Tight on Cash: 8 Side Hustles For Extra Money

September 20, 2019

No matter who you are or what you do, you could probably use some extra cash. Honestly, we all could.

That’s why side hustles are a thing—and there are a lot of good ones out there for us to choose from.

Here are 10 side hustle ideas you can try when and if you’re tight on cash.


1. Sell your stuff

Unless you’re a recent convert to minimalism and have no worldly possessions left, selling your stuff online is one of the best side hustles out there. Whether you’re putting up kooky knick-knacks on Ebay, getting rid of old furniture on OfferUp, or listing unworn apparel on Poshmark or thredUP, there are plenty of places on the Internet that will gladly help you make a few bucks in exchange for your things.

2. Take online surveys

Want an easy side hustle that you can do anywhere with WiFi? Take a few online surveys on sites like Swagbucks. Do it often enough and you’ll rack up rewards either in the form of cash, gift cards, or vouchers. Depending on the service you use, you may also be able to write online reviews on consumer products for even more cash.

3. Drive everywhere

Are you good at driving? Do you like interacting with new people? Become a rideshare driver with services like Uber and Lyft. What makes this side hustle idea a good one is that you can work as often as you’d like—just complete the initial screening and ride tests first. If you’re not as social but have a deep and lasting love for the open road, don’t forget that delivery drivers are always in demand by companies like DoorDash, Postmates, and Grubhub.

 4. Rent out your place

Forget HGTV. Show off your interior decorating skills and get paid to do it by renting a room or an entire property to travelers on sites like Airbnb. As a host, you can set your own prices, decide who gets to stay at your place and when, and get paid 24 hours after guests check in. You will have to keep your space clean and maintain a good relationship with your temporary tenants—if they leave a bad review, it could impact your business.

5. Teach the world

Teaching is a noble profession, right? Well, teaching via the Internet is a noble side hustle. Whether you’re tutoring 1 on 1 via Skype or uploading educational courses for hundreds of users to try on Udemy or Teachable, creating opportunities to share your unique knowledge on a subject is a great way to make more of an income and grow your own professional experience.

6. Get crafty

Would you consider yourself to be an artsy individual? Well, why not capitalize on it? Whether you paint, sculpt, print, sew, meld, design, or do anything else that works the creative muscles, use your talents to make something unique and list it on sites like Etsy. You’re the master of your own masterpieces, so you’ll be able to decide how much they cost and how much you’d like to work on them. Better yet, you’ll get to do something you love.

7. Have an influence

Put your social media prowess to the test by becoming an influencer on Instagram or Youtube. No matter what platform you choose, you can rake in some big bucks simply by posting about sponsored products—although you will need a large following to back you up. If that’s too much to handle, another rendition of this side hustle is simply to offer to post for companies across their social channels.

 8. Donate your body parts

While we’re not suggesting that you should hack off an arm or a leg to make extra money, there are surprisingly a lot of different parts of you that you can profit from. Selling your blood platelets or plasma is the most popular option. Others include selling your hair, bone marrow, breast milk, or sex cells. While some might say surrogacy and participating in medical trials are also good side hustles, know that you’re signing up for a long-term commitment if you choose either.

 The bottom line

The one bad thing about a side hustle is that nobody can predict how much money you’ll make with any one side hustle. This is because side hustles largely depend on:

  1. What you do
  2. How you do it
  3. How long you do it for

Really, at the end of the day, the best side hustles are the ones that work best for you.

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