8 ways to boost your income now

If you're looking to put some extra cash in your pocket -- or your savings account -- check out these ideas for how to accomplish that goal.

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Jan 30, 2013 11:48AM
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Get off the computer, have a productive day, find a job or two, organize your life, clean your car, your home, be proud and take care of the things that belong to YOU. Try and have a positive attitude and don't worry about things you don't have and the things other people have. If you overspend, fix it and don't be a victim
Jan 29, 2013 8:37PM
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My room renters pay the entire mortgage on my house.  Good thing because I was laid off last year and unemployment doesn't cover the bills.  It's a win win situation.  I charge little for the rooms and the roomies can save money while I get to pay the mortgage.  Since I've stayed out of foreclosure, the mortgage company gets their money and the township gets its taxes.  I also used to make 160 a month driving a co-worker to work, so that helped pay half the car payment.  I grew up in a poor family and watched some of my older relatives get rich  - I observed their behavior and followed it.  They never left things to chance.
Jan 30, 2013 11:49AM
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There is always work in the cleaning industry. 

Most home builders do a sub par job of this. Their builders, not cleaners.  It is vital to turn a newly built/remodeled home over to the home owners that is thoroughly cleaned.  This is particularly important in luxury construction.  There is always a shortage of cleaning folks that specialize in this deep cleaning business.  Which often includes raking the grounds and picking up nails, removing floor grates vacuuming supple lines for heating system, dusting, dusting, dusting, window washing/scrapping, painters over spray.   Cleaning tile, from grouting. Wiping down new cabinetry from dirty hands installing, dusting inside cabinets, on and on.  Bid the job, then the contractor knows what it will cost.  This often turns into a long-term relationship, like another sub-contractor, that he/she can trust.

This is a low start up cost business, with plenty of opportunity.  I see it over and over in the trades and am guilty of the same.

One more.  The waste in construction is tremendous.  Roll offs are full of treasure.  Materials, particularly "cut offs" are gold for small projects, birdhouses, craft projects and art.  My income is growing from "found" materials that I am turning into art.   Most importantly, I am having fun artistically.  I am meeting a customer in a hour, I will be installing a 2K sculptural piece, made from recycled materials.  I have sold 10 pieces so far. I'm meeting with a local gallery owner later this week.  Who knew?

So much of this is just "seeing" the opportunity.

Happy hunting.
Jan 30, 2013 10:52AM
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The only thing wrong with this economy is that the gov't is allowing any and every foreigner to come into this company and take our jobs live tax free and screwing the true americans
Jan 30, 2013 2:21AM
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Dodge taxes, sell drugs on the street, steal from your friends and family, sell your kids on e-bay... its easy to increase your income... or become a politician and buy the election. 
Jan 29, 2013 11:33PM
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Unless your boss can see through corporate BS policy and make his own judgements,he will succome to the training the management does to convince a employee that "they are replacable,and we mean it policy". I belive it is a job giver's market today,and they don't bend much to keep you employed,unless you are a manager for Goldman Sucks.
Jan 30, 2013 10:50AM
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They forgot to put in apply for a Federal Grant and live off of the taxpayer!
Jan 30, 2013 1:10PM
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I got my real estate broker's license a few years ago. It hasn't been easy but I've been able to keep my full-time job while operating my own brokerage out of my home. Last year I made an extra $70K. This year, I'll probably make even more.
Jan 30, 2013 9:27AM
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What no robbing banks?  What a waste of time and unemployment is way higher than 7.8 start telling the truth MSN!
Jan 30, 2013 2:42PM
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I work full time now and while I can say I make a decent living, we are always under scrutiny here. Its to the point where I had to pay back all of my 401K loan (that I took out for my house) for fear of being forced to take time off (with all other employees) with no pay for a month. This put everything in perspective. I put my condo on the market and all I pray for is enough to pay off my mortgage and student loans...to be debt free and have a little change to open up my own boutique fitness studio in a college town. I dont care to make millions. I just want to be comfortable and happy. Life is too short to go chasing 2 and 3 jobs to keep up!  I say let go of the debt if you can. Lucky for me I have no kids and no husband!
Jan 29, 2013 8:48PM
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I tried signing up for Jury Test. I have a Mac and the want me to download Netscape. I think it's BS as I have three browsers already, Safari, Firefox, Google Chrome. I try and click on the link and it takes me to aol.coms home page and there is no place to download. They also posted a toll-free number for tech support. i call that and the guy says it's the wrong number. i read him the number on called id, which is the one listed and the moron says he doesn't know what  number he's at because he has calls coming in for several companies non of which are JuryTest. I think it's a scam folks.
Jan 30, 2013 10:54AM
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And you media types need to try and find some good news to report....you do a disservice to all of us...you freaking sensationalist!!
Jan 30, 2013 2:06PM
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mann most of your ideas for making extra money are so lame and stupid write something worth writing about and a bit more realistic.
Feb 2, 2013 8:22AM
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Another person to get a job to help and a 2nd job if possible.  It may be hard to rent a room if you have a family.
Feb 2, 2013 10:42AM
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These upper class financial advice postings remind me of the Steve Martin adage, 'Today, I'm going to tell you how to become a millionaire...first, get a million dollars.'
Jan 30, 2013 9:31AM
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Online surveys take some time and earnings are somewhat slow but effective.  Send earnings, Panda, Toluna, etc. 
Feb 2, 2013 8:24AM
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when people want to print an article, it is a hassle to have to print 1 page at a time.  Please change your print option so that you can print the entire article and without all the ads.

Jan 30, 2013 12:09PM
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what about spamming dating sites in the comment section on MSN?

 

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Feb 2, 2013 10:17AM
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Renting living space is not an easy thing to do. There are liabilities, complications, repairs, BAD tenants, housing codes, numerous burdensome laws, hosing inspectors, and lawyers just waiting to file suit against you. If you manage to make money it will not be easy or cheap.
Feb 2, 2013 2:39PM
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This was stupid, First GETTING a job is nearly impossible (I should know been looking for 2 years) so the moonlighting thing and get a second job are bull, Renting your house....IF you still have one every state has laws and rules and there are permits in some cities than can cost more than the renter pays. Inventions and getting the public to fund it.........isn't that what "Shark Tank" is about? This is much harder than it seems. "Odd jobs" this could work as long as you live in a state that is not heavily regulated, like the state I live in where mowing lawns requires licenses and permits.
Ask for a raise......Yeah, sure, only if you are really valuable to the company, the companies in the US are turning record profits so why would they hire more people or give raises? They are doing MORE with less........Building apps, IF you understand how to do it (I don't).

The vid thing......yeah that works only because of the stupid annoying ads...

Turning a hobby into cash, this is the best one in the list as long as your hobby can be converted. My hobbies are not able to be converted to cash due to the regulations on machine repair and mechanical work. (no one does static models anymore)

Basically this is a post for people that already have a job and just want to get a little more.
Fine with me, but, we need posts on how to get a company to hire you.....or at least a face to face interview. (98% of the job ads I respond to come back with a general rejection email, even when I am a perfect match to the job, again, more with less)

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