Is your handbag habit making a mockery of your 9-5 wage? We've got some nifty ways to make some surplus moolah for your extra-curricular activities.
Does your monthly paycheck disappear approximately three nanoseconds after it hits your account? Between rent, bills and, er, Candy Crush Soda Saga purchases, it really doesn’t seem to stretch very far – and there’s very little wiggle room left for such luxuries as clothes, make-up and those all-important nights out.
Which is where double-jobbing comes in. If you find that your nine-to-five isn’t quite doing the job, why not think outside the box and subsidise your lifestyle with some extra-curricular money-making?
It’s the online marketplace that allows you to sell your unwanted duds to, well, whoever will buy them. Think of it as the social media version of eBay; follow your fave bloggers and sign up for alerts whenever they add new items to their online shop. Well-known names using Depop include The Blonde Salad’s Chiara Ferragni (@chiaraferragni) and Xposé’s Glenda Gilson (@glendagil).
Grumpy Cat’s owner Tabitha Bundesen used to be a waitress, and now, thanks to her feline friend, is a very rich woman indeed. Okay, so it can’t happen for all of us, but if you’ve got a seriously cute dog, cat or hamster, Instagram fame may just well beckon, as the owners of Maru, Marni, Pudge the cat and many, many more can attest. It could be you.
Stella & Dot is the jewellery company designed to, well, sell jewellery – but also to allow women to become entrepreneurs, through direct selling. To get started, you purchase a starter pack from €199 – which includes samples to wear and share online. From there, you begin selling – host trunk shows (like modern, glamorous Tupperware parties) and make upwards of 25 percent commission on sales. One Stella & Dot stylist told us she made €5,000 in one month with the company.
If you’re a blogger with a decent online following (think 10,000+ on Facebook and Instagram), post regularly and feature a lot of high-street brands, you could make commission on any sales you refer, using RewardStyle, an affiliate scheme. Essentially, you use a custom URL every time you direct your readers towards items you’ve featured, and for every sale made, you get a cut. Simple!
If you have an extra room and travel a lot, you could make a decent amount by renting our your surplus space to tourists using AirBnB.com. You list your space on the site – whether it’s a room, or your full house or apartment – and pick the conditions: the nightly fee; whether or not you’ll supply towels; what your house rules are. From there, you just wait for the listings to roll in. Bear in mind that cities like Dublin, Cork and Galway will always see a higher demand, while rural areas may not be so lucrative – and double check your lease; if your landlord forbids sub-letting, you could be risking eviction if he or she finds out you’re profiting from their space.
If you’re a decent photographer, and take Instagram snaps that you think could be magazine-worthy, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try to make a little moolah from your efforts. Check out sites like FOAP and Twenty20, which will allow you to list your photographs and pay you commission on any that are purchased as “stock” photographs, by media or advertising agencies.
Psst! This article first appeared in STELLAR’s February 2016 issue. Our January/February issue is on shelves now!
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