I'm off today until December 27th. DS flies in overnight, so I'll pick him up at 5:30 and get him back to crash for the rest of the morning while I finish up whatever I don't get done today. I will grocery shop for the week ahead mid morning, but mostly concentrate on wrapping gifts and final treat making. I'll have a lot of good thinking time. I used to think when I heard the word scheme, it meant a bad thing, doing something to undermine someone else. Now that I read it in context of little hustles that add money back into peoples bank accounts, not at the expense of others, I like the word. A couple days ago I shared my $30,000 short term savings plan for the entire year. If that goes well, I'll be quite happy. Still, there is so much that needs done on the house. Life events that we don't yet know about are bound to happen that will need to be funded, and while I'm resigned to humble, yet lovely vacations for the next few years, I would love an opportunity for distant travel. Day to day smart shopping and scrimping aside, earning say an extra $500 per year towards a slush fund seems a practical target that after a couple years, will put a dent into one of those wants.
How to get there? I've scoured what others are doing to land on a couple money raising ventures to pad our salaries. Other schemes I read about, I'll think through how those would or would not apply to my life, working full time. I need ideas that both contribute to resolving another thing in life, is part of a hobby, or otherwise doesn't cut into too much of my time. Here's three I've landed on before my proper think.
- I've not really figured out how this AdSense works. Some days I have a dollar or more coming in, on a posts that were lightly read. Other posts with a lot of visits, and just pennies come into my account. While I don't feel I can control how the clicks work, aiming for $10 a month earnings, for a hobby seems quite painless!
- As a clutter busting venture, preparing for graduation party, and to earn some cash, I feel it is a must to participate in the city wide garage sale. I wouldn't even have to pay for an add as there is a site that lists all. As I donate stuff throughout the year, I don't know how much I actually will have to sell, so I'll put a minimum target of $200 in earnings.
- Resell through Facebook market place some of my and DD2's items no longer needed or purchased and never used. There are a fair number of those, perhaps netting another $100 in resale?
If your keeping track, these do not get me to $500, but I think I underestimated. For those of you that work full or close to full time outside the home, what besides the above have you found success with? For all, what motivates you to work the side schemes and money generating hobbies?