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If you’re willing to hustle a little, there are plenty of opportunities to boost your income. Just a few hours a week could be all you need to make sure your bills get paid on time or you have some pocket money for the weekend.
I have listed 10 ideas below to help you get the creative juices flowing to figure out how you could get a little income boost by as early as tomorrow.
You might just discover an untapped source of secondary income that you could turn into your primary source of income one day!
Part-Time Personal Assistant
Think of all the things you wish you had help with:
- Making phone calls
- Running errands
- Yard work
- Picking up the kids
You can provide that to someone else.
There probably aren’t that many people who can use a full-time assistant, but they see the benefit of having someone help out for an hour or two.
Rent Your Car
Work from home and don’t need your car during the day?
Think about it: it’s just sitting in your driveway collecting bird crap.
Put it to good use and make some pocket change!
There are apps/websites to help:
Each site will have their own set of rules and guidelines, so be sure to research the terms before you sign on the dotted line.
Knock on Doors
Organizations are always looking for people to canvas neighborhoods and either solicit donations or spread awareness about a cause. This will also help you brush up on your social skills.
As a note: be prepared to get doors slammed in your face. Some people don’t like random people knocking on their doors.
People have parties.
People hire bartenders to pour or mix drinks and servers to help serve food.
Watch for posts in local groups on social media or in the local paper. Put the word out to your friends so they can recommend you.
With the right position, you can make a lot of money quickly.
Note: You can take a class and learn how to mix drinks as well.
If you’re someone who actually likes to clean or organize, you’re in luck!
When others are too busy to clean or their mess has gotten to the overwhelming-call-the-hoarder-show type of mess, you can be the one they pay to clean it up.
They have the extra money to hire you and you have the know-how they need. All you have to do is find each other.
To get started, you’ll need a few basic cleaning supplies and/or a plan to organize.
Do you enjoy spending your evenings in front of the TV or on your laptop?
Do it at someone else’s house AND get paid for it!
There might be a little work involved, like feeding a pet, watering plants and getting the mail, but it could be worth it.
Share your knowledge for a price.
What do you know how to do –
- Play an instrument?
Use online ads or give friends/family permission to share your contact info with potential clients. Even just a few students could provide a nice income boost.
Get A Rommate
Split the rent and utilities. Depending where you are, that could be upwards of $1k.
Be sure to set some ground rules. You don’t have to go all Sheldon Cooper and come up with a 200-page Roommate Agreement, but it might be helpful if the person knows what you expect.
- work schedules
- parking spaces
- overnight guests
- pet policy
- parties and get-togethers
Get a lease agreement in writing if you have to, so you know when it is time to start searching for another roommate.
Pet Sitter - Dog Walker - Boarder
Sign up with Rover and get paid to spend time with your new fur-friends.
Pet sitters can make some nice pocket change per day, about $25 or so.
If you’re lucky enough to get a good dog, it’s an easy job.
Dog walkers earn around $15 per 30-minute walk.
With Rover, you have the option to offer these services:
- Day Care
- Drop-In Visits
- Doggy Day Care (perfect if you already work from home)
Just a few clients can add to your income nicely.
Buy & Sell on Craigslist
People who take the time can potentially trade their way from a used cell phone to a car without spending a dime.
It basically works like this:
- Look for things with low purchase prices (like clearance items).
- Purchase and fix if needed.
- Sell it at a higher price, closer to what the product’s actually worth.
There are always good deals to be found, as long as you are knowledgeable about an item’s value.
Be aware of a product’s market value, then look for a buyer.
The Bottom Line:
I hope these ideas were a decent enough brainstorm to help you think of creative ideas to boost your income. Putting in a little work could make a big difference in the long run.
If you happen to find something that interests you, you’ll actually enjoy the time spent.
Many of these tips can be put into action immediately, so you could be making some solid pocket money by next week!