How to Make More Money: Have a Sideline Job

wahm 8You can start dabbling in the work at home lifestyle, even while you’re still at your old job. How?By finding part-time, home based work, a sideline job, or by starting a business on the side.

Now, you may be asking: “What kind of job can I do on the side?” or “I don’t know what I can do part-time; I don’t even have time for my full-time job.” Well, I’m here to tell you: It can be done. I know, I’ve done it. And several other women I know do it, too.

Here’s how you can make more money on the side, whether you’ve already got a full time job, or you want to make more money while you work from home.

1. Offer a service that will benefit others.

The important thing when finding something to do on the side is this: You don’t need to have the most profound or original idea. You don’t need to have an epiphany about a new product or service; you’ll never get anywhere starting from nothing.

Instead, focus on something you are good at, which people will gladly pay you for. You don’t even have to quit your job in order to start a sideline or part time job: You just have to find something you’re great at and start capitalizing on that. In fact, it’s an excellent avenue to diversify your income!

2. Start small, but well.

Begin by testing the waters to see who might be inclined to avail of your services. This is the first step in finding out how you will get paid and how to get clients who will likely stick with you.

One of the best ways to start promoting your services is through online job platforms. Craigslist is a high-traffic classified ads site with a very active job board, and it is location-specific. Try creating a classifieds posting with your specialization. You can do the same on sites like Elance.com and LinkedIn, which allow you to list your skills based on keywords.

3. Set a goal for how much you want to earn from your sideline.

Start off with a few paying clients The income you generate from these clients can help you add to your monthly income, and possibly help pay for more than just the bills!

Take my case, for example. Before I became a work at home mom, I was still doing my teaching job when I began to do some online writing on the side. I had about three clients who paid me regularly. In just under five hours a week, I was able to enough to add about 25% to my current take-home income from my day job.

Not bad for an occasional freelance writing gig, right?

Once you determine how much you’re able to make from your part-time job or sideline, you can more or less assess whether you can afford to take on more jobs. Then perhaps, you can even make the switch to telecommuting or a full-time work at home job.

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