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4 Ways To Turn Your Apartment Into A Money Maker

4 Ways To Turn Your Apartment Into A Money Maker

These days it’s become the norm for people to have more than one source of income. There are so many unique money-making opportunities possible that people are realizing that they can earn a few extra hundred dollars a month by thinking outside the box.

Even though the economy seems to be on the mend, many of us are still living on a tight budget. A potentially lucrative but often overlooked place to make bank is your most valuable asset, your home. It’s a goldmine waiting to be excavated and a great place to boost your income. In the past, this may have meant re-mortgaging to release additional cash, but we have all the basics to be a bit more imaginative.

Besides having a junk-yard sale where one’s trash is another’s treasure, there are several unconventional ways to make a few extra pennies from the comfort of your home.

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1. Rent it out

Whether you have a spare room or an entire house to rent out to travelers, students or even temporary subletters, both options can help you to hone in on the big bucks. Some find it uncomfortable ‘living’ with a stranger, so the other option is to rent out your whole place. Think about taking that vacation you have been day-dreaming about at your office desk, which could possibly be covered by the guests in your home.

Airbnb make the process stress-free. It’s a great way for you to monetize your extra space and advertise it all over the world. If you still feel a little weary and have a fear of not being in control of your precious home, there are services who offer to take care of managing all the logistics remotely for you, such as Guesty, who clean and are available 24/7 for your guests’ needs.

2. See your home in lights

You can have your 15 minutes of fame by opening up your home to film crews or photographers. Many magazine and television companies are always looking for new and different places to shoot or film. If your home is well designed and immaculate, it could be perfect for a magazine. Family homes are often in high demand by television companies. Here’s a few tips to get started.

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This isn’t a surefire way to earn cash, but many agencies have a free registration so there’s no harm in applying. The film crew generally starts early and ends before you’re back from work. If they are a reputable company they will restore the home to the order it was found, paying for repairs and all. If you are not too house-proud this could be a jackpot if your home is picked, but be prepared to have your place turned upside-down as they may move furniture or paint the walls.

3. Lease out your garage or driveway

If you feel that the other options are home-invasions, there’s another alternative – how about letting people park in your drive? There’s plenty of money to be made, especially if you are located near the airport or a sports stadium. The idea is so simple and there are many websites that offer the service to business people traveling abroad who need a place to store their car.

 4. Freelance from your sofa

For some, renting out their home can be uncomfortable, the other option is to ‘sell’ your talents. Instead of spending your free time browsing Facebook, these hours could be used to make some cash on the side at the end of the month. If you are talented in writing, computer skills or even design, you can freelance these skills remotely. Sign up for a freelancing site, such as Upwork, where you can offer your services and get paid in return for your work.

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Freelancing offers consistent opportunities, no matter what the general job role. When companies are cash heavy, they have extra work that requires freelance help or when they’re cash-strapped and they can’t afford to hire full-timers, so they bring on more affordable freelance workers.

These options are just a taste of how you can earn money from your own home. Employment opportunities are becoming rare and it’s good to know that you have the ability to take things into your own hands.

Do you make money working from home? Share your experiences with us!

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Last Updated on April 3, 2019

How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

Debt is never a fun thing to be in. But, there are many actions that you can take that will help you rid yourself of the burden of debt once and for all.

By coming up with a set plan, eliminating your debt can feel much easier than constantly thinking about it.

This post will provide some tips on how you can do this to help you nix your credit card debt in less than 3 years.

Hint: there are ways that are easier than you think.

1. Consider Consolidating Multiple Credit Cards If Possible

This may not be applicable to you, but if you have multiple cards – it is something to consider. Keeping up with multiple bills is time consuming.

It will depend on the balance you have on each. Consolidate ones you can but do not do it to the point that you get too close to the maximum limit. Also, it is ideal to pick the card with the lower interest rate.

Consider if there are any fees or alternatively, rewards, with transferring a balance to another card. Watch out for fees. Note that some cards offer rewards for transferring a balance to them. This is extra cash that can help go towards paying off your debt.

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Having one or two cards can make nixing your debt much simpler than keeping up with the balance of a bunch of cards. Keeping track of paying the minimum towards a bunch of cards is time consuming. Spend the time to consolidate instead to make the overall process simpler going forward.

