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Side Gigs to Make Extra Money -- Bringing in Those Extra Dollars to Make Ends Meet

The Huffington Post logo The Huffington Post 30/03/2016 Sam Cohen

In most cases, it is seen that people who wish to bolster their monetary condition tend to curb down their daily expenses. But by trimming down costs, you can go to a certain level only. Unless and until you're rich enough to make a lot of money, you won't be able to eke out enough money from your budget by reducing your expenses. The more you cut back, the more your standard of living will suffer. During such a time, apart from cutting back on your expenditures, how about looking for new revenue streams? How about seeking opportunities to make extra dollars to make ends meet? Although it is true that the side gigs that pay you a huge amount might require lot of experience, yet you can even start off as a novice in the initial level.
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Hence, are you late on rent? Couldn't you fill your car with gas and get back to work in your personal car? Do you think that all your available sources of credit and cash have been tapped out? Well, if answered yes, you need not fret as there are numerous legal ideas to make extra money and use them to support your monthly expenses. If you're not aware of some such tips, read on the rest of the article.
1.Change jobs frequently: If you don't want to look for something extra apart from your already-existing job, you can think of changing the job and drifting over to a better-paid one. This is one of the best ways of boosting your monthly earnings as you get the opportunity to demand more than what you were getting in the previous company. The percentage raise that you get will be included into all your future raises thereby enhancing your lifetime earnings. Ensure negotiating your salary before taking the plunge.
2.Ask for a raise in the company you're working: If you can request for a raise in the company that you're working, that would be rather an excellent move as you wouldn't require investing more time for more dollars. By investing the same amount of time to your work, you are then able to draw a bigger paycheck. However, requesting a raise needs to be done smartly as you need to have a strong argument that would justify the raise and tell them how much you deserve a raise.
3.Opt for freelancing: The next best thing is freelancing as you can get paid for your full-time dedication. If you wish to get connected to people who are looking for freelancers, stay in touch with previous clients and colleagues or some other connections which are available for such freelance jobs. If you wish to become a freelance writer, you can post your bio data or CV to relevant fields so that the freelancers can reach up to you. You may take a look at Elance-Odesk where there are many freelance opportunities listed. Know how to set your rates if you're a novice.
4.Become a middleman on eBay: People who think of becoming rich by making money on eBay, they usually plan to sell off their junk which offers drop shipping on the site. The trick behind drop-shipping is that once you make a sale, the company ships the product on your behalf and you immediately get a percentage of the sale. Hence, if you seem to be interested, you get to serve as a middleman which means that you'll be on the storefront selling wholesale products.
5.Rent your car: Do you own a car? If yes, you can use it to make money. With the growth of the idea of sharing economy, more and more people are looking forward to rent cars owned by other people rather than getting one for their own. You can visit sites like GetAround and RelayRides to connect to people who are probably looking forward to renting your vehicle. Drivers for Lyft earn $35 in an hour and they now operate in more than 20 cities throughout America.
6.Start off as an affiliate marketer: As businesses are always searching for new customers, there are some who are indeed happy to pay you. Big brands like Starbucks, Amazon to WeightWatchers are eagerly looking for affiliates through which they can reach out to new interested customers. Such businesses will give you a URL and will ask you to share with some of the possible customers. Whenever there's a new customer who uses that link in order to make that purchase, you earn money.
7.Rent some items from your home: Do you always need all the stuff that you have stored in your storage closet, garage or other basement? Well, if the answer is no, you can rent it to other people as there many such people who need those items for may be a day. Thanks to the advancement of technology, it is now possible to connect with such people and rent different tools like electronic goods, appliances, furniture, baby gear and anything else that you could think of.
8.Be a poker player: Although you might think that poker playing needs luck, but unlike gambling, it needs skill as well. If poker is a sheer game of luck, then it is definitely better not to use this tool as a source of passive income. However, luckily, it has been seen that you need more skill to play poker than luck. So, you may become a poker player to make money.
Therefore, if you've been wondering about how to make ends meet in this tough economic dilemma, you can take into account the above mentioned tips and points. Don't get carried away with your passive income so much so that you tend to forget what and who you are. Managing your finances is very important and when you find you personal liabilities soaring out of control, take immediate steps to either boost your income or reduce your expenditure to retain the lost balance.

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