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I was recently out with friends and I mentioned how I spent my holiday weekend messing around with Pinterest in an effort to get more traffic to my blog and therefore increase my chances of making affiliate sales.
“Don’t you ever take a break?” one of them asked. The answer is that I do take breaks. Lots of them, actually. However, I’ve made it a habit to always be on the lookout for ways to make more money.
How to Always Find Ways to Make More Money
It’s not necessarily because I want to amass millions (though that would be cool), but because I actually enjoy learning about and implementing different ways to make more money. Additionally, entrepreneurship has taught me that you can always make more money if you’re up for it.
Here’s how you too can always find a way to make more money when you want to.
Motivation is key when you’re on the look out for ways to make more money. My motivation comes from the fact that I never want to rely on just one source of income.
My past experience as a recruiter taught me this. I’d often interview people who’d lost their jobs, and as a result all of their income, from one week to the next. Because they never focused on making more money in other ways, they were now up the creek without a paddle.
I remember this experience every time I’m feeling a little lazy. It never fails to re-energize me.
Step 2: Make it fun.
People tend to equate making money with work and then equate work with stress. The truth is it doesn’t have to be that way.
For example, last year I started an Etsy store to sell off some extra gemstones in my collection. I dig rocks. I could spend hours watching YouTube videos about rocks. I freaked out when I saw the gemstone exhibit at the Museum of Natural History in New York.
It should go without saying, then, that starting an Etsy store gave me an excuse to make more money off of something I enjoy. It is by no means paying my bills, but I get to add a little extra boost to my savings thanks to whatever I sell.
I also enjoy making images and playing with Pinterest. If I can make more money with something I’m already spending time on anyway, why wouldn’t I do it?
I sometimes find that people have difficulty with finding ways to make more money simply because they haven’t made it a habit. Instead, they’ve made it a habit to complain about being broke and then spend their weekends watching a marathon of Real Housewives.
Finding ways to make more money is a habit just like anything else. It’s something you need to work at and something you slowly add into your life. It’s kind of like starting to go the gym. If it’s not yet a habit, you just need to keep showing up until it becomes one.
Because I’ve made the act of making more money a habit, I can more easily see opportunities to do so when they show up. That way, when my content marketing business experiences a Summer lull because everyone is on vacation, I know to spend my extra time working on building another form of income (preferably a passive one).
I don’t even have to think twice about it anymore because it’s become my modus operandi.
It’s easier to make more money than people think. It just requires some motivation and behavioral changes on the part of the person. By following these tips you’ll always be able to find ways to make more money.
AUTHOR Derek Sall
Derek has a Bachelor's degree in Finance and a Master's in Business. As a finance manager in the corporate world, he regularly identified and solved problems at the C-suite level. Today, Derek isn't interested in helping big companies. Instead, he's helping individuals win financially--one email, one article, one person at a time.