It is time for another instalment of the awesome side hustle ideas series. Here is the link to part 2, part 3 part 4, part 5, part 6 and part 7 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!
When I needed money to begin paying down debt, I already had one full time job and another on the weekend to make ends meet. How would I ever find enough money to get ahead? I like asking my subconscious these types of questions, because it always seems that the spark hits if you just ask and then let it simmer….
It was less than 24 hours later that I realized that I wasn’t doing anything early in the morning. It didn’t pay a ton, but I delivered papers. I made only a few dollars a day, but it was a great way to use time that I didn’t realize I had available! Also, while I was walking up and down streets I spent the time thinking about ways to increase my income with my other two jobs. Within a few weeks I’d paid off one $4,000 credit card and had raised my weekly income by over $500. Cha-ching!
Aside from my main side hustle (freelance SEO services) I have been trialling some other online platforms including Fiverr. My latest gig? I will say your message and do a backflip. This alternative video greeting gig isn’t going to make me a millionaire but I can complete a single gig in just 10mins which theoretically provides an hourly rate of $24-$48 per hour (depending on the gig extras as some gigs pay double). I can certainly see how listing more gigs like this could provide a steady side income which provides plenty of opportunity to scale this revenue stream in the future.
The secret? – Utilise gig extras and only list gigs on Fiverr that you can complete in 15mins or less to ensure your hourly rate remains high!
– Joe from Budget Breakaway
Writing college overviews
Being a writer by heart, my side hustles have typically been writing gigs of one kind or another. There have been both some boring and interesting ones along the way. In one case, I had to write overviews of more than 200 colleges and universities for an online directory based in California. I earned (a whopping) $.02 per word, or about $8 per 400-word article. Lots of coffee inspired me through those articles. Another time, I worked for a law office summarizing depositions. The attorney was deposing the mechanic, pilot, and accident reconstruction specialist involved in the crash of a small propeller plane, which was pretty interesting.
– Taylor Brown from Repaid.org
Making jingles and websites for companies
I spent a lot of time just designing websites and writing songs for myself and putting my work out there for all to see. There’s a great book called Show Your Work which talks about this very thing. After a few weeks, I started getting contacted to design websites and making jingles for companies. I was able to sell all my creative services for more than $1,000 a job.
When work started to die down, I drove around in my car and found local businesses that I was familiar with and asked them if they needed any of my services. I was bringing in more than $3,000 a month just doing what I was good at, and what I was doing for fun already.
Nowadays, I turn down work because I just don’t have the time. I also charge a lot more for my services because I see the value in what I can do for people. The real challenge is pricing. I read another book called Book Yourself Solid, which opened my eyes to my true worth and got me the clients that I truly wanted to work with, without sacrificing my income.
Matt Giovanisci from Listen Money Matters
Sign up bonuses
The easiest side hustle that I’ve done recently is opening bank accounts that offer a bonus. I don’t sign up for ones that require too many hoops to get the payout, like direct payroll deposit or a ton of money as a minimum daily balance. I have signed up for accounts with Capital One, US Bank, and TD Ameritrade. All of these only required a minimum deposit and something simple like making a set number of debit card transactions or paying a few bills online. You do have to keep the account open for a certain amount of time, usually 6 months. The husband and I have snagged about $600 over the past year. It isn’t a huge amount of money, but for the time invested, it’s a pretty good return. We only use money that would be sitting in a savings account anyway, so it’s nice to get a little bit back to make up for the low interest rates.
– Kim from Eyes on the Dollar
How do YOU hustle? Let us know in the comments below or drop me a line if you would like to be featured!