In today’s economy seems like a lot of people are looking for ways to earn extra money. Money has been a subject a lot of American’s struggle with. Things got a lot worse for many people after the economic crisis of 2008. I know that a lot of people say that economy has improved but for me and my family things are still difficult. There were months where we didn’t know where the next meal will come from.
Here are some creative ways that will hopefully help you earn some extra money on the side. Some of these are one-offs (could only be once or maybe twice) and some are strategies that you can use in a long term. So let’s get started:
- Sell your old stuff. If your family is anything like my family, you probably have ridiculous amounts of old things that you never use or wear laying around the house. Why not sell it? The are a few ways of going about selling your old things. You could host a garage sale. Having a garage sale could be fun for the whole family. I recommend getting your kids involved as much as possible. Or you could trying to sell your old and unwanted things online. Websites like craigslist.org and ebay.com are perfect places to do it. Be cautious when selling stuff on craigslist and don’t let strangers into your home. I think I’ll write a blog post dedicated to this topic.
- Rent out the spare room in your house. Renting out a spare room in your house, apartment, condo or a townhouse is a great way to earn extra money every month. You could find a roommate. Ask your friends if they know anyone looking to rent a room. Be careful of whom you let into your home. You could also rent a room to an international student. In the city where I live this is a very common practice. There are so many benefits in renting to a international student. They are in school or out most of the time. It’s a short term commitment, so if anything changes in your life you are not stuck with a tenant in a lease. To find out more information about rental rates in your city search for real estate professional in your area.
- Start a blog. Although it’s more of a long term and a slow grow strategy, once successful your blog can bring some solid extra income to you and your family. I would suggest picking a niche that you know a lot about and focusing on producing quality content. Learning about Search Engine Optimization and Google Adwords are also good ideas. As I said building a blog that generates income takes months sometimes years of consistent work. However, once successful it will be a great source of steady income. I know many people that do blogging full time.
- Tutor or give lessons. Do you have a skill that you can teach someone else? Can you play a music instrument? Are you A+ driver? Are you a math wiz? What ever your talent or skill is you can teach it to others and make good extra income doing it. Put an ad in your local paper. Post your services on craigslist.org and kijiji.ca
I hope you found my tips easy and simple to follow. Good luck with your money earning strategies. Feel free to share your favorite in the comments section.