How to Make Ends Meet Once the Benefits Run Out

If you were laid off months ago, your unemployment benefits might be almost out. In the interim you better be prepared for when the well runs dry. Fortunately so long as you have a home computer and access to the Internet, there are a variety of ways you can earn enough income to get through several more months of job hunting.

Online Surveys

The idea that you can get paid to take surveys is not a gimmick. Multiple online market researchers are always offering incentive for people to participate in surveys. The process usually take 15-20 minutes per survey and can promise rewards given to you that can even be traded-in for cold hard cash. Either way you’re sure to get some use out of whatever they propose, especially when you consider the amount of time you’d be putting into it.


This certainly isn’t something you wish for as the career you’ll retire off of, not that such a plan is possible anyway. But telemarketing has increasingly become a house-based part-time gig over the years, making it a pretty reliable choice for earning extra money in times of need. You probably won’t like it, but it can get you through tough times. Just remember not to be so annoyed the next time you pick up a call from a telemarketer.

Writing Services

Even if you aren’t the next Twain, if you have something to say and have basic grammatical, spelling, and sentence structure skills, then you qualify for part-time writing. Paid writing jobs are more obtainable than you might assume. Online news services like are always hiring new local reporters and who knows, you might actually be the next American wordsmith afterall.

If you find yourself on the wrong end of unemployment pension expiration, explore all the diverse ways you can keep making some income while you plan your next step. It could mean the difference between making it to the next job opportunity or letting your potential sleep with the fishes.

4 Responses to How to Make Ends Meet Once the Benefits Run Out
  1. prudent planner
    June 29, 2011 | 9:22 am

    Is there a website for online surveys that you would recommend over others? How much do they pay on average? This is an interesting idea that I have not thought about. I’ve had some experience with secret shopper network and I would recommend it to anyone in need of some extra cash.

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