These days the costs of life are high and the number of available jobs is low. But what if you could get a side hustle that would help bring in a healthy secondary income to alleviate some of that financial stress? There are ways to make ends meet if you’re willing to put in some extra effort. Here are some of the ways you can bring in extra money on the side or even skip the job market altogether and create your own business.
Become a Massage Therapist
It’s true, for this job you will need to spend a couple of years in school getting your certification. Once you’ve been certified, however, you are free to freelance and take on clients as you find them. Many successful massage therapists earn quite a nice living by traveling to their clients instead of leasing space and forcing clients to come to them. They do this by keeping their overhead low. For example, livingearthcrafts.com sells portable massage tables for between $300-$600. Depending on your rates, you could make up that cost with just a few appointments. Many independent massage therapists also supplement their services by making their own lotions and balms and selling them to their clients.
Drive Your Car
Uber has been under fire recently because it doesn’t want its drivers to unionize, but Uber is not the only company out there that will pay you to drive your car. Lyft is another service that will pay you to drive people around. And if you don’t want to transport strangers, you can drive for any one of the plethora of delivery services out there. Amazon Prime Now is usually hiring drivers. You can also drive for Postmates, Instacart, GrubHub, Delivered Dish, etc. If you live in a smaller town or an area that doesn’t have these services yet, why not build your own? That way you don’t have to share your earnings with anybody!
Do you love crafting and making things? Why not sell the stuff you make? You can sell your finished products on Etsy, Ebay, and a bunch of other sites. Or you could create your own site and promote the heck out of it. Even if you don’t become the next Martha Stewart, you could make at least enough to cover the cost of supplies.
And for all of you artists out there, you can sell prints of your work independently too! You can sell prints on Etsy, etc as well. An even better option, however, is to upload your designs to sites like RedBubble, Society6, CafePress, Zazzle, etc. This way people can buy clothing and other housewares adorned with your designs in addition to individual prints.
Oh, did you think that all of the independent side businesses were based in creativity or the gig economy? Nope! If you’re good with numbers and details and have an affinity for managing them, why not offer your services to people who need help managing their finances or help with their taxes? Heck, you don’t even need any special certification to help people prepare their taxes. You could make enough of that during the first few months of the year to float yourself for a few months!
The nice thing about accounting is that, in spite of what you might have heard, you can do this around another full-time job in the evenings and on weekends. In fact, your clients will likely appreciate that you can meet with them when it’s convenient for their schedules as well!
Weddings are not the only events that usually require the help of a professional. Event planners can help plan regular parties, corporate events, and even conferences and conventions. If you’ve got great organizational skills and enjoy planning things, this is a fantastic option for a side business. Once you’ve built up a good reputation you could even make this a full-time business and earn enough to provide your family with a pretty great living.
Yes, this really is a real job and people will actually pay you to do this. This is different than the usual house cleaning/maid service job (though if you want to include that, you certainly can). In this job, you’ll work with people to better organize their homes. For example, have you ever walked into a friend’s home and wanted to rearrange the furniture to make better use of the space? There are people who will pay you to do that for them! This business is perfect for people who have to stop themselves from organizing someone else’s closet and from moving things when they help clean up after a get-together.
There are all sorts of ways to bring in a second income. What are you good at? Can you monetize it? Boom! You’re in business!