BY Gloria Martinez of Womenled.org
When you’ve been laid off or you’re underemployed, making extra money becomes a key priority. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to supplement your income and further your career in the process - here are a few tips to help you get started.
Taking up a side gig is often easier than finding a full-time job and can quickly change your professional prospects. You’ll find no shortage of opportunities, such as freelancing, tutoring, pet-sitting, or delivering groceries. Websites like Upwork, Fiverr, and Taskrabbit are great places to find part-time work, while sites like Care.com and Rover are great for finding pet-sitting and dog-walking jobs. If you have a car, you can even make money by delivering groceries or food for companies like Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Grubhub.
If you have particular skills or talents, this may also open up possibilities for skill-based work. If you have an eye for detail and problem-solving, for example, you may be able to find work as an interior designer. This is a good option to consider if you want to learn new skills - just bear in mind that while an interior design career offers flexibility, it can also be hands-on, requiring the designers to visit sites, meet with clients, and even visit stores/vendors for supplies.
Once you’ve decided on an area of work that you think will suit you, your next priority is to work towards making your aspirations a reality.
Starting Your Own Business
With significant changes in the working world, it’s more viable now than ever to start a business of your own. This can be a great way to take control of your income and live independently of employers.
It’s important to remember there are many ways to make extra money on the side or replace the income that you have lost. The key is to think creatively and outside the box. Whether you take on a side gig, use your talents, market yourself effectively, improve your skills, or start your own business, there are no limits to the ways you can make money and take control of your financial situation.
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