My tip: Have one main credit card. Have a second one that you use for necessities – such as groceries or gas – that offers rewards for those purchases (a lot of cards do) and set the second one on auto-pay. You should be able to pay off a smaller amount on auto-pay if it is a necessity. If you think you cannot, then you may need to cut down a lot on expenses.

Why do I suggest doing this? Having one thing set to auto-pay is one less thing to think about. One less thing to waste time on. Same idea with consolidating to one main card. Tracking down too many is a hassle.

2. Try to Pay the Full Balance You Spent Each Month at the Very Least

You need to pay off the amount you are spending each month when that bill comes in. This is the amount you spent THAT month.

Do not let the debt keep accruing while you work on paying any unpaid debt that has accrued. It will become a never-ending battle. Try as best as you can to be current on paying for each month’s expenses when that month’s bill comes out.

If this is a strain, consider why. You may need to cut expenses. Or you may need to consider other cards. Or look at where this money is going.

3. Pay Extra When You Can – Every Small Amount Counts

This cannot be emphasized enough. If you are looking at a lot of credit card debt, it can look daunting, but each extra amount that you can put towards the debt will really add up – no matter how small it is.

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It does not just reduce the principal amount that you have left to pay off, but it reduces the amount that is collecting interest. You will always save money with that reduced interest.

4. Create a Plan on How to Pay Extra

Back to the main point, having this plan is giving you one less thing to think about.

This plan should be a plan that works for you. If it does not work for you, your spending habits, and your views on debt, then it will not be an effective plan.

For instance, if a set plan of an extra $50 (or another amount that you know you can afford) works for you, then do that. Set that aside every month and pay that extra amount. Treat it like a bill. Choose an amount that works for you and pay it like clockwork as though it was a bill you had to pay each month.

Little amounts will not nix it entirely, but they will help tackle it and having a set plan can make it less of a chore. Creating a new plan of how much to put towards it each month is an unnecessary added stress.

5. Cut out Costs for Services You Do Not Use

If you are signed up for subscriptions that you do not use because of some free trial or for some other reason, cut it out. Your overall financial position will look better.

In turn, that will make cutting your credit card debt easier. Look at your statements to find these expenses. If you do not use them, you may forget you are paying some unnecessary amount each month. Cutting it out can really add up in savings that you can put towards other needed expenses.

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6. Get Aggressive About It

Consider these points:

Depending on the interest and the level of debt, you may need to give up a few indulgences. For example, instead of ordering delivery or going out to eat, cook at home. Everything adds up.

Other things may be more of a sacrifice. It may be a trip you wanted to go on, or a daily latte habit you’ve picked up. In these instances, consider how important it is to you and if it’s worth the sacrifice. And if it is a costly expense, think whether you can wait to indulge.

Cutting an extravagant expense can really help make a dent in your overall debt. Try not to add to debt when you are trying to pay it off. It will be a never-ending battle. Make it less of a battle with these tips and it will feel easier.

Bottom line: Do what you can to make this process easier for you. Implement steps that do this. It takes time now, but will help overall. Also, keep track of your spending and paying down of your debts. Which is the next point.

7. Reevaluate Your Progress at Set Intervals

Doing a regular check-in can help you see your efforts pay off or maybe indicate that you need to give this a bit more effort. If you check every 3-6 months, it will not feel so much like a chore or feel so daunting.

By doing this, you will be able to better understand your progress and perhaps readjust your plan. Bonus: if you see it pay off, it will feel great to do this check-in. You will get there.

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Finally (and most importantly)…

8. Keep Trying

Do not get discouraged. Pushing it off will make it worse. Just keep trying.

Once your debt becomes lower, each monthly payment will reduce the balance more. Why? You are paying less towards interest. It will be a snowball effect eventually and it will become much easier to manage. Just get to that point. And know once you do, it will feel easier and motivating.

Start Knocking out Your Debt Today

The best way to eliminate debt is to get started right away. Begin by implementing the above steps and watch your debt just melt away. Try out some of the above strategies and see what works best for you. Soon you’ll be on your way to a debt free life.

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