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Whether you are a parent, student or working- so many people these days are turning to ‘side hustles’ to bring in some extra cash. It makes sense, everything is way more expensive than it used to be and who doesn’t want some extra money on hand?
As a mom of 3 who wants to stay home with her children, I’ve looked into many options to actually keep me home with them.
Some of these options are great for quick cash infusions when you need it and some are more of a long term game. All right, let’s get into the side hustles that will bring in money- RIGHT NOW!
SHORT TERM SIDE HUSTLES- MAKE MONEY TODAY
1. DOG WALKING/PET SITTING
This is a great option for anyone who like animals. My friend ended up doing this for a while and made some killer cash because dog walkers typically charge 15-20$ for a twenty minute walk. A thirty minute walk costs between 20-30$!
Put a nice ad up on Craigslist and walk your first dog. If you like it, advertise further and get more clients! After a while, my friend was even talking about buying a truck, putting a company name on it and hiring others to work under her.
You can set the times you’re available and work around other things going on in your life.
If you’d like to take out the work of setting up your own ads, try signing up for these companies-
For a while, I worked for a woman who started a cleaning business. She charged 25$ per hour and paid me 11$. Very smart because she had 5 other girls working for her too.
Don’t be stupid like me. Advertise your own services, get your own clients and KEEP ALL THE PROFITS. And if you want to be really smart, do what she did eventually and hire other workers when you have too many clients to keep up with.
The beauty of being a cleaner is that you can set your own prices and times. If you want to do it before or after a job or school, you’re able!
You can keep in shape and make hella good money.
Have you ever had a serving job before? They’re a lot of fun! I worked at a pub for almost 5 years and loved it! I still go back when they are busy with holiday nights or have bands in. You get paid an hourly wage plus make tips.
If you are positive and love chatting with people, try serving. On good nights I was going home with anywhere from 100-400$ on top of my wage.
Don’t want to serve?
Bartend! So so fun and same thing, awesome money to be made. Lot’s of places like pubs, bars, golf restaurants are looking for people only on their busy nights for certain hours.
4. BUY AND RESELL FROM GARAGE SALES
Buying and reselling is a huge market! You can choose to focus on one thing or multiple things. Like antiques, electronics or items for your home. Find crazy good deals and either sell them from your home at your own garage sale or put them on Ebay!
My husband’s grandparents did this too, in a sense. They would find broken things for cheap, FIX them and resell them. They made a lot of money in their retirement.
5. BUY AND RESELL ON AMAZON OR EBAY
Becoming a FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon) seller is something to consider. You find products and ship them to Amazon. Amazon stores them for you, sells and ships from THEIR warehouse so you don’t have to store, ship or deal with returns.
There are a number of ways to go about doing this-
- Find items at your local stores that are on sale and see if you can sell it for more on Amazon and make a profit.
- Find items that are selling extremely well and get your version manufactured by a 3rd party company. A site a lot of people use is Alibaba.com.
- Create your own products and get them manufactured.
Check out this post for more info on being an FBA seller!
You can make money ANY time you feel like if you are signed up for Uber or Lyft. If you need instant cash, sign in and pick someone up!
You also get to make and keep your tips when driving or delivering food.
7. ONLINE SURVEYS
Let’s talk about them.
I think everyone loves the IDEA of doing online surveys but in reality, they can be a pain in the butt. It’s hard to find ones that actually pay cash and aren’t extremely time consuming.
The only reason I’m even putting this on the list is for those that have copious amounts of time and aren’t looking for a huge return.
8. CREATE YOUR OWN THINGS
This is obviously a bit more time consuming but what if you have a hobby that you could be making money with?
Do you knit/crochet? Make cute crafts? Draw?
It’s relatively easy to have a shop set up on Etsy. Vintage and antiques are selling like crazy so you could use the garage sale idea to sell on Etsy as well!
LONG TERM SIDE HUSTLES- HAVE AN END GOAL IN MIND
Maybe these shouldn’t be called side hustles. JOBS would be a better word. This list is for people that are serious about making money.
This is for those who want to leave the job they have or make enough to stay home with your kids.
