Did you have a plan to make more money this year? How’s that going?
More than one-third of Americans make money-related New Year’s resolutions, a Fidelity Investments survey found. More than half of people wanted to save more, while spending less and paying off debt were also common goals.
Resolving to be better with your money is one thing, but turning that goal into reality is another story entirely. Saving more, spending less, or paying off debt sounds simple, until you confront the reality of tight budgets, high expenses, and tiny paychecks. If you’ve already cut back on frivolous expenses and are still having trouble making ends meet, it’s time to look into ways to earn more money.
The best ways to boost your income are to ask for a raise, get a better-paying job, or head back to school so you can transition into a more lucrative career. But those are long-term solutions to your cash-flow problem. What if you need some extra money right now, perhaps to pay down your holiday credit card bill or save for a big vacation? Well, you’re in luck. Never have there been more ways to earn a little extra money on the side, thanks to the growth of the gig economy and apps that make it easy to sell your stuff (or your services) to willing buyers.
Whether you’re a dog lover, clotheshorse, or online shopping addict, here are 16 quick and easy ways to make extra money.