August 01, 2011 05:00 ET

Five Ways to Make Ends Meet

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - Aug 1, 2011) - (Family Features) In this economy, everyone could use a little extra cash to help cover the rising costs of food, fuel and just about everything else. Between work and raising a family, it may seem like there is no time, but here are five ways you can earn money on your own schedule.

Sell Products from Home. Direct selling is a popular way to earn money that allows you to be your own boss and enjoy a flexible schedule. Products range from cooking and jewelry items to health and beauty aids and more. Look for a company that is a member of the Direct Selling Association and that has products you feel good about promoting. Make sure to ask questions about compensation: there are many companies to choose from and some offer more lucrative pay than others.

One of the biggest benefits of direct selling is mobility; you can grow your business wherever you have contacts/relationships. XANGO is a global company that specializes in category-creating wellness products including premium mangosteen beverages, nutrition supplements and personal care products that are good for your family's wellness and financial health. XANGO does business in over 30 international markets so you can build income in your own community or grow a global business through international contacts.

Lisa Mullen's XANGO business provides much needed income during uncertain economic times. "I don't worry about paying my mortgage or filling the gas tank," says Lisa. "That kind of peace of mind is priceless." Find out more about direct selling at and more about XANGO at

Freelance or E-lance. You don't have to put your skills to work in a 9 to 5 desk job. There are a number of websites that can help you find freelance work, and quite a bit of it can be done from home. Check out, and to find potential clients and advertise your skills.

Tutoring. Tutoring can be more than just helping young students master math or English. Tutors can also help people learn a new skill. Your expertise in areas such as foreign languages, computers, music, sewing, art and more could help others learn and you earn.

Do What You Love. If you have a passion for cooking, start a catering or personal chef business. If you have a knack for handmade crafts or jewelry, there are online marketplaces that let you set up your own virtual shop and sell your products. Visit, or to learn more about public marketplace opportunities.

Helping Hands. Just have a few hours per week or month? Start a side business doing yard work, housekeeping, handyman services or personal shopping. You may also consider starting a personal errand business, running errands for seniors or retirement community residents. Busy pet parents may need someone to walk their dogs during the work day or when they are on vacation. Print up some business cards and spread the word through friends and acquaintances.

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