If you’re struggling for money this year, you’re not alone. There are so many things that are demanding our hard-earned cash, some that we can’t even see; we only ever see the benefit of insurance if something goes wrong, for instance. It’s like we are piling away our savings into things that could come good if we need them, but we have nothing realistically to show for it.
So what can we do to bring in a little bit extra?
If you’re good at coming up with a pitch, project or idea at the drop of a hat (or the making of a hat!), put it to good use. So many people are sitting on talents that they aren’t developing or never even knew they had. If you can write quickly, you could consider becoming a transcriptionist; if you can pitch something so that people would be running to buy it the minute it hits the shelves, try your hand at copywriting; anything you make with your own fair hands can be sold on a site like Etsy. These are all mostly freelance positions that you can do in your own time and bring in a bit of extra income. It’s easy enough to get yourself set up online and search for one that may suit your fancy.
Solar energy is becoming popular, and for good reason – you’ll be saving money on your energy bills and have the potential to make money while you’re doing it. Find out some energy efficiency experts to install what you need and cross your fingers for many more sunny days to come. The energy that you don’t use in your own home can be sold to energy companies who will then sell it on for their own profit or use it themselves. You won’t become a millionaire overnight or rich any time soon, but you will be making a huge saving on what could otherwise be quite a costly expense. It does take money to get yourself set up initially, but this will be flying back into your bank account with every bill that you aren’t paying out.
Sell What’s Unused
It’s a classic, but whacking everything that you don’t like, want or use on to eBay is a great way to make money on things that are literally lying around your house. Make sure that you get the descriptions bang-on – you can use a guide to see if you’re doing it right and using the correct wording to attract potential customers to your listing. If can be clothes, furniture, books – even cutlery and crockery that have gone past their date in your home. What is your trash could be another person’s treasure, and while there are reasonable limits to what you can list, let your imagination run wild and see what other sellers are selling for a good amount to see if you have one in your home that could go to a better home. Declutter and cash up!