Gaining control of your financial situation is crucial if you want to be financially independent. The standard advice for making ends meet is to reduce spending, but what if I said there was another way? Although reducing outgoings is a good first step, increasing your income will not only help you achieve financial independence but also permit you to keep living the way you do now.
The requirement for a full-fledged “side hustle” to supplement your regular income is unfounded. Here are 15 unique approaches to financial independence that you may not have considered:
1.Post ads on online classifieds sites like Craigslist or Facebook’s Marketplace
The majority of the transactions that take place on Craigslist involve monetary exchange. However, many people don’t realize that Craigslist is also a fantastic location to find giveaways.
You can find some rare jewels to resell for a reasonable return from people who are getting rid of them for various reasons, like a lack of space or an unexpected move. Finding free things on Craigslist that are also being sold elsewhere is the secret. Some things will be in excellent condition; for those that aren’t, consider fixing them up and selling them on Craigslist, at a flea market, or at a garage sale.
Similarly, if you have things lying around your house that you never use, listing them and seeing if anyone in your area is interested in buying them is a wonderful way to both declutter and make some additional cash.
2.Make money off of your photography skills
Is your vision very sharp? Can your pictures be displayed in a museum? If you answered yes or no to any of these questions, you may be eligible to sell your photographs to stock photo agencies such as Shutterstock, iStockphoto, Adobe, and others. You can generate money, whether you are a seasoned pro or just starting out. The vast majority of them pay you a certain amount of money for each download of your photo.
3.Let out a room
If you’re looking for a way to supplement your income and you have a spare room in your house, renting it out could be a good option. Airbnb is a great way to put your house to work for you, whether you want to rent out the entire place or just a room.
If you plan on doing a lot of traveling this year, renting out your property could be a good option to gain some money to go toward your trips. And don’t fret; safety safeguards help make this choice less terrible than most might imagine.
4.Get paid to use your talents
Do you have marketable abilities, such as graphic design or editing, that you could provide to others for compensation? If so, Task Rabbit and Thumbtack are wonderful places to market them. Not only may folks with artistic abilities offer these, but so can those who can edit, do research, typeset, etc.
Beginning a side business requires both time and money, but beginning with modest, one-off projects is a wonderful way to make money anytime you have some spare time.
5.Instruct lessons on the web
It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or have years of experience under your belt; you’re bound to have some strengths. I say this as a matter of fact because you probably do possess a talent that could be useful to others, even if you’ve never been recognized for it. Sites like SkillShare, Udemy, and Teachable.com have made it possible to monetize this talent and bring in some side cash. You don’t have to be an expert to take advantage of this method, which is used by many professionals.
6.Become a field agent
You might believe I’m referring to the FBI, but I’m actually discussing the Field Agent mobile app. You create an account and then perform errands for various clients all throughout town. It might be anything from taking a look at the prices at the grocery store to really talking to people. You can pick and choose the assignments you want to work on, and your pay will reflect that.
7.You can start working as a hidden shopper
Making money as a secret shopper is simple if you have good recall, pay attention to detail, and report on what you see and feel.
To become a “secret shopper,” all you have to do is sign up with a firm that offers this service, then visit various stores while pretending to be a paying customer and report back on your impressions. You get compensated for your time and effort, and in exchange, you receive perks like free food, lodging, and entertainment. You’re not only getting paid to do this, but you’re also setting the standard for how genuine customers should be treated.
8.Be available to babysit for working parents
It may seem obvious to start babysitting if you need additional cash, and you may be thinking that you are not cut out to babysit, but here’s the twist: target parents who are busy professionals and have young children (under the age of five). They probably can’t think of the last time they had a relaxing evening on the town. Your services to this specific demographic will not only be in high demand but also easy to do, as you will likely only be house-sitting while the kids are asleep. If you have a lot of experience caring for children, you might want to sign up for a service like Care.com, where you can specify your hours of operation.
9.Publish your thoughts
You may recall your parents encouraging you to “mind your own business” when you were a kid, but this piece of advice can backfire if you try to apply it now that you’re an adult. This is because there is a financial reward for being a good gatekeeper. Companies will pay you for your time if you take part in focus groups, phone surveys, internet surveys, or even product trials.
10.Moving individuals from one place to another
Become a driver for Lyft or Uber, and you can make a respectable livelihood. Even if you aren’t looking to make a full-time income as a driver, you may still earn some extra cash by picking up passengers whenever you have some downtime.
11.Cash in on your listening skills
This job is perfect for those with a passion for music. To earn some additional money, all you have to do is visit Slice the Pie and begin reviewing unsigned artists and bands. The amount you are paid for every review depends on how trustworthy your evaluations are, so it could take some time to establish yourself as a reliable reviewer. As Slicethepie puts it, “The better your review, the larger the bonus payment.” There is also a referral program where you can earn extra money for every review your friends write if they sign up through your referral link.
Join a meal delivery service like GrubHub, Postmates, or Uber Eats to make extra money on nights and weekends when you don’t have plans. You’re given the freedom to set your own hours and get things done whenever you’re able. And the best thing is… Not having a car is not usually a deal-breaker. It’s possible that your bike or scooter can be used for deliveries, depending on the city.
13.Organize your closet
We’ve all done it: walked up to the counter at the local resale shop, only to learn that the J.Crew sweater we bought but never wore is only worth $3. Womp. By using a mobile app like Poshmark, you may sell your gently used clothing at your own discretion. Plus, Poshmark offers to print the shipping label for you. The worst that can happen is that you have to take the items back to the consignment shop or give them to Goodwill.
14.Become a dog walker
You can make some additional money by signing up with services like Fetch or Wag! to walk dogs or care for pets. Please feel free to sign up whenever it’s convenient for you to assist local dogs whose owners are either working long hours or away on business. Instead of using an app to find pet-sitting jobs, advertise your services at local grooming and boarding facilities.