Need a Little Extra Income? Tips for Doing Freelance & Contractor Work


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This afternoon I had to take a several hour road trip, and also had to put almost $100 in gas into the tank. Whether it’s the high price of gas, groceries or other expenses, a lot of  us these days need a little extra income above and beyond our normal paychecks. Depending on your schedule, a part time job in your community might work, but especially if you have a difficult schedule and a family, working part time can get a bit tricky.

Over the years I’ve been able to regularly pick up part time contract, freelance and part time work that I’ve been able to do on evenings and weekends, usually from home via the internet. It’s been a great way to supplement our income, and while we could probably survive just fine without it, it’s a nice way to provide for some little extras for our family despite today’s high prices and economy. If you’re thinking about freelancing, or becoming a part time contractor. Here are a few tips.

Know your skills.
Know how to write, build websites, proof read, transcript or do graphic design? There are lots of folks looking for your services. While pay can vary greatly, you might be able to pick up some assorted projects that you can do from home at night after the kiddies are in bed.

Get Connected
If you don’t know individuals or companies that you can do freelance or contract work for, it can be really helpful to get connected with a contractor management group. I regularly publish freelance writing articles here on 2 Kids and a Coupon (including this post in fact!) that I’m able to get via some great agencies and groups that help get me matched with companies that need the types of services that I’m offering. Check your local yellow pages for organizations in your local communities, or if you’re able to work online, do some searches to help find the best group for you.

Keep Good Records
Be sure to keep great and up to date records on who you do work for, what you are owed, if you’ve been paid as well as your expenses. As I learned the hard way doing our taxes this year, it’s much, much easier if you are on top of things, and it can be easy to fall behind if you don’t stay on top of it. Depending on how much you make, and the expenses you have, you also might have some tax liability as well. Be sure to keep great records and talk to your tax professional about any liability.

Good luck and I hope you find some great opportunities!

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  1. I’m trying to earn money with my freelance writing as well. Thanks for sharing the ideas!

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