We’re living in the era of the so-called “gig economy.” A gig economy basically means people make money balancing a few primary jobs with various side hustles. This is an awesome way to augment one’s income, but you need to pick and choose which ones are worth your time and effort.
To help you decide which jobs to do on the side for extra money, I’ve listed down some of my personal faves. Read my list, and discover all the cool and easy side jobs for money!
Design Shirts and Merch
Back in college, I always wanted to start my own shirt company. Well, me and a load of other people. But nothing came of it. The reason: raw materials and logistics were expensive. Only people with deep pockets were able to produce shirts successfully. Well, things have changed, and it’s now easier than ever to start your own shirt company, all thanks to companies like RedBubble. What the site does is handle the production, shipping, and customer service needed. All you have to do is upload your digital designs. When someone buys it, RedBubble handles the rest. They get a cut from the transaction, but it’s a small price to pay.
Another cool thing about RedBubble is that your designs can be used for all sorts of merch, not just shirts. Shoppers can order tote bags, cell phone cases, prints, and all sorts of cool stuff.
This is, by far, the most enjoyable side hustle I’ve ever tried! If you’re looking for side gigs that pay well, but are also really fun to do, you should look into dog walking and pet sitting. Even if you’re not into animals, it’s a great way to earn money. And I can confirm that dogs make great companions (cat, on the other hand, no so much!).
It’s not all fun and games, though. Sometimes, the dogs I’ve worked for tested my patience and resolve. I still wouldn’t change a thing! This is a proper job, and you need to be careful, compassionate, and responsible. If you fit that description, give this a try! You can start by looking for jobs at Walkio and Rover.
Make Deliveries for Amazon
A lot of the best side jobs that pay well involve the so-called “sharing economy.” Basically, this involves regular people using their own equipment or vehicles to help other people out. Of course, this isn’t really sharing – participants get paid. Since you get to control your own schedule, and decide whether or not to accept bookings, this is a great way to make money.
The first sharing gig I’d like to mention is making deliveries for Amazon via Amazon Flex. When a delivery job is available in your area, you will receive a notification on the app. You will then head over to the Amazon warehouse or fulfillment center, pick up the item, then making the delivery. You will have to use your own vehicle for this, but don’t worry – you will be assigned a reasonable “territory” in which you will make deliveries. So it’s not like you’ll have to make a super long road trip just to make a delivery.
But do not that since you’ll be making deliveries as part of their Amazon Prime program, you will have to make those deliveries within a specific period of time.
Drive for Lyft
And here’s another sharing economy side hustle. Lyft is one of the greatest side jobs for extra money, since you have lots of control over your hours. I know a lot of Lyft drivers who work regular office or corporate gigs during the day, then drive for Lyft in the evenings. Having a second job is super difficult, but at least Lyft gives you the option to set your own time. If you had a light day at work, that means you could probably drive for Lyft for a few hours longer than usual.
You’re probably wondering why I’m recommending Lyft over Uber. Don’t get me wrong – Uber is uber-awesome. But the game-changer on Lyft for me is the fact that I can get tips Let’s face it, in this day and age, getting tips is an important way to augment one’s income. Every last dollar you can earn counts, and it’s good to know that Lyft has that option.
Do Odd Jobs
A lot of the side jobs that make good money that I’ve listed above are really specific. But what if you don’t have any specific job in mind? That’s cool. Sometimes I feel that way. Like, on some evenings I don’t feel like answering surveys or transcribing or driving for Lyft. That’s okay because I can always check out sites like PeoplePerHour and Amazon Mechanical Turk. Those sites are basically odd job marketplaces. You’ll find a lot of gigs that I’ve listed above, but they also have other jobs, such as data entry, audio transcription, and others.
And it’s really cool because it introduces me to new earning opportunities that I would never have thought of on my own. For example, I never thought of myself as a particularly good transcriber. But I found an opening that offered a decent payout. So I gave it a try, and I happened to be good at it! So now, transcribing is a big part of my roster of side hustles!
Become an Online Tutor
The internet is good for lots of things. But it’s especially good for two things: sharing cat videos and learning new skills. As much as I love cats, let’s focus on the latter. A cursory look at YouTube will show you all sorts of video tutorials. All of which are great, but the real money is in dedicated online tutorial platforms like Udemy. On Udemy, instructors upload video lessons – just like in YouTube – and get paid whenever a member watches the lesson.
This does require some specialized knowledge, as well as video editing skills. But not all the subjects are academic. There’s a demand for lessons on fashion design, photography, fitness, and a whole slew of other skills. Give this a shot!