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Increase your income

Increasing your income can be a way to help when you're struggling to pay your debts. It's a great option if it's at all possible.

Remember, if you can't increase your income, the other option is to reduce expenses.

Increasing your income

Options to consider

Overtime
You may be able to increase your income by offering to work overtime at your current job. You could do this temporarily until you get through your financial difficulties.

Start a new job or get a second job
This can be easier said then done. Still, it's worth trying as it will help increase your income.

Self employment
This may be an option if you have a particular business idea or skill you can use to sell a product or service. Just make sure the set up costs are very low as it may cause you financial hardship to try and cover costs.

 

Don't

Gamble
The big win won't happen and you will just be further in debt. If you're struggling with gambling get help from a gambling counsellor.

Fall for scams
Don't fall for money offer scams. There is no prince, distant relative or overseas lottery with hidden money waiting for you.

Get a quick 'payday' loan
Payday – or short term - loans are advertised widely and may seem very tempting if you need cash quickly to pay an outstanding bill or other debts. But how much is that 'quick fix' really costing you?

Borrow money from other sources
Borrowing money doesn't increase your income - it simply puts you further in debt.

If you're considering any of these, please call us on 1800 007 007 and speak to a financial counsellor first. There are other ways.

 

Need help now?

If you're facing hardship and can't afford your rent - or even afford to eat - emergency assistance (often called emergency relief) from government and charities is available to help you in the short term.