Alternative Ways To Generate An Income When Employment Is Scarce

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Employment in South Africa as well as in the rest of the world, is not what it used to be. Not only are times tough but more and more people are either unemployed or looking for alternative ways to earn an income.

Many people can relate to the fact that their incomes feel like they are shrinking while their bills are increasing.

Here are a couple of ways to generate an income if you are unemployed

Freelance work

Freelance work is an excellent way to make extra money. It even has the opportunity of turning into full-time employment. Not only do you have the option of writing, editing and blogging, but fortunately now days almost any job can be done on a freelance or consultancy basis.

Selling old textbooks

Selling your text books which you no longer need is an excellent way to make some extra cash. Instead of keeping your text books on a bookshelf somewhere, rather turn them into some much needed extra cash.

Become a secret shopper

Becoming a secret shopper is another way which may help you generate some extra money. There are many companies out there who are willing to pay you to be a secret shopper. Although this may not add up to huge amounts of money, every little bit helps.

Become a film extra

Becoming a film extra is fantastic way to generate extra income. There are many film companies out there who will pay you for your time as an extra. The best way to go about this is to contact as many extra agencies which you can find.

Auctioning old items

Auctioning your old items online may just be a much needed solution to generate money. Instead of having old junk lying around, rather turn it into cash. One persons junk may be another persons treasure". Go through your stuff and sell any old items which you have lying around or any items which you no longer use.

Make your savings work for you

Another way to make money is to ensure that your savings are working for you. If you have any amount of money saved, it is imperative that you shop around in order to get the best competitive rates that you can find.

If you have had savings for longer than a year, then the chances are very high that there are better rates out there.

Give your opinion

Providing your opinion in focus groups is another way of generating some extra cash. Simply spending an hour or two of your time can result in some extra money. There are also many online surveys available which will pay you for your opinion.


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