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Whether you have a full-time or part-time job, or maybe you’re currently not working at all, sometimes you may find yourself strapped for cash or you just have a never-ending desire to make more money. Whatever the case may be, there are endless ways to make a little extra money that require anywhere from an hour a week to 12+ hours. It’s really all up to you and what you want the money for. Some reasons why “side hustles” can be beneficial are:
- To save for a vacation – if you are dreaming of a vacation, but you don’t want to cut into your regular paycheck to pay for it, a side job is a great way to do it. Set up a separate savings account specifically deemed your “vacation” account and put all the money you make from your side job into this account, so that you don’t spend it on any other purpose. An online savings account is your best option here.
- To pay off debt – if you have racked up credit card debt, or some other high-interest debt, and are only paying the minimum payment, you have realized (or quickly will) that minimum payments don’t really minimize your balance. High-interest debt can be overwhelming and hard to pay down when you have other regular bills you have to pay to just live your life. If you make money on the side, use this to get your monthly payments over the minimum to help you pay off this debt quicker.
- To retire early – I think everyone fantasizes about retiring early at least once in their life. Saving and investing money from a side job is a great way to accumulate wealth and, if you have enough set aside early enough, it can help you feel comfortable enough to retire earlier than you would have been able to.
This is obviously just a very short list of some reasons that someone may want to get a side job. It’s a totally personal thing and everyone is motivated by their own things. Regardless of your reasoning for wanting a side job, here are 7 side job options that may work for you.
- Drive for Uber – Uber is an especially great option for those needing flexibility. You literally just turn the app on when you are ready and you will start receiving requests for rides. Unfortunately, Uber is not available in all cities, so you will need to check the city nearest you to determine if becoming a driver is a possibility for you. If you are really determined to become a driver, you can always drive to the closest city offering Uber near you when you want to drive. In addition to the cash you receive for driving, Uber also offers discount programs on things such a fuel, vehicle maintenance and phone plans. One of my Uber drivers said her and her husband started driving with Uber to save money for a family vacation. They stuck to driving solely on the weekend and, between the two of them, made enough money for their vacation within 3 weeks.
- Teach an Exercise Class – there are so many different fitness classes that there is bound to be one that is offered in your area that you could teach. Typically, becoming a fitness instructor requires some type of training and these trainings differ for each type of exercise. Some examples are yoga, barre, spin, kickboxing, boot camp and many, many more. You can team up with your local gym or, if there is one available near you, a local fitness studio. Classes are typically around an hour, give or take a little, and are generally offered several days throughout the week. Even if you work full-time, you could always teach a night class or a weekend class.
- Browse TaskRabbit or Jop – TaskRabbit and Jop are both apps/websites that offer services or tasks on demand. It works like this: a person needing service puts in a request. You, being registered with a specific skill, are notified that someone is requesting services that require your expertise. You then accept, perform the service and get paid for it. Simple as that! Both of these companies offer a huge variety of categories, such as housekeeping, photography, personal organization, handyman, personal assistant, beauty, moving, etc. The list seriously goes on and on. These apps can be valuable for a number of reasons. One, if you have a full-time gig, but have a hobby, you can make money off of it without having to quit your current job. Two, let’s say for example you have a hobby that you would love to turn into a full-time job, such as photography. You photograph on the side sometimes for fun or if someone asks you to, but you don’t make enough money off of it for it to be your only job yet, these apps are a great way to get your business out there.
- Babysit/Petsit/Housesit – although these may all sound like the jobs you had back when you were in middle school or high school, they can be a great way to make money on the side as you get older. You most likely won’t be getting paid a great deal of money to do so, but maybe you have a few weekends free or you don’t have anything tying you down to your house, babysitting and housesitting are totally doable for you. Petsitting can be great, too, because you can stay in your own house with the pet, so it is barely disruptive. There are several websites for these jobs: Care.com, UrbanSitter.com, MindMyHouse.com and Rover.com are just some.
- Wait Tables – my husband waited tables all throughout college as a part-time job and you would be surprised just how much you can make. He used to make somewhere between $200-250 working on a Friday or Saturday night. That is some serious extra cash for just a few hours of work. Also, if you work a typical 9-5 job, waiting tables on a Saturday night is a good option for you because weekends are typically where wait staff make the most money and you don’t lose your whole weekend doing it.
- Work a Retail Job – working in retail can be difficult to do on the side because many times they want people who have the flexibility to work more hours at the drop of the hat, changing with seasonal demand. However, if you are able to find a retail job that is willing to give you night shifts only or weekends only, this can be a great side job. Additionally, there are many retail job openings during the holiday season, so you can get a temporary retail job just to make some extra cash for a short time.
- Start a Blog! – many people blog purely for fun, but if you can get paid to blog, why pass that up? Bloggers make income through various things such as advertisements, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, digital products, and services. Starting a blog is easy and it requires a nominal fee. Using my link here, Bluehost will allow you to start a blog for just $3.95 per month. Bluehost is what I use for my blog and it seems to be the most popular choice amongst my fellow financial bloggers due to their low starting cost and range of add-ons. Once your blog is up and running, you can get started with affiliate marketing right away through things like GoogleAdSense and AmazonAssociates. The more page views you have, the more likely you are to make money.
Do you have a side job? If so, what are you using the money for? Do you have any other ideas of side jobs?