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Creative Ways to Boost Your Income in a Changing World

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By: Oscar Cordoba
Manager External Affairs & Financial Education

November 3, 2023

In today's fast-paced world, finding creative ways to make extra money can be a game-changer. Whether you're looking to bolster your savings, pay off debt, or simply have more financial flexibility, there are numerous innovative opportunities to explore. With the average salary in the United States at $59,428 1, and the cost of living slowly increasing, additional income streams can benefit your situation depending on your financial goals. 

The attraction of a side hustle isn’t limited by the opportunity to pad your wallet. The extra cash can help grow your savings or emergency fund, travel budget and even allow you to quit your job if your venture succeeds.

Freelancing Your Skills

In the digital age, freelancing and gig work have become increasingly popular avenues for earning extra income. Whether you possess skills in writing, graphic design, or another field, you can monetize your talents while enjoying the flexibility of setting your schedule. You can even build your website 2 and add a professional and personal polish to offer convenient online invoicing and payments.

Rent Out Your Space

If you have extra space in your home or even a spare room, consider renting it out on platforms like Airbnb or Vrbo. Over 600,000 3 Americans use online platforms to rent their apartments, houses, or spaces to guests. This can be an effective way to earn extra money, especially if you live in a desirable location. Before starting, check local regulations and insurance requirements to ensure you operate within the law.

Sell Handmade Goods

Selling handmade goods offers a fulfilling and potentially profitable outlet for creative individuals who enjoy crafting jewelry, artwork, or other unique items. Identify your niche, conduct market research, and source high-quality materials to get started. Establish a reasonable pricing strategy and discover platforms like Etsy that provide an excellent marketplace to showcase your creations. Customer satisfaction, creativity, and quality should remain at the core of your handmade goods venture.

Take on Part-Time Work

Part-time jobs provide a dependable means of supplementing your income without committing to a full-time role. To embark on this path, first assess your strengths and interests, updating your resume to highlight your skills and experiences. The number of multiple jobholders 4 in the United States, which has reached over 8 million, reflects the growing trend of people taking on part-time jobs to make ends meet. Job searches can be conducted online, through specialized websites and social platforms like LinkedIn, while networking and checking local job boards can reveal local opportunities.

Exploring innovative methods for earning income can be a thrilling and financially satisfying experience. Numerous avenues exist for generating revenue beyond the conventional job sphere, and a substantial portion can be pursued from the comfort of your home or any location across the globe. Whether you're looking to pay off debt or enjoy more financial freedom, these options offer thrilling and satisfying ways to explore new income streams to help you reach your goals.

Lastly, if you are looking to go into the Gig Economy, don’t forget to keep up with the taxes that need to be paid.  For the IRS, independent contractors must pay taxes on income over $400 per year.  It is recommended to pay estimated taxes on a quarterly basis to be sure that you will not get a surprise during tax time the following year.  For more information, visit the IRS website on managing taxes for your gig work.5 There you will find valuable information about what is the IRS definition of Gig work and what to do to stay on top of your tax burden,

This information is for informational purposes only, is intended to provide general guidance, and does not constitute legal, tax, or financial advice. Each person's circumstances are different and may not apply to the specific information provided. You should seek the advice of a financial professional, tax consultant, and/or legal counsel to discuss your specific needs before making any financial or other commitments regarding the matters related to your condition.

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