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Need more cash? 35 easy ways to make extra money each month
Whether you’re trying to pay off debt, save more toward retirement or just boost your monthly income, there are a lot of ways to make more money.
Depending on your situation, schedule and skills, there are a few different routes you can take — including opportunities at your current workplace, considering a new job or simply taking on various gigs on the side.
There are tons of ways to make extra cash from your smartphone, your laptop at home or even just by running some errands for people in your area. Check out this list of ways to make more money, ranging from a few extra bucks to thousands of dollars!
35 ways to make more money!
Things that require more effort — but pay off over time
1. Ask for a raise
A lot of people are afraid of asking for a raise at work, but when you think about it — worst case your boss says no, best case your boss says yes!
However, you need to have a strong argument when you decide to make your move. Do some prep work and have your talking points ready to go. Know the salary range for your position, the value you add to the company and specific examples of your accomplishments at work. Consider timing too — when you’ve been performing at the highest level is a good time to ask.
Here are a couple of resources that can help:
This tool will show you if you’re getting paid enough at work.
Here’s a guide with more tips on how to get paid what you’re worth.
2. Get a new job
If you’re stuck in a rut, start looking for a new job that you will enjoy and make you more money! Use this tool to find out what you should be getting paid and here are some resources for finding the right job for you:
11 steps to creating a successful resume
5 mistakes to avoid when job searching
Tips for finding a job
Ideas for quick and easy cash!
3. Run errands or do odd jobs for people
TaskRabbit is a website where people pay other people to do small tasks for them. For example, someone in your local area may be looking to hire someone to run errands for them — like pick up their dry cleaning or help them move.
RedBeacon.com: Get price quotes and book appointments for local services, such as those provided by a plumber or electrician.
4. Make extra money on the go
CheckPoints.com: CheckPoints is an app that offers manufacturer deals while you’re in the store. You earn points for simply scanning the barcode on an item in a store. No purchase of the product is necessary. You can redeem the points you collect for free gift cards, airline miles and other perks.
EasyShiftApp.com: This app essentially turns you into an on-demand secret shopper. You’re assigned “shifts” by product manufacturers who want people on the ground to go into stores and confirm that their merchandise is being displayed properly. The pay rate for a shift is between $3 and $8 and the money is remitted to you via PayPal.
FieldAgent: Find local jobs in your area and complete them within two hours for cash.
See more smartphone apps that offer ways for you to make extra money.
5. Use your skills to make $5 at a time
Fiverr.com is a virtual marketplace where people can offer their services for $5 to $10, or request services they want done. While $5 isn’t much money, if you can complete a few jobs quickly using the skills you already have, the money can add up to some decent extra cash. Fiverr also makes payments easy through PayPal.
Be the Change
We need to be the change we wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi
What will this world look like in twenty years? That depends on us. That’s right; don’t look over your shoulder to see who else is going to step up. As leaders, we know that we shape the future. But how much thought have you put into how you will shape the future of your community?
Empowering the next generation of leaders will make our communities stronger. This is not something that just happens. Raising up the next generation of leaders needs to be as intentional as the goals and outcomes we set for ourselves. Barriers do exist; but as creative people, we can recognize and overcome them.
So, how do we do this? How do we make the transition?
In order for students to grow, we have to allow them to make mistakes. That means that we need to allow them to take risks, make changes to things, and have ownership. Of course, we need to advise and adjust, but sometimes the best lesson is when something is tried and does not work perfectly.
Just as we intentionally empower and encourage, we often inhibit our future leaders by disempowering and discouraging them unintentionally. Here are some common mistakes we make in the things that we say and do — mistakes we need to avoid making if we want to encourage our next generation of leaders.
“Young people these days want everything now; they do not want to pay their dues.”
Have you heard this? Maybe you have even said it. Well it’s true, and it’s ok. We are not a secret society with a special handshake.
Everyone “pays dues” to succeed; it’s just that as the times change, so do the “dues.” Employees are hired not because they are like us, but because they have something to offer. We need to allow the next generation to teach us new things.
“That’s not how I did it.”
We need to teach our students to be creative, think differently, and try new things. We want them to do this because we want them to pass this along to future generations. This means that we have to allow students to try things a different way. In addition, if what they tried does not work exactly the way we like, we need to help them figure out if their idea can work in a different way — instead of just going back to the old way of doing things.
“I tried that; it didn’t work.”
How long ago did you try it? Why didn’t it work? If you thought it was worth trying before, maybe it is worth trying again in a different way. Instead of just telling students that something does not work, tell them why it didn’t work, and then brainstorm to see if there is a way around that problem. We are in the business of helping people learn to think out of the box, so I encourage you not to make new boxes.
Provide Opportunities for Professional Development
One of the best ways to get students involved doesn’t cost anything other than time. Increase professional development of your students by encouraging them to get involved in the community.
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