Do you find yourself struggling for money every month? If you’ve already cut down your luxuries and carefully planned out your cash then it’s not a budgeting problem- you simply need to earn more. The issue that most of us can have as employees, is that our earning potential is limited. While earning a fixed wage each month can mean security, it can also mean that there’s not much opportunity to earn more. While going out and finding a better paid job might seem like a simple solution, we all know that in practice it’s far from easy. You might not have the right experience to find anything better paid, you might be lacking in qualifications that will take you years to gain. However, there are ways you can make life easier financially without changing careers, and that’s by starting up a side hustle. These kinds of things can be done in your spare time, often from home and in many cases they’re not difficult or expensive to set up. You can do some extra work here and there to boost your monthly income- and in time, some people find that they can turn their side hustle into a full time job! Here are some ideas that might work for you.
Many businesses outsource work to freelancers, meaning it’s always in abundance. If you sign up to a freelancing site and chances are there will be work you can take on. You’re not contracted to any minimum amount so it’s completely flexible, each piece will have its own deadline but you’re in control of the workflow and can choose the projects that you want. Freelancing sites offer work for writers, designers, people who build apps and websites and much more. You will usually have to do a short test to prove you have the necessary skills to get accepted, from there you can login and take on work whenever you want. If you’ve had an expensive month or have a special occasion that you want to save for, you can sign in and do some extra work. It’s something you can do from the comfort of your own home to easy to fit around your life, there are no travel costs and in most cases all you’ll need is a computer and internet connection which chances are you will already have.
There are plenty of ways you can start a business from home, depending on your skills and budget. You could buy items from a wholesaler and sell them for a profit. If you have a particular skill, whether it’s baking, gardening, jewellery making or any other kind of craft and utilise this. You could become a tutor, teaching adults or children music, crafts or academic subjects either having them come to your home or via video chat. Your main costs on getting started in business are getting your website set up and marketing. Have a web designer create you something beautiful, and advertise online as well as in person. You could have a bespoke exhibition display stand and attend a trade show, or post leaflets. If your budget is lower, you could start off selling through an online marketplace, this will allow people to find you with minimal marketing and you won’t need to pay for a website. However, there will be fees to pay on everything you sell.
If you already own an established blog, why not push things forward so you can start earning money? If your earning has been limited so far, there could be a couple of reasons. First, have a professional design installed, you can actually buy these cheaply on sites like Etsy. Second, buy your own domain, many advertisers and sponsors will only work with bloggers with their own domain. Improve your photography and use catchy titles to give your blog the best finish overall.