15 Ways to Make Money on the Side

There are a lot of things floating around on different ways to pick up some extra money on the side. Some even show how to take that side hustle and turn it into a full-time income. While I’m sure that’s a dream for a lot of folks,  is it always possible? I’m sure it is, but I’m not here to post about that. I just want to point out some more ways to make some extra money on the side! I’ve written before about a handful of “side hustles” out there. I have done several, and I have made extra money on the side for sure. I decided to expand that list a bit and share more tips that can help put some extra dough in your pockets! Check out some of the ways I’ve earned a bit of extra, and how you can too.

 

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  • Start a blog – There are many ways you can make a little extra money with blogging. It’s also a great way to meet some new friends, and express yourself. It’s not that hard to set up, and watch it grow! There are so many valuable ways you can monetize, and make great connections at the same time. Check out Bluehost for your hosting and get a great yearly rate!

  • Create an online course – Do you have some great skills or knowledge that you’d love to share with others? There are so many platforms out there offering ways to sell your online courses to the masses. Check out Teachable,Udemy, SkillShare and see some of the things out there. If you have something you know people are always asking about, why not teach them? Online?

 

  • Become a Virtual Assistant – Do you have great web building skills? How about social media savvy? Heck, how about general admin skills? Did you know there are plenty of bloggers and other companies out there looking for people to help do those things? And you can do it from home! While you may not know everything there is out there, you probably possess some skills that are pretty valuable in the online world. Check out this great book by Lisa Morosky for some fantastic information too!

 

  • Drop Ship – This is relatively new to me, but I totally understand how it might be a great money maker once you get your ducks all in a row. Basically, you open a storefront, then take the orders. Then they will be fulfilled all while you never touch the product. Check out this great post from Drink Coffee and Prosper and find the details and more.

 

  • Sell your Skills – Do web design or logo design? Check out Fiverr where you can sell your services and make some extra money. You can set different price points for different levels of work, and voila! It’s great if you want to do multiple small jobs, in my opinion. Keep in mind, though, it’s pretty competitive, so you may not start seeing results for a while.

 

  • Sell on Etsy – Are you crafty? Or maybe you are a collector of unique vintage things? Did you know you can sell those things on Etsy? Maybe you crochet hats or scarves. Whatever it is, you’d be surprised at the things you can sell on there. Check it out for yourself and see! I have bought anything from printables to clothing. I love Etsy!


  • Get rid of your “junk”eBay has been around for a long time of course, but there are other ways to unload things you don’t want or need anymore. You can sell on Facebook yard sales, Craig’s List, etc. I just recently found out about this app DeCluttr, and it’s handy for simply scanning barcodes. Do you have stuff lying around you don’t want or need anymore? Why not turn that stuff into extra money?!

 

  • Have an actual yard sale – People actually do still go to yard sales. And, if you live in a subdivision, or something similar, maybe you can get in on a multi-home sale. Those will likely draw even more traffic. Get together with your neighbors and plan it out. If you all chip in, it really won’t even cost much to advertise.

 

  • Take surveys online – Of course, there are a ton of sites that offer this. And yes, there are quite a few that are wastes of time. However, there are some legitimate sites that I’ve actually used that do pay out. Now you aren’t going to get rich doing this, keep that in mind. But you can definitely get some side money, and you’re already online, right? My first and foremost go-to is Swagbucks. Not only can you take surveys, you earn “bucks” for all kinds of online activities. They even have apps for your phone. Between videos, coupons, shopping, discovering new things, etc, I’ve personally earned over $500.00 not even trying very hard. I actually used my Swagbucks to pay for Christmas last year. You can read that post here.

 

  • House/Pet sit – I know, as a dog owner, I’d much rather have a person watch my pups or home when I’m gone over boarding them up. Especially now that they are a bit older. I also know many people who advertise for such things on Facebook, or in the local newspapers. If you are a pet lover, this can be a great way to earn some extra money on the side.

 

  • Walk dogs – Heck, if you’re going to sit for them, why not become a dog walker? There are plenty of breeds out there needing a lot more activity than they sometimes get. Why not help out the owners and the pets who need it by starting a part time dog walking service? Of course, be prepared to carry around potty bags for clean up, and have a genuine love for dogs. They can be a big more than you bargain for if you aren’t a true dog lover!



