If you really want to make extra money, you will figure out a way to do it. Before I get into creative side hustle ideas, I’d like to provide a few words of wisdom.
Make extra money by doing what you love.
You’ll notice below that one of the ways to bring in extra income is to downsize and sell some of your stuff. If you love all of your stuff and don’t want to get rid of it, that’s obviously not the idea for you!
If you love kids, for example, maybe the perfect side hustle for you is babysitting once a week. You have to find something you love to do in order for it to work.
Personally, I love writing, so all of my side hustles involve blogging, writing, and editing. My husband couldn’t write an article or blog post if his life depended on it, so he makes extra money by doing what he loves – remodeling houses.
To get your creative juices flowing, here are 8 side hustle ideas to earn you some extra money:
#1. Sell, Sell, Sell
I’m not just talking about selling old furniture, clothes you haven’t worn in ages and books that are sitting around (but all that works, too!).
What about selling a coupon or a gift card you know you won’t use?
Perhaps you have a bunch of old baby/kids clothes and toys lying around, and instead of selling each item individually on Craigslist, you can take them to a children’s consignment store for cash or store credit. Maybe people rave about your cooking skills – so you could perhaps consider selling meals-to-go on the side.
#2. Tutor or Teach
You can tutor students online at tutor.com or in person at your local high school or college. Take this one step further and consider teaching a college course on the side.
If you don’t have the time to teach in-person, you can teach a class online at major online universities such as University of Phoenix. To teach online classes, most colleges will require that you have a Master’s degree. For an 8-week course, you could bring in an extra $2,000 or more.
#3. Start a blog and sell an ebook
While starting a blog and creating a following is extremely time-consuming at first, if you stick with it, you will reap the rewards down the line. Usually, once your blog is established, it only takes a few hours per week to write new posts and maintain the site.
Once you have a following, you can write and sell an ebook and get into affiliate marketing as a means of bringing in passive income. This is also something you can do from the comfort of your couch! (See also: How to Start a Blog)
#4. Pet Sit
If you love pets, this is a super easy way to make some extra money on the weekends. Advertise for free on Craigslist that you offer pet sitting services out of your home. Pet hotels charge anywhere from $40 to $120+ a night, so you can easily make an extra hundred dollars or more each weekend.
#5. Enter giveaways
If you read blogs regularly, you’ve most likely come across a few giveaways. Giveaways can be products, $10 gift cards to Starbucks, $500 Amazon gift cards and even trips worth thousands of dollars.
While your chances of winning are dependent upon how many people enter, it only takes a few minutes to enter each one. DC at Young Adult Money features a “Giveaway Roundup” every Friday that is definitely worth looking into.
#6. Get a seasonal job
Retail stores are always in need of seasonal people during the busy holiday season. Perhaps you can work part-time on weekends, evenings or early mornings to bring in some extra cash.
You could also consider working at a Christmas tree lot, hanging Christmas lights on homes or being a personal shopper.
#7. Purchase used items and re-sell for more money
A former manager of mine hit up garage sales every weekend looking for classic, vintage items. She cleaned them up and listed them on eBay for more than she paid.
While it seems like you wouldn’t make much money, she brought in an extra $800 per month on average. Not bad if you have an eye for antiques and love bargain shopping!
#8. Save more money
And finally, the easiest way that you can have more money is simply by saving more. Take a look at all of your fixed expenses.
Is there anything that can be eliminated or reduced?
Perhaps your heating bill is high – if so, turn the thermostat down a few degrees and bundle up! Maybe you can cut cable, your Netflix subscription or your landscaping services.
Next, add up every single variable expense from the previous month – including groceries, household supplies, restaurants, gas, gifts and all other miscellaneous items. I guarantee you will be shocked at that number if you’ve never done this before.
See if you can reduce your variable expenses by a few hundred each month and voila – extra money in your pocket!
There are literally 1,000’s of ways that you can make some extra money. It is important to sit down and think about things you love to do or passionate about, as it will be much more enjoyable doing the hustle.
What are some side hustles that you do to make some extra cash?