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Making Money in the Margins: More Income Without a Second Job

Oct 9th 2013 at 12:29 PM

There is no shortage of advice on the Web about how to make extra money. Whether it is a marketer touting the "next big thing" or some "get rich overnight" plan, it seems everyone with a keyboard has advice about how to make more money. Turn down the noise and find out how to use the power of your time to earn more income and simplify your life.  Even if you work full time, there are ways that you can increase your earnings without taking on a second job.

Wake Earlier and Earn More

If you normally get up with just enough time to get to work, consider waking an hour earlier to earn money. There are great websites available that offer money making opportunities. If you can write well, there are content writing sites like and that will pay you to write short articles.

Based on your skill, you can earn hundreds of dollars a week simply writing about topics that interest you. The average 300-word article pays $5.00 on most content writing sites. Most people can write 300 words in 25 minutes or less. Write two articles in the morning for work and you have just added $10 to your bank account before you even leave for work. Log in again after everyone has gone to bed and snap up another $10.

Margin profit: $20 for two hours of writing

Earn Money for Being a Tattletale

Contrary to all of the scams that are peddled online, there are companies that will pay you to mystery shop. These companies pay auditors to act as customers at retail stores, apartment complexes, hotels and restaurants, then report on the level of service. These companies often reimburse you for a pre-set cost (like the cost of your meal, for example) and pay a small fee for your report. You can stop at your favorite fast food restaurant on your lunch break and make an extra $12 or perform a mystery shop at your grocery store on the way home and snag $14 for your efforts.

Margin profit: $15 a day (average fee)

Create a Rolling Billboard

If you have a long commute to work or simply run a lot of errands, there are companies that will pay you to place small ads on your car. These ads are often in the form of windshield stickers or door clings. Your car will be making money for you while you are still at work. If you agree to wrap your entire car in an ad, you can make even more money. The average car advertisement pays about $50-$100 a month. Car wraps can pay up to $300 for certain routes.

Margin profit: $3 a day

Total daily profit: (based on 20 working days and 30 days of car ads) $790 a month

That's equal to a whopping $9,480 a year! Over 10 years, you would have earned nearly $95,000 with very little effort.

These are just three of the most popular ways to easily add income without working a second job. By making money in the margins, you will be well on your way to financial freedom.




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Dec 1st 2016 at 5:07 AM by AnnaJP
You can also earn some extra income at if you can write. Your earnings will depend on your competency and writing level.
Oct 20th 2013 at 4:24 AM by marty
thx for sharing

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