Side Hustle Ideas To Make Money

2/22/2016

We all have bills to pay, dreams to pursue and some of those dreams need money. So, if your salary is simply not cutting it, or you're looking to make extra money, there are many legit ways to make extra money and no you don't have to quit your job.

You can use your existing skills to develop a side business and the amount of money you’ll make from a side gig depends on your skills and time commitment.

Side hustles come in many shapes and sizes, varying from mere hobbies to very profitable companies. The idea is simple: When you have some free time, take on a new task. Then evolve the idea and iterate.

Here are some ideas for you: 

Sell Stock Photos – If you are a great photographer, you could possibly sell your pictures online. Sites like iStockPhoto are always looking for contributors, who get paid a royalty every time their photo is purchased. This could be a great way to turn your art into some extra cash.

Catering –  Take those skills to the marketplace by setting up your own catering business that you can run out of your own kitchen on the weekend. Cook for dinners, birthday parties and friends’ events; or just bake a bunch of cookies and sell them at flea markets.

Rent Your House on AirBNB – iIf you have a spare bedroom and bathroom, and a high tolerance for other people being in your home, you may be able to make money from home by hosting people in your home. Savvy homeowners have been taking advantage of their spare space, and they’re making money by offering travelers a one of a kind experience in a warm, friendly environment.


Sell Your beautiful craft - Have a penchant for crocheting, jewelry-making or embroidery? Sell your goods on etsy.com.  The site boasts over 40 categories, from gifts to clothes to edibles, with thousands of listings. And the price is right; you can get your own site connected to Etsy at a low fee.

Become an Uber Driver – Another set-your-own-schedule business is driving people around. All you need is a car and some spare time. Just sign up with Uber and start driving people around. You’ll make what you put into it.

Sewing and Alterations - If you have sewing skills, you have a wide range of options. Just think for a moment about everything service you can provide if you have those skills. You can do alterations and design, and you can make wedding clothes, custom-fit clothes, and special attire.

Sell Your Knowledge - If you have proven skills in an area, you can market yourself as a consultant and provide your services from home for a fee. For instance, you may help a new non-profit organization develop a plan for fundraising, and then oversee the process. Or you may help a new company garner media attention by writing press releases and then distributing them to the proper channels.

Follow these tips to figure out if a business is legitimate:

1. Avoid any company that asks you to pay for instructions or products before it explains the plan.
2. Watch out for pyramid schemes.
3. Read the fine print. Before getting started, read the site's terms of use.
4. Do research.

Having a side gig has its share of reward but get rid of the mistaken idea that money will roll in while you're relaxing in your easy chair. A side gig requires real  dedication and tenacity as your full time job.

Whatever you choose, make sure you pick something that matches up with the amount of time and energy you have to offer, and maybe even lines up with your passions.

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