The current state of the economy is looking grimmer and grimmer by the day. Many Americans are living paycheck to paycheck – and even more alarming – unemployment check to unemployment check. If you are one of the many American’s struggling right now due to the economy, there are ways to increase your income.
- Get a part-time job. If you are working 9-5 now, consider taking on another job. Waiting tables at a restaurant is an excellent and fast way to earn some extra cash. The job can be difficult at times, but the money is well worth it on a busy Saturday night.
- Sell your stuff. Ebay and Amazon.com are great online marketplaces to sell things you don’t use or need anymore. Their websites get a high amount of online traffic, so your listed items will most likely be noticed by potential buyers.
- Write online articles. Websites like Helium.com and AssociatedContent.com pay writers of all levels for articles on various topics. While the pay may not be enough to cover the monthly mortgage, it can certainly pay for a week’s worth of gas for your car.
- Consider temping. If you are jobless, this can be especially beneficial to you. There are numerous temping and staffing agencies across the country that place individuals with companies. Skill-sets of any kind are usually welcome. I went through a temp agency and was placed with a company that same week. A few months later, I was hired as a permanent employee by that company and now receive great benefits!
Try to avoid using credit cards to save money. Many people rack up debt by putting small purchases such as groceries and gas on their credit cards. This could be detrimental to your finances.
Do try to save money when you can. Avoid shopping excursions, dining out, and getting takeout for lunch.