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December 11, 2018

The cost of living across America is rising faster than our wages, so it’s not surprising there never seems to be enough money to pay our bills, let alone enjoy life’s little luxuries. Rather than focusing on your empty wallet, why not do something about it? These are just some of the ways you can earn some extra cash this month.

Do Some Freelance Work

In 2016, 35 percent of the American workforce completed freelance work. By 2020, 42 percent of U.S. workers are expected to work on a freelance basis. While some Americans hold freelance jobs full-time, others take on freelance jobs to boost their regular income.

You’ll find freelance jobs in a range of fields including graphic design, copywriting, voice acting, computer programming, and photography. Browse freelance employment sites like Upwork and Simply Hired for job opportunities and apply for anything that looks interesting. An up-to-date resume and customized cover letters, which explain why you’d be the best fit for the roles you want, will help you land the best freelance roles.

Monetize Your Vehicle

Your vehicle can be a great money-spinner. You could play taxi driver by signing up as an Uber or Lyft driver. You could make as much as $35 an hour for your services, especially during busy periods like late on Friday and Saturday night. Or turn your keys over to people who need them through Turo or Getaround. They’ll take your car out when you’re not using it and pay you for the privilege.

Sell Stuff You Don’t Need

As the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. The stuff that’s gathering dust in your home can easily get turned into cash. Take an inventory of your home and identify items you don’t need or want. Think clothes that don’t fit, gym equipment that’s sitting idle, and DVDs and CDs you never listen to because you spend your time streaming. Then prepare to rake in the cash. Online marketplaces like eBay and Craiglist make selling your personal possessions easy. If you’d prefer offline solutions, hold a garage sale or visit your local pawn shop. You’ll feel much lighter after offloading the things you don’t need, and much richer.

Participate in Market Research

Participating in market research is a great way to share your opinions and earn some extra money on the side. Paid survey websites like SurveySavvy and the American Consumer Opinion Panel regularly send surveys to their members. Complete them to earn real cash or points which you can cash in for rewards including gift vouchers for major retailers. Many market research companies will also use these sites to recruit for product tests, food tastings, in-person opinion panels, phone interviews, and other projects. These projects often pay more than the surveys, so look out for them in your inbox.

Try Your Luck at Online Casinos

It’s not a guaranteed money-making strategy, but if luck is on your side, online gambling can be quite lucrative. There are some great online casinos that let you enjoy slots and table games anywhere you’ve got internet access.
As with gambling in land-based casinos, this money-making method is risky. However, you’ve also got just as much chance of hitting the jackpot or receiving a winning hand than any other player! Just remember to bet with your head, not over it. Set yourself a firm limit and stick to it. Play with reputable casinos with advanced security measures to ensure any winnings come back to you.

Think beyond your day job and you’ll discover money-making opportunities all around you. Get enterprising and you’ll be surprised how much extra cash you can make in just one month.