By Yolonda Beverly
Who couldn’t use a little extra “cha-ching” these days, especially with the holidays right around the corner? If you have lost your job, experienced a pay cut, or just want to put extra cash in your pocket, try one or all four of these tips to boost your income.
Become a Babysitter
Do you have a natural love for children? If so babysitting can be a fun way to put extra cash in your pockets. If you have friends with children who may be in need of a date night, have a business trip to make, or just need to run errands, offer to babysit their children. In large cities such as New York and Washington D.C., you can expect to earn approximately $20 per hour while in smaller cities the average rate is $7 to $10 per hour. You can advertise on websites such as Sittercity.com or Craigslist.com, as well as, your local church and word of mouth.
Customer Service Agent
Get paid from working at home as a customer service agent. During the holiday season, many companies are in need of part-time representatives to handle the high call volume of orders and resolve issues. You can earn from $8-$14 per hour. Not bad to assist customers with their online purchases or resolve any issues they may be experiencing! You must have your own computer, high speed internet, and a Panasonic headset. Listed below are a few companies you may consider:
- West Corp. www.west.com
- Alpine Access www.alpineaccess.com
- Arise Virtual Solutions www.arise.com
- Teletech www.teletech.com
Sell Unwanted Jewelry
Gold buying shops have been popping up all across America. Even though the price has dropped since the beginning of 2009, you can still earn some extra money. You would be paid based on the weight of the gold excluding the gemstones. You can get a better price for jewelry that is still wearable and in good shape if you sold it elsewhere rather than scraping it. You can contact the National Association of Jewelry to find your local jeweler.
Adjusting Your Tax Withholdings
This is my area of expertise and probably the fastest and easiest way to fatten your pockets. The average refund is about $2500 and if you’re expecting a refund why not get some of your money now. If you think about it, you are actually loaning Uncle Sam your money without getting paid interest. Why wait to get your money when you can have it NOW? Try this easy to use withholding calculator to see how much you can gain by adjusting your withholdings. http://apps.irs.gov/app/withholdingcalculator/
Which one of these tips will you use to boost your income this holiday season? Please respond