It seems that having a side hustle is becoming more and more common place in today’s economy. Whether we need to make more, want to get to a goal faster or just want the extra cushion in the bank there are a multitude of ways to navigate the “side hustle.” If you are in the mind set of new Year, new money goals and a side hustle is what you are looking for check out some ways you can make some extra cash in 2022!
1. Tutor online.
It’s all about what you know and how well you know it. There are many online tutoring companies that hire tutors to share their knowledge with students on a wide group of topics. Remember to do your due diligence and make sure it’s a legitimate site before engaging.
2. Take surveys.
Look into survey where you’ll get paid just for taking surveys and giving your opinion. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, right? Just remember, these sites are looking for really specific things when they pick people. So you might not qualify for every survey you come across.
Plus, you’ll have to finish a certain number of surveys before you can cash out your points. It’s not a get-rich-quick plan by any means, but that extra cash can still add up over time. If you’re the patient and persistent type, give it a shot!
3. Get paid for your creative skills.
You’ve got the creative skills but just haven’t connected with someone who needs your awesome work. Why not freelance in your spare time? There are sites that connect freelancers specializing in writing, editing, graphic design and voice-over work to clients needing those creative minds in their corner.
4. Offer your services as a virtual assistant.
If you’re organized, love a good challenge, and want to work from home, this may be the perfect opportunity for you! Plus, who doesn’t love a little variety in their workday? Chances are, most business owners could use your help as they try to find a better balance between their work and home lives these days.
5. Become a social media manager.
Most companies have a social media presence. Not only is it free marketing, but it’s also a way to stay connected to their customers (or future customers) and build a following. But it can be a huge task for smaller companies who don’t have many team members. That’s where you come in. If you have a knack for creativity, connecting with others and a knowledge of different social media channels—this might be right up your alley!
6. Get paid for your photos.
Are you a shutterbug? Do you have photos of gorgeous sunsets and perfectly staged lattes cluttering up your camera roll? You can make extra money for your photos without having to be a professional photographer.
7. Drive for Uber or Lyft.
If you’re strapped for cash but want to work on your own schedule, you might want to think about becoming a driver for Uber or Lyft. You can drive as much (or as little) as you want and set your own schedule. Plus, you get the added bonus of having interesting conversations along the way (or, at the very least, some fun stories to tell of your travels with strangers).
8. Start your own (online) business.
If you’re just looking for a quick way to make cash on nights or weekends for a short stretch of time, then maybe this one isn’t for you. But if you’re ready to turn your dream of starting your own business into a reality, there’s never been a better time to do it! Online platforms like Etsy, Amazon FBA and Big Cartel have made it easier than ever.
9. Sell unwanted stuff.
Sift through your hall closet, attic and garage for everything you don’t use anymore. What can you live without? Clothing your children have grown out of, baby gear, kitchen appliances that you never use…the list goes on and on. Of course, you can always sell these items on your favorite online platform.
10. Sell those unused gift cards.
Aunt Betsy gave you an Olive Garden gift card for Christmas, and you’ve never even set foot in the place. Instead of letting the gift card collect dust, sell it! Websites like Raise let you sell your unwanted gift cards and make a little kickback off of them. After all, every gift card deserves a loving home, doesn’t it?
Now that you are ready to start bringing home that extra money, make sure you’re using it to its max potential—by budgeting!
This commentary was originally posted by Ramsey Solutions on 12/22/2021
**Disclaimer: This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.