Do not believe that the only way you can make extra money is to work in a garage. This is just not the truth. Like any other job, you have the ability to turn your skills into other money making opportunities.
This may be something that you are interested in. Take a look at the available opportunities. Extra income can relieve financial hurt.
A fine way for an auto mechanic to earn extra money is to do work on the side. This can easily apply for other trade professions as well. We just write about auto mechanics here though.
There are many people who hate to take their car into the dealership for service. Their reasons will be high costs for repairs. This fear includes expensive repairs that are not necessary. There have been many cases of further damage being done to your car. Some people have to go in several times to get a repair done finally and correctly.
If people know that you will do good work for them, outside of the dealership, they will be more than happy to pay you for it. Especially if it is done for a lower price. For this reason you can market yourself to your area as an independent auto mechanic. This can bring in a bit of extra income for you in no time at all.
Another option that you may consider is as a mechanic that inspects used cars as a third party. In other words you would help people who are in the market for a used car. They can come to you when they have found a car that they like. Then you will check it out for them so they will know what condition the car, they are considering, is really in.
This is a very big satisfaction market that has yet to be seriously tapped into. This is very similar to becoming an independent mechanic like an entrepreneur. Instead you will be specializing directly in the purchase of quality used cars. Of course, if you are an auto mechanic, you are good at what you do.
In other words you know how to fix up and judge cars and make them run better. This trade specialty can open up new avenues for you.
You can fix up junk cars, needing various repairs and resell them for a profit. Think about how much extra money you could make if you put in all the work yourself.
You will never have to pay any money except for the original purchase of the vehicle and parts that you will need for repairs. Most of the labor can be done by you. The profit you can make doing this can be quite large.
You can deduct business expenses from this off your income tax. Your repair shop you work at will sometimes let you use the lift and tools at your work for a fair fee. I know because my personal mechanic does this, this way, for me.
There are some, trade friendly, unique ways that auto mechanics can earn extra money. The most important thing is to not think that there are no options available to you. In the process, of doing this work, you will become a better mechanic.
Even if you do not want to earn any extra money at this point, you should keep your options open. You never know when the urge is going to hit you! If your job work load slows down, at work, you will have this extra income opportunity to fall back on. You can also cover other personal expenses easier, and with less stress.