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Top 10 Side-Jobs that Can Make Money Easily

Top 10 Side-Jobs that Can Make Money Easily

It’s no secret that the economy has been down lately. Now, more than ever before, people are finding side-jobs to make a few extra bucks. This not only includes people with full time jobs, but people who typically don’t have jobs, like house wives and college students. In any case, there are a number of great side-jobs that you can find to make a few extra bucks. Some of them are even fun. Without further delay, let’s get started.

1. Blogging

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    As I live and breathe, I can attest to this one personally. Blogging is a popular and often enjoyable side job that can help generate a few extra bucks. Typically, you won’t make all that much money unless you’re truly prolific as a writer. However, you can still make some decent money.

    There aren’t a lot of sites to find a good blogging job. We’ve found problogger.net to be an excellent source of legitimate blogging jobs. Of course, if you can’t find one there, Google is always your friend. Once you find a blog to work for, you can start writing immediately. This is great if you happen to be knowledgeable in a field and even better if you love to write.

    2. Pet Sitting and Baby Sitting Side-jobs

    We included both of these at once because they are essentially the same job. As any parent or pet owner will tell you, there are some days where an absence of a child or pet is a welcome reprise. In most cases, people are willing to pay for that reprise. Most people who try these sorts of jobs are teenagers. That’s just fine, but this job can also be done by adults. Money is money no matter how you earn it.

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    This can be a great opportunity for someone like the stay-at-home mom. You already have a kid or two at home, why not take on one or two more for a few hours and make some money out of it? The same thing goes for pet sitting. If you’re home pretty often and have the time to keep an eye on a pet, find someone to pay you for it. That’s what makes this one of the best side-jobs.

    3. Yard Work

    Like pet sitting and baby sitting, most people who search for this type of work are teenagers looking for a few bucks. However, this can be a lucrative opportunity for adults with some spare time on their hands. Mowing lawns, weed-whacking, watering, and other yard chores can be a challenge for some people. Your targets are the elderly, the lazy, and people who lead busy lives. When I was younger, I lived with a guy who mowed two lawns a day for several days a week. He lived almost exclusively on side-jobs.

    In most cases, you can do a yard in an hour and most people will pay you between $15-$20 per lawn. If you can set yourself up with a lawn five days a week, you can make $400 or more every month. Some neighborhoods with rich people and larger lawns will pay a lot more too. As far as side-jobs go, this one is pretty great.

    4. Tutoring

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      Everyone has something they can teach. What makes that fact great is that everyone has something they need to learn. Usually, it’s pretty easy to find someone who will pay you to tutor them in something. When people hear about tutoring, they assume that subjects like Math or English are involved. This is not true. People will pay for music tutoring, school tutoring, and if you search long enough, tutoring in all kinds of other subjects. This is definitely one of the most varied side-jobs out there.

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      Tutoring can be a great way to both meet people and make money. Many tutors can charge reasonable hourly rates and only require a few hours a week. If you can take on multiple students, you can have yourself a relatively lucrative side-job. As an added bonus, you also get the warm feeling that comes from helping people. That’s a win-win.

      5. Bartender or Server

      One of the greatest things about the service industry is the flexible hours, and that is what makes bar-tending and serving great side-jobs. In most cases, you can find a place that will let you work in the mornings or evenings if you have to. With bar-tending, you’ll likely end up on late night shifts. However, there is great potential to make some good money at these jobs.

      As you can imagine, the people who make the most in these side-jobs are people who work in the evenings and on weekends. If that’s the time frame you have available, then this could be the job for you. You may even enjoy this work if you’re a social person. When I was in my late teens, I worked at a restaurant called Hoggie’s. On one Friday night, I once hauled in over $200 in tips in 5 hours. That’s $40 per hour.

      6. Donate Bodily Fluids

      Okay, this isn’t technically considered a side-job. However, it can bring in some decent pay depending on which bodily fluids and how often you donate. Many blood and plasma clinics that do pay for donations will pay about $20-$30 per donation and allow you to come in up to twice a week. So there is an earning potential of anywhere from $20 to $240 per month just to sit in a chair and give your blood away.

