Whether it’s starting your own business or working a part-time gig, here are a host of things you can do to earn the extra cash you need.
Why wouldn’t a person want to have a little extra money in his or her bank account? I think most people would probably be happy to have that extra padded account and the subsequent financial security this would provide. Having a little savings is stress relief. A person can pay down debt or save for something like a new vehicle or home. Thankfully, there are hundreds of ways for you to make some extra money on the side to supplement your full-time gig.
Do you possess a specific skill-set? It could be anything from sharing legal advice, informing businesses on how to become more eco-friendly, or assisting startups on how to get off the ground. Consulting or coaching can be a lucrative side business since it’s easy and affordable to start since you already have the knowledge and experience. And you can build your own schedule so that you can offer your consulting services whenever you have free time.
Another flexible side gig that doesn’t require long-term commitments is becoming a freelancer. This could be anything from writing content or designing a logo to filming a product ad or becoming a virtual assistant, it just depends on your interests and talents. Best of all? There’s no shortage of websites and job boards to land one of the thousands of freelancing gigs available.
- Cash in on Your Vehicle
If you own an automobile then capitalize on it by using it to run deliveries, transporting the elderly to the shops, running errands for people. Just make sure your insurance covers you.
- Sell Items Online
One of the easiest ways you can make money on the side is by selling the stuff that you already own. You know that stuff that is choking you by clogging up your garage and closets. But what happens when you run out of things to sell? You could offer to sell other people’s junk, but it’s only fair that you give them a cut.
Do you want to build software, apps, or websites? Then take that interest and turn it into a profitable side gig. Of course, you first need to have an understanding of computer programming and coding and settle on a specific programming niche. Once you do, you’ll be on your way to joining a fast-growing industry that allows you to work whenever and wherever you want.
- Affiliate Marketing
Some individuals have made a comfortable living through affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing, for those who don’t know, is where you plug a product or service on your website. You’ll place a link with a unique code on your site and if a visitor clicks that link and makes a purchase, you’ll get compensated.
- Direct Sell
Another tried and true method of earning cash on the side is through direct selling. Think Tupperware and Avon. However, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of companies that offer direct-selling opportunities that range from cosmetics to vitamins to pet accessories.
- Create Crafts
Are you a creative individual who has the talent to design and create jewellery, clothing, furniture, or accessories? If so, then you could open up your own online shop make a decent amount of money on the side.
- E-Book Publishing
Let’s say you have years of social-media experience and have maintained a blog that has shared needed advice. You can put together your top blog posts and put together an e-book, such as The Ultimate Social-Media Guide for Small-Business Owners, and sell it on your website or Amazon. If you don’t have any experience that you want to cash in on but have a knack for writing, say, sci-fi stories, then you can author and publish your novel on Amazon as well.
- Tax Preparation
If you’re familiar with tax laws and regulations, then you could offer your services to individuals and business owners who need assistance with preparing their taxes.
- User Testing
Companies want to know how user friendly their websites are going to be for visitors. That’s why they’re willing to pay people to test these websites out to see how they function. You can earn $10 per test through sites like Analysia, StartUpLift, and User Testing.
- Tutor/Teach Lessons
Believe it or not, everyone has something they can teach to someone else. It could be anything from guitar lessons to how to speak English to a workout regimen at the local gym. In some cases, you may be able to do this from the comfort of your home, but you can also do it at a local business, such as a music shop, or remotely through sites like Tutor.com.
- Customer Service Rep
If you have a landline, internet connection, and solid communication skills, you can become a customer service rep. Besides being able to work from home, you can do this whenever you have spare time, like during nights and weekends.
- Graphic Design
A graphic designer can best be defined as “someone who visually communicates the intended message of a project.” In most cases, this is achieved through brand identity, which includes everything from designing logos, brochures, business cards, letterheads, catalogues, and packaging. Graphic design is in every part of business, and therefore it is in great demand.
If you’re skilled at and have a passion for, cooking, then catering or baking is an excellent way to bring in additional income. This is a tough business to get into, but you should be able to easily cater or bake for smaller events like birthday and graduation parties, as well as weddings, baby showers, and local office parties.
- Event Planning
Are you organized, detailed, and actually enjoy planning out activities? Then why not give event planning a try? As an event planner, it would be your duty to find a venue, caterer, and entertainment for everything ranging from birthday parties to office parties and networking events.
If you love capturing moments, there’s no better side gig than photography. However, instead of attempting to be a jack-of-all-trades, you should focus on a specific area, such as weddings or capturing landscapes or taking pictures of models for a clothing catalogue. You can also take pictures and sell them to sites such as Shutterstock.
- Moving/Hauling Service
If you have a truck and trailer and some muscle, then put them to use by launching your own moving or hauling service. While word of mouth could get you a little business, you may want to scope out places where people need help moving large items from the store to their homes. In the moving and hauling business, you can even be paid extra if you will put that bookshelf-in-a-box together for the customer.
You may think these jobs are for high schoolers, but adults aren’t restricted from babysitting, housesitting, and petsitting. I would start offering these services to friends, family members, neighbours, and colleagues since they would probably rather hire you instead of someone that they’ve never met.
- Yard Work
Whether it’s working for people don’t have the time or are physically unable to maintain their yards, this could become a recurring side business for you. It involves everything from mowing lawns to weed whacking and watering plants. If you have a green thumb, you can also plant gardens for your customers.
- Cleaning Service
If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you can clean homes or offices on a weekly, bi-weekly, or one-time basis, such as when a client is moving. If you do start your own cleaning service, make sure that you’re bonded and insured and are familiar with green cleaning methods that are safe for the environment.
- Repair Person
Can you repair a computer, a light switch that won’t turn on, or a piece of plumbing that’s burst? If you’re a handy individual and have the right skills and tools, then you can start your own repair business on the side. I know several people who started out small, with repairs for hire, and eventually have made a really good living out of it.
- Take Surveys/Join Focus Groups
You can actually get paid for sharing your thoughts and opinions on everything from products to current events. While it isn’t a lot of money, most surveys and focus groups only take up an hour or two of your time.
- Résumé Help
Writing a résumé can get tricky. Even if you have the education and experience to secure a job position, the wrong words could place your résumé at the bottom of the pile. That’s when you turn to talented individuals who have a knack for writing amazing résumés.
- Part-Time Side Jobs
This may sound vague, but there are more than enough businesses looking for part-time help. For example, your local pizzeria could be in need of a delivery person on the weekends.
What other side jobs would you recommend?