Earn Extra Money Using Your Skills


Using your own skills to earn extra money is very rewarding. It’s a brilliant way of paying for the luxuries in life or merely ensuring you can pay the important bills. In the current economy many home owners are struggling to make ends meet. If you have a skill you’re not using why not start making it pay for you. You can benefit not only through the additional income but also through the joy of doing something you love and getting paid for it.

Young Girl Holding Some Cash

Become a Freelancer

As employers are struggling to afford employees, more and more are turning to outsourcers. Using a contractor is cheaper and a great way of getting work completed on a limited budget. By setting up as a freelancer you can earn money in your spare time using any skills you like. You can sell all sorts of skills such as:

  • Typing
  • Data entry
  • Sales
  • Accounting
  • Web design
  • Marketing
  • Sewing

There are plenty of decent job sites for freelancers where professionals come to look for contractors. Two of the most popular are Elance and PeopleperHour. If you work through these sites you will need to pay a small fee but it does give you some security to ensure you get paid for the work you do.

Teaching Skills

You might have a skill that others are envious of. Perhaps you have been perfecting your yoga skills for years or you’re an expert knitter. Whatever skill you have you can make money teaching it to others. You will need to be a good communicator and perhaps consider using modern technology to help you teach to a wider audience. You may have to train for a professional qualification before beginning to teach but most people can offer coaching and lessons up to a certain level.

Selling Items You Make

Do you love baking cakes at the weekend or sewing skirts and dresses? If so why are you doing it as a hobby when you could get paid for it? The hand craft industries are extremely popular at the moment. Shoppers are supporting genuine talent and local artisans rather than paying for cheaply made goods from faceless organisations. Sell your goods through sites such as Etsy and Eco Market and get paid making items that you love.

If you’re selling food you will have to check for the red tape and regulations to ensure you’re working safely and within the law. You will also need to register with the HMRC.  You can sell goods online, start attending markets and craft fairs too.

Claiming Benefits

There are some benefits you can claim for even when you are earning money. Income support is available to those on a low income that are working 16 hours a week or less. The extra money can help you to cover those bills and it’s a great short term option to consider if you’re currently struggling financially. Other benefits that you may be entitled to include housing benefit, tax benefit and tax credits. Call the Income support telephone number to find out more.

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James is a financial expert who has contributed several business and finance related articles. His expertise and first-hand knowledge of economics makes his blogs and articles informative and helpful for those looking out for guidance and assistance in matters related to finance. He has an active schedule of TV and radio interviews He is co-host of the popular VT Radio show Jim and Gordie Show. latest-articles-buttonJim comes from an old military family dating back to the American Revolution. Dozens of Confederate ancestors fought for the South in the War Between the States. Uncles fought in WWII and Korea. His father was a WWII P-40 and later P-51 Mustang fighter pilot. Vietnam found several uncles serving, a cousin, and brother Wendell as a young Ranger officer. His mother was a WWII widow at 16, her first husband killed with all 580 aboard when the SS Paul Hamilton, an ammunition ship with 7000 tons of explosives aboard, was torpedoed off the coast of Algiers. He has been writing, speaking and doing public relations, television, consulting and now multimedia work for a variety of American heritage, historical, military, veterans and Intel platforms. Jim’s only film appearance was in the PBS Looking for Lincoln documentary with Prof. Henry Lewis Gates, and he has guest lectured at the Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Gordon. Currently he is working to take his extensive historical video archives on line to assist his affiliated organizations with their website multimedia efforts, such as the Military Order of World Wars, Atlanta, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans , Assoc. for Intelligence Officers, the Navy League, Georgia Heritage Council, National Memorial Assoc.of Georgia.

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