Starting a Side Hustle

When your budget is tight, even an extra $20-30 a week can give you a little breathing room. A side hustle is a great way to earn a little extra cash while doing something you enjoy. Read on to learn how to get started with a side hustle to bring in a few extra bucks.

Think Of What You Love Doing

Do you love thrift shopping? Or maybe you like to make jewelry in your spare time? If you have a hobby that you spend a lot of time on, think of ways you can monetize it! Sell vintage clothing on eBay or open a marketplace on Etsy and put your crafts, jewelry, or knitted goods up for sale. Keep in mind that it may take a while for your store to catch on, so it helps to know a bit about marketing. Spread the word on social media, tell your friends and family, and be sure to get positive reviews from happy customers.

If you love animals, dog walking and pet sitting are great ways to earn a little extra money. Advertise yourself among your neighbors, or sign up for an online profile on pet sitting sites like Rover.com.

And if you have a special talent, consider offering lessons. Help tutor kids in a school subject, give violin lessons or help someone learn to speak French. Teaching can be rewarding and only takes a few hours each week.

Use Your Car

If you have a newer car and a valid license, you can drive for Uber or Lyft. Log on when you have an hour to spare and make a few bucks every day. Or if you don't like the idea of giving people rides, delivery services like GrubHub, Ubereats, and Postmates let you deliver takeout and other goods to people in your city. And if you don't have a car, some of these services will let you deliver with a bike too!

It's important to remember that many of these services take a cut of your earnings, so set some goals for yourself and see if you can reach them without putting in an undue amount of effort. Dedicating 10 or so hours a week to a side hustle and aiming to make an extra $100 a week isn't an unreasonable place to start.

Also, keep an eye open on Craigslist. Sometimes people are looking for help with moving houses or transporting items. It may only be a one-time gig, but you can be on the lookout for these types of jobs daily.

Build Your Skills

There are lots of lucrative opportunities online if you have the right skill set. Fast transcriptionists are always in high demand, and there is a lot of work available to writers. When you're starting, it may not be the highest paying gig, but as you get faster and more skilled, you may find yourself making a decent amount of money every day.

Watch out for scam sites though. For as many legitimate, decent-paying sites exist, there are probably twice as many that won't pay out or pay significantly less than minimum wage. If you're working on your side gig solely for fun and the money doesn't matter, you may not care about exactly how much you're paid, but don't sell yourself short.

Even if you're not looking to build specific skills, you can make a few extra bucks answering surveys, participating in focus groups, or doing small tasks on sites like Amazon's Mechanical Turk. Though some of these options are notoriously low-paying, a few dollars here and there can add up over the weeks.

Whether you're looking to help make ends meet, or saving up for your dream vacation, a side gig can help you reach your financial goals.