Regardless of if you’re a college student with a full course load, a full-time employee or on the brink of retirement, you can use more money, right? Here are eight ways to boost your income without having to put in more hours at the office.
1. Have tons of extra time during the day? Think about what your neighbors may need. Do you live near elderly people who could use someone to shop for them? Does the mom down the block have three dogs that she has to find the time to walk? Young parents can always use an on-call babysitter, busy working men and women may benefit from someone who’ll run errands and pet owners will likely need a dog or cat sitter the next time they head out of town.
2. If you have a guest room that rarely gets used, rent it out to travelers or anyone who needs a temporary place to stay. This is especially helpful if you live in an area that gets a lot of tourists.
3. Clean out your closet and bring your duds and accessories to consignment shops.
4. Sign up for investment newsletters, which will be packed with helpful tips, advice and links. These will be especially helpful if you’re just now getting into the world of investing and need some guidance.
5. Car owners who aren’t in love with the exterior of their vehicle can make some money by selling ad space. Some people even earn up to $400 per month just for driving around with a businesses ad on their car!
6. What are your special, marketable skills? If you love – and have a knack for – gardening, drawing, refinishing furniture, etc., there’s likely somebody out there who needs what you offer. Market your skills for the things you love to do and get paid for engaging in an activity you enjoy.
7. Have you been making bracelets or trinkets for yourself or your close friends? Take photos of them and post them on Etsy! With a bit of marketing, you shouldn’t have a hard time selling quality products online. Plus, you don’t have to make the product until somebody buys it, which means no wasted money on supplies.
8. Love court shows on TV? I bet you didn’t know that you can sign up to be a mock juror. These websites let prosecutors walk through a pre-trial before actually standing in front of a real jury.