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I Need Extra Income!!!

on March 11, 2014

This post is part of a budgeting series. See All the steps below:

Budgets, Where To Start?
The Other Half of the Budget

The Nitty Gritty

Budget Deficit

Cutting Your Grocery Bill

Keep Those Dollars In Your Pocket
Irregular Incomes


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So, now that we’ve gone over how to do a budget and a few ways to save on your expenses, we have arrived at getting more income. Sometimes you have stretched your income as far as it can go and still are unable to pay all of your bills. This week we will go over a few things you can do to bring extra money in.

  1. Sell some stuff. Look around your home. Are there things you aren’t using? Do you have clothes in your closet that you haven’t worn for months (excluding seasonal clothing of course)? Do you have multiples of the same item that you don’t necessarily need multiples of? Have a garage sale. If that seems too overwhelming, sell your stuff on Ebay. Also, look around facebook. A lot of areas have local ‘swap’ groups where you can sell your items to people in your community. You could also swap your items for other items you are in need of.
  2. Mow some lawns. Is there anything you can do that someone needs done? Mowing lawns, shoveling sidewalks, babysitting? Do you have a talent you could teach someone? If you know how to play piano, guitar or any other instrument, give some lessons to those in your community that are interested in learning that instrument. Do you have carpentry skills? Do odd jobs for people. Are you a good cook? Try selling tacos at the park (some licensing may be needed for this, check with your city’s government). Try to pick up some odd jobs in your community for people who need some work done. Basically, think of a skill you have, and come up with a way to make some money on the side doing that skill. Some websites like TaskRabbit will hook you up with people who need simple things done hlike picking up their dry-cleaning or doing their grocery shopping for them. The downside is that there has to be some tasks in your community, but it’s worth looking. Amazon will hook you up with tasks you can do online through mturk.com. Both TaskRabbit and mturk allow you to choose the tasks that you do. Each task lets you know what is required and how much you will make from the task.
  3. Get a part-time job. Even if it’s just until you get back on your feet, try getting a part-time job. Restaurants are always looking for waiters or delivery people, gas stations and retail stores need cashiers, even distributing newspapers could be an option for you.

Well, there are a few ways to boost your income, temporarily. If you need to boost your income long-term, you may need to look into a different career path. So, how have you been doing with your budget? Do you have any more ideas for boosting income short-term? Be sure to come back next week when we will discuss irregular incomes.

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One response to “I Need Extra Income!!!

  1. Love this! I am a huge proponent of people going after extra income. It’s totally possible for anyone! 🙂

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