Ways to earn extra money: The side hustle

by Gloria Lapiz editor
Remember when a full-time job used to mean working 40 hours a week or more and bringing home a decent paycheck that would last, at least until the next pay check? Now full-time might be only 32 hours with no monetary benefits other than a paycheck that does not go far enough, meaning you're bringing home less money. Or, you still work 40 hours, but the money isn't going far enough because of rising prices and lack of raises. Prices have risen so much on everyday needs, and your situation is more dire than ever. 

To top it all off, you need to get a second job to make up for that lost 8 hour shift or price hikes you can't keep up with. But in order to do that, you actually have to work two or three shifts somewhere else, because who wants to hire someone for just one shift a week. One the new employer can't dictate because the person has a 'full-time' job elsewhere. So you are working more and paying out more for gas and daycare, and maybe even more for clothes you need for the new job. It seems like you have no more money than before you got the second job, and you have a lot less time for those you love; those who need you. 

You're feeling trapped, more stressed, and likely depressed and/or anxious. And this is bad for the overall health of your body, mind, and relationships. What are you going to do? 

How about trying a side hustle, also known as a microbusiness? People with an entrepreneurs' spirit might do well with something like this. You might actually find something you do so well with you'll make a career out of it but, before we get off track, let's say 8 hours to 16 hours worth of income is what you're looking for. What might you do? 

  • Offer after school care for children who need care only a couple of hours Monday through Friday. If you live in the area of a school, meet them after school and walk to your place, providing them with a healthy snack and an opportunity to do homework or play. If not, have the bus drop them off at your home. Charge $25.00 per child, or whatever the growing rate is in your area. You will have rewarding experiences, and be home for your own children.
  • If you are a handy person and have the necessary tools, offer your services in your, and the surrounding, communities. Bring older children along with you for some quality time, and as a way to teach responsibility and important skills. Charge whatever the going rate is, and do a good job. One or two jobs a week might be enough. Get business cards made up and drop them off to local business, also handing them out to people, and create a website for your business.
  • Offer a proofreading service, agreeing to proof business writings and ebooks on one day off from work per week while hubby is working and the children are at school. Charge per hour or by the project, keeping in mind the amount you need to make each week to make up for that lost shift.
  • Are you an excellent cook? Offer to make meals for busy families, delivering them once a week. Make freezer ready meals they can pull out the night before, to warm in the oven the next day. Charge for ingredients, supplies, and your time, offering a discount if they want to recycle the casserole dishes. This means less waste, as you wont be using disposable casserole dishes. You'll pick up the dishes (washed, of course) on Friday evenings, and reuse them for the coming week.
  • Be Santa, the Easter Bunny, Dracula, whatever people need.
  • Become a freelance writer for example at or for businesses and others who don't have the time or skills to write what they need. 
  • Teach people how to can and/or dry food. This can be done at your house or theirs, depending on laws and licensing requirements. 
  • Offer food gardening classes, again at your house or theirs. If at your house, be willing to part with some of the food grown, so each person is bringing home food each week during the harvest. Take this into consideration when figuring out the price you will charge for these services. Teach composting, different methods of gardening (always organic), weeding, and harvesting. 
  • Teach couponing skills, offering group discounts when clients bring so many more people to the session. For example, if there is a group of five friends offer 10% off the class for each of them or 15% off for a group of ten. 
  • Freezer cooking sessions can also be a good source of income. Point out they will be saving money on the long run by learning to prepare their own food in bulk. Choose four or five groups of, say, six meals for each session. Add to it as you go along. Be aware of food allergies and sensitivities before planning any cooking session. 
  • Photography is another skill not everyone has. No studio? No problem. Offer sessions at the local park, an orchard, an old abandoned barn, or at a lake. Wherever you can think of that will make a good backdrop for photos. 
  • Offer to do laundry for busy couples. They drop off and pick up. You wash, dry, and iron as necessary. Mending might be an extra, if the need be. They will understand they pay more for that service, and you will contact them before doing this part so they can choose. 
  • Are you good at math? Language Arts? History? Science? Latin? Become a tutor. 
  • Offer a gift wrapping service for all occasions. 
  • Teach an instrument if you have the talent. 
  • Write resumes for people, both online and paper ones. 
  • Create ebook covers and other graphics for writers and businesses. 
  • Run errands for the elderly, or others who are in need of this service, but go a step further. Sit down and play a game of cards with them. Chat for a bit. Help them with something small while you're there. They will appreciate the friendship. 
  • Fix people's electronics, and charge well for the service. When they no longer want something they think is outdated, they'll likely give it to you for use as parts, saving you overhead costs over time. 
  • Do people's taxes. For much of it, you can use free software or sites. 
  • Mow, landscape, shovel, and plow for those in your area. Also offer fall and spring yard cleanup services, as well as exterior painting and other services. 
  • Create blogs or websites for businesses. 
  • Offer a tour service for visitors to your area. Include things like free festivals, street food venues, art shows, local historical sites, nature walks, Halloween and Christmas walks, and other interesting things on your trips. This could be changed up daily, weekly, or monthly, depending on what is happening in your area at the time. 
  • Sell items online. To save money, buy at yard sales, thrift stores, etc. Make sure the items are of good value. 
  • Create a trash-to-treasure business, with no waste. Pick up things on the side of the road that no one wants, refurbish them or turn them into something completely different, and sell them for profit. Leftover paint, stain, and materials? Keep them for future projects. 
  • For something more unique, help people develop their own style. Utilize thrift and other discount stores when possible. Vintage style works for some people, modern for others. Business-casual may be desired. Also show each person how to accessorize properly for their style. Consider how you might mix-and-match styles as well. 
  • Women love up-do's. Learn how to do many of them well, and charge to fix their hair when they'll be attending events. No hair cutting necessary. Learn to create up-do's using different types of accessories. 
  • Teach people how to cook and/or bake. So many people lack this basic skill. Put it out to them that they will save money by doing these activities at home. Take it a step further by offering specialized sessions such as cooking for one or cooking for a large family. Paleo cooking sessions may be desired, or vegetarian. It helps to learn about the nutritional needs of many, and to create specific recipes for each type of cooking. 
  • Offer summer program for neighborhood children, where you offer crafts and other activities to children while their parents work. Encourage them to put on art shows, create and perform plays, make movies, etc. Let their interests lead the way, at least somewhat. Offering mini sessions during other school breaks would bring in extra money every so often throughout the year.

There are many ways to earn extra money. This is not even an exhaustive list. Are you creative? Do something with that talent. Are you logical? Figure out what to do with that. If you are handy, find a way to make money with those skills. And if you are great with the home arts, think about one or more ways to make money from that. The sky is the limit. Oh, wait! That is another idea. If you own a plane, offer lessons. 

First, come up with a list of things you could be making money at. Second, cut that down to the top three or four options. Third, research what the work will be like for each, what you'll need versus what you have. Fourth, look into the legal side of things. Will you need any licenses or registrations, a business name, insurance? Keep in mind you'll need to earn more than at a typical job to cover taxes. Talking to an accountant will be helpful. Also, find out any other legal requirements, such as first aid, CPR, the limit for the number of children you can take in at once. Fifth, decide if you need to take classes, or if reading and looking up information online will suffice. Sixth, choose what side hustle(s) you'll start. Seventh, come up with your plan. And, eighth, get started.

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