How to Actually MAKE Money From Home

How to Actually MAKE Money From Home

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NOW THAT YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO TAKE ON A SIDE PROJECT, HOW DO YOU ACTUALLY FIND SOMEONE WHO WILL PAY FOR IT?

If you already have a full-time job but are looking to make some extra money on the side to save up for that trip you’ve been wanting to take, retirement, or whatever else it may be, you may want to consider getting a side gig to provide a second source of income. If you’re stuck in the 9-to-5 grind and are looking for more flexibility or another industry to break into, side gigs can help satisfy those goals. There is really no cookie cutter way to do this—it all depends on your schedule and how much time you are willing to put into it. Depending on what industry you’re looking to explore, there are a number of ways to make some extra dough. Here are some tips and tricks:

TAP INTO YOUR NETWORK

Your personal and professional network can play an extremely important role in your search for that perfect gig. {click to tweet} Whichever contact method you choose, rather than starting off by saying “Hire me!", start the conversation in a way that doesn’t seem like you’re only asking for a favor. Find a way to be persistent, but not too pushy. Something like:

"I’m seeking some contract/freelance work in [type of industry] and I know you have some contacts at companies X,Y, Z. It would be much appreciated if you could connect with some of your contacts who would be able to offer me some insight."*

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CHECK OUT WEBSITES GEARED TOWARD FREELANCE WORK

There are loads of useful websites that can be used to find contract work for different areas. If you’re looking to do some writing work, Ebyline is a great place to start. You can make your own profile showcasing your experience and pitch clients around the country at your desired rate. Thumbtack is another great platform that allows you to offer your services through a convenient 3-step process. And then there’s Fiverr. Pick the one that suits you best (or try using several).

USE LINKEDIN

LinkedIn is an extremely powerful networking tool for showcasing your best work. You can use it to privately message your connections to let them know you are available for hire. One of the ways to be sure your LinkedIn profile is optimized for this purpose is to use appropriate keywords relating to your industry. For example, if you are looking for graphic design work, be sure to include words relating to graphic design in your headline, summary, and related positions. This way, when recruiters or business owners use the search function, your profile will most likely be more visible in search results.

JOIN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS 

You’d be surprised at how many community organizations there are that are great for building connections and letting people know you are available for hire. A great place to start is by trying Meetup, where you can find different groups of people who share similar interests as you and can possibly connect you with potential employers. Or, you can do a simple Google search for professional organizations in your city, depending on your interests and industry.

Whichever method you choose, all it takes is persistence, motivation, flexibility and a positive attitude to land that perfect side gig. And remember that if one door closes, another door will always be open for opportunity. Good luck!

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This article is part of our All About That Hustle Week. Trust us, there's more to read.