Welcome to Day 3 of the $10k Mini-Series! I hope by now you are as optimistic and excited about paying down debt as I am!
Now onto Step 3 of how I’ve paid off over $10,000 of my debt since January 2016…
Develop Additional Income Streams
Or rather, that should say: “Develop Additional Income Streams And ONLY Use The Money To Pay Off Debt” but that’s a bit of a mouth…err…eye-full?
Anyway, as it sounds, developing additional income streams is key to getting your debt paid down faster, which I’ve already talked about, but it bears repeating.
I hope by now you’ve developed your own budget and I hope you’ve done so based only on your primary income. Please don’t ever use possible or imaginary money when it comes to planning out your financial future!
With that said, including only your primary income in your budget means that any extra money that comes your way can (and should) go directly towards your debt.
Consider this: for most people, one extra mortgage payment per year will pay their house off seven years sooner. That’s one extra payment for seven years of debt freedom. What are those seven years worth to you?
There are a lot of ways to earn some extra money (that don’t involve the removal of clothing or the selling of body parts). A part time job, though not necessarily glamorous, will generate reliable extra income that you can have direct deposited into an account that automatically makes a payment to a bill each month. It’s a great way to not even be tempted to spend that extra money.
Don’t have the time to work an additional job outside the home? That’s okay, neither do I!
Here are my favorite ways to make money over my lunch hour
or after the kids go to bed:
- If you can write, Textbroker.com should be your go-to site to generate extra money quickly and easily. You provide a short writing sample, they evaluate it and rate it 1-5 stars, and you earn money based on your star rating. I’m at 4 stars and I earn about 1.4 cents/word. It doesn’t seem like much, but if you enjoy writing and can do so quickly, it adds up fast. I’ve made close to $800 since the beginning of the year. That’s a tremendous amount of money for something I do over my lunch hour a couple days a week.
- Infobarrel is another great website for passive income. You write articles on literally anything you want, submit them for approval, and then you self-promote to get traffic to your articles. These articles then generate ad revenue, which is split between you and Infobarrel.
It’s not going to make you rich, but once the articles are written, they become totally passive income (unless you choose to continue promoting them). I’ve made about $50 from the seven articles I’ve written and I haven’t even had a chance to write or promote anything since December. That means for the three-ish hours I spent on those few articles, I’ve made $50+. There are people on there making thousands through constant writing and promotion, and you can easily do that, too.
- Do you like to talk instead of write? UserTesting.com has recently become one of my favorite ways to earn extra income. I keep the site open whenever I’m online and if I hear the “ping” telling me a job is available, I jump on it! 15 minutes later and I’m $10 richer!
- Upwork.com is another site where you can apply for freelance jobs online. Writing, design, coding, virtual assistant work – all of these and so much more! You can pick up a variety of jobs fairly easily, with little hassle plus you are in charge of the price. The better you are, the higher you can charge, and there’s thousands of offers on the site all the time. I’ve made $150 from them so far this year and the majority of that is actually from companies approaching ME. It’s great!
As I mentioned, I’ve gone over a few of these and then some in another post, but these are a few of my favorites. Just from working online, I’ve managed to make nearly $3,000 this year.
Apply to one of the sites I mentioned. If you’re already on one of them, double-check to make sure your profile is the absolute best that it can be so that you increase your chances of being selected for special projects.
Now I’d like to know – do you rely on side income to make ends meet?
If you don’t yet work to develop any side income, why not? What’s stopping you?
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