Do you have enough socked away to cover your bills should you get slipped a pink slip?
Typically I would say you should have enough savings to cover three times your monthly living expenses, but given this economy and the skyrocketing unemployment rate, six or nine months worth of savings is more ideal.
Here are three ways to earn some much-needed extra cash to help pad your savings.
Get a second job.
I realize that most people already work really hard, and might even be covering for recently laid-off co-workers, but if you can fathom the idea, consider getting a second job or part-time work, even if just for three months.
This may seem like a burden, but trust me, the time to build your emergency savings fund is before you actually need to tap it.
Start a part-time enterprise.
Whether you turn a hobby into a cash-making business, sell new or used products online, or stuff envelopes for another business, the key is for it to be a no-cost or low-cost venture that can be operated exclusively from the privacy of your own home.
Why these characteristics? For starters, you don’t have the money to buy tons of products. You also don’t want to have to hire anybody or lease space. You want to keep all the money you earn, right?
Squeeze money from your residence.
Whether you rent or own, getting a roommate or housemate is another way to generate income.
If you can tolerate having an extra person around, you’ll likely find takers willing to lease out a spare bedroom or space in your attic or basement, especially given the high rate of people being put out of their homes these days due to foreclosure or inability to get a mortgage for their own place.
However, before forging ahead if you’re a renter, be sure you’re not violating any clauses in your rental contract by letting someone else live with you.