When you need extra cash, sometimes thinking outside the box and relying on yourself will get you farther than just working harder at what you are already doing.
Everyone likes cash. Some of us want more of it. Others NEED more of it. When money gets tight what can you do to bring home what you need? The bills need paid, the kids want stuff, and you have places you’d love to visit someday, but it seems like every field is competitive today when it comes to getting promoted. Or maybe you can’t get more hours at your job, but you’re free a couple evenings a week. Many, many Americans today are facing the same problems. The key is to recognize the opportunities around you to increase your income outside of the workplace. Take a look at a few of these ideas to start bringing in the cash right from home!
- Try renting out a room in your house through sites like Airbnb or Couchsurf. Here’s a great one. For the cost of only the utilities the guests will use, you can make money advertising your home as a temporary rental place.
- Try driving for a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft. If you have a car that is in good shape, you can usually choose how often and how long you want to work, making this a great option for those who want to use up their nights or weekends. All you need is a driver’s license and a car!
- Do you greatly enjoy writing? Take the area you have the most expertise in and turn it into a writing career. Sites like Upwork and Thumbtack allow you to provide your services to those who may need them. You never know, if you have the knack for it, it might be the start of a new career!
- Babysitters and pet sitters are always needed. If you have experience with caring for children or animals AND ENJOY IT, start letting your friends know you are available. Get some business cards made and get them out there to everyone you know. There are also plenty of sites online where you can advertise these services for free!
- If you’re artsy or talented making beautiful crafts or goods, you could try setting up an online shop on a site like Etsy, Amazon Homemade, or other sites designed for arts and crafts. You can also get in touch with local shops you know about that might want to sell the goods you create.
- If you’re good at fixing things, look into handyman services! If appliances and electronics are your thing, or cars and motors, put it on a business card and start getting the word out!
- Try tutoring your friends or neighbors in something you are skilled at. Whether it’s academic or simply a hobby, this could be a great way to make some extra cash! If money is an issue, try bartering services in exchange for your instruction abilities. For example, maybe your hairdresser friend has always wanted to learn about a subject you know all about. Why not swap a few hours of tutoring for a haircut?
- Then there’s property care. An oldie but a goodie. Lawns always need mown, flowerbeds need weeded, and snow needs shoveled. Property care may be for you if you are willing to get your hands dirty. Even if you have never done yard work or landscaping, much of it can be learned quickly. If you think you’re up for it, knock on your neighbors’ doors and see what they might need done.
If your wallet is thin, or you are just tired of doing the same old thing at your job with no variation and are looking for new ways to expand your earning potential, starting something up on the side may be for you. There are always opportunities around us to make our lives better. Even if
you only have a couple of hours a week to pursue something new, you may find out you are much better at something other than what you are doing right now. Who knows! A side hustle could turn into a new career in a just a few months. You will never know until you try. Go for it.