It is time for another installment of the awesome side hustle ideas series. Here is the link to part 2, part 3 part 4 and part 5 as well if you missed them. 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!
My favorite side hustle is being a brand ambassador. A brand ambassador represents a brand at events, expos, etc. to increase brand awareness. The job consists of talking to people and handing out free stuff. I dig it because it’s pretty easy and pays between $15/hr-$20/hr. I have represented such companies as Starbucks, Ghirardelli, Keurig, Columbia Sportswear and more. The gigs are fun and you usually get free stuff. I got my first gig on Craigslist and got many subsequent gigs after signing up with various marketing agencies. To do the job, you just need to be able to talk to people and stand on your feet for long periods of time. I’ve made several thousand dollars each year doing brand ambassador work.
Melanie from Dear Debt
Cracking walnuts and squishing worms
Growing up, my parents always gave us non-paid chores which we were expected to complete as part of the family. However, certain tasks would arise (usually unpleasant or time-consuming) that they would entice my brother and me to do for a little income. So here were my first side hustler jobs, starting as early as age 6:
- Cracking walnuts: Our relatives had a walnut tree and would give us bags of unshelled walnuts. Retrieving the precious nut was a laborious process of smashing it with a hammer at just the right angle and then very delicately extricating the meat, trying to keep the walnuts halves intact as much as possible. Pay rate = $0.01 per walnut.
- Squishing worms: White moths would often flitter over the fence into our backyard, lay eggs on our petunia plants, and soon we would have fat, green worms eating our flowers. Pay rate = $0.10 per squished worm and a whopping $1.00 per killed moth!
Although these first side hustler jobs didn’t earn me enough to pay for college, it was nice not having to pay tax on it (and I did learn good work ethic for which I am eternally thankful).
– Deb from Saving the crumbs
During my college years I had an excellent easy side hustle that helped me avoid college loans. I used to do Valet parking for weekend social events. I found the job via an agency. The pay was a decent hourly rate, and the tips were a welcoming bonus that I got to keep. The competition was fierce as some guys wanted to park all the cars, but for the most part we took turns. Imagine extra hustling at a side hustle gig. On average I could make about 75 – 100 dollars for a 5 hour event. In addition to the money, I got to drive many brand new luxury cars. It’s unfortunate none of the attendees owned a classic Ferrari, as that is the ultimate driving experience in my opinion. I’m on a different mindset now, and I don’t really see myself doing this again, but in an emergency it is a very easy side hustle to take on.
– Rich Uncle EL from Money Watch 101
Writing for business directories
One of my favorite side hustles was writing business descriptions for business directories. The company I was working for would send me names and websites of businesses. I would then take a look a look at the business and write a 2-3 sentence description of what they were all about. I’d have to write anywhere from 20-100 descriptions for the same business.
The work was very repetitive but it was also extremely simple. I got paid $2 per description and could complete around 25-30 descriptions per hour. It worked out to a nice hourly rate and didn’t require too much creativity on my part.
Oddly enough I found this job on Craigslist. Many people warn that Craigslist jobs are all scams but this one was truly legit!
– Alexa from Single Moms Income
Social media manager
My best paying side hustle has been as a freelance social media manager. I got the job through a friend I was working with FT at a software company. A client of her’s mentioned she needed help managing the social media day-to-day for a non-profit she was working for. One client turned into three, and I make about 1k a month managing the social media channels. I can schedule social media in advance on the weekends, and all told I probably spend between 7-10 hours managing these clients each month. It’s been great!
– Lauren from LBee and the Money Tree