How do you generate more income when it feels like you’re already zapped and just plain exhausted? I’m a firm believer in the side hustle – working outside your “normal” job to make additional money, but as someone that has been on the debt-free journey for a long time, I know that it’s not always super easy to find ways to make more money that accommodate the your season of life.
So what do you do? How do you make more money without losing your sanity or sacrificing so much time and energy that you can’t even function anymore?
Do What You Like
Unless you’re hardcore struggling, as in you can’t even keep your lights on, take the time to evaluate what you like doing. Then attempt to see if you can find any opportunities doing something that, you enjoy doing. I’ve found that when you do something that you enjoy, you are less likely to stress about doing it and about the sacrifice involved doing it.
Do What You’re Good At
What skills do you possess? Do you have any teaching skills? If so, maybe you can contact local churches or homeschool groups and offer to write their homeschool or preschool curriculums for a nominal fee. If you’re like my book editor, do you have English teaching experience because you may be able to freelance out editing work for bloggers, authors, or even businesses. Are you an accountant? Freelance out your services for bookkeeping or even tax prep. If you’re an Administrative Assistant, try to freelance out your services as a Virtual Assistant.
Don’t possess any professional skills that you think will be able to generate an income? What about cleaning – how well do you keep your home clean? You may be able to post your cleaning services on sites like TaskRabbit.com or if you’re good with kids, you can post your services for nannying or even as a Mother’s Helper.
Make a list of your skill sets and see if there are any potential opportunities outside of your normal work. If you’re struggling to come up with a list of skill sets, ask your spouse, best friend, or sibling what they think you’re good at. You may be surprised.
Do What It Takes
For two years I walked dogs for several people for extra money. This wasn’t always easy especially when I was hugely pregnant walking dogs in the Georgia heat nor was it easy attempting to get two little kids out of my car and into several different homes, leashing dogs and then walking said dogs. There were days that I downright hated having to drive over to the neighborhood where I walked those dogs because honestly, I had better things to do with my time, but I knew that the money was imperative to our debt-payoff plan.
Sometimes we just have to suck it up and do what it takes to build up our savings accounts, debt-payoff plan, or even just help out our budgets or even pay for a debt-free Christmas.
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Set a Goal
This may seem like a strange thing to do when it comes to generating more income but many years ago when I was truly struggling, I needed to earn some extra cash fast. I was working full time as an Administrative Assistant and going to school full-time but I needed to add a second job to the mix. I didn’t have the internet at home (because I couldn’t afford it) so I had no choice but to seek employment outside of my living room.
I took on a second job as a waitress and trust me when I tell you that I hated every second working that job. I hated coming home smelling like food, I hated wearing those ugly shoes, I hated driving to that restaurant. I flat-out hated it, but I set myself a goal.
My goal was that when I got the next credit card in my debt-snowball paid off, I could quit. The balance on that card wasn’t high, it was about $450 but at the time that might as well have been $4,500 because I was broke and if I wasn’t working that second job, it would have taken me over a year to pay off that small balance.
So, I set my goal and I stuck to it and reminded myself of it daily as I worked in that gross restaurant and you know what? In one month I was able to earn enough from my second job to pay off that credit card so I was able to quit. That entire month was a nightmare and exhausting but it was well-worth it as I was $450 out of the hole.
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If you’re wondering how to generate more income, these ways will help you figure out how you can balance it all, but definitely don’t forget that sometimes, we just have to do what it takes. Sit down, set your goals, make a list of your skill sets, what you enjoy doing, and figure out from there what opportunities may lay ahead for you.
Chances are there are plenty of opportunities just waiting for you.
What advice can you give to someone looking to secure a way to make extra income?