Earn That Wonga

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5 ways you can make a little extra cash online

Times are tough when the 9 to 5 just isn’t paying enough, but fear not, that extra bit of wonga will fingers crossed come flowing in with a little help from the list below:

  1. Online Tutoring

Some people will pay any price to see that their little darlings can recite the alphabet as fast backwards as they can forwards. And this is where you come in, finally that GCSE in chemistry will come in handy as you set up Skype to teach a 12 year old what a Bunsen burner look like (or not – safety first). You can start tutoring by putting your adverts up in around your local area or online. Examples include Skooli and Tutor Hunt

  1. Sell your old sh*t

Those textbooks from uni didn’t come cheap, so atleast make some of the money back by flogging them on Ebay or Amazon. Why not sell other belongings, perhaps furniture you had at uni but have now trailed back to the parents e.g. lamps, side tables, desks. Everything but the kitchen sink basically!

  1. E-book Narrator

If you fancy serenading the world to sleep with your dulcet tones, why not read them their bedtime story through  E-books. Check out Audible for example for more detail into this money-making opportunity.

  1. Online Surveys

They may be boring to fill out at times but less so when it comes with a price. Sometimes rewarded in money and other times vouchers, there’s a chance that you won’t go empty handed when companies need your vital opinion. Sites include I-say and Populuslive.

  1. Ad-Marketing

If your social media is gaining quite the following, companies may sponsor you to advertise a specific product or service of theirs. Unlike the other options above, this money making method may take time but it’s not impossible to get a really high -paying sponsorship which may even mean you could leave that 9 to 5 (fingers crossed)!

We all know money doesn’t grow on trees, yet I do hope that these 5 tips of mine helps your bank account grow nonetheless. Happy money making!

 

**Please note this article is intended solely for ERIC Mag, and I will link to the article on their site if/when it becomes live.

4 Freelance Budgeting Tips

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Oh the joys of being freelance, no one trying to be your boss, no strict times to be in work for, and no food on the f*cking table! Or atleast that’s how it feels if you try and make a living the D.I.Y. way (initially atleast). So how can you survive living ‘minimalist’ until your paining sells for millions?

  1. Buy your equipment in bulk – yes I know the saying quality not quantity, but this doesn’t always hold true. Yet, more likely than not you will save if you buy in bulk than if not for example art kits for special effects make up – it’s better to buy the kit than each component individually form sites such as – e.g. PAM do bulk kits for make-up artists
  2. Sign up to creative membership and discount sites in general such as: NUS, Sally’s discount card for beauty professionals, trade shows such as IMATS are also great ways to get discounted products which would otherwise be very expensive instore. I’ve used a make-up artist example here but the points carry through for a range of creative disciplines.
  3. Create a budget planner or download a budgeting app – it’s hard to keep track of finances in normal day to day situations never mind when you’re trying to run your own business. Taking time now to plan out a planner or use an app will save you time and money in the long-run.
  4. Make your own tip jar – although we live in a world where we use physical cash less and less, there’s still no harm in collecting up those odd bits of loose change instead of impulsively spending them on a packet of crisps. Or even better you could set up your own fort of reward system, say at the end of each week you could tip yourself for completing ‘x’ number of goals. Nothing wrong with a bit of self-reward!

Freelancing isn’t for the faint-hearted but then again great things don’t come out of safety. I hope however that the above tips make your finances that little bit more secure as you progress in your chosen creative field!

**Please note this article is intended solely for ERIC Mag, and I will link to the article on their site if/when it becomes live.