With salaries for entry positions being what they are, it is no wonder that more and more people are looking for side hustles that can bring them some extra cash. Fortunately, the digital age has opened up many possibilities for side gigs and you are no longer restricted to mowing lawns or delivering newspapers, like in the old days. Side hustle market today is worth $2.58 trillion and it is a veritable industry, supplying many services. If you are looking for a chance to get a piece of that cake, here are some suggestions.
If you have a car and are willing to set aside a few hours from your day driving it, there are plenty of possibilities to earn money. Uber and Lyft are always hiring and if you are good at it, you can develop a nice income stream from driving people around. Up until recently, those of us cursed with social anxiety couldn’t benefit from similar opportunities, but now there are possibilities for those who don’t relish spending time in a car with strangers. Companies like Orderup, Doordash, and even Uber now offer a delivery service for their customers and you can earn money by delivering food and other goods.
This one is a great opportunity for any aspiring chef. An app called Feastly allows you to create your own menu and upload it and people interesting in tasting it will contact you. The venue can be anywhere, but most of the Feastly chefs do it in their own apartment. There are people out there who are willing to pay for such an intimate experience and a chance to try some new dish. The greatest thing about the whole thing is that it offers an opportunity for young people to show their skills without a huge investment.
Earning money from iGaming requires a lot more than just blind luck, although having it doesn’t hurt. Many of the modern games, like progressive online slots, require a dose of skill and experience in order to make some cash. Despite the common belief, there are plenty of people who have made iGaming their profession and are making quite a nice bundle out of it. Make sure you do your research before hitting the tables and select a trustworthy site.
Freelancing is by far the most popular side hustle right now. Many sites exist that match client with freelancers in every imaginable category, from web design and coding to writing and translation. Right off the bat, you won’t be making a lot of money, but as your client network grows and your reputation increase, you can even get to a level where you might quit your day job and commit to freelancing full time, in which case you will need a new side hustle. Joking aside, freelancing in your expert area is a great way of supplementing your income.
Renting a space in your home is another popular way of earning some extra cash. By renting a room in your house or even a couch in an apartment, you can make enough to cover at least a part of your rent or mortgage. There are several apps that can help you advertise your offer, including Airbnb, HomeAway, and FlipKey. If you are uncomfortable with letting strangers inside your home, you can try Airbnb Experience, where you can guide tourists around your city and showing them interesting spots. Most people go with museum and galleries, but you can also design a tour that encompasses the best bars or a tour of local breweries, it is really up to you.
Whether we like it or not, side hustles are here to stay. Gigs are becoming an increasingly large part of the overall service economy and a reality for the younger generation, faced with stagnant wages and the rising cost of living. In fact, 47% of all employed millennials are freelancing, more than any other generation in United States history and that number will only increase in time. 36% of the entire U.S. workforce has been freelancing in 2016 and by 2027, 50% of all workers will be freelancers. If that is the future we are facing, might as well prepare for it but getting into side hustles early.