These days, it’s hard enough just to get by, let alone save money. If your income could use a boost, it’s time to think outside of the box. Here are 5 creative ways to supplement your income and improve your personal finances.
Renting Your Home as Storage Space
If your home has a little bit of extra space, there are apps that can connect you with people who are willing to pay to store their personal items. It’s a great hands-off way to make money by taking advantage of the space you may already have.
Etsy & Other Online Marketplaces
Have a bit of an artsy/crafty side? Online marketplaces like Etsy are great ways to start producing some supplemental income by taking advantage of skills you already have. Whether you’re a quilter, woodworker, or something way more specialized, chances are you can find a market for what you make (especially if you offer unique, fun personalization options for your customers).
If you’re struggling to get ahead financially, but you’ve got some killer writing skills, you may want to consider the ever-expanding world of content writing. Services such as Textbroker where you can send a sample of your writing, then get started writing content for businesses, websites, and anybody who needs quality content.
Seasonal Labor & Odd Jobs
As the weather gets a little warmer, more people will need their lawns mowed, their dogs walked, or even house-sitters to take care of pets during summer vacation.
If you’ve got an entrepreneurial mindset, you could start a lawn care business (or even find a part-time job with one that’s already established in your area). Not only will this allow you to get some sun and exercise, if you do a great job, you can start to build lasting professional relationships.
Lessons & Tutorials
Lastly, if you’re a talented musician, carpenter, or just about anything really, you can offer reasonably-priced lessons and tutorials in your area (or video/Skype lessons online). After all, why shouldn’t you get paid for the knowledge and skills you already have?
Whether you become a music teacher, a dog-walker, or the owner of your very own lawn care business, it’ll be nice to have a little less financial stress in your life and a little extra money in your pocket (or ideally, your savings account).