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Are you tired of living paycheck to paycheck and worrying about unforeseen expenses? You might be looking for ways to make extra money each month. That is a really wise decision and it’s easier than you might think. We’ll show you some great ways to earn extra income each month and save money.

Job market is tough but online selling is strong:

Is your basement, attic or garage full of unwanted and unused items? You could find a lot of stuff that you want to get rid of and sell it online. Post any items that you think have value on eBay, Craig’s List or an online consignment store. If you don’t want to sell online, then have a yard sale or find a local consignment shop and try that. You’ll have less clutter and more money in the bank.

Freelance writing for online companies:

If you enjoy writing then you might want to look into getting paid to write articles, blog posts, etc. for companies online. It’s really easy to set up an account to collect the funds and post your work. Check out sites like https://www.elance.com/, http://www.freelancercareers.com/, and http://www.freelancewriting.com/.

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Take online surveys and get paid:

This can be a fun and rewarding way to make some extra cash. It’s not that time consuming either. You just answer simple questions and give your honest opinion. Sign up for free with several survey sites and jump right in. Avoid sites that want you to pay for an account. There are survey scams out there, so do research and read reviews about the company.

Teach people a skill or talent:

You can try teaching a cooking class, knitting class, scrap-booking class, etc. at local recreation centers or community centers. Try picking up a swim teacher gig, if you’re a good swimmer. Keep in mind that some places may require a special certification. If you like yoga, check out what it takes to become a yoga instructor. There are always ways to make money teaching and showing people a new skill or talent.

Check your credit score and save money:

One of the best ways to save money is by checking your credit score and fixing errors on your credit report.  The three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian & Trans Union) have a big influence on your current interest rates. Improving your credit score could save you money on interest payments.  Check out Annual Credit Report for your free credit report once every 12 months.

Design Company Logos or Banners:

If you’re good with Photoshop or other design programs, you could make some decent cash by designing and creating company logos or banners. Companies usually don’t have the resources to design their own logos, so they look online for help with that. There are many freelance design sites that you could sign up with and get started making bids on projects. Just remember to use good time management when working on a project.

Focus Group Participant:

Become a member of a focus group in your city and get paid for participating. Call your local university, museum, or look in your local paper for opportunities. Some of these studies include weight loss, quitting smoking, stress tests, etc. Not only would you make money but you could also improve your health.

Get a part-time job as a Census Taker:

Work opportunities usually begin around spring. The local Census Bureau hires field staff to help gather some information. There are part-time temporary jobs that often require evening and weekend work. In late 2012, nearly 5 million businesses will receive 2012 Economic Census forms. You could make some extra income this way.

There are many ways to make some extra cash and to save money. It just takes a little research and motivation. We’d love to hear from you about how you’ve earned extra income or some ideas that you might have floating around. Let our audience know about what works and what doesn’t work.

Please leave us a comment and we’ll get this conversation started! Thank you.

Author: Lauralynn Mangis
Lauralynn is the Online Marketing Specialist for Advantage CCS. She is married and has two young daughters. She enjoys writing, reading, hiking, cooking, video games, sewing, and gardening. Lauralynn has a degree in Multimedia Technologies from Pittsburgh Technical College.