      Sperm and egg donations can garner even more. In many cases, sperm donations can earn anywhere from $20 to $500 per donation. It’s arguably one of the better ways to spend an afternoon. For women, egg donation is possible, although the process is a more complicated. The money is better though, as egg donations can garner thousands of dollars.

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      7. Part-time Airport Shuttle Service

      We are now getting into the less common side-jobs on our list. This one is pretty easy to do, but it isn’t one people normally think about. In some airports, you can register your car as an airport shuttle service vehicle. Then you get paid to drive people around. Think of it like taxiing people around, but with your own car and not a taxi cab.

      There are some hurtles to pass. You must pay a little more insurance every month and you must spend your shifts driving around airports. If you enjoy driving and don’t mind the crowded nature of airports, this is a great way to make a few extra bucks and meet some interesting people.

      8. Part-time side-jobs

      So far our list has included side-jobs that you can do yourself. Sometimes, you can just go find a job at a local establishment. Places like fast food restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, pizza places, and many more often have a need for some part time employees. These usually won’t make you very much money, but we are talking side-jobs here. The extra money is intended to supplement your income, not replace it.

      In some cases, part-time jobs can be quite lucrative. Pizza delivery drivers have been known to make decent tips when working on Friday and Saturday nights. Most places pay a little above minimum wage, so you’re not making rock-bottom money. Even if it’s not as much as you want, it may as much as you need. It’s worth a shot if you need the extra cash.

      9. Paper Route

      Despite the simplicity of the work, this can be one of the most varied side-jobs on the list. It can range from putting papers together for delivery to actually delivering the papers. It can be small, local papers or larger, city-wide newspapers. My girlfriend delivers papers for our local magazine once a week and makes $80 per week. My brother’s friend used to deliver papers for the Columbus Dispatch every day. That paid several hundred a week.

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      Sometimes you only have to deliver once a week. Other times, you have to do it every day. Usually it only takes a few hours to deliver everything. In most cases, you have to deliver early in the morning or very late at night. However, there are some locations that don’t mind if you deliver in the afternoon or evening. If you can find the right place for you, it’s easy money.

      10. Arts and Crafts

      Some side-jobs are easier than others, but there are few that are easier than selling your arts and crafts. There are a metric ton of ways to make money doing this. You can make bead necklaces, bracelets, and ankle bracelets. You can press t-shirts. You can even tie-dye clothing, bedding, and other cloth items. You can knit hats, socks, or gloves. The sky is the limit.

      In most cases, getting one of these businesses off the ground requires a little investment. After all, you need to buy the beads and wire to make a necklace to sell, right? So it can be difficult to get started if you’re dreadfully short on cash. However, once you have the products made, your customers are everywhere. You can ask your friends and family or random strangers you meet. You can set up shop at local festivals or events to sell your wares. Once again, the sky is the limit and if you’re good at what you do, you can make some easy money doing it.

      Wrap-Up

      These are some wonderful side-jobs to make a few bucks, but there are also a lot more out there! Pretty much any skill you can think of can be turned into a way to make money. The important part is to not stress yourself out about it. These are easy ways to make money, but they aren’t always easy to find or start. Make sure you do your due diligence and find what’s right for you. What’s the point of having side-jobs if you hate them? Take your time, find something you like, and you’ll find something rewarding that you can do for years.

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      Last Updated on August 20, 2019

      How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

      How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Meet Them

      Finances can push anyone to the point of extreme anxiety and worry. Easier said than done, planning finances is not an egg meant for everyone’s basket. And that’s why most of us are often living pay check to pay check. But did anyone tell you that it is actually not a tough task to meet your financial goals?

      In this article, we will explore ways on how to set financial goals and then actually meet them with ease.

      5 Steps to Set Financial Goals

      Though setting financial goals might seem to be a daunting task but if one has the will and clarity of thought, it is rather easy. Try using these steps:

      1. Be Clear About the Objectives

      Any goal (let alone financial) without a clear objective is nothing more than a pipe dream. And this couldn’t be more true for financial matters.

      It is often said that savings is nothing but deferred consumption. Therefore if you are saving today, then you should be crystal clear about what it is for. It could be anything like kid’s education, retirement, marriage, that dream vacation, fancy car etc.

