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If you're a crafty sort, you can make money on the side by selling your wares online or at farmers' markets, craft fairs, and other locations. Online, look into sites such as Etsy.com and perhaps eBay.com, where you can maintain a store and sell to a wide range of buyers, with the website taking a cut. There might even be some stores near you that will sell some of your offerings under their roof, also taking a cut. What should you make and sell? Well, the possibilities are myriad -- you might make sweaters, jigsaw puzzles, jewelry, soaps, candles, leather goods, paintings, ceramics, or all kinds of other items.
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This can include advertising, but many businesses also need help just filling up their social media profiles with relevant (and consistent) content. If you enjoy learning about social media, and want to take things a step further and make extra money, social media management is a great option. If you’re good at it, it can also open up a lot of doors for you down the road. This is a great article from Small Business Trends on How to Start Your Own Social Media Business.
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