All parents are on the lookout to either save or make more money wherever they can. A growing family always puts strain on the finances and it seems as though your paycheque at the end of each month doesn’t even exist after a few days with all of the bills, mortgage payments, food shops and ways to keep the children both happy and entertained (if that’s possible) attracting your money like a big magnet.
Some choose to take on overtime at work in order to gain a little extra cash, others look for a completely new job altogether that might not bring them the same level of job satisfaction but pays more (of course, there are jobs out there that are both better professionally and financially!) Whatever your approach to finding a little extra income to take home each month, one resource has made it easier than ever before to make a little bit here and there.
The Internet has come along and changed our lives in a wide variety of ways. We’re now able to source the latest local, national and international news with the click of a button; stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues by email; follow the fortunes of our favourite sports teams and we can even download music and videos onto our phones without even connecting the devices to a computer – all thanks to the web.
One of the most popular uses for the Internet is eCommerce. Having 24/7 access to shops has made shopping easy for hard working parents who lead busy professional and personal lives, never getting the opportunity to hit the high streets. Now they can log on whenever they get a few minutes to themselves, while on their lunch breaks or on the commute home each day in search of the items or clothing they need.
Thanks to eCommerce, parents have been able to buy and sell clothes at swap.com and eBay to name just two examples, allowing them to find buyers for the clothes and other household items that they no longer need or use, exchanging them for all-important income or new clothes without having to pay the hefty price tags associated with a lot of brand new clothing.
Not only is it a great way to help parents sell their unwanted clothes and items that their children have grown out of for a bit of cash, it’s also a great way for them to clear some space around the home – a problem every parent struggles with!
The web has also provided parents with an opportunity to set up their own businesses either in addition to their full-time careers, or as their first step towards self-employment. Everyone has a hobby of some kind, a way of relaxing and forgetting about work and parenthood for a little while; and what better way to showcase your talents than to sell your creations – and what better placeform for it than the Internet? Social media and eCommerce websites in addition to blogs have opened the door and increasing numbers are taking the opportunity to make a little extra money by selling the kind of things they enjoy making in their spare time.
Examples include handmade jewellery and clothing; knitted hats, gloves and scarves and even books. Whatever you have a passion for making or producing, the web has provided the world with the chance to make that into a money-maker with the world at your fingertips.