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Last Updated on January 17, 2018

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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      13 Incredibly Useful Tactics to Help You to Stick to Your Family Budget

      13 Incredibly Useful Tactics to Help You to Stick to Your Family Budget

      Are you having trouble sticking to a family budget? You aren’t alone.

      Budgeting is difficult. Creating one is hard enough, but actually sticking to it is a whole other issue. Things come up. Desires and cravings happen. And the next thing you know, budgets break.

      So how can you stick to a family budget? Here are 13 tips to make it easier.

      1. Choose a major category each month to attack

      As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” With that in mind, one approach to help you get into the habit of sticking to a budget is simply starting slow.

      Spend too much on Starbucks runs, eat out too often, and have an out-of-this-world grocery bill? Choose one bad habit and attack.

      By choosing one behavior to focus on, you’ll prevent yourself from being overwhelmed. You’ll also experience small victories, which help you gain positive momentum. This momentum can then carry over into your overall budget.

      2. Only make major purchases in the morning

      If you’re making large purchases in the evening, there’s a good chance you’re doing so after a long day and you’re probably tired.

      Why does this matter? Because our judgement tends to be off when tired – our willpower is compromised.

      Instead, only make major purchasing decisions in the morning when you’re energized and refreshed. Your brain will be firing on all cylinders and your resolve will be high. You’re less likely to give in and settle at this point.

      3. Don’t go to the grocery store hungry

      Have trouble with impulse buys at the grocery store? If so, there’s a good chance you’re going grocery shopping while hungry.

      The problem here is that when you’re hungry, everything looks good. So you’re more likely to make split decisions on things that aren’t on your grocery list.

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      Instead, make sure you eat prior to your grocery store trip. Then take your list, along with your full stomach, and go shopping. Notice how food doesn’t look quite so good when you’re not fighting cravings.

      4. Read one-star reviews for products

      Is there a product you just have to have (but maybe not really)? Check out the one-star reviews.

      By reading all the horrible reviews, you may be able to basically trick yourself into deciding that the product isn’t worth your time and money.

      Next thing you know, you didn’t make the purchase, you saved the money, and you feel good about the decision.

      5. Never buy anything you put in an online shopping cart until the next day

      If you are making a purchase online, it’s typically a two-step process. First, you click “Add to Cart” and then you go in to review your cart and pay.

      The problem is that there not typically much reviewing during step two. It’s generally click pay and there you go. However, this is the perfect point to stop for reflection.

      Once you add to your cart, your best bet is to step away until the next day. Let the item sit there and grow cold, so to speak.

      This gives you a night to “sleep on it” and decide if you really want and need to spend that money. If you wake up the next day and still find the purchase viable, then perhaps it’s time to go for it.

      6. Don’t save your credit card info on any site you shop on

      One of the other pitfalls of shopping online is that fact that most sites ask you to save your credit card information.

      While the sites will frame it as a method of convenience, the truth is they know you’ll spend more money in the long run if your credit card information is saved.

      The “convenience” takes away one last decision-making point in the purchasing process. True, it’s a pain to get out your credit card and enter the information every time. But guess what? That’s the point. If that inconvenience helps you stay on budget, then it’s worth it. Which leads into the next tip.

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      7. Tape an “impulse buy” reminder to your credit card

      Credit cards make spending much easier than cash. When you spend cash, you can literally see your wallet emptying. A credit card comes out, then goes back in. No harm, no foul.

      That’s why it’s a good idea to tape a reminder to your credit card. Customize a message that is something along the lines of “do you really need this?” or “does it fit the budget?”

      That way when you pull out the card, you get one last reminder to help you question your decision and stick to your budget.

      8. Only use gift cards to shop on Amazon

      Amazon is probably the easiest place online to blow money. It’s just so easy to click and buy. However, one way you can slow the process down is buy only using gift cards. Here’s how it works.

      If you plan on making a purchase on Amazon, go to the grocery store and purchase a pre-loaded Amazon gift card of the proper amount. There’s no convenience fee, so you literally pay for the money you’ll spend.

      Now take that gift card home and load it to your Amazon account. There’s your money to spend.

      Why does this help? It makes you have to purposely go to the score and purchase the card in order to purchase the item. That’s a pretty deliberate thing that takes some time, commitment, and thought.

      This process will effectively kill the impulse buy.

      9. Budget using cash and envelopes

      As mentioned earlier, it’s a lot harder to spend cash than swipe a credit card. You can take this even farther by using only cash, and separating that cash by budget category.

      Create an envelope for each category and stick the cash in there at the beginning of each month. When the envelope is empty, no more spending on that category, unless you borrow from another (be careful of that approach).

      This can be pretty helpful for people that have a hard time following transactions in their checking account, or keeping a budgeting spreadsheet.

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      The envelopes simplify the tracking process, leaving no room for error. Nothing hides from you because it’s tangible in the envelopes in front of you.

      10. Join a like-minded group

      Making the decision to stick to something like budgeting is difficult. It takes long-term commitment.

      You’re going to feel weak sometimes. And sometimes you may fail. That said, support from others can help strengthen resolve.

      Support can come from a spouse or a friend, but they won’t always have the exact same goal in mind. That’s why it’s a good idea to join a support group that’s likeminded.

      No need to pay here, as there are tons of free communities that fit the bill online.

      For example, reddit has multiple subreddits that deal with budgeting and frugal living. You can follow, subscribe, and get active in those communities.

      This will open your eyes to new tips and strategies, keep your goal fresh on your mind, and help you realize there are others dealing with the same struggles and being successful.

      11. Reward Yourself

      When you set a budget, it’s usually with a large goal in mind. Maybe you want to be debt free, or perhaps you want to see $10,000 in your savings account.

      Whatever the case, the end goal is great, but the end is often far away, making it hard to see the end of the tunnel.

      With that in mind, it’s a good idea to set mini-goals along the way. This helps you still look at the big picture but have something that’s attainable in the short-term to help with momentum.

      But don’t stop there – set rewards for yourself when you reach that small goal. Maybe it’s an extra meal out. Or a new pair of shoes.

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      Whatever the case, this gives you something in the near future to look forward to, which can help with the fatigue that can result in pursuing long-term goals.

      12. Take the Buddhist approach

      You don’t have to be a Buddhist to recognize some of the wisdom in the teachings. One of the tenets of the philosophy involves accepting that we can’t have everything we want. And that’s okay.

      Sometimes you won’t feel good. Sometimes you’ll have cravings. You can’t deny them. But you can recognize them, accept them, and let them pass by. Then you move on.

      Apply this to the times you want to do things that will break your budget. You’re going to have the desire to eat out when you shouldn’t. You might want to stay out and spend too much at happy hour with your work friends.

      The feelings will come. Recognize them, accept them, but let them go.

      13. Set up automatic drafts to savings

      If you wait until you’ve spent all your budgeted money to deposit money into savings, guess what? You probably aren’t going to put any money into savings.

      It’s too easy to see that as extra money and end up using it to treat yourself.

      Instead, set up automatic savings withdrawals. That way, the money is marked and gone before you can even think about it. It becomes a non-issue. It’s no longer “extra.” It’s just savings.

      Conclusion

      Sticking to a budget can be difficult. No one is denying that.

      However, if you can do a few things to set yourself up for success, and put some practices in place to curb impulse buys, then you can (and will!) be successful sticking to your family budget.

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