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Trying To Make Some Extra Cash? 11 High-Paying Jobs You Should Consider

Trying To Make Some Extra Cash? 11 High-Paying Jobs You Should Consider

So, you finally landed your dream job but living your dream isn’t paying your electricity bill. Or perhaps you have an excessive shopping habit and your regular salary simply can’t keep up. Whatever your situation, your day job isn’t providing you with the financial satisfaction you were hoping for, and now you want to find some extra work to bring in some extra cash. There’s no shame in having a job on the side.

Fortunately, there are dozens of easy jobs that can generate a surprising amount of income — as long as you commit to them. Here are 11 of those high-paying jobs.

1. Copyeditor

Writing is an invaluable skill and it is slowly but surely dying, even in the information age. Thus, companies will pay big bucks (or about $17 per hour) to those who are equipped with impeccable grammar for writing and editing various types of copy, from social media posts to editorial content.

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2. Accountant

If you are a whiz with bookkeeping, there are a number of companies that desperately need your help. Part-time accountants come into an office and reconcile disparities between money in and money out. For this nail-bitingly necessary work, you can expect to take home roughly $19 per hour.

3. Photographer

Being a photographer is much more than taking pictures — it requires a detailed knowledge of lighting, composition, and editing to create magnificent images of people, places, and things. Professional photographers — meaning those who take pictures as their primary career — charge as much as $100 per hour. As a part-time photographer, you might start out charging around $20 per hour and work your way up. Of course, you will need to invest in some serious equipment first.

4. Translator

Although English is spoken far and wide, there remain a number of professions that require regular interaction with non-English speakers that need translation help. For example, legal assistants with foreign language experience can earn about $21 per hour by helping review legal documents and conversing with clients.

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5. Tutor

Knowledge is power — the power to make money. Tutoring students, be they children in grade school or adults at college, is incredibly profitable, but the amount you charge is dependent on your experience and availability. Some tutors can charge more than $30 per hour, but most take home about $20 per hour.

6. Driver

Now that Uber and similar apps have made the driving profession easier to navigate, almost anyone can make money driving their own cars. In big cities, Uber claims drivers can take home $90,000 a year. However, that’s without the costs of gasoline, maintenance, and insurance. More realistically, you can expect to earn about $20 per hour driving.

7. Social Media Manager

Modern businesses live and die by their social media campaigns, which makes correctly managing social accounts incredibly lucrative. Social media gurus can earn up to $25 per hour by updating companies’ websites, overseeing their social media, and drafting reports on efficacy.

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8. Investment Trader

The stock market is a veritable treasure trove for side hustlers. Though trading on the market is inarguably risky, traders with knowledge and skill can certainly make big bucks. What you take out of the market is wholly dependent on what you put in and how you trade, but you should be cautious while learning the ropes.

9. Software Developer

It likely isn’t necessary to explain how in demand software developers are in a world where online apps sell for billions of dollars. Payment for software developers is usually on a per-project basis, but experienced workers can earn around $30 per hour. Of course, this is a highly skilled trade — you must know how to create new websites and apps, update old ones, build templates, and more.

10. Travel Blogger

If travel is at the top of your bucket list, you can prep for your future trips as a travel blogger. Tourism and real estate companies contract writers to develop content about certain places (including information on population size, things to do, climate, and more) to entice visitors. For this opportunity, you could earn between $50 and $100 per project.

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11. Nanny/Au Pair

You might remember taking home bank when you babysat your neighbor’s toddlers. As an adult, you can still make money watching other people’s kids by becoming a nanny or au pair. Part-time nannies can earn about $20 per hour, while live-in au pairs make weekly salaries that range from $100 to $300 or more.

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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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