A 9-to-5 career is demanding and time-consuming. With a fixed schedule during the week, it often seems like there just aren’t enough hours left for anything else, much less an extra job to make a little extra cash on the side.
If you’re not making enough money, it may also be hard to wait for your next raise or promotion to start bringing in more cash. When money is tight you can either cut expenses or make more money. Having something that you can scale up for more income if you needed to is always a good backup plan.
A side hustle is a convenient and flexible option to consider. It’s operated on your own schedule, and you don’t need to drive to an office or punch a clock. Even better, you can work on your side hustle when you need more money or step back if you have a busy week.
If you’re ready to make more money, without ditching your full-time job, check out these ideas to get started.
Join the Sharing Economy
There are many ways to make more money within the sharing economy. This is an especially valuable option because you can monetize your existing assets like a house, vehicle, and even camping gear or power tools. This is both lucrative and sustainable because it draws on the resources you already have and pay for.
Here are a few ways to make money with the sharing economy:
- Register as a host on AirBnB
- Loan items to a neighbor on Zilok
- Drive for Lyft or Uber
- Become a dog sitter or walker on Rover
Sell Clothes Online
Turning your knack for crafting into a source of income is both simple and effective with the advent of e-commerce websites. Online marketplaces such as Etsy, Zibbet, CrateJoy or Handmade Amazon enables crafters and artisans to sell their unique, original handiwork to an audience of millions. The platform also makes it easy to handle the various tasks of taking payments, handling returns and more.
Whether you’re into knitting scarves or screen printing t-shirts, start with this helpful resource, How to Start an Online Clothing Store in 7 Steps. It’s perfect for new sellers who want to be guided through each phase of development, from reaching your customer base to creating the products and increasing brand awareness. While you work at your job, orders come in, and then you make the products in your free time.
Launch a Freelance Side Business
As the workplace becomes more open to remote employees, companies are beginning to outsource projects, using freelancers instead of full-time, onsite staff. From content writing and social media management to website design and business consulting, there are many ways to pursue freelancing with the skills you already have.
Once you’ve identified your area of focus it’s time to market yourself. You can do this by creating a new social media account, updating your title on LinkedIn, developing a website or portfolio, or even signing up for an account on sites like UpWork, where employers can easily find you.
Teach Your Hobbies or Skills
If you consider yourself an expert at your hobby of choice, teach this area of expertise to other people and earn more money at the same time. There are dozens of ways to do this, virtually or in-person, depending on your skill set and region. For example, scuba divers that live near the ocean may have luck starting a scuba diving training business.
If you’re a musician, you could also offer instrument or vocal lessons in-person—or expand your reach and do lessons virtually as well. If you’re academic-minded, reach out to local schools about becoming a tutor, or start your own tutoring business.
If your skill doesn’t require in-person lessons, put the information into a course and sell it on a platform like Udemy and Skillshare. This allows you to engage with students across the globe, not just within your local community.
Deliver People’s Takeout Orders
As someone who already works nine-to-five, you may not want to be obligated to work structured hours or run a business. If you have a car, and want to work flexible hours, apply to deliver for services like UberEats, Grubhub, Bite Squad, DoorDash. The process is both flexible and straightforward. You accept an order from the website’s dispatch center, pick up the food at the restaurant, and deliver it to the recipient’s address.
This side hustle is stress-free and convenient—just drive on nights or days when you’re feeling up to it and make money along the way.
Make More Money—With a Full-Time Job
If you want to make more money, but can’t wait for your next promotion or raise, start your side hustle. It won’t require structured hours, and in many cases, you’re simply making use of skills or resources that you already have. Use these ideas to regain control of your finances without grinding too hard in the process.