We all know that things are tough these days and that the economic downturn has not exactly been a picnic for the middle class. While the price of everything is going up and earnings remain the same, there is a great urge to find other sources of income.
The cost of living is not what it used to be. With the increasing cost of gas, groceries, mortgages, insurance and almost any necessity imaginable, it seems almost impossible to manage without multiple sources of income.
With that being said, here are seven ways to earn extra income that are practical and may work for you:
Find Part-Time Jobs.
It is not as hard as you think! Check out your local newspaper, employment websites, Craig’s list or even ask around. Try to find something that you will enjoy doing that will not be too stressful. Here are a few part-time jobs with high annual events and great pay:
1. Teacher’s Assistant
2. Receptionist / Information Clerk
3. Personal and Home Care Aides
4. Health Care Aides
5. Landscaping & Grounds Keeping Workers
6. Hotel or Motel and Resort Desk Clerks
8. Talent Directors
There are many more out there.
Get Paid To Write.
If you enjoy writing articles, there has never been a better time to get paid for your writing skills. Most people who visit a website are searching for some kind of information. The main challenge most website owners face is to provide accurate, accurate, and direct content or information to web users. This is where you come in to fill this need.
You can earn a decent part-time income from Google AdSense for your blogs, paid forums, or websites like about.com, which pay you directly for your articles. You can also write for Academia-Research. As a freelance writer, you can also assist customers by developing essays, term papers, thesis, and dissertations that meet customers’ unique needs. Other companies need your writing skills as well, such as AdAgency1, Associated Content, Auction Bytes’ to name a few. You may also want to consider entering the writing contest.
Sell Stuff On eBay
It’s like selling in the world’s largest yard sale when you sell stuff on eBay.
To be successful, you must pay attention to little details to separate yourself from the masses. In the game of eBay, it is all about supply and demand. A helpful hint is researching and finding what items are in high demand. You can start by selling stuff lying around your house that you do not need, DVDs, CDs etc. Make sure your items stand out, add a picture, and list it in the proper categories.
Get Paid For Your Photos
Do you enjoy photography? Well, it’s time to get paid for your excellent photographs. There is a demand for images and pictures of just about anything, and people like you earn an income every month. Many companies will sell your photographs and share the proceeds with you.
All you have to do is take the pictures, upload them, and wait for them to be downloaded. The good news is that one great photo can be sold/downloaded repeatedly. Here is a list of places to start selling your images:
Get Paid For Your Expertise.
You can offer your services as a freelancer, working from the comfort of your own home. You can have the convenience of setting your hours and working without supervision. The key to success as a freelancer is to market yourself, be disciplined effectively; be persistent, be professional; find focus, and set and meet deadlines.
You can work for people on or offline. Here is a list of companies that attract thousands of buyers looking for your services:
Be a Virtual Office Assistant
As the internet and its effect on the business community evolve, the role of the virtual office assistant is becoming more critical. What you would typically do in a traditional corporate office can now be done in one’s home, in satellite offices, or while travelling. Here is a list of resources to get you connected with clients:
Develop and sell a product
If you are passionate about a unique idea for a product, go for it! The important thing here is to get started. You would be surprised how things will work in your favour when you start. Allowed your limits to stop you should not even be an option. Like the old saying goes, ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way.
I have a good friend who designs children’s clothing and is currently producing and marketing a clothing line. He is on his way to great things, and you can be as well.