Today’s article is written by Cat Alford from Budget Blonde:
If you want to pay off debt, finding extra work is a great way to go about it. When my credit card debt reached $6,000, I knew I had to get rid of it some way, some how. That’s how my freelance writing services started. It not only helped me to become credit card debt free, but it also helped me launch a whole new career.
If you want to do the same, here are my top 10 tips for finding extra work to pay off that pesky debt:
1. Put Your Goal Where You Can See It
Finding extra work isn’t easy. In fact it can be grueling, especially if you already have a full time job. Because you want to work extra to pay off debt, write down your goal and put it where you can see it. Refer to it often when you are tired and don’t want to put in the extra hours anymore.
2. Charge What You’re Worth
It can be hard to put a price on your services, and many people are afraid to ask for high amounts. However, you won’t get what you don’t ask for. Treat your time for what it is: a valuable commodity. If you’re going to give more time for it, charge for it.
3. Stay Organized
When you want to work extra hours, it can be easy to get all discombobulated. When you are job hunting, stay organized. Keep a list of the people you’ve contacted with their responses. Keep your inbox clean. Write down your ideas. Keep everything neat so it’s a good addition to your life and not an added stress.
4. Think Outside the Box
You might have a basic idea of what you want to do for extra work, whether you are a writer, carpenter, or photographer. However, think outside the box too. Do your photography skills mean you can also edit photos for websites? Do your carpentry skills mean you can act as a contractor? Do your writing skills qualify you to edit online content too?
5. Treat It Like a 9-5
I’m always amazed at how many people treat their extra work like a hobby. If you are serious about making money to pay off your debt, then you need to treat your extra work like the professional gig that it is. That means using clean, updated resumes and cover letters to get clients and side jobs and being professional once you get it.
6. Have Devoted Research Time
I’m not the first person to say that finding a job is a job in itself. So, if you want to find extra work, you really need to be willing to put in the “research time.” This means spending a few hours on the computer looking for opportunities without being pulled away by new e-mails or Facebook. Seriously, look and carefully consider your opportunities just as you would for a 9-5.
7. Go Old School
You’d be surprised how many people read the classified section of the newspaper and bulletin boards at colleges and other types of schools. The Internet is definitely the preferred way to market yourself, but other methods can only enhance your presence.
8. Do Some Free Work
It might seem counterintuitive, but sometimes offering one month of service for free or one trial for free can help you to land clients. After they see the great job you did, they’re more likely to hire you long term.
9. Be Active on Social Media
Social media is a great (and free!) way to promote your services. Remember to use hashtags like #brooklyndogwalking to make sure that people in your area can be directed to you!
10. Never, Ever Give Up
Rejection is a part of entrepreneurship. If you are constantly putting yourself out there and pursuing opportunities and clients, you’re bound to hear “no.” Hopefully you’ll hear yes more often than not, but just know that not everyone will be interested in your products or services. Don’t take it to heart; just move on to the next chance, the next opportunity, and keep your chin up!
Have you found extra work to pay off debt?