  • Clip Coupons – This can actually be a money maker for you in more ways than one. Of course, you can save money on your own items. That puts extra dough in your pocket, but did you know hardcore couponers actually search out and will pay for them? Obviously not a mint of money or anything, but hey? If you are already getting those packets of coupons in your mailbox, why not clip away and see what you can make?

 

  • Lose Weight/Get HealthyAchievemint and HealthyWage are 2 different apps that pay you for getting healthy! Who doesn’t want to be a little healthier? They are both a bit different, where Achievemint pays you in points per activity. With HealthyWage you actually set you goal and make a wager against yourself. Talk about motivation! I’m  a big competitive, so I’m pretty excited about HealthyWage for sure!

 

  • Direct Sales – Network Marketing is pretty huge right now. There are SO many different companies around, and you can see it all over your social media. What people don’t understand is that they aren’t really “pyramid schemes”! They are different than working a regular job, answering to a boss you’ll never see or be, in the way of setting your own time and working at your own pace. I am personally enrolled in a few, some just for the discount on products I love, and other to share the love with others. If you already use some of those great things, why not share your passion and make some extra cash?

 

  • Garden – If you live in an area with great soil and awesome gardening, why not use that to your advantage? Search for local farmer’s markets where you can set up and sell that overabundance of veggies! I love our local farmer’s market, and I certainly enjoy giving my money to them over a large grocery chain. It supplements what I don’t get from my small garden very well. Bonus cash if you’re a bee-keeper who makes great honey! Those stand are always the most crowded when I’m there.

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There are so many ways to bring extra cash to your pockets anymore, don’t you agree?? What other ways do you love for making extra money?

 

 

Cutting the Cord – Is it worth it?

Cord cutting has been a hot topic for a while now, in the cable sense that is. Every year it seems we would sit and watch that bill get higher and higher. It didn’t matter if we had cable or one of the dish companies, they all did the same. And let’s not forget the premium cable channels with their great shows! In these money-conscious days, we now live in, we are always looking for ways to save a bit of hard earned money.

 

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Have you thought about cutting the cord? Looking for a way to live more simply? See some pointers here to go cable free!

After paying way too much for way too long, we talked about what we could do to cut the cord. We moved up into the North GA mountains, after getting tired of the city hustle and bustle. While it definitely has its perks, we certainly had to learn some alternative options for things.  One of the biggest ones was the lack of decent cable service. With only 1 provider here, we were stuck, not only with mediocre service but at a premium price! We decided to go with DirectTV and hoped it would be a good choice for us.


DirectTV works out OK here. However we can get some wicked weather from time to time, and that can definitely affect your viewing time. One of my biggest pet peeves with it, or most of the services out there? Why the heck do we have to pay for so many channels that we will NEVER watch? There are hundreds of them, and we watch MAYBE only 10-15 of them, so why the high price for all the others? There really should be an option to let you pick a la carte, in my opinion. That, along with the high cost, definitely contributed to our decision to attempt the cord cutting, for sure.

The First Stages of Cutting the Cord.

So we began our research, looking into what our options might be if we decided to dive right into it. It turns out there are so many more options than we had even imagined! First of all, how about local channels? While we don’t watch a ton of local tv, there are times we check some shows out. Due to that, we began our look out for an antenna. Of course, like I mentioned, we are living in the mountains, with lots of trees. Because of this, we tried several different antennas, about 5 or more. Not a single one of them gave us more than 3 – 4 channels. And the only ones we got were Home Shopping and different Telemundo channels. So we decided to give up on that.

Because we have Netflix and Amazon Prime, we were less concerned about some things. But there are some shows we like that we couldn’t find on either one or at least not current episodes. I’d already binge-watched all of The Walking Dead that was available on Netflix. There are also a couple of other shows I started on Netflix, and then got caught up to DVR. Because of that, I needed certain channels!


Streaming Devices?

Of course, I had some knowledge of those streaming devices that are out there. Neither one of us was super familiar with any of them, so we started researching. There are SO many out there! Luckily my husband is a strong researcher. After looking over all different makes and models, we finally ended up with the Roku 3. It’s a great little streamer, and it even came with a free trial for Sling, which gave us some locals. But that only lasted 7 days, then we would have to pay monthly. And several of the apps had that same little snag. It seems many of the major networks had some form of one, but they are were going to add up fees.

