This is a post by Chelsea who is currently doing a Spending Fast®.
Since starting my Spending Fast a little over three months ago, I have learned quite a bit more about myself than expected. One of the main things is that I have a lot of marketable talent that I completely didn’t realize. Last Monday I started a new job (hallelujah) and my title went from “Clerk” to “Information Technology Specialist.” I tell you this because my college degree is in Spanish. I have no formal training in computers, I just happen to enjoy working with computers. I realized this a few months ago and added my skills to my resume. After meeting a new friend, I mentioned to her that I was good with technology and she told her boss; the rest is history.
How To Figure Out Your Skills and Sell Them for Cash…
There are so many skills that each of us have that could be making us money! If you’re on a Spending Fast then this is a wonderful way to get out of debt faster. If you’re not, and if you’re just looking to save extra money, then it’s still a great way to earn some extra cash.
Step One: Preparation
Sneak away to a quiet place and sit down with a pen and paper. This step only takes five minutes but the challenge is to write for the entire time. Don’t sell yourself short! For literally five minutes make a list of your favorite things to do. Do you enjoy gardening? Are you one of those people who organize their closets by color? Write down anything that allows your brain to relax. I happen to enjoy writing and painting. Once you’ve exhausted your mental hobby list, start writing your talents. I am fluent in Spanish so obviously Spanish went on the list. What do your coworkers ask you to help them with? What comes naturally for you?
I decided on five minutes to make the list because it caused me to dig deeper then I would have normally. After you’re done with your list, scan through it to see items that could be turned into side money makers.
For example, I can teach Spanish to high school kids in the evenings because that’s an area I excel in. If you’re a graphic designer, you could sell your services via the internet to increase your exposure. If you’re good at baking, you could hold a bake sale or start a dog treat delivery service. There are so many possibilities!
Step Two: Execution
Now that you have an idea of what you can do, you have to start making things happen! If you’re comfortable working online, start by visiting local sites to post your skills. Craigslist is in virtually every town, so that website seems to be a great option. It would also be a good idea to look into local publications. If your skill is working with animals then research to see if there is a local publication that focuses on animals where you could advertise. I enjoy writing so I sent emails to every local magazine and offered my skills. The worst they could do is tell you no, which really isn’t that bad.
If you are not comfortable with the internet then you can find local areas where you could post flyers. You could post at the local library or recreation center. Try to think of places where the people who would need those services would go.
Step Three: Exposure
Now that you have done the initial grunt work of putting yourself out there, it is time to increase exposure! A large number of people these days have some sort of social media page. If you have a Facebook or Twitter then write a short status update informing your friends of your new services. Someone once told me that I if we don’t promote ourselves then who will?
What are some ways that you have used your talents to make extra income?
Chelsea Overton is in the midst of a Spending Fast® and writes about it from Ohio with her boyfriend and bulldog, Xena the Warrior Princess, by her side.
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