This is a guest post from Ashley Barnett. Ashley is a long time personal finance blogger and lover of small business. She believes the best way to get ahead financially is to have multiple streams of income, to this end she has owned several businesses and is always on the lookout for her next side hustle.
A side hustle is anything you do outside of your normal job to earn extra money. Having a side hustle can jumpstart your finances in a way that nothing else can. Even just an extra few hundred dollars a month can make a huge impact on paying off debt or funding an emergency fund.
They don’t have to take a lot of time either. Most side hustles can be done on evenings and weekends, and the best ones are when you do something you already enjoy doing. Here are five side hustle ideas you can start doing today, with basically no upfront costs.
Selling Stuff Online
A great way to grab some quick money is selling stuff. But if you want to turn it into a real business, you can sell stuff for others on commission or flip yard sale finds.
Craigslist, Ebay, and Amazon are popular places to sell your used items. But Facebook is popping up as a viable option as well. Facebook selling groups are becoming more and more popular and are a quick and easy way to advertise and sell stuff to your local community. Here’s an ecourse that will give you all the ins and outs.
Everyone has something they could sell, but most people don’t have the skills or desire to sell it effectively. This gives you a large pool of potential customers.
Babysit/ Elder care/ Pet care
Babysitting is a great way to make extra money and can be a lot of fun. If you have mornings and afternoons free, before and after school care is a great way to have regular income without taking up all your time. That leaves you plenty of time for other money making activities. Plus school aged kids are often a little easier to handle than babies.
If kids aren’t your style, there is always elder care. Sometimes all the elderly need is someone to hang out and talk to them. Maybe some light housework, a little cooking, and medication reminders might also be in order. You can also run errands or chauffeur them to the store or doctor’s offices.
Pet care is also an option. Pet sitting, dog walking, or pooper scooper are all great ways to make money. Pet sitting can be decent money for not a lot of work, but isn’t as regular an income as dog walking or scooping poop.
If you are an organized person with good computer skills being a virtual assistant might be for you. Companies like Upwork and ELance are marketplaces for virtual assistants. There are a wide variety of jobs on both sites. Anything from simple one-off jobs, such as setting up a group of email accounts, to long-term projects or even part time jobs.
Being a virtual assistant lets you set your own hours and pick and choose which types of jobs you want to accept. The pay can also be quite good.
Graphic Design/ Web Development
I don’t know a graphic designer that isn’t completely swamped with work. If you are artsy and enjoy this sort of thing you can easily turn that into a side business.
Every business needs a website these days and few business owners even know where to start. If you can build simple websites and have an eye for design you can be as busy as you want to be, yet keep it on your schedule.
Literally ANY Hobby
If you like to do it, someone will pay you for it. And I mean anything you like to do. Click to tweet. My brother likes to fix computers so he buys broken computers for super cheap, fixes them, and flips them. He’s made a full time income doing this for several years now.
If you like to cook you could start a meal delivery service in your neighborhood for busy parents. Or cater backyard get-togethers in your area. If you like clothes and makeup you could be a personal shopper, make up artist, or personal stylist. If you like to work out you could be a workout buddy, or personal trainer.
It doesn’t have to be something that seems marketable at first blush. Here is a business started by someone who had skills talking like a monkey. I saw and ad once for a guy who would send you a video of him dressed up a like a pirate saying the tagline of your business. A friend of mine hosts coloring parties. She has a bunch of nice markers and coloring books for adults and people pay to come over and color for the afternoon.