This is for those who have the time, effort and attitude to MAKE THEIR SIDE HUSTLES HAPPEN AT ALL COSTS.
Alright, let’s talk about it.
Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme. Blogging is not for the faint of heart. Blogging is not easy.
What it IS-
One of the best things you’ll ever do.
A way to freedom for you and your family.
A potentially limitless business for you because it can morph into whatever you want and you can take it any direction-
I do recommend you have a solid plan when or if you start blogging. And I also recommend that you INVEST in yourself. Starting a business always has some sort of cost- do yourself a favor and buy a course that will set you up to SUCCEED– from the BEGINNING.
You can check out this amazing FREE course to see if you’re interested in something like this.
I’d recommend checking out both!
I knew as soon as I logged in to the online community at DTC that I made the right choice. If Scrivs (the owner of DTC) isn’t directly answering any questions you might have, his assistant or any member of the community is there to help.
He’s got courses on:
- Your Tribe
- Affiliate Marketing
- Content Creation
- Product Creation
- Sales Funnels
You can purchase each of these courses separately, buy a lifetime membership or sign up for monthly access for 99$/month.
He also just released the 100k Climb in which he promises to get your BUSINESS (it can still be a blog but he wants you think bigger than that) to 100,000 in 18 months.
This course is straight up GOLD.
There is no guesswork, it is all laid out for you. Right from coming up with your 6 figure IDEA to making a product to making it happen!
There is nothing else like this anywhere else. The price tag for EBA is almost the same (as of 2019) but you don’t get anywhere NEAR the amount of information that is in DTC because it goes WAY farther than just blogging.
2. FREELANCE WRITING
Freelance writing means being self-employed and freelancing different jobs. Do you love to write? If so, it can be super profitable. There are a few different ways you can go about getting started-
- Start cold pitching
- Pitch to a job board
- Follow tweets from job boards
- Use your website
- Guest post for free!
Some types of freelance writing pay WAY more than others!
– Elna Cain
Free resources to get you started-
Transcription is transcribing audio that you listen to into text. Sometimes this means repeating the same strand of audio over and over until you get it right.
Sometimes you have to deal with audio that is spoken in broken English or very quietly and it’s hard to get the text.
But it’s the same kind of idea, you make your own schedule, set your own vacations and can keep earning more as you get better.
You can start out making as much as 25$ per hour if you get in with a good company. If you end up loving it, you can even start your own transcription business!
This post from The Penny Hoarder goes over the finer points of Transcription if you are interested!
4. VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
Are you good with emails, payrolls, invoicing, sales reports or customer inquiries? You step in where businesses are looking to outsource these things!
VA’s also make their own hourly rates so if you are really good at what you do, charge accordingly.
This post is on how exactly to become a VA!
5. DAY CARE
If you love kids, have kids, wanna be around kids- have you ever considered opening a daycare? So many parents are looking for a safe and positive environment to keep their kids while they work.
Babies and infants on average cost 972$ per month.
Preschoolers are about 733$ per month.
There are a lot of things to consider though-
Do you like planning meals, snacks, activities and crafts for children?
A part of your home will be turned into an area just for the daycare.
You also need to get your first aid up to date if you are going to be looking after kids! All that being said, opening a daycare can be extremely lucrative if you have even just 5 kids. In addition, it’s also one of those jobs that’s good for the heart ❤
KNOW THAT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE FOR YOU- IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE SIDE HUSTLES, IT CAN BE SOMETHING THAT MORPHS INTO A PASSIONATE BUSINESS
So many of us float through life thinking that you have to go to school to get a ‘real’ job that pays well. Except you start off in debt or you don’t go to school and think you are destined to only make money you are ‘allowed’ to make when you haven’t gone to school.
We are in the age of information and you,
can start a business or a side hustle and start bringing in some serious cash.
There are so many avenues to take if you are looking into starting up a side hustle or a business. Above all, find something that suits you. Try different things. INVEST in yourself if you are serious about something. You’re worth it!
If you are looking to change your mindset about money, your reality, life in general-
check out these books. They will completely change your mindset and catapult you closer to the life you dream about!