Want to earn more money? Of course you do—that’s a silly question. Whether you’re earning $0 or $200,000, everyone could always use a little extra cash flow, especially during this somewhat sticky time in our economy.
Aside from having some extra earnings to help you out with bills and the day-to-days of life, it is also important to have some money set aside for an emergency. In this economy, many people can’t afford to have an emergency fund at all, while experts recommend that you have one of at least $1,000—if not $3,000-$6,000.
Perhaps you’re working a full-time job right now and still struggling to just make ends meet, let alone start saving for emergencies. How can you earn a little extra income? Pick up a “side hustle.”
We’ve put together a list of eight relatively simple side hustles that you might try out; but of course, feel free to use your imagination. So even if you’re strapped for time, you don’t have to be strapped for cash!
1) Sell your stuff. Go through your house or apartment and find all of those things that you haven’t used in forever that someone else might appreciate. It could be clothes, decorations, furniture, books, or even jewelry! Put it up on Craigslist and see if you get any takers, and if not, no harm done—Craigslist is free.
2) Try Fiverr.com. Fiverr.com is a truly unique site. You can pick from various tasks or even think of your own and post something for free. For each task completed, you make $5.
3) Babysit your friends’ kids. Alright, we know you’re not in middle school anymore, but babysitting as an adult is still just as profitable! Ask your friends, family, and co-workers if they need a babysitter or know anyone who babysits/nannies for a living who you might contact. You can also post an ad on Craigslist, but always be careful when meeting people off the Internet!
4) Walk some dogs. For every dog-owner that goes off to work all day, there is at least one lonely and bored dog left at home. Lots of people pay to have professionals swing by and walk their pups while they’re busy, or perhaps physically unable to walk them themselves, so why not provide that service for a bit less than the professionals? Give them some competition? Start by asking people you know and build clients from there. If you like dogs, this is a pretty good gig.
5) Use your talents. Are you a great writer? A photographer? Perhaps a painter? Whatever it is that you’re good at, use it! For example, if you’re an artist at heart, try selling some of your pieces at local festivals, in local coffee shops, or online at Etsy.com. Some festivals charge vendors a small fee to sell, but Etsy and most coffee shops are free.
6) Tutor local students. If you happen to be especially gifted with numbers, or perhaps you speak a second language, or maybe you’re just an all-around smarty-pants, tutoring might be ideal for you. Visit UniversityTutor.com to research rates for tutors in your area and to create a profile. You should also make an ad on Craigslist. Be sure to brag about your credentials (your great GPA, your job, any teaching experience you might have, etc.), as competition on Craigslist for tutors can be fierce!
7) Become a mystery shopper. Companies all over the country hire men and women of all ages to provide feedback of an actual, non-biased customer experience. So rather than just poll the customers, they’ll hire mystery shoppers. You can search your city and sign up at MysterShop.org, but first, you might want to check out this great article from one mystery
8) Become a landlord. Lots of houses are built with apartments over the garage, or separate offices; and more and more often, people are renting these out to make some extra income. But you don’t have to have a separate building to become a landlord! If you even have an extra bedroom, you can pull in some extra cash by renting it out to a roommate. Just get on Craigslist and put up an ad—but always be sure to meet and interview your potential roomy first!
Have you ever tried a side job, or “side hustle”? Share your experience below!