      Once the objective is clear, put a monetary value to that objective and the time frame. The important point at this step of goal setting is to list all the objectives, however small they may be, that you foresee in the future and put a value to it.

      2. Keep Them Realistic

      It’s good to be an optimistic person but being a pollyanna is not desirable. Similarly, while it might be a good thing to keep your financial goals a bit aggressive, going out of the line will definitely hurt your chances of achieving them.

      It’s important that you keep your goals realistic in nature for it will help you stay the course and keep you motivated throughout the journey.

      3. Account for Inflation

      Ronald Reagan once said – “Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hitman”. And this quote sums up the best what inflation could do your financial goals.

      Therefore account for inflation whenever you are putting a monetary value to a financial objective that is far away in the future.

      For example, if one of your financial goal is your son’s college education, which is 15 years hence, then inflation would increase the monetary burden by more than 50% if inflation is mere 3%. So always account for inflation.

      4. Short Term vs Long Term

      Just like every calorie is not the same, the approach towards achieving every financial goal will not be the same. It is important to bifurcate goals in short term and long term.

      As a rule of thumb, any financial goal, which is due in next 3 years should be termed as short term goal. Any longer duration goals are to be classified as long term goals. This bifurcation of goals into short term vs long term will help in choosing the right investment instrument to achieve them.

      More on this later when we talk about how to achieve financial goals.

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      5. To Each to His Own

      The journey of setting financial goals is an individualistic affair i.e. your goals are your own goals and are determined by your want to achieve them. A lot of times we get on the bandwagon of goal setting only to realize later on that it was not meant for us.

      It is important that your goals are actually your goals and not inspired by someone else. Take a hard look at this step at all the goals you’ve set for after this step, you will be on the way to achieve them.

      By now, you would be ready with your financial goals, now it’s time to go all out and achieve them.

      11 Ways to Achieve Your Financial Goals

      Whenever we talk about chasing any financial goal, it is usually a 2 step process –

      • Ensuring healthy savings
      • Making smart investments

      You will need to save enough; and invest those savings wisely so that they grow over a period of time to help you achieve goals. So let’s get down to ensuring healthy savings.

      Ensuring Healthy Savings

      Self realization is the best form of realisation and unless you decide what your current financial position is, you aren’t heading anywhere.

      This is the focal point from where you start your journey of achieving financial goals.

      1. Track Expenses

      The first and the foremost thing to be done is to track your monthly expenses. Use any of the expense tracking mobile apps to record your expenses. Once you start doing it diligently, you would be surprised to see how small expenses add up to a sizeable amount.

      Also categorize those expenses into different bucket so that you know which bucket is eating the most of your pay check. This record keeping will pave the way for cutting down on un-wanted expenses and pump up your savings rate.

      2. Pay Yourself First

      Generally, savings come after all the expenses have been taken care of. This is a classical mistake which almost everyone of us do. We pay ourselves last!

      Ideally, this should be planned upside down. We should be paying ourselves first and then to the world i.e. we should be taking out the planned saving amount first and then manage all the expenses from the rest.

      The best way to actually implement is to put the savings on automatic mode i.e. money flowing automatically into different financial instruments (for example – mutual funds, retirement corpus etc) every month.

      Taking the automatic route will make us lose control of our money and hence will compel us to manage in what’s left with us thereby increasing the savings rate.

      3. Make a Plan and Vow to Stick with It

      Budgeting is the best to get around the uncertainty that financial plans always pose. Decide in advance how spending has to be made.

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      Nowadays, several money management apps and wallets can help you do this automatically. It’s easy and who knows, you may just end up doing what people fail to do.

      At first, you may not be able to stick to your plans completely but don’t let that become a reason why you stop budgeting entirely.

      Make use of technology solutions you like. Explore options and alternatives that let you make use of the available wallet options and choose the one that suits you the most. In time, you will get accustomed to making use of these solutions.

      You will find that they make it simpler for you to follow your plan, which would have been difficult otherwise.

      4. Rise Again Even If You Fall

      Let’s be realistic. It’s not like the world will come to an end if you made one mistake. This isn’t called leniency but discipline.

      If you fail to meet your budget for a month, don’t give up the entire effort just like that. Instead, start again.

