SavvySugarSource: 7 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money
Spending less than you earn is more important than ever these days, but it's also more difficult with disappearing jobs and slashed salaries. Increase your income by making extra money outside of your day job. Here are seven easy ideas on how to generate more cash flow.
- Show Your Love For Animals: Expensive dog walking services don't mesh with many people's trimmed down budgets, so why not fill their needs more cheaply? Dog walking or pet sitting offers are particularly appealing to people with inflexible schedules, and on weekends or holidays when people want to get away.
- Multitask and Make Money: If you're already posting your belongings to sell on sites like Craigslist and eBay, why not offer to post for others while you're at it? So many of us have stuff laying around that we'd love to sell, but we never get around to posting it online. Ask a small fee for assuming this responsibility.
- Tutor: Check in with the local public schools and libraries to extend your services as a tutor. Charge a little less than the going rate to attract parents who want to get help for their kids but are also trying to cut costs when possible.
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- Freelance: The freelance market might be a bit more competitive these days, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get in the running for these jobs. Find a variety of freelance and contract work on websites dedicated to these listings.
- Start an Online Store: Showcase your goods by creating your own online store on a host site like Etsy.com.
- Give Cooking Lessons: Everyone is trying to save money and eating out less is one of the best ways to do this. People are usually willing to invest in improving their skills, so if you're confident in your cooking abilities, why not show others the way around the kitchen? Getting a side job with a caterer is a good option, too, for those of you who like working around food.
- Once a Bridesmaid . . .: When you're a bridesmaid, you're often left wondering what to do with the dress after the wedding. Consider getting some money back on your purchase by selling your dress on a website like Woreitonce.com or bring it to your local consignment store. Never been a bridesmaid? Consider selling the formal dress that you'll never wear again or doesn't fit you anymore.
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