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Tips to Boost Your Income

Many homeowners successfully use these strategies to boost their income when they are in a financial pinch. Here are some strategies that may work for you:

  • Do odd jobs, errands, or gigs,

    such as childcare, tutoring, painting and repair work or dog walking. Talk to a friend or family member to brainstorm ways you can use your skills to earn money.

  • Seek a raise or additional hours at your current job.

    Practice salary negotiation with a counselor or friend.

  • Bring in rental income.

    Rent a room in your home or charge adult family members some rent.

  • Get a part-time or a seasonal job.

    If you have time, taking on a part-time or temp job to bring in extra income could help get you through your current crisis. For example, you may be able to find a seasonal job, such as working in a department store during holidays or working for the Board of Elections.

  • Invest in your long-term earnings potential.

    Visit a nearby Career Center to get one-on-one job and career counseling, technical and educational training, and referrals to other providers. Call 211 or visit

  • Seek out small business support services.

    If you run a small business, learn about ways to boost your profit with courses, financing assistance, recruitment services, pro-bono legal advising, and many other service from the Empire State Development's Division of Small Business. Visit or call 211.

Share this list with someone who knows you well!

Such as your partner, another family member, or a close friend.
They may have more ideas that make sense for you.

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