Personal Skills to Make Some Side Money

Personal Skills to Make Some Side Money

While you may have a great job, it never hurts to make a bit of money on the side every now and again. It can be a great way to help you save for that vacation your want to take or even get out of some credit card debt. It’s nice to talk about making extra money on the side, but how do you go about it? First, assess your personal skills. What knowledge or skill do you have that people need?

Auto Repair

Knowing your way around simple things about a car is a great way to make some extra money on the side. If you can install parts into an engine, change the oil and even fill up the fluids, then you can do quick and easy car repairs for extra money. People hate going to the overpriced auto shops, and often much prefer paying someone a fraction of the price for the same service. If you offer great prices and do good work, you can make this into a very profitable side business.

Software Development

Getting into a bit of software is different because once you’ve developed a great piece of software, you don’t have to do much else. It will need the occasional upgrade or customer service, but other than that it’s all about marketing and watching the money flow into your bank account. People have made great money at this by developing something that fills a need.

For example, a piece of health club software that helps streamline common gym issues like membership, fees and dues could be in great demand. Find the need, fill the need.

Computer Repair

Nearly every household has a computer of some sort. Technology is always developing more, but many people like to stick to their older hardware. It can get expensive to constantly upgrade to the newest product, and repairing your computer can be much more financially feasible than getting a new system. If you know how to repair computers, then you could turn this into a great thing to do in your spare time.

You’d be surprised what knowledge or skill people would be willing to pay you for. Once you find your niche, whether it’s something down and dirty like auto repair or something simpler like freelance writing, market your skill. Tell every one you know. Word of mouth marketing has been one of the most powerful forms of marketing throughout the generations. Once you get the word out, the customers will come.

Stephen Joseph runs a freelance writing business in Seattle, Washington and he specializes in writing for small businesses.

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3 Responses to Personal Skills to Make Some Side Money

  1. What, no stuffing envelopes?

    Kidding, kidding.

    I think there’s a few other options out there for small amounts of cash, especially on the internet. For example, amazon’s “mechanical turk”. There are also jobs where you might help search engines index images and videos by manually entering keyword and metadata. I know somebody who earns about 1000 dollars a month doing that part time.

    I think you’re right, though. It’s all about skills. If you can play piano, you can teach piano lessons. If you speak a different language, you can give language lessons.

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