Skip Nav
22 Unique Gifts That Will Leave Recipients Saying, "Wow, You're So Thoughtful!"
13 Undeniable Traits of an INFJ Personality Type
A Former Employee Reveals 11 Surprising Secrets About Goodwill

Finding Alternative Income Streams 2008-03-18 06:23:37

Savvy Solution: Find Ways To Make More Money, Part I

Do you ever find yourself wishing that your paycheck was just "x" amount of dollars more, thinking that if you had a bigger spread between the money you earn and what you spend your debt would disappear and your savings would be lush? Even the most die-hard budget following savers may wish they didn't have to be so extreme in their money practices and have a little more wiggle room for fun expenses. Earning money outside of your full-time job can come in two forms, either an alternative income source or additional income from a second job. Think about how much impact a few thousand dollars more a year would have on your financial situation, and it doesn't take much time or effort to earn that extra cash.

If you’re finding yourself with barely enough to make debt payments or save after living expenses are paid, then earning some money on the side could be a savvy solution for you. Start by thinking about what you like to do and then see how you can capitalize on your interests and hobbies. Laziness is often the biggest factor in not advancing with an income idea — don't let tired motivation hold you back from getting where you want to be financially.


Join The Conversation
imLissy imLissy 9 years
Yup, you're right TidalWave. It says unless it has something to do with the company or they think I got the idea here, lol. Hmm, that means whoever said otherwise on the first day got it wrong, lol. Guess it helps to read these things :P Though I don't know how I would have time if I didn't work on something not at work, lol. Though I found out today, apparently some people do anyway.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
I've started my own business with a friend as a way to make extra money. I make pretty good money at my job but it's just not enough for my expensive tastes.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
Lissy... re-read the contract. That should be, "anything you create ON THE JOB". Not anything, period! You can create things on your own time that do not affect your job in anyway. usually they just want to make sure that anything you create on their time, is theirs.
emsmiley emsmiley 9 years
Up until this week I had 3.5 jobs, one full-time, 2 part-time and Mary Kay super part-time. i just quit the night position because it is amazing how much you can get accomplished after an 8-5 job, but when those 3-4 hours are taken up by a job your life just goes haywire. I now have 2.5 jobs, with the part-time on the weekends and selling MK, but am about to begin a business and blog about shopping, styling and such to help me transition into my true career...ENTREPRENUER. Great post!
discocactus discocactus 9 years
I second getting a seasonal job, which also has the added bonus of the employee discount. Most places do their holiday hiring earlier than a lot of people think (early October), so you have to plan ahead. You also have a better shot at being hired if you are as flexible as possible (i.e. you're going to have to work weekends), and you treat the interview and job seriously. Retail stores often increase hiring for summer/back-to-school and now would be a good time to start looking because college students often start looking for their summer job over their spring break. Park districts and other summer-intensive places are also starting their hiring now.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
I'd get a 2nd job for the weekends (too tired and have grad school @ night during the week) but unfortunately I have two very demanding dogs to take care of! :dog: :dog: :JOG: Le Sigh.
jettagirl3 jettagirl3 9 years
I am currently working two jobs. However today is my 32 day in a row with out a day off. I'm tired. But the money is nice.
nola45 nola45 9 years
Another idea, although not so relevant in this season, is to take a temporary retail job on evenings and weekends during the Christmas season. Then you get the extra money, but don't have to keep doing the job. I seem to be able to work extra when there is an endpoint in view, rather than living with a life of two jobs all the time.
princessjaslew princessjaslew 9 years
as a medical student, i can't actually have a second job. but i do have one credit card that i use (and pay off in full montly) instead of cash so that i can accumulate points. i'm using those points to help off-set some air travel that will inevitably follow next year when i have to go for interviews. because my parents are helping me out with my expenses and tuition, i also try to stretch the money they give me by putting it into CDs and other high interest yielding accounts until the money is needed so that at least i made some interest rather than leaving it in a checking account until needed. another way i make money is by 'volunteering' for medical studies. some require the donation of blood and stuff...but the way i figure it is i'm contributing to medical science in my own small way and i make some extra cash!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Great tips. I'm tired of being broke even though it's my fault for always shopping. :P
syako syako 9 years
I do freelance writing for a magazine. I graduated with a Master's in Journalism and my current full time job is not in the field, I don't want to lose those journalistic skills, so I freelance. I do about 1-2 articles a month, it doesn't take too much time and it's something I love to do.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
I'd love to design websites on the side, but unfortunately, due to a form I signed when I was hired, anything I create becomes property of my employer :( I do do surveys online though. I make about 200 a year from those.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I tried with a 2nd job, but my real job is just WAY too demeanding and I had to quit... :(
Salary Is More Than Just Yearly Compensation
Best College Majors For Lucrative Careers
How to Get a Higher Starting Salary
How to Get a Raise
From Our Partners
Latest Afforable DIY & Organization
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds