Do you find yourself spending a ton of money every holiday season or pulling out your credit card...and then paying on the things you bought for others well into 2017? I've been there. We've lived that game, and we're slowly digging ourselves out of debt and are finally to the point where it's not overwhelming anymore. BUT, that didn't stop life from happening either - in the coming week I'll be paying for new shoes for one of my kids AND a trip deposit of $499 for my eldest to go to a conference in Washington, D.C. next year and meet the new President.
Am I scared? You betcha. But I'm not letting it stop me. You see, I've brought my income from $0/mo to roughly $1500/mo while only working Part-Time hours, which are mostly worked from home. While I've made a Gofundme page for my family and friends to help be a part of this monumental trip that will shape Kurtis and help mold him into an even better young leader, I am confident that somehow, through my hard work and the stars somehow aligning for me just right in the universe that I will come up with this deposit in time to get the payment schedule that we desire. There are three things that are easy that I do to make extra money, and since this is the holiday season and some may be in similar financial situations, I've decided to share so that others can have a brighter holiday too.
I write. For money.
Okay, so my blog is free, but if you head over to my CV, you can see all of the articles that I've been paid for to write. I earn anywhere upwards of $500 or more a month just based on my writing skills. The first thing you need to do is learn how to pitch a publication, which is super easy and the process can be found on Google.
I make graphics.
I'm not talking about loading up Illustrator and pulling my hair out either. I'm talking about simple graphics that you can make in Canva. In fact, I just signed a new client that I will be making mostly graphics every week for to showcase new members to her site. If you're a Canva master, put those skills to use and make pretty things for your business-owning friends that either don't know how to use it or don't have time to make them! I typically make about $50-$100 each month by making simple graphics for people.
I edit blogs and newsletters.
One of the best things I ever did was that I paid attention all those years ago in English class because now I get to edit blogs and newsletters for business owners that are not so grammar-savvy. I typically make about $100-$200 each month by just simply editing.
How do I find these people?
I first decided to ask my friends that owned businesses if they needed help in any of these areas. If you put it out there, people will typically come or help point you in the right direction for the most part. I also joined numerous groups on Facebook and Linkedin, which were both really helpful in putting me in touch with my target market. If you have any questions or ideas to offer others, leave them below!