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Cheat on your main gig – get a "side hustle!"

These days, simply earning money from your main gig may not be enough. Simply put – you may need to have additional income outside of your 9 to 5! Nothing teaches us this lesson better than the recent government furlough. For so long, we thought of government jobs as the safest employment opportunity, however in a blank of an eye, many government workers found themselves seeking financial assistance to make ends meet.

Here are a few tips to increase your income outside of your 9 to 5!

Turn your passion into cash

I know it may seem impossible, but you can turn your passion into cash.  Whatever it is you love to do, whether it is consulting, social media, photography, or writing, do research to determine how you can market your services. And hey, you don’t have to give up your main gig in order to be successful. Consider working your passion before going to work, after work or on the weekends to develop an additional income stream.

Consider rental income

Rental property is a great way to supplement your income. And if you do it right, it can be one of those “money makers” you earn while you are sleep.  Before purchasing a rental property, make certain you have prepared yourself financially.  Consider saving money in case there is a need for repairs and maintenance or other unexpected expenses.  Also, make certain you have an idea of the projected income and expenses of the property before signing your name on the line.

Get out of debt

Ok, I know this may sound like a “no-brainer” or for others an “aha moment” but many people do not consider reducing their debt to increase income streams. Paying off unnecessary expenses can help create additional revenue otherwise obligated to an expense.  Not only are you freeing up a line item in your budget, but you are also eliminating interest expenses, which can have an adverse impact on your bottom line.  For example, if you are paying monthly interest of $50, reducing your debt can also help save money.

Remember: your choice, your future!

Kemberley Washington is a CPA and teaches at Dillard University. Visit her blog at Follow her on Facebook or connect with her on Twitter. Like, love, tweet or share this post!

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