Living on your own is not cheap. Depending on where you live, it can be extremely expensive. In New York City, most people live in a place with five roommates just to afford rent. Other cities have similar issues. It’s often the suburbs and smaller towns that have somewhat affordable rent, but no matter the place, you usually have to bunk with several people to make ends meet.
The burden to provide becomes even heavier when you add a family to the mix. It’s the reason so many want to wait until they’re more established in their careers to have a family. But as everyone knows, children have a way of just happening. Sometimes you can’t wait until that next promotion at work, and sometimes that next promotion never comes.
If your budget is feeling tight and you have a need to bring more money into the pocket book of your family to ensure that everyone’s needs are met, here are some creative things you can do:
Drive Miss Daisy Around
There are a lot of things that can be done to bring in a little extra pocket change. If you find that you have some extra time on your hands, consider signing up to be a Lyft or Uber driver. Lyft and Uber are ride-sharing service companies that allow you to essentially be a taxi driver for anyone who beckons your call.
With lyft, you can get paid $35 dollars an hour to drive people around. Uber just depends on how many people you give a ride. Look into both to see if it’s an option for you. You set your own hours, so if you ever realize you have free time, you can just jump in your car, pick somebody up and make a chunk of change for a minimal amount of your time.
Sell the Clothing You Never Wear
Most people like to shop and end up with a closet full of clothing out of which only a third of it gets worn. You might tell yourself that you want to hang onto the clothing just in case you need it to make that perfect ensemble, but be real with yourself.
Start by turning all of your clothing hangers around where the open part is facing the front. In two months, if there are still hangers facing that way, those are the clothes you don’t wear, so just sell them and get some money back on the deal. Take them into consignment shops or go online to your local selling platform and offload some of the items.
If there is nothing like that available to you, consider gathering a bunch of your friends and having a block clothing sale. There are many ways to make this happen, so do it often and you’ll constantly have money coming in from somewhere.
Get Quality Finance Advice
If you’re struggling for money that badly and you just can’t seem to make ends meet or get ahead, you might want to consider meeting with a qualified finance advisor that can help you make concrete plans and strategies to get financially ahead. If you never went to business school or learned how to manage money properly, that’s fine. Don’t feel badly about it, just take the necessary steps to bring yourself into the financial freedom you deserve.
Talk About What You Know Online
If you have a skill or a passion for something and you know enough about it that you feel like you could talk about it for hours and maybe even teach a class, then you should do just that. Do it online, do it on your own watch, and watch the potential benjamins stream in.
This thing called SkillShare allows anybody to put up lesson videos about what they do best, even if they have no prior experience teaching. They’ll send you through a tutorial so that you know how it works and you do your thing and upload it to the site. If your video is super popular, you could make bank. If it’s not, you might not make a ton, but it’s worth a try if you’ve got a skill to share with the world!