In Part 1 and 2, I explained how to simplify managing your money. If you have not read them yet, please Click Here to read up on what you’ve missed.

In this article, I will finally explain how to increase your “take home” per month without adding any additional bad expenses for you!

Let’s begin. For this article, I’m going to start calling “Take Home Money” =  “Income Streams”. The end goal is to increase your income streams so that it will be more than your expenses. Look at the diagram below:

So let’s focus on Income Streams. Simply put, there are really only 2 kinds of income streams that you have to understand and concentrate on to increase the money flowing into your lives. These are

1.) Your Main Income Stream – What pays for the Necessary Expenses

2.) Your Additional Income Streams – What will get you from scenario 1 to 3


For those who have No Income Stream at all, then good news, this article will help you get started on your first income stream.

Now for those who have a Main Income Stream already, you must Keep and protect your Main Income Stream (at all costs) and keep on adding Income Streams to it.

Today, I will give you two of the most doable ways to start or add an income stream and explain how to do it step by step. By the way, you are not limited to doing just one of them, you can actually add both streams at the same time!

Additional Stream 1: Turn your “Good Expenses” into Income Stream(s):

Step 1: Make an inventory of all the items that you already own and classify them into either of 2 columns “Can be sold” and “Can be rented out” like below:

Can be sold Can be rented out
Ex. 1. Wedding gift Toaster Oven Ex. 1. Play Station Game Console
2. Old Cell Phone 2. Chocolate Fountain (Or any other

gadget)

3. Old Comic Books / Collectibles 3. Re-usable College / High School

text books

Etc… Etc…

Step 2: Create a price list. Here’s a quick guide on how to do that.

  • Come up with a reasonable price for each item. If the item is new (you never got to use it) then sell it or rent it at current market price (it can also be lower than market price, just make sure that you still make money from it), if it’s slightly used, sell it or rent it 10% – 50% lower again, just make sure you still make money on it.
  • If it’s for rent, you may ask for a refundable security deposit. The refundable amount would ideally be how much the item cost you or an amount that the customer is willing to give and would want to get back. (Just make sure it’s realistic)
  • Add delivery costs if you will deliver it. Or you can say prices are by pick up only if you can’t deliver it.
  • Include a nice quality photo of the item whenever possible and remember to make it look presentable.
  • Then place instructions on how they can pay for it. You can use this line: “Hurry First come. First served, contact us now at (your telephone number). For your convenience, you may deposit payment at (Bank Account Number) Or you can use G-Cash (Globe) or Smart Padala (Smart).”

Step 3: Advertise it for free by holding a “Virtual Garage Sale”.

-A “Virtual Garage Sale” is very easy to do: Email the list in step 2 to all your friends and tell them that you are selling your stuff and would like them to check out the items that they want to buy. This saves you the trouble of organizing a Physical Garage sale especially if you do not have the space to do so.

-You should also try selling your items on www.Ebay.ph , Facebook, even Multiply. Go to the respective websites, open a free account by following instructions and start posting. This is also free.

Now, don’t be limited to just these ways, there are lots of other places for you to advertise your list for free, all you have to do is go to http://www.google.com and type: “Free Directory Listing” then start posting in those sites.

Additional Stream 2: Turn your Skill into additional Income Stream(s):

Step 1: Make an inventory of all your skills like so:

My Skill I can offer:
Ex. 1. Good in Math and loves kids Ex. 1. Freelance Tutoring Services
2. Good with Computers 2. Freelance Computer Repair Services
3. Good with cooking 3. Small Scale Catering Services
Etc… Etc…

Step 2: Pick one skill, test the market, and gain experience by offering to do your first 3 to 5 jobs for free. Here are a few guidelines to doing this right.

  • Start by offering your services to family and friends only and say that you want to try this out first with them. Limit the “Free” service for 3-5 clients / projects and see if this service is something that you would enjoy doing for a fee.
  • Ask for honest feedback from your family / friends about your service and if they would be willing to recommend you to their friends. Get their honest inputs and improve based on that.
  • If within the first 3-5 jobs you feel it’s not for you, go back to your list and pick another skill and test the market again. Do this until you figure out what you are passionate about. Once you figure out what skill you are willing to sell, proceed to Step 3

Step 3: Price it, and advertise it for free by word of mouth and through the Internet.

-Let your Family and Friends be your advertising machine. Word of mouth is always the best advertising there is.

-You should also start advertising yourself on Social Media Sites like Facebook, Multiply, and possibly even start your own Blog to highlight your skills and who you have served.

Now these are just 2 ways to start increasing your income streams as soon as possible. There will be more to come in succeeding articles of mine. Stay tuned for that. In the meantime, I hope that you learned something from me today and start building your income streams now. Good luck and all the best!

Author box:

Mark So is a fervent businessman, forex trader and educator.  He is the Chairman and CEO of Businessmaker Academy—a business, finance and corporate training center.  He is also the Chief Forex Trainer of Forex Club Manila. Mr. So and his wife Jhoanna Gan-So regularly teach their straff to manage their money responsibly and have created a money coaching club for their employees. If you would like to start a money coaching club for your company, email Mark directly at markso@zerocapitalclub.com. To read more of Mark’s interesting and life enriching articles you can go to his blog at http://www.markso.wordpress.com


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  1. markso says:

    If My Money Management Articles have helped you in some way or form, I’m pretty sure it will also help your friends, please spread the joy of learning, email your friends about my blog, in the email place my blog link: http://www.markso.wordpress.com

    I assure you they will thank you for it as there are lots more articles I still have to post.

    It is truly a pleasure being able to help others. It makes me feel good and I hope it will do the same for you.

    Keep Reading, Keep Learning, Keep Sharing!

    All the Best!
    -Mark

  2. Jerem De Leon says:

    Hello.. My girl friend told me about your blog page. I’m a struggling business man full of ideas & passion.. 🙂 I just don’t know where (more of how) to start. But thanks to your tips, I think I’ll get to that point. Thanks again!

  3. patty says:

    expanding your means and not living below your current means is a great financial advice….thank you for sharing these specific step by step approach.These articles should be part of a school’s curriculum.Looking forward to learning a lot from you and your company…and expanding our means too…. 🙂

  4. Trina says:

    Thank you for this…it came at just the right time…will try out your suggestions soon…

    Keep these helpful posts coming!

    Thanks!

    • markso says:

      Welcome Trina. If you have not yet done so, subscribe to my blog at the upper left hand side to be notified of new posts. Also, do share this and other articles of mine on Facebook or twitter so that all your friends may also benefit. Keep reading, keep applying, keep growing!

  5. Great Advise Mark on increasing income!!! Indeed there are many ways! If there is a will there is a way!

  6. ahyena ang says:

    i really enjoy reading this will help me a lot…since i was the head of the family and my employer is struggling in a very diffirent situation as of now,,this will help me because i am in need of tips on how to manage my money and start business with zero capital.
    thank you for sharing….

  7. Howell B. Sevillejo says:

    Last summer I hired a carpenter to develop the old house into a “room for rent” . I made a streams for additional income through good debt because I got the money to finance the labor and materials by a loan in GSIS which is console loan. Now that I read your article about money management-simplified, I will try my best to eliminate bad expenses and apply some of your ideas in money management.

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