Are you unsatisfied with your current job? If your answer is yes, you’re not alone. Half of all UK workers want to change careers, and unhappy US workers outnumber happy ones by two to one! The reasons employees are unhappy include low pay, lack of meaning, lack of a challenge, and plain old boredom.
Fortunately, we no longer live in a world where your current job has to be your only position for the rest of your life. In fact, there are loads of ways to make some extra money on the side, which could become full-fledged careers. These are the top 10 ways of making money on the side to bring greater happiness to your working life.
10 – Use Your Talents To Freelance
Can you write? Or do graphic design? Maybe you’re an expert at web design. With more and more people becoming freelancers rather than seeking traditional employment, there are plenty of resources out there for you to get involved.
Consider making an account on one of the many freelancing websites, such as Upwork or Freelancer. Or simply pitch clients via email. You don’t have to be brilliant at it – many clients are just looking for someone competent.
9 – Become a Photographer
Everyone can be a photographer nowadays. And again, you don’t need to be the number one photographer in your city. Simply having the right equipment is a great way to get started, and offering cheap services to people looking to have portraits done can make you a good amount of money on the side.
8 – Create an Online Course
Do you have knowledge that other people need? If you work in a field that is popular among job seekers, you could share your inside understanding of how to get started. Find a way to organise your wisdom, and create a short course that you sell online at a reasonable price. Once your course is created, it can bring in passive income for years to come.
7 – Trade Forex and CFDs
One of the most popular ways of making money on the side is by trading Forex and CFDs. While trading was once the domain of people working in finance or economics, now anyone can do it. All the tools are online, along with everything you need to know about it.
There are even companies such as TradeTime offering a customized trading account, which you can create according to your needs. This way, you can make trading work for you, rather than trying to fit into a ready-made mould.
6 – Arts and Crafts
Artsy people are in a better position to make money than ever before. There’s no end to what people can want in their homes, gardens, or offices. If you can make something attractive, you can definitely sell it. Use Etsy or Amazon Handmade to hawk your wares.
5 – Invest in Real Estate
Okay, so most people don’t have the time, money, and energy to invest in real estate. But if you do, you can make a hell of a lot of money by renting out property to individuals or businesses. The housing market is looking strong, and property will be an excellent asset to own.
4 – Start Tutoring
Are you young and smart? If so, there are plenty of students out there looking for some extra help with their school or university work. You’d be amazed at how much some of them are willing to pay for an hour of tutoring. Start small, with one or two students, and you can build up a solid side business.
3 – Participate in Focus Groups
Help a business out by trying their product and participating in a focus group. You won’t make loads of money off this, but it will bring in something, and it’s pretty straightforward and simple.
2 – Act as an Extra
Struggling actors use this as a way to try and find a way into the show business world. Often unsuccessfully. But if you don’t want to be an actor, this is just an extra way to earn money while participating in a fun project.
1 – Invent an App
The ultimate way to make money these days is to come up with a killer idea and invent an app for it. While we all have dreams of creating the next Uber or AirBNB, chances are that this is a longshot. Nonetheless, if you do have an idea, investigate the possibilities. You might find it’s worth more than you expect.