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Make Extra Money With Your “Extra” Skills

(The following is a guest post provided by Stephanie Haywood at

If you find yourself looking for work outside of your regular job so you can make extra money on the side or replace lost income, you should take stock of your skills. Many people don’t realize they have marketable skills — it’s all about finding out what you’re good at and then turning that into a lucrative hustle.

It may not be what you went to school for, but these “extra” skills can help you turn passion projects into money-making passion projects. Let’s take a look at a few fun ways to make extra money in your free time using skills you already have, courtesy of My Life Boost.

1. Social media management

Today, it seems like every business needs a social media presence. The benefits of having an effective social media marketing strategy are huge for small businesses, big corporations, and everyone in between. Social media helps companies get in front of customers and communicate directly with them, helping solidify customer relationships.

It follows that these companies will need someone to manage their internet presence for them. Most marketing teams hire in-house social media experts, but smaller businesses often turn to freelancers or contract workers to build their online presence. If this sounds like something you would be good at and enjoy, you can make decent money for several clients, if so desired.

2. Illustration

If you have artistic abilities and need a creative outlet that will also allow you to make money on the side, you should consider working as a freelance illustrator. Depending on your ability, background, and skillset, you could charge an average of $25 per hour. Finding work isn’t difficult, either — you can create a profile on an online job board for freelancers where you can offer illustration services. On these boards, potential employers can weigh reviews, average delivery time, and your portfolio before hiring you — so make it look great!

3. Write (and publish!) your own book

Thanks to advances in technology and the online-centric world, writing and selling your own books is now more accessible to those who are inclined. In fact, there are huge benefits to publishing your work on Amazon. As the world’s largest online retailer, you can reach your target audience, regardless of who that may be — not to mention that it’s possible to make money on books you publish through Kindle Direct Publishing. The best part is, once you publish your book, it’s passive income that can just keep coming in.

Publishing on Amazon can be complicated, so making sure you partner with the right people to get the word out about your book is key — Made For Success can give your brainchild the perfect launch. You’ll need a good cover design, a marketing campaign dedicated to getting the word out about your book, and good editors to help you revise and proofread.

Love what you do — and put in the work

Making money on the side doesn’t have to be a chore. Taking the things you already love doing and using those skills to gain extra cash is an effective way to improve your financial situation, turn hobbies into paying gigs, and spend your time efficiently. These are only a few examples of things you can do to earn money on the side — there are hundreds more! Just think about what you’re good at, and go from there.

Are you ready to take the leap and publish your book? You know how to tell the story — let Made For Success tell the world. Get in touch today.