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How to Earn More Money

June 13, 2016
How to make more money? Yes, please, and thank you. We all probably ask ourselves how we can afford certain things or get ahead when we have little get ahead with. You can make a little extra money. Let me tell you how. Pin this and read it!
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So, you want to know how to earn more money, huh? Maybe you want to tackle your student loans by blogging away your debt (like me) or perhaps you want to diversify your income so you’re not dependent on your full-time job for money.

Regardless of your motive, it sounds simple. In the grand scheme of things, it very well can be. Sometimes I think we make earning additional money harder than it has to be. All you have to do is make a decision and act on it. You can’t worry about whether it’s the right decision or not because I’m here to tell ya, failure will eventually lead to success if you keep trying.  

Whether your decision is the right one or not doesn’t even matter because if you’re acting on something and learning from the failures as much as the successes you’re on your way to achieving your end goal. Considering you clicked on, How to Earn More Money by yours truly, it’s safe to say your end goal today is extra cash.

Lately, I’ve elaborated on complex topics such as creating a budget that allows for you to actually have a life, building an emergency fund, and how to not screw your credit up; however, I haven’t delved much into the topic of how you can earn more money to help you get closer to whatever goals you might have.

Let’s look at it from a broad scope for a moment. You can either earn extra money on your job through overtime, work for a promotion, bonuses etc. Or, you can earn extra money by creating a side hustle that is suitable to the skills and knowledge you possess. Today we’re going to talk about the ladder — side hustling.


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How To Earn More Money

(If you haven’t read my review on Hustle Away Debt, I need you to click over real fast, read the post, order the book if hustling is a foreign topic to you, and then come back. Don’t worry, I ain’t going nowhere.)

I’m not going to hold your hand by providing some step-by-step instructions on how to earn more money because you don’t need it. Most of you know what to do, you’re just not doing it because you have chosen not to do anything about your situation.

So let’s forget about a bunch of steps because there are only two critical things of importance when it comes to earning more money. For those of you who really want to make some changes, you’ll do these next two things. Thing one and thing two are:  make a darn decision and get to acting on it. (Life-shattering, I know.)

Make a decision

Making your decision shouldn’t be hard. I want you to take a piece of paper (yes, right now) and draw a line down the middle. On the left side, list all the things you are good at that you are willing to do to earn more money. On the right side, list all the things you’d rather die before doing for extra money.

Hopefully, the left side has more scribbles than the right side. If it doesn’t, might I suggest losing some of that pride? Seriously. If you need to earn extra income, finding a part-time job or selling some of your beloved purses (or video games, dudes) should not be something you would rather die over.

Act on it

Tear the left side of the paper that includes all the things you’re good at and willing to do to earn your extra dough. Throw your right side (pride) in the trash and focus on what you’re good at.

Pick one of the items on your list and just do it! Create a plan and execute it. If you fail, try something else. Think about what didn’t work and move on to the next action item or create a new plan for the same action item.

See, it really is that simple. Yet some of you won’t believe me. That’s cool though because you need to get your money mindset together before you’ll progress on your financial journey, anyway.


If you’ve never considered signing up for surveys, I think you will find it easy to earn a few extra bucks just for answering questions. There are reputable survey sights, you know!

Try some of these:

Harris Poll Online – You will earn points for every survey you take and you even earn for surveys you aren’t qualified for. Once you’ve accumulated enough points, simply redeem! Sign up for Harris Poll Online here!

American Consumer Opinion – This company is another reputable company that allows you to earn for every survey you take. The more surveys you take, the more you earn. Don’t think you have time? Take them while you binge watch Netflix. No excuses. Sign up for American Consumer Opinion here.

Swagbucks – Get your swag on with Swagbucks. I’ve probably been with this site the longest and you can earn swagbucks many different ways. You can earn by taking surveys, watching videos, doing internet searches, and finding swag codes. Redeem your swagbucks for gift cards and thangs. Sign up for Swagbucks here.

