Whether you run your business efficiently or have a career that you love and are thriving at, there can sometimes be that feeling of just wanting more. More money for things you want in life, or not feeling the pinch so much when it comes to spending once all the bills are paid. So how can you do that? Side hustles are a great way to boost your income and many can be done alongside your other commitments when it comes to work. Many of us could all do with a little more money behind us general for the added luxuries in life. Perhaps you want to add to a savings account, invest in property or even just have some extra funds each month for little luxuries like holidays, etc. However, for a lot of us, we are stuck on a fixed wage each month, and once those bills are all paid, there may not be much left for all the little extra luxuries in life. But, it doesn’t have to stay this way. With that in mind, here are some of the feasible ways you can boost your income stream through actions you can take or savings that are already staring you in the face. Let’s hope it helps you to feel inspired about making some extra money and have your best financial year yet.
It can all start with you
One of the first things you need to do is look at your current outgoings. Sit yourself down with your last three months bank statements and look at every debit from your account. You may be surprised to find that you could be paying out for things such as gym memberships, magazine subscriptions or other payments you thought you had cancelled. Sometimes these small amounts go unnoticed each month, but they can all mount up. You might also want to look at your regular payments like energy bills. You might be able to see if any other companies will offer you a cheaper deal. Just doing this can boost your income.
Often some of the bigger financial failures we can all experience starts with us and mostly that can mean debt. However, debt isn’t always a bad thing, but if it isn’t manageable, then it could be causing more harm than good to your credit profile. If you feel that your financial past is significantly impacting your financial future, then it may be the time to take action and seek help. Check out your credit history and look at the things you may need to change, such as free credit limits, paying things off and closing credit accounts. Knowing what you need to do can help you to have a better financial future.
Now let’s tackle any debt we have
Once your credit file is on the mend it is always worth placing a huge focus on any debts you may have. Of course, many of us can have a large debt like a mortgage, but this focus should be more on the smaller things like loans and credit cards. The more you have, the more interest you are paying, and in many cases, the rate can vary from one credit account to another. Look at your bills and focus on paying off the one that costs the most money, while still keeping up repayments with the others. Reducing the debt will ultimately free up income on month by month basis. You could look at trying to consolidate things together to give you one affordable and manage enable monthly payment each month. This is when looking for the best personal loans online or through your bank can be a great way to ease some pressure. However, if it isn’t manageable, you need to seek some help to ease the debts and there are plenty of charities and helplines that can point you in the right direction. Offering you a little breathing space with your outgoings.
Are we paying too much for our regular bills?
All of us are happy to pay for the bills we need to run a home or keep us going such as energy bills or insurance policies. But are we paying too much? When was the last time you checked a competitor company to see what they were offering? We can all get complacent with our bills, but what we fail to see is that loyalty doesn’t always pay off. So it is important to ensure that you compare other companies, and switch provider if you can pay less for the same thing. It’s a no brainer, and this one exercise can significantly reduce your outgoings.
You could also look at reducing your costs for other outgoings such as your food bill. Meal planning can be a great way to reduce the outgoing you pay for food and enable you to reduce wastage not just with money but also with food. A great tip would be to plan the meals and then write a list. You could also look at hanging where you shop and switching from brand to shop own brands that could significantly reduce your outgoings.
Making money from a hobby or something you love
Sometimes you just have to go with the things that you love. Many of us have hobbies that we enjoy doing and perhaps you are starting to realise that some of them could be monetised and made into something more. It could also be monetising a blog you have, or even going freelance. This can be an excellent way to boost your income doing something that you enjoy. It could also help you towards leaving a job and doing something you love full time, giving you amazing flexibility with your home and work life.
If you like the idea of using a digital entity to earn some extra money then monetising a website or blog could be the answer. Whether starting from scratch or using one that you already have, it could be a great idea to boost your income. There are many things to consider such as affiliate marketing, sponsored content and advertising campaigns. Some people who have done this have gone on to make six figures from their blogs or websites. Which is pretty incredible.
Filling out online surveys and taking advantage of online side hustles
Maybe you want to do something that is easy to do while you are relaxing and filling out online surveys could be that. You can head to some of the popular websites found online and simply do it while watching tv or relaxing in an evening. The small amounts per survey will soon add up. Many people can find something like this relatively easy to do, and combining this with other side hustles you can do in your spare time will help you to ensure that you build up a fair amount of disposable income that you can utilise to your own desires.
Many companies need their websites testing. They need to know how they perform and also take on board any critique and feedback they can acquire. This is where you come in. You can test out these websites very easily and mama get rot earn a little extra in your spare time.
Taking on mystery shops
Mystery shopping is another side hustle people like to do. Not only does it give you a fee for taking on the work, but in many cases you can get free meals, tickets or money towards purchases, which in turn can then give you a saving. There are plenty of websites that will allow you to register to become a mystery shopper and then it is just a case of taking on the jobs that are suitable. Often these can be performed around your work and family commitments and could be a fast and easy way to boost your income each month.
Selling items online on platforms like eBay
Your home is probably filled with things you no longer love, want or need, so why keep them? Seeking items online on platforms like eBay is a great way to rid your home of the clutter while enabling you to earn a little extra in the process. Consider looking around your home and decluttering some of the items you no longer want in your home. Perhaps it is something electrical that you have already replaced, clothes you no longer wear or children’s toys that no longer get played with. This is when selling on a personal account on eBay can be a great way to boost your income and give you some extra funds each week and month. But, there’s more you can do. Some people even take it one step further and convert their eBay account to a business one and actually source items to sell from charity shops and car boot sales. This then enables them to sell them on eBay for a profit. It could be a great little hobby that could prove very lucrative.
Let’s hope this helps you to boost your income stream and gives you the chance to have the best financial year yet.