Side Gigs to Earn Extra Money
Whether you're an entrepreneur or someone just looking to make more money, it might be worth your time to consider adding some side gigs to your income. And it may even be worth leaving your full-time job behind.
You might want backup income in the event of a job loss or you would feel better having some additional cash coming in.
Maybe you want to take that dream vacation with your spouse, go on a cross-country trip with the kids, or just have a little flexibility in your budget.
Regardless of your reasons for wanting more income (or at least having a bit more money left over at the end of each month), side gigs are one way to make extra cash.
Is a side gig right for me?
Side gigs are a great way to bring in extra cash, but they're not for everyone—especially if you're trying to earn an income while also working full-time. Before signing up as a TaskRabbit or posting on Gigwalk, make sure you're not doubling your workload and creating more stress in your life.
Here are some factors to consider:
Your current financial situation: If you're struggling to make ends meet, a side gig could provide some much-needed extra income. However, if you're already financially stable, make sure the rewards are worth the extra time and commitment.
Your time constraints: If you have a lot of free time outside of work or other obligations, a side gig could be a good way to fill that time and earn extra cash. But if you're already stretched thin, taking on a side gig could add to your stress and overwhelm you.
Your skills and interests: Consider what skills and interests you have that could be turned into a profitable side hustle. If it's something you already enjoy doing it, maybe consider turning some profit while you're at it.
Your goals: What do you hope to achieve by taking on a side gig? Do you want to pay off debt, save for a big purchase, or simply have more spending money? Having a clear goal in mind can help you determine if a side gig is worth the effort.
Overall, a side gig can be a good way to earn extra cash, but it's important to consider your individual circumstances and make sure it's the right choice for you or that you're setting up a plan in place to occasionally check in to make sure it's still right for you.
What gigs are right for me?
Ask yourself these questions when deciding if it's worth your time and life energy to start a side gig:
- What skills do you already have?
- What things do you enjoy doing?
- What do your friends call you for advice on?
- What kind of sites—computers, fashion, sports, business—do you read?
- How much time do you want to put into this?
- What are your main targets or goals for getting a side gig?
Do tasks or run errands for people:
You can offer your services to help people shop for clothes or groceries, do quick tasks around the house, run errands for them and so much more!
If it needs to be done, and you're willing and able to do it, there's a good chance someone will pay you to complete their honey-do lists through sites like TaskRabbit or Handy. Or check with your local churches, libraries, community centers or neighborhood groups you can find on NextDoor or Facebook.
You can do all kinds of things from hanging shelves to putting together furniture. And if you’re a certified plumber or electrician looking for extra jobs, Handy offers those too!
Drive for Lyft or Uber:
Driving for Uber or Lyft has several benefits, such as flexible working hours, the ability to earn extra income, and the convenience of easily signing up through their respective apps.
Additionally, becoming a driver for either company does not require any specific qualifications or prior experience, making it accessible to a broad range of people.
Both companies also offer additional benefits to their drivers, such as discounts on car maintenance and fuel, insurance coverage while driving, and incentives and bonuses for completing a certain number of rides or driving during peak hours.
Join a focus group or take surveys:
Want to get paid for sharing your opinion? Not a bad way to make some extra cash online.
You can join a focus group (try Focus Group) or look into survey sites or apps like Google Rewards, MyPoints.com or Survey Junkie.
You can offer your skills and services online such as writing, editing, graphic designing, web development, virtual assistance, and more.
Freelancing offers benefits such as flexibility, autonomy, and potential for higher income and it gives you the ability to choose your own projects, clients, and rates,. It also provides opportunities for skill development and networking with other professionals.
Sites like Fiverr, Upwork or 99designs connect freelancers specializing in writing, editing, graphic design and voice-over work for clients who need those creative minds.
You don’t have to know everything or have been at the top of your closs to teach others. You can teach others your expertise on different subjects or offer language lessons.
If you have a good grasp on a particular subject and are comfortable communicating with others, consider becoming an online tutor.
Tutor.com, TutorMe or Studypool all offer opportunities to work from home as long as you're qualified for the job (meaning having relevant knowledge).
Exercise caution when browsing through online postings. While some users may be looking for someone to write their essays or complete their homework, others genuinely require honest assistance to perform at their best. By providing help to those who need it, you not only gain personal fulfillment but may also receive financial compensation.
Selling products online:
You can create an online store and sell products that you make or buy wholesale. Platforms such as Amazon, Etsy, and eBay, Poshmark, Craigslist, OfferUp, Rubylane and Mercari can help you sell your products.
