Ideas to make extra money on the side
The wage they earn barely covers their outgoings for many people, and by the end of the month,
it’s not usual for some workers to be completely stretched to the limit. From paying utility bills to
covering rental fees or the costs of keeping a car running, the everyday expenses of life soon add
If you’re one of the many employees that feel short of money at the end of each month, below are
some ideas you could try to earn a little extra money on the side while still holding your current full-
Take short-run delivery work
With the huge increase in online shopping, delivery drivers are now more in demand than ever,
and there are countless opportunities open to you to earn a little extra money working in a courier
role. Indeed, the growth of courier work has led to the development of multiple online resources
where companies can post shipping jobs for established delivery firms or individuals. For example,
on the Shiply website, subscribers can browse a vast range of shipping contracts then apply online
to win the work.
Work as an online tutor
There’s been a huge explosion in the growth of online-only education in recent years and learning
through web-based courses has never been more popular. Also, while you might think teaching
means you need special qualifications or experience, sites like TutorMe and Tutor.com feature a
wide range of courses on all manner of subjects that don’t necessarily require formal qualifications.
Ask yourself what particular skills or knowledge you have that might be of interest to someone
else, then check these sites to see if you fit the bill.
Market research is big business these days as firms try to find ways to find and win new clients in
an increasingly competitive marketplace. Consequently, there are multiple opportunities to work
completing surveys in return for payment. Services like MyPoints and Survey Junkie will pay you
for taking surveys or offering your opinion on a huge range of goods and services.
So long as you have a reasonable grasp of English, companies VIPKid will help you teach children
English and even organize your lesson plans. You will need to prove you’ve completed a
bachelor’s degree - although the subject doesn’t have to be directly related and can be in anything
- plus previous teaching experience is also seen as advantageous.
Get creative and start freelancing
The freelance market has never been bigger and now features specialists with a wide variety of
skills - anything from accountancy to marketing or design abilities.
With firms globally now starting to realize they don’t necessarily need to employ specialist staff full-
time and can instead hire on an ad hoc basis, so the market will continue to grow. If you have skills
you’ve learned in a previous job (or even your current role), there’s every likelihood you could use
them in a freelance role. As a rule, the best type of work for freelancing is anything that can be
delivered digitally - although opportunities still exist in other roles. However, it is much easier if the
work you produce can be sent over the internet to the commissioning client.
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