It’s always nice to have some extra cash on hand these days. With inflation, higher cost of living, and the economic crises (Greece, China etc.) that seem to be ongoing, prices of even the most normal of goods are rising. In these conditions, it’s not uncommon to wish for some “extra money”, be it to buy your loved one a nice gift, or maybe treat yourself to a delicious meal.
And really, this is quite possible! Extra money doesn’t necessarily have to come through company bonuses or working more hours at your day job. There are a whole bunch of skills/certifications that you (yes, you!) can acquire to make yourself some more dough.
For the most part, just make sure you have a decent computer and a few free internet tax tools handy to track any supplemental income you make.
Here’s a list of some ideas that will help you make some supplementary cash:
These days, everything seems to be online. With that in mind, learning how to code is a skill that is high in demand. There are many online coding courses that you can enroll in. I’ve started learning to code myself – it’s almost like learning a foregn language! This sort of technical acumen, among other skills, is necessary to succeed in any IT based career. A lot of businesses need a part-time coding specialist and will allow you to work from home or remotely in your free time this is one of the advantages of learning a skill such as coding.
Doing a short course on photography can go a long way, not to mention it’s quite fun. After learning the basics of photography, you can set up your own little side business. These days, everyone is in need of a photographer for family shoots, childbirths, engagement pictures and more. Learning about photography through classes and your own research will enable you to do some shoots in your free time, at your own pace, and make some extra money in a creative and fun manner.
If you love to write or have a story to tell, then writing could be a great way to earn some money. Many publications look for guest contributors who are willing to share well-written, personal stories, often in keeping with their particular theme. These publications or online magazines and websites will sometimes pay you for your piece of work. Writing and getting published is a double win, in that you get to make some additional money while also sharing your story with the world, and gaining readership. Eventually, if your piece is popular, the publication may even ask you to regularly contribute and pay you on that basis.
To be honest, bartending has always been something I’ve wanted to try. The idea of standing behind a bar, mixing exotic cocktails while being able to people-watch sounds like an exciting nighttime gig. Completing a course in mixology/bartending opens up many opportunities. You could moonlight at a restaurant, bar or lounge and make a sufficient amount in tips, especially on a weekend night.
Or, any teaching for that matter. I use yoga as an example as my mom herself is a yoga teacher, and she absolutely loves it. That’s her career. But it’s equally possible to learn a trade and use it towards making money in your free time. With something like yoga, you could teach personal classes before/after regular work hours, and also maintain your health at the same time.
Medical assisting programs are abundant, and for most of them, you don’t need to have a prior background in medicine. By enrolling in an online medical assistant course, you can keep your day job and also learn a new skill. Eventually, if you enjoy this sort of work, it’s possible to make a career out of medical assisting. The average starting salary for top earning medical assistants was around $35,000 in 2013.
Rent out your extra rooms/house
Have a room in your house that isn’t being used? Sign up on sites like Airbnb that will allow you to rent out your extra space. You are allowed to connect with potential renters and based on your comfort level, you can rent out your room (or even just your couch) for the price you’ve set. If you are on a long vacation, renting out your house might be a good idea. And this comes with the added benefit of not having to leave your house locked and unattended.
Learn about cars
Did you know that according to the AAA the average American spends around $9,150 a year on car related costs? Teaching yourself basic car hacks to lower your costs might save you a lot of money in the long term. Also, being able to fix the simple problems your car may face will save you regular trips to the mechanics. You could even go the extra mile and help other people with their basic car problems for a nominal fee.
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