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How To Start A Side Job

When you start the journey to financial freedom, the beginning can be difficult.  Not only do you have to stay within your income each month, you also have to dig yourself out of debt.  This can mean that money will be a little tight for a little while as you pay down balances on credit cards.  Sometimes earning a little income on the side may be just what you need to get ahead.  There are many great side jobs that you can take on to earn extra money and get out of debt more quickly.  Let’s look at a few ideas.

Use Your Talents

If you have some specific talents or skills, you may consider putting these to use by becoming a freelancer.  Those with graphic design, web design, marketing, accounting or an IT security degree should be able to easily find side work that will meet their needs.  Any skills that you have can be turned into a little money on the side by heading out on your own and getting a few clients. The great thing about freelance work is that it can done on your schedule and will work well with any job that you already have.

If you want to venture out on your own with a little side job, take an inventory of your abilities.  Can you write, edit, draw or keep books?  It is likely that you will be able to find freelance work that you can handle.  This is a great way to supplement your income and help you stick to your financial goals.

Work on the Weekends

You may also want to head out and find a job that you can do after work or on the weekends.  Right now many retail stores are getting ready to do their holiday hiring.  These stores typically offer flexible scheduling that will accommodate your current work schedule.  In addition, you may be able to get some great discounts that you can use on your holiday purchases.

Another possibility is to get a side job working in a bar or restaurant.  You will be able to work in a fun, fast paced environment and will probably even earn some tips, which can really add up.  If you don’t want to have to schedule yourself or find solo projects, going to work in a traditional environment may be just what you need.

If you are having trouble meeting your financial goals and getting out of debt with your own income, consider adding a little more.  There are many great side job opportunities out there for you to take advantage of.

What side job do you have or are you thinking about starting?

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  • How To Start A Side Job…

    Sometimes earning a little income on the side may be just what you need to get ahead. There are many great side jobs that you can take on to earn extra money and get out of debt more quickly. Let’s look at a few ideas….

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  • My blog is my side job, as I am heading back to work this upcoming Monday. Starting a blog has been fantastic for me, but it is a heck of a lot more work than I ever imagined.

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    • Same here. I love blogging and hope to one day make it into my full job.

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  • I’m thinking about teaching Yoga. It cost some money to go through the teacher training program, but once you’re done it should be relatively easy to get a part time gig. I need to get a collection of these side jobs going so I can quit my 9-5, the silent killer.

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  • Interesting post. I’d love to see a bit more on actually starting a side job. This post is a good place to start in order to brainstorm ideas. But there is a lot more involved in starting a business.

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  • Side jobs are all about HUSTLE! Waking up an hour earlier every morning, skipping the TV/Netflix monster a few nights a week and working your side-job instead. H-u-s-t-l-e, baby!

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    • You are correct sir. Hustle, Hustle, Hustle!!

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  • I have a couple side incomes:
    – Law Offices of Evan
    – My Journey to Millions
    – Pregnancy Pool

    KEEP IT GROWING!

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    • That’s great. I’m making another site that I hope creates some more income.

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  • I work every morning from 6am-7:15am, and evenings from 8pm onwards. Feels great!

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  • I plan on starting a few sites in hopes of getting some extra income on the side. Like you said, it’ll take away from some of my weekend time.

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  • I’ve tried taking surveys before to help make some cash on-line (my first online endeavor), but I failed miserably. Not that I didn’t do them right, but the site I used was a scam. Lesson learned.

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  • I spend about 10-20 hours a week selling hockey cards and collectibles through an online store I set up on eBay. I also write a blog and maintain a website related to that “business” during that time. Funds my collecting habit and should soon be adding some be adding some additional personal income on top of that.

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  • I am a huge fan of the hobby to income route. Blogging, DJing, and flash mob planning have all contributed a bit to my bottom line, and I would have done them all for free anyway.

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