Repeat after me: The money I need will be available to me once I choose to go after it.
I love the debt free community! I love the inspiration they share about their own success and I love the tips they provide about money management. And I absolutely love that they are the people who “get it” when you are going against society to reach your financial goals.
However, there are a few things I dislike about the debt free community and personal finance bloggers. I don’t like that many paint extreme tactics such as never going to restaurants for a year as the only way to pay off debt quickly. I don’t like that they sometimes shame you for indulging in life’s simple luxuries now and then that help make life enjoyable. And I absolutely can’t stand that a majority of them constantly tell you places to cut back in your budget so you can pay off more debt. The reality is that many people really CANNOT cut back anymore than they already have. Hell, many are just trying to figure out how to pay their electric bill before it’s cut off and find the gas money to make it to work for the week. And thats after they’ve already cut out cable, fast food, and having a social life.
I think many bloggers in the debt free community sometimes forget that others need to focus on how to make more money instead of how to cut back. What they need are suggestions on how to make more money when they have very little time. And those that do, only seem to suggest the same things. I mean, how many times do you need to be told that uber, and Ibotta are great ways to make extra money? And I think we already know that blogging is a great side hustle, but it’s not for every one and it takes a lot of time before you see your first $100.
So I decided to take a different approach. I’ve decided it’s time to give you a list of ways to make side money whether you are trying to become debt free or make more money to go on a nice vacation. However, this list provides no gimmicks, no get rich quick schemes and no mention of signing up to sell Mary Kay, starting a blog or driving Uber. Just honest to goodness ways to make money when you have a tight schedule. Some of the suggestions on this list may not work for every one, and they may be no brainers. However, I truly hope it offers some constructive help for those struggling to find ways to make more money when you are short on time.