For many people, it is simply too hard to stretch their money any further. Even individuals with great budget skills and a decent income sometimes find themselves a little short of cash. Your goal should be to have enough to pay your bills, daily expenses, and outstanding debts. If you are not saving for retirement, then you definitely need to start. Try these ways to increase your cash:
Request A Raise
It can be scary to talk to your employer about getting a raise. But remember, the answer is automatically no if you don’t ask. Don’t expect a raise, however, if you cannot show your company how you have helped them this year. Bring a list of your accomplishments to the meeting, and be prepared to sing your own praises. Check out glassdoor.com and salary.com to ensure you are not asking for more than the current market price. Make yourself known to the company by being creative and volunteering to head events. Time your request during the annual review or when the new budgets are being created.
Find A Different Job
We are moving out of the job slump now, so you may be able to find a better opportunity elsewhere. Update your LinkedIn profile and start looking for companies you want to work for. Then see if you know anyone within your network of family and friends that may have connections in this company. Freshen up your resume and dress professional for the interview. Negotiate for the salary you want right away, as this will pave the way for asking for future raises.
Get Rid Of Your Stuff
Tons of people have made money just by selling things they already have. Go through your clothes with a critical eye and shed any you aren’t using. Make use of your local library so you can sell your books. It will feel good to clean out your house, and you will make money. Check out this guide to begin selling.
Don’t Forget Your Hobbies
If there is something you enjoy doing that you are also good at, this is the perfect money making situation. If you do any type of arts or crafts, try selling them on Etsy. If you are a natural-born writer, write for About.com. Check out these sites to help turn something fun into extra money.
Get A Second Job
This may sound like a huge undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. There is a lot of freelance work available, so look for this type of work first. Other neighborhood chores such as mowing lawns and walking dogs are still a good way to make some extra money.
Use these tips to start putting more money in your pocket this year.