Work-at-home parents are pretty much on a fixed income; you only get paid for the hours you work. However, every once in awhile there comes a time when we need a little extra cash and we don’t want to dip into our hard-earned savings, or take on another part-time job. Of course, you could always tighten your belt again and find more ways to feed your family for less, but there’s only so much more you can do when you’ve already cut out everything but the necessities. Instead, you need to find some flexible, but legitimate, ways to make extra money in what little spare time you have.
Isn’t it time your finances took care of you for a change? Cashback credit cards pay you back a proportion of what you spend each time you use them. Set up a direct debit to pay the card off in full each month, so there’s no interest cost, and you can earn hundreds back per year. Just use the card for all your normal spending.
The easiest way to turn a part-time hobby into a money-making scheme is by making money from your website. Even if you’re not one of the lucky few able to make enough to quit their day job, you might still generate enough income to pay your domain expenses. The quickest way to make money from your website is through affiliate marketing – which is where you endorse products you like to your subscribers. If your audience is interested in the product, they click on an affiliate link, and you get a split of the sale price if they purchase the product. Do some research and find other ways you can make money from your website.
It’s unlikely that you’ll make a decent living doing this full time, but completing a few surveys each day could add up to a generous grocery budget at the end of the month. Doing surveys online is becoming increasingly popular with students and other busy people because very little effort is required. Be careful, not all survey sites are created equal. Some are legit and pay a decent amount of money for your time, but others either take longer to pay the same amount, or they’re scams, so make sure you read the review of each survey site before you put in your details. Signing up is easy, but you should know that you won’t be making a lot of money right away.
Unlike blogging, freelance writing just involves having some decent writing skills and the persistence to keep pitching your work to publications that pay, such as magazines, online journals, or the local newspaper. You might only earn a small amount at first, but once you’ve built up a reputation you can start charging more for your articles. Alternatively, you can apply for a flexible position with a content writing company and write as many articles as you can in your spare time.