Being frugal, using innovative savings methods and budgeting like a ninja are excellent ways to build a lifestyle that is sustainable and happy, but there is another way you can become financial free and never have to worry about money matters again: make more money.
Earning more is the single best way to establish your financial freedom and it’s a lot easier than you might think too! It doesn’t always have to be a hard slog, working 20 hours a day and burning yourself out either. In fact, I firmly believe that anyone can add $300-500 a month to their bottom line with just a couple of hours a day.
Here are just a few money making ideas I’ve had recently that anybody could come up with (trust me, I’m not special!):
- Get yourself a freelance gig.
- Start a niche website.
- Sell photos.
- Become a local handy guy/gal.
- Sell your old stuff.
One of the quickest ways to get started making a bit of money on the side is to freelance. I know that I could head to Elance right now and win a writing gig paying a couple of hundred dollars. Why? Because most people applying for the writing jobs can’t even count English as their first language. You instantly have the edge on them. Writing is easy and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. For even bigger pay days, use your experience on these types of freelance site to go after the higher paying copywriter jobs – the ones where the client is looking for sales, conversions and engagement. These gigs pay big!
Wait, woah? Start a website? If you’re not blog savvy then fear not, because WordPress.com makes it easy to set up a site in less than 2 minutes (I’ve timed myself!). Use the Google keyword tool to search for a bunch of different things you’re interested in and find one with a low-ish search volume (up to 1000 a month). Here’s one I found earlier: steam floor cleaners. This is a product search and if you created some unique blog content on steamfloorcleaners.wordpress.com (which is available at time of writing) you could sign up for the Amazon Associates program and make money from any sales of steam floor cleaners you refer. I’ve actually got a niche site in this market and it consistently makes $200 a month. I do NOTHING to it whatsoever.
Are you a budding photographer? If so, you can easily take your beautiful snaps and put them up for sale on a marketplace like iStockPhoto.com or GettyImages. These are both huge resources used by journalists and bloggers alike who pay good money for the privilege of using your images on their site. If you’re good at video or illustration, you can sell them on the site as well.
If you’re good at gardening, offer that as a service to your neighbours. People will pay you good money to not have to do the things they don’t like. This can be applied to all things home repair too. If you’re a tech geek, there is big money to be made fixing peoples desktop PC’s, laptops and gadgets. Get a few leaflets together and spread them around your neighbourhood. Maybe even offer the first job half price or free to get them to see the value of what you’re offering.
This wouldn’t be a make money list if I didn’t tell you to sell your old junk on eBay. The truth is, you can make good money by selling the things you really don’t want or need. Look at the items that could be considered collectibles as these tend to go for bigger money. My nerd of a brother sold a really old, plastic Darth Vader lightsaber to an even bigger nerd in Germany who paid over $200 for it! There is good money to be made on eBay, even though millions of people are doing it.
There are dozens of ways to make money these days and you’re only really limited by your imagination. All of these ideas only take a few hours a week but if you could dedicate just two hours a day to trying a few of them out, I know you’ll vastly improve your earnings and your finances will truly thank you for it.
If you’ve got any suggestions for money making ideas that worked for you, leave a comment below. I love making money and want to know as many methods as possible!