Out of things to sell? Ask your friends, family and community. They might have things they were going to give away OR that they're willing to pay you to help sell for them.
Become a user tester:
When a business realizes something isn’t working, they need to know why. Sometimes they turn to their customers or random people to be user experience testers.
Companies like UserTesting, Analysia and TryMyUI will pay you to test out websites, apps and products—and give your feedback. Most of them boast you’ll get $10 for each test you complete!
Wash and detail cars:
Just like home cleaning, you can make money cleaning other people's cars. You'll need to invest in some products but they'll go a long way, so you'll mostly be investing time and energy.
Blogging or content creation:
You can start a blog or YouTube channel and monetize it through advertising, sponsorships, or affiliate marketing.
Mow lawns or do yard work:
People are busy but they likely don't want their yard to look like the scene from a scary movie. This means that people will pay you to do outdoor work like mowing, raking, hedge-trimming and leaf-blowing.
And don't assume that when the temps drop your job is done- people still need help shoveling snow and cleaning up after their animals.
Become a transcriptionist:
If you’re good at typing and listening and you have good attention to detail, then this could be the job for you.
A transcriptionist is a proficient typist who listens to recorded or live audio files and transcribes them into written versions. Their role is crucial in the medical and legal industries, as well as other corporate sectors.
Becoming a certified transcriptionist requires proper training, but it can pay off with hourly rates ranging from $20 to $45, based on your skill level and speed. Once you obtain your certification, you can find transcription jobs through platforms such as Rev.
Give music lessons:
if you’re a musician with the heart of a teacher, giving music lessons is an excellent side hustle. Set your own prices and hours. You can offer lessons in your home, rent a studio space, or charge extra to travel to the client’s home.
Pet-sitting and dog walking:
If you enjoy spending time with animals, you can offer your services to pet owners in your community. Want to go the extra mile? Ask if they'd pay you to clean up outside weekly after their pet.
Food delivery or ride-sharing:
You can earn money by delivering food or providing ride-sharing services using platforms like Uber Eats, DoorDash, or Lyft.
OR, reach out to your neighbors and community and offer to do this on your own (without using already developed platforms).
Housesit or babysit:
House-sitting and babysitting can both be good options for earning extra money, depending on your interests, skills, and availability.
Become a personal chef:
What if you could earn extra income just by doubling or tripling the recipes you’re already making for your family this week? If you like the idea of prepping extra meals, packing them up and delivering them, this could be a fun side hustle for you.
Let people at work, church and your kids’ school know you do this, and take on only as many clients as your kitchen and free time can handle.
Sell baked goods:
Everyone knows most people love cakes, cookies, pies and all those sweet goodies. If you’re good at baking, this is a great side hustle for you. Start by baking for a friend or relative and sharing the word with social media.
If you have delicious recipes for certain dietary preferences IE no gluten) make sure to share that as well.
Just don’t forget to look up local laws for baking and selling food out of your home before you start making money.
House or apartment cleaning:
You can offer your cleaning services to homeowners or renters. You can reach out online or talk to local churches, schools, etc. to see if they know anyone in need.
Rent out your car, RV or OHV:
If you don't use your car often, consider renting it out or sharing it (and the associated costs) with people you know.
Most people don't use their RV or OHVs year-round either- so there's an extra opportunity to make some extra money (make sure you have comprehensive and appropriate insurance in place in case of accidents).
Rent out your spare room or home on Airbnb:
If you have an extra bedroom, garage apartment or multiple homes, consider renting them out on Airbnb.
If your job gives you flexibility on where you can work from, maybe even consider living in different parts of the world that are less expensive throughout the year and renting out your residence for more while you're not there.
Selling handmade crafts:
If you are crafty, you can make and sell your crafts on websites like Etsy or at local markets.
Jewelry, scarves, paintings, hand-lettered inspirational prints and more—Etsy, Facebook Marketplace or other local markets can be great places to sell anything you’re good at making.
Become a photograher:
If you’ve got legit photography talent, use those skills to make money!
People need photos all year long, but you should think about marketing seasonally: senior photos in summer or early fall, family portraits for people to put on their Christmas cards, Easter pictures in the spring—you get the idea.
Please note, Any suggestions or recommendations made are for informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional advice. It is important to consult with a qualified legal or tax professional for personalized advice and guidance specific to your situation. Additionally, please note that laws and regulations may vary depending on the country, state, or region, so it's essential to stay up-to-date with the latest laws in your area.