Urban dictionary defines “side hustle,” as a sideline that brings in cash; something other than your main job. This is the simplest way to describe a side hustle. It doesn’t have to be hard, it doesn’t have to be brilliant it just needs to bring in extra money on the side. It can be something you plan to turn into a full time job that you are truly passionate about or something you just do for a short time to meet a goal. Whatever the reason behind you wanting to make extra money is up to you. If you currently have a job you love and could not imagine leaving, that’s okay side hustling can be great for you too. Here are some opportunities that you may not have thought of as side hustles:
1. Become a public speaker
Are you knowledgeable or passionate about a certain topic? If so, this is a great opportunity for you to get paid to talk to others about that topic. Across the country organizers are scheduling conferences and workshops and looking for presenters such as yourself. You may start by offering your services for free at small engagements, then began to charge as you get comfortable and gain experience. Once you become know as a speaker you can began to ask for the price you deem necessary for you time. It is not uncommon for speakers to make anywhere between $5-$2,500 on a small level and more established sought after speakers can make upwards of $10,000 or more for one speech. Get out there, start talking build your speaking resume’, ask you may be surprised.
2. Rent out your basement/empty room(s)/or get a roommate.
In certain areas of the country having a basement is not uncommon, renting out this extra space can benefit your wallet in a big way. This does not have to be a forever arrangement even short term this will add money to your bank account. Finding a renter is not as hard as you think, just make sure you do your due diligence to make sure that get a good tenant. Also make sure to check with your local city zoning to make sure you aren’t breaking any zoning codes. Other options include renting your home out on Airbnb, Tripping.com or similar home rental websites for major events when they come near your area or surrounding cities.
3. Become a driver.
Take your pick work for one, two or several. In the last 5 years this industry has exploded with opportunities. Pick up and drop people off with Uber or Lyft in your spare time or work as a delivery person working for Favor or Grubhub. These type of opportunities are popping up in every city across America. If you are interested in becoming a driver there’s numerous companies that allow you to work as a driver. Simply Google “driving positions in ____ (your city name) to find one that you may be interested in.
4. Operate a local moving or packing service.
I haven’t met anyone that LOVES moving. Providing a service that solves a problem that most people hate can be very lucrative. If you have a large enough vehicle or truck you can help people that or moving and charge a fee for your service. If the idea of loading up a huge truck or car doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, then maybe you could ONLY provide a packing service. Go in and assist with packing or completely pack up homes and offices and leave the loading and transporting to another company. This would be an awesome service to do part-time on the weekend.
5. Be a tour guide.
Are you familiar with your city? Have you lived there for awhile? Love meeting new people? Consider being a tour guide for tourist or new residents that move to your city. Charge whatever you think your time is worth, and enjoy helping others get to know the city. Research areas that may be of interest to you and would be fun to share and enjoy. Go to your local city center (if you have one) and get a few brochures and learn about all that your city has to offer. Sign up on events sites to be notified when free events are held so that you can share those with your customers.
6. Sell on eBay.
Selling on eBay is something that I have done to bring in extra money since 2009. I love eBay because you can find and sell just about anything. You can sale things that you currently have at home on eBay or you can buy things low and re-sale them. I have done both, it doesn’t take a lot of time and can be combined with other side hustles on the list to add even more income to your bank account. Sign up for an account today!
7. Be an online tutor!
I have to admit this one sounds fun. Helping students (both adults & children) learn a subject that you have mastered can be rewarding in several ways. You don’t need a college degree to be a tutor (www.tutor.com states that you can apply to work with their company if you are a college sophomore or higher OR have a degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian University.) You can also offer your services outside of a company locally or online independently. To work with a company you may need to pass a test to prove that you are knowledgeable on the subject you want to teach, and have strong oral and written communications skills.
8. Start a blog!
Of course, why not? Start a blog. It’s fun, and very rewarding. There are several blogs that earn a substantial amount of money that started as a side hustle. This hands down has been one of my favorite side hustles (and I have had a few.) Not only do I enjoy doing it but it was easy to start and has low overhead. Two of the most intimidating things associated with starting a business eliminated before you even began. One, not hard. Two, you don’t need much money to get started….WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Go to Siteground to sign up for hosting and get started TODAY!
Finding ways to make money on the side isn’t difficult. Finding something that you like that brings in a great supplement to your income can be a challenge that’s why I decided to put together this list for those you may find it a challenge. Choose something that interests you from the list and go for it. All you have to gain is money in the bank and freedom to add to your financial goals. I challenge you to make more money!