It's hard to go online these days without hearing the word "side hustle." Cost of living is on the rise, student debt has reached $1.3 trillion, and more millennials are ditching their 9-5 job. Side hustles offer an easy way to boost your bottom line without committing to a full-time gig. They also offer an easy way to monetize a skill or passion you have without the risk of going all-in immediately.
If progress on your 2017 financial goals is not exactly blasting off, it's time to pump some rocket fuel into the tank with a side hustle. Luckily, there are plenty of easy and flexible options out there so you can get that extra cash flowing.Boost your bottom line with these 10 side hustles Click To Tweet
1. Purge your junk closet
If tidying up is part of your 2017 mojo, don’t just dump off your old clothes and video games at the nearest donation station. Instead, pump some green into your account. There’s a healthy secondhand market for outgrown baby gear, books, video games, and even furniture. It can be as easy as posting photos and details on an app.
2. Get paid to lose weight
Here’s a moneymaker that doubles as New Year’s resolution fulfillment: Place a bet on your weight-loss goal. If you shed the pounds by the deadline, you get a handsome payout (completely funded by those who fell short of their own goals).
3. Learn how to code
If you haven't noticed, we spent a TON of time online. That means there a big need for coders out there. Whether it's building a simple WordPress blog for someone or getting into the nitty gritty, putting your coding skills to use can generate some serious side income.
If this is a new frontier for you, take a look at this Entrepreneur article that lists over 10 websites that will teach you how to code for free!
4. Since you love to make it, earn it
If you already love working with your hands, whether by knitting, fly tying, or creating elaborate baked goods, it’s time to launch a side business. Etsy is the go-to marketplace for crafters, and could be the perfect place to market your skills.
5. Help others tie the knot
If you like to watch love bloom, there is a way to monetize that heart-warming feeling of watching two people say the words "I do" - become a wedding officiant! While every state has it's own rules, there are ways to get officiated online. Check out this handy tip sheet to learn more.Dip your toes into the world of side hustles with these 10 ideas Click To Tweet
6. Get a gig with the world's best clients
If your schedule is flexible, sign on as a doggie day-care provider, dog sitter, or dog walker in your neighborhood. Under the right circumstances, this is quite possibly the most perfect side hustle ever. (Unlike some other gigs, you don't have to clean up your car or house from top to bottom in order to please these clients.)
7. Put your education to use
If you excelled in subjects like math, science, or writing, or a foreign language; tutoring could be your ticket to a steady side hustle. Break out those old notebooks and utilize your network (or your parent's) to find clients. There are tutoring sites out there that can help you find clients as well.
Don't be alarmed if parent's want references and background information on you. This is their child's education we're talking about.
8. Sign up for focus groups
Got an opinion? Get paid for your thoughts by signing up for focus groups. Companies like Mindswarm pay you for answering questions about subjects that interest you online. All you need is a webcam or smart phone. Generally the questions take up to an hour to answer and you receive $50 via Paypal when it's over.
9. Donate your plasma
Donating plasma may sound a little scary - we don't recommend if you are squeamish around needles - but it can be a great way to increase your bottom line. Because scientists are unable to synthetically reproduce plasma, you are compensated for your time and donation. Check out this site to find a donation center near you.
10. Since you're already online ...
There are plenty of ways to earn extra dough with minimal effort using your mobile device or computer. Install tracking apps on your smartphone and get paid. If you’re a decent photographer with an eye for clean images and good composition, sell your photos for use as stock art. Or complete simple computer tasks via Amazon Mechanical Turk.
Whether you're working on snowballing a debt or saving for a fun trip, these creative side hustles can help you reach your financial goals that much more quickly.