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12 Opportunities and Ideas to Earn Additional Income

Updated on September 27, 2017
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Linda tries to eat healthy and exercise for health reasons. She tries to do yoga on a regular basis to keep her muscles healthy.



Living Paycheck To Paycheck Is No Fun

Oh no! Payday is a day away and you have a dollar in your pocket if you are lucky. Now you find the milk is all, the car is running on gas fumes and you still have to make it to work. You are in a real tight spot right now and the sad thing is that this happens to you every week. The paycheck just doesn't reach the end of the week for you. How stressful this can be for anyone of us and many of us have experienced this at one time or another. Maybe it is time to consider making some changes in your earnings and your spending. If you really are tired of living from paycheck to paycheck, perhaps it is time to learn better ways of managing your money and spending.

Extra Spending Money

Earn a little extra spending money or earn a lot. It is up to you how hard you want to work and how much you want to make.
Earn a little extra spending money or earn a lot. It is up to you how hard you want to work and how much you want to make. | Source

Looking At Your Spending

Before you start looking for that second job, you might want to take a look at your spending habits to see if you can cut expenses enough each week, that you will not have to go searching for part-time work or other income.

Cut back on your gas expenses by staying home more, or clip coupons to slash the grocery bill to save some money. If you eat out a lot, it is time to start cooking at home more to save expenses. If you are a smoker, decrease your daily smoking or roll your own cigarettes. Unless it is something that you really need, ask yourself if it is really worth struggling through the rest of the week stressing out about not having enough money to last the whole week. This is just a very few ideas for cutting some expenses so that at the end of the week, you may actually have an extra dollar or two in your wallet.

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What Can You Do To Earn Extra Money

So after looking through your expenses, you come to the realization that you have no choice but to find a way to bring some extra income into your budget. Now, where do you start?

What are some of the ways that you can earn some extra income? Well, there are many ways to earn some extra cash if you are willing to get out there and look for some extra money. First, consider what time you have to devote to a second job or other money making opportunity. Then, think about what your interests, talents and hobbies are because many times someone has turned their hobby into a part-time money making business. You will also have to know a bit about what needs there may be in your neighborhood or nearby. For instance, if no one in your area has dogs, you would probably not do well as a dog groomer or dog sitter. On the other hand, if all the neighbors seem to have dogs, this might be a great money maker.

Make Money From Your Kitchen

Are you the type of person who loves to be in the kitchen baking and cooking up new dishes? Do your friends rave about your cooking skills? Then, if you have the space and equipment that is necessary, there are several areas to make money with those cooking skills. Here is a short list of cooking job ideas:

  1. Baking UMM who doesn't like fresh baked apple pie and homemade bread
  2. Homemade candy especially around the holidays
  3. Catering dinner parties, wedding receptions and other social events

Some of these may require you to obtain a special license so you will have to check that out. Then bake up a storm and find an outdoor event and sell your goodies. In my area, people set up a table at flea markets and make out very well. Another friend of mine and her children always bake and set up a table near a local car show every year and they do make money.

Make Your Home Earn Some Cash

If you own your own home, and have some spare room, you may be able to earn some extra money in various ways.

  • Take in a boarder or someone to share your home and expenses
  • Check out becoming a foster parent
  • Family sharing is a program that will pay you to take care of an adult with special needs in your home

If you can do any of the above, these can be very rewarding programs, but some of these opportunities are also highly regulated by the government. Your home must also pass certain guidelines. You must also be able to pass all background checks and should have a true interest in helping someone.

Auto Repairs

Nearly everyone drives a car and those cars require attention. If you are mechanically inclined this is a great money maker for you: Try some of these ideas

  1. Simple auto repairs and oil changes
  2. Auto detail pays very well as most people like a clean car but many don't want to do the work themselves
  3. Driving people around with your own vehicle. Some people (such as the Amish) would rather not own an automobile and will pay you to take them to the stores or doctor appointments

These ideas are just a few that can put some money in your pocket to get you through till the end of the week.

Baking From Your Kitchen Can Earn Extra Money

If you are someone who enjoys baking, you can use your baking skills to earn some extra money.
If you are someone who enjoys baking, you can use your baking skills to earn some extra money. | Source

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Other Income Opportunities

There are many more ways of earning some extra income and balancing your budget. Some additional opportunities include these ideas:

  1. Yard Sales: Cleaning the house out is a side benefit
  2. Photography: Take photos of children, weddings, other events
  3. Cleaning: Someone is always needed to clean those nice big homes that you envy
  4. Crafting: Make birdhouses, quilts, crochet or knit baby blankets are just a few craft ideas
  5. Yard Work: Have a lawn mower? Start a lawn care business
  6. Handyman: Good with fixing anything? Let the neighborhood know and you will find plenty of work
  7. Home Parties can provide you with a fun social evening and some serious cash in your wallet. There are many different home party types ranging from Tupperware, jewelry, pocketbooks to home fashions.
  8. Child care: Parents are always in need of this service
  9. Income Tax Preparer: Seasonal but a good money maker

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Opportunities Await Those Who Will Work Hard

There are many, many more ideas for making some extra money. Look around and you will find opportunities that may help you meet your needs as well as helping others. There is even the possibility that you may even become wealthy or at least be able to lead a comfortable lifestyle. Anything is possible if you are willing to look for the opportunities and then work hard. With some dedication and hard work you should never have another week of not knowing if you will have gas money to make it to work by Friday.

L.M. Hosler

Money making ideas

How to Make Extra Money at Home Right Now
How to Make Extra Money at Home Right Now

Loved this book on ways to make money. There are some great ideas in this book. I am sure most of you will find some ideas here.



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    • L.M. Hosler profile image

      L.M. Hosler 2 years ago

      Thanks for the comment. I have done some of these things over the years so I know they will work.

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      Ijeoma Peter 2 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Great ideas, thanks for sharing.

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      jenn 3 years ago

      Great article. I do surveys online and I actually make around $200 bucks a month. There really are legit companies you just gotta do your research. If intrested check out my blog

    • L.M. Hosler profile image

      L.M. Hosler 4 years ago

      Thanks for the encouragement. Many times I have done some of these things to make extra money myself.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      You gave very good easy-read tips. Thank you!

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      L.M. Hosler 4 years ago

      Hi Billybuc

      You know that introduction is due to reading your hub about introductions. LOL So you had one student that listened.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All great ideas but I was more interested in the writing style. I loved your introduction...very well done...and you have a very easy, conversational style to your writing. I'll be back.