Most of us find ourselves in a position where we have ‘too much month at the end of our money’ every now and again. Don’t you wish there were a way you could earn a little extra cash without the hassle of leaving the house or tying yourself down to a second job? Actually, there is. This day in age there are lots of ways you can make money in a legitimate way and do really well for yourself, here are some ideas for going about it.
Creating content is a great way to make money online, however, it’s far from a ‘get rich fast’ kind of scheme. You need to spend a significant amount of time creating good content, promoting it and networking. However, if you’re looking for a new hobby then something like this is great to start, as you can make money with it later down the line. As your site or channel gains followers and authority, sponsors will begin to contact you about paid opportunities. It’s a great way to earn money as you’re doing something you genuinely enjoy anyway; it might be a bit of extra pocket money but if you’re lucky and it does really well, it could easily become your full time career. Have a think about what you enjoy and base your content around this, it could be anything from travel to career advice, health and fitness or just your daily lifestyle. Lifestyle vlogs and blogs are very popular, you might not think you’re that interesting but people love getting glimpses into the lives of others so you might be surprised!
Starting your own home business is a great way to earn money on your terms. It can be doing something you love, and as you’re the boss, you get to call the shots. Start your venture small in your free time and let it grow organically. From there you’ll be able to see whether it;s something that will remain as a side hustle, or something that you can continue to build. If it’s really successful you could move out of the house and into commercial premises and hire additional staff if you wanted to. If you wanted to stay home based, hire third party companies and/ or freelancers to do the jobs you can’t or won’t do.
Freelancing is an excellent way to make money from your skills. Unlike starting your own business there's no risk, there’s little to no upfront costs and you can get started right away. Find a freelancing site and search for jobs to suit your skills, you could be doing anything from writing articles to designing apps, to video translation services depending on your skills and interests. While each piece you take on will have a deadline, there’s no minimum or maximum so you can really make it work for you. Whether it's around a full time job, a blog or just occasionally to save for things like holidays, it’s a quick way to earn some cash without leaving the house.
Many of us are sitting on hundreds, maybe even thousands of pounds or dollars of items in our homes- things that we simply no longer need or use. Why not declutter and make some money at the same time by selling things? Check your attic for dusty old antiques that you have no use for, sell things like bicycles and car parts that you don’t use out of your garage. See if there’s anything in your basement that might be good to someone else but is useless to you. Things like clothes, dvds/ cds, even broken jewellery has a market, list things on ebay or Craigslist or hold a yard sale at your home. Give your old items a new lease of life with people who want them, and use the cash to put towards things that you do actually want.
Finally, having more money in your pocket each month might not be a case of earning more- but spending less. Organising your finances allows you to see where you’re currently overspending, and where you can cut back on things you don’t need. Digital subscriptions like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Spotify for example could all be cancelled if you don’t use them as much as you should- there are lower cost alternatives. Food and groceries are another area that just about any household can cut back on. Takeaways, coffee shops and convenience foods are all really expensive and can add up in a big way, make some changes so that you’re preparing your own food and drinks and keep the expensive, unhealthy food as an occasional treat. Another thing you could do is once a year, run your bills through a price comparison website. Switching companies to make the most of new customer deals can save you in a big way, and it’s relatively hassle free to do. Just give yourself one morning once a year to get it all sorted and ensure all of the bills you’re paying are as low as they can possibly be. All of the money you save means there’s more in your budget to either save up, or spend on things that you genuinely want or need- rather than it just being wasted.