Who doesn't like to earn a little extra money to help pay bills, downsize debt, or stash away? No matter what your financial goals are, adding a source of income from a side hustle can help. So here are 13 (in no particular order) side hustles you can start right now. NOTE: Some of these you can do from the comfort of your couch, but others require you to get up, move, and get your hands dirty.
Here we go:
1. Sell Stock Photos
Your phone is probably filled with photos, right? If you have an eye for capturing the moment, consider selling your pictures. A company like, "Dreamstime" is willing to pay for original images. Usually, you'll get paid every time someone downloads your snapshot.
Get paid to do someone else's chores. This on-demand side hustle is perfect for people who are handy -- who can put furniture together, mount items on walls, move, pack, mow the lawn, shovel the driveway, clean house, and more. You could make $50 here, $100 there. However, TaskRabbit says 10-15% of their contractors actually earn $2,000 a week! That's a lot of side hustling.
3. Online Surveys
Yes, you can actually be paid for your opinion. You won't become a millionaire doing it, but you can earn some extra cash by sitting on your couch and letting companies know what you think of them. Companies like Swagbucks and InboxDollars compete for your clicks by offering cash for your thoughts.
4. Dividend Investing
You've probably heard the saying, "it pays dividends". I invest with companies that pay dividends. I buy shares of the company's stock and the company pays me every three months simply because I own a piece of it. The more shares you own, the more dividends you're paid. It's that easy. Not every company pays a dividend-- and not every dividend is the same. I'm not a stockbroker, so be sure to do your own research on the companies you'd be interested investing with.
5. Amazon Flex
I've written about this side hustle before. My wife and I deliver packages with Amazon Flex. We signed up one day and were delivering a few days later. You'll be paid between $18-26/hr. A normal shift is 3-4 hours. Most of the time, we'll get between 30-40 small boxes and envelopes to deliver in a three mile radius. You'll use your own vehicle, listen to your own music, and work at your own pace. You're not considered an Amazon employee, rather an Independent Contractor. As one of those, you get the added bonus of deducting 53.5 cents, from your annual taxable income, for every mile you drive while delivering packages. My wife and I earned nearly $800 in one month with this side hustle.
I get it. It's not for everyone. However, there's money to be made with this side hustle. People are willing to pay big bucks to make sure their children are staying out of trouble, not starving, and safe. You can ask around your neighborhood, or sign up on websites like Sittercity.com. More than two million people already have. In fact, the average Sittercity babysitter gets paid about $17 an hour. Keep in mind, that's the average, which means people are getting much more than that.
7. Become A Designer
I design t-shirts, tanks, and hoodies with Teespring. It's a website that allows anyone to open an account and start designing for free, immediately. There's no risk at all. You don't pay anything. You only get paid. You heard me right. You only get paid! Why? It's because Teespring doesn't actually make the shirt/tank/hoodie unless someone buys it first. Therefore, you and Teespring only get paid if someone buys your shirt. It's a win-win. You set the prices for every item. The challenge is spreading the word about your awesome designs. That's where I'm running into trouble right now. I've only sold a few shirts to family and friends. It's probably because I'm simply not good at it (insert hand-in-face emoji).
8. Give Someone A Lift
I think you know where I'm headed here. If you don't mind driving strangers around in your back seat, this could be for you. Sign up with Uber or Lyft right now, and start making money as soon as you pass a background check. The more you drive, the more money you make. You get paid every time you pick someone up. Some people have turned this side hustle into a full-time gig.
There's a good chance someone is willing to buy something you no longer need or use. There are tons of websites where you can sell just about anything online. You know the big ones-- Amazon, eBay, Pinterest, Etsy, and Poshmark, to name a few. All you need to do is set up an account and post the goods you're looking to cash in on.
If you're cool with it, you can charge a stranger to stay in a spare room for a few nights. Airbnb hosts also make good money by renting out vacation homes and other properties. If you're renting out a spare room, you might have to sacrifice privacy and provide hospitality for a short time, but there's good money with this side hustle, if you're comfortable with it. You set your own rates.
11. Dog Sitter
Do you love dogs? People who own them certainly do. That's why they're willing to pay good money for dog walkers, dog sitters, and house sitters. You could become the designated dog watcher in your neighborhood, or you could create a profile on a website like Rover.com. Pass the background check, and you can start getting gigs immediately on the nation's largest network for 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers. In fact, if you sign up for an account through my link below, you'll get a free $25 credit after you book your first gig.
12. Start A Blog
What are you passionate about? Start writing about it and share your thoughts with the world. If you're able to build a loyal following, companies will be willing to pay you to advertise their products on your website and blog posts. Be patient though. Making money from a blog takes a lot of hard work, passion, and dedication. However, there's really no limit to how much money you can make with a blog. That part's up to you.
Not everyone's excited to mow the lawn, rake leaves, or shovel the driveway. That's why they're willing to pay someone to do it. That someone could be you! Ask around your neighborhood, share your services on social media, and visit local businesses who might not have a contract with a landscaping company.
Hopefully, at least one of these side hustle ideas peaked your interest. We all have 24 hours in a day. Make every one count.
Thank you for reading,
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