Vindale Research – I’ve been sleeping on this company and I’ve got to get with it, but their payouts are AWESOME! Earn up to $100 on some surveys if you’re lucky. $5, $10, $15 wouldn’t hurt either. Of course, once you earn enough you redeem for rewards. Sign up for Vindale Research here.

Opinion Outpost – Opinion Outpost is very straightforward. You take surveys and you earn points. Once you’ve reached a certain amount of points, you can redeem those for cash paid out via PayPal or gift cards from Amazon and other vendors.Sign up for Opinion Outpost here. 


In Conclusion

This is how you earn more money — it’s not magic. If you’re good at sewing, hem some dresses. If you’re good at blowing up balloons, be the balloon man at the next neighborhood birthday shindig. Perhaps the only thing you may feel comfortable doing is getting a part-time job at your local retailer. If that’s the case, just do it!

I’m not trying to be snide or anything, I’m really just keeping it real about how simple it can be if you’re dedicated to finding a solution to your problem. Get out of your own way and focus on what you can do. If all you think about is your debt or how you’re not going to be able to pay the power bill next week, you won’t see past it. Instead, think of what you’re willing and capable of doing to solve your problem.

Other articles you may enjoy: 7 Free Online Survey Companies to Join for Extra Cash and Make Money From Home Using Amazon FBA.

For all of you side-hustlers out there, what all have you been willing to do to earn more money?

 

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For those of you who just don’t feel like doing any thinking at the moment, I want to help you out because trust me; I know all too well how the brain doesn’t want to cooperate at times.

I’ve come up with a list of 7 actions you can take so you can begin earning more money by the end of the week!  (Now please note, there are no guarantees. If you’re not willing to ACT on anything, you won’t earn a dime. But if you’re ready to do something, you’ll do just fine!)

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Do you want to pay off debt, chase financial freedom, or heck, simply keep the lights on? If so, you might want to try side hustling. Here are 7 actions to jumpstart ANY side-hustle. Click this, pin this, but DEFINITELY make sure you read it and act on it!

 

Latoya Scott
Writer/Creator
Latoya is a writer for hire who loves talking about budgets and money. Her mission includes paying off $79,000 in student loans and aspiring other millennials to hustle their way towards financial freedom. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Rockstar Finance, and My Fab Finance.

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27 Comments

  • Reply Apathy Ends June 13, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Great message! I put off starting my site for waaaaaaaay to long, not even sure why. Finally, one day I decided to just go for it – the first step is the hardest and now I am beating myself up for not doing it earlier!
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  • Reply Francesca - From Pennies to Pounds June 14, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I agree, sometimes it’s just making a plan and going for it! Otherwise life will get in the way 🙂

    • Reply Latoya S. June 14, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Tell me about it! Then before we know it and realize that we’ve wasted a bunch of time with a bunch of nothing!
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  • Reply Harmony@CreatingMyKaleidoscope June 14, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Great advice. People really need to understand that they are never going to get out of significant amounts of debt until they’re willing to put in some extra effort – by earning more money with a side hustle. There’s probably a bit of pride involved with taking steps to increase your income. If you have a professional career, it might seem “below you” to go do some work for minimum wage. The key is to remember that it only has to be a temporary thing, or find something you enjoy doing, so the low pay is more bearable.
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    • Reply Latoya S. June 14, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      I agree, it’s just a season of life and you have to get through it the same as any other season. Set the pride aside and get it done and you’ll be thankful for it later.
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  • Reply Rachel@TheLatteBudget June 14, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Solid points. I’ve been blogging for a year and am finally starting to see the fruits of my labor (which hopefully means money in my pocket, soon!) Before I got into blogging, I was always selling items, dog sitting, baby sitting or editing resumes for some extra cash. Side hustling has taught me so much!

    • Reply Latoya Scott June 15, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      Side hustling definitely has it’s perks:) Thanks for reading, Rachel!

