Five ways to earn a bit of ex­tra dosh

One lucky Amer­i­can re­cently won NZ$627 mil­lion in the lottery.

The Tribune (NZ) - - BACKYARD BANTER -

It’s ob­scene but we’ve all dreamed about it. I reg­u­larly men­tally spend my imag­i­nary Lotto win­nings on any­thing from houses, cars and world trips to in­vest­ing, pay­ing off my par­ents’ debt and sign­ing up for 12 dozen spon­sor chil­dren.

But the sad fact is that we need to find ways to earn more money if we want a fat­ter wal­let. Think again if you thought you out­grew pocket money when you got your first job as a 14-year-old. Pocket money for adults is back in vogue; a way to fund a hobby or fin­ish off work around the home (or that Master’s de­gree!). Here’s a few ways clever Ki­wis are fat­ten­ing their bank bal­ance with the lit­tlest of ef­fort.

1. List­ing your empty granny flat, hol­i­day home or even just a spare room on is a great way to earn a lit­tle cash on the side. Airbnb lets trav­ellers book ac­com­mo­da­tion with hosts in 191 coun­tries, and feel like they’re at home any­where in the world. As a host you can be as in­volved as lit­tle or as much as you like; cook them break­fast, turn down their cov­ers or leave them to their own de­vices – it’s up to you. Check out Airbnb to see what other peo­ple are charg­ing for their places and go from there.

2. Free­lance. If you’ve got mad skills in cre­ative ar­eas like writ­ing, photography or web­site de­sign, of­fer to do it af­ter hours. Set your own hours and rates and start off small (you don’t want to burn your­self out af­ter work­ing a full­time job too). You never know; you might be­come so good at the free­lance gig that it be­comes your full­time job fur­ther down the track.

3. De­clut­ter. We all buy things we think we des­per­ately need then only use once. If there’s no room for your car in your garage and your spare room is more junk shop than of­fice, per­haps it’s time to list your near-new or preloved wares on Neigh­ or or­gan­ise a garage sale. Do­nate any­thing that doesn’t sell to your lo­cal Sal­va­tion Army store.

4. Be­come a week­end dog walker. If you’re an an­i­mal-lover but don’t have your own, bor­row an­other man’s best friend and get some ex­er­cise at the same time. It’s re­ally re­ward­ing for you and the busy peo­ple who don’t have time to ex­er­cise their pets.

5. Be­come a mar­riage cel­e­brant. This one might be a bit ob­scure, but there’s al­ways some­one look­ing to get mar­ried, and not every­one wants the tra­di­tional church wed­ding. If you like talk­ing in front of crowds and go all gooey in­side just think­ing about wed­dings, Be­com­ing a week­end mar­riage cel­e­brant could be re­ally spe­cial and re­ward­ing.

Re­mem­ber: earn­ing a bit of ex­tra cash might be good for your bank bal­ance but you re­ally should do things prop­erly. Con­tact IRD or talk to an ac­coun­tant if you’re not sure how to man­age your taxes for af­ter­hours work.

Dog walk­ing is just one way an adult can earn some pocket money.

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