How to earn an extra $500 a month: Part 3

Office chair and notebookPart 2 of this series explored methods of creating $500 a month additional income by investment opportunities requiring less upfront funds than would be otherwise possible, since the bank’s money is being used as leverage to raise the effective rate of return.  For part 3, FPO will provide guidance on increasing your income by $500 per month through your current job or expanding into various side jobs.

For your current job, there are several options.  Volunteering for overtime is the surest option, however many companies are cutting this back or eliminating it outright.  If its an option, and it fits your schedule…take it.  However, overtime is not right for everybody.  Asking for a raise is another common option, though frequently approached incorrectly.  Instead of asking, think of negotiating for that raise.  By asking, your thought process is centered around entitlement.  How many times has the phrase “I deserve this raise”, or “I’m overdue for a raise” come up?  By negotiating, you can have more power over the conversation.  Just like a supplier to your company would, convince your boss that your value to the company has gone up, and as such so have your rates.  There is no harm in coming up with a number first, as long as its high enough to meet your needs, in this case $500 per month.

Sometimes the raise may not work.  It may be their way, or the highway.  That’s where the side job comes in.  Everyone should have a “Plan B”, something that not only creates some additional income, but also something that can be expanded if your main source of income dries up.

Here’s a list of ideas and what it would take to get that $500 per month goal:

  • Ebay: sellers get 50 free listings per month and fees total around 11% of sales.  If you have an eye for value locally, there is a ready market on Ebay ready to bid up the price.  50 items at $11.11 profit per item before fees gets the $500 needed.
  • Etsy:  Etsy defines the online market for handmade goods.  If you have arts and craft skills, this is the place to do business.
  • Amazon:  Excellent for opening your online store.  Amazon provides all of the code to set up your own store
  • Virtual assistant:  Make money by providing products and services over the Internet.  Fiverr and Odesk are networks through which virtual services can be supplied.  The nominal price on Fiverr for a service is $5.  Do 100 of these and your month is covered.
  • Yard Work: Keeping a dozen medium sized lawns mowed a month should net $500.
  • Logging:  There are places with too many trees and places where firewood permits are allowed.  $10-$15 per cord buys a permit.  Keep costs low and expect to get over $100 per cord depending on locale.
  • Instructor:  Skilled at Kung Fu, MMA, Skiing, Skydiving, Scuba diving, Art, or Dancing?  Leasing space can be split based on time and many community colleges allow for such classes to be taught.
  • A Second Job:  This one may not be agreeable with your current employer, and there’s likely to be schedule conflicts.  Proceed with caution.
  • Trade Shows and Conventions:  These events run the range from antique shows to car shows, sporting events, vending opportunities, and of course holiday bazaars.

There’s no shortage of opportunities.  Find something you enjoy, and good luck!

-The FPO Team

P.S. –> Part 4 is centered around getting that extra $500 per month by reducing your bills.

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About Steve @ FPO
Hello FPO readers, I have been writing on financial topics for about 12 years now, but I have only recently reignited the fire of publishing online. I have to say, its good to be back. I am an electrical engineer by trade who enjoys all topics engineering and financial. I started Financial Place Online (FPO) to create a value added financial news and education website that would provide a refreshing daily financial read. Financial Place Online websites are built around the principles of consumer empowerment, leveling the playing field, zero spam tolerance, and none of those annoying sidebar or banner ads. For us, it's all about enjoying a good read.

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