I had no idea that the answer was in my education. You see, I got my degrees in a less demanding industry – the arts. Specifically, theatre and music. No, I wasn’t living my life on stage at the Met like I originally hoped, but there was still money there that was waiting to be extracted.
Using my educated skills, I was able to secure an extra $6,200 a year for singing in weddings, churches, and the city opera chorus. I also became the children’s music director in a church. I was using what I learned and loved to make money.
I thought, well, there’s a lot more that I love doing. I wonder if I can make money doing that!
In the last 3 years, more than $10,000 went to my student loans just because I was selling services that I already loved doing.
To find the things that you love doing that can make money, ask yourself the following:
1. What is your education?
Don’t look at just your major, but also what other classes you enjoyed. Did you take a foreign language class that you aced? Did you belong to any clubs or sports? Teaching your skills are a great way to get some extra moola! Teachable or Udemy are great sites to teach skills online. You can also do it the old-fashioned way by putting an ad on craigslist or word of mouth.
2.What do you do in your free time?
I am a T.V. person. It’s a guilty pleasure. But I make money watching it. Through MediaInsiders, I fill out surveys on the shows I watch and they put credits in my account which I can exchange for cash (in my PayPal). UserTesting gives me money to test websites (you have to have a computer with a mic, but the steps are really simple. You can make up to $10 per site you test). Ibotta is a great app, too. It gives you rebates for shopping for groceries or products you would normally buy!
3.What are your hobbies?
Everyone has something they love doing. Are you crafty? Make something to sell on Etsy. If you love being around people, work for a direct sells company like Avon or Chloe + Isabel. Some of these companies give a great commission, plus you get great exposure to the business world!
Spend some reflection time and really think about what you love doing! Remember, this is your time and it should be spent with you having FUN! The money is just a bonus. Once you put your new found riches towards your student loans, you will start to the amount of debt slide off!
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