Added bonus: a side gig can also be a way for you to practice a hobby or exercise skills you can’t use for your day job!
“I don’t spend money to advertise, but I have a Facebook and Instagram page. It brings in a few hundred dollars per month. Feel free to check me out! I’m @stpetecookies on both platforms.”
“I once watched a pharmacist’s two Shih Tzus for two weeks and got paid $500. Not all jobs pay that much, but I make at least $100–200 per job.”
“I dog sit! It is great. Most dogs are very well-behaved and it is fun for both of us. It keeps me active and entertained since my boyfriend and I work opposite schedules. He and I signed up through an app and would recommend it to anyone. Last month, I made an extra $700!”
“It’s the perfect lil’ side job to supplement my full-time income, and I get outside and get some fresh air at least once every day!”
If you want to get started with dog walking, Rover is a platform that’ll help you book gigs as a pet sitter or walker.
“They make awesome gifts, especially when it is a memorial portrait. I made $5,000 this year! My dream is to make this a full time gig.”
“Most games are an hour to an hour and a half long. If you played a sport in high school, you can ref it. You don’t need to know everything to get started, and some sports are easier to get into than others. You just have to look up what the officiating body is and when they have clinics to get certified. Those usually only happen once a year, so put it on your schedule and don’t forget to register when the time comes!”
“Although I’ve worked in bakeries, this is my first attempt at doing my own thing. It’s kinda scary, but fulfilling! It’s not the steadiest income, but at least I’m doing what I love. Feel free to check me out @baked.by.mina.”
“He’s an avid sports fan and loves to read up on potential basketball draft picks and baseball prospects in the minor leagues. If he thinks a minor leaguer will be a star player once he reaches the majors, he’ll buy a bunch of that player’s cards and hold onto them. Most of these cards sell for $1–$5, depending on the player. If those minor leaguers are having a great season, or if they make it to the majors and absolutely kill it, he resells them and makes a pretty profit. One time he bought a card for $10 and resold it a year later for $800. It takes a lot of time and patience to see that money, but it’s definitely worth it. That extra money he makes helped us pay for our wedding and also helped us buy a car after my 1996 Toyota finally gave out last year.
His side hustle helped us a lot during the pandemic, especially when baseball and basketball started again during the summer. We’re counting on it to help us buy our dream home soon and so far we’re almost there!”
“Before COVID-19 hit, I did GrubHub for maybe 15 hours a week — mostly Friday, Sunday, and Monday nights because those were the busiest times for food ordering. I’d regularly make about $25 an hour including tips, which helped pay my post-divorce bills.”
“This has helped me tremendously during the pandemic (and is also paying for my violin lessons that I’m taking for fun!).
“I only do around 15 weddings a year and a handful of family shoots, but it brings in an additional $40,000 a year before taxes.”
“I made a surprising amount of money, as I was usually the only bartender on shift since it’s a bit slower.”
“I’ve only had it for a few months so I haven’t made that much, given that I only make about 15% of profits. But any money helps when you’re a college student.”
“I work out of my house and make plates, trays, etc., out of resin. (@bluemooncraftshop on Etsy and Instagram!)”
“We would go to local bars to give away swag and free tickets. Then on game days, we would work different promotions, like alumni signings, during the game. Best side hustle ever.”
“My dad has been decorating birthday cakes for me and my siblings for years — doing pictures of our favorite animals and scenery — and he’s REALLY good at it. He has always wanted to open a bakery when he retires, so he jokes that this is his preparation for that.”
“It really depends on the area you live in, your car’s gas mileage, and the store you work for, but overall, it’s an easy night job that can bring in extra cash ASAP. I’ve made up to $150 in one night, although the average is closer to $50.”
“It is a safer option than finding people on Craigslist to rent your room, since nurses already undergo background and drug testing and typically work opposite shifts.”
“I just made almost $1,000 this weekend with less than three hours of work. I started in June and made $8,000 in profit. It’s very hit or miss, though.”
“When bars and restaurants can open fully again, I will return to it. Some places do have trivia still running but I have chosen to stay away from that type of contact until it is much safer.”
“I don’t do anything R-rated, though (but I hear that stuff brings in even more money; it’s just not my thing). I just do cute drawings of peoples’ cartoon animal characters. [Members of] the furry community are honestly some of the best clients I’ve had. They’re usually appreciative, used to working with artists so they respect our skills and time, and good at providing detailed descriptions of what they want and clear feedback. I’m amazed by how often they *tip* me on top of my regular fee. I’m not part of the furry community myself, but I enjoy doing work for them because it’s fun and they’re often great clients!”
“I know it sounds weird, but there are a lot of people who are willing to pay ridiculous amounts for them. I once got $500 for a video of me putting on lotion.”
“The trick is to not bother selling really valuable/collectible things — people are rarely interested unless they’re scammers. I sold things like an air conditioner that was missing knobs, cabinet pulls that had paint on them, and other things that needed a little love (and yes, I made those flaws clear in the ads). I did this mostly at $10–$20 a pop. People will buy just about anything if you price it at $5.”
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