After doing the math, looking at all the add-on fees we were about to start incurring, we realized we weren’t going to save much at all if any. Yes, I could have given up some of my shows I like, and probably should have. But it’s not like I watch a ton of TV, there are just a few I enjoy and don’t want to stop watching. We do love the Roku, however!

So did we cut the cord?

Not entirely. We DID get rid of all of the satellite boxes from the bedrooms, which included ours, the guest bedroom, and my stepdaughter’s room when she is with us. We also cut our package down to pretty much the minimum that still left me The Walking Dead. She got a Google Chromecast since she’s not much on TV, but YouTube and games. We got a 2nd Roku for our bedroom, which is great for streaming audio or general channels as background noise. Because we don’t have a whole lot of guests over, we haven’t decided on what to do with that television yet, but we will. One of the funniest things about it all is we now watch so much more TV (well it’s almost always on as background noise) and we even leave it streaming for the dogs when we are not home with them.

Have you cut the cord? Are you thinking about it?

I’d love to hear successes or even the unsuccessful attempts!

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Biggest Mistakes Direct Sales Marketers Make

There are certainly a lot of different ways to hustle some extra money these days.  Direct Sales seem to be at the top of many lists. However, thinking you can simply sign up and money will come flowing in is one of the biggest mistakes many of them make. I am an Independent Distributor for It Works Global. Yes, I’ve made my share of mistakes, and I’m here to share some of them with you. No matter what your direct sales company is, hopefully, these tips will help you!

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Not stepping outside of your comfort zone.

Sure, you have lots of friends on various social media platforms. Thinking you can strike it big by only going through them is one of the first mistakes DS people tend to make. Network Sales are tough, and you really don’t want to pester your friends and families with the information so much. Trust me, they’ll get really tired of hearing about that crazy wrap thing, or your awesome lip color. So reach out. It is NETWORK selling for a reason. Go out and build a network. Step out of your comfort zone. Go out and blitz in public. Reach out online in other areas you aren’t currently saturating. Find people that share your interests, then reach out. Make a connection. Be real, and be amazed at how much better you will become. You’ll also end up making some new friends along the way!

Don’t make false claims.

This should really be a no-brainer. But please don’t make the mistake of telling prospects things that simply cannot be backed up. No, the skinny wrap will not make you drop 20 lbs and 10 inches with the first application. Nope, you can’t eat all you want and sit on your butt all day and expect to drop weight, it’s that simple. No, your wrinkles will not disappear after the first application of this product. Get the picture? Instead of using false claims, why not share the information they need. Remind them results vary with every body. Everyone will have different results. Share the good parts, and leave the fluff out.

 If you don’t love it, don’t sell it.

Period. If you’ve never tried it, please don’t think you can sell it. Be a customer first before diving into Network Sales. Please don’t just see something that looks cool and think you can make a ton of money selling it. I hope I don’t need to include this one, but I have seen it happen way more often than it should. If I were a vegan, I wouldn’t be selling Omaha Steaks. People will see right through you that way, trust me. No one wants to be lied to, remember? See the point above.

Do not give up!

This is probably one of the first mistakes made. You get one or 2 “nos” and decide you just can’t do it. Guess what? Nothing in this world is instantaneous. If you are looking for instant gratification, perhaps you should rethink your pursual of money making. Did you say yes the first time? Probably not, right? I know I didn’t. But I love the products, and I continue to use them while I am working as an Independent Distributor. Have I had my fair share of “no thank yous”? Ummm, yes. Plenty. I am not giving up, and I know bigger things are still to come.  Make sure to surround yourself with a great team. Keep pushing your limits and following your dreams. With that, you can do anything you put your mind to!

 

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Budget setting & why you need to

How many times have you tried to set a budget? Did it work? Did you stick to it? If you are at all like me, or a lot of folks I know, you may have failed. Maybe once, twice, or more, am I right? I’m certainly not going to claim to be a money guru or financial genius, that would be a lie. However, I have learned a lot in the past few years that might help you if you’re struggling.

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Make a budget and stick to it! Budget setting might not be easy for everyone, but we all need it!

