“Money isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on the ‘Gotta have it’ scale.” ~ Zig Zaglar
Between student debt and basic-level salaries, more people are finding it difficult to make ends meet, particularly among millennials. A report on CNBC indicates that side hustles are not only a way to make some extra cash, but it’s the only option millennials have to stay financially afloat. However, a silver lining amid these financial struggles is the growing Gig Economy. People are more than often opting for part-time jobs they can pursue online. Nearly 4 out of 10 Americans have a side hustle. The latest research finds that more than 57 million Americans are a part of this gig economy, and the numbers are likely to increase in the near future.
If you are looking to make some extra cash with a side hustle, we got you covered with this list of some legitimate part-time opportunities.
A smartphone, an unlimited data plan, and a laptop are all you need to become a part of the growing Gig economy. Technology has become an excellent enabler for freelancers, allowing them to find suitable job opportunities anywhere around the world. Freelancers contribute over $1.4 trillion to the US economy, a figure likely to increase in the upcoming years. You can become a part of this economy by merely registering at sites like UpWork, Fiverr, Freelancer, and Guru.
Start an online course in your area of expertise. A simple search on Google will show multiple online training programs in every field; let it be programming, graphics, AI, blockchain, and even content writing. You can launch an online course within a couple of hours on sites like Udemy or Teachable. Additionally, you can sell audiobooks and ebooks along with your online course.
Online sales are growing at an unprecedented scale, with consumers spending over $517 billion on online shopping platforms such as Amazon and eBay. You do not require any special skills to sell stuff online. All you need is a small space for storage and plenty of time to find goods that you can sell at a margin. You can either choose between Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Poshmark, and other retailers to start selling online or list your products on multiple platforms to maximize sales.
Were you a good student in school or college? It is time to put your academic skills to use through online tutoring. Over a dozen legitimate sites are offering online tutoring services such as tutor.com, VIPKid, and MyTutor 24.com. You can register on any of these sites, take their qualification tests, and start tutoring. You can set specific hours or special classes as per your schedule.
If you prefer offline hustles, there is a good chance you can make decent earnings with Uber or Lyft driving around the city. However, your options do not end there. You can work with PostMates, delivering packages to people in your area. If you come from a fashion background, you can become a certified personal shopper, helping people dress up for every occasion.
Marketing focus groups invite people to record their response to different types of services and products. Most of these events do not require any special qualifications and pay decently for a couple of hours of work.
If you are keyboard hero, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a place to make some extra money by doing simple online tasks. On the other hand, sites like TaskRabbit list offline work opportunities such as furniture remodeling, repair, or lifting activities.
Remember when you had no time to pick up the groceries! Many people need help with grocery shopping, and platforms like Instacart and Shipt allow you to become their personal shopper. Depending on the area of your residence, you can even find local grocery stores hiring shoppers to fulfill their orders.
Virtual assistant jobs have gained much attention in recent years, and for all the right reasons. You can become a virtual assistant for clients around the globe, doing simple tasks such as responding to emails, scheduling tasks, and even cold calling. Make sure to run a background check or use an intermediary service for payment guarantee.
Social media has become a necessary evil, even after recent privacy concerns and hacks. Companies, local stores, and individuals need professionals to handle their social media. You can work part-time with these clients and earn a good living in the process. Make sure to do some certifications to attract more clients.
Technology has made it reasonably simple to find online work opportunities. The key is to choose one that pays well and aligns with your daily schedule. Be alert to avoid scams and do research before starting a side hustle.
Good luck with your gig and tell us which one of these are you going to try.