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Side hustle–such a popular term these days, especially with millennials. It seems everyone is looking for ways to bring in a little cash outside of their regular 9 to 5. Occasionally, delivering pizza or working the register at Target (hello employee discount!) is all you want, but sometimes it’s not. Here’s a list of 10 side hustle ideas for when you’re looking for something other than the traditional minimum wage second job.
Signing up to be an Uber driver is super easy (my husband applied and was approved quite quickly), but there are some basic requirements everyone must meet:
Uber has tiers for the vehicles they accept as well. Check your local markets to be sure, but most cities allow a 2002 or newer (Pittsburgh is 2006).
For the standard UberX, the vehicle must have 4 doors and seat 4 or more passengers, excluding the driver. The vehicle must also have current registration, plates and insurance.
If you happen to drive a “luxury” vehicle, you can command a higher rate as an UberSelect driver, but the car must meet higher standards. These include being a 2008 or newer, leather interior and from the following makes and models:
Acura: RDX, RLX, TL, TLX, ILX.
Audi: A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, S3, S4, S6, Q3, Q5, Q7.
BMW: 3-series, 5-series, 7-series, X1, X3, X4, X5, X6.
Cadillac: ATS, CTS, DTS, SRX, XTS.
Hyundai: Genesis, Equus.
Infiniti: EX, FX, G, JX, M, Q, QX50, QX70.
Jaguar: XF, XJ.
Land Rover: Range Rover.
Lexus: ES, IS, NX, RX, GS, GX, LS.
Lincoln: MKT, MKS, MKX, MKZ, MKC, Town Car.
Mercedes-Benz: C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, G-Class, GLK-Class, M-Class, R-Class.
Porsche: Macan, Cayenne, Panamera.
Tesla: Model S.
Volvo: S60, S80, XC90.
Download the app, place the provided U sticker on one of your passenger side windows and start driving!
This is one of my favorite side hustles that I still do routinely. If you’re comfortable with a little risk, it can be a fulfilling choice to supplement your income. Get good enough at it, and it could even replace your day job!
Becoming an eBay seller is as simple as creating an account on ebay.com. When you have something to sell, you go online or open the app from your smartphone, click the Sell link and follow the prompts to create your listing.
You can choose to list an item for auction or as a Buy It Now. Give the listing a descriptive title, making sure to spell everything correctly so it appears when buyers are searching eBay.
Take clear and well-lit photos.
Add your description and update the shipping fields. Investing in a small postal scale comes in handy here as you don’t want to underestimate how much to charge for shipping. I’m constantly surprised by how expensive it is to ship anything anymore.
You’ll need a Paypal account to accept payments from buyers. This account is free also, but charges fees for processing the payments. It’s currently a flat $.30 USD + 2.9% of the dollar amount. So, every $10 you receive, will cost you $.59 to process.
eBay fees have become more simplified as of late. They usually give non-store sellers 50 free listings a month, auction or Buy It Now (or any combination of the two). They then charge a 10% fee when your item sells. That’s of the total sales price, item plus shipping.
The fees and shipping costs can add up if you’re not careful, so you do need to be cognizant of your item’s cost to you versus what you can profit from it (aka your margin).
A lot of the selling I do is simply trying to recoup some of the investment of said items. For instance, my children’s outgrown Carter’s footed one-piece pajamas always sell very quickly on eBay. It seems a child can never have too many pairs of pajamas! I’m obviously not looking to make money on them, but rather regain some of what was spent when they were purchased. There’s no risk involved since I didn’t buy them with the intention of reselling.
Most any technological gadget will sell very well. List your old iPhones, iPads, iPods, laptops, tablets, and so on and you’ll reap more than any trade-in site will offer. Used designer brand purses and wallets are also an easy sell. Clean out those closets and make some fast cash!
Retail arbitrage is the process of scouring your local stores for clearance deals which you can then flip on eBay for a profit. This obviously involves a level of risk in the event something doesn’t sell for a profit, or at all. eBay does allow you to relist for free at least, so you can continue to try to list something for an extended period of time.
It’s always exciting to wake up in the morning with a few notifications from eBay that your items have sold. What’s better than making money while you sleep?!
Handy at putting together Ikea furniture from those impossible-to-decipher graphic instructions? Sign up as a Tasker through Task Rabbit and make a few bucks for odds and ends projects.
Tasks can include minor home repair, yard work, furniture assembly, house cleaning, moving and packing, and mounting and installation services. You set your own rate and Task Rabbit notifies you of jobs nearby. You confirm the jobs you want, schedule with your client, complete the job and submit your invoice.
Have a special set of skills that you could teach in classroom setting? Try your hand at being a weekend professor through your local community college. Teach non-credit continuing education classes on baking, cooking, cake decorating, computers, self-defense, American Sign Language, minor home repair, CPR, woodworking, fitness, etc. The possibilities are numerous and you can be as niche as you’d like. Check to see about any credentialing requirements before pursuing.
Have an extensive iTunes playlist and a willingness to invest in some audio equipment? Live DJs are still needed for special events that often occur in the evenings or on weekends.
An especially good side hustle if you’re a teacher with a valid certificate, there’s money to be made after school working with students one-on-one. Set your own hours and rates, work in their home, yours, even the local library.
If you have a bachelor’s degree, a headset with microphone and a computer with a camera and internet access, you can teach English as a second language to students in China through VIPKID. Pay is $14-22 per hour and you must be interviewed to secure a position. Keeping in mind the time difference, you must have the availability to work 7.5 hours per week during the evening hours of 6-10 pm Beijing time or weekends 9 am-10pm, for a 6-month contract.
With a truck and a can-do attitude (and the willingness to do a dirty job), you can collect scrap metal and turn it in for cash. Collect empty soda cans or check out refuse left for the waste collector. Scrapyards typically accept aluminum, brass, copper, iron and steel and pay by the pound.
Why not start a blog of your own? Blogs are incredibly affordable to start up and require little financial investment to maintain. You can put as much or as little time and effort in as you want, though you’ll reap only what you give. If you’re hoping to monetize your blog, you’ll definitely need to go with self-hosting. I use and recommend Bluehost to secure and host your website domain and WordPress for your blog theme and posting needs. You can get started today for $3.95/month (half off the regular $7.99/month fee). Purchase 12 months of hosting (comes with a 30-day money back guarantee) and your domain name is free (a $15 value) when you sign up here.
This is obviously not a choice for someone in a pinch for quick cash. This side hustle is more a long haul, but if you stick with it, the earning potential can be quite amazing. Michelle Schroeder, blogger at Making Sense of Cents, earned almost $1,000,000 from her blog last year!
Got an idea for a great app that could bring you some extra money, but don’t know how to get started? Try Swiftic with a free trial. Swiftic allows you to create your own custom mobile apps with minimal cost and no coding experience necessary. Design your app, put it in the app store, and start getting paid!
There are many side hustle ideas floating around out there. This is just a small list to get you thinking about some options. Do you currently have a side hustle? Thinking about getting one? I would love to hear how you bring in extra cash in the comments!