This post was written by Derek.
Are you currently struggling to pay the bills from month to month? Are you wondering how your friends seem to be surviving without effort? How are you going to turn things around?
If you’re asking yourself the questions above, you’d better make some changes to your life in a hurry! Now, of course everyone can make some extra money from time to time, but what is the logical answer to digging yourself out of this paycheck-to-paycheck life?
Assuming you have your expenses under control and you’re not going out for crab legs every weekend, let’s move onto the difference maker: income.
Income: Work Harder
This lesson is actually very simple and we’ve all done it. If our current expenses are greater than our current income, then we just need to increase the income! Since we are all very accustomed to earning our dollars at an hourly rate, why not just increase your hours? This is only temporary of course.
I think I can hear the groans and screams already, “But I don’t have any extra time! I already work a full time job and there’s just no time in my schedule for anything else!” Yep, I’ve heard that one before…. and, maybe you are one of the exceptions, but I seriously doubt it.
Do you own a television? If the answer is ‘yes’, then you can find more time for a part-time job (because I know you’re watching that television at least once a week). So here’s what you do: turn off the TV (or better yet, sell it), go find a part-time job, and make an additional $500 a month until you get ahead a little.
Part-time Job Ideas
Valet (@ golf course or hotel)
Bell Boy at hotel
Retail Store employee
These examples are just a few ways to make more money. I could probably think of 50 more ways without even trying – and I know you could too. It’s just the matter of getting out there and doing it. Like I said before, it’s only temporary.
Income: Work Smarter
Typically, when people begin to earn that extra part-time income, they start to get greedy; they want to buy the things that they never had before: big screen TV, surround sound, designer clothing, purses, and yes, those to-die-for shoes that were never in the budget before. Suddenly, we feel like we have the cash to pay for these items….BUT, if we allow ourselves to do this, then we’ll be stuck in the same job we had before, PLUS we have to keep working that part-time job to support our new expensive habits.
Don’t do this to yourself! Start working smarter instead of harder.
Here are the steps to start working smarter:
- Brainstorm income options that you’d enjoy
- Make sure this income can produce “passive” results
- Save up an extra $10,000 from that part-time job and quit
- Begin your passive income venture for less than $1,000
- Your simple business should produce at least $500/month to replace your previous part-time job – and, you’ll enjoy it!
- Systematize your business to make money when you’re not around
- Repeat these steps as many times as you like for ultimate “smart” results
And, that’s pretty much the secret to self-made millionaires. If you utilize these steps (and I know, it’s a lot to handle in one lesson), you could easily become the first wealthiest person on your block, on your street, in your neighborhood, or maybe even in the entire city!
Please ask questions about the passive income plan outlined above. I know it’s quite a lot to handle, and it might not all make sense. Just know that I’ll have a response for every comment! 🙂