Friday, September 4, 2009

Making Extra Income - a Look at Bringing in More Cash This Fall

During this past summer I had very little part time work. Fortunately, as we ease into fall, I have quite a few things lined up. First up is another garage sale. Coming up soon I'll be posting signs and setting up tables. I'll put out all the stuff that was left over from July's sale, along with lots of new things from my own house and the leftovers from a sale my aunts had last month. Some of my friends will be joining me, so that will help too. Garage sales are a lot of work, but a great way to get rid of unwanted items and make a little extra cash.

I also just submitted my schedule for one of my part time jobs. That will give me the potential to pick up extra work at the end of this month through the first of October. This is my main part time job, and I typically work a few 4-6 hour shifts after my day job (6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m) or on the weekends. They will have shifts available throughout the fall to next spring, so that will certainly help!

In fact, October is actually going to be a busy month for me. I have quite a bit of work lined up! One of the other part time jobs needs a hand for a week in the last half of the month, plus I have another job lined up as well. I know that all of this on top of the day job makes it seem like I have no free time at all, but that really isn't the case. Since I am single I can afford to work a few long days, and since I love what I do, it actually is fun for me.

Of course, this isn't all for yours truly...

Book sales have been picking up a bit lately. Has anyone else noticed that? It has been really nice since those sales make my day. Quite a few of the books that I haven't been able to sell are going in the garage sale. Hopefully I will sell a few more that way. What I don't sell I may take over to my local library and donate. They can add the books to their sale, and I get the tax write off - it is win-win.

I do have another thought too. We have a local artists' market here and my friend Catie sent me a link on it. It runs throughout the summer. At the time she sent it, it was spring and I knew I didn't have time to get anything together for it, but I am thinking about putting together some items over the winter. It will depend on how much time I have and how motivated I am, but I love making Christmas gifts and could use some of those ideas make items to sell at that market next summer. That might help with income next year, as I have learned I need to expect summer income to drop off.

Of course, I am still a landlord and receive rent from my tenant. I don't include those figures in my income goals though. Interestingly, I have a friend shopping apartments right now and from her I've been finding out what rents are going for nowadays. It looks like the rent I charge is a real bargain!! I have no intention of raising my tenant's rent, she's quiet and pays on time, but should she move out, I will definitely look into it.

There is a lot going on around here over the next few months. I find that I am actually looking forward to it!

(...of course ask me if I still feel that way in a few months!)

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Frugalchick said...

I'm glad it looks like things will be picking up for you this fall. Book slows have still been really slow for me lately--hopefully those will pick up on my end too!

Jack @ Master Your Card said...

Great post, and cool blog. It's very interesting to see how to successfully diversify your income in a way that engages your interests and creativity.

Anyway, thanks for your comment on MYC yesterday. It inspired today's post.

Dawn said...

Frugalchick - I hope so! I went from a sale every 2-3 weeks, to 2-3 a week. It has been great!

Jack - Thanks so much! I am certainly glad I could inspire a post. :) I look forward to reading it.