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January 22, 2022

Ways to make an extra $1K each month

There’s a reason Cash for Life tickets are so popular.

Most of us are content with what we do, and at least somewhat satisfied with what we earn. But at the realization that taking home a mega, hundred-million dollar lotto isn’t likely to happen, each one of us thinks something like Cash for Life – a modest-yet-awesome $1,000 per week prize – is a fortune we could legitimately win.

And who wouldn’t love boosting our income a little? We’re not talking about a total lifestyle overhaul, just the freedom to augment what we already have – a nicer house, a nicer car, more vacations. That kind of stuff.

Yet short of actually winning Cash for Life, most of us won’t get there. That’s where Mainstreet.com comes in.

The finance website has compiled a list of 15 ways to make an extra thousand dollars a month, precisely the kind of pep-in-your-step boost the Cash for Life prize would afford.

Some of the suggestions, granted, aren’t for everyone. They require a niche capacity - a photographer’s eye with your own photographers’ equipment, for example – but there are things in here for everyone. Such as …

1. “Work for an Internet company” – Sites like About.com often take freelance contributors, which earn Mainstreet emailer Andrea an extra – you guessed it – thousand dollars each month.

2. “Deal cards” – If you can get in the door, companies regularly hire dealers for fundraisers and parties to hand out cards in games like Black Jack. You might not hit an additional grand in income doing this, but you can earn up to $70 a night for just three or four hours of work.

3. “Dog walker” – You see this stuff around neighbourhoods all the time. What isn’t commonly known, though, is that – by Mainstreet’s count – dog walkers can earn up to $10 per dog, per walk. If you can get five dogs and walk them all once a weekday, that’s an extra $1,000 right there, the site suggests.

“It’s funny – so many ‘experts’ try to convince us to stop spending on the things we love (lattés, clothes, shoes)” said Ramit Sethi, author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich, “instead of turning our existing skills into side income.”

Anything you’re doing out there for some extra cash?

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

Jason BucklandJason Buckland

The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...