How many times in our lives, have we all looked at our bank accounts with a feeling of dread, and said, “Auggh! I need more money. I can’t pay my bills, save for my child’s education, afford a nicer place to live, buy organic sun-dried tomatoes and will never be able to vacation in Hawaii”. Whatever your reasons may be to earn more money and make ends meet, you are not alone and you should think about freelance Jobs.
With a volatile world economy, a decrease in stable full-time paying jobs, rising education costs thus creating high student loans and cost of living increase – more than ever, the middle class feel a pinch in their wallets. Don’t worry. One positive aspect to this is that, there are more opportunities now to find fun freelance jobs to supplement your income. I will present a few ideas in this article, so you can think about some interesting ways to earn extra money.
Freelance Sites on the Internet
The upside of the digital age we live in, is that there are a large array of freelance sites to choose from for different industries. Whether your profession is a musician, artist, writer, graphic designer or software coder, there is a freelance site for you. Upwork, College Recruiter, Freelance Writing Gigs and BantaMu are some examples. Some freelance sites are specialized for new college graduates, writers or musicians.
Others are more comprehensive, and host a large range of industries such as Skilltestic. Initially, it may take some time to become established on a site and develop good ratings but long-term, the pay-off can be profitable. Working on a freelance site also gives you the opportunity to: work on a global platform, gain new skills and work with a flexible schedule of your choosing. If you have a computer and the Internet available, start signing up!
Freelance Jobs: Tutoring
For those of you that prefer to be around 3-dimensional people, tutoring part-time can be a rewarding and fun second job. With education cutbacks, a more competitive economy and busy dual-income parents, tutoring has become more popular, and in demand. You can earn up to $30 – $50 an hour depending on your skill set. There are tutoring freelance sites and companies that specialize in the field, however they may take a large percentage of your hourly rate.
I would suggest initially starting on your own, or joining the sites to develop experience and a clientele. Long-term, the best way to increase your rates is work independently and market yourself on your own. If you are lucky enough to be gifted in university level math skills, such as statistics and calculus, hit the college campuses with flyers and post on student websites. College students are always looking for more help with math courses, and you can charge higher rates. Overall, tutoring is a great option to earn extra money.
Become an UBER Driver
If you have a car, like driving and live in a city with UBER, consider becoming a driver. UBER drivers can make up to $20 an hour depending on the season. The best feature about being an UBER driver, is the flexibility in schedule. You can work when and where you want. The UBER drivers I have spoken to – have full-time jobs, may be in between jobs, are seasonal workers or are retired and would like extra income. Either way, it’s a great option to consider, since you can talk to new people on the job and have freedom in terms of your schedule.
The message I really want to convey in this article, is that you should start thinking about creative solutions in order to find an enjoyable second freelance job. I have only hit the tip of the iceberg with my examples. The fact is, there are people who make extra money performing as clowns on the weekend, or DJ at clubs. Believe it or not, the average hourly wage for these professions is $32 per hour. These two side jobs can be extremely profitable and fun! Instead of focusing on the pressure to earn more income, think about which skills you have, and what you would enjoy doing. This way, you will earn more because you are motivated to perform in freelance jobs!