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Get more money – 5 ways to earn more money now

by | May 7, 2013 | Goals

“Regardless of what you do with it, you want more money.”
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Are you broke? Is your goal to get out of debt?

Or, perhaps just to afford a lovely bottle of wine, and an extra slice of cake?

Regardless of what you do with it, you want more money.

And if you set the right goals, you could be getting real cash, real fast. Really.

And, you can do it with remarkably few changes to your life.

Sound good? Keep reading.

The truth is there are plenty of people out there, in your community and your office, who need a hand, or who would gladly pay for the help you can offer. You’ve already got the skills; all you need are solid goals to put them into action. Here’s how you do it.

First, take a look at how much extra money you want to make every month. Say you want an additional £400/$600 per month. This may seem like a pipedream at the moment, but once you set some goals, it’s not all that difficult to do.

Start with your ideas, skills and hobbies. If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I could sell these cookies at the office” or “I can’t stand to see the neighbour’s dog cooped up all day without getting a walk”, then you’re already ahead of the crowd. Make a list of all the ideas you’ve ever had. Add to that all the skills you might have that someone else can use. For example, perhaps your own child was struggling in school, and you brought her up to speed, imagine what you could do for your co-workers’ kids.

Take this list and see if you can allocate a price, whether it’s hourly or a flat rate, to each of the items. For example, would your neighbour pay £5 a day for you to walk their dogs? Would your colleague give you £25 for helping their child with homework? Whatever that price is, could you walk enough dogs or tutor enough children in a month to earn an additional £400? You probably could; you just need to set goals that make this happen.

Setting goals is all about taking the result you want, and breaking it down into bite size pieces. In this instance, the goal is £400/$600 a month. Broken down into weeks, that is £100/$150 per week. If you break it down in to £25/$40 tutoring sessions, that’s 4 tutoring sessions a week. At this point, your goal isn’t £400 a month; your goal is to find 4 students to tutor every week. Brilliant, right? And your colleagues, friends and neighbours are an excellent place to start looking for clients.

The main thing is to start with the right goal – and something that interests you enough to commit your extra time to doing it.

Need some examples to get you going?

Try these 5 money making endeavours:


This example wasn’t arbitrary. There are plenty of kids that are struggling in school – and plenty of parents that are too busy (or frustrated) to do it themselves.

Affiliate marketing

This is reselling someone else’s products and services for a cut of the money, and if you’re a natural networker, you should consider this route.

Food preparation

Are you in the kitchen just as much as you can be? Consider preparing lunches for co-workers at a price. Or, perhaps selling cookies and cupcakes at teatime.

Running errands

There are plenty of people who need ad hoc help – like picking up the dry cleaning, or walking their dogs. If you’re doing it anyway, why not make some money helping others?

Freelance writing, bookkeeping and designing

There are plenty of short (and even long) term gigs available in the online marketplace. Consider looking around for extra writing or design work at one of these websites.

Now take action!

• Find what you want to do.
• Set a price, and therefore, a goal.
• Break it down until it becomes something you can handle, and get moving.

That’s it – so really, what have you got to lose?

Need help breaking down your goal? Stay tuned for next week’s post that’ll make all the difference in your goal setting (ahem, goal achieving).


This post is part of Goal Setting month on the Rethink Retreat blog. Check out these other great goal setting posts:

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Have some great goal setting tips yourself? Why not share them in the comments – we love to hear how you’ll make a little extra cash this month.


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