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3 Simple Ways To Earn Extra Income and Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck Side hustles might just get you through these economic tough times.

By Martin Luenendonk

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Making money is tough. There is no denying that trying to dig yourself out of the minimum wage rut that most of us find ourselves in can be hard, but it's not impossible.

Almost all of us have found ourselves stuck at some point in our lives, existing paycheck to paycheck, hoping that somehow we can gain enough experience to haul ourselves from minimum wage struggle to comfortable living. In fact, over 12 million people in the U.S. are living in poverty despite working full time, according to PolicyLink, an organization that advances racial and economic equity. Even before the pandemic, 78 percent of all workers were living paycheck to paycheck, CareerBuilder found in a 2017 study.

If you're tired of spending your days weighing whether you can afford to put gas in your car or be able to make your insurance payment, think about starting an online side business. It might seem like online side businesses are for the highly skilled, but we all have skills that are valuable to someone. Don't let yours go to waste when you could be harnessing them to improve your bank balance and help others at the same time. Here are three ideas for how you can earn extra cash with an online side hustle.