I’m sure, you’ve wished you had an easy side hustle to make money besides your day job. Whether to save for a wedding, pay off a huge credit card balance, save for a downpayment for a home, or a vacation.
The fact is the majority of these easy side hustle ideas don’t need a huge capital investment up-front and super-specialized skill-set. I’m certain you’ve skills in certain areas that could potentially convert into an income-generating side hustle. Select a gig that matches your skillset and make sure you deliver a serious dose of value.
The second string of income is not meant to make you rich but boosts the 9-5 income – as your day job mainly pays for the basics.
What is a Side Hustle?
There are many easy side hustle ideas out there, however here are the 10 best ways you could successfully do to make extra cash.
1.Movie extra or background actor
Does your city have a big studio production? This is a perfect chance to make cash while working part-time as a background actor or extra. Generally, there’s no prior experience required.
It’s a fantastic part-time side hustle to earn extra cash and there’s no long-term contract requirement. The pay is between $11-$24 per hour (in Canada) based on experience. However, there’s never a shortage of working overtime.
The atmosphere is super fun and it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and expand your social network.
With Uber, it’s very easy to make a few trips around the city. The job will expose you to certain areas that you aren’t familiar with and you may enjoy discovering new sights.
As an Uber independent contractor, you have scheduling control. Therefore focus on working during peak hours to maximize your income, which is mostly during weekends and evenings.
In the event that you are unavailable to work, simply turn off the app. Income is calculated by tallying the base fare, plus time and total distance traveled during the shift.
The following are driver requirements for Uber:
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- 3 years driving experience
- Hold a provincial drivers license
- Decent driving record
If you put in 15-20 hours per week, you can earn a decent amount necessary to establish an emergency fund or go towards your travel fund.
3.Tutor for Math, English, and Science
Are you patient with students as well as terrific at developing trusting relationships with them?. Tutoring kids could be a brilliant side hustle job for you.
Parents are willing to spend cash for tutoring in order to:
- Improve their knowledge gap, especially in math or science
- Boost children’s confidence before entering university
- Extra tutoring enhances their kids’ knowledge that leads to good grades
Although private tutors charge according to their level of education and experience. Hourly fees range from $12 to $20 for a high school student.
4.Rent out your basement
If you’re a homeowner residing in a city of a fairly large population, this offers a great opportunity to find a tenant to rent your basement at a reasonable amount. There are lots of potential candidates, especially someone who is single or a recent college graduate looking to achieve the following:
- Reduce expenses to pay off student loans faster
- Aggressively save up for home down payment
- Works part-time so cannot afford expensive accommodation
Include incentives such as free utilities, internet, and cable. Depending on the size or location of your home. You can fetch rent anywhere between $500-$1200 per month just for sharing your basement space with a tenant.
5.Sell photos online
Put your creativity to a gainful use. There are various websites where you could sell your photos. For starters, you need to sign up then accept terms and conditions. Then you can upload your photos on the site. It’s an eBay kinda place for pictures.
Here are the most popular photo stock agencies:
- Adobe photo stock service sells high quality curated and royalty-free photos to businesses
- Shutterstock is a microstock photo agency
- iStock is an online royalty-free international micro stock photography provider
A substantial upsurge in the number of website launches has exponentially increased the demand for high-quality photos. Photos are selling up to $10 per piece.
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6.Start a DJ business
Are you absolutely calm under pressure with mad skills to entertain a group of people? Well then consider starting a DJ business as a side venture to make some coin. To be a successful DJ, it requires some measure of self-confidence, an ability to read the crowd and adapt the music accordingly.
Investment in professional DJ equipment from the outset is critical like a Mac computer, mixer, amplifier, and external hard drive. Speakers and lights could be rented out when needed to reduce start-up costs.
The barriers to entry for the business are much lower since lots of music is stored on the computer and external hard drives. It’s also readily available online today from iTunes and other music-selling platforms. In addition, professional DJing software like VirtualDJ and Native Instruments Traktor Pro 2.is available for sale or you can download it for free
In the early days take whatever gig that comes your way just for the experience and to develop your DJing skills.