  • Reply Becky@Frametofreedom June 14, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Great post Latoya. I think sometimes we overcomplicate things a bit and this article helps to simplify the process of how to go about earing more money. I like the idea of creating 2 columns and narrowing down what it is you are good at and then acting on it. Very helpful post!
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  • Reply Holly@ClubThrifty June 15, 2016 at 10:09 am

    This is excellent advice =) As a freelancer, I can earn more money if I’m work harder, faster, or smarter. I can also earn more by taking on more work. There are times when I do all of those things to get ahead.
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    • Reply Latoya S. June 15, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks, Holly! Yes, I’m still trying to master that work smarter thing and I’m finding it usually involves stop trying to do things I’m not really good at.
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  • Reply Catherine Alford June 15, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Earning more money is what has made it possible for my family to make ends meet in an expensive area (when we lived right outside of NYC). It wouldn’t have been possible without finding ways to increase our earnings.
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    • Reply Latoya Scott June 15, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      Yes, it’s amazing what a little boost in cash flow can do for your overall situation. I’m definitely feeling some of the benefits now that I’ve been more consistent with my side hustle. Thanks for reading:)

  • Reply Scott @ Couple of Sense June 15, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Some people lose sight that earning more money is just as effective as slashing your costs in terms of overall savings. You bring up some great points and ideas on how to boost your earnings to help fill in any holes in your budget or just to live a life with more financial freedom. When my wife Sarah and I bought our home we constantly were tuning in to home reno shows for ideas, one of our favourites was a show called “All For Nothing” where contestants were challenged to increase the value of their home while spending the least (net amount of money). The most successful teams were those that raised money to subsidize the home improvements rather than trying to do everything for free.

    • Reply Latoya Scott June 18, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      Oooh, I’ve never heard of this show, Scott! I’m going to have to google it because I love a good home-reno show:) Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Reply DC @ Young Adult Money June 16, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Always appreciate you shouting out Hustle Away Debt! You seriously have done so much to get the word out and I want to make sure you know how much I appreciate it!

    One thing I’ve noticed in my six years in working in corporate finance and accounting is that the people who take the most initiative are usually the ones earning the most. It’s easy to sit back and let your career kind of “go where it’ll go”, but those who are proactive and really seek out opportunities to have better (and higher-paying!) jobs are the ones who are making the most. And they typically aren’t working many more hours than those who are entry level!
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    • Reply Latoya Scott June 18, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      You’re welcome, David – no problem, at all! I want more people to enjoy the fruits of side hustling. It is true, if you’re putting in the effort, it will pay off in some way. It may not happen exactly when you want it, but these individuals seem to get ahead fairly quickly than their counterparts.

  • Reply Becky@Frametofreedom June 18, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Great review Latoya! You are right! The biggest thing that needs to be done is acting on what you want to do in order to make more money. It can be scary, but failure isn’t so bad with the right perspective on what failure actually is. Great post.
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  • Reply Stefan - The Millennial Budget June 19, 2016 at 1:49 am

    Acting on it is often the hardest for so many! Words mean so little when there are no actions. With personal finance creating an appropriate plan is crucial as the journey is very long. If actions are not taken early things can get out of control quickly.
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  • Reply Francesca - From Pennies to Pounds June 20, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Such a good point to really come up with an action plan. I think so many people (myself included) have ideas floating around and it just need action!
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    • Reply Latoya Scott June 20, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      I know right! It’s like you’re drowning in thoughts and until they hit paper nothing is getting accomplished!

  • Reply Lauren June 27, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Some of the things I’ve done – second job, babysitting, consigning clothing, various online survey/points sites.

    • Reply Latoya Scott June 27, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Hi Lauren! I’ve done a few of those myseLf. Every little bit adds up!

  • Reply Susan November 16, 2016 at 12:45 am

    The decision really is the hardest part. Do your research and jump in. If you fail, you get up, dust yourself off, and try something else. All those little things add up to large amounts when invested and not spent. Just do it!

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