Different ways to earn money on the side

April 24, 2017 • Finance

When I was trying to save money to go travelling, I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to make the amount of money I needed to make with just my 9-5. I needed a side hustle- something I could do after work and on weekends to help pad my savings account.

There are so many ways you can earn money on the side. Popular ways include selling the things you don’t use, creating a business, gambling online, freelancing, and more.

I chose freelance writing. I had always enjoyed writing at school, and had launched my first travel blog when I was 21. It was something I knew I could do relatively well, although I never imagined that it would become my career.

Seven years on, and my side hustle has become the way I pay the bills, and I’ve used it to live and travel all over the world. It helps to be location independent, and I encourage everyone to think about how they can use their talents to make money on the side.

 

While earning money on the side isn’t always easy, it is a great way to get yourself sorted financially. So why is it that so few people choose to do it, and then complain when they can’t meet their goals?

It’s because it’s hard work. No one wants to come home from work every night and keep working. Even if you enjoy what you’re doing, it can be draining and exhausting when you feel like you work all the time.

But earning money on the side is well worth it, and can help you have money to buy a house, travel, pay off debt, or start a college fund for your kids.

I’ve met people all over the world who are working on their side hustle. Some of them are building an app in their free time. Others use their talents on online sports betting sites (a fun way to make some money if you’re good at it). There are many people like me who are writing, designing, or coding in their spare time. I’ve met many people who have created consulting businesses, written a book, or eventually taken their side hustle and transformed it into their full-time job.

The key is to accept the fact that if you earn more, no one is going to randomly offer you more money (unless your boss is handing out pay rises, and in that case, you should be first in line). You’ll have to be creative, but there are so many different ways to make money on the side- you just have to consider your talents.

Make a list of all the things you’re really good at. Next, make a list of the things you like doing. Do any of the things on your first list have anything in common with the things on your second list? If you’re hoping to just earn a bit of extra money short term this isn’t an issue, but if you’re hoping to keep your side hustle going for a few years, passion is important.

Good luck!

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