The end of 2017 is just around the corner. Having had a look through your finances, you are not satisfied with the amount of money you are taking in and have decided to think about how your efforts could earn you a few extra dollars.
Truth is, it is hard to save any money at all when rents and monthly bills are so expensive. However, with a little bit of help, you could turn 2018 into a year in which you maximise your income and savings.
Do you own anything of value? Sell it!
We have all watched programmes like Antique Roadshow, where a lucky individual gets money in exchange for something they owned and didn’t even know they had until they came across it in the attic.
Whether it’s an antique, a pair of boots or a fine coat you never wore, we all have belongings we can trade for money. These can be sold on ebay or car boot sales, and they will surely bring you some extra cash for you to put in the bank.
In the days of the world wide web, making money is something that is achievable even from the cosiness of your living room. Writing a good story and selling it to a magazine or starting a blog and reaching out to advertisers is something that is becoming a trend amongst young generations in an age where employment is not the stable gig it used to be. Read these tips on how to start your own blog and turn those ideas into fast cash.
Invest in stocks
Sources in 2017 claimed investing in Colgate-Palmolive, Facebook and Vertex Pharmaceuticals could be the best stocks in which to invest right now. These might have changed since the Motley Fool report was written, however, and it is good to do some good research into the different stocks in which you could put your money.
Zillow Stock offers objective and quantifiable ratings on stocks, so that you can be better sure of where to invest your money at any given time.
Become a mystery shopper
Companies are keen to learn whether their stores are functioning properly and whether customer service in these is being delivered adequately. By becoming a mystery shopper, you would be visiting these stores and making sure everything is in check. Don’t know where to start? Google “mystery shopping” in your region and find out more! Here is a brief guide to get you started.
Be a freelance teacher
We all have skills we can pass on, even if these are niche and specific to a trade or industry. Luckily, there are always people who want to learn, and if you have access to community boards or local libraries, you could start by advertising your services on these. Languages are the obvious first option (with Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic being some of the most popular in recent years), but from cooking to yoga, there are always skills we can trade for money.
Don’t know what to do with your spare time next year? Convert it into fast cash!