The Best Side Jobs To Increase Your Income - Guest Post By Mia Taylor

We all need a couple of extra bucks here and there. Whether it’s to buy that cool new gadget that you’ve been eyeing up, or maybe go on a fun vacation with your buddies, a side job is a great way to earn good cash and feel a little more secure in life. But how do you find something that won’t become overwhelming and end up eating up too much of your time while still earning enough to make a difference? Well, first you’ve got to find the right job! Do you need suggestions on what to look for and how to organize your time around this extra activity? Then read on.

Have a skill that is in high demand? From article writing to web design, signing up for sites like Upwork or Freelancer is a good way to earn some money. The beginning will be the hardest because you need to get some positive reviews before well-paying clients will consider your profile, so you’ll probably spend the first few weeks doing poorly-paid work until you can build up some reputation and start charging more. Make sure to have a good profile photo and to fill out your bio so people would get a good idea of who you are and what you can do.

Teenagers and college kids usually have a really easy time fitting a few evenings a week of babysitting into their schedule. If you’re good with children and know how to handle tantrums and entertain them until their parents are back, hand out your number to the neighbours and let them know when you’re available. Always let people know whether you’re available in the evenings or during the day or coordinate with parents who need your services as the need arises.
Customer service

Customer service jobs usually require no prior experience, and they’re ideal for those who know how to deal with people and don’t get stressed easily. This job can be emotionally draining, but if you start doing it part-time and remain calm and professional, it’s a nice little source of cash.
Online surveys

Being probably the easiest, most effortless job of the bunch, it’s a pretty great pick for busy individuals with little time on their hands. You can get paid to take surveys online and earn money or vouchers that you can use for your favourite stores. Since it doesn’t require much of your time, it can easily be something you do whenever you have time to spare. Simply sign up, and you’ll be sent surveys for various companies and products, and all you need to do is answer honestly.

If you are a talented photographer, you could always offer your services for weddings, parties, family gatherings, and personal lookbooks, but you could also start taking stock photos and sell them on sites such as Shutterstock. This is generally a pretty enjoyable job that’s good for those who seek a little bit of creativity in their life.
Data Entry

Another job that requires no prior experience, data entry is a little boring, but easy to get into. Companies who need data entry services will usually give you a test to pass to see if you’re a good fit for them, and then you will start with tasks like typing up or scanning handwritten reports, typing up data into computer databases, or doing certain kinds of transcriptions. It’s not particularly well paid, but since it requires very minimal skills and can be done from home, it’s a good option for students.

Do you know a foreign language? Perhaps you’re particularly good at math? Plenty of people need tutoring for certain subjects (from high schoolers who just want a better grade, to foreigners who wish to learn English), so offering your knowledge and experience through online platforms such as Preply will let you teach others over Skype and earn a very pretty penny if you’re a good tutor. As with most things, reputation is important and if you are good at what you do and conduct yourself professionally you’ll probably have an easy time finding students. We do recommend that you get a planner and stick to your schedule religiously to be able to organize yourself effectively.
Monetize your hobbies

From knitting to jewellery making, crafty hobbies could actually be a great source of income. Whether you carve little wooden figurines, make homemade cosmetics, or know how to sew really well, you can sell your crafts through sites like Etsy or make your own online page. Advertise through social media and create a small business!
Not only does having a side job help bring in some more money for you and your family, but it also looks really good on your CV. We recommend that you take side jobs seriously and treat them like real work: organize your time, especially if you plan to work from home, and give yourself a “shift” that you will follow every single day. This will help you stay consistent and earn better, so get practical and enjoy the extra cash.

Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for She loves writing about her life experiences. Travelling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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