      Remember that flexible plans are the most realistic plans. So go forward and try to follow your financial goals as planned but if for some reason, the plan gets out of hand for you, do not give up on it just yet. This has a lot to do with your psychology rather than any material commitment.

      All you have to do is to stay on the road and vow to stay on it, no matter how much you fall down.

      5. Make Savings a Habit and Not a Goal

      In the book Nudge, authors Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein advocate that in order to achieve any goal, it should be broken down into habits since habits are more intuitive for people to adapt to.

      Make Savings a habit rather than a goal. While it might seem to be counter intuitive to many but there are some deft ways of doing it. For example:

      Always eat out (if at all) during weekdays rather than weekends. Usually weekends are expensive. Make it a habit and you would in turn be saving a great deal.

      If you are travelling buff, try to travel during off season. Your outlay will be much less.

      If you go out for shopping, always look out for coupons and see where can you get the best deal.

      So the key point is to imbibe the action that results in savings rather than on the savings itself, which is the outcome. Focusing on the outcome will bring out the feeling of sacrifice which will be harder to sustain over a period of time.

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      6. Talk About It

      Sticking to the saving schedule (to achieve financial goals) is not an easy journey. There will be many distractions from those who are not aligned with your mission. And it would be rather easy to lose the grip over your discipline.

      Therefore in order to stay the course, it is advisable that you keep yourself surrounded with people who are also on the same bandwagon. Daily discussions with them will keep you motivated to move forward.

      7. Maintain a Journal

      For some people, writing helps a great deal in making sure that they achieve what they plan.

      So if you are one of them, maintain a proper journal, where you write down your goals and also jot down the extent to which you managed to meet them. This will help you in reviewing how far you have come and which goals you have met.

      Use this journal to write down all essential points such as your short term, mid term and long term goals, your current sources of income, your regular expenses which you are aware of and any committed expenses which are of recurring nature.

      When you have a written commitment on paper, you are going to feel more energised to follow the plan and stick to it. Moreover, it is going to be a lot more easier for you to follow you and track your progress.

      At this point, you should be ready with your financial goals and would be doing brilliantly with savings; now it’s time to talk about the big daddy – Investments.

      Making Smart Investments

      Savings by themselves don’t take anyone too far. However savings when invested wisely can do wonders and we are at that stage where we will talk about making smart investments.

      8. Consult a Financial Advisor

      Investments doesn’t come naturally to most of us therefore rather than dabbling with it ourselves, it is wise to consult a financial advisor.

      Talk to him/her about your financial goals and savings and then seek advice for the best investment instruments to achieve your goals.

      9. Choose Your Investment Instrument Wisely

      Though your financial advisor will suggest the best investment instruments, it doesn’t hurt to know a bit about them.

      Just like “no one is born a criminal”, no investment instrument is bad or good. It is the application of that instrument that makes all the difference.

      Do you remember we talked about bifurcating financial goals in short term and long term?

      It is here where that classification will help.

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      So as a general rule, for all your short term financial goals, choose an investment instrument that has debt nature for example fixed deposits, debt mutual funds etc. The reason for going for debt instruments is that chances of capital loss is less as compared to equity instruments.

      10. Compounding Is the Eighth Wonder

      Einstein once remarked about compounding,

      Compound Interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it… He who doesn’t… Pays it.

      So make friends with this wonder kid. And sooner you become friends with it, quicker you will reach closer to your financial goals.

      Start investing early so that time is on your side to help you bear the fruits of compounding.

      11. Measure, Measure, Measure

      All of us do good when it comes to earning more per month but fail miserably when it comes to measuring the investments; taking stock of how our investments are doing.

      If there is one single step where everything (so far) can go wrong, it is at this step – Measuring the Progress.

      If we don’t measure the progress timely, then we would be shooting in the dark. We wouldn’t know if our saving rate is appropriate or not; whether financial advisor is doing a decent job; whether we are moving closer to our target or not.

      Do measure everything. If you can’t measure it all yourself, ask your financial advisor to do it for you. But do it!

      The Bottom Line

      This completes the list of tips for you to set financial goals and actually achieve them with not so great difficulty.

      As you can see, all it requires is discipline. But guess that’s the most difficult part!

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