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5 Ways To Make Cash Without Going All Corporate

The end of the year is approaching and I know what you’re thinking. How am I going to fund the next few months? There’s Christmas, New Years, festival season, endless events and parties. Cue stress.

If you’ve got a full social calendar and an empty wallet, don’t worry. You don’t need to sell your soul to the 9-5 grind to make money and live your best life. In fact, the beauty of being in 2018 means, with some work ethic and determination, you can make a living doing (pretty much) whatever you want.

Not sure what that is yet? Well we’ve teamed up with BENCHMARQUE to bring you some handy tips that’ll help you make cash doing something you actually enjoy.

#1 Convert Your Hobby To Dollar Bills

Whether you’re passionate about photography, coding, writing or stock markets, you can make money or even grow a full-fledged business from your hobby. If your talent is a service, freelancing on sites like Upwork or Fiverr is your best bet. Or, if it’s a product you can sell, like jewellery, you can build an audience on social media and sell your creations directly to customers. Cha-ching!

#2 Get Behind The Coffee Machine

Okay, you mightn’t LOVE making coffees. But, as a barista, you’re guaranteed a few free soy cappuccinos and will probably make some new friends while you’re grinding and frothing. Plus, you’ll most likely be working during the day at a café, leaving your nights free for further study, extra work or going out.

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#3 Sell Your Old Stuff

Thanks to the internet, you no longer need to stand around for six hours at your parent’s garage sale to make an extra buck. You can sell your old stuff online. With apps like Carousell, Instagram and Gumtree, it’s easy and quick to sell anything from clothes and shoes to bikes and games. Just take a few nice photos of your items, come up with a witty caption and there you go. The best part? You’ll clear out some clutter while you’re at it.

#4 Turn Your Drinking Habit Into A Career

Know your Tempranillo from your Nebbiolo? Prefer a fancy cocktail over a vodka lime and soda? Either as a professional mixologist or sommelier, you can turn your knowledge of spirits and wine, and love of experimentation, into a rewarding career. If you’re not interested in the night life for a long-term career, working a casual bar job has its perks too. You’ll earn great tips, be part of a fun team and witness some epic live performances while you work.

#5 Learn New Skills

This seems obvious, but in order to make money, you’re going to need skills. While you’re deciding what you want to do long term, a job in hospo can teach you heaps of life and career skills, like teamwork, customer service, sales, business management, attention to detail and patience. Plus, you’ll make money while you learn. Win-win! 

Looking for a way to earn extra cash? No matter your skills or experience level, our mates at BENCHMARQUE are here to do all the hard work for ‘ya! Simply fill out the form below with your contact deets or click here and they’ll send you job openings from casual hospitality gigs to more permanent roles. No 9-5 grind required!

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Jacque is a travel-loving, plant-eating, doggo meme-consuming writer living in Melbourne.

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