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Ways Of Supplementing Your Income On The Side


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    Wanted to collaborate on this. We know there are many ways to make some extra scratch on the side. Some seem to be more profitable than others. Perhaps we can get a list going of some of the more promising ways to supplement your income. Some folks have gone from selling things here and there on the side, to making it into a full time business. The amount of money varies, of course, but even if you're makings just nickles and dimes, it all adds up over time if you keep at it.

    Some things I've found out there that have made me money personally:

    • Selling Stuff On The Side - I've sold electronics, hobby equipment etc through Craigslist, Ebay, or through apps such as OfferUp and LegGo. They come with their own pros and cons. Craigslist can be a hassle, especially dealing with your competition constantly flagging your listing. Ebay is good if you keep it simple, in my opinion. OfferUp and LetGo are both very slick apps to use. You sell locally, so there's no shipping involved. I've sold many things on both apps.
    • Gigs - I found a number of small paying gigs on Craigslist. I've helped a photographer with his gear, as well as hauled off stuff for people who didn't have a means of doing it. Writing gigs are great for those who want to make money writing copy for someone's advertisement or small news paper. Also, some of the easier gigs to find are in the manual labor section. Some people just need their yard mowed, or help moving.

    Both of these have proven to be lucrative, especially when tight on money. So I'd say if you have stuff to sell or time to spare, they are worth looking into. What other ways can one supplement their income on the side?

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    Seems the #1 option these days is Uber. Or Lyft. Just riding sharing apps. So you can play taxi for people and make some decent side money. Though not without its headaches, seems a ton of people go this route and continue to do so. As long as you have an acceptable vehicle, think it can't be older than a certain year, and have a good sense of direction (or good GPS), good manners and good hygiene, you could enjoy it. Many fully supplement their income this way.

    You can also deliver food/packages, through a number of different courier apps. Uber has Uber Eats, then there's also Postmates, DoorDash, and many others.

    You can rent out a spare bedroom, or even a house or cabin through apps like Airbnb.

    You can also use apps that match freelance workers with people looking for odd end jobs/chores, kinda like you suggested, with 'gigs'. Apps like TaskRabbit or Handy, and many others, offer more manual labor type jobs, where the website gets a cut on both ends, for carrying out the transaction between you and the person with the task. But then there's also sites like Upwork and Fiverr, where you can sign up for more computer based tasks, like admin work or video/website/photoshop type projects. If you are skilled in a certain computer program, then its especially a good place to look.

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    Those are also some good ideas. I wonder when it comes to selling your services on websites such as UpWork, if it's been affected by the current situation or not? Since many people are unemployed or working from home. I wonder if sites like these have seen a severe uptick in the amount of users promoting their skills, and if it's drastically shifted the market to that in favor of the buyer. I could see, if this is the case, being a competitive headache for people who are new to this sort of work, and especially for those already established. I looked into doing this a little while ago, and even then I could see how competitive it was.
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    Whatever happened to those stores that would buy all your stuff and sell it on eBay? Like in the movie 40 yr old virgin? That seemed like a quick and easy way to overload stuff without doing the legwork.

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    Grinchy Wrote:

    Whatever happened to those stores that would buy all your stuff and sell it on eBay? Like in the movie 40 yr old virgin? That seemed like a quick and easy way to overload stuff without doing the legwork.

    Good question. I used to see them everywhere. Perhaps they became a thing of the past when Ebay became more user friendly, and other apps made it easier to sell from your home instead of carting to a store that will take a commission on top of what Ebay already takes.