Are you trying to save up some extra cash for a vacation? Or are you already working full time, but can’t quite make ends meet?
You’re not alone. At least 37% of Americans use side hustles to make a few dollars on top of their regular paycheck.
Check out these five side jobs that can help you put some extra cash in the bank, even if you’re already working full-time.
1. Drive and Deliver
Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft let you earn money at any time of day or night, no matter where you’re located. All you need is a reliable car and a GPS map.
If delivering people isn’t your thing, Postmates and Doordash let you deliver food to customers from restaurants. Food delivery doesn’t pay as well as ride sharing and you’re more limited by restaurant hours, but it’s a great option for introverts.
The catch is that both services are more popular in metro areas than rural ones. But if you live near a popular city, you could earn as much driving for Uber as you would at a part-time job.
2. Work With Words
Do you craft sentences that flow like rivers or persuasive copy that sells every time? Can you spot a comma splice from a mile away and polish rough articles into gemstones? If yes, you can turn your wordsmithing skills into dollars.
For those looking to write online for some extra cash, you could set up a blog and monetize it as it gains popularity. If you prefer shorter jobs, you could do freelance writing for a digital content service or your own clients. And for those of who are better at transforming words than coming up with them, why not give freelance transcription, proofreading, or editing a try?
3. Set Up Shop
Online, that is! If you’re creative or good with your hands, opening an online store may be the side gig for you.
Websites like Etsy and Shopify are a fantastic place to sell handmade items, gifts, and vintage finds. If you’re an artist or designer but don’t want to deal with physical products, consider a site like RedBubble or Society6 that takes care of the printing and distribution for you. Or, set up an online store on your own website or facebook page and handle the transactions directly.
4. Share Your Skills
If you’re great at science, fluent in another language, a fitness fanatic, or a harmonica prodigy, why not share that skill with others?
People will pay good money to learn from a competent teacher. You can either advertise locally by word of mouth and putting up flyers, or sign up with a tutoring service online or with a local school.
5. Sell a Service
Are you good at fixing things, setting up a social media feed, or caring for animals, or doing voiceovers? The gig economy is booming, so use your talents to make some money on the side.
Fiverr and Upwork are great places to start advertising your services, and small jobs on these sites could potentially turn into a larger opportunity. If you’d rather do on-site work, check out the Handy app, Care.com, and Rover.com to connect with the people who need it.
One of These Side Jobs Could Earn You Some Extra Cash
None of these side jobs will make you a millionaire in a weekend. Even so, they can add to your vacation fund or help cover that last bit of your rent payment.
If you’re ready to get your finances under control, check out the rest of our articles on budgeting, investing, and making money.