 

First off, let me fill you in on my poor financial past. I’ve never been good with money. Maybe because I grew up spoiled rotten. Maybe because I never had to budget. I got my first job at 16, like a lot of people my age. I worked part time just for fun. After all, I was 16, living with my parents and didn’t even have my own car. That began my downfall of spending whatever money I had on whatever I wanted. I had no idea what a budget even was, or why I would ever need one.

When I moved away to college, apparently my parents made “too much money”, so there was no financial aid for me. I did get a small scholarship, but not nearly enough to cover the whole thing. So of course, my parents paid for that too. (Like I said, I was a spoiled rotten girl). Of course, I still worked at the same place I got my 1st job, I wasn’t too far from home, so I’d go home on the weekends. I had mom’s car since I still didn’t have my own. She’d do my laundry and I’d hang out with friends.

Sometime during my 2nd year, my desire to stay in college diminished. I dropped out and moved home. I had my own car by this point, (YAY, thanks mom for co-signing) and I had a few credit cards I was lucky enough to get in college simply for being a student. AND… that’s where more problems came from. Borrow from one to pay on another, etc. I wrecked my credit so fast, it was unbelievable. Still, I never saw the need for a budget, but why?

Fast forward, (minus all the boring details where the parents paid my rent, bailed me out of financial troubles time and time again, etc.) to the future. I finally moved far away from my parents in 2011, well into my 30’s. I reconnected with someone from college, (ironically) who was living in Georgia. I’d been living in NE Ohio my entire life. We talked on the phone daily, and then he flew me down for a visit. Less than 6 months later, I was packing up and moving south! The silly thing I did was tell him I HAD to have my own apartment, I wasn’t moving in. Well, that turned out to be another time I SHOULD have budgeted but never did.

Less than 6 months down here, we moved in together, and then in 2013 we married. Still, I wasn’t the type to make a budget. He helped me clean up my credit, and I even got to buy a car, no co-signer! I was making decent money, after all, I’d been with the same company 5 years at that point. I even got to move down with a job already waiting for me. Then exactly 1 year later I wanted a better car. A brand new car, to be exact. So I got one. Did that help me budget? Nope…

I have learned that a budget is the only way that I can keep my spending in check. Plain and simple. I like to shop, and I like to spend money. My current job was a pay cut from the last one, but at least I’m not putting 70+ miles on my car a day anymore. That alone helps a lot. However, I know I still need to budget to keep myself out of financial trouble. And I have had my share of financial troubles, believe me. From a bankruptcy long ago, to even a repossession of my car, I’ve been bad with money and finances.

Start by tracking your income. Your paycheck, weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly. I get paid weekly, hubby is on the 15th and 30th. The best way to plan a budget is to start there. Get out paper, write it down! Find a great planner, or notebook if you need to, but put it all in writing. I’ve found if I want to stick with something, putting it in writing is my only way. There are some amazing financial budget planners floating around out there, trust me.

Next, outline your expenses. Itemize down to the last detail. Don’t skimp here, be honest with yourself and list it all. Mine looks something like this:

Expenses:

  • Mortgage
  • Car Payment
  • Electric Bill
  • Car Insurance
  • Cell Phone
  • Gas for car
  • Credit Card
  • Groceries per week

And of course these can vary, when you factor in dog food, meds for dogs, etc. But those aren’t weekly/monthly exactly, so those will have to go in another list. Obviously now, break these down by what is paid monthly, etc. And be certain to set a budget for things where you can overspend, such as groceries! Make lists and stick to them. And if you have the time/drive to clip coupons, do it! They do help. Don’t forget about your rebate apps and such too. These can all help save, while you stick to your budget.

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Use this list to divide your paychecks and split them up so you aren’t broke one or 2 weeks out of the month. I take a quarter of my car payment out of each check so when it’s due at the end of the month, it doesn’t wipe out my entire pay for that week. If you can use this method to pay your bills, it won’t seem like you’re living paycheck to paycheck.

More than anything, I can’t stress enough, WRITE IT DOWN AND STICK TO IT! That is the absolute only way you stand a chance of sticking to anything, including a budget. It won’t be easy, and there will be times you want to stray. But don’t. Remember why you are doing it and keep it up. And after you have been successful for a bit, sock some of that money aside in savings, or in a rainy day fund.

Do you have a budget planner? What tips and tricks work for you when you are trying to stick to a budget? I’ve love to hear your thoughts!

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