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7 Steps to Earning Extra Income

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Whether it's to pay outstanding bills, or provide little luxuries for your family, earning extra income is many a mother's dream. If you're a stay-at-home mom seeking a part-time job or you already work but want to boost your earning power, secure an opportunity that will earn you extra income.

By utilizing your best skills, you can turn a few hours per week into extra income for your family. Follow this step-by-step plan to obtain an extra income earning job.

Step 1: Carve Out Time. Figure out how many hours per week you can devote to an extra income earning job. Identify blocks of time by day and hours that you'll be available. For example, if you're a stay-at-home mom who wants to work part-time while the kids are in school, make sure a potential employer can offer you flexible hours within this time frame.

Step 2: Identify Your Skills. Identify your best skills and talents. Apply for extra income earning jobs that allow you to utilize your skills. For example, if you're a good writer, try your hand at a freelance writing career that can earn you significant extra income once you have steady writing assignments.

Step 3: Read Want Ads. Search the web and read the help wanted ads in your local newspaper for job opportunities. Often, these extra income earning opportunities are listed under part-time or contract work. By perusing online and newspaper job ads regularly, you'll increase your chances of securing a job that will put extra income in your pocketbook.

Step 4: Tailor Your Job Search. If you can only devote 10 hours per week to your extra income earning job, don't seek opportunities that require you to work long shifts, such as a nursing or retail management position. A work from home opportunity may be a good option for busy moms who want to earn extra income.

Step 5: Perfect Your Resume and Cover Letter. While you'll need to personalize your cover letter and resume for different jobs, have a few templates drafted. When you spot an appealing job ad, quickly personalize the resume and cover letter from the already completed template.

Step 6: Rehearse Your Pitch. Devise a 30 second pitch highlighting your qualifications. You might start out with something like, "I'm a hard-working entrepreneur with 20 hours per week to devote to the [job you're applying for]." Next, give a one liner summarizing your experience. Market yourself well to obtain an extra income earning job.

Step 7: Make a Personal Connection. After you apply for a job, consider calling the company. Ask the human resources director or person in charge if he or she has reviewed your resume. Next, recite your 30 second pitch. Now, you've created a connection with the potential interviewer that makes you stand out. Don't use this technique if the firm specifies no calls in its ad.

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