Finding simple ways to make more money

By Erica Shaffer - bio | email

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TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - According to the U.S. Census Bureau in 2008, incomes in Toledo fell faster than any other city in Ohio.

For many that means finding ways to make up for the lost income as folks are Feeling the Pinch.

Virgil Lupu plays the violin for a living, playing with different symphonies. To make up for the times when the money isn't flowing how he would like, Lupu teaches violin lessons.

"It's not like you are going to become a millionaire by doing lessons," says Lupu, "but yes, they can help."

His lessons can't support him full time. But when money runs low, the lessons fill the gap.

"It's not a reliable source of income because some people get sick. Kids have to cancel and things come up."

And lupu isn't alone. Many Toledoans are picking up small side jobs to make up for lost income.

In the past year the median household income for the TOledo metro area dropped almost 5 percent.

For Michael Foreman and his family, the tough economy took its toll.

"Everybody started getting laid off and work was getting harder and harder to get," says Foreman.

Instead of looking for a new job, Michael rounded up his troops and created jobs. The name of their business: Nothing We Can't Do.

From fixing roofs to cleaning houses, the Foreman family does it all.

Although business isn't flowing how he would like, he says the money coming in has helped them get by.

"It's helped just to survive," says Foreman, "to pay our bills every month."

Both Michael and Virgil used Craigslist to advertise their services. This is a growing trend as more people look to make ends meet.

There are many different ways to use skills you already have to make more money. But jobs like refereeing, helping people organize their homes, and pet sitting are great jobs on the side.

For a complete list of 18 ways to earn $100 a month visit the Big Red Box.

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