Boost your income

It’s frustrating. You’ve cut every expense, but you still can’t make ends meet. Maybe you’re just starting out, or maybe you need to pay off some debt. Whatever the case, sometimes there just aren’t enough dollars to pay for it all. 

If you have more money going out than you have coming in, increasing your income may be the only option. Check out these ways to make money on the side without sacrificing your freedom.

1. Drive for Uber or Lyft

Let’s face it. Driving for a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft is a side gig that can adapt to your current schedule. All you need is a driver’s license, a clean driving record, a vehicle and the appropriate insurance coverage. Then download the app and sign up to start driving. By providing good service, you’ll get good reviews, which hopefully will translate to more business down the road.  

2. Sell your stuff

How about those designer shoes you never wear? Are they collecting dust in your closet, right alongside your old cellphone and the college textbooks you’ve been meaning to get rid of? Consider selling your unwanted items on eBay, Craigslist or other resale sites. If you have more than just a few items to sell, you may want to host a garage or yard sale. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

3. Rent your home to vacationers

Think about the space where you live and whether it could be put to additional use. If you live in a popular vacation area, listing your home as a vacation rental is a good way to make some significant extra money. Or maybe you travel a lot and your apartment sits idle when you’re on the road. You could rent it to others during that time. Check out websites like Airbnb, Vrbo and HomeAway to learn more about renting your home to vacationers and business travelers.

4. Start a side business

Find something you like to do, and then create a part-time side gig to bring in some extra cash. Do you love dogs? Start a pet-sitting service or walk a dog on Rover.com. Are you good at graphic design or coding? These are in-demand services that people are willing to pay well to use. Start with the skills and talents you already have, or find a way to develop new ones. After that, it’s just a matter of investing some time and effort into getting your business off the ground. 

5. Take paid online surveys

This is definitely not a get-rich-quick scheme, but you can earn some extra cash by participating in online surveys. It’s really just a matter of sharing your opinions with companies who want to know what consumers think. A simple search will give you multiple options, but sites like Survey Junkie and Swagbucks are a good place to start.

6. Put your hobbies to good use

Don’t overlook your hobby as a way to bring in some extra cash, especially if that hobby is something you love to do. If you’re a photographer who takes great photos, try selling them to others. Maybe you make craft items that could be sold at local craft fairs or on Etsy. And if you’re especially talented at playing a musical instrument, you may be able to charge a fee for music lessons. Get creative and start thinking of your hobby as a possible side hustle.

7. Find your niche on Fiverr

When businesses are looking for freelancers to provide a specific skill or service, they often turn to an online marketplace like Fiverr to find what they need. You can sign up to do anything from designing a logo to writing a song. Fiverr brings both parties together, and you get to charge a fee for the service you provide. Freelance websites are a great way to make money online.

8. Ask for a raise

Depending on your current situation, you may want to ask for a raise or promotion at your current job. If you like what you do and your performance is good, it probably can’t hurt to ask. That’s a surefire way to boost your income while continuing to further your career at the same time.  

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