The rainy season is here! As the “bed weather” days are coming our way, it’s so tempting to stay under the sheets and do nothing all day. Then again, daily and monthly expenses such as groceries, utilities, and bills never stop even when the rain is strong and the roads are flooded.
So, what can you do during rainy days to earn extra money? Remember that every hour you spend idle is money lost. Whether you’re a full-time employee with free time after work or a student trying to earn extra income, you can try different ways to make money during rainy days. This can let you start working towards financial independence or save up for that dream vacation.
1. Do some freelance work.
There are a lot of websites nowadays that you can join to venture into freelancing work. Apart from freelancing being a great way to earn extra cash, it can also turn out as a full-time job for you that earns much more than your current paycheck.
Make a list of all your skills according to the area you’re strongest in. You can offer graphic design, web design, web development, content writing, copywriting, bookkeeping, or other services.
2. Become a part-time English tutor.
English tutors are highly in-demand nowadays for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean students. If you think you have a knack for this, then it’s a great way to spend your free time.
3. Pawn valuable items you no longer need.
Designer bags, shoes, jewelry, watches, gadgets, equipment, musical instruments, vintage items—do you still use them or are they just taking up space in your cramped closet? Do yourself a favor and turn them into cash.
You don’t even have to leave your house to pawn off your items, as online pawning is now available to make it convenient for you. All you need to do is send a photo of your item, provide your contact details, and you’ll quickly get a fair appraisal. It’s as simple as that.
4. Host a garage sale to get rid of clutter.
Here we are again with your crammed closet or room full of things you no longer use, need, or want. Go through your stuff, and you’ll be surprised to find items you don’t even remember buying.
Sort your stuff and determine which ones are still saleable, and which ones need to be thrown out. Now, host a garage sale! If you live in a village or subdivision, this is easy to do. Simply open your garage and put up a sign. You can also sell your items online. Check out online buy and sell marketplaces such as Carousel and Shopee if you want to sell them online.
5. Create DIY materials then sell it.
If you’re into arts and crafts, then this is a chance for you to turn your hobby into a lucrative side business. Whether you’re into calligraphy, crochet, knitting, painting, drawing, sewing, or any other creative projects, you can sell your items in social media sites or online marketplaces. Make sure to take great photos of your work to entice audiences to buy your piece.
Another crafty way to earn extra money from your sheer creativity is to upcycle and repurpose old items. If you have trinkets and toys that are no longer saleable, you may turn them into functional art pieces instead.
6. Sell stock photos.
If you’re a talented photographer, then you must have hundreds of photos that can be sold in stock photography sites. This can generate significant revenue for you, and you don’t even have to do anything else after you upload them to the site.
Make sure to carefully study the requirements for joining stock photography agencies before applying as a contributor.
7. Look up investment opportunities.
There are also other investment opportunities that you can dive into such as insurance, mutual funds, real estate, or even the stock market. You can also consult a financial advisor and find out what’s happening in the market right now and which avenues are most lucrative.
Earning extra money and saving for rainy days could never hurt anyone, especially if you have time to spare. Use that free time to get your finances in order and work towards your financial independence.
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