Finally, networking also helps to get the early bookings. Make sure your pricing is bang on. If you treat it as
a business DJing could be a profitable venture.
7.Sell a Course on Udemy
Don’t be so hard on yourself to the point of discounting the value of what you know. It takes time, effort and money to learn certain skills. Therefore, if you have a marketable hobby or talent then you can leverage that into a profitable side hustle go for it.
Once you create a course you can sell it on Udemy, an online learning platform focused on professional adults. Lots of people are hungry for specialized knowledge for so many reasons.
To create a marketable course:
- Know your target audience
- Know the level and age group that you’re appealing to (Beginner to advanced courses)
- Avoid content that’s similar to existing courses on the platform
- Create killer content and lots of video lectures
- Create a course that the audience feels offers value for their own success
To develop an awesome course you will have to put in lots of time up front. However, once it’s finished, money will start flowing in.
Finally, courses on Udemy sell for between $15-$200 each. I recently purchased 2 courses with them on Facebook advertising and copywriting. I was extremely impressed with the value, content, and structure.
8.Social Media Manager
It’s 2018 and we’re all aware that social media plays a key role in a company’s marketing and communications strategy.
Because of the internet, billions of people across the world are connected to various social media networks. It’s a no-brainer that the growth of customer followers on a company’s social media page helps businesses to reach millions of potential customers.
Companies are employing social networks as a bridge for their company’s products and engaging with their fans. Through that community, they acquire sales, loyal fans, and referrals.
Many small businesses don’t have staff dedicated full-time to manage their social media channels. Therefore, they opt to outsource the service to a social media manager. As a result, this frees up the entrepreneur to focus all efforts solely on expanding operations.
This is a huge business opportunity if you’re a social media marketing whiz and a neat way to supplement your income.
Social media manager responsibilities include:
- Manage social media marketing campaigns
- Promote a brand or product line on a variety of sites or social media platforms
- Monitor the progress of campaigns using web analytics tools
- Answer customers’ questions online and resolve their complaints right on the platform
You could start freelancing as a social media manager part-time simply by putting in approximately 10-20 hours a week. Once business picks up and you have built enough clientele that generates substantial income equal to your full-time, then you can even leave your day job!
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9.Freelancing at Fiverr
Fiverr is the largest global marketplace for freelancers. It’s a go-to place for many small businesses that are looking to hire skilled freelancers for various jobs. So if you have computer skills in areas like Photoshop, graphic design or video editing this platform is an ideal place to promote your services and it provides an easy side gig opportunity to make extra dough on the side.
Fiverr collects a fee of 20% of every transaction made on their website. It’s free to sign up and they market your services on the platform. Many freelancers depend on repeat business so make sure you offer excellent customer service. Satisfied customers will remember you when they have a new assignment.
Freelancing gives you control over your schedule, especially if you work full-time. Therefore it’s a pretty good source of income while you are building the clientele and experience. Depending on the type of business and the size of the business book established, it can lead to a full-time venture.
10.Drop shipping or retail arbitrage
Dropshipping is a retail fulfillment method that allows an eCommerce store or person to buy the products on an individual basis from a third party and ship them directly to a customer. The store or person doesn’t stock the merchandise it sells. In addition, the store is not involved in the handling or shipping of the product.
Here’s how it works: first you establish a working relationship with the supplier or wholesaler of the merchandise. Then you list their products for sale on your website. As an intermediary, you are responsible for marketing the goods. Once a purchase is made on your website, you place an order to the manufacturer who in turn ships the product to the buyer.
If you are a fantastic product and pricing researcher check out eBay, Alibaba and Aliexpress AliExpress for products that are selling at a discount. In turn, you sell them on your website at a tidy profit. This is unquestionably a smart venture with a very low barrier to entry, especially if you have excellent online marketing skills.
As a middleman, you pocket the difference between the purchase price and your website selling price without the hassle of shipping and handling the item.
Side hustles are a fantastic way to develop and perfect your entrepreneurship skills. You can earn extra cash during free time or around your day job. All you need is to find the right one for you, work hard and make it work.
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I’m an extreme personal finance enthusiast and have been working in the financial industry for over a decade. The blog was started to further explore and share personal finance knowledge with the world.
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