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Making Extra Money: Freelance Work and Contract Employment


If you're looking for a way to make a little extra money on the side, consider freelance or contract work. More and more companies are trying to cut staffing costs by hiring freelancers and contract workers. Regardless of your skill set or your employment history, you can find a freelance opportunity that suits your lifestyle and your expertise.

Freelance Writing

If you're a proficient writer, consider exploring freelance writing opportunities. You can find freelance writing jobs in any field and you can write on a variety of topics. If you have a background in HR, consider writing resumes. If you have a talent for journalism, contact your local newspaper to inquire about freelance reporting positions. Check online job sites like or for writing and editing jobs. These sites put you in contact with potential employers and allow you to bid for projects. If you're a newcomer to the writing business, you may not make huge paychecks on your initial assignments. However, once you establish yourself as a writer, you'll be able to demand more money for each project you secure.

Data Entry

Often times, companies will hire freelancers to work on big data entry projects. These projects may require you to enter names into databases or enter numbers into spreadsheets. Most of these jobs require basic typing schools and familiarity with standard computer software.

Website Design

As of December 2009, there were over 200 million websites in the world. And with more and more websites added every day, there is plenty of demand for skilled web programmers and designers. If you are comfortable with HTML, XHTML or CSS, you can find plenty of work designing sites for big companies, mid-sized corporations or revamping blogs for individuals.


If you are an expert in your field, consider taking on some consulting work. Companies will often hire consultants to help them assess their business practices and reorganize their infrastructure. As a consultant, you can work in a number of fields and in a variety of capacities. Consultant jobs aren't just for people with an MBA. If you are an expert wedding planner, a master fundraiser or a skilled jewelry designer, companies will pay for your know-how.

Graphic Design

Graphic design is a great option for you if you have an eye for detail, a nose for marketing and a working knowledge of design software. Companies hire designers to help them develop print and web materials. Graphic artists can design flyers for special events, create promotional materials and informational pamphlets, and develop business logos for letterhead. As a graphic designer, you need to know about a bit about business and how to create something that is aesthetically pleasing and marketable. Organizations of all shapes and sizes employ graphic designers. According to statistics, graphic design jobs are in high demand and are expected to increase over the next few years, making it a great way to use your skills to generate some supplementary income.

There are plenty of ways to make money with freelance work. Use your skills to find opportunities that will be financially and intellectually rewarding.

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