A sufficient income is not always easy to come by, but if there is not enough of the green stuff, you can usually do something about it. You can get a second job, work more overtime, ask for a raise or even start looking for a different job.
However, making a significant life change is never without some risk. If an employee has a family to support, then he or she cannot simply quit and hope that there will be something better tomorrow.
One option is to make some extra money on the side. If you have a Mac, you should not think of it simply as a device for capturing your home memories, playing your tunes or dabbling in music creation. You should remember that you have a powerful business machine, one that you can use to make money, whether by selling through eBay or in any number of other ways.
When it comes to earning an extra income, however, there are some time wasters that you should avoid. One of these is filling out online surveys. Although their are many companies that will pay you for doing this, it tends to be quite time-consuming and the pay is not great. Other less than productive uses of your time are entering contests or signing up for those paid-to-surf programs.
There are of course the risky investment schemes, and these are definitely not for the faint of heart. There are a great number of con artists online, and you will need to exercise a great deal of caution and skepticism if you wish to hold onto the money you have, much less make an additional income.
This brings us to the two basic ways of making money with a computer: Partnering up with a revenue sharing website and making a percentage of the profit or creating your own e-commerce website. The former option can be more stable but the latter option offers the potential to make more money. You could create the site yourself or hire someone to set up the more technical aspects for you.
Blogging is also a way to make money. You can express your opinion on various subjects, and if you generate enough traffic, you can sell advertising space. You can promote affiliate programs, or products that will give you a share of the profits for every item sold.
You can also write articles for other websites and get paid for it. The pay for this can range from dismal to decent, depending on your writing ability and reputation.
Your blog can be a good platform for showing off your writing skills and for getting outside writing gigs. There are many companies that need talented writers who can do the research and who will be paid on a per assignment basis.
You can write for a site like Associated Content, which will pay you according to the topics and the amount of unique content you create. You will probably be able to earn more, however, by offering your services on a site for marketers such as the Warrior Forum, and you will likely be able to earn still more by positioning yourself as an expert in your niche with your own blog that will also serve as a showcase for your writing.
There is no end to the number of ways that you can earn an additional income with your Mac. This article just scratches the surface. Just remember that if your sideline really takes off, you could end up making more money with it than you do with your 9-to-5 job. Of course, this will take an investment of time and effort, but it will be worth it when the money starts coming in.