If your rent goes up, your whole budget can be thrown out of whack. Thankfully, you have plenty of options other than moving to a new, smaller, and cheaper location. These are some of the most effective ways to earn a little extra cash to compensate for increased rent.
Find a Part-Time Job
Believe it or not, there are plenty of part-time jobs you can fit into your schedule and lifestyle. If you love spending time at the gym, find out if they could use someone to work the front desk during the each weekend. Or, if you are more of a night-owl, try to pick up a few late-night shifts at a bar close to your apartment. Adversely, if you are more interested in quick cash, try out life as a human guinea pig at a local medical hospital. Many hospitals and universities pay subjects to run quick and harmless studies on them. If you pick and choose carefully, you could end up participating in a helpful trial to actually cut down on your medical bills and brings in a little cash on the side.
Try Out House-Sitting
House-sitting can pay well, but it often consists of little more than bringing in the mail, switching on and off a few lights, or taking care of pets. Get the word out online and to friends that you are interested in house-sitting, and figure out a daily or weekly rate you'll charge. If the house-sitting takes place close to your own work or home, it will add just a few extra minutes of work to your day. Not a bad way to bring in some extra dough and stay in your apartment, even when the rent goes up.
Sell Your Unused Items
If your bank account is empty but your storage unit is full, it might be time to do some rearranging. Reorganize your storage and pull out any childhood toys, baseball cards, old video game consoles, or barely-used gym equipment and cash in on them while you still can. Selling them online or at a local garage sale is a quick and easy solution for a rent dilemma.