Does it seem harder and harder to make your income stretch far enough? Do you have big dreams that remain just that – dreams – because you have no idea how you’d ever pay for them? Whether it’s a travel bucket list or a new career path you’d like to pursue, dreams seem so much further out of reach when you’re living paycheck to paycheck.
Not everyone has the luxury of looking for a better paying job or asking for a raise. Instead, an increasing number of people are looking for ways to supplement their income to either help make ends meet or to stick in a savings account for those dreams. In fact, a recent Bankrate survey says almost 4 out of every 10 Americans have a side hustle.
In the past, having a side job/side hustle almost always meant that you had an additional part time job. This meant a structured schedule and was almost always outside of the home. For a lot of parents especially, this just wasn’t an option or was difficult to pull off.
Now, side hustles look completely different. Side hustlers can make their own schedules and have the freedom to hustle from their own home or car. Someone could decide that they need a little extra money for an upcoming trip, an unexpected bill, or cover an income loss and dive into a side hustle to meet that need. Others will work on their side project almost as regularly as they would at a scheduled job.
Whatever you need extra income for, there’s lots of opportunities available for earning a little extra cash. While some side hustles are comparatively easy, earning money still requires dedication and motivation. Thanks to the internet, there are lots of great ways for parents, students, full time employees, and more to earn additional income in a way that works with their already tight schedules.
Ready to find a side hustle that fits your schedule and skills? Here’s six different ways to make some extra cash.
- Drive your way to more income
If you live in a bigger city, or at least one with an active nightlife, Uber and Lyft are great options for making some extra money. If you live in a large enough city, you’re more likely to be able to get steady income whenever you are online as there is significantly more demand. If you live in a smaller city, you might not be able to make a steady amount, so don’t depend too much on this income until you’re able to feel out how much you can make.
My husband drives for Uber in our smaller University city and has found that in order to make decent money, he needs to be online late on weekend nights, like 10 pm until 2 am. It’s not the easiest “schedule” but the additional income is worth it.
- Turn your spare room into cash
Have a spare bedroom that no one even goes into unless you have visitors? Bonus points if it’s in its own part of your house. Get some extra income by listing your spare room on AirBNB! If you love meeting new people and have a heart for hospitality, this is a great way to turn that into a side hustle.
If you happen to travel a lot, or have someone in town you could stay with on short notice, you could even list your whole home! Many people have listed their home at a rate that pays their entire monthly housing payment for them with just a few nights of guests a month.
- Get paid for your normal purchases
If you have to buy things like toilet paper, groceries, and gas, you might as well get paid to do so, right? With apps like Ibotta, Shopkick, and Dosh, you can get paid for either buying specific items or shopping at specific stores. This isn’t going to get you a ton of additional income, but every little bit can help. Plus, it’s super easy.
If you’re an online shopper, you should be using Ebates. You’ll earn cashback on your online purchases and have access to coupons and discounts as well. Ebates is another great way to get a little extra cash for making a purchase.
- Speak your mind in exchange for cash
Online surveys are another way to earn some additional income. You may have been told that no one cares what you think, but that’s not true. Companies trying to develop products and services that the public – you! – are interested in means they need to know what you think. The best part is, they’re willing to pay you to share your opinions!
Swagbucks, MyPoints, and Pinecone Research are a few options for getting started, but a quick Google search for paid online surveys will provide a plethora of options. Surveys aren’t going to pay super well, and it can sometimes be difficult to find surveys you’re “qualified” for, but if you have some determination and spare time to throw at it, online surveys can provide a little extra cash flow.
- Declutter your way to more cash
Selling things on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace can be a great way to both declutter a little and also make some extra cash. This is an especially good option if you need money quickly. Sometimes an unexpected expense or opportunity arises, and being able to get rid of things you no longer need, use, or want can be a great way to earn some extra cash quickly.
- Do odd jobs in your area
Are you skilled in specific a specific handiwork? Turn your skills into a profitable side job! Let friends in your area know that you’re available to be hired for odd jobs if they are or know of anyone who might be interested. Advertise in your community, on Facebook, and by word of mouth. Join a site like Taskrabbit to be connected to a larger network of potential clients.
If you enjoy grocery shopping, sign up for a service like Shipt that will allow you to shop for others who either don’t enjoy or can’t get to the grocery store. Skilled at writing? Sign up for a freelancing site, like Upwork or Fiverr, to start getting paid to write.