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How to Make More Money in 2018
October 3, 2017
Ask Your Boss for a Raise
If you want to make more in 2018, ask for it. Approximately 75% of workers who negotiate their salaries get pay raises. However, less than half of workers have asked for a raise.
Adjust Your Tax Withholding
You can adjust your tax withholding to boost your paycheck in order to keep more of what you earn if you typically get a large refund every year. All you need to do is file a new Form W-4 with your employer to claim additional allowances and have less tax money withheld. I
Get Cash Back From Your Purchases
Find credit card companies that offer cash back rewards for their customers. Only take advantage of this opportunity if you are responsible with credit and can pay off your balance each month. You can also earn cash back on online purchases by shopping at specific sites such as BeFrugal.com, Ebates.com and MrRebates.com.
Maximize Your 401(k) Contributions
If you company offers matching your 401(k) contributions, then you should at least match those contributions. Otherwise, you are walking away from money on the table.
Change to Online Banking
Today, most banks have low-interest savings account so many people are switching to online bank accounts that offer high-interest savings and checking accounts so their money can grow faster.
Sell Your Junk
One of the fastest, easiest ways to get your hands on extra cash is to sell items something from your house that you no longer want or need.
Sell Unwanted Gift Cards
If you received gift cards you know you’ll never use, you can make money off them. Some card resale websites pay up to 92% of the face value of the gift card.
Sell Old Electronics
You can sell old phones, tablets and MP3 players to one of the more than 2,200 ecoATM kiosks across the U.S. receiving cash on the spot. In addition, you can sell game consoles you no longer need or use for cash.
Make Money Gaming
Some video and computer games companies pay ranges gaming support representatives to provide customer service support for gamers related to questions about products and services. Often people with a passion for gaming and technology are hired part time and remotely. Many are only seasonal and short-term, but can pay between $10 and $20 per hour.
Start a Blog
Starting a blog can be a great way to make money, if you can devote the hours to building a blog. You can find free software to create a blog as well as free programs to place ads on your site. In addition, you can join Amazon Associates to earn up to 10 percent in advertising fees by advertising products on your blog.
Manage Social Media
In order to make extra money, you may want to consider managing social media for other companies. You can make extra money from your home if you have at least one year of social media experience and a bachelor’s degree with experience in marketing or communications.
Tutoring jobs are an excellent option for people with a passion for education and a need for flexible scheduling. However, previous teaching or tutoring experience is often required through online options. You may also find tutoring opportunities by advertising your services on community, school or university bulletin boards.
You can teach lessons if you know how to play an instrument, are fluent in a foreign language, are a certified fitness or yoga instructor, coach a sport or have some expertise you can share with others.
Become a Lyft or Uber Driver
You can make money in your spare time driving people for Lyft or Uber. Both of these ride-sharing companies are hiring drivers who meet certain requirements. You must be at least 21, have a valid driver’s license, a four-door vehicle, be covered by auto insurance and go through a screening process. Your vehicle must also meet certain requirements that vary by locality.
Take Online Surveys
Many companies offer pay for people willing to complete surveys from the comfort of their home. However, be aware that some companies offer gift cards rather than cash.
You can make extra money caring for people’s pets while they are at work or on vacation.
If you like children, you could watch kids while parents are at work or just want a night out.
An easy way to make extra cash is to be a house sitter while the homeowners are away.
You can make money mowing lawns, trimming hedges, weeding garden beds and cleaning leaves. You can make flyers advertising your services and rates and distribute them in nearby neighborhoods.
You can make money cleaning or organizing someone’s clutter. You can make flyers advertising your services and rates and distribute them in nearby neighborhoods.
Sell Your Crafts
If you’re crafty, you could profit from your ability to create handmade items. Many people sell items they create on the online marketplace Etsy.
Mystery shoppers go to specific stores, pose as customers and then complete questionnaires. However, there are mystery shopping scams that typically ask for some sort of payment. Real opportunities will not require payment for job opportunities.
Brand Ambassador or Event Marketer
You can make extra cash as a brand ambassador if you’re willing to hand out flyers on the street, dress as a mascot or help promote a company in other ways.
You can make more money gathering market research as a part-time job as a market research interviewer. Most opportunities are entry-level, freelance roles that help gather market research and data for a variety of clients and companies. Great phone skills are usually required and these jobs are often part-time with the ability to work remotely.
Resell Thrift Store Finds Online
A great way to increase your income is to buy items at thrift stores and resell them online. You can earn extra cash by finding antiques at thrift stores, garage sales or estate sales and selling them for more on eBay.
Sell Used Books for Cash
You can sell books you already read online instead of having the sit on your shelves. You can also make money selling cheap books found at yard sales for more online.
Fix Items to Resell
If you’re good at fixing things, keeping an eye out for discarded items left on the curb that can be repaired and resold.
Rent Out a Room or Your Entire Home
Renting a room or your entire house is a quick way to make hundreds or even thousands of dollars. If you travel frequently, you can list your home on HomeAway.com or VRBO.com to rent it out to other travelers while you’re away. You can also rent a spare room through Airbnb.com.
As long as you don’t rent some or all of your primary residence for more than 14 days a year, you won’t have to pay taxes on your earnings.