We could all use a little extra income, but most of the time it’s just wishful thinking. Turn that wish into a reality by exploring your options for a side gig. It’s not as difficult as you might think to find one that works for your schedule and talents.
Just remember not to overload your plate. It’s always better to channel your energy into one specific goal than to spread yourself too thin.
1. Freelance your services
No matter what you’re good at, learn how to market your best skills and cash in on them. Freelancing isn’t just for writers and bloggers anymore. If you’re handy with anything from web development and photography to party planning and makeup application, you can freelance in your spare time. The key is getting the word out and creating a space to showcase your work to potential customers - i.e., make a website.
You no longer need to be a master coder or a whiz kid with HTML to produce an impressive digital portfolio. You don’t even have to pay for it. There are plenty of free blog site builders now that everyone of any skill level can operate, like WordPress, Blogger and Wix. Just be sure to provide plenty of examples and explanations of the work you do, use high quality and legal images and link to the site on your resume and social media channels. Customers will start lining up in no time.
2. Sell your stuff online
You always say you’ll get around to cleaning out your closet or sprucing up the garage. Now’s the time to finally do it. But don’t break out the garbage bins too quickly, you could be tossing money down the drain. If you’re lucky enough to have a wardrobe full of gently used clothing and accessories that you’re simply sick of, the internet will be your best friend. Sites like Poshmark and Rebagg make it incredibly easy to snap pics of your items, create a listing and wait for the cash to roll in.
If you’re working with non-fashion related items, LetGo, eBay and Amazon accept almost anything. Remember to be descriptive in your listings. Pointing out any rips, stains or defects ahead of time will save both the buyer and seller a headache later. Add as many pictures of the item as possible and remember that natural light without flash is always best.
3. Get a side job through an app
Take on a whole new employer just by scrolling through the app store. If you have a car and a good sense of direction, you can drive for a ride-sharing company like Uber or Lyft. It’s the perfect gig because you can completely set your own schedule, driving as much or as little as you want and whenever you have the time.
If you already work flexible or off-peak hours, you can walk dogs in your neighborhood with Wag! or Rover. Your neighbors will leave you a key and can track your afternoon stroll with their pooch. And you know there’s no better way to earn cash than by playing with pups.
Bonus: Try your hand at YouTube
It sounds intimidating, but it’s not impossible. Keep in mind that this option probably won’t work if you know you’re camera-shy or have a career that would frown on social media exposure. But if not, the internet is your oyster. Many people have risen to fame through posting YouTube videos, but even more use it as their primary source of income.
Regular posters with substantial followings monetize their videos and get paid for company sponsorships. This won’t happen overnight, but if you have something unique to share with the world it can definitely pay off. Whether your talent is music, makeup, comedy, cooking or even organizing closets, you can find an audience on YouTube. Invest in good lighting and a quality camera and you’re practically set.