The Easiest 9 Side Hustles To Start While Working Full-Time
With the unemployment rate still hovering near 7 percent and millions out of work, a growing number of Americans are picking up side hustles to help cover expenses and build a savings cushion for an uncertain future.
Side hustle jobs from home are those opportunities that allow you to perform tasks and complete projects without going into an office and during a flexible time that works well with your schedule. A side job may appeal to you if you are trying to grow your skills in a certain area beyond your full-time job, if you want to feel fulfilled in the work you do or if you’re looking for more money to supplement your normal earnings.
You may also consider a side hustle even if you don’t work a typical job with normal hours or if you don’t have a job, yet aren’t ready for something full-time or permanent. A side hustle job can help you enter into the world of freelance work or entrepreneurship over time once you have gained experience and made contacts through the work you do.
There are more freelance writing opportunities out there than you may think. Think about the internet, social media posts, emails, ads, landing pages, websites, and funnels, all these things on the internet that need copy. So companies and entrepreneurs are constantly looking for copywriters.
Launch a Print on Demand Store
If you like to make custom graphics and artwork in your free time, running a print-on-demand store could be a great side hustle for you.
Print on demand (or POD) allows you to sell your custom artwork on products like t-shirts, bags, phone cases, mugs, and more. The best part about it is that you can create and sell products under your own brand. Also, you can completely automate the logistics of the business by choosing to dropship your print-on-demand products. This is where you design products, add them to your store, promote them, and take orders from your customers. The orders are fulfilled by the print-on-demand company that prints your designs onto the products, then ships the items directly to the customer.
How much money can you make selling POD products? That depends on how much people like your designs and the effort you put into marketing your range. With a bit of work, it’s possible to make an extra couple thousand dollars each month.
Sell Your Stuff
If you have a closet full of clothes, shoes, bags, and other accessories you can free up some space, downsize your wardrobe, and earn money by selling what you don’t need. Use eBay or one of the online sites dedicated to selling used clothes, or use an app like Poshmark or Vinted, for example, to sell those clothes you haven’t worn in forever. You can use Lystant to help you sell, or sign up to help other people sell their items.
- Substitute Teacher: Did you know in many states you only have to have a bachelor’s degree to be a sub? This would be a great thing to do if you have another job that allows you the flexibility to teach periodically. If you have a day or two off during the week, you can register with your local school system and let them know your availability.
- Tutor: If you excel in Math, English, Science, or any other subject, then try tutoring. Tutors are known to make between $25 – $35 an hour. You can give your name and number to local schools or your school district’s central office as a way to get students. Also, college campuses are a great source of potential students.
- Resume Writing: If you have a knack for writing resumes, you can make some money on the side. There are plenty of ways you can advertise your service such as Craigslist. Plus, this type of side hustle doesn’t have any start-up cost.
- Term Paper Editor: If you are a good writer and can edit term papers, you will find many students willing to pay for your service. This too has little start-up costs and just requires time and effort to get started.
- Translator: If you are bi-lingual you be a translator. You don’t have to go through a company to get work, instead, you can reach out to companies directly that may require a translator.
- Sign Language: You can sign for extra cash or teach a sign language class.
- Music Lessons: Consider giving lessons for whatever instrument you excel at. Even if you aren’t an expert in the field you can give beginner lessons.
Social Media Management
Many companies out there need someone to help them manage their social media accounts, such as Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube. They would gladly pay someone a retainer.
It could be a few hundred dollars a month for a small business, to thousands of dollars per month or even tens of thousands of dollars to manage their social media accounts or presence.
So if you are familiar with social media or you know how social media works – you don’t even have to be an expert – but if you just know more than most people, you could easily offer your services to these companies and earn an extra $20 to $200 per hour.
Get a delivery gig
The food delivery trend has exploded in popularity over the past couple of years. Grocery shopping or picking up food at a local restaurant can be time-consuming. People who are pressed for time can pay you to deliver food to them so they don’t have to do it. You’ll go to the grocery store or restaurant, pick up their orders, and deliver it to their home or office. Some of the more popular delivery services include:
Postmates pays you for the miles you travel, the time you spend waiting for orders at grocery stores, restaurants, and retail shops, and how many orders you complete in an hour. It also allows you to keep all of the tips you earn.
After you sign up and download the Postmates app, you’ll see an alert when a new delivery request is available. All you need to do is tap “Accept” to take the job.
Instacart delivers groceries to people’s homes. Once you claim an order as an Instacart Shopper, you go to the grocery store, buy the customer’s products, and deliver them to their home. You’ll get paid every week via direct deposit for all the gigs you completed the previous week.
DoorDash customers can place food orders from a long list of restaurants. If you deliver for DoorDash, you’ll know how much you’ll earn before you complete the job. Unlike other food delivery platforms, the app will show you a guaranteed amount based on order size, driving distance, traffic, and other factors.
Worth noting: you don’t actually have to own a vehicle to work for many of these delivery companies. Some allow you to deliver on foot, via bike, or even on scooter. Perhaps more bizarre is that there is actually a vehicle rental service aimed at providing prospective delivery drivers vehicles if they don’t have one. For example, HyreCare allows wannabe delivery drivers to rent vehicles on a daily basis just so they can work for the major food delivery services.
Become A Virtual Assistant
Do you enjoy writing, social media, and blogging, but don’t want to start your own blog? You can find virtual assistant jobs where you help other people run their sites and social media accounts. Depending on the amount of time you have, this side hustle could even become a full time gig.
I’ve been using virtual assistants to help me with this website for years. It’s great to have someone help me with tasks throughout the week and keep the blog on track. You can make great money as your skillset improves as well.
Airbnb is a popular hosting site where you can list your apartment, flat, room, or house for renting out. No matter how simple and small it is, listing your place here would help you to make money. It allows you complete control over prices, your house rules, and availability. It can connect you to hundreds of travelers who are in search of a unique accommodation like yours.
Yup, it’s true! There is a company out there called Airbnb that can net you over $800 a month just by listing your spare room just a few nights out of the month. Are you interested in seeing what your income potential could be by listing a spare room on Airbnb? See how much people are making from listings in your area, then make your own.
How you make money: Swagbucks is a rewards program that has paid out over $385 million in cash and free gift cards to its users since its start in 2010. Once you create a free account, you can begin earning rewards points. Redeem your points for PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Home Depot, and Target. You won’t get rich with this app, but you can earn free gift cards for completing simple tasks.
You can earn Swagbucks points in several ways:
- Take surveys
- Watch videos
- Get cash back from shopping online
- Use the Swagbucks search engine
- Play games
- Discover deals
- Buy gift cards through Swagbucks
- Refer other people to Swagbucks
How much it pays: Depends on the task you perform and how often you complete them. Depending on what you use the app for, it can take anywhere from days to weeks to earn the 300 SBs needed to cash out.
Regardless of what route you choose, the beginning of passive income is just a click away! This is the first step to starting your side hustle and potentially having financial freedom! Way to go!