Are you tired of working over nine hours a day, five days a week, and feeling like you are barely scratching the surface of your potential? It’s a feeling shared by many, especially as the world grows in opportunity and many different types of work that simply did not exist a few years ago. If you’re looking for ways to earn a bit of extra money, or to be financially independent, or simply to understand and control your finances more, there are several options you could be considering. Some of these may seem obvious, but others are out-of-the-box ideas that will set you apart from the crowd by taking risks, stepping onto new pathways and keeping your work and money as exciting as the rest of your life.

Use Your Skills

Many people have skills that could make them a bit of extra dollar, without even knowing they possess them. Do you have any hobbies, or enjoy arts and crafts? If so, consider selling the products of your work on a website such as Etsy, which is full of homemade arts, pottery and textiles, often created by ordinary people in their spare time. Alternatively, if you’re not a crafty person, there are plenty of other skills which can earn money as well as being an enjoyable hobby or habit. Do you love dogs, and/or exercise? Then consider signing up to a website which will allow you to walk other people’s dogs – or even have the puppers come and live with you while they are away.

Interesting Investments

Investing a portion of your savings or money is a perfect way to build up your finances without having to spend a huge amount of your time working extra hours and putting in overtime. You can talk to an investment advisor who will suggest the best places to put your money, or use a simple app to do all the work for you. An adventurous option is also to buy cryptocurrency, and invest in a growing market which is high risk and high reward. Margin trading can be a good way to get into this type of investment, providing you with a way to fund your early investments and have the ability to make significant trades from the beginning. You can see more about this type of trading on the CoinMetro Blog.

Go Freelance!

It might seem a scary, risky option, but a growing number of people each year are becoming freelancers or business owners, taking control over their own destinies and finances. If the crafts you make as a hobby are selling well, why not take the plunge and make that your full time employment? It would be a way for you to make money whilst doing an activity you love – no more sitting at a desk and working for someone else. Almost every skill or job can be turned into a freelance lifestyle, whether that’s administration, accountancy, consultancy or any other job. All it takes is a little faith, being willing to take a risk on yourself, and thinking outside the box.

If you’re looking for a new way to earn money or take control of your money, consider the options above and use them to develop your very own plan for financial freedom.