Every New Year your inbox starts gets flooded with advice from the so-called financial gurus telling you that if you want to improve your financial life you need to do things like:

Stop going out to eat for lunch. Brown bag it!

Turn the lights off when you leave the room. Save $1.50 per month!

Cut out your daily latte!

Now, I know they mean well, bless their little hearts. And while they can be useful to you if you’re in a real cash crunch, those ideas are mostly just rearranging the chairs on the sinking ship. There’s a definite limit to how much you can cut your spending.

Plus, when people give you advice like that what they inherently seem to be saying is, I don’t think you can do any better than you already are, so your only option is to cut out all of the enjoyment in your life if you ever hope to accumulate any money. Sorry, but I just don’t subscribe to that theory.

I, on the other hand, believe that if you focus on living UP to your potential, you’ll never have to worry about living WITHIN your means.

If there’s a certain type of life that you have envisioned for yourself, your job is to figure out how to generate the income that will afford you that lifestyle. See, I’ve seen many people stay in jobs where they are unfulfilled and underpaid simply because they feel as though their current situation is safer than looking for a new job or starting a business.

However, with technology replacing workers every day and companies eliminating positions at a breakneck pace, the only safe career strategy is to be relentlessly focused on maximizing your income and accumulating multiple streams of revenue. Companies do not exist to make their employees wealthy. You much take the financial well-being of yourself and your family into your own hands

Now for the good news! The good thing for you is that while you may find it nearly impossible to save the amount of money you desire to save in your current situation, thatnks to the Internet, it’s never been easier in the history of this planet to make more money without needing someone’s permission.

How to Make More Money in 2019

  1. Drive
    Seriously, if you need extra money and you have a vehicle, why wouldn’t you drive for Uber or Lyft? You can earn extra cash, and drive when you want.
  2. Freelance
    Maximize your talents and freelance. For instance, if you have an MBA, you can find independent consulting gigs on Hourly Nerd. There are lots of other sites like Upwork, which offers expert-level and entry-level jobs, and iFreelance, which allows you to showcase your work and generate leads.
  3. Teach
    If you have a useful skill, a computer and an internet connection, you can become a virtual teacher or tutor. Udemy and Skill Share are great places to start.
  4. Pet Sit
    Rover is the nation’s largest network of pet sitters and dog walkers. You can earn $25-35 a day!
  5. Secret Shop
    Earn money to go shopping! You can get perks at retail shops, restaurants and hotels by becoming a secret shopper. Check out companies like Best Mark and Market Force.

Most people that I come into contact with, even those with what’s considered high salary, just aren’t being paid what they’re worth. Fortunately, that is not a situation that you have to stand for any longer.

If you’re going to make any resolutions this year, I’d suggest that you resolve to improve your financial life by making more money.

About the Author: Rob Wilson’s wealth management practice specifically caters to the unique needs of professional athletes and entertainers. He’s a financial content contributor for CNN, CBS, FOX and NBC. You can view his media appearances and read his articles at Robwilson.tv.