Financial independence is one of those things I wish I learned as a young adult. I wasn’t born into a rich family but I have a mom who spoiled me (she still does, in a way) which kind of made me a little lax with money. Sometimes I wish I were given a harder time growing up so I’d have learned to hustle at an early age (okay, not really).
Making extra cash isn’t actually that hard, when you think about it. I’ve put together a list of four easy ways you can supplement your income (this summer). I hope you find something useful here!
1. Clean Out Your Closet
I’m working on having a uniform so I make it a point to clean out my closet at least twice a year to keep things simple and streamlined. The first time I did a major wardrobe overhaul, friends and I held a garage sale and I earned a pretty penny getting rid of clothes that no longer fit my aesthetic. It wasn’t a lot but it was enough to tide me over for a week!
Rounding up your friends and holding a group garage sale is one of the easiest ways to earn money. Choose an accessible location (we held ours at Moonleaf Maginhawa) and pick a date close to pay day. Don’t forget to promote the heck out of it on social media!
2. Recycle and Sell
It’s not glamorous but it helps the environment! Ask your folks or roommates to set aside recyclables such as tin cans and bottles (both plastic and glass) that you can exchange for cash at the nearest junk shop. It doesn’t make much but beggars can’t be choosers!
3. Apply for A Summer Job/Internship Program
Earning money when you don’t have four years of college under your belt is hard, you guys. I know this because I was once a broke college student who always found herself stuck indoors come summer because I didn’t have an allowance and no one would hire me. Luckily, there are paid internship programs students can apply for.
Summer is actually one of my favorite seasons at work because it’s when we get interns! We also have a new program in place where our interns are immersed in the different departments. This is a huge relief because copywriter interns are rare gems that need to be treasured (and used to death). Unfortunately, we only accept juniors and the applications for this summer are now closed.
Fret not, because you can try INKOMPASS. They offer a paid internship program (PHP26,000 personalized program that will help you acquire real skills for the real world) that’s specifically for sophomore students. If you’re competitive, driven, and keen on pursuing a successful career, you might want to give this a shot. It will look good on your CV, too! Check out the program and send in your application at www.inkompass.global.
4. Use Your Skills
These days, you’re pretty much set if you know your way around Photoshop or designing a website. I’m not that artistically talented and my web design skills are probably an 8/10 but I managed to make a living doing that part-time.
The trick is to aim for foreign customers because they’re willing to pay more! I used to charge $200 (minimum) for something as simple as WordPress theme customization and as much as $1500 for a full website. Score one big project for the summer and you’re good to go.
If you’re the crafty kind, you can create adorable things to sell online!
You can also each out and offer your services to small businesses. I do social media for Joey’s mom’s restaurant and handle the Instagram account of an independent baby brand. The extra income helps a lot and goes towards my credit card bill.