Last week, we shared some awesome side hustle ideas, and today I have got some more for you! If you want to share your unusual, weird, unheard of or well paying side hustle with my readers, please drop me a line at tdmpauline at gmail dot com, thank you!
Lawn mowing and rototilling
In 2002, I was getting laid off. I was a tech worker and many of my friends were losing their homes or having to move out of state. I knew I needed something to do that could not be shipped overseas, or done remotely. I looked at the equipment, knowledge and skills that I already had. I was determined to do something to at least keep the ‘ball in the air’ until the economy recovered.
I had a large lawn mower and a rototiller already, so I put a “Lawn Mowing and Rototilling” sign on my truck, with my phone number. My girlfriend did not even want to ride in the truck with me with the sign on. After all, we were both professionals, and she wanted me to get another tech job. I got plenty of work that summer mowing, and even more in the years after.
I started to advertise for snow plowing soon after, and after I had several contracts, I bought a new truck and a snowplow. I eventually did get a tech job, and was only out of work for a weekend. But I still have the lawn mowing and plowing business, but I subcontract out most of the work.
– Eric from No Nonsense Landlord
Lawn mowing #2
One of my strangest/most awkward side-hustles was mowing lawns. This doesn’t sound strange right off the bat, but 1) I was using an old-fashioned, non-motorized reel lawnmower that I bought off of Craigslist for $30, and 2) I was mowing my nephew’s yard and my sister’s rental yard. It was somewhat odd to mow my nephew’s yard for sure (especially when it came time for payment), but within just a couple of months, I earned over $100 for only 5 or 6 hours of work.
– Derek Sall, LifeAndMyFinances.com
Online blogging and staff writing
My favorite way to make extra money is by blogging. I help my sister (Michelle at MakingSenseofCents.com) with staff writing, virtual assistant work, and more. I enjoy working for my sister because she makes it easy for me by allowing me to have a flexible schedule. I can work ahead of time and complete work weeks in advance so that I am still making the same amount of money but can work in my own time.
-Alexis Schroeder from www.FITnancials.com
I’m all for side hustling! My best paying side hustle all revolves around online freelancing. It was such a great side hustle that I decided to leave my day job last year to pursue it full-time as a self-employed person. I staff write, manage websites, manage social media, and more. I mainly received all of these online freelancing jobs through my Making Sense of Cents website. The last month where my online freelancing were just side hustles was in September of 2013 and I made approximately $12,000.
Michelle Schroeder at MakingSenseofCents.com
I began making money on the side through my website, Narrow Bridge Finance. What I didn’t plan was that running my own website would lead to freelance writing, website design, WordPress management, and social media gigs. That led to the founding of Narrow Bridge Media. I now earn about 20% of my income online, and it all started from my blog!
– Eric from Narrow Bridge
Pet sitter and Chick-Fil-A mascot
My weirdest side hustle was being a Chick-Fil-A mascot cow for more than a year. I was the Kid Cow, dressed up when I was called in, and made $10 an hour to play around with guests and take pictures with people. I got the job by showing up to an open interview for open mascot positions. I was outgoing and fit into the Kid Cow suit, so I was hired. I only made about $30 per job since they don’t want to keep you in the suit for too long. Overall, I made less than $400, but it was fun!
– Crystal Stemberger from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff
How do YOU hustle? Please get in touch and share your unusual side hustle! tdmpauline at gmail dot com. Thanks!