Many of us would like to have more money and earning more can be a good way to get it. Whether we want to repay loans, save more or just have more money to spend, then earning more will certainly help us out. However, it is not always easy to do this, particularly if you have a job where there is no chance of a pay rise and you have very little spare time to do extra work or have family commitments. There still might be some ways to earn a bit extra though and it is worth investigating them as they could make a significant difference to you.
Sell things you no longer need
It can be worth looking through your possessions from time to time to see what you might be able to sell. Most of us have things that we do not need, perhaps because we no longer use them, fit in them or were given then and they were not to our taste. Anything can be potentially sold, particularly if it is in good condition. By selling things you will be able to get some more money. It is wise though to make sure that you are selling them in the right place. There are different markets for different items. Do some research and find out where certain things seem to sell well and this should help you to get the best price and more guaranteed sales from the items that you sell. Although this will raise a lump sum of money, it will not be a regular income. It can certainly be useful to have it, but you might hope to have something more long term that will help you out for longer.
Rent out rooms in your home
Something you could consider is renting out any spare rooms that you may have in your home. This not just the suggestion that you might want to consider a lodger, but you could go beyond this. You could decide to offer a bed and breakfast service which could give your more money although may take more work. An alternative is to rent out garage or loft space for storage. Some people are really desperate for space to store things and they will be prepared to pay for it. You will have to under cut any local storage facilities in order to be competitive. For any of these you will have to check to make sure you are allowed to do them. You could be restricted under planning restrictions, by your mortgage company, your landlord or your insurer. You will need to check out these things before you start.
Do some work from home
It can be tricky having to go outside of the home to work, particularly if you have a family to look after, have health issues or do not feel like going back out after work. However, you could find work at home, which might help you to earn extra without so much effort. You might be able to do overtime in your current job like this and earn extra, although this is rare. It is more likely that you will need to find extra work. There are work from home websites that you can use to find jobs, although you do need to be careful of these. Some are genuine but there are others that will make you pay money upfront and perhaps not get you any work at all. You will be wise to look at reviews first and never pay any money out as the idea is that you should be being paid not paying out!
Start a business
Starting a business is something that many people want to try as they feel that it will be an easy way to make money. It is actually a very hard way to make money as it is likely that you will be working very hard and perhaps not even making any money at all to start with. However, if you have a skill that you think is worth selling or have a hobby that you would like to monetise then it could work for you. Do make sure though that you are not starting something that will take a huge financial investment. This could mean that it will be a long time before you start making any money; if you manage to at all. Start off doing something like freelance work, running sewing classes or selling your paintings as they have very little upfront costs and you can make money from doing something you enjoy. You can also pick your own hours to fit around any other work you have as well as any other commitments. Of course, the more time you can commit; the more money you are likely to make.