Money is tight. I loathe credit card debt. I work a part-time job and am a full-time student with plenty of expenses. How could I possibly get a second job on top of this? If you need more income, it’s easier than you think.
-Sign up with a temp agency or simply find a niche you’d excel at and promote yourself. Babysitting, dog walking, dog washing, house cleaning, etc. has low/no startup costs. You can post flyers around town or post online through blogging, craigslist, etc. Simple. To actually start a business will require more effort (and legal know-how) but offering your services to friends could be a way to make a few quick bucks.
-If you’re not earning, you should be learning. Find holes in your resume and fill it. Learn new computer skills (this is key) that can make you competitive, or get some volunteer/internship experience so you can have a competitive edge. Check out Ehow.com, Lynda.com and check out Google Blog Search for resources on what you need to know.
-Start networking. This is the scary part- talking to people about your goals and dreams. If someone is doing what you want to do, or simply would be a good contact to develop a relationship with, take the time and money to offer them a lunch or cup of coffee to build that relationship and pick their brain. If you want to take the less-scary route, simply start facebooking or blogging about your talents or your aspirations- just get it out there!
-See if you can earn income at home, or produce a product for sale. For some people with computer know-how, data entry and website maintenance can be done at home. Others go the direct sales route to work flexible hours to sell products for a well established company (more about this later). I have done both.