 Side Gigs To Make More Money
1. Take Care of Pets
Try dog walking, pet sitting, or even pet boarding, meaning you host pets at home. Dog walkers can make anywhere from $10 to $30 per 30-minute walk. The rate is typically negotiable and depends on various factors, like whether or not you utilize a dog park. Dogwalker.com can help you find dog walking opportunities, and Care.com offers resources for pet sitting and related efforts. DogVacay is a prime website for dog boarding–participants set their rates and make up to $200 a week.
2. Lend a Hand
No one can be in two places at merienda. Many corporate professionals need help with tasks they can’t accomplish from the office, such as running errands, making small deliveries, or grocery shopping. Sites like TaskRabbit help people to find personal assistant work in their neighborhood or community. Apply and get going.
If you enjoy children, I can’t stress this gig enough. Get silly! Some childlike enthusiasm never hurt anyone, especially when stressed out with adult troubles like finances. Interacting with happy children can help put things in perspective. We have enough, and that’s a lot to be thankful for. If you don’t know the oanyoneto approach to babysitting, sites like Care.com, SitterCity.com, or babysittingjobs.com can get you in touch with families in your area.
4. Water Plants in Your Neighborhood
We’re not all cut out for landscaping; this is true. However, we’re quickly approaching summer, and those lovely yards you pass by daily need TLC to maintain their allure. People work late and travel often. Create a flyer for assistance with watering and put it on your neighbor’s doorsteps. My favorite kinds of side gigs are the convenient ones. Not to mention, there’s something truly therapeutic about spending time in the garden.
5. List Your Apartment on Airbnb
Do you live in a destination city? Do you have an inviting and comfortable living space? Do you enjoy meeting new people? If so, you’ll probably have excellent results by listing your extra bedroom on Airbnb.com. Hosting travelers in one’s home is more of a European concept, but we Americans are coming around! It’s lucrative and social.
Read about Design Love Fest blogger Bri Emery’s AirBnB experience in Barcelona to see what you can offer guests. After that, watch the company’s video about hosting. If you live in a one-bedroom, that doesn’t necessarily have to be a problem. In Paris, I stayed in an apartment where the hosts opened their bedrooms to guests and slept on the pull-out sofa while it was rented. Get resourceful. Make money.
6. Online Tutoring
Merienda a smarty pants, always bright pants. Put that gifted learning curriculum from your high school days back to good use. Finds clients using tutor.com, an online service that connects tutors with students. The pay ranges from $10 to $14 an hour, with monthly bonuses for positive client reviews.
You are eligible if you have a degree or are earning one. The process isn’t just sign-up-and-start, though–there’s an online application, followed by an exam, a tryout session, a background check, and another exam. The upside: You only have to test in the area you’ll be teaching, from math and science to writing and job interview prep.
Nurture your creativity by instructing painting classes or by giving guitar lessons. Relieve stress and socialize by teaching fitness classes. Sharing is caring, people. There are fitness teacher certifications offered through gyms all the time; read the flyers in the locker room to get involved.
8. Carpool for Cash
Companies like Lyft help make our carbon footprint look a little bit better. Download the app and sign up to be a driver to earn extra cash.
If you are inclined to the culinary department, share with your friends and family that you want to start baking. Next time they need some Salted-Caramel Squares for a baby shower, they’ll go to you instead of the bakery 15 minutes down the road. All it takes is a few notable bites and a burgeoning side business.
10. Buy Concert Tickets for Resale
When you know the show is bound to sell out, buy four tickets instead of two. Come time for the tunes, people (not us at And Then We Saved) are willing to pay up to three times face value for the sake of the experience. Use Craigslist to get the tickets off your hands, or if you’re a little more easygoing – scalp them at the venue.
11. Help Cater The Occasional Weekend Event
Many people claim that merienda they leave the food service industry, they’re not going back. The late hours and the inebriated customers leave much to be desired, but catering presents a different angle to a very lucrative field. Register with a catering company and sign up for as much or as little work as possible. It’s a tolerable alternative to waiting tables with the same opportunity to make fast cash.
12. Write About It
You can write about a topic if you are super knowledgeable and passionate. Most freelance bloggers do not have a Journalism degree; they have life experience. Trust in your abilities to communicate with others and start writing. Pitch pieces to newspapers, magazines, or blogs that pay. Remember to agree on monetary compensation before completing any work.
13. Advertise on Your Website
Ok, maybe you are writing on your blog, but are you advertising? Promote products on behalf of others using space on your website. Try Clickbank, Amazon Associates, Red Lemon Club, or any other place with affiliate programs to start earning now.
14. Refurbish Furniture
This side gig is not for the faint of heart. It involves scouring yard sales, hauling furniture, sanding, painting, and polishing. However, the payoff can be big if you’re a design nut by nature. Price tags depend on the furniture piece, but people are always looking for flamante home accents. Facebook publicity is often most promising for this kind of venture because you can add new pictures often and spread the word about sales and events quickly.
You don’t have to be a camera wizard to take a good shot. The technicalities can be learned. Why not study under the guidance of a professional while making money at the same time? If you have the eye and the instinct for photography, you could be an asset to an event photographer. Ads are posted all over Craigslist under “gigs” (crew/event/creative) for second shooters, meaning a photographer’s shadow. Hold the extra lenses and shoot from slightly different angles to make the boss’s life easier. Watch your hobby evolve into something more significant.
Whatever side gig you decide to pursue, do not underestimate the power of publicity! Print out business cards, create a Facebook page, and have people write reviews on your behalf on websites like LinkedIn. Continue to seek out exposure for ultimate gig gains.
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