It’s mid-month. You’re out of money and desperately searching the want ads on Craigslist for that part-time job that could get you out of the too-much-month-at-the-end-of-the-money syndrome that has plagued you lately. But searching Craigslist has netted you nothing so far. What do you do?
Well, if you’re like 40% of the population, you turn to the gig economy. That is to say, you start looking for a side hustle that could turn into something more. Or maybe you’re not quite ready to leave your job just yet, but you know you need more cash. Either way, finding a gig or two that you can work at home can make a total difference in your wallet right now.
If you’re looking for a viable side hustle, here are 20 to get you started.
Real Estate Investments
It turns out that you don’t have to be a millionaire to invest in real estate. Sites like Fundrise allow the average person to invest in real estate, starting with just a $500 investment. According to The Penny Hoarder, you have two ways to earn money. You get both dividend payments and appreciation payments.
Work as a Virtual Assistant
According to Entrepreneurdotcom, you can hand off a number of tasks to a virtual assistant, including bookkeeping, email management, online research, and scheduling. If you’re good at any of those tasks or any other task that a manager would as his/ her assistant to do in a brick-and-mortar office, you might be a good virtual assistant. You can find work on sites like UpWorkdotcom.
Create a Money-Making Blog
If you have a topic that you’re passionate about, you might be a good blogger, according to Kiplinger. Bloggers make money from ads on their blogs, as well as from affiliate sales and from the speaking or consulting engagements that arise from being an expert in a particular field. Blogging can establish your expertise.
Become a Tutor
Everyone is an expert at something. You probably are, too, and if so, you can make quite a bit of money by becoming a tutor for sites like Tutordotcom.
Set Up Shop on eBay
That stuff you’ve been meaning to do away with in your closet can become the stuff you sell on your new eBay store. This auction site has been around for a while now, and provides many people with a solid income. If you’re good at online marketing and you’ve got a bunch of stuff to move, this might be your side gig.
Become an AirBNB Host
Your spare room could become your cash cow if you sign up with AirBNB. If you live in an area that gets a lot of traffic for concerts, for outdoor pursuits, or other worthwhile recreational activities, AirBNB could become a very profitable side hustle for you.
Become a Website Evaluator
The more user-friendly a business’s website is, the better that business will do. The problem is most business owners really don’t know if their sites are user-friendly to someone who isn’t familiar with the site. That’s where freelance website testers can help. the UserTesting site allows people to make money by testing websites and giving their evaluations of those sites.
Sign Up With Fiverr
You can sell just about any kind of services you can think of on Fiverr. You can offer up your German translation skills, offer to design websites, or create illustrations for books, just to name a few.
Surveys and Opinions
Your opinion just might buy your next cuppa Joe at Starbucks or your next vitamin purchase on Amazon. Signing up with a survey and/ or opinion company can earn you some extra cash just for saying what you feel. How bad could that be? Look at sites like SurveyClub or Swagbucks to get started.
Step Up Your Fitness Motivation
Healthy Wage allows you to earn money by betting on your fitness and weight loss goals. This site taps into the power of games to keep you motivated to lose weight and to earn money to boot.
Uber and Lyft
Not everyone who wants to earn money at home wants to actually stay home all the time. That’s where services like Uber and Lyft come in. These car services allow car owners like you to taxi people around and earn money for doing it.
If you find crime dramas interesting, you might be interested in being an online juror. Sites like OnlineVerdictdotcom and EJurydotcom pay you to help attorneys with mock trials and legal focus groups.
If the idea of combining spending time out in nature and hanging out with some friendly pooches appeals to you, why not start up a local dog-walking service? Roverdotcom and Caredotcom hook dog owners up with dog walkers in their area. You could be one of the dog walkers they choose.
Lend Someone a Scarf…
Are you a fashionista looking for an outlet for your unused clothes? Then you might want to try Style Lend. This site allows you to connect with people who might want to borrow your clothes for a single charity event or important business dinner.
If you love webinars, you may be a good webinar creator. These communication tools have a specific format, that ensures the success of the webinar host. That is if they’re done right. That’s where you come in. If you have mastered the webinar as a sales tool, people just might pay you to create webinars for your business.
Amazon publishing services and others like it have allowed the indie author to have his/ her day. Imagine being a mystery novelist or a home chef and making money with your words. Side hustles like these are ideal because they allow you to earn money, even while you sleep.
Become a Freelancer
Freelance writers, illustrators, and designers create content for a living. Many freelancers eventually turn this side gig into their regular job and have fun to boot. If you have a talent, why not harness it to make money? Find gigs on sites like FreelanceWritingdotcom or on UpWorkdotcom.
Manage Someone’s Social Media Accounts
If you have a knack for connecting with people via social media, you might make a good social media manager. Find work on sites like UpWork, Indeed.com, or even on social media sites, like Twitter.
Rent Out Your Car
Apps like GetAround allow you to rent out your car to others when you’re not using it. Doing so could earn you up to $10,000 a year just for giving your keys to someone else for a time.
Rent Out an RV
Just as GetAround allows you to rent out your car, Outdoorsy allows you to rent out your RV or camper. It’s an excellent way to make money on your recreational vehicle when you’re not using it.
There you have it! Twenty ways to earn some serious cash by getting a side hustle up and running.
About Joe Trebek
Hi, My name is Joe Trebek and I am the creator of Surveys Say Survey Reviews. Outside of writing reviews of online surveys, I love drawing and painting. I also love to hang out with my family. I’m also a huge football fan! Go Pac Go!