4 Ways To Earn Extra Income from Short-term Gigs

Wouldn’t it be nice to earn some extra cash outside of your full time job or internship? It could be used for paying off your student loans, go on a vacation or simply have extra income for your savings. Either way earning extra money is always welcome. Last summer, I was at the point where I knew that one source of income would not allow me to completely pursue my financial goals so I decided to start leveraging my hobbies by doing short term gigs.

 

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1)Use your skills to freelance

What if you could get paid for doing something you consider a hobby? It could be anything from doing calligraphy to taking photos of lovely places in your city.  Pretty sweet deal right?

For example if you are interested in photography, invest in a camera and start taking photos of your friends. Post them on social media and reach out to bloggers and other creatives for collaboration. That way you build your portfolio as efficiently as possible. Staying consistent with the side hustle will eventually reward you with clients looking to pay you. You can then evolve to selling your photos as prints or on mugs and other everyday objects.

Last summer, I wanted to earn some money from video editing. So I went online and watched a bunch of video editing tutorials and then pitched myself to different small companies. At first, I did it pro bono, but asked the clients to refer me and spread the word. Once I had a solid portfolio, I started charging and made around $500 a month.

2) Tell your family and friends

Someone once said “Your network is your net worth” and I could not think of a more accurate description of your professional circle. In my experience, word of mouth is one of the best ways to start earning extra cash. When thinking about launching a freelance business tell your family and friends, they’ll be the first to support you and recommend you to their friends. Take this like babysitting, families will start recommending you to other families as you start working for them. For example, my friend Rachel is a photographer. She started off by telling her network of family and friends that she is creating a photography business. She then started taking pictures of her friends to kickoff her portfolio. As months went by, she began receiving requests from clients that came from her network. She now has a growing photography business while still being  in college.

 

3)Revamp your social media presence and engage with your community

There are so many online opportunities that can arise from using social media as a business tool. Create a website for your side hustle and make sure that you clearly state your mission and what you do. Connect with people in the same industry, it could be by reaching out  and asking them out for coffee or simply engage over a shared interest. Nowadays many recruiters have moved on to social media to find talent. A photographer friend of mine after interacting with a recruiter online and inviting them out for an informal meeting landed an amazing opportunity in which she got to photograph celebrities at an exclusive party.

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4)Sign up for a job board

Signing up for a job board is a great way to keep an eye on different opportunities especially if you are unaware of what your true passion is. So if you’re looking for short-term gigs, Shortstints is the right place for you! You will find an extensive amount of short term gigs.

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Whether you want to pay off your credit card debt or simply take a vacation, earning extra income is always useful. Short-term gigs are the perfect low commitment gigs one could get. 

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Q&A: What are some of your hobbies? And how are you gonna use them to earn extra cash this year?

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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

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3 Ways Volunteering can jumpstart your career

Job searching is tough. Your motivation can quickly bottom out after yet another week of sending resumes and connecting with people on LinkedIn. One common hurdle of job seekers is meeting the required minimum of years of work. You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get that experience. It’s a catch-22! Often people get discouraged and settle for unfulfilling, low-paid jobs that don’t align with their dream. And this is because most people don’t know how to acquire experience outside of jobs.

Here’s the good news: Volunteering can help you build your experience and make you more marketable! It’s less competitive and always in demand. Best part? There’s an organization for every area of interest. Love dogs? Volunteer at an animal shelter. Love reading? Spend some time shadowing a librarian. The task of finding the right place will not be difficult.

Here are some concrete ways volunteering can maximize your job search and jumpstart your career:

• It gives you experience

Think of volunteering as an unpaid internship. It provides hands-on experience and gives you a feel of the sector you’re looking to find work in. At the same time, it teaches you new skills while providing an opportunity to hone existing ones.

For example, if you choose to volunteer at your local children’s library center as a reader, you will develop communication, reading, writing and interpersonal skills – among others. These are skills that will have real-life application to almost every role. Keep in mind that you don’t have to volunteer in your particular field of interest to develop the skills that will help you land your dream job. That certainly helps, but you can transfer almost every skill you acquire over time.

Furthermore, volunteering can help fill in your employment gaps. Employers are actually impressed with people who dedicate time to a cause they are passionate about. It will work in your favor to mention your volunteer experience and the practical takeaways you learned from it.

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• It provides you with a network

Whether you are volunteering in your career field or a loosely related one, you will have access to a network of colleagues and potential mentors. These are people who can advocate for you when you need a job reference if you impress them with your performance and build rapport with them. They can also share knowledge and resources, which will help you find out about opportunities you wouldn’t otherwise know about.

As someone once said ” Your network is your net worth.” Meeting as many people as you can during your volunteering experience can help you maintain connections and grow your network.

• It allows you to test-drive a new career

As a volunteer, you get an immediate sense of the organization and the role you’re in. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore new career options without committing to a specific role or industry. You get to observe and work in an environment and learn as much as you can along the way. You also get to meet industry insiders who can answer your questions and teach you a lot from their experience. It not only can give you more perspective and who knows, show you the way to your dream career after all.

Next time you wonder how you can add to your experience, remember that volunteering is a powerful way of acquiring real-life skills. Whether you shadow a few professionals or work in the field with mentors, volunteering can be the filler on your resume that will ultimately impress your future employers and make you more competitive as a job seeker.

Sign up today on shortstints and find the right career for you!

Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

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