While most people go on holiday to take a break from their earning-spending lifestyle, a bit of extra cash in hand never hurt anyone. Here are some ways you can supplement your income while you are on holiday.
If you are somewhere else other than your home having a break, then you can easily list your house on an ‘apartments for rent’ website. This way, you can have a tenant for a short period of time and earn some extra cash instead of letting your house lie fallow, eating up utilities costs. Most people go away for 2-3 weeks; if this is your timeline as well, let your house for the day after you leave your house up until a couple of days before you return.
There are online agencies that can offer you freelance work based on your skills for a short period of time. Once you have given up your condo for rent (short term of course) you can take your laptop with you and work for small periods of time during your vacation. Writing articles for websites, doing design work, even data entry or proofreading are all things that can be done easily away from home. Try not to take things from your official work place as the idea of a vacation is to unplug from your usual responsibilities. However, doing something more in line with your hobby can help you relax and earn some extra pin money on the side.
If you live in a generally sunny state and have access to roof space, you might want to think about putting up a solar panel. There are panels that will feed electricity directly into the grid or to your home. If the former, the state or power company usually pays us for the extra units that we supply. If the latter, what usually happens is that the electricity meter runs backwards, thus reducing the unit count and saving us money. No matter which way it works for you, it will either earn or save you money while you are away because the panels will keep producing energy even when you are no longer using the lights.
If you own a car and you will not be taking it with you on your trip, make sure you leave it behind with someone who can put it to good use, namely to use it as a rental. Unused vehicles develop all kinds of problems which can ultimately cost more money. Since you are not going to be using it, why not make some money off it? Have the renter pump their own gas and simply charge them a fixed amount for the day.