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Easy side hustles you can do after work
Did you know that many people are now paying over 50 percent (!!!) of their income towards rent? You might be one of them. Perhaps one or more easy side hustles can help you make ends meet. You might even have fun doing them.
We’ve put together a list of side jobs that you can do around your full-time job or college coursework.
What is a side hustle?
A side hustle is a job you do “on the side” of your regular job. In the past, it may have been called “moonlighting.” People may also call this kind of work a “side gig” or simply freelance work.
Easy side hustles to earn extra cash
Many highly-skilled and entry-level side gigs are available for you whether you are looking for a weekend, night, or day gig. Many can be found online or even in your neighborhood. Just remember, a side gig is, er — just that. SIDE work. Don’t over commit your time and try to keep it fun.
Become a personal vehicle driver
Since the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we all do business, delivery services are increasingly in demand. Many companies allow you to use your vehicle and set your hours. This is currently one of the hottest gigs out there. Delivery services are a good gig for those who enjoy driving and want to get outside and move around a bit. Often you are paid and tipped directly through an app, and customers may also choose to pay cash tips. You may be transporting food, online orders, or humans. If you are looking for flexible hours and cash tips, then this one could be for you.
According to Payscale, delivery drivers earn an average of $15 per hour. Many choose to work with more than one delivery company simultaneously.
Delivery services to consider
Advantages: You may receive cash tips, and you can set your own schedule.
Advantages: You can set your schedule, you may get tipped, and you can work solo.
Online product delivery
Advantages: You can make good pay during the holidays.
Advantages: Many people tip cash, you work your schedule, and you can use your car.
In-home care: Infant, child, and elderly care
If you prefer something more interactive, don’t have a car, or don’t like to drive, consider care gig jobs. Many families are seeking part-time care for their family members, including young babies and elderly parents. If you have the patience for this type of work, it can be rewarding work while also helping you meet your budget. If you need a place to live or would like to save money, consider exiting your next apartment lease and look for a care job with a live-in option.
According to ZipRecruiter, caregivers average about $10-$13 per hour. How to find caregiver work,
- Directly via a local home care agency
- Apply to a local staffing agency
- Word-of-mouth, ask around
Advantages: You may be able to set up a steady schedule for predictable side income.
Technical and marketing freelance or contract work
Technical skills are in high demand and most of the work is remote. Many large companies and startups are looking for freelance, contract or short-term workers to help them complete projects. Jobs may include website building, content writing, branding, engineering, marketing, and more. You may be asked to supply a portfolio and sign up for a service to perform contract work.
Pay for technical work varies widely. You may accept a project for $50 or $5,000. Where to find companies looking for project assistance:
Advantages: You can work from home whenever you want, and you can set your pay.
Odd jobs and handyman work
If you have handyman skills, a work truck, or even just a strong back, you can easily find local odd jobs. You may be hired for skilled work such as plumbing, electrical work, or appliance repair or for labor such as moving, cleaning, or landscaping.
The pay for these types of jobs varies. Skilled work may earn you over $50 per hour, or you may agree to simple tasks for $10 per hour. You can find local work via:
Advantages: You can set your pay and likely earn same-day pay.
What do I need to get a side job?
Besides the skills required to complete the job, you may be asked to prove your skills and trustworthiness. The following may be required to earn easy side hustles:
- Valid ID and SSN
- Background check
- Portfolio of work or references
- A mobile phone with the required app installed
- Permission from your full-time employer (check your employment agreement)
- LinkedIn profile
- Reliable transportation
- Tools required to complete the work
- Liability insurance
- Current driver’s license, insurance, and good driving record
- Reliable internet connection and up-to-date hardware and software
Are paid freelance or employment apps worth it?
In the past, job seekers were advised to never pay for services and that only employers should pay to use an employment board, app, or recruiting service. That advice still holds true in many cases. But it is up to you to decide if you want to pay for additional services. For example, paid versions of UpWork and LinkedIn will allow you to contact people, rather than having to wait to be contacted after you pass your free allowance. Many services may also take “a cut” from your pay for the services. You may benefit from trying the free version first and then deciding if you want to pay for the additional features.
Legal ways to make money fast to pay your rent
If you need money right now because your landlord is already knocking on your door, there are a few ways to make money fast, legally. For example, you can donate blood or plasma for pay. You can sign up for a clinical trial. Or, you can work for a staffing agency that pays daily. You could also try to sell your stuff online using a local marketplace. To avoid eviction, you may also be able to find rent assistance.
Working an easy side hustle is a good way to make extra money. Some have even found they enjoy their side gig more than their day job! If you don’t have an immediate need, moonlighting can help you build an emergency fund to help you easily manage whatever life throws your way.
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